I had a great first time dining experience at Lamesa Filipino Kitchen. My fabulous and “oh-so!” stylish friends Kim & Karen from @vspacestudios, shared the awesome experience with me.
The venue itself is small and cozy… It has a very warm and inviting atmosphere. Lamesa’s short yet enticing 5-course menu changes daily. Here’s what you get for $35 per person.
2. Amuse Bouche – Chef’s Special
3. Entree with unlimited rice
4. Amuse Bouche #2 – Chef’s Special
Lester Sabilano and Rudy Boquila, owners of Lamesa, has certainly taken old school recipes that I grew up on to a whole new level. I mean who knew that Filipino food could be turned into contemporary dining? Consider me thoroughly impressed.
So did I order? For my appetizer I ordered Beef Sisig- crisp-fried beef mixed with a mirepoix of ginger, garlic, chilies and onions. A fried egg is then perched on top, alongside Filipino pico de gallo. Shortly thereafter we were greeted with an amuse bouche, spoon of Arroz Caldo made with rabbit. My entree was a Short Rib Nilaga- Braised short rib, cabbage, beans, and a bone marrow potato purée with a ginger beef broth was my entree and it came with a side bowl of steamed rice -that I could not finish because I was so full!
In between entree and dessert we were served our second amuse bouche, chocolate pudding made of a childhood favorite, Ovaltine and crispy pinipig (similar to rice crispies)
Last but not least for dessert, Calamansi pot du creme. It resembles a key lime custard or leche flan.
Over all I walked away from Lamesa impressed, satisfied and very FULL! One of my favorite items on the menu was the refreshing and cleverly named cocktails. I ordered the Lolo Cool J, made with Maker’s Mark, pineapple and cinnamon syrup, grated ginger, freshly squeezed lemon $12.
Lamesa Filipino Kitchen
Address: 669 Queen St. West, Toronto