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New Filipino FOB on Smith Street

foodwhisperer | Nov 17, 201611:02 PM

FOB is a nice new addition to Carroll Gardens.
The room is comfortable and casual. More style than the usual Filipino restaurant, yet simple.
They bill the place as a BBQ spot, but BBQ is only about a tenth of the menu.
They recently opened, less than a week ago. At present its BYOB.
There are 4 sections on the menu appetizers, mains, sides and dessert.
I started with an appetizer - the Tuna Kilawin. a ceviche with mango, tomato, onion, and taro chips. It was delicious.
Followed by another appetizer of sisig. The meats were chopped more than most sisig I've had but I didn't mind that. The taste was very good. It could have been slightly crispier though.
I moved on to the main dish, whole fish inahaw. It was not a whole fish but a filet with skin attached steamed in a banana leaf. I assumed it would be tilapia, but was pleasantly surprised that it was striped bass. I liked this dish very much.
Then I had another main course of the house specialty , Pork BBQ. It was BBQ pork cubes on skewers, with some pickled papaya. The menu says smothered in bbq sauce but it's not. It was a good dish, but not as good as Ihawan's BBQ in Woodside.
Now the sides... Interestingly, they have pansit as a side dish. Most Filipino restaurants have it as a main course. They have 2 types, bihon ( thin rice noodles) and Canton ( thicker egg noodles like lo mein). I had the Bihon and it was very good and probably appealed to the clientele that was there. However, for me, it didn't have enough of the taste of patis ( fish sauce) . It was also tiny. However, the sides only cost $2.50 each.
I also had a side of laing ( taro leaves, shrimp paste and coconut milk). It tasted good, but lacked the usual Filipino flavor of the shrimp paste and some spiciness.
I enjoyed the Mac salad side of macaroni, pineapple, carrots and raisins.
Next was green beans and longanisa. Unlike most Filipino restaurants, the green beans were cooked perfectly and not over cooked. The sausage was very tasty.
They offer 2 desserts, leche flan, and halo halo. The leche flan was decent.
Overall, even though I had some criticism, i'm very happy this restaurant is there and was also happy it was full. The food is very fresh tasting, and I think it will have an appeal to non-Filipino clientele. Filipinos might want more of the taste of patis and alamang in some dishes. Also, they would have to adjust to the small size of the dishes. However, you can make a nice tasting menu because the dishes are small and the sides are very inexpensive. So it isn't such a bad idea to have the small sides and appetizers. Hey, if you want more pansit, just order 4 orders.
Hopefully they will one day add more of my favorite dishes to the menu, such as dinuguan, lechon kawali, tuna jaw, and kare kare.
I will definitely be back, and probably will become a regular at F.O.B. The food is well made. The owner/chef had worked at Daniel to his credit.
i want to try the appetizer of peel and eat shrimp. Also the mussels appetizer. I will try the overnight chicken adobo next time as well as the short rib asado.
I recommend this restaurant if you want to try some tasty Filipino dishes in Brooklyn.

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