Elias. A name that strikes me as truly Filipino and takes me back to the pages of Noli Me Tangere (a novel written by the National Hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal). Like Elias, a character in the novel, clamoured for revolution, the restaurant in the same way gives a new and excellent twist to well loved Filipino classic dishes.
Along with its colonial and cultural vibe are the dishes which are Spanish – Filipino names of people and places.
The Kalamansi Malunggay didn’t have that eye-squinting effect as I imagined it would have. The malunggay neutralized the sourness of the kalamansi giving it a surprisingly pleasant and refreshing taste.
Leandro is laing (taro leaves in coconut milk) with lechon kawali. Being partly Bicolana, I delighted in this spicy and tasty ginataan (food with coconut milk) dish. This combination could be your actual meal (along with rice of course) as it had veggies and protein along with it. The lechon kawali was crispy and also soft in its right places and the laing went well with it.
Tempura style prawns served with laing and crab fat sauce is also called Legazpi in Elias’ Menu. The prawns had laing inside and didn’t need crab fat sauce as it was already rich in flavor. Of course the crab fat didn’t go to waste. 🙂 I mixed it a spoonful of it in my rice and well.. you only live once. 🙂
Now this is my favorite. Grilled Tuna Belly in Elias was delicious! It was guilt-free because it was light to the tummy and yet it was also flavourful. As others would often say about this, you couldn’t go wrong with Elias’ Binan.
Joaquin is tender beef bulalo with mushroom gravy. Just by looking at it, I’m going hungry all over again. I have a soft spot for Bulalo especially when I first tried it in Leslie’s in Tagaytay with my cousins. No bulalo yet has measured to the original Leslie’s until that day. In Elias I was able to taste Bulalo made differently. The beef was really tender and the gravy was thick and savoury. I found it equally appetizing and mouthwatering.
All dishes are good for 3 – 4 pax and it best shared with family and friends. 🙂
Been here twice to date and yet I would still say, take me back to Elias again. 🙂
Elias by Crisostomo
UG/F Robinsons Magnolia,
Aurora Blvd cor Dona Hemady Ave Valencia, Quezon City