It’s all about one-upping each other these days. When someone creates a crazy huge burger, someone makes an even bigger one. When someone comes up with an over-the-top milkshake, someone finds a way to outdo it.
But as fun as it is to try all these new, gimmicky inventions, sometimes you just want to go back to the food you grew up with. If you’re craving for authentic, honest-to-goodness Filipino food, get your fix at the place that started it all.
Bistro Remedios: The first to serve home-cooked Filipino food in a chic bistro setting
Back in the day, if you wanted a Filipino meal, your only choices were roadside eateries and market stalls. That is until Bistro Remedios came along in 1984 and gave people a cozy, comfortable space to hole up in and eat authentic Filipino food. They were a quick hit among foreigners and balikbayans, well-loved for their Binukadkad na Pla-Pla, Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas, and Adobong Kambing!
Bistro Remedios has been around for more than thirty years now but time hasn’t changed them much. They’ve stuck to using only traditional heirloom recipes, which explains the dash of nostalgia that flavors their dishes. Their food will have you reminiscing about your childhood days as well your momma’s cooking!
They’ve kept their look classic and homey throughout the years too, their ambiance similar to that of an ancestral house.
You can call them old school but they’re a refreshing break from all the hipster joints in the metro!
The bestsellers: Sweet sinigang, pork knuckles with a punch, and a mystery dessert
The best way to start any Filipino feast is with warm, comforting sabaw, and Bistro Remedios’ Sinigang na Bangus is just the dish to sip on.
Most of us are used to sour sinigang that makes our jaws tingle but this version is cooked the original Kapampangan way–with guava instead of tamarind! It fills the air with a distinct fruity fragrance and delights the taste buds with a mild, sweet flavor. In the soup, you’ll find fillets of bangus belly that melt in the mouth.
If you want something light for everyone around the table to munch on before the main show, order up the Sinuteng Baby Pusit.
The little purple bulbs of squid, cooked in sun-dried chilis, olive oil, and garlic, are so flavor-packed and tender to the bite that no one can resist another serving after the first taste of this scrumptious appetizer.
Once your tummy’s all warmed up, you’re probably ready for (a lot) of kanin and ulam. One of Bistro Remedios’ all-time bestselling entrees is the Piniritong Galunggung, fried round scad fish served with coconut-ginger rice and their special (aka very spicy) fish sauce.
The galunggung has evenly crispy skin on the outside with soft, flaky meat underneath; perfectly paired with the fragrant, coconut-flavored rice. If you want to add some heat to the mix, don’t forget to dip your fish in the bagoong!
You can’t call it a proper Bistro Remedios experience without tasting their famous Knockout Knuckles or Crispy Patang Bawang, an order of which will give you a whole deep-fried pork leg showered with garlic and chilies.
You don’t have to gnaw your way through this large helping of meat because every part of the pata is deliciously juicy and tender! The only thing better than the meat is the sinfully crispy and slightly sticky layer of skin that sits on top of it (putok batok but worth it!) This is the dish that everyone will want to come back for.
To end your meal in the best way possible, dig into Bistro Remedios’ most well-loved dessert–the Sikreto ni Maria Clara! At first glance, the only thing you’ll see is macapuno ice cream topped off panutsa, but underneath it all lies the real surprise!
Dig in with your spoon to find a bed of warm, sticky suman accompanied by slices of sweet mangoes! It’s a combination of all the flavors Filipinos love in one dessert.
There’s even more food to get excited about this month! Every September, Bistro Remedios celebrates LJC month in remembrance of their founder Larry J. Cruz and his passion for food. As a tribute to him, they will be releasing new dishes very soon!
Bistro Remedios has been a popular destination for diners looking for quality Filipino cuisine. The warm hospitality of it service staff, Filipino music, folk art, and antique memorabilia adds to clients’ unique dining experience.
The restaurant in the Remedios Circle in Malate, Manila offers function rooms for private dining. Its first mall branch is at the ground level of The Block in SM North Edsa.
North Ave., Quezon City
+63 2 372 4077
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