I tried Josephine's for the first time last night, with two others. I'm not super familiar with Filipino food, as I've only had it about 4 times (in L.A. and San Francisco), but I thought overall, the food was pretty decent. I was sort of expecting the worst, but I think we managed to choose some good dishes, which led to a good meal.
Pork lumpia were freshly and nicely fried, serving size was 5 medium sized lumpia. One of my memories of eating Filipino food in LA was that the order of lumpia there consisted of a huge plate of about 40 small lumpia....not the case here, oh well.
Pork adobo - Pork was tender, sauce was rich and tasty. Pretty good rendition.
Pumpkin and green beans w/ coconut milk - This dish was probably the best of the lot - tender pumpkin, green beans, in a rich but not overly rich coconut cream sauce.
Mixed vegetables w/ shrimp paste - This was quite good as well - the mixed veg consisted of pumpkin, green beans, bitter melon, okra and eggplant. The bits of bitter melon were the best, since the contrast with the salty shrimp paste is very nice, and the bitter flavors went well with the other sweeter dishes.
Tilapia in sweet and sour sauce - The menu said that the sauce was "Filipino" style, but what came out was pretty similar to typical Chinese-American sweet and sour sauce - red colored, a bit goopy. Still, it wasn't overly sweet, and the fish was cooked properly, so this wasn't bad....but maybe not the best option.
With three calamansi iced teas (very good) and two orders of rice, total bill for the 3 came to £56. Not cheap, but this seems to be the price you pay when you eat dinner in this area...
So flavorwise, things were very good. Everything was a bit on the salty side, but if I felt another craving for Filipino food, I might return.
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