Most people have dined on Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Korean dishes. Filipino cuisine is the first and best Asian fusion you can experience. The fusion comes in the different forms of ethic foods melded together. Chinese, Spanish, Indian, American and native Philippine dishes are combined to create unexpected and delightful flavors.
Brunch is a treat due to the way the usual breakfast offerings are combined with unusual flavors native to the island. Ube waffles and fried chicken are fantastic. Ube is a dessert made from a purple yam and it is better than any yam you've experienced at Thanksgiving. The color is a purple-orchid shade that gives any dish an otherworldly hue. Don't be afraid...the color is magical! The waffles were served with a light syrup of coconut and caramel, butter and powdered sugar. They were the perfect combination of crispy edges and soft insides. The fried chicken (a leg and thigh) was super flavorful, as if it had been brined prior to frying. The coating was light and not drenched in oil.
My husband had the Silog dish called The Bonifacio, made with longanisa (Filipino style sweet garlic pork sausage), tocino (Sweet and savory cured pork, similar to thick cut bacon), and corned beef hash served with a large side of garlic rice, a soft fried egg. The dish is surprisingly light considering the three meats included in it. A type of pickled slaw with cucumbers, julienned carrots and thinly sliced white onions in a light vinegar dressing accompanied the dish.
The staff of the restaurant are always engaging and friendly, and quick to offer suggestions and help with interpreting the ingredients in the dishes. The bar offers an interesting twist on traditional cocktails by utilizing Filipino ingredients and liquors.
If you're tired of the usual Asian fare, try Bonifacio and be prepared to not want the usual Asian fare again!
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