Philippu is my pick for 2009. I find their lumpiang shanghai the best I've ever tasted and the crispy pata is out of this world. Another great dish is pata tim in brown sauce. The camaron rebosado is very tasty as well.
The restaurant itself is open and cheery with its ample spacing and windows all-around. Street parking is easy to find.
The wait staff is very attentive as well.
Philippu seems to do a lot of catering - they rent out the whole place for private parties. Best advice is to call first before heading out to make sure they're open to the public.
When I first reviewed Philippu (see below) I said that one should only go back for the appetizers and main courses, but forget about the rest. Today we went back and meant to order just lumpiang shanghai, camaron rebosado, and pata tim. While we were at the restaurant we met Juvy who co-owns the place. I told her that the desserts leave a little to be desired. She asked me to give the leche flan one more shot, and boy am I glad I did. It was really good! It was the right touch of sweet and creamy, just the way I like it. Totally different from the one I had the last time. What changed? Was the recipe different the last time? Was the chef having a bad day that day? Whatever the reason was, I hope they stick to this one. It's a winner!
Now if only Juvy can do something about the halayang ube (paging Juvy!)....
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First review - She said: 3 tongues October 24, 2009
I can't believe it - we found another restaurant close by that serves really good Filipino food! All the main dishes were excellent - we ordered lumpia, camaron rebosado, and crispy pata. Special mention goes out to the succulent paksiw na pata, which is pork knuckles cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar. It's just like I remembered mom used to make - yummy!
But why only 3 tongues? Well, there are a few things I didn't like about this place.
First - the desserts suck! We ordered leche flan and halayang ube, and are they as bland as can be.
Second - the coffee is an insult to coffee lovers everywhere. The coffee I got was not brewed fresh - it seemed to have been sitting for a couple of hours. They didn't even have milk for the coffee - I got powedered creamer! Who the heck uses powdered creamer in a restaurant??
Third - there was annoyingly loud music being played in the basement that reverberated to the dining area. It sounded like the subway was running right underneath the restaurant. Very annoying.
Fourth - the service is great if you're the only customer. But once the tables fill up, you'll have to dance a jig to get someone's attention.
I'd still go back for the great food, but as for the rest remember: you've been warned!