Recap: Maharlika Modern Filipino Brunch Popup
If you’ve been following along with The Minty, I do enjoy Filipino food quite a bit. I was so excited by the Maharlika popup at Escala in Ktown this past summer. I’m hoping more modern Filipino popups and restaurants will crop up in LA soon.
We started with a choice of beverages and I always go more savory than sweet so I went with the All Hail Mary rather than the mimosa. It was slightly spicy and piquant from Filipino fish sauce.
I was all for the fried chicken and ube waffles but sadly they sold out. A friend went with the Eggs Imelda which was an eggs Benedict topped with stewed taro leaves and a lovely prawn. I didn’t mind the taro leaves but others not used to Filipino food thought it was odd. I just called it Filipino spinach. Or kale. Everyone loves kale, right?
I got the crab fritatta which seemed lacking in crab. It was available with crab or without and it tasted veggie. I didn’t want to send it back since we hadn’t actually made reservations (paid for tickets in advance) and already waited a long time as walk-ins. If I had sent it back, who knew when I’d get to eat. I decided to just enjoy my suddenly vegetarian frittata.
The other eggs Benedict was the Eggs Benigo which had spam. This was the agreed upon favorite of the day.
Next time I’m making reservations and getting in on the hands-on Filipino dinner. That sounded so much fun where you get to really dig into your meal. For brunch, I’ll just have to make my own fried chicken and ube waffles.