My quest to learn Filipino cuisine contines in Eagle Rock…
Does anyone have a Filipino Grandmother I can borrow?
How about eBay? Is there an Uber Service that’ll grant you access to Filipino Aunties?
Because…I want to get into Filipino Cooking, and what I keep hearing is Filipino Cooking is home cooking. Hence…the whole…Filipino Auntie…thing.
I’ll also have to utilize places like Kusina Filipinia.
Now Eagle Rock is a hotbed of Filipino restaurants, as well as Filipino-Americans, so it’s very presence here in this part of town indicates that this place should not suck. And, frankly…it does not.
It is a bit hard to find though. It rests at the back of a…of a…
Oh, what do I call it?
To be honest the complex looks like one of those Medical/Dental complex you pull into to get your teeth checked. The place is painted a warm, yet boring beige as a whole, so the restaurant doesn’t exactly “pop out” at you when you pull up. But it’s there.
You walk in, and…well…several vibes hit you all at once. “Restaurant” as well as “To-Go place”, as well as Dance Hall.
Seriously, there are curtains right over there. A place where a band can play. In this case, it reminds me of El Flordita over in Hollywood, only not as big and…well…serving Filipino food.
But the food is what you came for, and that may be worth something. Max’s of Manilla may be the perfect 101 place, the place to get your feet wet. Then again, everyone goes there at one point or another. But when you start looking for Filipino Food that maybe just a little more advance, I think you should turn to Kusina Filipinia. The staff, I’ve got to say, was real nice, and were genuinely interested in helping a newbie through the process. For that alone, worth their weight in gold.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I’m gettin’ old. Know how I’m getting old?
I have this lovely picture of what I had at Kusina Filipinia. I remember exactly what it tasted like…wonderful ribbons of Pork-fat-Pork, all crispy deep fried to perfection.
I just can’t remember which one it was.
I think…and this speaks more to my still growing, but ultimately small database of Filipino food.
Can I have…Lechon Kawali for $100, Alex?
Yeah, I’m 90% sure this what it as. But since I’m still learning Filipino Cuisine (and still looking for my Filipino Grandma), I hope I’m forgiven for this memory lapse.
Still, Kusina Filipinia…is a good restaurant. I think it you’re a newbie, or (like me) a relative newbie, this is a place you can go to and learn the basics of good Filipino cooking.
The Vegetables Eggroll (their plural on the Menu) was nice. On the one hand, you can say “an Egg roll’s an Egg roll”, but I could taste a difference in what they served here. There’s a difference between a Chinese Egg roll, a Vietnamese Roll and a Filipino one. They have their differences. They have their similarities…mostly in the fact that they’re all delicious. But if I’m you, and I’m here, I order ‘em. I try them and see what you think.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The main thing is the visibility of the restaurant from the street. It’s a bit tricky. It’s there, but the complex that it calls home doesn’t exactly “scream” retail.
PARKING: Also, not easy. The complex Kusina Filipinia calls home does have a pretty big lot, but it also serves all the other businesses in the complex, so it was full when I go there. I wound up parking on the street, a half of block away. Not too far of a walk, but still…know that going in.
4157 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Tel: (323) 229-0228
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm