Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Friendly, comfortably appointed Filipino restaurant with a large menu of exotica, particularly of the porcine variety.
Across a sprawling mall from fellow Filipino restaurant Cids Ma Mon Luk is the much more comfortably appointed La Filipiniana, which also delivers friendlier service and a bigger menu of more exotic options. Pig parts come from head to tail, or rather snout to hoof: many tables enjoyed the pata, trotters fried golden and splashed with vinegar. If you prefer vegetable with your pork, some pancit noodle platters feature a decent mix of greenery. Things got weird with the binagoongang baboy, a dish of pork in what our waiter said was blood-based gravy (it definitely contained some fish sauce). Bicol express was a coconut broth filled with tentacled creatures of the deep unseen before on any plate of mine; whatever they were, they were surprisingly tender and tasty. To drink there are many smoothies (try the avocado) and fruit drinks, some with tapioca pearls; for dessert, sample halo-halo, a Filipino favorite of shaved ice, ice cream, red beans, corn, and tapioca.
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