We had lunch in Tipulo today. A friend had mentioned it to me before and we decided to check it out.
Tipulo is located inside the First Pacific Leadership Academy grounds along Sumulong Highway. We’ve passed by this road so many times but we didn’t know that there was a restaurant inside. The dining area is an open-air hall so one can really enjoy the cool breeze of Antipolo. The surrounding trees and lush gardens provide a relaxing environment.
The restaurant serves modern Filipino dishes. For starters, we ordered the Tipulo Salad – “tossed lettuce, pomelo segments and fresh bean sprouts with caramelized cashew nuts in Dayap vinaigrette”. It was good, but they used peanuts instead of cashew nuts.
For the main course, we ordered the Crispy Pork Binagoongan and Kare-Kareng Buntot ng Baka. The pork binagoongan was quite bland but I liked their kare-kare. The meat was tender and falling-off-the-bones. The peanut sauce was flavorful. And the bagoong that came with the dish did not have a “fishy” smell. Definitely one of the better kare-kare versions I’ve had 🙂
For dessert, I ordered the Frozen Brazo de Mercedes. It was good, not too sweet, but it is best eaten after thawing out a bit.
One thing I didn’t like, though, is that smoking is allowed. I understand that it is an open-air venue, but the guest who sat in the table next to ours smoked and the fumes were blown our way. To accommodate both smokers and non-smokers, maybe they can set separate dining areas.
All in all, I liked Tipulo. Maybe next time we can even bring some of our balikbayan relatives there.