17 (Sat) January 2015
at Bistro Remedios
TEIBR. (Try Every Item at Bistro Remedios).
A highly regarded landmark restaurant that serves excellent mainstream Filipino fare, I’m attempting to eat my way through it. Everything on the menu (except desserts, unless someone else orders it). 75 items in all. While spending the vast majority of last year in the Philippines, I didn’t take substantial advantage of the opportunity to get fully immersed into the cuisine, much to my retrospective regret. TEIBR should lead me down the right path—a higher purpose.
5th visit to the restaurant (see previously 6.008 Sinigang na Baboy). 3 new items tonight, 16 items down total, averaging 3.2 items per visit. 59 remaining, on pace to complete the project at TEIBR 24.
TEIBR is the 6th in the masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series. (i) TERRP (Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see generally 5.247 Original Recipe Fried Chicken…). (ii) TEITY (Try Every Item at Tao Yuan) (in process) (see most recently 6.009 Awful). (iii) TERDHPP (Try Every Restaurant in the Diamond / Hyatt / Pan-Pacific hotels) (in process) (see most recently 5.348 American Lobster Aburi Gunkan). (iv) TERSK (Try Every Restaurant in St Kilda) (see 5.339 Roasted Squid). (v) TEKREM (Try Every Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (in process) (see most recently 6.010 Jeonju Bibimbap). That’s a stupid amount of food.
TL, who’s been at home in Singapore for the past couple months, is back in town for an extended consultancy.
Another epicure to help me finish my projects. Yay.
Given a choice between TEITY, TERDHPP, TEKREM, and TEIBR, she chose Bistro Remedios.
The pork belly (liempo) was excellent. Perfectly cooked to maintain juiciness, a bit of char for extra flavor. Simply seasoned in soy sauce, pairing nicely with the tangy vinegar dip and pickled papaya. The only drawback, at least for me, was the layer of skin left on, which had a rubbery texture and porky flavor. Otherwise, a great dish overall.