My fam lives in New Jersey where Filipino restaurants is of great abundance. My usual craving is never satisfied even if I try to DIY my fave Filipino cuisine.
So whenever I get the chance of going to New Jersey I make sure I go to one of those. I’m usually a fan of the “turo-turo” type of restaurant. This literally means “point-point” because you just point the food you like 😂 and they scoop it for you, usually with rice and 2 viands which we refer to as a combo-meal including a drink. Usually a soda or water.
But that is not what happened on my recent trip to the Garden State. I needed to have my passport renewed ASAP and I have to go to the 🇵🇭 Embassy in NYC. I took the Peter Pan bus (really easy and affordable ride) from Downtown Providence to the New York Port Authority. My Brother and Sis-in-law picked me up and we Uber to the embassy, after we finished the appointment we took the Uber to Hudson Yards, had lunch at a Farm to table Restaurant called Belcampo, the usual photo-ops for my instagram, got an Uber to Penn Station again, took a train to Newark and another Uber to my Brother’s place. We took his car, drove to 2 grocery stores and decided to have dinner at La Parilla de Manila.
La Parilla de Manila ( 1159 Saint Georges Ave., Colonia, NJ)
My Brother and Sister in-law just went in and looked for a table. There was a mildly enthusiastic server and a table (right next to us) of Older Caucasians. They seemed to love the food and was chatty with the server. When our drinks arrived, they asked what was the drink we ordered but the three of us where perplexed as to how we should describe it for them to understand better. 🤦🏻♀️
There were 3 occupied tables when we arrived which increased to 2 more before we left. It was a slow day for them but this restaurant looks like they are usually jammed on weekends. Or maybe the usual dinner time, we were there while the ☀️ is still up.
Mango Juice & Sago’t Gulaman
We explained that the Sago’t Gulaman is like a Bubble Tea. They kinda took that explanation and left. 😂
Sago’t Gulaman has 3 ingredients: Sugar syrup, (gulaman) Gelatin and (sago) tapioca pearls.
We ordered a lot of food for the 3 of us but they were all amazing.
Not a big fan of this food. I’d rather have the fried lumpia (spring rolls) than the fresh one. But that’s just me.
Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Spring Roll is a Filipino vegetable dish composed of different vegetables with a soft (unfried) wrapper garnished with sweet sauce and crushed peanuts.
Now… this is my favorite Filipino food. This is a sour soup, Pork belly with tamarind soup and veggies. To say that it was delectable is an understatement.
This is my favorite and will order every effin time. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
This Viand is one of my faves. This has anatto seeds, beef, veggies and peanut butter sauce. This is often enjoyed with anchovies.
I would recommend this. 👍🏼
And much to my surprise, possibly the best Fried Chicken I had for years. Very crispy and crunchy outside and moist inside. Love it. The sauce was not as good as Jollibee but quite close.
Highly recommended. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
We could not even finish half of what we ordered but it was all great. I’m usually a critic when it comes to Filipino food but I couldn’t find any.
Usually with Filipino restaurants here in 🇺🇸 I noticed that they have the homey feel of the 🇵🇭 which I never felt here. For me it’s a good thing because most of them have sloppy food presentation and the taste is usually something I can do myself. Trust me, if I can cook better than you, that means you suck! 😂
The establishment is pretty clean, they have a decent restroom as well. One of the few things I look for in a restaurant, hey! Sanitation and Hygiene is a must! 😂
I can absolutely say now that I am definitely going back to this restaurant. Possibly order Sisig and halo-halo. 🤞🏼
Watch out. Xx 😘
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