Our first stop for the food crawl was quite a historical one. I loved how homey the whole place felt. It may not look much but it can seat up to 130 guests in its main dining area. They even have functions rooms that can accommodate multiple people as well.
Formerly Ang Bistro sa Remedios, the location of the restaurant used to be at the corner of Remedios and Adriatico Street; hence, its name. It used to be in a 1950s house. It then moved to its current location in M. Adriatico Street where it’s near to the other LJC restaurants. When it opened in 1984, Larry J. Cruz’s vision for it was to serve Filipino food in a restaurant. Back then, it would only be served at homes. Plus, he wanted to feature cuisines from the different regions here in the Philippines. I must say, the choices are varied that it caters not only to Pinoys but also to foreigners flocking at this restaurant.
This one is a seasonal order, and we were lucky to have had it at that time. It had a very light salad dressing which makes the young rainforest fern, tomato and salted red egg to shine through. It tasted fresh and very good as a starter here.
And to this I say: MORE PLEASE! Ugh, it’s just so good. It was my first time having this type of bagnet where it was thinly sliced like a bacon. It was so crunchy that you’ll forget how sinful this dish is. But yeah, you only live once right? 😀
Stuffed with tomatoes, onions, ginger, chili and lemongrass, this may be your favorite dish too at this restaurant. I liked how the squid was grilled well that it didn’t have this gummy texture. You could easily slice it, and get a fair share of the filling inside.
I was so glad they served this! Do I even need to describe how awesome this is? Oops, I already did. 😛 But just to recap, this one had shrimp, chicken, wood ear mushrooms and bamboo shoots. This is available at their Abe branches so I know I could get this anytime and be very satisfied with it. And oh, there’s a performance when they serve this so make sure you order it. 😉
Crispy Pata and Kare Kare…can you just say perfect combination? ❤ I loved how crispy the meat still was here. As the name suggests, this is a knockout. Most of us foodies that day wanted to take home even the leftover. It was that good! It did came with shrimp paste but to be honest, it didn’t need that. This is best eaten with plain rice so as to get a fuller flavor of the dish. 🙂
To end our journey here, we had this sweet dessert to cap it all off. Their take on the suman is different as they have seemed to fried it. It was served with some latik which is the syrup form of caramelized coconut cream. It wasn’t that sweet but I liked how warm and crunchy the suman was. I loved dipping it in the sauce. Really yummy! 🙂
I tried to pace myself at this restaurant. But the dishes served were so good that I couldn’t help having second servings. It’s hard to choose my faves for all of them were quite good. No wonder people go through lengths to dine here. Though they do have a branch at SM North EDSA, I wish they’d open more specifically down south. Haha. Okay, on to the next food crawl stop! 😀
1911 M. Adriatico Street,
Remedios Circle, Malate,
Official website: http://ljcrestaurants.com.ph/bistro-remedios/