For Father’s Day this year, we booked our lunch at Salu Filipino Restaurant in Sct. Torillo corner Sct. Fernandez streets, Quezon City. We read many great online reviews about their food and we’re excited to experience and learn why it’s known as one of the best Filipino restaurants. Owned by celebrity couple Romnick Sarmenta and Harleen Bautista, Salu serves authentic Pinoy dishes. Their extensive menu features specialties from Luzon, Visayas, to Mindanao, from Benguet down to Zamboanga. Longtime fans insist “you can’t go wrong.”
Review of Salu Filipino Restaurant (Tomas Morato, Quezon City)
The ambiance was neither quiet nor stuffy. Salu is a great family restaurant for having a relaxing breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The theme looks warm and inviting and feels just right, even when packed with people. Paintings and decors on the walls set the tone for the dining room. It is a good place where you can bring your grandparents for a nostalgic feel. As for the space, it’s opulent. I was surprised to see a whole new area extending toward the other side of the room from where we were seated.
Every bite is a revelation here in Salu Restaurant where delectable regional Filipino dishes are different from the ordinary. We ordered some of their best offerings and were pretty satisfied with flavor-packed food. Their menu is not intimidating, as it’s filled with photos and creative descriptions. Note: Get ready for some modern twists; the adventurous will be rewarded. 😉
If you’re nuts for comfort food and the combination of bagoong (shrimp paste), lechon, and kare-kare (peanut butter sauce) sounds enjoyable to you, then Binagoongang Lechon Kare-Kare (PhP 495) must be on your table. It’s a sinful, heavy dish with a rich mix of ingredients and divergent flavors that are truly Pinoy.
Next, we had Sinigang na Isda sa Strawberry (PhP 545), one of the most eccentric entrees on Salu’s menu. The strawberries managed to balance the sourness of sinigang with its somewhat sweet, tangy, and refreshing contrast. It is a combo I couldn’t imagine liking before. Go get intrigued!
Loaded with toppings, Salu’s Palabok (PhP 255) was okay but one I wasn’t too crazy about. I prefer greasier pancit palabok that’s smothered with thicker, golden shrimp sauce.
Salu’s Pinas-Crispy Pata (PhP 850) was perfectly crunchy, matched with Poqui Poqui (veggies popular in the North of the Philippines). The salty exterior paired well with the tender and moist meat. It’s great with vinegar to cut through the fat just enough to make eating fried pork a dangerously simple task.
Pinatuyong Manok sa Mangga (PhP 375 half, PhP 675 whole) is a kid-friendly option on the menu, and it’s very good. There’s nothing revolutionary about this chicken, but there also doesn’t need to be.
For desserts, we tried one slice each of their Taho Cheese Cake and Yema Cake. Both were highly satisfying. The sweetness and firm-but-yielding texture were spot on, and you could certainly taste the quality of the ingredients used, which was a cut above the norm for sure. Order with confidence!
Price for Value:
Salu Filipino Restaurant is a lovely place to return to again and again. It’s a nice spot for a laid-back family gathering or any celebration. Prices are on the menu are moderate given the value. The tastes of food are impressive, full of bold and enticing flavors all served on gorgeous plates for sharing. The relaxed but attentive service oversees the meal, leaving us diners with a novel experience that’s expensive but worth it.