hello . . ate at ihawan on wednesday and had a good meal of BBQ, somehow ended up across the street at Perlas ng Silangan (open on Thursday, seemed to be closed on Wednesday) . . . Roosevelt between 69th and 70th street . .
I dunno . . kind of underwhelmed; ate w/ a couple of filipinos so they did most of the ordering and I just happily ate . . . but the food was . . . I dunno, pretty good I guess, but it just didn't hit me as hard as ihawan . . . we had planned to go to renee's but it was closing (around 7:30) so we headed across the street, after thinking about, and rejecting, castellvi's (the dark bar/bistro on the corner) . . .
Longsilog (filipino breakfast of longanisa, eggs and garlic fried) . . decent, I guess, but sausage definitely not as well prepared as ihawan.
Daing Bangus (different spellings, but always fried milkfish in marinade) this was awesome, a single fish split and filleted somehow to resemble flounder, fried up hard and crisp; although bones were intact (milkfish is really bony and annoying to eat any other way except fried) we ate every single piece down to the tail . . served w/ vinegar type sauce, really good but seasonal price $10.95? I dunno, a bit pricey . . . maybe.
Tortang Talong (eggplant stuffed, split then pan fried w/ egg) kinda like taiwanese oyster pancake but w/ eggplant, this was interesting, arrived slightly room temp, ehh, was pretty good, real smoky taste from grilled eggplant, ehh . . so-so . . .
Bam-I (crystal noodles mixed w/ canton noodles) interesting mix of chow mein type noodles and mei-fun or some other starch type noodle . . . ehh, pretty good I guess, but for $5.50? small serving, and very ordinary stir-ins (pork shreds, celery, cabbage and carrot) . . ehh, so-so . . .
Dinugan (pork w/ vinegar and pork blood sauce) this was the tastiest dish, and really good . . tender pork somehow w/ entrails, sauce was not as dark as usual, or at least, the pork was not as darkened by the sauce, but really good, strong taste . . . hmm, had a really good one at krystal's a while ago . . I think this one is not as good . . . in my opinion.
Strange meringue-type butter dessert . . we were plied these twice, and finally accepted . . I dunno, it was like a stiff little napoleon, round, two layers, very crunchy, kinda of meringue like, but frosting on top tasted like butter and butter only. a little too rich and crumbly. covered w/ crushed cashews that flew all over the table . . poorly constructed and scary amount of butter . . .
Halo-halo . . . w/ really good vanilla ice cream on top . . . tall glass filled w/ shave ice on top of pre-made and pre-mixed halo halo combination . . . ehh, pretty good I guess . . . hunks of leche flan were ridiculously good . . but no kidney beans or chick peas! not what I recall as typical, which is good, it had lots of goodies in it, toasted rice or some cereal like crunchy bits . . .
hmm, overall? I dunno, the meal for 3 set us back $60 total, which is really kinda high for this type of meal . . . the space was nice, looks very new, out of maybe . . .20 or 30 tables? not exactly filled, maybe 5 or 6 parties throughout our meal, mostly filipinos though, which is a good thing . . . I have to say that it was not the mind-altering meal I had at ihawan (and that was only a few dishes, but not the same sort of dishes) . . . . planning to hit renee's sometime, and then krystal's again (despite my friends' misgivings about that place) but maybe I shoulda tried the adobo, which everyone seems to rave about . . . anyone else have solid dish recommendations? I'd like to go again sometime . . .