Friday, August 22, 2014

Historic and Gastronomic Filipino Dishes Only At Dekada

"Back to you, It always comes around back to you.I tried to forget you, I tried to stay away but it's too late  Over you, I'm never over, over you.Something about you, It's just the way you move, the way you move me." - John Mayer

Such is the way I feel about Filipino cuisine, my heart may get swayed and sidetracked by Japanese, Italian and Persian delicacies. But in my heart, there is always a permanent place for everything pinoy. There was no better timing and avenue to rekindle my passion and yearning for Filipino cuisine than to have dinner at Dekada! Featuring all the staples you would see in fiestas, family reunions and get together celebrations.

AguinaldoTwice-Cooked Adobo 389.00PHP or 8.87USD. One of the many highlights of our dinner, this take on adobo will make you realize what you've been missing out on. You will find yourself gobbling up more than you should with its addicting crunchy exterior that leads to the most tender and flavorful beef adobo, ever. Hats off to the chef!

Quirino Adobo Flakes with Kesong Puti and Salted Eggs 208.00PHP or 4.74USD. Any pinoy style meal would be incomplete without the rice. Truth be told, their adobo rice is so good on its own that I could be elephantly sufficed just feasting on this. I was impressed and my expectations soared higher for the dishes yet to be tasted.

Marcos Bottomless Dalandan Juice 98.00PHP or 2.23USD. I asked for the best-selling drink variety they had and I was given this. Props for presentation, as I'm a sucker for mason jars and colorful paper straws. Did the presentation live up to the taste? yes, of course! It was the way I want any dalandan juice to be, sour but not overly so. I was even amazed that the taste didn't get watered down as the ice cubes melted throughout the entirety of dinner.

Gomburza Ox Tail and Tripe Kare-Kare 348.00PHP or 7.94USD. One of my pet peeves when it comes to kare-kare is when the consistency of the sauce is too watery and when it turns out bland leaving you smothering it with heaps of shrimp paste than necessary. I'm glad to say that their kare-kare would put peanut butter lovers to 7th heaven. Consistency is spot on, and it had that depth of flavor I always keep a lookout for. Extra rice, please!

Kempeitai Gising Gising 168.00PHP or 3.83USD. I'm all for eating my veggies, especially when it's this yummy. Don't be intimidated with the fiery red chili sitting on top, each spoonful just lets loose a mild kick of spice to whet your appetite all the more.

Yamashita Sinigang na Sugpo sa Kamias 389.00PHP or 8.87USD. Two of my favorites in one masterpiece of a dish. I have always been fond of sinigang na sugpo and I like the asim level to be really intense, it was a perfect choice from Dekada to use kamias.   Okay, this made me drool a little. Who wouldn't, right?

Osmena Bangus a la Pobre 328.00PHP or 7.48USD. Truth be told, there's nothing poor with this beauty when in fact it's rich in flavor and umami. This is another reason from Dekada para maparami ka ng extra rice, no? I must say, they're both evil and genius.

Puto Bumbong with Cheese 148.00PHP or 3.38USD. Puto bumbong has always been a seasonal treat for me, back then I would wait for December just for the chance to relish this sticky, hearty and delicious dessert. But, all that is over now. Why wait when it was just practically under my nose and a stone's throw away from where I live?

Proclamation No.1081 Buko Halo-Halo Espesyal 138.00PHP or 3.15USD. We were bursting to the brim with all the dishes served, but hey, there is always room for dessert! Can any dessert get more pinoy than this? Served with a cup of milk on the side, you get to control the portion you prefer. There was no sweeter way (literally) to end a superb dinner. 

If you noticed, their dishes are named after historical groups, heroes, presidents and other important personalities based on their favorite dishes. What a creative way to pay homage to the rich history and culture that is the Philippines. Although, there's just one thing that's been bothering me, I'm finding myself hungry for more. See you soon, Dekada and see you on my next pig out session!

Dekada, Historic Filipino Cuisine

Location & Phone:
Dekada 2nd Level, Glorietta 3
Contact details: 842-0131

Dekada Upper Ground, Fairview Terraces
Contact details: 621-4153
Website: None found
Email Address:
Estimated Budget: 200.00PHP and above 
Payment Methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Business Hours: 
2nd Level, Glorietta 3
10:00AM -9:00PM (Mondays-Thursdays)
10:00AM – 10:00PM (Fridays-Sundays)

Upper Ground, Fairview Terraces
10:00AM -9:00PM (Mondays-Thursdays)
10:00AM – 10:00PM (Fridays-Sundays)

Your pig out buddy,

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