Filipino food by the shore
I recently moved down by the shore, Long Branch specifically. I was wondering if anyone knew of any Filipino restaurants/bbqs/buffets in the area? I've scoured the internet, this board, yelp, and I've found nothing (with the exception of bistro san miguel which closed earlier this year). However, a lot of the places I've been to in other areas of Jersey haven't been well advertised either, so it seems like I can only find these places by word of mouth. Please tell me there's some Filipino cuisine somewhere around, I am going through home food withdrawal! I can make a few Filipino dishes, but a single person living by themselves just doesn't make lechon, bbq pork skewers, and lumpia rolls for just herself.
They don't advertise it (except on their business cards) but the owners of Gourmet Barbecue in Monmouth Beach are Filipino. They do excellent babyback ribs and beef kebabs but other than the rice & kebabs there are no Filipino dishes on the regular menu. The owner said she will do Filipino food by special order & had a menu of Filipino dishes but had run out of the menus. She says she is working on some new Filipino menus, but I have been bugging her about it for a month now and have not seen them yet.
One time her chef had just finished a huge order of Lechon (Filipino roast pork) and gave me a sample. Wowee! Mahogany brown crispy skin over moist flavorful roast pork...
You may want to contact them and inquire about getting some Pinoy cooking. She told me she is worried that most Americans wouldn't "get it" and wants to get a larger regular customer base before springing any ethnic surprises...
Pic: Front & Back of Gourmet BBQ business card & takeout ribs & kebab:
36 Beach Rd., Monmouth Beach, NJ
That place on 35 was given a great review by Andrea Clurfield in the APP a few years ago, and it was truly wonderful. That said, I guess Filipino isn't that popular in these parts, thus their passing. Interesting about Groumet BBQ. Keep us posted.