Tapas Filipinas Hermanos Deli and Bar
Saturday, 11 April 2009

Gambas de las Islas
Gambas de las Islas by kutitots, on Flickr

A few weeks ago, Marc and I joined a number of food bloggers for a tasting event at Tapas Filipinas Hermanos Deli and Bar. I’m honestly a bit iffy reviewing food that I did not pay for, but, as always, I’ll try my best to be as objective as possible.

Hermanos recently opened last February at the Ortigas Home Depot, offering a fusion of traditional Filipino and Spanish dishes with a modern twist. Their food is served pica-pica, best paired with beer or wine, reminiscent of the old Filipino culture of gathering by the balcony for a round of food, drinks, stories, and gossip. For fear of activating my asthma, I stayed away from alcohol, but the food still tasted good even paired with just plain old Coca Cola.

Karne de la Patria Adorada
Karne de la Patria Adorada by kutitots, on Flickr

The dishes I particularly enjoyed the most are the ones on the photos in this post—except for the Calamari del Supremo, which I really liked but unfortunately wasn’t able to take a good photo of.

I guess it’s because I really like seafood, even though technically I’m allergic to it. However, my allergies only set off if I’m fed seafood that aren’t fresh. This condition is so unusual that my mom used to make it a gauge if she’d been sold old stocks of seafood or not. Luckily, the seafood at Hermanos was fresh, the food didn’t set of my allergies—it would have been quite embarrassing to have puffy lips at a food-tasting event 😛

Calamari del Gobernadorcillo
Calamari del Gobernadorcillo by kutitots, on Flickr

The beef they used for the Karne de la Patria Adorada was very tender—I couldn’t get enough of it—a delicious taste of garlic and spices with every bite. The only dish I probably wasn’t too happy about was the Tapang Usa de Katipunan (smoked deer meat). No offense meant, but I grew up with a grandmother who used to make awesome tapang usa so my expectations for such a dish was very high. Besides, I was used to eating tapang usa cooked the traditional way without all those foreign spices—modern fusion of this dish just didn’t sit well with me. Maybe others will like it that way, but not me. I prefer the traditional way of preparing tapang usa.

The price per dish at Hermanos ranges from Php150-300. Wine and beer, I have no idea (I didn’t bother to ask, sorry). It’s the perfect date place if you’ve got a little bit of cash to spare—the low lighting and the old Filipino interior gives a romantic setting.

Tapas Filipinas Hermanos Deli and Bar
Unit 104 Bldg C Ortigas Home Depot Complex
Doña Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig city
Phone: +63 2 706 4978
Website: http://hermanosdelibar.multiply.com/

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  3. the gambas had us salivating

    • gail says:

      Thanks! 🙂 I actually have a few more shrimp stuff in my drafts. Will update as soon as I get some time off work 🙂

  4. jmkl says:

    hi i like your food pic.mostly the gambas