Friday, August 20, 2010
There's a reason there are no Filipino restaurants
It's really quite awful. I hate to say it because I wish the food here was good but it's just not. The popular dish is adobo...an oily brown sauce of soy and vinegar. They don't use spice for flavour or heat which is a shame since the dishes are crying out for it. Everything seems to be a variation of the adobo brown sauce. They have their noodle dish similar to mee goreng/chow mein which is pancit bihon or pancit guisado. Not super tasty and the quality varies a lot depending where you get it. I had one with slimy gelatinous pork and dry bits of liver in it. Gross.
And their take on western dishes isn't much better. The only thing that's bankable is pizza. Everything else is fair game for them to take liberties with. Check out this pic of steak and chips. Ew.
And finally restaurant service. There isn't any. You have to actively flag them down for everything. Nothing comes at the right time. They've brought us 2 out of 3 mains and youll grow old waiting for the third dish. If they screw up and bring you something you didn't order, they don't take it away. They just bring you what you actually wanted and charge you for both. And there's no consistency. When you find a dish you like don't make the mistake of going back another day and expect the same. Even with the same staff they can ruin the meal you thought was good the day before.
Having bitched about the food in the Phillipines, we have had some good meals but usually in the bigger cities or more touristy spots. (mostly other cuisines unfortunately) Food and service gets much more dodgy the smaller the town is.