yes, it may sound like an oxymoron, but it's true. there is a vegetarian-friendly filipino restaurant in existence. we often go to la paz in el segundo (they are moving, by the way) and i've spied papillon a couple of times. most recently, i googled them and found a review (http://www.vegparadise.com/dining65.html) that went into great detail about the restaurant. my favorite part? separate grills for veggie and non-veggie dishes.
as a vegetarian married to a filipino, going to countless family events that are some kind of carnivore's paradise, i have never been able to taste adobo or lumpia or pancit, but thanks to papillon, my enquiring mind now knows.
the food here was really outstanding. even my better half and brother-in-law liked it. we ordered shanghai lumpia ($5.95) - fried eggrolls - to start and the better half thought that was the best part of the meal. crispy and flavorful.
we also ordered vegetarian chicken adobo ($7.95) - i like veggie chicken and my first round with adobo was a success. it was much sweeter than i had envisioned, but it was quite good.
my favorite dish was their house special tofu ($6.50) - it seemed to be to be seasoned, breaded tofu, fried maybe? served with sliced jalapenos on top of lettuce.
the meat-eaters loved their lechon kawali ($7.50) - deep fried pork - so much they ordered another plate.
their veggie pancit bihon ($7.50) - surprised even my brother-in-law, a person who can eat two steaks at a meal. stir-fried noodles with vegetables, veggie shrimp (didn't try since i don't even like real shrimp), veggie chicken and veggie pork.
i tried calamansi juice ($1.75) - juice from a fruit tree native to the philippines, related to the mandarin, pomelo and sweet orange - which was too sweet for me. tasted like a melted tangerine-flavored lifesaver. might be better watered-down.
the service was excellent - friendly and casual. the restaurant is not fancy and there is no alcohol served, but it's clean and comfortable. i like the story behind the place (see the review) and el segundo is getting all cute. bonus: farmers' market on thursday evening!
i'm not sure of the bill total, as we were treated for dinner.
408 main street
el segundo, ca 90245
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