This is one of those places I have contemplated since it opened but have never taken a chance on, having no clue whatsoever what Philippine food was and being a bit put off by the fact it is always pretty empty.
By chance a friend recommended it one morning and said the service was quick (always vital for a work day) and the food good, but different, so I decided to give it a whirl for lunch. As I walked in a saw a menu board for a $10 lunch deal, which is available every weekday and I think weekends, but didn't know a single dish so with tantalised taste buds and the thrill of something new I went in.
I was greeted straight away by a very friendly staff member who seated me and gave me the menu. The menu was a little more revealing than the board out front, but not by much, so I asked a few questions and had a go.
I only waited ten minutes to find out, as that's when my food arrived. For a $10 deal generous is a massive understatement, but the food did not look all that pretty, and the soup with lettuce just looked weird, but I dug in and gave it a go. The soup was very sour and a little off putting, and the rice very garlicky, until I woke up to the fact that there were a lot of elements on the plate and started mixing it up. The noodles with the pork belly, which was actually awesome all on its own, was FAB, and the rice and soup balanced each other very well. I couldn't eat it all (and I am a guy with a decent appetite) and once I got mixing I enjoyed it very much. The green cake, I think melon, was very sweet but ended the meal wonderfully.
I can't judge if it's authentic, being my first experience of Philippine food, and I have no doubt some people will try it and feel that I have steered them wrong, as I don't think it would be for everyone's taste.
Overall I love trying new foods and will eat here again, but will it replace Thai, Indian and Chinese as my go to lunch options? Probably not, although I do sense that the more I try it the more it will grow on me.
Nice to see a review of something different. Phillipino food in my opinion is the 'bomb'. But even better when you know what you are having and how to eat it. Search for a pork or chicken Adobo with rice and if it's authentic I'd say you would rate Phillipino food higher than some of it's Asian or Indian counterparts.