Pusong Pinoy – 168 Churchill Ave, Braybrook
We visited Pusong Pinoy late last year and enjoyed their sweet cassava heats with a cup of coffee. This time I was back for more with a hunger for some Filipino ulam (the main dish that goes with rice) for lunch. In the bain marie were three dishes, two of which were cylindrical in shape and wrapped in foil.
– chicken tinola with sayote (choko)
– Squid stuffed with pork mince
– Embotido (a Filipino version of meatloaf with minced pork cooked by steaming while wrapped in foil)
– donuts made on site for dessert
Mr D loves rice soaked in any type of soup dish so he devoured the chicken tinola which Kenny said reminded him of Hainanese chicken.
We each bought a meal combo consisting of a serve of rice and our choice of two dishes for good value at $9.50 – I was full and did well with the rice/ulam ratio (Filipinos know the struggle – we’ve got to have that perfect ratio of rice to ulam, or at least master the art of rationing the two so as to end the meal with nothing left on your plate!).
If you are hungry for some Filipino food in Melbourne my blog post here has twelve places where you can get your fix. Let me know if I’ve missed any and if you end up visiting any of the restaurants, let me know what your favourite dish was!
Pusong Pinoy – Filipino Cafe, Groceries, Catering
168 Churchill avenue, Braybrook
This new little cafe shines brightly among its fellow neighbors along this short strip of shops where the longstanding Masarap (delicioustasty) Bakery can be foumd. It occupies the old location of Quiapo, a Filipino/Asian grocery, who are now focusing on distribution. Pusong Pinoy (Filipino Heart in English) has transformed the space into a clean, welcoming and cheery cafe complete with USB ports and power points right next to the tables!
My cousin and I took the kids to get some lunch however being so new, the shop didn’t have their gas connected and as such the bain marie was empty. Jocelyn and her sister inform us that once everything is up and running they’ll be serving up some Filipino favorites such as adobo, pancit and other Pinoy staples.
In the meantime they offered us some sandwiches however the Filipino desserts and cakes caught my eye so we ended up trying out their coffee and sweets while Daniel bought a packet of cheesy Clover chips! The dessert fridge was filled with classics such as suman, puto and espasol – hopefully next time we visit they’ll have some egg pie! The cappuccino and cassava hearts were such a good combo and it was lovely to meet and chat with the excited new owners. We’re told that Pusong Pinoy also provide catering so if you’re interested in ordering, you can find their details on Facebook 🙂
The annual Philippine Fiesta is coming up this weekend so for those of you who can’t get out to Braybrook to check out Pusong Pinoy, you can find this year’s fiesta at the Royal Exhibition Building in the Carlton Gardens. Jocelyn and her sister are multi-talented busy bees! Jocelyn informed us that she’ll be performing with a Pinoy choir this weekend in Geelong for Panunuluyan 2015 Celebrating the Joy of Christmas, while her sister is performing some Zumba moves at the Philippine Fiesta on Saturday!
Daniel liked the cute little teacup lights above the counter 🙂Grab some cofee and cake from Pusong Pinoy or you can walk a few shops down to Masarap Bakery for some fresh pan de sal bread!
And right across the road is a great park for the kids to play to run off some of the sugar from the desserts! Braybrook Park features a huge wooden airplane structure and a BBQ area. (Update 23/12/15 – The playground was destroyed by a suspicious fire and is currently closed.)