Love Filipino Cuisine? You gotta try Mesa. Been around for a while but they still serve some of the best Filipino dishes here in Manila. Unique and with a twist.
Let us start with their appetizer. Tinapa Roll.
Served in Chinese spoons. The lumpia wrapper is crunchy. Enough tinapa (smoked fish) meat for real tinapa taste mixed with some veggies. Add to it the spicy vinegar sauce – yummy!
For the soup, we ordered their famous Chicken Binakol. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a picture. You may think it is like your regular tinola, but this soup is so satisfying. Instead of water, the soup is actually coconut water, then there will be coconut bits mixed with your usual chicken.
A veggie must try in their menu – the 2 way Laing.
The Dry Laing and the Wet Laing. They are both great. The Gata Flavor is really coming out. Tasted so good with my garlic rice.
We wanted to complete everything so we also ordered a fish dish. One of their must trys is the Crispy Boneless Tilapia.
The Crispy Tilapia came with 4 kinds of sauces. I tried the Bagoong and I was looking for Mangga after. The tilapia fish meat was already scraped from the actual fish and was sort of cubed and breaded. It is crunchy and tasted good.
A meal in a Filipino restaurant wouldn’t be complete without a good old barbeque dish. So we ordered Chicken BBQ.
I love this one. It is grilled but the meat is still juicy. Just the right marinate, a little sweet to the taste. Also, it’s not overly grilled.
The next one is also a dish that is a staple in a Filipino restaurant. The Crispy Pata.
It’s boneless by the way so easy to eat. But I have had more tender, crispier, and tastier patas.
The last on our food table is the Swahe (Shrimp) On The Rocks.
The shrimps were cooked in a claypot with sizzling rocks inside, hence, on the rocks. It was amazing to see how the shrimps were instantly cooked and changed colors once put on top of the rocks. Don’t expect anything fancy on the taste of the shrimp though.
Overall, we enjoyed our food and for a group of 6 women, we were definitely full after we finished all that we ordered. Not bad for a total bill of around Php2,800.00.
Also, we loved the ambience of the place. Look at our happy faces. We were just so happy that we got to have a mommies’ day out.