Isla Pilipina | Lincoln Square | Asian, Filipino | Restaurant
Lincoln Square Filipino restaurant.

Our Review

A friend of mine says he "just doesn’t get" Filipino food. Maybe Isla can help. Then again, maybe not: our meal was a string of big hits and misses. Unlikely as it may seem, the deep-fried pig’s foot was scrumptious, and I’ve never enjoyed trotters much. A bowl of taro leaf cooked in coconut milk along with Asian spices and a few shrimp proved a delicate balance of bitter and sweet, rough and creamy. But to my palate sinigang, a traditional soup with tamarind, was sour to the point of inedibility, and though my charming server heartily endorsed the chop suey guisado, it amounted to no more than thinly seasoned celery and other predictable veggies. The menu description of pancit palabok promised pan-fried noodles with shrimp or meat, but we got pretty much only scrambled egg--not bad, but not as advertised. Mixed adobo is a good illustration of our dining experience at Isla: chunks of pork and chicken were flavored with the classic Filipino spice of soy, vinegar and garlic, well-seasoned and tasty if not quite to my taste--maybe I just don’t get it.

David Hammond

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