The occasion was a belated thank-you to my team for their tireless efforts that helped make APPFGH5 a success (see 10.228 Tavu Snapper).
I had been looking for an opportunity for a second visit to Purple Yam (see most recently 8.226 Hipon Sinigang), both to reassess the food and to get better photos.
The food was excellent. Each dish individually was well conceived, executed with pristinely fresh ingredients, perfectly seasoned, beautifully plated. As a spread, the dishes provided a balance of complementary flavors and contrasting textures, a mix of varied proteins and vegs and carbs. And, very importantly, the final three dishes were served family style, in ample quantity, leaving each of us exactly as full as we wanted to be. Without question, the best Filipino meal that I have had the privilege to experience.
Famously, I am not much for desserts, but I took a nibble just for a taste then couldn’t resist going all in, twice.
First serving, just the ice cream.
Second serving, with bananas and blueberries.
Confirms my prior observation about this establishment: “what traditional Filipino food could be if it paid more attention to quality ingredients and got back to basics” – not that any of this was basic.