Bistro Filipino shatters the myth that in the food industry”location is everything.” I certainly wouldn’t be able to easily find this place, if not for the fact that The Fort, Global City is small, with manageable traffic. Yet, this cozy resto – nestled in an inconspicuous building in the area – has gained a following since it opened two years ago. After all, people will travel the the whole world over in search of good food.
Their recently introduced weekend brunch buffet (at P788 ++) is a great way to be acquainted with the resto’s Filipino fusion cuisine. Unlike the more popular brunch places in town, their items aren’t served in chafing dishes. You choose from over 50 of their most popular items on the menu and they serve it a la carte. I prefer this. It makes me think am eating a decent five-course meal, instead of piling up a hodge-podge of edibles on my plate.
My choice for the appetizer: sisig basket. It was either this one, or the tuna kilawin roll. My affection for pork fat won in the end. Chopped slices of sisig on a bed of crispy rice wafer with garlic aioli topping and marinated quail eggs at the bottom. A signal of good things to come!
Up next: pakbet puree. A mildly flavored soup of native squash and cream. The best part was the okra tempura. Crunch in every bite….. I never thought the slimy veggie can be that good!
Salad: Three Kinds of Mangoes. One of the popular dishes in the house. Mesclun salad with dried, ripe and green mangoes in a sweet, tangy dressing. The best part is the fried cheese on top!
Entree: Salmon Escabeche. I was quite hesitant to order this one as I couldn’t imagine my favorite salmon being heaped with sweet and sour sauce. This one was a revelation, the sauce wasn’t overpowering at all. The fish was laid on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes (read: kamote) which made the dish more filling, but definitely tasty! I would give this my thumbs up!
Truth is, I was so full already but couldn’t resist being curious with their fusion pastas. I ordered penne with beef kaldereta which became my least liked part of the meal. It wasn’t as flavorful as I thought. Oh well, there’s always a next time. And the pasta selections are interesting, I must say. Chorizo and kasuy spaghetti, anyone?
Heavenly desserts to cap off our meal: Suman Cake, Maja Blanca Cheesecake and Banana Cue Tart. I felt high with every bite that I promise to come back to Bistro Filipino for this.
Okay, don’t forget the complimentary hot pan de sal which was served before we began our uber-heavy brunch. My twins had fun munching this.
And of course, a hot cup of brewed coffee to cleanse my palate and end the meal.
Sidenote: Servings were ample, and we got excellent service from their waiter named Tito, even though I didn’t wear a t-shirt with the word “blogger” in it. I wouldn’t hesitate to dine again, if only because there are other interesting dishes I must simply try.
The resto should also be highly recommended if you’re touring foreign guests and balikbayan relatives soon. Bistro Filipino gives an insight to the evolution of our cuisine…with a twist.
Chef Laudico’ Bistro Filipino
G/F Net2 Bldg. (Ericsson)
3rd Avenue, Fort Bonifacio
Global City, Taguig
Telephone Numbers 856-0634, 856-0541