3 Rating

🙂 = High chairs available. Ample parking. Food is served in a styrofoam to-go tray whether you’re dining in or not. So if you can’t finish your food, you can just close your tray and go.

🙁 = High chairs are from Ikea so they can’t be re-purposed to fit car seats. No kids menu. There’s only seven tables and some bar style seating – so try to avoid lunch and dinnertime rush. Don’t expect much by way of ambience. Like most Filipino cafes, they’re all about the food and short on decor.

Notes: Open every day from 10:00AM until 8:00PM.

Where my Asians at? Where my Asians at? Where my eh-eh-eh-eh Asians at?

What’s up, my foods and foodettes! To celebrate my first post, I went to Manila Oriental so I could school all of you’s in the cuisine of my motherland. Now, don’t be thrown off by the name. I know the term “oriental” is super dated. But just about every Filipino market/cafe hybrid throws that word in their name for some odd reason. But whatevs. They’re my peoples. And the food is delish.

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Check out that “turo-turo” style!

Like a lot of Filipino joints in the area, there is no menu and the food is served turo-turo style. Literally meaning “point-point,” the dishes are already prepared and displayed on the counter for you to pick-pick and choose-choose what you want-want. Because there’s no menu, there’s no dish description. But fret not my little foodie brethren and sistren. The good folks behind the counter will help you figure out what’s what.

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Mmmm…Filipino food deliciousness….

Now, I’m not typically a big lunch eater so I just picked off mom and pop dukes’ plates. Mommio ordered chicken adobo and fried galunggong. Daddio got some veggie Bicol express and lechon kawali. Got that? Didn’t think so. Let me break it down for you. Adobo is the national dish of the Philippines with soy sauce and vinegar as the main ingredients.  You can adobo anything. Throw soy sauce and vinegar on my brother’s pacifier. Boom! Adobo pacifier. Chicken adobo is usually my favorite Filipino dish but it was a little too salty today. Galunggong is a long, round fish with a gajillion bones that’s either pan or deep fried. I passed on that but mama said it was day-LEE-SHOOS (delicious) in her thick Filipino accent. She’s funny. Bicol express is a savory coconut milk based dish. I’ve had it before, but this was my first time trying it here, and I wasn’t a fan. Even mi padre said it had a bit of a weird taste. But we’re both huge fanboys of mama’s recipe. Last but not least, lechon kawali is deep fried pork. Crispy skin, juicy fat, and tasty meat all in one glorious bite. It’s, literally, the bomb…eat it enough and your heart will explode.

It was a bit of an off day, but we’re sure to be back since the food has been spectaculous during the many times we’ve eaten here before. And a two-entree with rice platter is only six bucks and some change. Say whaaat?

So there it is. My first review. And in a few days. Will be review number two. PEACE!

7026 Commerce St

Springfield, VA 22150

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