After a recent trip to the Bay Area, pleasurepalate wrote about Filipino dishes at two local restaurants.
Patio Filipino put a few spins on traditional dishes. pleasurepalate liked the soothing, ginger-infused tinola soup, which is usually prepared with chicken but featured mussels in this version. Sizzling bangus sisig, a shredded milkfish cooked in spices and jalapeño peppers, was the highlight of the meal. Another enticing concoction: buko con seta, a gelatinized dessert made with coconut water, sweet beans, and purple yam ice cream.
When faced with the pan-Asian menu at Mercury Lounge, pleasurepalate sought out the Filipino-inflected dishes, like adobo fried rice and pan de sal bread pudding. The fried rice dish incorporated a fried egg and pulled pork prepared in a vinegar, bay leaf, peppercorn, and soy sauce marinade. The bread pudding turned out to be a traditional Filipino sweet bread set against vanilla ice cream and a coconut-caramel sauce.
Patio Filipino [Peninsula]
1770 El Camino Real, San Bruno
Mercury Lounge [SOMA]
1582 Folsom Street, San Francisco