Bistro Luneta is named for a famous park in the country's capital, Manila. It hosts a shrine to the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. As a nod to its Spanish heritage, the park is shaped like a half moon, hence the Spanish word "luneta"Any curious diner of any cultural background will find something familiar and delightful in Filipino cuisine. With the food representing the country's diverse heritage steeped in Spain, Malaysia and China, it is truly East-meets-West dining. Spanish influences from the country's colonial period brought tomatoes, corn, chili peppers, garlic and onion, supplementing the pre-existing Malay and Chinese ingredients such as rice, soy sauce, tofu, noodles and fish sauce. Fish, chicken, pork and beef may be stewed, grilled, sautéed or deep-fried and almost always served with rice. Other preparations include salt-preserving or steaming in leaves. Exotic and familiar fruits and vegetables abound such as jackfruit, mangoes, limes, okra, zucchini and coconut. Tart elements are often featured in Filipino cooking by adding vinegar, tamarind or sour citrus. As is the custom with many Pan-Asian foods, the goal is to achieve balance between the sour, sweet, salt and spice.