Filipino cuisine comes up top as one of my favorite cuisines, so naturally discovering new Filipino joints excites me. Carinderia Ni Tandang Sora is a newly open Restaurant situated in Deira just opposite Deira City Center at the Centurion Star Tower. We were given a very warm welcome by jovial staff who offered us a table. We went inside to browse the place before settling on the al fresco sitting area.
I instantly fell in love with the walls covered with pictures hanging on braided ropes displaying portraits of historical Filipino figures.
There is a sense of history, culture and pride carried in these pictures that made me smile.
The wooden stairs and furniture give a pleasant and inviting atmosphere. The place is reasonably sized with duplex seating space.The menu was filled with numerous authentic options that left us spoilt for choice.
Mary Anne, our waitress suggested we try the chicken adobo (chicken marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade, apparently considered as the unofficial national dish in the Philippines and beef sisig (cubes of beef marinated in soy and other delicious sauces mixed with capsicum and garlic served on a sizzling pan with an egg).
We also ordered sweet chili chicken wings as a starter.
We were offered a beef broth like soup as an appetizer. The soup had little chunks of beef and onion in it. It tasted absolutely delicious but a bit salty.
The wings were, juicy succulent and fresh with a bit of a crispiness to them. The sauce was balanced and not overpowering, just pure finger licking goodness.
The chicken adobo was nothing short of perfection.
It was actually my first time having adobe as I was frightened at the thought of eating chicken marinated in vinegar. I am glad I took May Anne’s suggestion and didn’t err on the side of caution. The adobo was filled with so much flavor. The garlic was prominent and the strong hints of barbeque and peppercorns which added some crunch. I could hardly taste any hints of vinegar. This was a beautiful dish.
All dishes are accompanied with unlimited rice, which is delightful. They also provide gloves if you want to use your hands to savor the experience even more. I loved the perfectly cooked rice too.
The beef sisig was also another taste bud pleaser. The heartiness of this meal never ceases to amaze me. I loved the savory fusions of the flavors except I thought the beef was a little sparse and they could have added more garlic.
To drink we had the bottomless iced tea which proved very refreshing and not too sweet. Perfect with the meal.
This place is now one of my new favorite spots and I am sure to visit again. It offers such great value for money and portions are generous. Overall such enjoyable and efficient service and a bunch of friendly people. The food was great quality. They have sure won themselves a new convert. You have to try it out. There is apparently a branch in Karama too which I would be more than happy to try out.