It is not only the best Filipino food, it is also the worst since it is the only Filipino food in Oakland.
The steam table food is fine. There was nothing that will blow you away, but it was respectable.
There is an option for take-out. They weigh the takeout container and the price depends on what is selected. All meat, all veggie and combo take-out has different prices.
The daily menus are taped to the wall. Since there is so much talk about chicharrones lately, I thought I’d mention it is served on Friday. Don’t know what prep though.
From reading yelp, it seems the best day to go is Friday. Sometimes they have ‘make your own’ halo halo.
Every day they have ginitaan for dessert plus a dessert of the day. Maybe someone who is Filipino can help me out. What exactly is the ginituan here? Was it the hot tapioca porridge with mung beans or the cold fruit cocktail mixed in a thin custard-like sauce?
The menu on Tuesday is
Green beans, chayote, pinakbet
Paksiw na tlapia
Another soup (didn’t try it)
They have a lot of condiment bottles on the side such as sriracha, soy sauce, white soy sauce (or was that vinegar in a soy sauce bottle), etc
They also has a bowl of sweet and sour sauce for the lumpia and a bowl of fish paste to mix in the kare kare. I thought the kare kare was good.
I also liked the sinigang which was a nicely sour soup and had large tender pieces of bone-on pork with lots of veggies such as sliced root veggies, greens and what I mistook as okra … I think it was a jalapeno because when I bit into it … yow!
There were a few dishes in addition to those posted. There was some sort of squash-like veggie with ground pork. There were two chicken dishes. I’m guessing the chicken bbq was the chicken in teriyaki sauce. Didn’t seem very bbq to me though. There were also large pieces of bone-on chopped up stewed chicken.
I really wonder if those were tlapia steaks or pompano. Until I read the menu I was thinking they were herring. The white flesh was good, but the speckled skin had a muddy taste.
This is a large room that somehow reminded me ambiance-wise of B&M in SF.
There is a karaoke stage and they were playing videos of people singing karaoke. At one time they had karaoke nights, but now they are only open for lunch and the karaoke is only available for private events.
Not much in the way of beverages other than bottled beer, canned sodas and pitchers of iced tap water. Pay before you sit down and grab a plate.
It is not amazing food but I thought it was decent and better than some of the other Filipino steam table food I’ve tried. IMO it was a good value for the price.
I’ll put the other menus posted for the other days of the week in the first reply.
Bistro de Manila
365 19th St, Oakland, CA 94612