Deep Inside the Food of Damaso

Nope, this ain't any suspense movie.  However, history buffs would recognize who Padre Damaso is.  He is one of the central characters in Jose Rizal's novel Noli Me Tangere.  Restaurante Pia Y Damaso owner Chef Bambi Sy Gobio told us that Jose Rizal actually did a pretty good job of describing the food in his novel when she read it again.  If Rizal is someone who takes pride in the food his characters ate then I have a new found respect for him.

For drinks, we had the Tubig ni Maria Clara (P300).  I admit we did not like it at first but it got better as time passed by.  I don't know how that happened as it is probably due to the ingredients that made it such a healthy drink.  It had fresh cucumber juice, ginger and citrus water.

Sisig ni Kabesang Tales (P300) is Chef Bambi's take on the classic Kapampangan dish.  It manages to impress me on so many levels that I could not stop raving about it.

Smoked Tapang Usa (P450) is actually the last dish Sisa prepared for Crispin and Basilio.  Unfortunately, they never got to taste this dish because they did not come home and her husband ended up eating it.  They sure missed out because this is not your ordinary tapsilog as it has salted deer meat from Nueva Ecija along with green mango pickles, roasted pepper omelette on garlic rice.

I love Lengua so I had to try their Lengua Sevillana with Olive & Mushrooms (P450).  I honestly thought this one had more mushrooms than the lengua meat itself unless I ate all the lengua meat so fast that I hardly noticed them.

The Paella Valenciana (P450) did not go heavy on the rice which is a good decision on the part of Chef Bambi Sy Gobio.  There was a lot of meat here including fish, prawns, mussels, pork and chicken. The bottom part is also crunchy which is something we usually look for when the paella is about to run out.

The Langlang Soup (P325) is perfect for the current rainy season we are experiencing.  It does not go heavy on what is in it either as this is enough to make anybody full.  It chicken, ham, shitake, mushrooms, pancit molo, lomi and sotanghon noodles.  It is a little hot so be prepared for that.

I was anticipating the arrival of the Chicken Pastel (P290) and I was not disappointed one bit.  The flaky crisco crust is very crunchy and it had a nice mix of chicken breast, chorizo, bacon, potatoes, carrots and peas inside.  It was no surprise how it was the first dish that was taken out.

I love seafood because when I see them, I eat it.  That is exactly what happened with the Camarron Cocido (P380).  This dish is loaded with fresh seafood as it is seared prawns and seafood thermidor with scallop fish mussels, squid, potato and gratineed cheese sourdough crumbs.

Kapitan Tiago's Kare-Kare (P600) has that unique sauce you would always look for in a Kare-Kare.  I preferred to mix the sauce with the paella and this dish is good enough for 2 to 3 people to feast on.

Better order in advance if you want a piece of the Ode to Heiderberg (P1500).  It is going to take at least 40 minutes to prepare this magnificent dish.  It is a classic German dish of smoked pork hock served along with potatoes, bacon and four kinds of sausage.  It is certainly a meat lover's dream come true.

Sisa's Dementia (P240) is so good that I would not be surprised if Sisa came to life and ate this right in front of me.  My girlfriend actually told me it was the best cake she has ever tasted so that says a lot about this cake loaded with chocolate goodness.

I was actually in a hurry to get the main course done because I could not wait to get my hands on the Tsokolate Eh & Toasted Ensaimada Quezo de Bola (P250).  The chocolate sauce is one for the ages as it is made in Davao tablea caco along with Malagos Goat's milk.  The toasted Ensaymada makes this dessert worth every penny.

I was really impressed with how Chef Bambi was able to base her food on the character of Padre Damaso.  We will eventually forget how demented the character of Damaso is because of how good the food at Restaurante Pia Y Damaso is.

Restaurante Pia Y Damaso
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I've come across this restaurant many time but never dared to enter. My boyfriend would love all these food because they are so meaty and seem very flavorful. I think the Tubig ni Maria Clara is best for those who are not feeling well.

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