Happy Friday! You’re about to hear a tale of delicious food. A tale of new beginnings and forgotten dreams. A tale…OF MURDER! It all began last Wednesday at Lamesa, a Filipino restaurant at Queen and Bathurst.
Carloish, (say it in an Eastern European accent) had been saying for months we had to try their “Crispy Pata”, and since it’s half price on Wednesdays I agreed. I had no idea that it wasn’t Crispy Pata Carla wanted…she was serving up a hot little dish of CRISPY MURDER!
The evening began innocently enough. We sat down and ordered a couple drinks. Being the man of the world that I am, I opted for a San Miguel beer – Phillipines finest. It came in a delightful stubby little bottle. Carla ordered a cocktail called “Tita baby”, which in English means “murderer”. I had a sip and it was delicious!
Now Lamesa operates with a tapas (that’s Australian for “sharing”) style menu so we got a few things, and here they be:
Halo Halo Sisig and Rice
– a mixture of chopped chicken, beef, pork, chilies and garlic topped with an egg. Served with garlic rice. Carla’s been eating this all her life. It made me want to steal her life…like she was about to try and steal mine…
Crispy Pata – the reason we went in the first place. Basically the shin of a pig deep fried and served with a few different sauces. Anacarlonda had really talked it up so my expectations were as high as poor David. It did not disappoint. So Crispy. So Pata. So deep fried and delicious.
Filipino Poutine – And now we arrive at the murdery portion of the menu. French fries with bits of pork smothered in a delicious murder sauce. Carla was taking photos of the Halo Halo Sisig while I stuffed my face with the poutine. Here is the conversation that then took place:
E: “This is so good!”
C: “I know right?”
E: “What kind of meat is this?”
C: “It’s pork.”
E: “Ah…and what’s the sauce?”
C: “It’s called bagoong, it’s basically made from…(Carla’s eyes go wide…) SHRIMP! SPIT IT OUT!”
For those who don’t know I’m allergic to shellfish. How allergic? No idea…I got tested as a kid and have never really tried it. But let me just say this, I am missing out because it was delicious! After a few nervous moments and some water chugging we realized I was fine. But I did make this face to the waitress at one point
. So despite everything I just wrote Carla is not a murderer. The most disappointing part was not getting to eat any more of that poutine because holy geez it was good.
Drinks: 8 plastic bags full of soda out of 10
App’s (Halo Halo and Murder’tine): 25 years to life out of 30
Main (Crispy Pata): 17 heart attacks out of 22
Well done Lamesa. If you actually had been my last meal I wouldn’t have been disappointed and the score shows it, 50/62.
Enjoy your Priday ebryone! And here’s a bideo por all the ‘Pinos out dere! Shout out to Teny.