Adarna Food and Culture (119 Kalayaan Ave. Diliman, Quezon City)

PhotoGrid_1376061543935Date Visited: July 2013

What we ate:

Sigarillas Salad with Bagnet Bits, Spicy Intramuros Gambas, Tokwa Rebosado, Kaldereta Antigo, Adobong Batangas ala Adarna, Grilled Chicken Breast with Kesong Puti Boursin, Bacon and Mango Salsa, Feliz Chocolate Cake, Kesong Puti and Langka Fry, Bunuelos and Banana Peanut Roll

Taste = 4.5/5

–          If good Filipino food is what you’re looking for, Adarna should be one of your top choices. The salad was very refreshing and I’ve never tasted Sigarilyas (winged beans) this good before. The Gambas (prawns) were very nicely cooked – not too oily and very tender. The Tokwa (tofu) was surprisingly delicious and was not pungent at all. The salsa it came with was to Lyn’s liking because it had a generous amount of cilantro. The Kaldereta (beef stewed in tomatoes) tasted very savoury but the meat was a little tough. The Adobo was my favourite. The amount of sauce was not that much but it was very delicious. It was salty, sweet, oily and a little bitter but very addicting. The Grilled Chicken was tough. Too bad because the salsa it came with was good. The chocolate cake tasted average while the Kesong Puti (carabao milk cheese) and Langka (jackfruit) Fry tasted sweet and a little creamy. The Banana peanut roll tasted very sweet, almost too sweet. The Bunuelos was very nice to eat. As if the fried dough balls that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside weren’t enough, they came with a delicious bitter-sweet chocolate dip! Yummy!

Service = 5/5

–          The service we received was great. The waiters were very accommodating and were very helpful with our particular requests.

Ambience = 5/5

–          The whole place looked and felt Filipino: the chairs, tables, ornaments, plates, wall fixtures, and dining area felt Pinoy even if some of the items were not made locally. After dinner, they had mini tours and gave some history about the antiques that were displayed in the dining area.

Value for money = 4/5

–          We believe the prices of their food were reasonable but I think they have to improve on the tenderness of the meat to give it that extra yumminess. The short history tour was a nice touch even if just to assist in digesting the meals.

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5 thoughts on “Adarna Food and Culture (119 Kalayaan Ave. Diliman, Quezon City)

  1. lmjapan says:

    Mmmm, this all looks so good! I’ve only eaten Filipino food once and it was at a person’s house, not a restaurant, so it was really authentic and so good! The one thing I remember was this white creamy soup that reminded me a bit of clam chowder, I ate 3 bowls of it!

    • rey & lyn says:

      I’m so happy you were able to eat good Filipino food! One Filipino food historian said that Filipino food is primarily sour. But whenever I ask foreigners how they find Filipino food, they always say that they are sweet. …And since you mentioned clam chowder, I’m craving it right now. 😉

      • lmjapan says:

        Hmm, the Filipino food I had wasn’t sour at all but maybe I wasn’t eating those kinds of dishes? I remember it being really flavorful. The grandmother of the house did all the cooking, she was the sweetest lady. I wish I had asked her for the recipe to that soup, it was one of the best I’ve ever had in my life.

  2. Liz says:

    Grilled chicken breast is so good because the meat is lean. I think I would also have liked the salsa with its generous serving of cilantro. Thanks for sharing!

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