Christmas celebrations are always a good excuse to eat out :).
Just recently, my team decided to have our annual Christmas lunch and despedida for colleague G, at Victorino’s, one of the newer restaurants that just opened in Quezon City.
Specializing in Ilocano food, Victorino’s is one of those old houses that was transformed quite beautifully into a dining establishment. At the ground floor, one can find the main dining area, a small area for selling Ilocano wares (blankets, dish towels, brooms, etc. etc.), a display of Heny Sison’s delectable desserts, and more Ilocano delicacies that one can purchase to take home (longganisa, bagnet, snacks, coffee, and more!).
The second floor houses the function rooms, perfect for private get-togethers or work meetings :).
Navigating the Christmas traffic to get to Victorino’s was quite challenging, and by the time we finally arrived, we were quite famished! To say that I was more than ready for a good meal was an understatement :). Hahaha!
Ordering on a hungry stomach wasn’t quite a good idea either, as we ended up ordering much more than we should have! Hahaha! You’ll see below all the food we had, and I didn’t even post what we had for dessert! Ayayay!
Anyway, we decided to skip the appetizers, and immediately went for soup and the main course instead.
We started off with an Ilocano specialty called Lomo-lomo.
It’s a brothy type of soup with bits of meat, chives, and egg. It is perfectly flavorful and very comforting :).
We also ordered kinirog, another Ilocano specialty rice with bagoong, longganisa, egg and pindang. I love that it had such a generous topping of salted fish on top :). As they say, kanin pa lang, ulam na! This is the type of dish that I can have all to myself, if I just wasn’t watching my carb intake :).
For our mains, we got 2 (yes, 2!) servings of Ilocos Best, a dish combining both bagnet and longganisa. Can you say deadly? Hahaha! Did I mention that you should never order food on an empty stomach? ;p
The bistek was also really good…
…and the Prito na Tilapia was crispy, fresh and did not disappoint :).
We also unanimously loved the Poqui-poqui, a grilled eggplant dish sauteed in onions and tomatoes. It’s really a very simple dish, but so yummy and healthy! 🙂
Overall, we had a very pleasant dining experience at Victorino’s :).
Two thumbs up for the restaurant ambience and decor (especially the native wood antique furniture), and another two thumbs up for the food! Special mention goes to the kinirog and poqui-poqui, two of our favorite dishes that day.
Victorino’s is most definitely a welcome addition to the foodie scene in Quezon City. It’s nice to have a restaurant that not only specializes in Ilocano dishes, but also makes available some specialty products that are sourced from the Ilocos region.
Should you have any balikbayan friends in town, this would be a good place to take them, especially if you want to give them a taste of Filipino food in a pretty, relaxed setting :).
VICTORINO’S, 11th Jamboree Street corner Scout Rallos, Quezon City, Telephone Number : +63 917 833-4148