Siklab Filipino Favorites.

 
One day, T and I went to Greenbelt looking for a place to eat. We initially went to Fish & Co but when the server handed us a second menu from Siklab Filipino Favorites, I asked T if he wanted to try this fairly new restaurant from the Bistro Group of Companies.
 
 
 

I like how their wallpaper mimics wooden panels.

 
 
 
 
Here's a look at Siklab's menu.
 
 
 
 
 
 
For our appetizer, T ordered the Crispy Bacon Belly (P255/$5.66+SC) which is bacon cut pork belly fried to a crisp. The menu said the dish is served with atchara but they did not serve any. There are two kinds of salt on the side, chili salt and pepper salt.
 
 
 
 
Since I was craving for something salty, I ordered the Salted Egg Salad (P115/$2.55+SC), which is made of red eggs, onions, tomatoes and turnips, drizzled with fish sauce and garnished with spring onions. However, it wasn't salty at all.


 
 
For our rice, T got the Sisig Rice (P195/$4.33+SC) which is stir fried pork sisig, topped with scrambled egg and crackling pork. We expected more from this dish. We couldn't taste the crackling pork and the sisig wasn't crunchy. The rice itself didn't have much flavor also.


 
 
Like I said, I was craving for something salty so I ordered Binagoongan Liempo (P325/$7.22+SC), which is crispy pork belly on a bed of eggplant sauteed in homemade shrimp paste. Again, this lacked flavor. The pork was not salty at all. I could taste a bit of bagoong (shrimp paste) on the eggplant but T had to ask for more since the flavor was still lacking.
 
 
 
 
Since we ordered all pork, T got Gising Gising (P225/$5+SC) made of green chillies, green beans, and ground pork cooked in spicy coconut cream sauce, as our vegetable dish. Again, it lacked flavor and it wasn't spicy.
 
 
 
 
For dessert, T ordered Buko Pandan (P215/$4.77+SC). T said it was ok but it was too frozen.


 
 
Since I have a Bistro card, I get free coffee or tea every visit. But when I ordered, our server said coffee wasn't available so T got tea instead.
 
 
 
Thumbs Up!
Nice interior.
Part of the Bistro Group so Bistro cardholders get 20% off the bill.
 
Thumbs Down!
Food was so-so and lacked flavor.
Our server told us that if we needed anything, to just call him. However, we couldn't see him or anyone for that matter so we always had to wait a while until we could get a refill of our water or condiments.
 
Verdict
T and I love the restaurants under the Bistro Group but I don't think we'll be going back here.
 
 
Siklab Filipino Favorites
Dining Date: 16 February 2014
 
3/F Greenbelt 3
Ayala Center
Makati City
Philippines
 
Tel No.: (02) 729-7431 to 32
 
 

2 comments

  1. This was previously named Smokin' Hot BarBQ which I thought serves American dishes but surprisingly they are all Filipino dishes. Maybe that's why they changed their name. Anyway, haven't tried the food you have ordered except for the crispy bacon belly. Ours have atchara the time we ordered. I love going back here. Our favorites are: Chicken barbeque (they used to have value or combo meal for their chicken leg and thigh barbeque), Kuhol sa Gata, Pancit Canton, Pork Belly Adobo and Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa. Maybe you should try those too. And yes, I agree with you, thumbs up for Bistro Card :)

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  2. The food looks so good! I guess that's why it's disappointing that you found the food bland...
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