I first discovered Maharlika a little more than half a year ago when a friend suggested we come here for dinner. I quickly fell in love with the modern filipino foods served here – prior to this, I thought filipino food was mainly about amazing lumpia and adobo. Maharlika’s opened my eyes – what you’ve heard about asians eating rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is not an exaggeration. Since my initial discovery, I’ve come back quite a few times for brunch. Let me show you why I can’t just get enough…
|RECOMMENDED!!! Perfectly fried chicken – moist on the inside, crispy outside. Taro-like Waffle with Savory Butter|
Filipino Pride Chicken ‘N’ Ube Waffles – Flourless Filipino-style fried chicken, ube “Prince-worthy” purple waffle, macapuno jam, anchovy bagoong garlic chive compound butter
The chicken is PERFECT – amazing fried crunchy skin on the outside, deliciously moist chicken the inside. Add the Ube, a purple yam (tastes like taro), waffles, reminiscent of taro egg waffles that you can get off the streets of Hong Kong – and the anchovy herb butter, then it’s gold! And of course, with all chicken and waffles, the sweetness from the syrup ties everything in together for a perfect bite.
Alright now that I’ve drawn you in, let’s back track here a little bit. Maharlika’s “Filipino Moderno” restaurant prides in making traditional filipino dishes and giving it a new twist. So a lot of dishes you find here are usually inspired by filipino ingredients and tastes, just like grandma used to make, except, I only wish I had a grandma who cooked me filipino food.
|Maharlika – Filipino Food your modern grandma makes!|
|The modern ambience makes this place you can bring your less adventurous friends who are scared of “hole in the wall” joints|
|Maggi, vinegar infused with garlic and ketchup|
|Had to show you another picture! Chicken and Waffles!|
In addition to Chicken and Waffles, there are other recognizable brunch items such as eggs benedict and french toast, with a Filipino twist on it of course.
|Eggs Benigno – eggs benedict made with Spam, sweet potato home fries, & salad w/coconut-sugarcane dressing|
|Mango Stuffed French Toast w/ caramelized coconut & fresh fruit|
Then we move on to the territory of more traditional filipino food, such as a national favorite, sisig, a dish made with egg, pig ears, snout, cheek and belly. It’s cooked 3 times, first boiled, then grilled and finally sautéed with with onions, garlic, lemon. And of course, it’s served with a side of garlic fried rice. While the description sounds a bit off putting considering it’s made from untraditional parts of the pig, I assure you it’s flavorful and delicious and if I didn’t tell you what it was, you’d eat the whole dish without thinking twice.
|Sisig with Garlic Fried Rice, and of course, Maggi soy sauce|
Another popular menu item here that I order every time because it features all the things I love: garlic fried rice, fried eggs over easy and a pickled salad of onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. And of course, what’s a traditional rice dish without some meat. I’ve actually ordered all three, and all three are delicious. The sausage is a bit more tender/juicy, the iron steak is a bit more flavorful, and the cured pork is on the dryer side, but tastes wonderful with the vinegar soaked in garlic.
iLog Breakfast silog = sinangag (garlic rice) + itlog (egg) all served with relish of kamatis, pepino, sibuyas and wansoy with patis dressing choice of: – 11 Tocilog – homemade tocino, a 7-up cured pork – 11 – 16
|Longsilog – longganisa, sweet, garlicky pork sausage + “silog” (garlic rice and egg)|
|Tapsilog – homemade tapa, iron steak marinated and air-dried + “silog” (garlic rice and egg)|
|Tocilog – homemade tocino, a 7-up cured pork + “silog” (garlic rice and egg)|
To finish off our brunch, we had ice cream – avocado, cheddar cheese, and purple yam ice cream to be exact. I really liked the ube (purple yam) ice cream, perhaps because it reminds me so much of taro. This was the end of a perfect brunch. and you know I will be back again soon!
|Avocado, Queso (yes, cheese), and Ube ice cream|
A dinner review to come soon! Until then, I would say Maharlika is a solid choice for all occasions. Just be sure you make a reservation at least a day in advanced if you’re coming for brunch or else the wait will be 1.5-2 hours long!
111 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village