Archipelago 7107, located at Il Terrazo, is affiliated with Barrio Fiesta through one of its partners so we know they know their Filipino food and should expect a few of their dishes permeated in the menu.
We started off the meal with Vigan Roll (P175). This might look like your ordinary fried spring roll but its what inside that’s the difference. With a name like Vigan, I expected it to contain Vigan longganisa (sausage) as well as kesong puti (white cheese). I loved the strong flavors of the longganisa, although it swamped the taste of the cheese.
Next, we dug into some Kuhol sa Gata (P215), local snails cooked in coconut milk. You can’t help but use your hands with a little help from toothpicks to scoop out the snails from the shell.
Bopis (P245) was I dish I skipped, either pork or beef lungs are used and both hold no appeal for me.
Gising Gising. A dish made up of chopped vegetables, coconut milk, shrimp paste and chilies. They use sigarilyas (winged bean) so this dish is only available when they get deliveries of the vegetable. The dish has nice texture because of the sigarilyas, which has a certain crunch to it, while the sauce is a creamy and spicy mixture. Oh how I wish for some plain rice to sop up all the sauce.
Tuyo Rice (P175). Garlic fried riced topped with scrambled eggs, onions, tomatoes and salted fish. This looked a little pale compared to its table mate
Ilocano Rice (P245). Yellow colored rice which reminded me of Java rice topped with Bagnet, minced Vigan longganisa, salted egg and tomatoes. A dish in itself and my pick of the night.
The Barrio Fiesta favorites finally made and appearance starting withe the Kare-Kare (P350), served with bagoong (shrimp paste) on the side. The shrimp paste has a distinct color that I associate with ones from Barrio Fiesta. I actually enjoy the vegetables more than the meats and tripe in this dish.
Bulyabes (P345). The local version of the Bouillabaisse, made creamy. There’s a generous amount of seafood to give the soup even more flavor.
Crispy Paksiw Buntot ng Bariles (P385). Deep fried vinegared tuna tail, said to be the restaurants best seller.
Crispy Pata (P520). The dish that made Barrio Fiesta a household name. A plate of this will immediately get all the forks and knives out, each person eager to get the crispy skin or tender meat. Even the bones are devoured by some people and then having the pieces brought home for their dogs.
Turon and Sorbetes (P85) was the one dessert that held me in thrall. Golden rolls topped with ice cream, what can’t you not like.
Archipelago 7107 serves big servings of familiar Filipino dishes in a hip and happening location at reasonable prices. The Ilokano rice and Gising gising old special places in my tummy and I hope you can get to try them as well as their other dishes.
2/F Il Terrazzo
Tomas Morato cor. Sct. Madrinan,
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