Seats For Two traveled South to visit a newly renovated Filipino restaurant in Sucat, Paranaque. From outside, you would think it’s a Spanish restaurant and may look intimidating meaning, expensive. But no, the menu price starts from P175. Enjoy classic bibingka for meryenda for only P135.
We like the restaurant interior, its neat take on modern Filipino design. The window jalousie that reminds us of our old house during 1990s. Filipino lunch was served comprises of Laing Con Camaron Rebosado, Binagoongan Lechon Kawali and Boneless Crispy Pata among others.
After serving Kinilaw na Tanique, a light yet flavorful appetizer or viand for others, the best Filipino dishes came next started with Serye’s famous Kare-Kare to Boneless Crispy Pata.
Serye got us on first bite as we started with tender binagoongan lechon kawali. Actually, it looks very simple but it was one of the best binagoongan we ever had. It’s not too salty and has the right sweetness. Crunchy pork skin and tender meat.
Perfectly cooked vegetable complements well with all the meaty dishes, Pinakbet. We love their pinakbet but Laing Con Camaron Rebosado was our favorite. It has mild sweetness in rich coconut milk topped with breaded shrimp. The gabi leaves was tender. We have to mention it doesn’t leave itchiness (kati) after eating.
Serye’s Classic Kare-Kare is one of the best dishes served in the restaurant affiliated in the Reyes family. Some of the well-known restaurants includes Reyes Barbeque, Aristocrat and Casa Reyes. Mama Sita is the grandmother, well-known for her recipe mixes and sauces. Going back to Kare-kare, the owner Alvin Reyes shared secrets in preparing this Filipino dish. They uses peanut for the sauce and prepare the traditional way, no shortcuts thus a consistently thick and authentic Kare-kare. They also make their own peanut sauce, everything down to the roasting. They also boast about their home-made bagoong. I believe they serves vegetarian kare-kare as well.
Serye means succession, the continuation of family legacy. Everything is a straightforward Filipino food made without shortcuts, just the traditional way.
Our dining experience brought back old memories, how our lola cook all-time Filipino favorites. Today, with our busy schedule and lifestyle, some of us have no time to prepare food such as Kare-Kare and Crispy Pata. We’re glad there’s Serye and other Filipino restaurants that continues to serve us the best Pinoy food.