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5.020 Shrimp Cakes

-Cycle 5, Item 20-
25 (Sat) January 2014

-Filipino-
Shrimp Cakes

3.0

at Mesa Grill (Greenbelt 5)

-Makati-

with CS Hahm +1

The good news was that my uncle, for the second time in a row, the second time this week, the second time that the two of us alone would be breaking bread together, offered to forgo Korean food in favor of what I wanted to eat (see most recently 5.017 Gambas al Ajillo).  

I suggested Filipino.

The bad news was that he ended up taking me to Mesa Grill, where I'd dined last week, to less-than-spectacular results (see most recently 5.013 Tinapa Roll...).  However, when I learned of the destination, I couldn't call an audible, because he'd invited a friend of his, who was already waiting at the restaurant.

Baked Scallops with Garlic Butter (1.0)--a speck of scallop buried in butter and bread crumbs.

Elephant Clams (Diwal) Sautéed in Black Bean Sauce (2.0)--clams and sauce overwhelmed by ginger and scallion.

Prawns Stir-Fried, Salted & Spicy (2.5)--too salty, not spicy, but nice crunch.

 Beef & Tripe Kare-Kare (0.5)--tripe, ugh.

Turns out that Mesa Grill is a popular destination for Koreans expats introducing Filipino cuisine to visitors from Korea.  Makes perfect sense, given the food's dumbed-down "Filipino Moderne" treatment.

The shrimp cakes--chewy shrimp texture, sweet shrimp flavor--were the best item on the table, though that's not saying much.

I will not be taking my guests from Korea to Mesa Grill.

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