Tahanan was built from 100% reclaimed wood, salvaged from old houses and bridges from around the Philippines. Designer and woodworker Benji Reyes and his wife Carina built the house for their family in the year 1999. The both of them, along with their daughters Eena and Keesha, had been dreaming of turning a portion of their home into a bistro for years.
In 2016, Keesha and her husband Kevin conceptualised and opened the Bistro. Keesha manages the Bistro while Kevin helms the kitchen as Executive Chef after his return from culinary studies and work experience from Melbourne, Australia. Today, Tahanan Bistro is realised as a casual fine dining restaurant serving dishes inspired by Philippine produce.