This side order of mentaiko mayo don eclipsed my G-men ramen main last week. Pining for it today.
Value Meal #3 at this delightful Filipino-Chinese eatery has ingrained itself into my lunchtime cravings so deeply that it’s hard to order anything else when I visit. $7.95 gets you the day’s soup, deep-fried pork belly, garlic rice, and a fried egg (mix into the rice–trust me).
For a true Pinoy experience, eat the pork with a heap of the bagoong salad that accompanies the combo, but beware: shrimp paste is pungent and not to be had in copious quantities on your first try.
Other value meals are available if you prefer fried fish or BBQ & spring rolls to pork–all under $8, and all worth trying at least once.
We unexpectedly got to sample Oru’s new tower of ceviches, escabeche, lomi lomi, and poisson cru when I hosted my last birthday dinner there. My guests and I were impressed by the presentation, selection, and deliciousness. In fact, the tower was nearly enough to feed us on its own (we still made a valiant effort to digest the 3-course set menu and dessert).
As of this posting, the ceviche bar tower includes:
- Humpback Shrimp Escabeche
- Sing Lobster Poisson Cru
- Humboldt Squid Ceviche
- Grilled Albacore Escabeche
- Lois Lake Steelhead Lomi Lomi
- Grilled Kyuquot Sablefish Ceviche
- Sawmill Bay Oyster Caesar
- Qualicum Scallop Ceviche
- Dungeness Crab & Cilantro Salad
Try the tower experience for $59 per person or opt for single tastings at $6 a pop.
And if you want to know what else a custom menu at Oru could get you on your birthday, browse through my photos of our night:
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When I first fell in love with Hog Shack, it wasn’t because of its craft beer taps, its porcine decor, or even anything on the menu. What did me in were the Burnt Ends–the blackened, fatty bits of the brisket’s point end–which are available for gleeful ingestion should you come in when they’ve got ’em.
I don’t know why they don’t list this glorious item on the regular menu. Until they do: grab your seat, ask if they have it tonight, decide if you want the $12 appetizer or the $16 plate with all the fixings, feast, and then thank me later. Continue reading “Burnt ends are just the beginning at Hog Shack”