Merla's Kitchen | Other Northwest | Filipino, Asian | Restaurant
North Park Filipino restaurant.

Our Review

It would be easy to miss this postage stamp of a storefront, run by a mother-daughter team. But inside it has an expansive and welcoming coffee-shop vibe to go with a small selection of Filipino greatest hits, such as lumpia Shanghai, menudo, pancit bihon (stir-fried rice noodles with meat and vegetables), chicken adobo, puffy steamed bao-like pork or chicken-stuffed siopao, and a selection of sweets like leche flan and turon, egg-rolled jackfruit and plaintains. The empanadas are particularly noteworthy, fried to order and greasy good; chunky ham and cheese or a sweet picadillo of ground beef, raisin, peas, and egg are tasty, but I'm thoroughly seduced by the veggie, filled with cabbage, tofu, soy protein, and cheese in a gooey peanut-vinegar sauce. Also of particular note is the popular street snack okoy, a crispy deep-fried web of a fritter with bits of shrimp, tofu, bean sprouts, squash, and green onions.

Mike Sula

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