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  1. I guess this opened: "Check Out The Filipino Menu for Bad Saint" by Jessica Sidman on washingtoncitypaper.com Looks tasty. Anyone go yet? Is it reservation or wait list like RL/LS? -S
  2. Cathal Armstrong's new restaurant Kaliwa is opening possibly tomorrow at the Wharf (751 Wharf St, SW, DC) (via Laura Hayes' tweet). More info about the restaurant at Washington City Paper: "Kaliwa Brings Food with Full Funk and Fire to the Wharf when it Opens Next Week" by Laura Hayes on washingtoncitypaper.com
  3. The restaurant will be opening this Friday. I had read about it in Bethesda Magazine when it was a pop-up in Gwenie's Pastries on Nebel Street. I went there a few times for lunch and enjoyed the limited menu. The lechon was generally tasty. There was a good quantity of moist pork. The skin was like the Golidlocks story- some was too hard, some was too soft, but most was just right. It came with lumpia and rice. I also tried the pancit. I didn't care for it- a generous amount of a lot of different things but bland. The sisig was delicious. It's described as head cheese but it wasn't a loaf- it consisted of bits of the different components- some bits were squashy, some were crispy, some were chewy, some were fatty, all stir fried with onions and hot peppers. The beef empanadas were decent. The pastry was flaky but the filling was a bit bland. The cassava cake was outstanding; I'm a sucker for eggy, condensed milky things. The staff at the pop up were very friendly and helpful. I've attached the menu for the restaurant. I'm looking forward to trying the expanded offerings. KJ Menu.pdf
  4. The Rockville Pike Lunch Club had today's meeting at this little Filipino buffet spot located in the late lamented (at least by me) Pho Quyen space. Seeing our looks of befuddlement at the names of the Filipino dishes, the manager kindly went through all dozen or so items with us. Great lunch deal -- a heap of rice and two buffet items for $6.50. I had a pork kebab that was good if a little on the dry side. The glaze was somewhat somewhat sweet with a hint of what must be peanuts. My other was the "restaurant speciality" a braised beef. Done very nicely. The sauce was very thick and a little sweet with nice round spices. A couple of dabs of Sriracha (recommended by the manager) served very well to round out the beef. Serving size was quite reasonable. Enough to fill you up without forcing you to take home two meals worth of food in a doggy bag. All in all quite satisfactory. I look forward to going back soon and trying more items.
  5. I planned on having lunch with my kids today & considered going here, since it's close to where my son lives. But, being lazy & not wanting to drive & thinking it might be crowded after the review in WaPo 2 days ago & not having too much experience with Filipino food, we decided to try The Corner, a Filipino restaurant in Lorton that's been on my list. I wish I'd gone sooner, it was very good-totally out of the way location with 3 other tables occupied while we were there. We split an order of the lumpia shanghai & the pancit bihon w/ shrimp, E ordered the chicken adobo, T got the kare-kare (which came w/ a large pile of shrimp paste!) & I got the doborito sliders-Filipino chicken adobo in plantain buns with MASH’s garlic-mayo sauce, served with maduros. Everything was delicious (we shared) w/ the chicken adobo being the universal favorite (less soupy/stewy than other chicken adobo I've tried). Although I was stuffed & not really a dessert person, I tried the turon (maduro/jackfruit springroll w ube (purple yam) ice cream. This wouldn't be a good choice for vegetarians, but I enjoyed the dishes I tried & plan to return. When I eventually make it to Bistro 1521, I'll have a benchmark.
