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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Pig-Out at Patio Filipino

Kuya, Liz, Aidan, and I recently went to the Bay Area for a long weekend. The drive (if we had gone non-stop) would have taken seven to eight hours. Because of leisurely eating and shopping breaks (a totally different story), it took us much longer than that. Anyway, our itinerary for the trip included mainly seeing friends and family. Our purpose wasn't really sight-seeing or shopping in San Francisco, though we didn't discount the possibility.

As it turns out, our visit became one food trip after another. We were stuffed full every single day from eating in different Philippine restaurants. There were a lot more good ones in the Bay Area than we were aware of in Southern California. These restaurants were not the usual cafeteria-type Pinoy eateries or grills that are the found in the LA area.

One place we went to was Patio Filipino, a fine dining restaurant featuring Filipino/Spanish cuisine, where we were brought by Kuya's high school friend, Ferdie. We were eight (five adults and three children), and we ordered around eight dishes. I ate a big plate of garlic rice to go with the Bangus Sisig, Crispy Tilapia, and Coco Loco Shrimp (their version of Ginataang Hipon which went perfectly with the garlic rice).

Bangus Sisig

Crispy Tilapia

Coco Loco Shrimp

We were already bursting at the seams after the main course, but we still found some room for dessert (probably in our lungs). We had chocolate cake a la mode; a mango dessert which was made of sylvannas, ice cream, and mango balls in syrup; and a dessert served in buko which had beans and jello (a distant relative of halo-halo). We left this restaurant stuffed virtually to our noses.

I liked Patio Filipino because it was similar to my favorite Filipino fusion restaurants back home. (I always order Crispy Tilapia in a restaurant called Timpla at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting complex where I work.) Fine dining Filipino restaurants are a recent phenomenon in the Philippines, and I'm glad to see it has come to the US (at least California) as well. This is the kind of restaurant that you could take your international friends to, so that they can discover for themselves that there is so much more to Philippine cuisine than adobo, pansit, lumpia, and bagoong.

Patio Filipino
770 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066


Anonymous said...

Next time you're in the bay area, try Bistro Luneta in San Mateo. It's a Filipino Fusion restaurant. The address is 615 E. 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA. 94401

Anonymous said...

check website first to see if you will be impressed.......................

Gidget said...

we'll surely try it once we're in the area :)