Food Diary: La Mesa, Chinatown, Sydney

IMG_4164Just around the corner from Dixon Street near Chinatown, and up a flight of stairs is La Mesa, a Filipino restaurant that looks like it’s been comfortably here for a while. Saturday night, we go at 5:30pm or so, super-early before going to watch the movie Carol. It’s crowded already.

We opted for a plate of mixed appetizers each: the little spring roll was perfect; my better half thought the deep-fried quail egg was weird, the fried vegetable thing was OK, and the two BBQ meat items were Dee-Li-Cious.

IMG_4163I couldn’t go by the Chicken Adobo, and it was nice enough, that tangy dark vinegar flavour and tender meat, though I have to say, that recipe awhile ago from the NYT for making it home, was richer and tastier.

IMG_4162I’m glad we ordered the garlic rice (very tasty) and our coconut water was a good match for the food too. The star of course: Crispy Pata. A deep-fried pork knuckle, a generous portion, and what could be wrong with super-tender and super-crispy pork.

So, a tasty and reasonably priced meal ($70 for the two of us, non-alcoholic drinks), though the service, in a busy but not full restaurant, was really pretty slow, and the waiter looked scared of… everything. I want to go back and try more dishes, and there were many things which were unfamiliar to me.

La Mesa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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