Is it that hard to find decent Filipino food in Vancouver or the 'burbs for that matter?
Even after informally surveying my Filipino friends, many of them were quick to point out that nothing measures up to their mother's home cooking. When we paid the new Max's on Kingsway a visit, we were really sad that the chicken was not up to par (apparently it's a huge restaurant chain back in Manila, so our expectations were admittedly high). Kumare in Richmond was a disappointment too: the sisig I was looking forward to turned out to be a dud, hardly had the nice crispy bits that makes sisig so good. Cucina Manila is pretty decent, but rather greasy (ordered laing and it was in a pool of oil, still tasty though).
(That leaves mainstays like Pinpin's and Little Ongpin...and Cucina Manila. I'm aware of Filipino grocers that also serve turo-turo style food like Tindahan and Aling Mary's in Richmond, but haven't given those a shot.)