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About a year ago, I was invited to a Baptism for a Filipino family and I was excited to try some authentic lechon and other classic Filipino fare. The event was actually catered by a Chinese place and instead of lechon, they used the “siu yuk” or the chinese style of roast pork. Without a doubt, I was a bit disappointed but at least the Chinese catering was good. Out of curiosity for my Filipino readers, do you eat authentic Filipino food on the regular?
Anyway, since that day, I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to try some Filipino food since and found a place on Bathurst and Queen called Lamesa Filipino Kitchen. BONUS, this place also does brunch 11am-3pm, Saturdays and Sundays!
They take classic Filipino cooking styles and foods and give it a modern twist. I wouldn’t say that they are reinventing the dishes, so much as evolving them with different techniques to lend the dishes new life.
I tried their krispy pata which is large enough to share around the table. Super crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. It’s basically a deep fried pork hock (with the skin on) and served with homemade sauces and pickled vegetables. So rustic and simple, it was to die for.
Oh and then there is their Filipino big breakfast (made ultra Filipino with a big bowl of garlic fried rice):
- Their hash is made up of plantains
- Their longanisa is made by curing the meat so it lends a sweet taste to it
- Their biscuit is amazing
Then I had a bit of their French Toast Turon, which is egg dipped bread with plantain served with coconut whipped cream. Absolutely wonderful and a nice Filipino/Canadian mash-up for breakfast.
Finally, I had their arroz caldo which is the Filipino adaptation of the Chinese congee. Chicken rice porridge topped with garlic, crispy kale, corn and chicharron (deep fried pork rinds). Very good flavour and full of chunks of chicken.
Lamesa is definitely outside of the traditional popular brunch spots, but I definitely believe that it’s worth a dedicated trip if you’re looking for more than just your typical eggs and bacon in the morning.
Until we dine again,
-The Piquey Eater