Today Gaby, Karan, and I planned on meeting up by Earl’s Court. Gaby and I were excited to finally have good Filipino food, and Karan said the stores sold all our home favorites (stick-o, pancit canton, etc).
Upon arriving at Earl’s Court I realized that I was around 15 minutes early for our meet up time. I decided to wait in Pret a Manger with a hot chocolate, since it was a bit chilly outside. When Karan and Gaby arrived, I was glad to hear that the Filipino restaurant was only at the corner – I was starving!
The restaurant is called Lutong Pinoy, and it is a small family-run business established in 1996. It is located at 10 Kenway Road, SW5 0RR London, United Kingdom. Upon entering the restaurant I knew it was the real deal – I saw Boy Abunda on tv, and ‘Pinoy Ako’ playing in the background! It was really nice to hear Pinoys speaking in tagalog during our meal, because it really made me feel at home.
The restaurant had a delicious menu divided by food type: chicken, pork, beef, seafood, vegetarian, etc. I really enjoyed reading the dessert section though! Karan ordered lumpia with sweet sauce, and a tapsilog (pan-fried beef, fried egg, and garlic rice). A silog rice meal is actually a mash-up of words: the prefix is usually the meat that comes with it, in this case tapa is beef. The silog is a combination of garlic rice (sinangag) and egg (itlog).
Gaby and I decided to share our main courses, since we were our usual indecisive selves. We ordered Pancit Canton (thick egg noodles with vegetables and chicken or pork) for our noodle dish, and 4 pieces of pork BBQ (grilled pork on skewer). It was a good thing we decided NOT to order rice, because there was a lot of noodles to go around!
For dessert we all ordered Turon (banana fritter). It interestingly came drizzled in chocolate sauce, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Talk about classy! The only downside (for me) was that it was cooked with langka (jackfruit) inside.
After that scrumptious lunch, Karan took us to the Filipino store right across the street. I knew it was a good store when I saw my favorite shampoo (Palmolive) on the window!
Gaby and I immediately went to the fridge – and sure enough, we found Chuckie!!! I also saw a lot of well-known favorites, like pancit bowls, different kinds of local chips, and even Del Monte sweet spaghetti sauce! I am definitely coming back to this store on my own next time – or maybe even with some of my flatmates!
After a bit of grocery shopping, we decided to walk around South Kensington for a bit and check out the architecture. Apparently the restaurant is located in the ‘Filipino’ neighborhood, which in turn is located by South Kensington. Most Pinoys try to live nearby because many are hired as nannys and au pairs for the rich people that live on these streets. I can definitely see how rich – check out the cars!
We also decided to check out Partridges Fine Food, but the prices were just a bit too expensive to justify spending for snacks. Not to mention, Gaby and I already did a bit of grocery shopping at Tindahang Pinoy! It was reaching dinner time so we headed to South Kensington station to start taking the tube ride home.
I was feeling a bit hungry (surprising? not really) so I decided to grab a cookie from Ben’s Cookies at the suggestion of Gaby and Karan. I was definitely not let down! The cookies are deliciously warm and gooey, and the only downside is that each cookie is priced by weight, even if the cookie type falls under a certain price range.
For my drink I decided to try the fruit smoothies at Boost Juice Bars right next door – a wise choice, in my opinion! I decided to try the Energy Lift, a smoothie made of mango, banana, tropical juice, no fat milk, TD4 mango yogurt, ice, and an energizer PLUS booster. It was delicious, and I definitely want to come back and try another one!
Gaby and I said goodbye to Karan before heading off to our platforms. Funny enough we ended up waiting for our trains right in front of each other – Gaby left first though!