July 24th, 2011
It’s pretty obvious that I love eating out. One thing you have to know is that my ultimate favorite Filipino restaurant is Barrio Fiesta. It has been my favorite since I was a ‘lil kid. This is mainly because of their mouth-watering dishes like Crispy Pata and Adobong Kangkong.
A few days ago, a Facebook friend posted a picture of Heart Evangelista with a big sign of Barrio Fiesta Greenhills at her back. Heart is a famous celebrity here in the Philippines and she’s part of the family who owns the Barrio Fiesta franchise. Seeing that picture immediately made me wanna go straight to Barrio Fiesta and sample their awesome food. However, I had to wait for dinner time. I called up a friend and we went to Barrio Fiesta Greenhills for a delicious dinner.
It didn’t take long for us to find the place. It was a bit ironic that Barrio Fiesta is located beside its direct competitor. The competitor’s entrance is located at EDSA side while Barrio Fiesta’s entrance is at the back street. I only have eyes for Barrio Fiesta. No other restaurant have stolen that ultimate favorite Filipino restaurant title from Barrio Fiesta in my eyes yet.
The ambiance of the Greenhills branch is far from my impression of Barrio Fiesta. It looked like they applied the accepted design for modern restaurants. The place was well-lighted and well-designed. The art work displayed on the walls gives that distinction to Barrio Fiesta.
If you go to Barrio Fiesta’s Makati branch, you can see the difference when it comes to interior design. The Makati branch has the Filipino ambiance with their tables and seats designed as a Jeepney (Philippines’ famous transportation vehicle).
No matter how different the restaurant design between Barrio Fiesta branches are, their food is just the same (even from 10-20 years ago!). I always have the same food order whenever I visit Barrio Fiesta. However, I wasn’t able to order everything during our visit [missed Buko Juice (Php 65) and Sinigang na Hipon (Php 356)]. I’m really in a tight budget right now but next time, I’ll be back to getting all my original favorite dishes.
- Crispy Pata – Large (Php 587)
Anyone in their right state of mind will order Crispy Pata in Barrio Fiesta. The dish is what made the restaurant famous. Barrio Fiesta now offers their crispy pata in three sizes, small (Php 487), medium (Php 550) and large (Php 587). I don’t care if there was only two of us dining but large size was our order. It was as crispy as ever! The meat didn’t feel dry at all. Gee, just writing this entry makes me wanna go back there again. I must resist!
- Adobong Kangkong – Half (Php 134)
Another must-order in Barrio Fiesta is their Adobong Kangkong. Available in different sizes: Half (Php 134) and Medium (Php 253). What I like about this dish is that the meat and vegetables are swimming in tasty sauce. Every spoonful was so heavenly especially when you pair it with rice. You should try it out if you haven’t.
- Garlic Rice – Family (Php 129)
Last, but definitely not the least, Barrio Fiesta’s Garlic Rice/Sinangag. I know this is weird but there’s just one distinct taste in this dish. Maybe, they put a secret ingredient in the rice or they just perfected the recipe of garlic rice. I just couldn’t get enough of it! We even ordered their family size which is good for 4 people! The server was recommending the cup size (Php 36) but he didn’t know that we could finish the bigger size. It’s that good!
You have to note that I’m not in any way related to Barrio Fiesta and I paid for our own food. I really just love Barrio Fiesta and it will always be my ultimate favorite Filipino restaurant. Whenever I go to this restaurant, I always have this huge smile on my face.
Edsa Cor. Rochester St., Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines