I was looking for a nice dinner spot with good Filipino food. I tend to eschew places where the food is overtly greasy, which is a problem at many of the Filipino restaurants I've tried.
I've been to Alimango (also in San Mateo), which is my current favorite. Went on a weeekday, and the coconut crab was delicious - the coconut flavor did not overpower the delicate crabmeat flavor. Bangus was nicely done with dried egg slices on top. Pinakbet was delicious and probably the best I've had thus far in the Bay Area outside of someone's house. Pork sisig was not a standout but adeqately done with an egg cooking on the hotplate to cut the pork grease. I've gone back a few times and the food was worse on the weekends - I don't think they are adequately staffed for weekend crowds.
I've eaten at Patio Filipino a few years back but don't remember it being outstanding. Toppings Too in Union City has great food but it's more of a takeout place. I've been a fan of Bistro Luneta in San Mateo previously, but the food didn't have the same pop and fresh flavors last time I went. Gerry's Grill in Union City was ok for a lunch spot but not really worth the price for supper.
Obviously I have not explored Daly City very much. Any thoughts on your favorite Filipino food places?
615 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
1770 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
31005 Courthouse Dr, Union City, CA 94587
3708 S El, Camino Real San Mateo, CA
Toppings Too Restaurant
3910 Smith St, Union City, CA 94587