Over a week ago, I was lucky enough to get invited by a friend of mine to a food tasting event at a newly-opened restaurant serving Filipino cuisine at the Ayala Mall the 30th in Ortigas. The restaurant is called Mesa. If you’re a Filipino or if you’ve been staying in the Philippines for a while, this restaurant must already be familiar with you.
I do believe the name Mesa has something to do with the Tagalog word “mesa” which means “table” in English. I have heard about Mesa so many times from my friends before, but I haven’t actually gotten the chance to go and try their food. Friends and families who have tried them would always recommend them and give positive reviews about them.
I am not so sure about how many outlets they have in the Philippines, but according to one of the owners of the outlet we went to, the one at Ayala Malls the 30th is actually the 30th outlet. How amazing is that?
As I have said, it was a food tasting event, which means a few select bloggers and influencers were there to try the majority of the food they serve. It was a very fun experience for me since I got to mingle with my other blogger friends again and the food was actually amazing.
The photo above shows all the bloggers and influencers who were invited to the food tasting event.
It’s always a great experience when you do fun things with fun people. In the photos above, you can see how happy and excited we were to try all the food that was served.
Here’s a list of the food that was served for us:
- Tinapa roll
- Crispy boneless tilapia w/ 4 sauces
- Suahe on the rocks
- Boneless Patatim
- Crispy boneless Pata
- Pinatayong Manok
- Kare Kare beef and tripe
- Bagoong rice
One of my favorites is the Tinapa Roll wrap with lettuce (the photo shown above). It costs P155 which is surprisingly cheap, in my opinion. This wrap includes flaked smoked fish, tomatoes, and salted egg inside. It was really good, especially when dipped in vinegar with lots of onions and other spices.
My next favorite would be Suahe on the rocks (the photo above). I loved that they steam the shrimps in front of you. They placed the Suahe in a bowl with boiling water and rocks. Then, they covered the bowl to cook the shrimps. In the photo above, you could see the bloggers in action, taking photos and videos of what was happening.
I would love to share more photos with you. However, these are all the ones I have for now. I was too much in the moment so much so that taking lots of photos of each food that was served was no longer in my mind. I am very happy I was able to try everything despite my lack of experience with food tasting. I am really hoping that this short post would give you some ideas in case you wish to try Filipino food when you’re in Manila or anywhere in the Philippines.
Here are some details you can take note of:
You may Contact for reservation or inquiries: 955-1736 or 0995 2303061
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org