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Apr 24, 2008 03:03 PM

Filipino Restaurant

I'm not an expert but had what I thought was a very good dinner at Filipino Rest / Lutong Pinoy at 10 Kenway Rd, Earls Court. All the customers were Filipino and had flat screen screening of Tagalog game shows. Anyone been?

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  1. Haven't been, but from the sounds of it, I'm going real soon. Any crispy pata by any chance?

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    1. re: limster

      Not sure but they have very extensive menu.

      1. re: Barry Strugatz

        Thanks -- looking forward to giving them a whirl!

        1. re: limster

          I would be really interested to know what it is like

          I spent a week with Filipino relatives in Manila for my trip and became addicted to sisig, sinigang, balo balo and pata amongst other things

          one of the great underrated food cultures imho

          there was a place on Charlotte st too, but I am not sure if it is still there

          look forward to hearing more


          1. re: Simon Majumdar

            "one of the great underrated food cultures imho"

            Agreed. When I was working, one of the "office do" places was Cora's Restaurant, 174 Oldham Road, Ashton under Lyne. As far as I know, it's the only Filipino place in Greater Manchester. Always interesting to see how the Spanish elements have been incorporated into the local cuisine


            1. re: Harters

              I often pass Cora's, is it any good? I keep meaning to go in and try it.

              1. re: portseven

                It's around 5 years since I was last there (I havnt kept in touch with ex-colleagues since I left), so can't vouch for it now.

                It was good, not great, IMO. But then I havnt anything else to compare it to. Very friendly. Menu was very meat orientated but it was no problem for them to rustle up something if veggies were in the party. Usually some very tasty stir-fry type dish. Well worth a try.

                Welcome to the Board, BTW. We could do with more Greater Manchester posts & reccs.

    2. Lumpia shanghai, little fried spring rolls filled with well seasoned minced pork, was crispy and the oil it was fried in seemed fresh. Solid sweet chilli sauce for dipping.

      Another lumpia, can't remember the name, consisted of rice paper used for making poh piah style spring rolls, filled with a variety of vegetables, including jicama, carrots, snap peas, surrounded by a sweet peanut based sauce. Not bad.

      Pork adobo was basic, cubes of pork in a sauce that I wished had more vinegar, it was only slightly sour. Pork was fine, but I wanted a more intense sauce all round.

      Pansit bihon will resonate with pork lovers. Rice vermicelli cooked in stock, with substantial porky flavour and a good lardy stickiness. PIeces of pork and also some vegetables; the cabbage in particular is a good contrast to the pork.

      Sago melaka (iirc) is a peasant drink, bobbing with bits of sago and darkly sweetened with palm sugar.

      The special halo halo dessert is indeed special, with a melange of fruit (jackfruit among others iirc), attap chee (sorry I don't know the translation), shaved ice etc...

      I also really liked the binbisang (sp?) special dessert, a pancake made with (I think) tapioca, infused with the aroma of banana leaf that it was cooked on, and topped with powdered sugar.

      Good home cooking. Worth going again, lots of other things to try. (Yes - they have crispy pata, that's next,)

      3 Replies
      1. re: limster

        The other lumpia is called "Lumpiang Sariwa" which means fresh lumpia.

        The pancake is probably called "Bibingka"....which can be made with cassava, glutinous rice, regular wheat flour, etc.

        1. re: fmed

          Thank you so much for chiming in. Yes - bibingka it is. It was a bit chewy, which was why I thought it was tapioca (same thing as cassava right?).

          1. re: limster

            Yes - tapioca = cassava. I like bibinka made with chunks of cheese (traditional Filipino goat cheese or feta as a sub) and boiled salted duck eggs.

      2. i hope i don't annoy any natives by saying this, but i'm always impressed by stateside visitors chowdars: jfores, limster, bbeauty, zuriga ..

        anyone can find st. john. but who finds good filipino restaurants? i've walked all over kensington and i've never even seen this place. i'm embarassed, but delighted.

        congratulations barry!

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        1. re: howler

          "i'm always impressed by stateside visitors"

          Yes, indeed. We should parcel them up and send them on a countrywide tour to look for good food. I'd have more time to train me whippets.


          1. re: howler

            Barry takes credit for this Filipino place, just following his tip. =)

            BTW, more or less across the street from this place is a Japanese place called Mai that has a pretty big list of kushiage, which are deep fried skewers of various ingredients. Anyone tried?