A couple of weeks ago, I attended a food tasting event with the Philippine blogosphere’s finest food bloggers. It was a night of unending discovery, a feast for the palate and a phantasmagoria of food choices at Erik Matti’s F Word Resto.
If I can put my own meaning to the “F” in the restaurant’s name, it would be “Flavorgasmic“. It’s definitely a set of Fabulous Pinoy Cuisine served in a fantastic and orgasmic way that can make you say “F” with a full tummy.
Together with Laise and Lara, we arrived late since our work ends at 7pm. I was pleasantly surprised to see my fellow food bloggers seated around one long table, but since we were late, we had to sit at a separate table beside them.
Chef Francis started serving their famous starters and as he laid down the food he described the ingredients and shared the story behind each recipe.
Black Calamares is probably one of the most eccentric appetizers in their menu, imagine: crispy calamares coated with squid ink batter.
Tamaraw wings are their version of buffalo wings. It was satisfyingly spicy and somehow similar to my recipe, hehe.
Hassle-Free Gambas made of deep fried shrimp balls in a sweet and sour sauce was extremely tasty and would have made a good entree on its own.
If you love Pinakbet then you will definitely love their Pakbet Soup, It’s pumpkin soup with a twist – a mixture of crunchy vegetables found in Pinakbet like ampalaya, sitaw and eggplant.
Another soup, Potato Leek Arroz Caldo – a mixture of rice porridge and potato with bits of chicken chicaron, ginger and leeks, is a definite must try.
Soup #5 which the restaurant wittily renamed “F soup” is made of cows balls (poor cow). This soup is believed to be an aphrodisiac. No wonder this soup is only served 11pm onwards..
We then moved on to the carbs; Chicken Liver with Thai Daing for the liver lovers. This dish is creatively served with cranberry sauce. The sweet cranberry serves as a contrast to the earthy flavor of liver.
Tuna Tinapa or Tuti, according to F Word’s menu, is a pasta dish. I never tried mixing tuna and tinapa with pasta yet this combination is really good and definitely something new. The two main ingredients are usually served in a dish of their own but apparently they can work together..
The maindish; Lamb Menudo is another favored Filipino dish. This is usually a time consuming dish since you have to allow the meat to tenderize. At F Word.. they got it just right.
Isla de Maji-Maji is F word’s version of fish sinigang. It’s not the sinigang soup we are used to. It was served on a plate with crispy fried fish coated with crushed cashew placed on top of your favorite sinigang vegetables with a creamy sinigang sauce dominated by the taste of gabi.
Sole Fillet with Seafood Paella Risotto is topped with crab fat (aligue), so hypertensives beware.
Lechon Kawali was another crowd pleaser. The roasted pork was so tender, but the most interesting thing about the lechon was the dipping sauce. No ordinary mang tomas sauce here, F restaurant’s partner for salty lechon kawali is a bracing, mildly sweet cranberry concoction.
I enjoyed the Kasuy Tart but Durian Cheesecake was definitely my favorite. It was close to my favorite Durian Cheesecake from Lachi’s.
The kasuy tart was served with vanilla ice cream on top so it leveled the sweetness and gave a contrast of texture. Banana Turtle Pie…the name itself emmetts glory. Definitely another must try.
F Word is for people who appreciate the culinary arts and for foodies with a discerning palate aiming for a different kind of adventure. Experiencing the real meal is the reason why I love to eat out.
Discovering different mixings of food you never thought possible is something you can expect at F Word Resto. Chef Francis Bodegon and Erik Matti take Pinoy recipes to the next level with their out-of-the box food offerings. More and more restaurants are copying their recipes so make sure to try the original.
Just a tip : Everything they put on top of the plate is a must try!
F Word Resto
G/F 109 F&M Lopez Bldg C
Palanca St. Legaspi Village,
contact numbers: +63928 8130475 and +63922 7775142
open from 12 noon-1 am (Mon-Fri), 6 pm-1 am (Saturdays)
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