  6. I've been meaning to try out Manila Mart since the Tim Carman review in the Post last year, and finally made it there for lunch today. Manila Mart is tucked away in a shopping center just off of Rt 1 a block north of Behnke's, in between the Korean duo of Gah RhaBreakm and Da Rae Won. Manila Mart is a Filipino market, with a few small aisles of shelf goods, plus a tiny produce section and I think some refrigerated cases along the side. In back, however, is a hot food counter with a small kitchen and a handful of tables for diners. A handwritten sign behind the counter lists the regular menu items and daily specials. The counter includes multiple vats of meats in variously colored sauces, a warming case with several types of cooked fishes and pork, pre-portioned noodle dishes, a pile of bbq skewers, and an array of desserts. About half of the desserts were labeled, the rest of the food was unlabeled, but they were happy to explain what each one was. I got a pancit bihon - vermicelli rice noodles with a mild flavor topped with chicken and veggies, $5.50 - and a halo halo for dessert, $5. The halo halo has shaved ice with various beans, chunks of colored jellies, flan, and something that may have been rice based, with evaporated milk poured over and a scoop of ube (purple yam) ice cream on top. The other meat dishes (mostly chicken and pork from what I could tell) would probably have been more adventurous choices in terms of flavor - I'll have to try that next time, along with the cassava pie. They have a facebook page and instagram that note when special dishes are available. It looks like they may also offer Filipino breakfast on Sunday mornings.
  7. Every time Bob's mother is in town, we try to find a different Filipino restaurant to take her to (she's an 88-yr.-old Filipina). Most of the places we've been to have been to have been mediocre at best but I saw a good notice of Lumpia, Pansit elsewhere so we decided to try it out on Saturday. It's in the Festival Center on Muddy Branch Road in Gaithersburg, just beyond the Grand Mart, and appears to have been a Japanese restaurant earlier (at least, that's what the low tables in the front window area suggests). A brief talk with the owner told us that she used to run a catering business, and opened the restaurant early this year; she seems to have an eye toward offering healthier versions of traditional dishes. Lumpia, Pansit does a weekday buffet ($6.95?) and a more extensive weekend buffet for $12.75, which includes nearly 20 different dishes. They also serve a regular a la carte menu on weekday evenings. While I'm hardly a Filipino food expert, I think this was the best that we have found in the DC area so far. The vegetarian pansit bihon and palabok, were both quite good, as were a chicken curry and escabeche (though in the latter, the fish was a bit dried out). The fresh lumpia were outstanding, as were the two fried versions. Two soups were offered, including a very tangy sinigang; I didn't try the turola. Since I got filled up on those items, I didn't have as much of the other, meatier items, though I enjoyed the bistek and kaldereta; the adobo chicken was a bit too salty (well, everything was). I was too full and not adventurous enough for the kare-kare, dinuguan, menudo, or the pinakbet (I've had it before and didn't care for it). For dessert they had a warm halo-halo, thick with coconut milk and laced with rice balls, jackfruit, and mango. They said this is an "afternoon halo halo," and the traditional icy version is an evening dish. Weirdly, it reminded me of the Norwegian rommegrot that I used to get back in Montana and Minnesota. Overall, it wasn't bad for a buffet, and while the atmosphere is nothing, the staff was nice. I would actually consider going back even without Bob's mom, which is not something I would otherwise say about the other Filipino places we've tried. (FYI, atbp. is Tagalog for etc.)
  8. Marty L.

    Balut

    But if you do, perhaps you should try it at a Filipino place, rather than at, say the Eden Center, at least if Wikipedia can be trusted: "In the Philippines, the ideal balut is 17 days old, at which point it is said to be balot sa puti ("wrapped in white"). The chick inside is not old enough to show its beak, feathers or claws, and the bones are undeveloped. The Vietnamese often prefer their balut mature from 19 days up to 21 days, when the chick is old enough to be recognizable as a baby duck and has bones that will be firm but tender when cooked."
  9. According to the ANC, the new Purple Patch place is going to be Filipino/Australian food (the owners are from those two countries). If this is done well, it could be VERY cool.
  10. First, an update for the topic title and dining guide. There had to be one, right? Noone has posted on this place in nearly six years! Pampanguena Cafe is no more. Rather the name is no more but all else appears to be the same. Now known as Kapampangan Cuisine (KC), I learned the business was sold to "new owners" a few months ago. But the cook/chef remains the same. And, presumably Her husband remains the same; he works out front and will narrate the various dishes as requested. The location in the Gaithersburg strip mall remains the same. And, though a lunch stop this week was my first visit, I'm told the food remains the same as well. Maybe one of those intra-family, arns-length transactions? Not sure. Had an appointment in the area and had to kill an hour or so around lunch time. This was a time when the famous DonRockwell Dining Guide saved the day! Nearly six years ago, Don himself wrote (upthread): While I have no idea whether the above praise is still merited given all the changes in ethnic and Asian cuisine in the area, I was able to compare this with Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong's great, Filipino inspired tasting menu at Restaurant Eve, where we had dinner last weekend (see the Eve thread for that post if interested). Of course, the similarities are a stretch since one is elegant fine dining and this is more authentic Manila street food. But still quite good and very much consistent with the reviews posted above. We had a chicken stew with sausage and mushroom sauce that was very tasty, an assertive beef tomato-based stew with good flavor but a little dry, and the more basic version of what both KC and Restaurant Eve call "Filipino BBQ." There, it was a fabulous hunk of pork belly with a subtle yet tangy sauce. Here, it was an oversized, satay-style skewer slathered with a thicker and sweeter sauce. And, still excellent lumpia. I've been to Manila just once years ago and this does remind me of the street food enjoyed there. The newly-named but long-established Kapampangan Cuisine is still very much worth visiting if in the Gaithersburg area. Will leave to others who know the restaurant scene there better than I do to opine whether it's still the 2nd best G'burg restaurnt. We liked it quite a bit.
  11. East Street Cafe, my go-to spot at Union Station, serves up a smattering of Filipino dishes. The pan-Asian restaurant is Filipino owned and operated. While I have had only the adobo from among their Filipino offerings, I will say that several other dishes--most notably the house spicy ginger beef--are consistently good. Some of their Filipino dishes: Lumpia Summer Rolls Fried Tofu Chicken Mami Pork Adobo Manila Pork Barbeque Pancit Bihon
  12. I just got back from the lunch buffet at Karaoke Idol, a mom-n-pop Filipino restaurant in Falls Church (pretty much right across the street from Elevation Burger). The astoundingly cheap buffet ($7.99) sort-of starts at 11 AM, and runs all the way until the upstairs restaurant closes at 7 PM. There are about a half-dozen Filipino dishes such as menudo, adobong manok, and sinigang na galungung, all of them homey and worth trying. There's also a full menu to choose from, and if you call ahead they'll even make you a goat. The karaoke bar and lounge downstairs is where the action starts - it's open until midnight every day except Monday, 2 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. And what's even more interesting is that there's an entirely separate bar menu downstairs - with about twenty different classic Filipino bar munchies to choose from. There are a couple other Filipino restaurants in the DC area, but this may be the only one that serves these types of "drinking snacks" that you'll find in the back-alley bars of Manila. Cheers, Rocks.
  13. I called my office and decided to stop by Manila Cafe for lunch today. I wish I would have gone sooner as I had a good meal. They have a $10 lunch buffet that had assorted pork (belly in some), beef, and chicken stews along with some rice and fish dishes. The only dish that I tried that was labeled was Kare-Kare (oxtail stew). It and the others that I tried were all good with nice seasoning and fall off the bone soft. One item that was particularly tasty was some whole fish (smelts?) that I believe were dried. Dessert was plantains and a small piece of a sweet cake like item. Knowing nothing about Filipino food I cannot attest to the authenticity, but I was the only non-Filipino in the place. I will be back. They also had a little stage area with some lights that I guess is used for entertainment on the weekends. According to the take out menu that I have they do the Pork BBQ with 1 day notice so I will have to try this and report back. Hmm, maybe sausage making day...
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