Yelp led us to this restaurant on Vermont and Fountain when we searched "Filipino food" in Hollywood. We went at the tail end of the no-indoor dining rule and lucky to snag the last outdoor table on the lunch hour. Jepoy was friendly and gave us menus right away. We immediately noticed that the prices are higher than average, maybe a tad higher than the Filipino favorites Max's, Gerry's Grill, Barrio Fiesta and Red Ribbon. We hoped the quality and taste will justify the $$
We ordered tapsilog ($14.99) described as cured beef, peppery and garlicky with 2 sunny side up eggs and plain rice. The picture was appetizing but the real thing in a styro was disappointing. Tough, dry, not at all tender beef/tapa, 1 sunny side up egg and 2 cups of rice.
Also ordered daing ($15.99) described and pictured on the menu as a whole marinated milk fish with rice. The real thing in a styro consisted of a dry HALF milk fish, 2 cups of rice and we were charged extra $3.50 for 2 eggs. Total rip-off.
The only thing we enjoyed was the tasty fresh lumpia ($16.99) with the perfect mixture of veggies, jicama, diced shrimp, chicken and pork topped with garlic and soy peanut sauce. With ground nuts and sugar it was delicious.
We like that the calamansi juice with honey ($5.99) is refillable. Their desserts sansrival and buko pandan looked appetizing but at that point we were turned off with the quality of the beef and price per serving of the main dishes and decided to skip dessert. We couldn’t wrap our heads around the $60+ lunch bill.
So, no, we are not particularly interested in returning to this restaurant.
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