Mama Meena's Family Restaurant
94-20 Jamaica Ave
Woodhaven, NY 11421
Had a really terrific lunch here on Saturday afternoon.. I have had only a few experiences with Filipino Food and they all have been enjoyable.. However, this restaurant has gone above and beyond my perceptions.
Sisig-We started with a wonderful rendition of a classic Filipino dish.. Sisig.. Basically, parts of the pigs head, a little liver, but mainly ears, marinated with a strong soy sauce flavor.. They are then chopped fine and served on a sizzling cast iron Fajita dish.. As we sat there listening to the sizzling and the crisping of the meat, our server then cracked an egg in the middle of the dish.. Then we mixed it up and allowed the other side of the meat to crisp and for the egg to cook.. This dish was terrific.. Mixed with some rice, there was something so comforting about the dish..
Beef Soup-Next up, upon the waiters suggestion, we ordered this.. The dish had a super dark and clean tasting beef broth.. Served in the soup was cabbage, bone marrow, and chunks of beef. Soup was very good and enough for three or 4 people.. The beef went well with a spicy vinegar sauce they served on the side..
Crispy Pork Belly- Lastly, we ordered crispy pork belly served with a liver sauce on the side.. The pork belly was just fantastic.. Perfectly crisp, a very large portion, and the accompanying liver sauce somehow brightened and lightened the dish? How this is possible, I do not know..
As we were sitting there drinking our beers that we purchased from the Bodega next door, we watched many dishes whip out of the kitchen.. All of the people eating in there, besides our table, were Filipino.
Crispy Pata or fried pork trotter, looked amazing! As did the several of the different fried egg roll looking things..
I might not know all the ins and outs of Filipino food but, I know when something tastes good.. And here the food is really exceptional.. I have to return here some time this week!
94-20 Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY 11421