Have A Taste Of Philippine History At Restaurante Pia Y Damaso in Makati

If you are looking for a dining destination that offers Filipino food that might be considered as a gateway to the writings of Jose Rizal, Restaurante Pia Y Damaso located at Greenbelt 5 in Makati offers subversively created dishes which may seem antagonistic at first, but are actually impressive once you try them.

Just immersing yourself in these dishes makes you feel like you've traveled back in time. You can start keeping your cool with this refreshing Tubig ni Maria Clara - made of fresh cucumber juice, ginger and citrus water. 

Tubig ni Maria Clara
The Crispy Cones with Crab and Tomato Relish are yummy mouthfuls of crispy cones made with rice wrappers, filled with corn, tomato and onion relish and as you bite further at the bottom, there you'll find a burst of fresh and flavorful sauteed crab meat.

Crispy Cones with Crab and Tomato Relish
The Chinese Lumpia Salad is a lighter version of how the original dish was made, especially since there are far more greens in this dish, and no lumpia wrappers were used. If you think that Chinese Lumpia is already a healthy alternative, then this one has a much lighter but same filling satisfaction for your tummy.

Chinese Lumpia Salad
The Lang Lang, according to Restaurante Pia Y Damaso's owner Bambi Sy Gobio, was known as one of the dishes that Jose Rizal would prefer eating during his time (and was also indicated in detail in one of the chapters in his book El Filibusterismo). It's a combination of chicken, chinese ham, shitake and wood ear mushrooms as well as a combination of sotanghon and lomi noodles. 

Lang Lang
Smoked Tapang Usa
How can you not find rice in every Filipino restaurant? Restaurante Pia Y Damaso takes a subversive take on the usual silog meals and came up with irresistible combinations that you just can't get enough of. I tried both the Smoked Tapang Usa (Deer meat) that's served with a round layers of rice, omelet and the slightly salty sweet meat. The cherry on top is the additional green mango salsa that adds zing to each flavor profile in the dish.

In the meantime, the Smoked Barbecue Mango Pork is a dish that I would come back for more, since the rice that's being served here is different from the Smoked Tapang Usa. The sweet smoky pork enhanced with a ripe mango flavor is best served with a simple scarmbled egg and rice packed with raisins and greens. Simply scrumptious.

Smoked BBQ Mango Pork
Just like in the novels of Rizal, deception is also the name of the game at Restaurante Pia Y Damaso. Just look at this plate below: I personally thought that these are friggin tofu cubes mixed with pork when I saw it the first time. But really, these are Crispy Boneless Pork, served Crispy Pata style with a dressing made with soy, vinegar and chillies. It's naked, deceiving and delicious. And it tastes exactly like Crispy Pata! Hayluvit!

Crispy Boneless Pork
The Sisig Ni Cabesang Tales is equally satisfying as with all the other dishes at Pia Y Damaso. Spicy, chewy (I love how the pieces are a bit uneven, which makes up for a more complex texture), and best eaten with rice, or served with beer or a cocktail.

Sisig ni Cabesang Tales
Not only that, Restaurante Pia Y Damaso also takes you beyond the norm and into exotic flavors with a pasta dish served with a sauce base of Tuna Bihod (eggs) and tomatoes and topped with seared Blue Marlin. It's quite unusual but since I am up for adventurous eats, this is good that I recommend you foodies to try it!

Tuna Egg Bihod with Tapenade, Seared Blue Marlin and Fresh Tomatoes
Restaurante Pia Y Damaso not only serves up some mean, deceptive eats, but it's also a perfect place to hang out in the afternoon and have coffee or tea with friends, while you enjoy some of their sweet cakes, pastries and desserts that are definitely merienda-worthy. 

Find out more about these delicious treats in Part 2 of my foodtrip at Restaurant Pia Y Damaso


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