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Oct 4, 2006 07:25 AM

Alejandro's Filipino Restaurant in Glassell Park (review & photo link)

Being Filipino, I'm very picky about Filipino food. At every Filipino restaurant I go to, the litmus test for me is that after having eaten there, I ask myself, is the food there as good as Mom's cooking. It doesn't even matter to me whether it's a particular dish that my Mom has made or not. It's more about the food matching up to my Mom's high standard of cooking.

So far, only one restaurant has come close to that high standard and it was a Filipino restaurant in Artesia called Magic Wok, but last month, I experienced with my dining group a restaurant that I feel surpasses Magic Wok. That restaurant is Alejandro's in the Glassell Park area.

The food there was outstanding and every thing we ordered, I could easily see on my Mom's dining table ready for us to devour. There was the spicy goat stew. The goat meat was tender and didn't have any the normally gamey taste associated with it. The addition of the olives to this dish also gave it a nice hit of saltiness The creamy coconut sauce with the Shrimp Hipon was so good, I could have easily drank it by the gallon.

And than there was the crispy pata. Now my Mom has never deep fried pig knuckles, but if she did, it would have been like the one at Alejandro's. The dish arrived with a knife sticking straight out, which left no room for doubt that this dish wasn't for the faint of heart. Not very many people are into pork skin, but growing up eating crispy pata, I completely appreciated and savored the crispy, crunchy golden skin and of course, the moist meat underneath the skin was also something I enjoyed completely.

Other standouts of the meal happened before the meal when many of us ordered a variety of unsusual smoothies and iced drinks. There was the pandan and green mango smoothie, which had pistachio notes as well as having a hint of tartness. I had the sweet yellow corn milkshake, which to many in the group, was a bit odd, but after letting some sample it, I got a few converts.

For dessert, we all had suman, which is a sweetened rice wrapped in banana leaves. Alejandro's actually cut the suman in squares, topped with fried coconut as well as a piece of leche plan (e.g. flan). It was an awesome dessert and served in a way that I've never experienced before, so it was definitely a first.

Overall, Alejandro's is definitely a find and a restaurant that I will certainly return to over and over again and I hope that many of you will decide to check it out as well.

To see pics, go to:

4126 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles 90065

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  1. Thanks for the review. I live near there and have been curious about the several Filipino restaurants there. I will have to try Alejandro's!

    1. I'm not Pinoy, I just like some Fil food, which I can't get here in Utah. I'm looking for good adobo ng manok, lumpia and garlic rice when I travel, and will be spending several days in SoCal (and maybe the Bay Area) later this month. My current favorite is Salo-Salo (partly because of NO BONES!!!), so that gives you an idea how my taste runs, but I will try Magic Wok. How is the adobo at Alejandro's?

      1. Suman topped with lecheplan? AND you ordered crispy pata? Pare, you must have a heart made of stainless steel.

        1. Thanks for this review - we discovered Alejandro's one night when Polka was closed. Generous portions and friendly people who tried to help us figure out what to eat. We each had soups and they were huge. With the noodle dish we ordered, we took more home than we ate, and have been back several times since. But as pleasurepalate notes, definitely not for the faint of heart!

          4126 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

          4112 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065