Filipino-Franco feast set for Left Bank Menlo Park

For years, folks in the food world have been saying that Filipino will be the The Next Thing in culinary trends.

At Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park, chef Brendy Monsada is doing his part. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the restaurant will hold a Filipino Franco dinner with a menu designed by Monsada to honor his ethnic heritage.

It’s an open-seating meal, with reservations available from 5 to 10 p.m., with multiple dishes served family style. Here’s the lineup:

Appetizers: Pork Sisig (slow-roasted pork belly and pig ears, spicy labuyo chili, sugar cane vinaigrette), Pancit Bihon (stir fried noodles in soy sauce, snow peas, carrots, celery, quail eggs, scallions) and Inihaw Na Rellenong Pusit (grilled stuffed squid marinated in sweet soy, galanga, ground pork, mirepoix, baby heirloom tomatoes).

Main courses: Pritong Lapu-Lapu (deep-fried grouper marinated in lemongrass, heirloom tomato salsa, sweet chili, soy, and palm vinaigrette); Pinakbet (traditional vegetable stew with puréed anchovy paste, okra, eggplant, tomatoes, Asian long beans, bitter melon, sweet potato tendrils, kalabasa, garnished with pork chicharron) and Angus Beef Kaldereta (slow-braised boneless beef short ribs, savory tomato and peanut sauce, chef’s special spice mix, sweet peas, stuffed olives, pineapple chunks)

Dessert: Nilatikan (baked sweet rice, banana leaves, caramelized coconut jam, latik) and Leche Flan (with fresh egg yolks, condensed and evaporated milk, caramel syrup).

For reservations, $50 a person, call 650-473-6543 or email

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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