wondering if anyone else had thoughts on this restaurant on Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake, new from Charles Olalia (Rice Bar; formerly from Patina). I’ve loved Rice Bar and was excited to see this open amidst what seems like a developing boom in Filipino cuisine in the LA area.
We went recently and it was packed, which was nice to see. The bar program was excellent, my photos of the cocktails came out flat, but we enjoyed all of them.
Albacore Tuna Sinuglaw (Tomato, Onion, Avocado, Charred Pepper
Vinaigrette). Refreshing, the fish tasted fresh and it was well balanced, a good opener.
“Lumpia” (Savory Shrimp Mousse, Sea Urchin, Lardo, Garlic
Vinegar). Crispy, perfectly fried, light and delicate; I was worried the sea urchin would be overpowered but it came together very nicely.
Wild River Crab Fritto Misto (Green Lip Mussels, Garlic Aioli, Lime). Sorry, no photo. the small soft shell crabs were a nice touch, but some of the fried seafood was a bit heavy/oily.
Pork Sisig (Sweetbreads, Maui Onions, Serrano Chili, Green Onion, Calamansi), with the optional crispy oysters. Definitely recommend getting this with the crispy oysters, they were meaty and clean-tasting, and fried really well, better than the fritto misto. The pork/sweetbreads were rich and a bit heavy but the chili was quite spicy and added a nice kick. A substantial dish.
Chicken Adobo (Jasmine Rice, Cippolini, Roasted Garlic, Soy-
Vinegar). one of our favorites of the night, actually. the chicken was so tender you could eat it with a spoon, and the flavoring was surprisingly delicate yet obviously still had that adobo-level strength. there was a tomato in the middle that added a perfect touch. Really nice, we were stuffed by this point but almost finished this because it was so delicious, an impulsive last minute order but I’m glad we tried it.
I’m not an expert on Filipino food but I really enjoyed the restaurant and hope it does well. The dishes seem like they’re on the richer side overall but I think that would go well with drinking, and the cocktails are definitely worth exploring. Would definitely go back.