I think I passed by Mesa Filipino Moderne restaurant a lot of times than I remember. Often times, I don’t really pay attention to restaurants that serve Filipino food because, hey, it’s also what we normally eat at home. It’s what I prepare for my family and when we go out, I want to to something different.
Last month when my SIL was here, she treated us at Mesa for dinner. She was raving at how good the food is there specially the Laing. A quick glance at the big menu outside of the restaurant and I was sold. The restaurant indeed serve Filipino food but it was with either a modern twist or a fusion of some sort. Interesting!
Our meal started with some Elephant Clam (Diwal) which was baked in garlic and butter (₱275). You can also choose to have it sautéed in black beans or steamed with garlic and soya instead. It was my first time to try Elephant clams and I find it way too rubbery for my liking. I don’t know if it’s really that way or they may have overcooked it. I think I will have to give this shellfish another try.
Ykaie wanted the Grilled Liempo Mesa Way (₱195), of course. It is classic grilled pork belly which I think they marinated in a soy-based marinade. It was perfectly cooked and best enjoyed dipped in spicy vinegar.
I like the Binagoongang Baboy ni Kaka (₱225) which is pretty much how I serve my binagoongang baboy at home. It is not soupy and the shrimp paste was a little on the sweet side.
What we ordered to drink: Sampaloc (Tamarind) Shake for me, Mango Shake for Ykaie, and San Miguel Super Dry for peanutbutter♥.
This is the Laing 2 Ways (₱180), my sis inlaw was raving about. It laing that is cooked the way it should be, creamy, tasty, and topped with adobo flakes then served in original and crispy versions.
This is what I ordered from the menu: Ostrich Salpicao (₱370). I love salpicao and I was curious how ostrich meat is when cooked ala salpicao. The texture is very much similar to the texture of beef but it doesn’t have that delectable beef-y taste. I like it nonetheless. It’s not everyday that I get to eat ostrich meat.
There are still several items from menu that I want to try like the Crispchon with Pandan Crepe and garnishings, the Boneless Pata Tim, and the Chicken BBQ in Honey Patis. I don’t think we’ll be back soon, though because I don’t think peanutbutter♥ was happy with the serving of the food as he finds it quite small.