Hubby, the kids, and I had lunch at Ombu Kusina Modern Filipino Restaurant a little over a week ago. Ombu Kusina is located at the ground floor of Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City. It was actually the perfect venue for a relaxing Sunday lunch.
I like how bright, neat, and spacious the restaurant is.
We started off with an order of Salted Egg Spaghettini (P260). I love how they use real salted egg yolk for the sauce, not the instant powder type. The pasta is garnished with cubed cucumbers, tomatoes, and salted egg white.
Then we had Ombu’s Three Cheese Pizza (P420). Thin, crisp crust is topped with Filipino holiday cheese, queso de bola, mozzarella, and kesong puti. Delicious!
Then we had Dilis Rice (P170). Lightly seasoned fried rice is topped with crispy dilis.
My favorite dish is Binagoongang Talong (P300). Eggplants cooked in really exceptional shrimp paste are topped with crunchy bagnet. I think coming up with the perfect bagoong is tricky but Ombu Kusina has done it! This is the perfect blend of savory, sweet, and slightly spicy. The bagnet had chicharon levels of crunch so it was great.
Seafood Mix Laing (P290) is one of the more unique creations of Ombu Kusina. Minced crabmeat, shrimp, onion, and lemongrass is wrapped in taro leaves and cooked in light coconut milk. It’s topped with alfalfa sprouts which lent more texture to the dish.
Here’s something new on the menu — Flaming Chicken (P340). The chicken was torched and doused in sauce in front of us. It was chopped right after and we enjoyed how tender and flavorful it was.
Another newly introduced dish is Adobochon (P440). It’s lechon with adobo-flavored skin served with sauce on the side. While the concept is certainly promising, I had a few problems with the execution. First, there’s way too much fat. The lechon pieces were comprised of maybe 75% fat which I think is too much. The skin was not crunchy for some reason.
For dessert, we had Mango Panna Cotta (P90). Creamy and milky, it’s a nice way to cap off a meal. I wanted to try their bestseller Frozen Brazo De Mercedes but it was out of stock.
Hubby and the kids opted for Buko Pandan (P80). It’s good old pandan jelly with sweet milk and shredded coconut meat.
All in all we had a great weekend lunch at Ombu Kusina. Everything’s good but my favorites are the Salted Egg Spaghettini, Binagoongang Talong, and Flaming Chicken. The place is really nice and conducive to relaxed family meals. Prices are reasonable and service is excellent. The staff are attentive and efficient. Will be back to try their other offerings.
Ombu Kusina Modern Filipino Restaurant
G/F Sequoia Hotel
91-93 Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City
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