Pinoy Fridays – Filipino dining in Melbourne, Occasions Restaurant

Filipino Barbie, Occasions Restaurant, William Angliss
March 7, 2014

For this week’s Pinoy Friday post, I wanted to share with you a flashback to early last year where we attended a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event in the city. Chef Sau del Rosario and Chef JP Anglos showcased a procession of timeless Filipino classics with their own little touch to a full house. It was so nice to see that the event was sold out and that the people of Melbourne were interested and willing to give Pinoy a go.

The below lists out the descriptions of each dish from the menu:

Cocktail – Luzviminda
Our pass around food represents the 3 main isalnds of the Philippines. Mini Tamales from Luzon which Spanish influence is very evident, the Ukoy with aoili is an influence from our Malay ancestors and the Fresh Oysters and use of ginger is the Chinese presence in our country.

Malunggay Pan De Sal & Butter

Filipino Barbie cocktail

Appetizer – Kare-Kare
A Filipino “fiesta” staple of braised oxtail simmered in peanut tasting sauce and annatto seeds, we stuffed this in a ravioli and drizzled with macadamia kare-kare sauce and truffle oil

Kare Kare Filipino Barbie 2014

Soup – Binakol
A traditional chiken soup cooked in coconut water, our soup is sous vide seasbass in coconut broth and served with fresh green papaya and candied ginger

Binakol Filipino Barbie 2014

Salad – Pinoy Salad
Grilled prawns marinated in coconut milk, karrif lime leaves and ginger and served on Asian greens and cilantro served with pineapple salsa

Pinoy Salad

Entree – Lechon
Traditionally a whole pig and roasted for 4 hours, we picked the best part of the lechon, “the pork belly” and we stuffed this with paella valencia, a rice dish we ingerited from our Spanish ancestors and formed a cripsy pork belly roulade served with French beans

Lechon Filipino Barbie 2014

Dessert – Halo-Halo
A Filipino favorite dessert all rolled in a spring roll (stuff with red beans, purple yam, coconut) and cut like sushi and topped with vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with banana chips

Petit Fours – Filipino Petit Four
An espresso cup of Philippine chocolate tablea drink served with “pinipig”, Filipino crunchies, Uraro, Philippine cookies and Chocnut

Petit fours Filipino Barbie

Filipino dining William Angliss Melbourne

A new Filipino restaurant in the heart of North Melbourne

BBQ skewers Reynaldo's The Urban Ma Filipino restaurants

A new Filipino restaurants hits Melbourne – Reynaldo’s Grill and Sizzles. Together with GJ’s Grill these two would have to be my favorite Melbourne Filipino restaurants so far!

Kare Kare Reynaldo's Filipino Restaurant
The Urban Ma visits Reynaldo's
Can you tell my mum is excited about the kare kare? 🙂

We ordered:
– BBQ pork skewers

– Kare Kare – beef, tripe and ox tail in a creamy peanut sauce served with bagoong (shrimp paste) and beans and greens (a nice, generous serving!)

– Adobong Manok sa Gata – soft, moist chicken pieces in a soy and coconut sauce served with veggies (this was sooooo yummy. My fav!

– Inasal Chicken – grilled chicken with chilli dipping sauce served with veggies

– Lechon Kawali – fried pork belly with a chilli dipping sauce served with veggies

Ambience:
Opening only last Saturday, the interiors and decor is still a work in progress. The place is clean and quite open able to cater for a large number of bookings. There are also lounge chairs and coffee tables in front of the windows for people to enjoy coffee and cakes while people-watching (Errol street is known to be studded with local celebrities filming various tv shows). Feels like it would be a little more cozy with some soft lighting and warmth in the color scheme, but the welcoming service makes up for fluorescent feel inside.

Service:
We were served promptly by our happy waiters and they checked up on us throughout the night to make sure we were satisfied with everything. Dory and her family chatted cheerfully about the opening of their new venture and their excitement in sharing their menu with Melbourne.

The Details:
Taking over an old bar in North Melbourne’s iconic Errol street, this latest addition to the cafe and restaurant-studded strip differs in its offerings to the existing eateries as it serves Filipino cuisine. This latest addition to the Filipino food scene in Melbourne serves its dishes not from a bain marie, but from the kitchen at the hands of a passionate chef and his family living out their dream of opening their own place to share Pinoy flavour. To cater for a wider audience Reynaldo’s menu offers steaks and pastas for those not yet ready to try the Filipino dishes which include entrees like ukoy and spring rolls.

We ordered four dishes for the five of us and were so full!

Reynaldo’s is open all day and also offers catering services.

Adobong manok with gata Reynaldo's Filipino Restaurant Melbourne Lechon Kawali Reynaldo's Melbourne The Urban Ma blog Grilled chicken Reynaldo's Melbourne Filipino Pinoy

We loved the adobong chicken with gata and kare kare which Dory tells us has been the favourite of those who have dined here in the 7 days it has been open.

Reynaldo's interior Filipino restaurant Melbourne

We didn’t get to try out the desserts as we headed off to take Daniel to see the winter fireworks in the Docklands. We had a great view from the North Melbourne station with Daniel being distracted by the trains (he loves trains!).

Melbourne Winter Fireworks IMG_6035

A perfect winter’s night out to end the work week 🙂

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