Restaurant Review: Mesa Filipino Moderne at SM Aura Premier

One Friday afternoon, I went to SM Aura with my office mates to buy presents for our team’s birthday celebrators. We were just supposed to eat at the mall’s food court before checking out the stores, but one of my teammates suggested that we go to one of the restaurants at Sky Park. Some of us hesitated thinking that our lunch for that day will shoot beyond our budget, but she promised that the prices are very reasonable.

I loved the cozy, warm and very welcoming interior of Mesa. The restaurant offers Filipino dishes so I really appreciate that even the small details shout of the Filipino culture. Take for example this quirky design of their glasses. I was informed that it is actually inspired from the look of a bamboo.

Mesa SM AuraNo optical illusion there, guys!

To warm our tummies, everybody agreed to have a bowl of the chicken binakol. For those who are not familiar with this dish, it is somehow similar with tinola. What sets it apart is the use of coconut which gives the dish a hint of sweetness.

Mesa SM Aura Chicken Binakol PHP 260

One of my teammates, who had already been to Mesa, suggested that we get Mesa’s baked tahong. As expected, it was gone in no time! The generous serving of cheese and garlic toppings made this dish extraordinarily delicious. It would have been nicer though if there were more pieces of the mussels. Buti sakto na 6 kami. Kung nagkataon, ang headline kinabukasan – Magkaka-opisina, nagsapakan dahil sa tahong! Harharhar!

Mesa SM Aura
Baked Tahong with Cheese PHP290

Because we were paying using BPI credit card, we got to avail their promo. I just can’t remember what the minimum bill should be to get their Tinapa Roll Wrapped with Lettuce for free. Anyway, we all agreed that this is too good to be given away for free!!!

Mesa SM Aura Tinapa Roll Wrapped with Lettuce PHP155

With tinapa, salted egg and tomatoes, this appetizer reminds me so much of a rainy afternoon at home. You’ll get all the goodness in every bite. It was like having a symphony of flavors inside my mouth.

I saw laing on the menu so I asked the group if we could get one. Served 2 ways, one is dry while the other has a thick sauce. I am actually accustomed to the second one as my mom cooks laing this way. It was actually my first time to try the dry version of laing. My Bicolana teammate told me that the difference between the two lies in the timing of putting the coconut milk in the cooking process. Who would have thought that eating is learning, too?! =)

Mesa SM Aura Laing 2 Ways PHP170

Laing is one my favorite dishes because I love spicy food. But this dry version of the laing is to die for! The flavors from the chili, coconut, pork and shrimps somehow permeated through every leaf. Plus, the adobo flakes topping put this dish a notch higher than the usual laing. Have you noticed the serving spoon of the laing? Doesn’t it look like a bamboo, too?! =)

Okay, so my photos can’t even give justice to what I am about to say regarding the next two dishes. Apologies for the really horrible photos, but I do hope you will still believe me. Haha! Anyway, I don’t know who Kaka is, but I want to shake his hand and thank him for his binagoongang baboy!

Mesa SM AuraBinagoongang Baboy ni Kaka PHP225

Kaka (feeling close ako, haha!) sautéed crispy pork belly and grilled eggplant in sweet and tangy shrimp paste. I don’t usually like sweet bagoong, but this has to be an exception because it’s really delicious. Each bite of the fried pork belly gave me the feeling like I was eating two of the most sinful dishes in the universe – binagoongang baboy and lechon kawali! The eggplant was probably placed there to lessen the guilt, but the eggplant was indeed a nice addition. Binagoongang baboy + lechon kawali + talong with bagoong, aba e saan ka pa?! FTW talaga!

This next dish turns out to be a revelation. I mean, fried tilapia is a very usual Filipino dish. I eat it at home at least once a month, so what is there to love about Mesa’s version? There's nothing extraordinary with fried tilapia. Ha! I was proven wrong!

Mesa SM Aura  Crispy Boneless Tilapia Served with Four Sauces PHP340

You’ll get that crispy crust and that moist meat of the tilapia at every bite. It comes with four sauces – vinegar, sweet chili sauce, bagoong and what seems to me is a soy sauce-vinegar mixture. All dips match the tilapia well, but my favorite among the four is the sweet chili sauce!

Mesa serves good food with reasonable prices. We were actually so surprised when the bill was handed to us. We checked it so many times to see why we were just paying that amount. It’s already a steal considering that we spend more when we eat out on Fridays. Plus, service is really fast and very efficient, too! So in case you find yourself craving for Filipino food when you’re at SM Aura, make sure to check Mesa out! =)

Mesa Filipino Moderne
Level 5 SM Aura Premier
McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig City

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1 comment :

  1. How many pieces of chicken were there sa chicken binakol?


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