Patricio’s Cevicheria is a small restaurant off the beaten track in Bayani Road, Bonifacio Global City. They are the only restaurant in the Philippines that specializes in ceviche and kinilaw. Ceviche and Kinilaw are used interchangeably but have a distinct difference, ceviche does not use vinegar but uses citrus instead. Kinilaw is something I’d just recently acquired a taste for, an evolution of my taste buds as I can now appreciate vinegar.
Patricio’s Cevicheria is located off the beaten track but still in the environs of BGC, along Bayani Road. Irene and I have been there once before but we only had 2 dishes so I held off blogging about it. This was where we had lunch before we had coffee at Local Edition. Pat and Pia Roa own this little store that started as a take out counter down the street that serves the neighborhood with the perfect alcohol pairing.
The place is really simple and bare bones save for a couple of refrigerated displays for drinks and other items plus a couple of tables. Parking is a bit of a challenge since there are only 2 slots in front of Patricios’s but you can park along the street. Clientele is pretty sparse during lunchtime but they are packed almost every night.
Here’s the counter, order area and kinilaw prep area. You can peek at the process as they assemble your plate of ceviche or kinilaw. Patricio’s serves a number of regional varieties of kinilaw plus a few options for ceviche too. To get the authentic flavors of the kinilaw they fly in specific ingredients from the provinces.
Irene and I ordered a Binakhaw (P250), Dumaguete’s version of kinilaw which uses dungon seed. A large wooden plate of kinilaw with onions, sliced green mangoes, sili labuyo and cube tuna.
Here’s the dungon seed that was used in the Binakhaw.
Want to add a bit of meat to your dish? You can upgrade your plate of kinilaw to singulaw (char-grilled pork) for an extra P90. The serving size is quite big already and can readily be shared between 2-3 people.
Patricio’s serves a bit of meat to go with their seafood. We ordered the Lechon Flakes (P100). Lechon cooked then flakes heaped on top of plain rice with a side of spiced vinegar.
If you enjoy their spiced vinegar then you can bring home a bottle or two of their special concoction.
On a subsequent visit, this time with a few of the KTG, we were able to try a lot more of their dishes.
Pastil (P35). This is Mindanao’s answer to the Cebuano puso rice triangle. Rice with minced beef wrapped in banana leaves
Ceviche Shooters (P450). For the undecided or those that want a little of everything. The 5 shot glasses contain 3 ceviches, Hawaiian Poke and a Cocktale and served with chips on the side. I like the Aji Amarillo with the sweet corn balancing out the spicy peppers. The poke is a nice rendition also with its sesame soy dressing a strips of nori finished off with a sprinkling of togarashi pepper.
There’s really more than just seafood as we sampled all their meaty accompaniments. The first was the Chicharones (P230/sharing), their version of the lechon kawali with crispy skin and flavorful meat that reminds one of lechon. Served with both liver sauce and spiced vinegar, I still can’t decide which is the best match.
Lomo Saltado (P245). This is stir fried beef that has been marinated with Aji Amarillo peppers served with potato wedges, onions and tomatoes. Not at all spicy but instead its a well seasoned dish that is their take on salpicao.
Pollo Frito (P165). Pan fried chicken served with black bean rice and Peruvian Aji Planca sauce. This is overshadowed by both the beef and pork dishes we had before.
Pat and Pia brought out a special Octopus and Shrimp Amarillo Mixto. Bright colors and flavors that is refreshing and was made with their mix of lemon and other citrus juices.
For dessert we had these Florentines, Italian lace cookies home made by Pia’s aunt. We bought Lauren a couple of pieces for the afternoon snack which she promptly made disappear like a magician.
Lechon Jam with Basil Pesto on Bruschetta. This is an experimental product the owners had us try, for me this kicks bacon jam silly. This will be on the menu in the future.
Patricio’s Cevicheria gives you a peek into many of the regional varieties of kinilaw and ceviche that are hardly known outside of their respective provinces. Serving sizes are generous while prices are reasonable that you’ll keep coming back for the fresh seafood. They are a little off the beaten path but this is an addition the charm of discovery and adventure, so close to the main area of BGC yet still so different. If you love ceviche and kinilaw then Patricio’s Cevicheria should be at the top of your must visit list.
Patricio’s Cevicheria31 Bayani Road, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines Contact No.: (632) 998-7274/ (63917) 850-8817
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