Restaurants serving Filipino food are a dime a dozen here in Metro Manila. The only thing that sets them apart from one another is their style. Some feature fusion cuisine, others are holes-in-the-wall, and there are those that feature regional specialties. What fascinated me about Dekada is that the establishment honors the significant events that happened in the Philippines. In particular, the restaurant celebrates the changes that the country went through ever since the Spanishe ra. Dekada opened last June 12, 2013. I was invited by Teta last September 26 to check out the place.
The bloggers and I were served the Magwagi Family Set, which is good for six persons and is priced at P 1,990.00. They also serve a la carte dishes. I find reading their menu very entertaining as it feels like I pushed the rewind button and found myself sitting in my Philippine History class. Though we were served with a set meal, I would still share with you the a la carte prices of each dish from the set.
Yamashita (Sinigang na Sugpo sa Kamias P 389) – Tamarind is commonly used to make this dish sour, but Dekada uses kamias to the soup a tart kick. Hence, kamias serves as the hidden treasure in this dish – the Yamashita!
Dominicano (Adobo Rice P 268) – Of course, the typical Filipino meal would not be complete without rice. What we had is the exotic Dominican. Perhaps the Adobo crispy flakes are reminiscent of the Dominican’s curly hair?
Laguna Salad (P 128) – The salad is on the lower right of the photo. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a separate photo of it since it was on the side. Anyway, it has green and yellow mangoes as well as diced tomatoes.
Aguinaldo (Twice Cooked Adobo P 389) – I’m not a fan of Adobo, yet among the dishes that we had, this Twice Cooked Adobo is the best. Even the whole garlic can be consumed without having to fear of spoiling your breath after. It is a sweet and has a rich sauce. This combo made me crave for it more!
Murphy (Crispy Pla-pla with Eggplant P 289) – The well-behaved Murphy balanced the entire meal, at least for me. It’s crispy and skinny.
Sakay (Bicol Express P 289) – Dekada gave this particular dish a tweak by separating the sauce and serving the pork whole, like a Lechong Kawali. Diners could bathe the meat with the creamy coconut milk with shrimp paste sauce turned into a dip. Voila, you now have a modern-day Bicol Express!
The place has dim lighting and wooden chairs, while the rest of the interiors have a European vibe to it. The prices were reasonable as the resto offers generous servings, so I would give them a highs core in this regard. The food is neither too salty nor too sweet, which could be an advantage if their target market are those in their 40s (or older). Furthermore, the waitresses were courteous.
Glorietta 3, Ayala Makati