Apparently it’s very hard to find Pilipino food in the valley but when you have your crew craving it, they will do anything to find it.
A wonderfully shabby restaurant that reminds you of a big Mexican or Mediterranean restaurant.
Our crew about about 10 went in there hungry, got a full tour of the menu and went to town. We ate a lot but that’s what we do.
Plates the Crew Got
“Chocolate” Pork Mole – Also known as blood! Yes, this blood soaked stew looks like it’s covered in a thick rich brown sauce but it’s actually emulsified blood. I ordered this of course and I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re not used to crazy food. The dish is creamy with a hint of grittiness and a bit sour. It’s definitely not what you would perceive it to be but it’s quite good.
Taro with Coconut Milk – Taro leaves stir-fried in coconut milk. This dish is unique and I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re not adventurous. It has the consistency of sturdier cream spinach if that makes sense. The taste is bitter yet sour with a hint of sweetness and creaminess from the coconut.
Skewers – I would say these are a gem in this restaurant. Fresh of the grill, these things were amazing in all forms. The meat is cut in a way where it spirals on the stick and the way they season and cook it makes it charred on the outside and juicy on the inside. If I were to come back again, I would order like 5 of them (1 for $3.00)
Chicken Mole – A bit dry and unflavorful. Some people swear by mole but I find it uninteresting. If you like bland food or vanilla ice cream, go with this.
Pork Mole – Due to the pork fat, this stuff was moist and tender. I would recommend this over the chicken mole.
Pancit Medley– Deep fried pork rinds chopped up with peppers and onions. My Philipino friends weren;t super impressed saying that there was too much peppers around., I thought it was a very colorful dish.
Noodles– Stirfried noodles topped with sweet peas. It felt like eating chow mein so it’s a good platfor to mix other flavors into.
Jackfruit stirfry – Jackfruit rinds stirfried in a gravy. I found it alright, a bit salty but no hint of the smelly fruit. I only got a sample of it and it wasn;t impressive enough for me to eat it again.\
Meat balls – Pretty good seasoned meat.
Bittermelon stirfry – If you’ve never tried bittermelon, I wouldn’t recommend this dish.
Deep fried fish – Cut in half and deep fried, this fish was surprisingly well cooked and had plenty of flesh. If you’re into salted fried fish, I’d recommend getting this. It’s a bit pricy for $5.00s
and fish head – Same deal but you get a giant fish head. The best part of a fish head is the cheek meat.
Halo Halo Milkshake – An awesome dessert filled with so many layers. Below you have a red bean and gelatin mixture. The middle is an icy milk slush and above is a heavyer cream. On top, two scoops of colorful ice cream and topped with a piece of flan. This titan of a drink is a must when it comes to a refreshing hot day.
Lumpia – Hand wrapped and a bit thinner than your store bought lumpia. These were very good snacking food for the whole table.
Deep Fried Banana – They were alright. Cutting them open, you have a mix of banana and slices of mangos. They are wrapped in a type of eggroll, deep fried and drizzled with caramel. I found the fruit inside to not esh well and a bit grainy but other than that, it’s a unique treat. It pairs very well with their ube and vanilla ice cream!
A very big place equipped with a TV, a karaoke set and some paintings. I was honestly surprised how big this place was but I love it. In a summery phoenix day, this place really shines. It’s just so relaxing a friendly here.
You order the food first and then sit down eating like a Panda express. The owners were nice enough to give us an informative description of each dish they offered. If you go witha big enough group, you can ask to sample the dishes which I highly recommend you do because the food is very different if you’re not used to Filipino food.
This place is a steal as you can get a 3 course meal for $10.00s. Your meal will include rice and three choices of what you want to eat. You can get things via a la carte which costs about $3.00 to $5.00
As you can tell, this place has an amazing selection of authentic Pilipino food. Whether you crave Pilipino food, or an adventurous eater, or just going there for a friend, there’s a plate for everyone.
If you are really scared about eating here, the most standard menu I can give you is to order rice with pork mole, a skewer of deliciously tender pork, and some stir-fried noodles.
This place is awesome. Everyone always talks about where you can find great Pilipino food and this place nails it. Like almost all Pilipino I’ve met, they are extremely friendly and grateful for your service.