Karen’s here for Christmas and we met up with her for lunch. She lives in the UP Village, so we chose to go to Provenciano to avoid the horrible December traffic.
Provenciano is one of the restaurants along Maginhawa Street. They have their own parking space in front of the restaurant. There is a quaint little stall outside the main dining hall, where a lady cooks puto bumbong and bibingka. Don’t forget to bring home some after your meal.
The main dining area is quite big. It is very tastefully-decorated. But even though the restaurant is spacious, the place got filled up very quickly soon after we arrived.
We ordered the Crispy Pata, Sugpong Bataan (fresh prawns simmered in coconut cream and crab fat cooked the Bataan way), Sinigang na Baboy, Pinakbet, McArthur’s Rice (garlic fried rice with crab fat and smoked fish flakes), Leche Flan and Turon sa Sikwate.
Everything we ordered was delicious! Provenciano serves Filipino food in an excellent setting. This is one place where you can bring your guests to proudly show off Filipino cuisine.
Crispy Pata is one dish our family enjoys. I don’t like cooking it at home so we only get to have it in restaurants. A couple of weeks ago, I came across an article listing the Top Ten Crispy Pata in Manila. Number One on the list was from Livestock Restaurant and Bar. It is located in Sgt. Esguerra Avenue in Quezon City. We don’t really frequent that area so when we had a meeting in the vicinity, we made sure to have our lunch in Livestock.
Their menu was very big with pork being very prominent in all types of dishes – appetizers, salad, soup and entrees. We were surely getting the Crispy Pata. We added an order of Bacon and Clam Chowder for our soup.
Their Melt-in-Your-Mouth Crispy Pata was the best! Indeed, it deserves all the accolades that have been heaped upon it. The skin was almost-paper-thin and very light and crispy. I’ve never seen anything like it before. The meat was soft and juicy that you can slice it with a popsicle stick. The meat was also very tasty that you can eat it without the dipping sauce. Very yummy indeed!
For dessert, we ordered Salted Chocolate Fondue. Marshmallows and slices of kiwi and bananas you can dip in melted chocolate seasoned with brandy and sea salt. I think it would have been better if the chocolate was a little thicker to coat the fruits and mallows. Otherwise, it was good enough.
We all enjoyed our sumptuous meal. We will definitely be back for more!