Pinoy restaurant in New York is critics' pick

Mango-stuffed French toast is one of the dishes served in Maharlika Filipino Moderno restaurant in New York City. (Photos from Maharlika Filipino Moderno’s Facebook page)

MANILA, Philippines – Maharlika Filipino Moderno restaurant in New York continues to reap accolades, landing on the “critics’ picks” of influential city guide magazine Time out New York during its 2012 Food & Drink Awards held last week.

The restaurant was already named the Best New Restaurant of 2012 by city guide Metromix New York.

Maharlika was also nominated in the Best International Eats category at the 2012 Food & Drink Awards, which highlights New York’s best restaurants, bars, chefs and dining trends of the year.

However, it lost to Miss Lily’s, which serves Jamaican food, in the readers’ poll.

‘Honest and reverent tribute’

But Maharlika more than made up for this loss when it landed on Time Out’s “critics’ picks” of 10 restaurants.

The magazine called the restaurant “an honest and reverent tribute to the shared homeland” of its young Filipino owners Nicole Ponseca, Enzo Lim and Noel Cruz and Dominican-American chef–co-owner Miguel Trinidad.

Homemade tocilog (tocino, garlic rice and fried egg) is one of the dishes served in Maharlika Filipino Moderno restaurant in New York City. (Photos from Maharlika Filipino Moderno’s Facebook page)

“within a year, the brunch-only pop-up had blossomed into a bona fide restaurant: a bric-a-brac-filled space that proved a fitting stage to explore the cuisine of the Philippines and its gastronomic patchwork of Asian, Hispanic and American influences. A sense of honor is delivered along with the iconic Pinoy dishes here, as your host sets down a crackling skillet of crispy pig ear, snout and belly with a swell of pride, or enumerates the arsenal of sauces available to add acid and spice to your hunk of adobo-bathed chicken or pork.

"This intimacy is what’s been missing from the chilly New York restaurant scene—a kind of warmth and heart too big to be contained in the fleeting setting of a pop-up,” the magazine wrote.

Time out New York also included Maharlika’s balut entrée in its list of the “best anytime egg dishes.”

“Among the hard-to-find Pinoy specialities available at Maharlika is this fabled street snack, a fertilized duck egg cooked in its shell. Here, the 17-day-old eggs are slow-poached, then served with nothing but a pile of salt. Crack open the top to sip the mild, musty broth inside, then dig into the main event," it said.

"While the egg white is bland and rubbery (some prefer to eat around it), the dark interior—an admittedly challenging mishmash of semiformed duck parts—is intriguing and flavorful. it reminded us of a duck stew mixed with a boiled egg,” the magazine said of the dish.

Pinoy restaurant in New York is critics' pick


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