The fun begins with the appetizers because they are bite-size innovations of classic Filipino favorites.
Ubod Spring Rolls
This is the best appetizer for us. Small fried lumpia cones with a slice of chorizo, prawns and heart of palm. Top it with sinamak vinegar (in the form of shaved ice) for that spicy yumminess.
Tuna Kilawin Roll
Something different. The raw tuna in vineger was wrapped like siomai.
A bit weird because you would expect the sisig to be crunchy even if it was molded into a tart form. Nothing special, to be honest.
Stuffed Fish Ball
Don’t order this. We were expecting the kind of fish ball you can find on the streets of Manila to be stuffed with goodies. (Hindi pala.) It tasted like heavy stuffed wheat balls, which were bland.
The soup offerings are also fun. I love the creativity in the presentation and the innovative concoctions.
Prawn Sinigang Martini
This is my personal favorite. The sinigang was turned into a jelly at the bottom of the martini glass. Coconut with hot lemon grass was poured over the cold jelly. It’s like drinking milk soup with sinigang jelly. I thought the combination wouldn’t work but the taste was refreshingly different.
This is Rache’s and Aidan’s favorite. My wife loves mushroom soup, especially if it is full of froth.
Paella Arroz Caldo
Just imagine the taste of Paella with seafood swimming in the soup of Arroz Caldo.
Tomato Monggo Soup
The combination of Tomato and Monggo did not work for us. It was a bit heavy too because of the monggo.
We decided to skip the salads because we wanted to try the main dishes before we got too full. As a strategy, go after the high-priced items like Angus Beef and/or Salmon, to make your buffet worthwhile.
US Angus Beef Tapa with Garlic Rice, Stuffed in Tomatoes and Eggs Cooked to Your Liking, Served with Salted Egg Cucumber Salsa.
I really miss Country Waffles’ Angus Beef Tapa, and this dish’s taste is as close as I can probably get. The Tapsilog is served like a burger, where the tomato serves as an open-faced bun filled with garlic rice, and topped with egg and the tapa itself.
Why can’t they just serve tapa in the classic style — plenty of rice with tapa as toppings and tomato and/or salsa on the side?
Chorizo and Mushroom Torta Cream open-faced Omelets served with Kamote Crisps and Mesclun Salad
We were curious to try the Torta/ Omelet which was served like a packed hash brown with flattened crispy kamote on top. You can skip this.
MEAT MAIN COURSES
US Angus Beef Kare-kare
One of the best Kare-Kare I have ever tasted, especially because of the generous chunks of Angus Beef. The bagoong was intentionally mixed in with the Kare-Kare sauce. This was quite heavy — good for two people, I think.
SEAFOOD MAIN COURSES
The baked salmon was served on a bed of potato and carrots with crispy salmon skin. I like Chef Laudico’s escabeche, which has a toned down tomato flavor and a bit of creamy butter-y taste.
Paella Stuffed Squid
I liked the paella and stuffed squid except for the breaded mussels and clams on the side because they were a bit cold and makunat. Anything with rice is a bit heavy. This dish was served with a tomato paste sauce mixed with bell pepper and garlic.
We tried to order the sorbet to clean the palate in between meals. Unfortunately, this is not included in the buffet. Maybe if you charm your server, you might just be able to get this for FREE.
Calamari with Crab Roe Pasta
We ate this last. I’m sure the pasta was good, especially with the yummy sauce of crab roe, but we were not able to appreciate it anymore since we were stuffed already at this point.
Learning: Just order a few of the dishes with rice, if possible. Most of the main dishes are designed to be heavy. You can skip the pasta altogether.
I’ve never really been a fan of the desserts in Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino. Nevertheless, we tried a few desserts to end our Easter Sunday Brunch.
Deconstructed Sans Rival
I still don’t understand why this is called “deconstructed”. The meringue was swimming in the sauce with the mango on top. Maybe this should be renamed to “Tropical Meringue Island”.
The serving of the Halo-Halo was too big for us but we had to finish it. I liked the Selecta Gold Ice Cream on top, which tasted like Haagen Dazs.
We barely finished this. Too rich and heavy. Skip this if you can since it is really nothing special. We were expecting liquid chocolate but we got a brownie chocolate instead.
As you can see, we ordered a lot of desserts. If we were to order just one, I would get this molten chocolate cake, which I think is the best dessert on the menu. (Some say, the pandesal pudding is even better than this.)