5.122 TERRP 46(3.03) Casa Ilongga: Pork BBQ + Ginataang Pusong na Saging

-Cycle 5, Item 122-
7 (Wed) May 2014

Pork BBQ + Ginataang Pusong na Saging


at Casa Ilongga (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP), Phase 3.

In Manila since January, here through October under the current contract, living above Robinsons Place, I've been eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, my unique contribution to the city's food/blog scene.  I did all the restaurants on the 1st floor (currently 36, down from the initial 40) and the 2nd floor (currently 7, down from the initial 14).  Now, I'm on to the restaurants on the 3rd floor (currently 28, 2 of which were already covered during Phase 1).  Then, once Phase 3 is complete, time permitting, the 4th floor.  Henceforth, however, I'll take them as they come, no more pushing the agenda; if I don't finish, oh well.

This is the 46th in the series, the 3rd on the 3rd floor.  Padre Faure Wing.

All restaurants on the 1st floor:

- 39(1.36) Apr 2 / Cabalen (Filipino) (see 5.087 Buffet Scraps) / 1.5 / $$

All restaurants on the 2nd floor:

- 45(2.07) Apr 30 / Recipes (Filipino) (see 5.115 (Chicken) Gisang Gisang) / 3.0 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor:

- 12(3.01) Feb 6 / Healthy Shabu Shabu (Japanese) (see 5.032 Fish Fillet Set) / 3.0 / $$$
- 19(3.02) Feb 20 / Shanghai Cuisine (Chinese) (see 5.046 Seafood Chop Suey...) / 2.5 / $$

The 3rd floor promises to be particularly challenging because 13 of the establishments are food court stalls, mostly Filipino.  Nothing wrong with that per se, but the dishes tend to be pretty similar, a lot of grilled meats, deep-fried items, vinegar-based soups, and of course pork belly stews, so repetition will be an issue.  Also, it's all just sitting out in the open, sometimes for hours, so hygiene may be a problem.  And yet I shall persevere.

Casa Ilonga is a Filipino food court stall.  Typical array of dishes, as described above.

Funny, on my first experience at this food court, I was intimated by the "dizzying array" of items (see generally 3.243 Seafood Platter...), but now everything seems pretty familiar.

Ginataang pusong na saging is a Filipino vegetable dish.  Consists of a banana (pusang) heart (saging)--so-called because it's shaped like a heart, the unblossomed flower attached to the banana tree--that's chopped/shredded into small pieces and simmered in coconut milk (ginataang).  Not necessarily an everyday item, but fairly common.

Well under 100 pesos for a rice plate; "barato" = "cheapo;"  I ordered Meal 3.

The food was okay.  The BBQ was pretty standard, if kinda dry. The banana hearts were okay, as anything simmered in coconut tends to be.

I doubt that I'll ever go back for more.

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