Mesa Filipino Moderne Cuisine is not a new restaurant in the Philippine dining arena. It is a part of a long running family food business managed by Mr. Eric Dee; the same company behind popular Philippine restaurants like Todd English, Tim Ho Wan, La Mesa Grill and Chin's Cafe (to name a few).
Mesa means table in English. Mesa's maiden branch was launched on in 2009 and since then have had 22 branches all over the Philippines and will open it's 23rd branch, it's first out of Philippine soil, in Glendale, California USA in 2016. Mesa considers their culinary offerings as stylized Filipino food which aims to relinquish locals' love for Filipino food and not intimidating to foreigners.
Each branch have different design and interiors, but all possess distinctive, contemporary and native-inspired theme and ornaments, creating a high-energy ambiance in a casual and homey setting. Their Eastwood Mall branch for me looks modern with native touches. Just check out one of the photos in the slideshow where the dividers are wood banisters which you will usually see in old Filipino houses. They also have an outside seating area overlooking the park in front of the Eastwood Mall. Btw, they also have 2 function rooms available at this branch for small gatherings and events.
As for the menu of Mesa has been a constant one and once in a while specials are added. Mesa serves a wide variety of items from appetizers to soups, main dishes to grill items, choice meat and seafood complemented with a selection of desserts and coupled with specialty drinks. In contrast to others, substantially all items are prepared daily inside the restaurant’s kitchen facility using high quality and fresh ingredients based on innovative and authentic regional recipes.
After it has been presented to us, the crew started their work on removing the crispy pork skin, chopping them uniform rectangles and wrapped in pandan crepe together with garnishing.
And what's left of the pork will be chopped, divided and cooked into two parts, the first part will be with chili garlic flavor and the other half with garlic flavor.
|chili garlic flavor|
I love the service of the crew at mesa Eastwood, they were attentive, helpful and always smiling. The price of the dishes is worth it for the quality and amount of the food that they serve. This food tasting event at Mesa, by the way, also served as Team Aldous' Christmas dinner. And if you can see the dinner was as festive as you would have in any Christmas Eve dinner.
Mesa Filipino Moderne Cuisine