A lot of balikbayans are arriving this Christmas season and a lot of them will be asking for us to tour them and take them to places that serve Filipino food. There are a lot of good Filipino restaurants in the Philippines, and one of them just opened in SM Megamall, The Atrium. This restaurant is Mesa.
Upon entering the door of this Filipino restaurant, you will be going through a bamboo made tunnel, to give that local ambiance. Tables are then seen; this restaurant can accommodate around 50 people inside. One thing to note though and probably something the restaurant can improve on is that the round tables on the side need to have more distance between the seat and the table.
The waiters are very courteous. After seeing the menu, we were excited to taste unique Filipino dishes that Mesa had.
For our appetizer, we ordered Tinapa Rolls wrapped in Lettuce (Php 145). Tinapa is flaked smoke fish with tomato, onion and salted egg. It was enclosed in lumpiang shanghai wrapper and had a base of Lettuce leaf. It was laid on a Chinese soup spoon for presentation. This is something definitely your relatives should try. It had just the right amount of salt and the other ingredients were a good compliment for the Tinapa.
For our main dish, we ordered Chicken Binakol (Php 235), which is one of the must try dishes of Mesa. This dish is chicken simmered in broth with young coconut and green papaya. It came and was served in a coconut husk. This is a good dish to heat up those growling tummies!
Are you a fan of prawns? If you are, do try this prawn dish with a Filipino twist. We ordered the Prawns sauteed with Salted Egg (Php 350).
A dish that we highly recommend is the Hito Crispy Boneless with Mangga Salad (Php 320). The fish was very fresh and it had a crispy outer covering. The fish meat was very tender. It was cut into bite sized nuggets. It came with four different sauces. Each had a unique taste that contributed a different taste to the fish.
We ordered rice to go along with our dishes. Mesa offers not only plain nor garlic rice, they have different variants. We ordered the Laing Fried Rice (Php 145), which was Stir fried rice with gabi leaves and coconut cream. We never thought that it would be possible to have such a rice recipe.
We also ordered the Sisig Rice (Php 170), which was our favorite. It had pork sisig with fried egg. It was a good compliment for the dishes that we ordered.
Mesa Filipino Moderne
Level 2, Mega Atrium
EDSA cor Julia Vargas Ave. Mandaluyong