If you think Filipino dishes cooked at home and restaurants taste the same that's why you prefer to eat at a restaurant that offers foreign cuisines rather than Filipino cuisine well visiting Hiyas Kapitolyo might change your mind.
Last October 17, 2014, I was invited again for another foodie meet up by Zomato, my previous foodie meet up with them were actually at a 2 Japanese restaurants owned by Sumo Sam Group that is why I got excited when I found out that I was invited for a Filipino restaurant called Hiyas.
Hiyas is just a newly opened restaurant along united st. Kapitolyo owned by a 24 year old guy Mr. Francis Maneja and his partner Chef Emir Bernabe, the two were actually classmates since grade school but they just became close when they got older and eventually they became business partners.
Mr. Maneja started from a tapsilugan and gotohan called FOMS goto tapa pares in East Drive Kapitolyo and FOMS sizzling & grill in San Rafael. (I'll visit it soon)
Fishballs were given to us while waiting for the food
|Boneless Adidas Php 215|
This is the favorite food of Mr. Maneja, since it's boneless it looks like a sisig but you will know it's an adobong chicken feet when you taste it. This is only an appetizer but it will already make you crave for rice.
|Pigar Pigar Php 185|
When it was served I actually did not recognize it was a Pigar Pigar. Pigar Pigar is a known street food in Pangasinan but the version there is deep fried and it tastes like a beef steak but the Pigar Pigar that was served to us in Hiyas is kinda sweet and the meat was boiled. It is very addicting though I love this version as I love the original recipe.
Not a fan of ensalada, but this one makes me want to eat the whole serving. It has lettuce, tomatoes, salted eggs, onions.
|Suahe Sisig sa Aligue Php 295|
Chopped Shrimp + Crab Fat on a Sizzling Plate
|Busog na Busog na Pusit Php 255|
The pusit is stuffed with onions, cheese, tomatoes and vigan longganisa! What I like about this is it doesn't taste and smell fishy.
|Salmon Sisig Php 255|
My most favorite dish that was served that night. It is really amazing to know and to taste a traditional comfort food like sisig that was cooked usually in pork that it can also taste great with salmon.
|Crispy Bicol Express Php 345|
On the menu the bicol express is made of crunchy pork belly, coconut milk and shrimp paste but according to Chef Emir they served us bicol express that is made of crispy pata. Warning taste may be sweet at first but the chili taste is really strong and you'll suddenly feel the spice of it, you need to prepare a glass that's full of water before tasting it.
|Stuffed Talong Php 255|
My least favorite since I don't like eating talong that much but still tastes good. The talong has ground pork and I think I tasted a bagoong was mixed with it.
|Sinampalukang Lechon Manok Php 485|
Haha! The combination is weird but the savory soup and roasted chicken tastes great. It was a kind of dish that you will never imagine to be superb, but it does.
|Beef Belly Kare Kare Php 485|
Stewed beef belly and ox tripe in rich peanut sauce and coconut milk. The beef belly and ox tripe were very soft and easy to chew.
|Chocnut Turon Php 185|
My favorite among desserts, the turon has langka and chocnut inside! It has vanilla ice cream and muscuvado caramel dip. So Yummy!
|Pritong Sorbetes Php 170|
Fried Ice Cream with Ube Caramel tastes good because it's not too sweet
|Sago't Gulaman Php 75|
|Red Iced Tea Php 75 / Php 165|
|House Blend Iced Tea Php 75 / Php 165|
The place interiors were a combination of traditional and modern Filipino that perfectly suits their menu. The place has also light bulbs made of mason jars.
A cute wall painting in the restaurant they said the words were made up from random words they thought about during their inuman session.
So Here are the owners of Hiyas:
|Mr. Francis Maneja and Chef Emir Bernabe (from left to right)|
With the foodies:
I am glad that I met some of the coolest and friendly bloggers during this meet up
The Zomato Team:
|Mr. Karl, Ms. Dee, Mr. Kevin and Ms. Elaine (from left to right)|
Hiyas: Modern Filipino Comfort Food
Hiyas: Modern Filipino Comfort Food
D-Strip Building, 20 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
I'd like to give credits to Mr. Don Garcia for some of photos that I used for this review.