Junior Filipino joined the ranks of restaurants on Notre Dame Ouest in 2014 and quickly, and deservedly, made a name for itself. Serving traditional Filipino food, it delves from the norm. The menu offers a bit of a mix, with traditional dishes you’ll find in the Philippines and dishes that will appeal to everyone, like chicken and waffles, with that Junior Filipino twist.
Diva #2 and Ranger started their night out with two appetizers, the lumpia and the mango salad. The lumpia are deep fried spring rolls filled with pork and vegetables. The wrapping is paper thin and as a result, extra crispy. They rolls are generously filled and served with a dipping sauce. You could easily snack on many these little delights and lose count!
The mango salad was extremely fresh and light. Mango, red onion, cilantro and jicama made up this salad. The jicama was crisp and clean, the mango slightly sweet, and the red onion and cilantro adding a pop of flavour. It was dressed lightly and a great way to start a meal.
Ranger insisted on ordering the milkfish, something we had both never tasted. This is a traditional dish in Filipino cuisine. The fish is butterflied, marinated in vinegar and garlic, and then deep fried. It was topped with fresh salsa. The fish was tender when you broke through its delicious crust. Not only was the presentation beautiful but the fish was entirely edible, head of the fish included!
While the whole meal was delicious, the standout was the Adobe Manok, the chicken in coconut and lemongrass. While chicken is fairly common, this was an exceptional dish. The chicken was tender and the meat simply fell off the bone, and plentiful, with two legs and two thighs to a serving. But the ginger coconut sauce is what made the dish. We loved it so much we were both slurping it with a spoon!
Diva #2 and Ranger enjoyed the dinner so much that we came back for their Rice & Shine weekend brunch. We tried the traditional tapsilog, with beef, garlic rice, plantains, papaya and eggs. We chose our eggs over easy, and we broke the yolk and mixed it with the garlic rice. The beef and its marinade were the most impressive part of this dish and the pickled papaya, or atsara, paired well with the beef. The plantain was cut very thinly to make long strips of plantain chips, which were a great little snack on their own.
Junior Filipino is definitely worth a return visit. Not only is the atmosphere welcoming and friendly, you’ll also find yourself tapping your foot along to the DJ spinning. You can taste the different influences of Spanish and Malaysian cuisines mixing with Filipino which produces Junior Filipino’s great dishes. This is definitely another gem on Notre Dame Ouest!
Our Rating: Splendid
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