we were able to buy coupons at deal grocer for a 4-course meal at bistro filipino for only P450 (regular price P788). we just couldn't pass this up.
at first, i didn't know what to expect. there are both good and not-so-good reviews all around the net, and i wondered if the 4-course promo would leave me full enough... what if they would decrease the portion sizes and scrimp on quality (kasi promo)?
happily, the resto delivered a truly great, satisfying, and well-prepared meal. i have to give them a perfect score for everything, even the impeccable service. from the time we made our reservations over the phone to the time we finished our meal, the staff were all so pleasant and extra accommodating! (they even emailed me the location map and menu prior to our arrival!)
i started off my meal with the prito trio -- stuffed fried balls with shrimp, squid, and fish. it was really good, crunchy, salty, and lip-smacking stuff! a great way to start the meal. i was beginning to really enjoy myself.
next came a trio of soups, the adobo with shitake cappuccino, pork sinigang, and chicken binakol. all were very, very good -- especially the adobo shitake and chicken binakol. the adobo shitake was a very interesting dish -- and i loved how the flavor of adobo very nicely mingled with the taste of mushrooms. the chicken binakol was so refreshing and comforting!
my main dish was the wagyu estofado. i don't regret ordering this at all! it was excellent! the sauce on the beef was really delicious, and so were the veggies that came with it. my only complaint was that it came with only three thin slices of beef -- which was way bitin. also, i wished they could have added more potatoes or at least rice. the sidings (veggies, some sliced potatoes) were really quite bitin. then again, the waiter did mention that our servings were actually 3/4 of the regular portion size, since we were having the set 4-course meal.
for dessert, i had yema balls with ice cream and chocolate fondue. oooohhh!! i am still rolling my eyes towards heaven as i type this. for anyone who loves dessert, you MUST order this. the ice cream was super delectable. it had a very nice subtle flavor of both vanilla and caramel, which was unlike anything i've tried before (the waiter mentioned their ice cream is homemade). and the choco fondue with yema balls? ayyyy! sinful, sweet, filling, rich... you get the picture.
we were also given tanglad ice tea (sweet and not at all syrupy), and brewed coffee. at this point i was already so stuffed, i could hardly breathe. but my bursting tummy was worth the experience. a wonderful meal, great ambiance, excellent service. i will definitely come back someday.
I had a very special event held at Chef Laudico last Saturday, and, to my great consternation, I was very dissatisfied with the outcome. While the food was good, the SERVICE WAS AWFUL and I WAS DEFINITELY SHORTCHANGED!! Chef Laudico did not deliver what was committed by their representative. I was not informed about their UNILATERAL changes to the agreement on the quantity of food that will be served to my guests, even if I was at the venue an hour before the event started. It just came as a surprise later on when food which was supposed to be served in groups of four (4) people, was served to groups of eight (8) people. They did not INCREASE the quantity per serving and yet I had to pay the same price! And worse, some tables were not served the full menu, which to my embarrassment was noticed by a number of my guests. Sadly, and in a totally unprofessional-like manner, they took advantage of the fact that even if I could complain, it was too late for me to do anything.
This is clear evidence of utter disregard for customer satisfaction and PRIMORDIAL IMPORTANCE TO PROFIT. I MOST CERTAINLY DID NOT GET THE “VALUE FOR MONEY”- SERVICES THAT HAD BEEN REPRESENTED TO ME. I am not going back to Chef Laudico again, and I AM NOT RECOMMENDING it to anyone.
the weekend brunch is a nice experience. good value for all-you-can eat creative fusion food in manageable portions. the sisig, sinigang and the desserts are good. service was quite good.
i tried it for dinner too, but the dinner experience is not as good. all of a suddden it felt too expensive and service slows down. so if you are going i recommend going for the weekend buffet.
sad to say our dinner at Bistro Filipino was quite Blah...
the waiter seemed to be rushing us to order while we were still waiting for our other companions. when they came, wala pang 1 minute, he was asking them already what they wanted from the menu.
the menu is a little deceiving, no price was listed, so you're somewhat blindly ordering, at the same time, the waiter made it seemed that it was a set menu that we had to order desserts also...we found out later that we didn't have to...
food came out looking nice to the eyes...but when you look closely it seemed like the food has been sitting for a while already...the sauce around the food was stiff already...the plate was hot but the food wasn't
appetizers were not very good, the oil used to fry the crispers tasted old and they were makunat, sisig makunat also and blah...
i ordered the sinampalukang chicken, nicely put together...taste was lacking and the chicken was dry
desserts were a bit Blah too...
i hope they're usually better than what we experienced
The restaurant itself can be a bit tight, especially during special holidays, but overall, the ambiance and the design is quite elegant. It's reminiscent of a tropical island. When it comes to service (and we've eaten here twice), I was disappointed to note that the food takes forever to reach the table. However, after 1 hour of waiting, you will be delighted to know that the food is exquisite and quite delightful. If you decide to dine here, prepare to wait a while.
decided to try this place after hearing all the buzz about it and was i in for quite a pleasant surprise!
first, i didn't expect to enter such a cozy cocoon of a restaurant. i felt transported into another world with the gauzy draperies, tropical foliage and a large romantic chandelier right smack in the middle of the restaurant.
next, the food. you can easily get lost in all chef laudico has to offer, especially when you're hungry! for appetizer we had their ubod spring roll which seemed to be very popular as almost every table in the restaurant had it. generous serving, i think there were 6-7 rolls there and the ice-vinegar sauce was quite a tingling taste-bud experience!
one thing you MUST order is the adobo overload. my oh my! large portions of tender to the bone meat, great for sharing and the foie gras was melty-liciuos!
we had trio of pastas but i already forgot what we ordered, it was not memorable. but i would still highly recommend visiting this place - there are many items on the menu that look very interesting. a little pricey but the service was superb, food was good, well presented and good to share, ambiance romantic and quiet.