Filipino cuisine has so much potential to be out there in the bigger world stage and Mesa provides a great platform for really good Pinoy food. If you want to impress your foreign guest on Pinoy food, take them to Mesa at Greenbelt. The vibe is modern, the service is good and there’s booze to partake at the end of the day, perfect for their appetizers.
And if you’re a Citibank Holder, you can even have this sumptuous meal set for just P1,750 (originally P2,500) until September 30, 2017.
• Boneless Pata
• Sinigang na Hipon
• Baked Scallops
• Adobo Flakes Rice
• Laing 2-ways
• Steamed Okra with Tamarind Bagoong Dip
• Mango Salad
• Mango Panna Cotta
The boneless pata is nicely crackling and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The soy-vinegar dip is the perfect complement to the meat and skin. Foregt your diet! More rice please!
The sinigang is just the right kind of sour for the shrimp. It actually makes the shrimp taste more sweet. The baked scallops were plentiful but it was a good appetizer and seasoned quite well.
Laing is a must-order in Mesa., This Bicolandia dish staple, is made up of dried taro leaves cooked in coconut milk and tiny shrimp (and sometimes with ground pork too). You may end up like me, a person who could not quite decide which laing version I liked better – the dry or the wet one, because they were both very delicious.
The Ilocana in me loved the blanched okra with the bagoong dip. It did remind me of weekends at home and it’s just as yummy with the adobo-flakes rice. It’s a simple and fresh vegetable dish with a good, fermented sauce.
And for dessert, The mango panna cotta is smooth, creamy, tart and not too sweet. The mango used is fresh and just at the rightly ripe.
So if you feel like having a feast, head on over to Mesa and enjoy the best of what our country has to offer.