As a Filipina, I'm always on the lookout for good Filipino food, whether it's traditional or with a twist. While on a visit to San Francisco, I had heard about Mercury Lounge which is owned by Filipino Chef, Dominic Ainza.
Although the food at Mercury Lounge is considered Pan-Asian, Chef Dominic's heritage is reflected in some of the dishes on his menu and that was especially true for the two dishes I had for lunch that day.
It started with the Adobo Fried Rice, a pulled pork adobo fried rice with a fried egg. Simply, it was delicious. Adobo, if you didn't know, refers to ingredients that are cooked/stewed in soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf and peppercorns.
What I liked was that all the sour and tangy flavors were there and when combined with an over easy egg, it was definitely a wonderful dish.
Dessert was all about the Pan de Sal Bread Pudding which was topped with vanilla ice cream and coconut caramel sauce. In truth, bread pudding is not a dessert I'd usually go for, but since this particular bread pudding was using Filipino sweet bread, I knew I had to have it. It was simply amazing.
What I liked about the pan de sal was that it was more airy and light as opposed to being dense. Also, the coconut caramel sauce added a nice tropical touch.
Mercury Lounge was a wonderful lunch stop and I fell in love with the restaurant even more when I visited it a few weeks later, but that's another post altogether.
1582 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
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1582 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103