Nadj Villaver | FoodFindsAsia
Sinigang, Kare-Kare, Dinuguan and Lumpia. These are just among our favorite Filipino home-cooked dishes. But with our fast-paced lifestyle, sometimes we don’t have enough time to cook. Good news is FFA discovered a modern Filipino restaurant named Ombu Restaurant, that will surely satisfy your cravings for Filipino cuisine.
Located along Mother Ignacia Avenue, Ombu Restaurant is housed on the ground of floor of Sequoia Hotel, one of the newest hotels in Metro. Edison Lo, owner and General Manager, decided to bring his flagship brands – Sequoia Hotel and Ombu Restaurant – in Metro Manila after its success in Davao City.
Here are three reasons why there’s no doubt Ombu is one of the up and coming restaurants in the Metro:
“Pag sinabing Modern Filipino, it’s actually, [what] you see in your house but meron siyang twists” – Marge Asuncion-Octeza, Marketing Manager
Aside from satisfying your cravings for home-cooked dishes, Ombu Restaurant gives you a new gastronomic experience by adding twist to your old-time favorites.
Two of our old-time favorites — fried rice and crispy anchovies — in one plate. What surprised us is that it’s not salty.
In Ombu, our favorite dish during gatherings became more tastier and picturesque. Yes, you can see from the photo below they added shrimp!
Salted Egg Tempura
Who would have thought that our favorite pair for tomatoes – maalat na itlog (salted egg), can be added to a batter? I love tempura and Ombu’s creation is really an excellent idea. Tastes good as it looks!
Crispy Glazed Chicken
This battered fried chicken glazed with sweet garlic sauce has a very unique, delicious taste. It’s crispy and savory.
Yes, lechon can also be added to soups! Introducing the charcoal raosted pork with vegetable in tamarind broth.
Tip: If you prefer a very sour taste for your sinigang, tell it ahead of time so the chef knows.
Sardine in Olive Oil Penne
This penne pasta with sardines, tomato in olive oil & grated quezo de bola is a healthier alternative if you don’t prefer meat. What I love about this pasta is it’s not fishy though it’s main ingredient is sardines.
Snack favorite (pizza) plus apperizer (sisig) combined in one dish. Thin crust, crispy and savory sisig toppings, what more can you ask for? Oh, can we also add that there’s mozarella and kesong puti?
Frozen Brazo de Mercedes
Save the best for last… dessert! And it’s not just your typical dessert. One of the firsts in the metro offering Frozen Brazo de Mercedes. Layers of frozen soft meringue, custard filing combined with ice cream and crumbly graham cracker crust. Not too sweet but so yummy.
Completing the entire new gastronomic experience is its serene ambiance. Named after a wood in Souther America, the restaurant exudes warmth and comfortability. Its minimalistic interiors are simple yet classy.
Most of us would thought that with the above reasons plus the restaurant’s location within a (3-star?) hotel the price of the food is pretty expensive. But we were surprised that the prices were affordable. Yes, eating at this modern Filipino fine dining restaurant won’t hurt your pockets. Main dishes starts at Php 250.00 that’s good for 3-4 persons already. Good example would be their best-seller Crispy Glazed Chicken that’s worth Php 260.00 only.
The next time you’re looking somewhere to eat during lunch with colleagues, or simply want to indulge yourself after after a frenetic day at work, drop by at Ombu Restaurant to eat your favorite Filipino cuisine.
(Photos by Jerald Mercado)
G/F Sequoia Hotel #91-93 Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City, Philippines
Contact No.: (02) 441 1789