last mother’s day, we decided to treat out mama for dinner at dona felisa which is located at cavite city. the restaurant is situated where the former paredes-yamaha store (which sells piano/keyboard and also offers lessons — wherein i studied when i was young). they serve mostly filipino dishes.
here is a rundown of what we ordered, together with some comments:
for starters, we ordered fried siomai. the filling was tasty and the ratio of filling to wrapper ratio was ok. this was served together with chili garlic oil and some toyomansi. the only downside is that it was a bit overfried as you can see in the picture.
we were supposed to have the sisig rice, but unfortunately it was unavailable. so we ordered the shanghai rice instead. it was fried rice that contained the fillings of what would have been a lumpiang shanghai. it was ok, but nothing extraordinary. the serving is good for 3 to 4 people.
for our vegetable dish, we had the beef with broccoli. the beef was thin strips and it was tender. the broccoli were cooked just right and not soggy. matteo liked munching on the green florets.
we ordered the garlicky crispy pata for our main viand. the pork was crispy and it helped that it was already chopped into almost bite sized pieces, so that we did not have a hard time cutting up the pork. the dipping sauce that came with it was the usual vinegar-soy sauce with onion. it lacked the “garlic” flavor though that i was expecting due to it’s name.
we also tried the crab foo yong. this was a little unique than the usual foo yong served at other restaurants since it has a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds which gave the dish a nutty taste. what i didn’t like about this dish is that it used crabsticks instead of true crab meat.
we also ordered bottomless lemonade for our drinks.
by the end of our dinner, we were already full that we were not able to order dessert. maybe next time. i am interested to know what the “sikreto ni churva” is.
overall, this is a good alternative if you are looking for a restaurant in cavite city where you could have good filipino food. the location is easily accessible. the restaurant itself is spacious and offers free wi-fi. the only downside that we experienced during our visit there was that it took a little time for our orders to be served, since they were a little understaffed that night. but the waiting crew was very courteous and attentive to what we needed.
it is very likely that we will revisit this restaurant to try out their other offerings.
567 Paredes Building
P. Burgos Avenue, Caridad, Cavite City