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.
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.
View from our table
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 🙂
Kare-kareng Buntot ng Baka and Crispy Pork Binagoongan
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.
Frozen Brazo de Mercedes
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.