When you walk into Casa Filipina in Phoenix Arizona you step into a small bake shop and enter into what looks like a older banquet hall with numbered tables and a musician corner.
I’m not real familiar with Filipino Food although I know it’s cuisine is sort of Asian, Indian, Latin and American influenced. I also know some but not all dishes include organ meat, uncommon animal parts and blood.
I asked my waiter what spices are used for the Filipino Chicken Dish called Chicken Inasal. I just wondered what it would taste like….Instead of telling me what spices are used he says, “I don’t know but it’s a good choice.” I order it anyway….
Then all of a sudden….
Our waiter just starts up with a forking Karaoke Machine and starts singing “Love is a many splendid thing” and many other Frank Sinatra tunes followed.
This was kind of neat but also forking strange. The waiter actually had a forking great voice and was good enough to be a professional singer.
My husband’s meal arrives.
It’s called Beef Kalderetta. It’s basically a tender beef stew. The beef is tender and is infused with flavors. The onions lacked caramelization that was noted on the menu, “topped with caramelized onions and potatoes”. The fries were a surprise as we guessed the stew would be prepared with a potato. It tasted like something anybody’s grandmother would make but served with rice and Asian flavored noodles that contained a piece of carrot and some chicken meat.
At least ten minutes goes by and then my meal arrives during a Frank Sinatra number.
The chicken seemed marinated in lime, vinegar and annato. The chicken was falling apart tender and a vinegary soy sauce was served on the side for dipping. Annato rice and Asian flavored noodles spiked with chicken meat and a piece of carrot were served on the side and all the food was served over some sort of leaf.
We order two desserts because the Phoenix New Times wrote this year that this restaurant serves up some of the very best baked goods in the metro Phoenix Area. They are officially on a top 10 list this year.
We order a mango and a ube (purple yam) tart.
I notice that the Ube tart looks very dry.
We tried to eat the desserts but neither of us could penetrate either dessert with a forking fork. I’m NOT talking about the crust. The FORKING CENTERS can’t be penetrated with a fork. The filling from these tarts can be used to fill forking pot holes in the road.
Needed a forking jack hammer.
My husband breaks the desserts apart with his hands.
The desserts are inedible. I reckon the people at The Phoenix New Times didn’t try the desserts I tried. Or maybe they forking like the desserts this way? Who the FORK knows?
We called a waitress over told her about the desserts and she told us the manager would speak with us.
He said nothing is wrong with his desserts and they are just cold. To me that was a weird thing to say. He should have said something like I’ll fix them for you….
I’m forking thinking if his tarts need to be heated up well then why weren’t they served heated up? Am I suppose to heat them up myself sitting on them with my forking butt or perhaps I should have my own portable forking heat source?
He serves us a new ube tart that is good but our dry inedible mango tart is still on the table.
We ask for the check…pay…and leave.
As we walk out the door the manager comes running out after us.
He says you didn’t have to forking pay for the desserts.
The desserts were on our check and nobody said to us that we didn’t have to pay so we forking paid.
Guess we needed forking telepathic powers to know what the fork the manager was thinking. I guess he meant to take the desserts off the check. He just forgot.
Casa Filipina serves up some tasty homestyle foods and offers weekend all day entertainment. We actually had fun dining here and now have a funny story to remember about the dessert.
I already forking told you about the desserts I tried so I would be too frightened to try a dessert from here again.
Casa Filipina Restaurant and Bake Shop….It was a Forking Experience like No Other.
If you want more information on Casa Filipina Restaurant and Bake Shop in Phoenix AZ visit www.CasaFilipina.com