I went to this place sometime after New Year's day. I figured that it was worth a try since it had gotten good reviews from Yelp, Adobo Nation and was "Kagat Approved" (means worth biting into). http://www.myislarestaurant.com/
I really wasn't sure what to expect, I've been disappointed with a lot of Filipino restaurants and I wondered if I should drive all the way to San Bruno for it. Heck, my friends talked me into it so I went with them. The place carries a Kapampangan style of cooking (Pampanga is a province) and yes, it backs it up. This means the place is authentic cooking, I mean it isn't exactly catered to American consumers as Max's of the Philippines and Goldilock's are more commercial. Pampanga really knows how to prepare a feast.
The dishes had that authentic presentation. We ordered several dishes (6 in total) with two appetizers and the servings were a good size. I mean, it was a real good experience, but please be warned: you need to come to this place hungry! Filipino cuisine is rich when it is cooked traditionally...and yes, some are not healthy. Make sure you come with a Filipino who would know what to order if you want to keep a healthy diet (like me). Heck, but we didn't healthy that day....I mean, I am a great cook when it comes to Filipino cuisine, and this place really impressed me; save for one dish, they were all perfect!
Full review coming soon after I make a second visit... 5/5 for authenticity....4.5.5/5.0 overall.
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