Restaurant Review: Eating Filipino Style (Look Ma, Only Hands!) at House of Sisig

Restaurant Review: Eating Filipino Style (Look Ma, Only Hands!) at House of Sisig

by Allan Roman Reyes

Walking into House of Sisig is like coming home to Lola’s house. It’s full of people eating, loud with family conversation and cooking, and did I mention food? The place is small; people are frequently excusing past each other and chairs are back to back, not to mention the tables. But to sit down to one of the Philippine’s great customs, the kamayan (eating with your hands) meal is something that needs to be experienced at least once, or twice, or how about every Sunday instead?

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Amazing Filipino Food and Restaurant Design; LaMesa in Toronto

Amazing Filipino Food and Restaurant Design; LaMesa in Toronto

This is what Im talking about! Filipinos not only putting out bomb ass food but dope ass, simple, yet sophisticated design. I haven’t had a chance to experience LaMesa, but my cousins (you know I’ve got lots) have and the verdict is in….Good Times!

From the pictures and descriptions (jackfruit Creme Brulee with a berry coulis),  it looks like the bizness! My mouth is salivating. For those of you who don’t know, I’m originally from Toronto. It  is a true blend of different ethnic people and their respective cuisines.

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Restaurant Review: Isla Cocina Pilipina — Eagle Rock’s Newest Gem

Restaurant Review: Isla Cocina Pilipina — Eagle Rock’s Newest Gem

written by: Allan Roman Reyes

Isla Cocina Pilipina in Eagle Rock resides in a nondescript, newly painted building of considerable size. Conveniently located where the old Barrio Fiesta (another Filipino restaurant now having moved to Glendale) used to be, familiar Filipino scents greet you.  It could be because the restaurant makes its own vinegar (more on this later), soy, and barbeque sauces, and they are featured prominently in the spacious foyer as you enter. The  staff is friendly and helpful, and though some may ask for help pronouncing some of the harder Filipino food terms, they adore the Filipino taste and are not hesitant in recommending their favorites from the menu.

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Restaurant Review: L.A. ROSE CAFE – Filipino Food has never smelled so good!

Restaurant Review: L.A. ROSE CAFE – Filipino Food has never smelled so good!

written by: Allan Roman Reyes

There’s something good going on at the L.A. Rose Cafe. Located on a non-descript little corner on a heavily-travelled bypass street (Fountain Ave. for you Angelenos), I’m sure many have driven by the place countless of times never quite giving it a second thought. But behind those frilly little curtains lies a secret: some of the best home-cooked Filipino food this side of West Covina.

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Move Over Mark McEwan, Toronto’s New Top Chef Is Filipino!

Move Over Mark McEwan, Toronto’s New Top Chef Is Filipino!

Two summers ago I had a chance to eat at Fuzion Restaurant in Toronto. It was the bomb.com! I’m not just saying that because it was a birthday treat for my mom and the sous chef, at the time, happened to be my cousin (although it did help my review). Jokes. I’m saying it because its true. If it weren’t true, Edric DeVilla, mi familia, wouldn’t have made it to head chef ! That’s right mother truckers, check the editorial in Outlooks Magazine!

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Soup To The Rescue!

Soup To The Rescue!

I know the cold is here to stay and winter’s fast approaching when my scarves are worn for warmth and not for cuteness, and I’m craving some watery food. Really, who would think people want to eat food that’s been watered down ON purpose, but they (we) do. We freaking love soup. We do. I’m a case in point! Case in point – I recently spent a challenging Friday night with nine million other people at Souplantation just because I love, love, love their clam chowder. LOVE it.

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Salo Salo is Yummo Yummo

Salo Salo is Yummo Yummo

My lovely parents aka Haydee’s creators (I sound like Pinocchio to their Geppetto, but I digress) celebrated their 39th year wedding anniversary recently and we decided to grub on some Filipino food. I’m still amazed by the 39 year thing because I’m thinking back to when I used to celebrate monthly(!) anniversaries with my junior high boyfriend and I’d stress out trying to find the cassette single (I just aged myself) of “Forever Your Girl” at Sam Goody’s as a token of my affection. We lasted six months. I should’ve bought Jody Watley. Sigh.

Back to the food. We headed off to Artesia (near Cerritos) at one of our regular faves – Salo Salo Grill.

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