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In the last decade, the Philippines has become a stage for the international food scene. We’ve seen franchise after franchise drop anchor within our shores, and even got a few Michelin starred names in the net. Despite all of that, there’s just something about Filipino food that trumps them all.
Undoubtedly, we all have memories attached to home cooked adobo, tinola, liempo, and what have you. The argument of “Why eat at a Filipino restaurant when you can have that at home?” is no argument because it’s always a welcome experience to get a taste of what home is like for someone else.
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From the outside, Limbaga 77 looks like an old house. You’re not wrong in thinking that because the restaurant is actually a 50 year old ancestral home.
You’ll find familiar remnants of what used to be the foyer, sala, and bedrooms that were converted into dining space and function rooms. But some of the architecture has remained intact —the grand staircase, wooden floor panels, and large window frames are unchanged and preserve the warm, cozy feel.
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Located comically at 77 Limbaga St. along Tomas Morato, the restaurant is an ode to the familial Filipino classics and the country’s diverse home cooking. After you’ve settled in and made yourself at home, prepare your palate for a spread that has “graced the tables of households in different regions of the Philippines.”
The restaurant is decidedly Filipino but you will find a dish or two that is unique to them like the Bikoron, Spicy Seafood Adobo, and Stuffed Bulaklak ng Kalabasa.
Stuffed Bulaklak Ng Kalabasa
Squash blossoms with a filling of ground pork, local white cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, and onions
Four Flavored Wings
Honey, soy, garlic, and calamansi chicken
Dried fish, , scallions, scrambled eggs, onions, and garlic
Fresh taro leaves, ground pork, and white shrimp simmered in coconut milk with lemongrass
Limbaga 77 offers classic favorites like Crispy Pata, Poqui Poqui rolls, and Binusog na Pusit. It might be a good idea to bring the whole family because there are no single serve portions or individual meals here. Everything is how it is at home: family style with plenty of rice to go around.
Spicy Seafood Adobo
Crab, white shrimp, mussels, and squid cooked in coconut milk, soy sauce, and vinegar
Everyone is so busy nowadays and there’s hardly ever time for a meal at home. When you do manage to grab a bite, it’s always instant or store-bought, packaged “food”. Limbaga 77 cooks all of their dishes with love. Just take a look at their bestsellers, all shown here, and you’ll know what we’re talking about.
Baked Lechon Paksiw
Sticky rice cooked in coconut milk then prepared turon style
When you’re done with your meal, cap things off with a slice of Brazo Tablea Cake made with cocoa tablea and Barako coffee. For something more unique, try the Bikoron (biko + turon) served with peanut sauce and pair it with a cup of organic coffee from Benguet, Mt. Province and ask for a balikutsa to sweeten it up.
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