When I started working - the Filipino themed restaurants are limited to Kamayan, Barrio Fiesta, and Kalde-Kaldero. That was 16 years ago. Today - there are many Filipino themed restaurants in the City. Some of them put a modern twist to the Filipino dishes. Some of them retain the original home-cooked experience. And then there is XO 46 Bistro Filipino.
XO 46 Bistro Filipino is located in Salcedo Village. We tried it last weekend. When we asked the waiter what XO meant - he said it means Extra Ordinary. We then asked what 46 is - he indicated that this is the year that the Philippines declared independence from the Americans.
I actually like the overall look and feel of the place. It definitely has traditional pieces of furniture - and each booth is located near a mirror - made to look like a window with capiz-shell shutters.
The following picture seems to be the focal point for the overall decor. I like the look of the chair - but we opted to sit in one of the booths.
Word of warning - the waiters and waitresses will address you with Senor and Signora. That was a bit unsettling for me - since I felt as if I should clap my hands to grab their attention. Or maybe I should look for a bell and ring the bell to call them. I was also tempted to use "tonta" although - I must say it wasn't warranted to to so because the waiters and waitresses were knowledgeable and provided really good service. Oh - I forgot to mention that if you are Filipino - they will speak to you in Tagalog. It reminds me of the Tagalog spoken in provinces like Bulacan and Rizal.
Since this is a Filipino restaurant - I thought that the chef did well in serving puto instead of bread. Puto - for those who don't know - is one of our many varieties of Rice Bread.
For appetizers we ordered the sausage and chorizo tapas.
I'm not a big fan of chorizo - so I didn't eat much of this. However - if you want to have really tasty chorizo - I'd definitely recommend ordering this.
For our main dish - we ordered Crispy Beef Ribs Kare-Kare. This is different from your regular Kare-Kare. I know that most of us grew up with the chewy tripe or ox-tail for this dish. Surprisingly - the crunch of the meat combines well with the peanut sauce of the Kare-Kare.
For years now - I'm actually puzzled over the origins of the Filipino Kare-Kare. The name implies that it is "Curry" based. However- it is actually peanut based - which is closer to the satay.
The other dish we had is the Sigarilyas in Coconut Milk. Lovely dish. I'd go back to this restaurant for more of this dish. I finished all of it.
So my dear readers - if you are like me - who is the official GRO ( Guest Relations Officer ) of your company when foreigners visit our beautiful country, I recommend that you take them to XO 46 Bistro Filipino. I'm sure your guests and you will enjoy this dining experience.
To get in touch with XO 46 Bistro Filipino. Please visit their page on Facebook.