Crisostomo in Eastwood Mall
Budget : ~Php400 per person
Duration : ~1-2 hours
Bummers : none
Nomnom Rating : 4/5
Dining at Crisostomo makes me feel like I am inside that popular novel we read in high school – Noli Me Tangere. The interior of this restaurant is very nostalgic of the said novel. With those giant images of people wearing old Filipino clothes, it feels like your having dinner with the characters from Noli Me Tangere.
Obviously, Crisostomo serves Filipino dishes. However, they are not common Filipino dishes that we usually cook at home. They have added their personal Crisostomo twist so that when you taste their dishes, you’ll never forget where it’s from.
I noticed that Crisostomo has Seafood Paella on their menu. I have been craving for Seafood Paella and since it’s already here, why would I still let the opportunity pass? I ordered the Seafood Paella (Php350) and it’s good to share. Actually, their servings are quite large so that Seafood Paella can already be shared even by 3 people. Since there was only 2 of us, we weren’t able to finish the entire serving.
The Seafood Paella at Crisostomo is filled with grilled giant shrimps, slices of squid, cutlets of sausages, pieces of pulled meat, diced kesong puti (Filipino white cheese), green peas, and slices of green bell pepper. Though paella is a popular Spanish dish, I think Crisostomo was able to add the Filipino touch on it.
I was also craving for lengua (ox tongue) and not many restaurants have this on their menu. Luckily, Crisostomo also has it so I ordered the Lengua Estofado. Lengua estofado is braised ox tongue in soy sauce and lemon. The ox tongue was cooked nicely. It was soft and it melts when you bite it. It was a perfect symphony of sour and salty. The final touch was it was topped with slices of saging na saba (cardaba banana).
We needed something that can help us wash down the food so having something soupy is perfect. We ordered the Tinolang Matanglawin (Php395). This is also known as chicken ginger stew. What’s different from Crisostomo’s tinola to the average tinola is that it has slices of buko (coconut). I think it’s good and I find it refreshing.
For refreshments, I got the bottomless Pandan Iced Tea (Php98). Unfortunately, I wasn’t amused by this drink. It’s like sugar water and I didn’t notice the pandan (fragrant screw pine).
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