What do we need to know about Sarap Filipino Bistro?
This is the latest place to take over at restaurant incubator par excellence 10 Heddon Street. Budgie Montoya is the man behind it. Also behind Sarap BAon in Brixton, this is a step up the ladder from the casual nature of the Brixton original.
What kind of food is it?
As the name pretty much explains, this is Filipino food with Budgie being inspired by his heritage and giving Filipino dishes a London twist.
We've heard there is lechon to be had...
There is. This legendary suckling pig dish is the showstopper here but - and here's the problem - it needs to be ordered two days ahead and serves between six and eight people. So unless you've ordered this in advance, it won't be an option (although it does sound like it's worth rounding up some friends for). If we had one suggestion it would be - if the business model can stand it - to have one lechon every night that smaller parties could order slices of until it had gone.
That said there is plenty to be excited about on the rest of the offering. It's a relatively small menu at that, so we had almost everything on there, bar a few fish dishes and one veggie side. Here's what we enjoyed:
Room for dessert?
There are only two desserts on the menu, so it would be remiss of you not to order them both.
What about drinks?
Cocktails are very much part of the experience here. They're priced at £13 and, based on what we tried, definitely worth ordering.
While the rest of central London might be feeling the effects of January, Sarap was completely full on the Friday night we visited. The menu might be one that at first glance doesn't reveal the true treats on offer here, so throw yourself into the experience and let the very friendly staff guide you through it. Just don't (if you are a meat-eater) miss out on that trotter!
More about Sarap Filipino Bistro
Where is it? 10 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BX
Hot Dinners dined as guests of Sarap. Prices correct at time of publication.
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