Emilio J. Bombais grew up in the Philippines. As the son of
parents who operated their own food business, he has worked in the food
industry most of his life. He studied business administration in
college and immigrated to the United States in 1976. He became a
US citizen in 1995. In the United States he worked several
food-service jobs, including being a server at a five-star restaurant,
before opening his first business, Manila House of Trade, in 1981.
Emilio has taught cooking classes at Dierbergs School of Cooking and at
St. Louis Community College.
Emilio opened Manila Cafe, originally located on Cherokee Street in St.
Louis, as the first restaurant in the St. Louis area specializing in
Philippine food. In 1985, Manila Cafe moved to St. Louis Union
Station in the Food Court. The full service dining room restaurant became Cafe de Manila in 1987 when
relocated to South Grand Boulevard.
Emilio opened Cafe Manila at the Farmer's Market in Kirkwood in 1995, as
a seasonal outdoor cafe with sidewalk seating and takeout.
Cafe Manila has it's own location for catering. Catering is also provided at your location.