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Weekend Food Choices Week 39: Comfort Food Always Hits the Spot

Last weekend, hubby and i couldn’t decide where to have lunch … we ended up here

When we eat out, Filipino restaurants don’t really find itself at the top of our choice list but out of curiosity, we decided to try Mesa

On our table:
Diwal Baked in Garlic and Butter

Diwal, according to an article in Inquirer’s Lifestyle section, is a rare shellfish that’s hardly found in Manila and can cost as much as Php300 per kilo. As hubby and i have never tasted diwal before, we were eager to taste these large clams.

Boy were they delicious! Smothered in butter and flavored with garlic, this dish was a wonderful appetizer.

Stuffed Giant Squid

You would think big squid would have a tougher texture but this dish was cooked well. The crunchy breading gave way to the soft delicious squid and stuffing.

Crispy Boneless Pata

I know they said boneless right (?!) but our dish had pata bones on the side of the meat. I was about to comment to our server but one bite of the tender meat enveloped in crunchy deep fried skin banished my concerns.

…maybe they meant not bone in crispy pata…whatever… one bite of this meat dish is enough to make anyone more forgiving

When we left our mesa (table), the smiles on our faces showed our satisfaction. We were happy with the friendly and efficient service and the dishes we ordered were definitely a hit. It was a wonderful lunch out with hubby!

On a side note, i was feeling a bit depressed in the middle of the long weekend because i couldn’t find an item i wanted to buy when we passed Bayo and saw this

I just had to get one for myself -only one because i was with hubby and he would have a fit if i bought all three designs…

Remember all the enviro bags with Amorsolo paintings i collected a couple of years back? This will definitely be a nice addition to the collection *wink*

What a nice weekend it turned out to be!

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September 2, 2010 - Posted by | Chichi, Gastronomic experience, Weekend Food Choices | , , , ,


  1. This post sure convinced me to try Mesa soon! 🙂

    Comment by carlo | September 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. Sounds delicious, I never seen Filipino restaurant around my area. Would be lovely to try it.

    Comment by Elra | September 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. will try Mesa soon!
    Re: Diwal – my parents call them angel wing clams and they are seasonal tasties. I believe you’ll find them in Visayan markets when in season. 🙂

    I’m eyeing on the stuffed squid. What’s the stuffing made of?

    Comment by urbanmudra | September 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. wow, drooling over that boneless crispy pata!
    we’re kind of pork deprived here in penang; we only get to eat it when we’re in chinese eateries and when we buy raw pork meat in groceries.
    i’ll surely try mesa on my holiday break.

    Comment by docgelo | September 3, 2010 | Reply

  5. ang sarap!!! too bad i’m on a diet!!!

    that giant squid looks yummie!

    Comment by kg | September 5, 2010 | Reply

  6. Hi Carlo, let us know what you think once you try Mesa =)

    Erla, Filipino food is a mix of different Asian cultures so you kind of get the best of everything. Its pretty scarce outside the country but there are however good restaurants in Vegas and California =)

    Urbanmudra, i’ve never tasted Diwal before we ate at Mesa. They were really good!! The stuffing in the squid was made of ground meat and veggies.

    Doc, sorry to hear about the pork deprivation…im sure you’ll have a feast when you get back! hehehe!

    kg, everything in moderation is the key 😉 good luck on your diet!

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 6, 2010 | Reply

  7. The stuffed giant squid is always a favorite whenever we dine at Mesa, as is the crispy catfish. 🙂

    Comment by Midge | September 6, 2010 | Reply

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