I had my first impression of Filipino food here, and it was great. Garlic rice has sprung to the top of my rice preparation rankings; it has the perfect texture, with the perfect amount of stickiness, and the flavoring is not overbearing but not too mild.
I ordered Bangsliog with is fried milkfish with a fried egg and the aforementioned garlic rice. The fish was nice and crispy. However, the entire dish was a little too dry. If the egg was sunny side up or prepared in a fashion such that the yolk could spill over the dish and add some moisture then that would have been perfect.
They also had some appeasing fried plantains on display, so I ended up ordering one. It was really good, but again a bit dry. If I had a very light dipping sauce, then I would probably be back there right now.
The prices are great too. There is nothing on the takeaway menu for more than 9 quid. Also, they have a buffet for 8.50 or a takeaway buffet box for 5.50.
The restaurant also has an authentic and genuine atmosphere. I saw my server hug one of the patrons as she left demonstrating the friendly neighborhood feel to the venue.
I have been craving some Filipino food for awhile now, so before I headed to London this past weekend, I took a look at recommendations for Filipino restaurants. They are few and far between if you don't live in California... or the Philippines, so I knew it was slim pickins. I saw reviews for this restaurant, but also got some recommendations from some pinoys working at the Royal National.
I wasn't sure what to expect because I know that Filipino cuisine is different from region to region and it isn't meant to be gourmet, it is meant to be comfort food. It is really easy to find (take the Earl's Court Road exit when leaving the tube station). In fact you'll notice that there is a Filipino food store across the street and another Filipino restaurant right next to this one.
When I walked in I was greeted by the smells of familiar dishes and people speaking Tagalog. While the All You Can Eat Buffet for £8.00 was a very tempting offer (they have a list of what is on the buffet to help you decide), sinigang was not on the buffet, so I asked for a menu. The menu had a lot of things that I wanted to order, in fact I almost strayed from my mission because they had just about everything my mom makes for me!
If you are not familiar with Filipino food, sinigang is a tamarind based soup. It is sour in taste and depending on who is making it, it could be made less sour or more sour. In the soup itself is usually some kind of meat (pork, beef, fish, shrimp, etc.) and a variety of vegetables. The veggies also differ based on preferences... Sinigang is usually eaten with rice... well just about every Filipino dish is eaten with rice.
I ordered the pork soup (they do have it with fish and beef, can't remember if they have it with shrimp) and if you want rice, you will have to order it extra as it does not come with it. The soup came in a fairly big bowl and with a nice sized scoop of rice on a plate. There was a bit of the rice that was a little soggy, but the rest of it was good. The soup itself had okra, eggplant, tomato, onion, daikon, and a few leaves of spinach. They also used pork belly in the soup. I am not a fan of okra so would've preferred some other green vegetable (or even more spinach), but enjoyed all the other bits. The soup itself was just the right amount of sour and salty for me, which made the order a great success. It was definitely a very filling meal which sadly means that I did not try any of the desserts =(.
My meal was just over £9.00 and I thought it was well worth it. If you haven't tried Filipino food, stop in and try it!
What a find.
Sisig? Lechon kawali? Get outta here!
This is a family joint for family patrons. If you're unfamiliar with Filpino cuisine it would be most helpful to get a clue before visiting. Stick with fried pork, garlic rice, more pork, some squid, maybe a little soup or noodles to tie things off. Oh, and don't forget the halo halo.
Guests have a choice of buffet or a la carte. Either way you win.
This place is very yummy!
I am here in London on business for a few months and had a craving for some Filipino food. I didn't actually think that there would be a Filipino restaurant in London. In California, we have them everywhere.
I was pleasantly surprised at how authentic everything was and how delicious the food was. I came during the lunch buffet and they had everything from kare-kare, menudo, lechong kawali, dinuguan, pinakbet to traditional Filipino drinks like sago't gulaman.
To top things off, the family that owns the place is actually from Batangas which is my mom's hometown in the Philippines.
It's also funny how we all obviously had different English accents but when we spoke Tagalog, it's like we were all from the same place.
Anyway, I will come back here again before I leave for California. This place feels and smells like home. And for anyone who hasn't had Filipino food, I highly recommend it because it's like nothing you've had before.
I have been here once shortly after I moved to London from LA. Being Filipino, I crave for my home country's dishes. I yelped the best Filipino restaurant I can find and I was so excited to find this place. I came with my Filipina friend who was equally excited, unfortunately our excitement quickly faded. We were pretty disappointed that the food here was not up to par. I had the dinuguan (blood stew) but it was quite waterdown and not vinegarry at all. I also had laing here and sadly I found it to be lacking salt and taste. My friend and I shared the pancit and it was just mediocre. Thankfully, I did not bring my non-Filipino husband here otherwise it would really leave a bad taste to his mouth. Seriously, Filipino food is good unfortunately not here.
I went their on a saturday for the lunch buffet. All the dishes were very tasty at very reasonable prices. In addition to the food on the tv they show a filipino channel. When we were there, an hilarious filipino family talent show was on!
Awesome food with great service. Definitely coming back.
"Masarap! " Translated means delicious!
Everywhere I go, I make it a point to dine in a Filipino restaurant so i could review them in my carinderia.net site, a Filipino cuisine page. This restaurant is as authentic as it could be. The best tortang talong (eggplant omelet) this side of the Atlantic. It is not to be missed.
Ang sarap! We went on a Sunday for a buffet... delicious lechon, paksiw, diniguan and sinigang!
Service was slow, table was sticky, food was mediocre. Me and a friend had two bowls of soup and their egg roll appetizer. Everything was bland.
If you are craving homestyle filipino food, go to Lutong's in Earls Court!!! the food is great, a wide range of dishes ranging from sinagang, adobo, lechon and pancit. the food is so delicious and the owners Mario and Kathy are so friendly and welcoming that you feel like you're back home!!!! a great place to go with family and friends!!!
fantasitic food, very yummy, definatley coming here again, great service to!
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