June 6, 2009

Beer and sisig

For the best Kapampangan (from the province of Pampanga) food this side of Quezon City, nothing beats Trellis Restaurant along Kalayaan Avenue. It opened in 1980 and I think that it single-handedly popularized sisig in Metro Manila. Now, almost every Filipino restaurant serves it. Traditionally it's made of pork, but there are now tuna, bangus (milkfish), and even tofu variations. I haven't had pork sisig in years, but Anthony Bourdain has this to say about it: "If you've never had this divine mosaic of pig parts, chopped and served sizzling and crisp on one side on a screaming hot platter, then you've yet to have one of the world's best beer drinking dishes." One of these days, I'll have to order it just to take some pictures.

Trellis Restaurant on Kalayaan Avenue

23 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

What a sacrifice you'll be able to endure for some photos. Crisp and hot, with beer.
Enjoy your meal, and remember the photos...

m_m said...

Great interior, you captured the atmosphere ot the place very well!

Layrayski said...

Love Anthony Bourdain. He sure made an impression to you too huh? =) I eat sisig a lot when I was in manila. and Butuan. And Cagayan de oro. mmm. I eat sisig anywhere pala hehehe

Christopher Raun Leth said...

That sounds absolutely delicious :-)

Leif Hagen said...

Cool place to meet friends for drinks and eats! Drats - wish I could drive there . . .

James said...

A couple weeks ago I watched the tv show called No Reservations starring Anthony Bourdain when he went there.

Jacob said...

Lovely photo, Hilda...you make it look very warm and inviting...We'll look forward to hearing about your culinary experience with sisig and additional photos!

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello Hilda!
It seems a cool place for a happy hour!Such a hot plate must go really well along with freezing beer!
Have a nice weekend!
Léia

JM said...

Very cool atmosphere!
Hilda, when you order some pork sisig, please email me a bite, it must be delicious! :-)))

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

Now you make me curious what the food looks like and how it tastes ...

I don't eat pork, but would love to try the other varieties.

Don and Krise said...

Looks like a great place to go with friends. Have a great weekend Hilda.

George said...

The restaurant certainly looks inviting. Now you have all of us waiting to see a picture of sisig -- it certainly sounds delicious.

B Squared said...

Order one for me, also.

PJ said...

I like the ambience, simple but interestingand the dish sounds intriguing.

Tash said...

The room is beautiful- esp. the bamboo walls. Nicely photographed -I like it at an angle.

Tash said...

PS - sounds like a perfect dish with beer. I'll ask my father-in-laws wife if she likes it. She is kind of organic food oriented, so the tofu one might appeal to her.

Arnaud said...

That seems to be a very great place, i would help you to take a beer with you :o)

Snapshutter said...

It's past midnight and reading this makes me hungry. Ever had Schweinehaxen?

BeachILike said...

The restaurant certainly looks inviting, would be good to be with friends.

the donG said...

hahaha... i like that quote from anthony bourdain.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Hilda:

Thanks for visiting the "graveyard" post.

You share so much about Philipino culture!

Our computer hard drive crashed this month, last month; then, my camera stopped auto focusing. So, I have been dealing with technology more than being online. My bookmarked list of blog friends was lost with the hard drive. Hearing from people like you, Dina, Cieldequimper, etc. is making it easier to establish the old address list!

Jan
Greensboro Daily Photo

marley said...

It looks a lovely restaurant but I'm not sure about eating pig parts!

Ursel said...

The dish sounds delicious, although I'd rather eat the tuna variation instead of the pork. I'm definitely awaiting your pictures.