Filipinos are food lovers. This love made them expert in cooking different kinds of dishes. Many also explore and experimenting recipes not just to satisfy their own curiosity and cravings but to share it with others. And this love made the Philippines popular as a gastronomic spot globally.
In 7,107 islands, there are hundreds of flavors worth craving for. Among the well-known Filipino dishes are adobo, Kare-Kare, and sinigang. Several versions of cooking Filipino dishes are available in most of the restaurants in the country, like fast food menus. Rare we encounter specially and traditionally made dishes.
If you’re looking for a restaurant which serves real, genuine taste of local cuisines, Salu is the right place for you. If you grew up in Luzon, aren’t you curious about tasting the food from Visayas and Mindanao?
Why visit Salu?
Chef Janjie Ocoma, also known as Lakwatserong Kusinero, is the executive chef of the restaurant. No, it’s not just because of him that you have to visit Salu — but some of the famous regional cuisines are waiting for you. Have you tried Insarabasab and Hardinera ni Quezon (Luzon dishes)? What about Balbacua and KBL which stands for Kadios, Babou, Langka which are classic favorites in the Visayas? The signature black soup, Tiyual Itum and Beef Kulma in Mindanao cannot be missed also.
“Salu is a Filipino Culinary Authority. We try to explore, experiment and make sure to serve plates that can’t be labeled anything other than tunay na Pinoy. We honor originality and give tribute to the story of each dish because that’s what makes it unique, that’s what makes it real Filipino,” said Chef Janjie.
What’s interesting is that they have chefs who came from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Well-represented, indeed. Imagine how busy would their kitchen is.
The whole restaurant is also divided into Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao sections. Each is decorated with the aim of transporting guests to a place beyond Manila, towards kitchen and sites of different parts of the Philippines. Even their kiddie corner gives the young guests a taste of how it is to be a real Pinoy Kid on the block.
“We want the whole restaurant to feel casual and homey. When you enter a Filipino home there’s always a feeling of warmth and happiness, that’s our basic model for Salu. At the same time we want the guests’ minds and palates to travel para busog ang tiyan at mata, thus the native and locally inspired accents and details unique to each section. You can practically do your selfies everywhere”, said Allan Cordova, managing partner of Salu.
To Taste is to Believe
I got a chance to indulge on some of their fusion of Pinoy to Pinoy food. Binagoongang Lechon Kare Kare is the real best seller. Eating it with Turmeric rice is a champion!
Another awesome fusion of Pinoy food is the Laing with adobo. How’s that?
This Pinalutong na Sisig Hito is inviting you, right?
The restaurant also serves Hinurnong Manok, their version of sinampalukan with the smoky taste of roasted chicken. Sinigang na Lechon is a sure treat if you’re in the mood for pork. Some of the intriguing creations are the Salu Salad (can you eat flowers? try it!) and the Pakbet Soup, a perfect alternative for those who’d like a light and healthy starter.
You Deserve a Dessert
One of the house favorites is Brazo De Kalabasa, a healthy cake which is not too sweet but of the right mix. Another must-try is Mayon, Salu’s molten lava cake which has a really good salty surprise inside, giving you a twist to rich dark chocolate cake and filling.
Salu, owned by couple Harlene Bautista and Romnick Sarmenta, is established not just to make a profit but to help small farmers, poultry providers, fishermen and local craftsmen – who are real heroes of the country.
Cordova said they transact directly with the locals to buy ingredients as their way of supporting them. Tribute walls are also put up in the restaurant and by looking at those photos, you’ll get to love your Filipino culture more.
More advocacy programs are being crafted by Salu together with some partners to support the industry.
Follow Your Cravings Today
Visit Salu at #26B Sct. Fernandez Cor. Sct. Torillo, Bgy. Sacred Heart Quezon City. For reservations and inquiries, call at 921-24- 48 or send a personal on their facebook fan page, Saluresto.
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