Sounds exotic doesn’t it? Well as it happens, it was a pretty extraordinairy and colourful night, so it lived up to it’s name.
Last night (Friday 15th September), Jamie and I ventured into town to attend this Filipino style food pop up.
Having been invited by a friend, I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know what I’d signed up to, apart from some good Filipino food (which was enough of an incentive for me).
What I hadn’t expected was the awesomeness that is 101 North Western Street, it’s a superb craft beer bar, bottle shop and event space which is in a huge, warehousey type building under a railway arch. It’s near Manchester Piccadilly station. This place has attitude. And even better there was a DJ playing excellent music and the whole venue had been decked out with Filipino style decorations. It all felt very tropical (despite it actually being quite nippy).
I decided to start the night by sampling a Belgian beer from the bar. I opted for a 8.5 % Delirium, which was utterly delicious, but made me very excitable very quickly. There was quite a party atmosphere so being a bit merry helped! We were sharing a table with a young couple who happened to be friends of Mama Z (the chef), and while we were waiting for our food to be served we got chatting to the lovely Stefan and Tuesday.
The glorious Filipino menu we were served consisted of:
- Nibbles: ‘pulutan’ (fried pork puffs)
- Starter: fried lumpia (or fried spring rolls) and dipping sauces
- Main: ‘ulam’ (or chicken adobo) and ‘gulay’ vegetables (butternut squash with coconut and lemongrass) served with rice
- Dessert: gorgeous fried plantain spring rolls with caramel sauce and crushed peanuts
Each freshly prepared dish arrived with a craft beer that had been hand picked by Mama Z to match the flavours of the food.
The food was great, my favourite being the gulay vegetables and the plantain spring rolls. I do have photos of the food, but they are so blurry and dark you won’t be able to make any sense of them! Check Mama Z out on Instagram for a better idea.
A revelation for me was how much I enjoyed the beers. I’m not a big beer drinker, but I loved every single one – even the stout (Wild Beer Millioniaire). And the beer drinking definitely helped with the whole disco vibe as we were chatting and laughing all night with Stefan and Tuesday.
So all in all, an absolutely buzzing, brilliant and tasty night. Make sure you get down to the next Filipino Disco.
Thanks to Skiddle for inviting us as guests. All opinions and words are my own.