Date visited: August 2013
What we ate:
Tofu Salad, Hito Flakes on Spoon, Laing 2 ways, Tinapa Roll Wrapped in Lettuce, Chicken Binakol, Baby Squid in Olive Oil, Pinatayong Manok, Crispy Boneless Pata, Crispy Leche Flan and Leche Flan
Taste = 4.5/5
– This is definitely one of the best modern Filipino restaurants in Manila serving good Filipino food with twists and turns. The tofu salad was more like soft small tofu cakes with shrimp on top swimming in a lightly salty dressing. They were very good appetizers and had a clean taste. The Hito (catfish) Flakes tasted good but I couldn’t really tell if they were catfish or pork floss. It was combined with mangoes, onions and chilli, which gave the dish a little zing to it. For me, the best dish was the Laing (Taro leaves with pork, coconut cream and shrimp paste). They served it two ways: original and crispy. It was sweet, salty, a little spicy, savoury and the crispy version had a very nice contrast in texture to the soft taro leaves. It was really executed very well. It made me hungrier actually. The Tinapa (smoked fish) Roll had too much of the smoked fish flavour in my opinion but those who like smoked fish will love this dish. The Chicken Binakol is chicken soup with coconut and papaya. It was good but I just couldn’t taste enough of the coconut in the soup. The Baby Squids were great. Lyn really liked the way they were cooked in olive oil and garlic. The squid meat had the perfect texture to them – not mushy and not tough. The Pinatayong Manok (Standing Chicken) was initially served as if it was standing on a plate then the servers carved it on the table. The meat was very tender and juicy but the taste was not out of the ordinary. The Crispy Boneless Pata (pork leg) tasted good with the crispy skin and very tender pork meat but I was looking for the feeling of getting pork skin and fat stuck behind my teeth because to me, that is the sign of good Crispy Pata. The Leche Flan (Creme caramel or milk flan) tasted very creamy and sweet. The Crispy Leche Flan is Leche Flan wrapped with lumpia wrappers (egg wrappers) then fried and served with more caramel. Yummy!
Service = 3/5
– We were dining in one of their function rooms and they were barely half full but we received mediocre service only. They had ample staff but it seemed that they were very distracted and it showed. It was hard for us to call their attention and when they came with our requests, they only partially fulfilled them.
Ambience = 4.5/5
– The dining area was a bit small but the theme was contemporary Filipino. Their seats were comfortable and it was clean everywhere.
Value for money = 4/5
– The prices for their food items were on the expensive side. I think they have to improve on the taste of their food a little bit but their service sorely needs to pick up.
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