I can’t remember exactly when is the last time I enjoyed Filipino classics so much. It’s not that I don’t want it but of course if I have other options I would prefer Japanese or Mexican food. The usual worries when we have balikbayan friends or families is where to take them out especially if they want to satisfy their cravings for Filipino dishes. I’m glad I tried the Floating Island Restaurant located at the 2nd floor of Ayala Malls The 30th in Pasig City. Wifey is quite familiar about it but honestly I’ve never heard about this restaurant so I’m amazed that it has been in the food industry since 1969. The first branch is located at Makati Medical Center where their food became the comfort food of every hospital staff, doctors, visitors and even patients. I must say that their dishes are really awesome pure Filipino without being too complicated. It’s like coming home to your Mom’s or Grandma’s old-fashioned Kare-Kare! We sampled almost half of their menu and below our the items that I can personally recommend.
For appetizer we had the Gambas, Tokwa’t Baboy and Chicken Skin. The Gambas were just absolutely amazing, well seasoned and also good with rice. I’m a fan of Tokwa’t baboy especially if you have beer on the side. The tokwa is crunchy yet moist inside while the pork pieces gave a crackling sound in every bite. My most favorite appetizer or beer match is Floating Island’s Fried Chicken Skin, forget all the calories and you’ll never regret it.
What I love about Floating Island they mastered the art of deep-frying. Every dishes that’s fried were crispy but not too oily. Everyone will rejoice with their Crispy Pata and Lechon Kawali. It has an equal ratio of fat and meat. If you prefer something healthier go order the fish. Their bangus came all the way from Dagupan, which is known for its quality and satisfying taste. The Hito is a must try too, you won’t even noticed that you’re having a fish because it resemble the taste of a meat.
The Beef Salpicao and Kare-Kare needs little more time in cooking as it’s hard to chew but overall the taste were delicious. You may have to add additional rice with the Salpicao because the garlicky flavor in its oil was very addicting.
Having a warm Lomi for me is very comforting especially this rainy season. Their Lomi was thick, nourishing and no bitter taste at all.
For dessert nothing beats our very own Halo Halo loaded with ube goodness (ice cream and ube). The ingredients were sweet enough to make me happy. They have Coffee Jello too, just wait for the ice cream to melt so you can fully enjoy this dessert.
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