Modern Filipino Restaurant in Quezon City: Ombu Kusina
Lechon, kare-kare, sisig, adobo, halo-halo… just some of the dishes that we consider distinctly Filipino. Dishes that represent our passion, diversity of flavor, diversity of our culture. And as more and more international restaurants have sprouted all over the metro, I am also equally happy that a good number promoting our very own have also opened shop. One of which is Ombu Kusina at the Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City. Dubbed as a modern Filipino Restaurant, delight on classic Pinoy favorites with a new, exciting, and flavorful twist! So tara, KAIN!
Location and Ambiance of Ombu Kusina
Located in the famed foodie area of Tomas Morato/Timog Avenue, Ombu Kusina sits in the corner of Tomas Morato and Mother Ignacia, Quezon City. Ombu Kusina features a modern and cozy dining area, filled with natural light and eclectic decor.
The interiors are then juxtaposed by a menu of Classic Pinoy favorites with a twist, mixed with foreign dishes that have a distinctive touch of Filipino flavor into them. With each bite, Ombu Kusina’s modern Filipino cuisine is guaranteed to delight the senses and tickle your tastebuds.
What to Eat in Ombu Kusina (Bestsellers!)
Sisig Pizza (Php 520.00, 8 slices) – HTD Favorite!
I love sisig. It’s exotic, flavorful, and a real comfort food. Now imagine that favorite turned into a delicious pizza. One that’s topped with a ‘malasado’ egg that oozes with your first slice. Ah, SOBRANG SARAP! The sisig itself was well-seasoned, aptly paired with a thin pizza crust, and a hint of spice in the sauce. Perfect as is or with a drizzle of their homemade garlic sauce.
Salted Egg Spaghettini (Php 260.00, good for 2)
Now you’re probably looking for your classic pancit guisado or pancit canton. Well, I can’t blame you, Ombu Kusina is a Filipino restaurant after all. But that’s the thing, Ombu Kusina is known for its creativity and innovation. So how about some unique? Salted Egg Spaghettini, perhaps? Spaghettini (angel hair) tossed in a golden sauce of salted egg yolks, sprinkled with tomatoes, cucumber, and salted egg whites. The dish was surprisingly light yet flavorful without the taste of the itlog maalat being overpowering. Definitely made my love for anything salted egg come full circle!
Binagoongang Talong (Php 300.00, good for 2-3) – HTD Favorite!
Bagoong will always be my favorite Filipino condiment. Sweet, salty, or even spicy, the fermented goodness never fails to beautifully accent the flavor of any dish. And Ombu Kusina has an awesome concoction of this classic Pinoy favorite. Fried fresh eggplant with crispy fried pork belly mixed together with shrimp paste sauce. I particularly enjoyed the crispy texture of the pork belly paired with the sweet-salty flavor of the bagoong. Super good, I couldn’t resist not having rice at all!
Flaming Chicken – HTD Favorite!
OPA! Something hot and sizzling is coming your way! Say hello to Ombu Kusina’s Flaming Chicken! It’s always exciting when I can ‘interact’ with my food. And Ombu’s diners are definitely in for a treat with this newest dish – a plate of sizzling roasted chicken, drizzled with wine and sauce, set afire right in front of you! INTENSE, right?
No wonder the flaming chicken tended to be everyone’s favorite dish that day. Flavor-wise, loved how the sweet-savory marinate sipped well into the meat, making it extra tasty and juicy! We also enjoyed the extra sauce on the plate, though would have been better it was more viscous like that of the adobochon’s.
Love adobo? Of course you do! Now, how about fusing that savory taste with the roasted goodness of lechon? Say hello to one of the newest dishes to grace Ombu Kusina’s menu: Adobochon. Cuts of roasted pork belly with crispy skin with adobo sauce and dipping sauce. While we particularly enjoyed the taste herbed-flavored lechon belly, would have preferred if the adobo dipping sauce had a mild sweetness or spice to it. We even think the sauce of the Flaming Chicken would be the perfect pair!
Dilis Rice (Php 170.00 for Sharing, Php 80.00 per cup)
No Filipino meal is complete without RICE! Of course, Ombu Kusina just had to make things more savory for its diners. Lightly flavored rice topped with crispy anchovies, Ombu’s Dilis Rice is a definite gourmet step-up of the Filipino staple.
Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (Php 180.00) – HTD Favorite!
Ever eaten anything that sent you straight into foodie heaven? Yep, this is one them! Heavenly sweet layers of frozen soft meringue, custard filling, ice cream and crumbly graham cracker crust. I don’t even know how to describe how much delight this dessert gave me. All I know is you definitely need to get to Ombu Kusina quick and have a taste of heaven! Not overtly sweet, ice-cream in texture, accented with the crumbly taste of the Graham crust.
Mango Panna Cotta (Php 90.00)
Still craving for more dessert? Give Ombu’s bestseller Mango Panna Cotta a shot! Creamy custard-like pudding with poured mango syrup. Next stop halo-halo!
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