Due to the large amount of free time I've recently dawned upon, I have now dedicated myself to finding these little foodie nooks that offer the best bang for your buck. Also because to dwindling funds, I need to find cheaper places to eat. Thus, this place at Libertad. What looked like an empty lot with a huge tent on the side turned out to be one of the best foodie experiences I have ever had. (Probably because of the price being so low!) It totally blew me away! Throw away 1st impressions and judging the book by the cover, this was the bomb!
Upon arriving at the place, I immediately noted the abundant parking space right beside it. Definitely a plus for the place! Someone was actually directing traffic and watching your car while you eat! Although the parking space was not covered, it was still ok since it was free parking.
Once you enter the main dining area you are immediately greeted by an open flame grill which continuously is grilling liempo and fish. The smoke and smell obviously being blown out into the street by a make-shift exhaust fan. Not only does it serve the purpose of taking the smoke out of the dining area but also blowing the sweet smell of grilled pork unto to pedestrians and nearby offices to entice them to dine.
The patrons were diverse as I've ever seen. From long-sleeved corporate attired employees from nearby offices to SWAT team members and military types with M16
rifles slung over their shoulders while they eat, everyone was eating at the same place and the same food. The occasional Taxi driver and Jeepney driver would also drop by.
Definitely a place worth checking out, we started to pick out our viands. We trotted off to the main counter and started lifting lids to see what were the different selections. We ended up with the following:
- Pork Liempo (Grilled Pork Sides)
- Inihaw na Bangus (Grilled Milk Fish)
- Tokwa't Baboy (Tofu and Pork)
- Bicol Express (Spicy Pork cooked in Coconut milk)
All the meals come with a free bowl of Bulalo
soup. One of the highlights of the meal was indeed the Bulalo
soup. Also, the meals come with a sauce dish with Calamansi
and Red Chili Peppers. Mashed with the juice of Calamansi
and soy sauce would be the perfect accompaniment to the Liempo
was excited to eat! She decided to dig in right away finishing the entire Bangus on her own! (clap clap!)
I would like to take this time to defer from reviewing the Bangus
because I didn't take the time to eat it. It was not boneless and I just shudder at the thought of having to start taking out the bones before eating.
Looking at the first order of rice, I knew I was going to need more!
The Liempo would be the first casualty!
Now for a quick review of the food.
The liempo was sweet and juicy with every bite. The oilyness of the pork was washed away with the soy sauce concoction. The marinade did not over power the taste of the pork. In fact, it just accentuates the taste.
The Bicol Express was one of the best I've ever tasted. With just a spoonful, one could taste the spicyness and hotness of the dish. But whatever the spicyness of the dish was washed over with the unique taste of coconut milk. A must order for me next time! (for sure there will be a next time!)
The Tokwa't Baboy was something I would not order again. Although the texture of the Tofu was a great comparison to the beef and pork , but the saltiness of the sauce it comes with just overpowered the flavor that was trying to be achieved.
Now the meal didn't end there. After ordering so much food and rice, and ordering drinks for everyone, I was prepared to pay around 150-200 per person just because I've learned to judge the price based on the serving size and number of food and drinks we consumed. So imagine my surprise when the bill came and it was just Php 95 per person.
This is what we consumed:
4 Bottles of Softdrinks
2 Bottles of Water
12 bowls of Soup
Imagine my surprise!
Definitely a place to visit again. I have made it a quest of mine to find the best deals in and around the city. Never sacrifice quality for the price. But in this case, definitely, a bargain!
Cheers & Happy Eating!