Note: This place is no longer in operation.
Despite Philippines’ proximity to Malaysia, I must admit that I am really clueless about their cuisine save for their Chicken Adobo. *blush* So when I spotted this place in Centrepoint when it first opened years back, I told myself I had to try it. Who knew it would be a few years before I finally stepped foot into that place? Haha, but better late than never ya?
Was surprised to find that this place was opened by a fellow Sarawakian chinese after employing Filipino cooks for his Japanese food joint in Kuching and getting to know about their cuisine. That also explains why Cagayan’s also serve Japanese donburi dishes etc. Only about 50% of their menu is Filipino inspired and most of these included pork!
To start, we had the Golden Mushroom Bacon Maki (RM7.90), which is golden Enoki mushrooms wrapped in pork bacon. Can’t go wrong with this. Can easily make at home also, hehe.
For the vegetable dish, we chose Pinakbet (RM 8 ) which is sautéed pumpkin, long beans, bittergourd, okra etc with shrimp paste, akin to our cincalok. Quite a strange combination for us, but tasted pretty yummy.
They are of course well known for their pork ribs. They come in sizes of 4, 6 or 8 slabs and we chose the smallest portion, aptly named “This Little Piggy” (RM27.50) in Oriental (soy sauce based) sauce. Or as an alternative, you can opt to have the Classic (tomato based) or Chilli Hot Sauce. Served with mashed potatoes and coleslaw, the ribs were heavenly. Well-marinated, juicy and tender, we licked the bones clean.
It’s always interesting to try different variations of shaved ice desserts. We have our own ice kacang and the Filipinos’, the Halo-Halo (RM5). A medley of ingredients such as sliced bananas, jackfruit, red beans, sago beads etc are
After this meal, I’m convinced that I have to seek out more Filipino fare! I do feel it’s a tad underappreciated here in Malaysia as we don’t see as many Filipino restaurants etc. And after reading Eatingasia’s article on Filipino flavours, I am even more tempted. Manila anyone?
Jalan Leboh Bandar Utama
Open : 11.30am-10pm