There has been an occasional post about the Filipino restaurants on and around Roosevelt Ave near 69th Street in Woodside, but none recently.
I usually choose between Ihawan on 70th Street, just off Roosevelt, and Renee's Kitchenette & Grill at 69-14 Roosevelt Ave. Ihawan works better for large groups (more than 6) or if your group includes very small children, since their space is much larger. I'm not thrilled with their ultra bright lights though.
So, this past week I got a chance to go back to Renee's with a smaller group. It was wonderful as usual. One of their specialties is BBQ, so we ordered a Mixed Grill -- 4 different types of meat, all perfectly grilled, with a very light, slightly sweet BBQ sauce. We also had a Kalderetang Kambing (goat stew), in a slightly spicy red sauce. It's marked as "spicy" on the menu but Filipino food is rarely very spicy. The goat was much more tender than goat usually is. I'm a fan of Dinaguan (pork stew) but realize it's not for everyone. The "dark gravy," as it's described on the menu, is blood. Renee's version is as good as it gets. I usually get the Ox-Tail Kare-Kare, but find that between the fatty oxtails and the peanut sauce the dish is a little too rich, though that's better than the opposite problem. This time though, they had a special of Seafood Kare. It was a huge bowl with the same great peanut sauce but this time with a half dozen large green mussels, 4 or 5 large shrimp and some calamari, in addition to eggplant, okra and long beans. Even if this isn't on the specials list, I'll be asking for it as a special order whenever I go.
Service is very friendly and the menu is in both Tagalog and English. The decor isn't much, but the prices are extremely low.
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