Filipino Taste Test from an Out-of-Towner

After a recent trip to the Bay Area, pleasurepalate wrote about Filipino dishes at two local restaurants.

Patio Filipino put a few spins on traditional dishes. pleasurepalate liked the soothing, ginger-infused tinola soup, which is usually prepared with chicken but featured mussels in this version. Sizzling bangus sisig, a shredded milkfish cooked in spices and jalapeño peppers, was the highlight of the meal. Another enticing concoction: buko con seta, a gelatinized dessert made with coconut water, sweet beans, and purple yam ice cream.

When faced with the pan-Asian menu at Mercury Lounge, pleasurepalate sought out the Filipino-inflected dishes, like adobo fried rice and pan de sal bread pudding. The fried rice dish incorporated a fried egg and pulled pork prepared in a vinegar, bay leaf, peppercorn, and soy sauce marinade. The bread pudding turned out to be a traditional Filipino sweet bread set against vanilla ice cream and a coconut-caramel sauce.

Patio Filipino [Peninsula]
1770 El Camino Real, San Bruno
650-872-9888

Mercury Lounge [SOMA]
1582 Folsom Street, San Francisco
415-551-1582

Discuss: REVIEW w/pics: Dinner at Patio Filipino
REVIEW w/pics: Lunch at Mercury Lounge

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