One of the best ways to bond with the family is to dine in a favorite restaurant, especially if a member is celebrating a birthday. A few months back (yes another late post), we went to Mesa Restaurant’s SM Pampanga branch to celebrate our li’l sis’ birthday.

 

Meet the squad. (L-R) Jeric, Tito Danny, Tita Dolly, Diane (birthday girl), Me

 

Our Mesa Filipino Moderne Restaurant Experience in SM Pampanga

 

The restaurant has a wide variety of delicious Filipino cuisine. The interiors looked modern but with Filipino touches still recognizable. It was Sunday, dinner time, so the place was a bit filled with customers having their time-off with family and friends before going back to work the next day.

Despite the crowd, the dining arrangement somehow allowed us to still have a private experience (with seat’s backrest as high as your head, enclosing the whole table). There are also dining spaces that are quite open if privacy isn’t that big of a deal for you.

 

More seats
Dining area with round tables

 

Their food selections are of course familiar since we’re Filipinos, but their take on each is just plain brilliant. Just imagine an already appetizing cuisine such as Filipino that’s improved and made more and more delicious. You won’t help but taste everything that’s served on the table.

Our orders: Chicken Binakol, Grilled Liempo Mesa Way, Drunken Ostrich, Crispy Boneless Hito with Mangga Salad, Mixed Vegetables, Bagoong Rice, and Tinapa Rice. If there’s something quite new to our foodie vocabulary, that’s the Drunken Ostrich. As far as I know, it’s one of their unique best-selling signature dishes.

 

Crispy Boneless Hito with Mangga Salad, P425
Drunken Ostrich, P480
Mixed Vegetables, P195
Grilled Liempo Mesa Way, P230
Chicken Binakol, P355
Tinapa Rice, P190
Bagoong Rice, P195

 

Their serving isn’t that generous, but what makes up for the price is the special taste. Most of their offerings are not good for sharing. The Drunken Ostrich for instance, is priced at P480 good for only 1 person, but you won’t find it anywhere else. For the other dishes, we sure can find them in many other places but their version is something unique you won’t experience from any other.

And of course, we cannot overlook the desserts. We had Halo-halo and Guinumis. The latter was new to me, but it’s actually a Bicolano dessert having shaved ice with coconut milk and panutsa syrup. It’s too sweet for my palate though. Their Halo-halo, on the other hand, was good, creamy and not to sweet.

 

Halo-halo, P135
Closer look
Guinumis, P95

 

For the drinks, we only wanted to cleanse our palate (which also translates to: tipid tipid din sa drinks!)

 

Look at those slanting glasses

 

Another signature dish we haven’t tried is their Pinatayong Manok which sounds and looks really interesting. A good reason to come back I guess!

All in all, everything was delicious which makes this restaurant a must-try. They have many branches around Metro Manila, Luzon, and even Visayas and Mindanao!

Metro Manila

  • Greenbelt 5
  • SM Aura Premier
  • SM North EDSA
  • SM Megamall
  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Powerplant Mall
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • Robinsons Magnolia
  • Tomas Morato
  • SM East Ortigas
  • Ayala 30th
  • Eastwood Mall
  • Ayala Cloverleaf
  • O Square Greenhills
  • SM Fairview
  • Evia Lifestyle Center
  • Festival Mall
  • SM Southmall
  • Ayala Feliz
  • Circuit Makati
  • EDSA Shangrila

Luzon

  • Robinsons Ilocos Norte
  • SM Clark
  • SM San Pablo
  • Solenad 3
  • SM Lipa
  • SM Dasmariñas
  • SM Bacoor
  • SM Puerto Princesa
  • SM Lucena
  • SM Telabastagan
  • SM Calamba
  • SM Legazpi
  • SM San Fernando
  • SM Urdaneta
  • SM Sta. Rosa
  • Subic, Zambales
  • SM Baguio
  • SM Dagupan
  • Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Visayas

  • SM Seaside Cebu
  • Henann Regency Boracay
  • SM Iloilo
  • SM Bacolod

Mindanao

  • Ayala Centrio Mall, CDO
  • SM Lanang Premier
  • SM City Davao
  • EMR Center, Koronadal
  • SM General Santos

 

For more information:

Facebook Page: Mesa Philippines

 

How I’d rate this resto

Food★★★★★
Service★★★★★
Location★★★★★
Price★★★★☆
Ambiance★★★★★
Overall4.8

 

 

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Dea Mariano

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