ADVENTURE: Trying out a new restaurant pop-up, Pinoy Heritage // EATING: 8 courses of delicious Filipino food! // CRAVE: The desserts!
Always on the lookout for new, fun dining experiences, I recently heard about an interesting pop-up called Pinoy Heritage.
The pop-up features an 8-course Filipino meal created by chef Francis Ang and his wife Dian. Francis is originally from the Philippines, coming to the States when he was just 19. With a strong pastry background, he has made an impressive career working at several restaurants such as Dirty Habit/Fifth Floor and Gary Danko before starting his own project.
His meals bring together traditional Filipino dishes with Californian ingredients and a sophisticated cooking style and presentation, influenced by his pastry experience.
The pop-up takes place in a small cafe space in Russian Hill, decorated with soothing blue, turquoise, and wooden tones.
Currently, the dinners are booked through Feastly, the communal dining platform helping chefs share new menus and cook in unique spaces throughout the city.
To start we had an artistic amuse bouche.
The first course was a beautiful salad with asparagus spears wrapped in asparagus strips on top of salted duck egg gribiche with smoked duck prosciutto.
The next course was Francis’ take on lumpia, a buckwheat crepe with spring vegetables, crispy tofu, and black garlic. So pretty!