I called Bistro Filipino two days prior to my visit just to make sure I don’t end up waiting to be seated when I get there. For months now, I have been wanting to pay a visit and experience Chef Laudico’s fare. Thankfully, one of the best provider of discounted vouchers in the Philippines, Deal Grocer, offered a 4-course promo for Bistro Filipino and it seemed to me like a good deal, so I purchased it.
Now back to my visit. The voucher was valid for around lunch time, and I arrived at the restaurant around 1PM, the time I mentioned to the guy on the phone two days ago. When I entered the restaurant, a man in barong Tagalog greeted me and I told him I had a reservation for that day. He then went to look for my name but surprisingly my name wasn’t listed. I wasn’t really pissed off or something, but I expected that when I called, they will actually put me on the reservation list- well, that’s normally how it happens anyway, right? I ended up not having a seat inside because it was full-packed and well, there was one available spot but according to them “it was reserved also”. But because I went there on my usual nice self, I just opted to sit outside and I waited there patiently until a waiter came and took my order.
The first course, appetizer was delivered to me personally by Chef Laudico himself. I was on the phone when he came out I had to tell my friend to call me back because I just needed to take a picture of Chef Laudico. He was even explaining to me about the food but my attention was on taking pictures of him I ended up not paying attention to what he’s saying.
I think this was called Wagyu Salpicao. It was good, from the three appetizers, this was my favorite.
Tuna kilawin. Not a big fan of this.
The salad was actually good too. I forgot the name.
For my main course, I chose Adobo Trilogy- a combination of duck, pork, and Wagyu meat with vegetables. On the menu, the rice was supposed to be sticky, but I am not a big fan of sticky rice so I opted for a regular rice instead. I find the glaze salty, well if there was more rice serving maybe the saltiness of the glaze will be at least eliminated perhaps. The meat were really good anyway.
Dessert trio: Halo-halo sherbet, Chocolate molten cake, and Maja Blanca cheesecake. They were all so yummy, I can’t choose a favorite.
In overall, I really can’t say it was the best experience. The service was so slow, I had to wait around twenty minutes after finishing each course before new food arrives. And the iced tea that was actually part of the package I ordered did not even make it to my table. Sigh. You see, as a restaurant visitor, I am very attentive to details, service. Of course, the food, that’s given but together with that is how you satisfy your customer in general. It adds up to the whole package. I even remember Chef Laudico telling me he will have someone put an electric fan outside for me, but all throughout the time I was there (around almost two hours) there was no sign of electric fan. Thankfully it was not very hot outside. You see, I am a very patient person.
I might go back again- especially for the desserts. They’re really really good in fairness. But I hope the service will be better next time.
Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino
G/F Net2 Building, 28th Street cor 3rd Avenue,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig