Went here on Tuesday night. The place was barely half full. We took out our 4 friends who are Filipino and they had their reservations about Irenia.
The food was outstanding. One of the best meals we've had this entire year. We ordered the entire menu except for the mackerel.
The Dilis was addicting. Flash fried, crunchy, salty and great with the vinegar spicy sauce. J Gold said its the best thing he's eaten in the last 2 weeks on his LA Times blog. Our table of 6 had 3 orders.
Kare Kare with cauliflower was another great appetizer. Not as peanut buttery and made with cauliflower. A lighter version that was a table favorite.
The Kaldereta was delicious. That brown sauce would be good on a shoe. Meat was fall off the bone tender.
The Adobo was far from the traditional style that we've had. Much less vinegary but man that pork belly was out of this world.
Bibingka dessert was like a dulche de leche type cake. I've never had this before. Great crunch from the peanuts and the cake itself was moist with a lovely coconut/caramel like flavor.
Lastly the rice was the best rice I've eaten at any Asian place in a long time. It was perfectly made, fluffy, perfect for all of the sauces and had that perfect white rice flavor. We pounded a few large bowls of rice.
I would highly recommend this place and hope more people start coming because the food here is very good.