It's been ages since I last visited the Philippines & its fair capital, Manila. I've always had a fascination for Filipino cuisine, with its special blend of Malay, Hispanic & Chinese cooking styles. Filipino eateries in Lucky Plaza, Orchard Road, are more of the casual turo-turo food stall variety, whilst GP Restaurant was pretty inconsistent.
So it was indeed a pleasure when 7107 Flavours opened in Marina Square last year - it was touted as the first fine-dining Filipino restaurant in town. I was there last week & had:
- Sinigang ng isda (a delicious sourish fish soup);
- Adobong manok (chicken in soy-vinegar stew);
- Laing Bikolano (there are 2 versions of the rich coconutty yam leaves stew, but the Bikolano one has chillis added for more bite);
- Dinakdakan (barbecued chicken pieces in a creamy sauce - it's the most delicious stuff I've eaten for quite a while);
- Calderetta (a tomatoey beef stew);
- Garlic fried rice (not very good here unfortunately).
Dessert was halo-halo (so-so) and Brazo de Mercedes (fantastic!).
Defintely have to bring a bigger dining party so we can perhaps order the whole lechon (suckling pig). Pity that there's such a strict control on use of pig's blood in Singapore, so we can't have dinuguan here.
The cooking has an honest home-cooked flavour to it. I wished that they can offer a lavish buffet spread instead, along the lines of Kamayan or Barrio Fiesta in Manila. If not, then perhaps some lighter, modern interpretation of Filipino cuisine, like those offered by Fernando Aracama's Uva at Greenbelt 3 in Makati, or Ariel Manuel's Lolo Dad in Remedios Circle, Malate. But I guess, short of buying a ticket for a 3.5 hours flight to Manila, 7107 Flavours can pretty much satisfy one's craving for a good Filipino meal.