The cold and rainy evening calls for Sinigang na Bangus Sa Miso, Tortang Talong and bibingka for dessert. Since we were in Eastwood Mall, we decided to dine at Filipino restaurant, Via Mare.
Via Mare at 40
Hubby and I rarely dine here for no particular reason until two nights ago. As usual, we enjoyed our food and laugh from time to time. He likes the sinigang sa miso and wanted to have palitaw for dessert but it was late night. So we will definitely go back for meryenda soon.
This year, Via Mare celebrates its 40th year. The people from Via Mare gladly shared stories during the lunch held at Eastwood branch. They told us that Filipino cuisine was served in a more family-oriented manner. And just as many islands there are in the country, so is the number of variations a single dish could possibly have.
If lumpia was known as a roll, the Via Mare version had the filling wrapped in pouches held together by spring onions. The tinola was also given a fresh take by serving the soup in a carved papaya or as a flan, inspired by the Chawanmushi of Japan.
The past 40 years have had so many memorable happenings not only focused on the food but even economic and political events. Via Mare restaurant has been the top-of-mind when it comes to hosting Filipino dinners for dignitaries, heads of state, international celebrities, and international events. From beauty queens during the 1995 Miss Universe pageant in Manila, the papal visit of then Pope John Paul II, the 1996 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, the gala of the Philippine-run of West End’s Miss Saigon, the 2007 ASEAN Summit in Cebu, the weddings of illustrious families, and other milestones in Philippine history.
My All-Time Favorites at Via Mare
I have a couple of favorites – bibingka and palitaw remains on top of my list for meryenda. I also like their ginataang halo-halo. Hubby would surely love guinomis and halo-halo. For main course, I always go for caldereta, sinigang, kare-kare and binagoongan.