Filipino restaurant tip
So I had to have my car towed this morning, which sucked, but on the plus side, my tow-truck driver was a really friendly Filipino guy who was telling me about his favorite Filipino restaurant. Everything is cooked fresh, he said, not like the other places where food just sits on steam tables or might even have been reheated from the day before. He wouldn't specify any must-orders, saying all their food is good, but a few minutes later he was rhapsodizing about the sinigang (tamarind-spiked soup) with beef ribs. Unfortunately, though, they don't do crispy pata (a joint of fried pork) and are only open for breakfast and lunch. There's a line by 11:30, he said.
Linking the address, but I recognized the minimall as soon as we drove past -- the Filipino place is right next to Marouch.
4909 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
I noticed that also on my last trip to Marouch. Sinigang is definitely one of my favorite Filipino dishes, but I tend to prefer it with fish as opposed to beef, so I'll be curious how it turns out.
Frankly, I like the fact that they've got limited hours. Most places have to do *some sort* of compromise in order to help the ends meet, and usually it ends up being lower quality food. I'm more than happy to find a place with good quality but limited hours (see also, Langer's Deli).
I hate to say it but HFT lacks a real good Filipino restaurant (that wasn't always the case though...anyone remember the old Bayanihan on Beverly?)
Guess that's why they put the "Historic" in "Historic Filipinotown" :I
There's Bahay Kubo, but it's more of a social hang (and a place to watch The Filipino Channel) than a place to find good food. If I ever eat anything there it's their desserts, which are pretty good (though I didn't like the halo-halo I had the last time I was there).
The closest thing to decent is Little Ongpin on Beverly and Union. It's a hole in the wall, and don't expect a great dining experience, but for many Filipinos it's the best go-to place if you're ordering a large catered container of pancit for a potluck party.
I live 2 blocks away. That place is nasty. They do have heat lamps ("turo-turo style").
I avoid that place, as do all the other Filipinos in the area.
The good stuff:
- Asian Noodles, Chinatown
- Salo-Salo, Glendale
- Alejandros, Eagle Rock
I also heard of a few real good ones in Cerritos, but I don't hang out there that much.
Either that or I'll eat for free at a relative's/family friends' party. :)
BTW Manila Sunset was a victim of gentrification in Silver Lake so they moved a few miles west, they're gonna set up shop on Vermont near Santa Monica (across from the Metro station) here in East Hollywood. Kinda unfortunate, since growing up I always assumed "Manila Sunset" was because it's on Sunset Blvd, and not from what a Manila person would see looking west on Roxas Blvd.
re: Normal Garciaparra
Barrio Fiesta has some really good dishes. The Crispy Pata, kare kare and pancit canton are good. The crispy pusit (calamari) is amazing....it is lightly battered and served with infused vinegar. The caldereta is good enough. I personally, did not care for the lumpia shanghai or chicken adobo....I've had much better. Their special halo halo is also really good...it has leche flan, buko, pinipig and ube ice cream along with the typical stuff. The price point is quite high for Philipino food...but I have trouble finding good Philipino food which is why I've gone back.
I'm really fond of Alejandro's, especially for crispy pata, but it is a bit expensive for what you get. Anyone know a good place for pancit bihon? That's the kind with rice noodles, not egg noodles. Had it as a kid at a friend's house and loved it, but in restaurants it's often lackluster, short on meat/fish and veggies. I think it was at Alejandro's that it was mostly celery on the noodles. :(