I haven’t had much experience with Filipino food. The only time I can remember ever having such cuisine was at Herbs & Spice Cafe several months earlier. Recently, I’ve heard of a joint named Symphonie located near the Bentall Centre. The latter is a small joint that specializes in Filipino food, with some Indian and Western dishes as well. You order at the front counter, and the staff brings you your dishes if you’re eating in (many people appear to opt for take out). I had their Filipino Special with Tocino and Kare Kare off of their specials menu.
Kare Kare ($12):
This is part of their Tuesday lunch special, and consists of beef & pork along with various vegetables cooked in a peanut butter sauce, and is served with rice and some kind of shrimp/fish paste. This is the first time that I’ve had kare kare so I don’t know what it should be like, but I did really enjoy the peanut sauce/broth, which was savoury and had a great fragrance from the peanut. The meat was also very tender; I do find there to be a bit too little meat and a bit to much vegetables however.
Filipino Special with Tocino ($10):
Their specials consist of garlic fried rice, 2 fried eggs, and your choice of either longanisa, tocino, and tapa; I had their tocino. I requested for their eggs to be overhard; however, when I received it, the yolks were still runny (I’m one of the rare people who don’t like runny yolks). They were still tasty however, and were actually quite well seasoned. The tocino was a bit dry and tough, but was flavourful and had a nice hint of sweetness. I quite enjoyed the rice, which was fragrant from bits of garlic.
While I’m not exactly blown away by the food at Symphony, I found the dishes were still quite tasty and definitely makes me want to try out more Filipino food in the future. The prices are very reasonable. This is definitely worth a visit.