XO 46 Heritage Bistro is probably one of the finest Filipino restaurants that we have ever been to. Their take on classic Filipino cooking is outstanding; we have never tasted anything from their menu that was not likable.
Each dish was on point in terms of taste and serving size. XO 46 Heritage Bistro did an admirable job in honoring timeless Pinoy food. And as if to further elevate Filipino pride, the servers speak to their customers in pure Tagalog.
XO 46 Heritage Bistro has lovely interiors, not too spacious but just enough to accommodate a good number of diners. It’s not so much as a venue for parties, business dinners or large gatherings; XO 46 Heritage Bistro, however, is excellent for intimate dinners with friends or family.
Conversations need not be loud nor muted because the tables are spaced adequately to allow a little privacy among patrons.
So how does one start his culinary journey at XO 46 Heritage Bistro? To begin with, the servers will give customers complimentary rice cakes with two dipping sauces – crab fat and margarine.
Like a fortune cookie, this starter comes with a rolled paper on the side but that’s as far as the similarity goes. XO 46 Heritage Bistro’s little scroll bears Filipino proverbs instead of a fortune reading.
Over the course of several years, there are dishes at XO 46 Heritage Bistro that we have come to love the most. Here are our top five favorite dishes from this restaurant:
XO 46 Heritage Bistro’s Crispy Binagoongan
When Khris and I think about comfort food, this easily comes to mind. If we are in a celebratory mood, we order Crispy Binagoongan. When we want to eat to relieve stress, we go for Crispy Binagoongan.
XO 46 Heritage Bistro Crispy Binagoongan is made of crispy pork belly and slivers of eggplant sautéed and simmered in bagoong (shrimp paste). The rich oil from the pork belly combined with the slightly sweet, salty, and spicy flavors of the bagoong is superb with heaps of rice. Go easy on this dish though if you are watching your cholesterol levels.
Hacienda Style Molo Soup
A bowl of molo soup
XO 46 Heritage Bistro’s Molo Soup is another outstanding demonstration of culinary brilliance. The hot soup is teeming with flavors making each sip (or slurp) extra comforting. The meatballs are also big and meaty, thus, greatly satisfying to the palate. In itself, it can already be eaten with rice.
Sinigang na Salmon sa Mustasa
Sinigang na Salmon sa Mustasa
If you are craving a classic Pinoy dish, this is another worthy choice. Large meaty chunks of salmon are simmered in a sour broth, and cooked with fresh mustard leaves and slices of white radish. Sinigang na Salmon sa Mustasa will conjure memories of dawdling rainy days when you just want to stay at home and keep yourself warm by sipping your favorite hot soup, on its own or with rice.
This seemingly unassuming dish is a surprise. When we first ordered Relyenong Talong (stuffed eggplant), we just could not decide on which vegetable siding to get. We did not expect much from it because we did not know how it tasted like.
After the first spoonful though, this Relyenong Talong had instantly become a favorite because it was packed with delicious flavors. It was just eggplant rolls filled with ground meat and drizzled with a sweet-salty sauce; simple but scrumptious nonetheless.
Pritong Pusit na Malutong
This is a simple bowl of crispy squid rings with spicy chili sauce and a slice of lime. Although minimalist, this is one concoction that would go really well with hot rice although I think it’s also good with beer.
For those who love desserts, XO 46 Heritage Bistro has a selection of native cakes and sweets like halo-halo, sapin-sapin, biko, and cassava cake, to name some.
Price is a little on the steep side but the quality of XO 46 Heritage Bistro’s cooking speaks for it. Service is good and fast, and your ears will be treated to eloquent Tagalog which sounds like poetry. All in all, XO 46 Heritage Bistro is one restaurant that we can confidently recommend to those who are looking for delicious Filipino food.
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