When we arrived, there were probably only three other tables that were occupied. The restaurant interior was fairly casual with minimal decorations. The waitress promptly seated us and handed us our menus. She let us know of the drink special which was mango cantaloupe that included free refills as well as another refill in a take home cup. If I hadn’t taken the train, I would have gotten this to go refill since it was so good. I had overheard her talking to another customer about the drink special and how it was “made with love”. That brought a smile to my face and assured me that I wouldn’t be disappointed.
The menu was a mix of the typical Filipino fare such as lumpia shanghai (meat spring roll) and silogs (dish that includes a meat, garlic rice and a fried egg) but with a bit of flare. I saw a dish with bonito flakes and nori, a cheese filled lumpia, as well as a smoked trout instead of tinapa (smoked milkfish). Everything looked appealing but we decided on the crispy chicken chicharon (cracklings) as our appetizer and the combination silog and carne norte for the mains. And, of course, the mango cantaloupe drink special.
Now, on to the food!
Jamie: The mango cantaloupe combination worked very well together. It was extremely refreshing without being too sweet. There were tiny chunks of cantaloupe that I sipped through a straw and the crushed ice was just perfect for keeping it cool.
Chicken Skin Chicharron
Jamie: This appetizer was surprisingly light and not at all oily. It was crisp but not hard crunchy like when you over fry something. I preferred eating it by itself as I thought the sauce was too acidic for my taste.
Combination Silog: tapa, longanisa, tocino with garlic rice
Jamie: A great way to sample their silogs as it comes with three meats, a spoon of atchara and salted egg and tomato, as well as a fried egg with garlic rice. All the meats were seasoned well and the sweet tocino was my favorite out of the three.
Jamie: This wasn’t the canned stuff that your parents made for breakfast. It’s home made with bite size chunks of meat. The seasoning was on point and was a nice garlicky flavor.
Overall, the food was delicious and it surely lived up to it’s name, malasa. The dishes were good size portions for the price and were actually filling. We would definitely return for lunch as well as dinner in the future since the waitress informed us that they’re currently working on being open for dinner. We’re glad that they helped fill the void of Filipino cuisine in the Sunset District. We hope others make their way out to try it too!