I once said that if I were to eat out, Filipino cuisine would be at the bottom of my list of choices primarily because I get to eat Pinoy food on a regular basis. As such, for me, to discover a really good Filipino restaurant is like finding a gem amidst a sea of debris. That is Wooden Spoon for me.
It was in February when, after our pre-nup shoot, our stylist suggested that we have dinner at Wooden Spoon in Katipunan. The name somehow rings a bell; I knew I have heard about it somewhere but I couldn't figure out where. When we got to the place, it was a bit crowded so we had to wait a while to be seated. As we were waiting, the waiters got our orders and that's when I found out that Wooden Spoon specializes in Pinoy cuisine.
Shortly after being seated, out food arrived. I recall we ordered Kare-Kare, Binagoongan, dinuguan lechon kawali and fish sinigang. Everything was good but what we really liked was the Binagoongan which offered a rich, balanced bagoong taste -- it was neither not too salty nor too creamy. Another dish that we really liked was the dinuguan lechon kawali -- rich lechon kawali with thick dinuguan sauce. The salty-sour-spicy flavor of the dinuguan sauce blended harmoniously.
And when the bill came, we were surprised because the total was much lower than what we expected.
On the whole, this is one experience that was truly unforgettable.
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