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CLOSED Subo means "to feed" in the Filipino language Tagalog, and the restaurant does just that by applying four-star French cooking technique to humble, Southeast Asian fare. The approach is similar to that of New York City's young wunderchef David Chang of Momofuku, who has been credited with popularizing the concept of Asian-influenced small plates. Influenced by Malay, Chinese, Spanish, and South American cuisines, Filipino food thrives on the interplay between sweet, sour, and bitter flavors - and, of course, a few hot chiles. Favorite small plates include anything pork--sweet-salty pork candy, pulled pork Peking cakes, deep-fried pork belly--along with the whole grilled sardines and fish of the day. The adobo chicken wings and young coconut drinks are also not to be missed. The Subo space, in the original home of Hell's Kitchen, has a funky, arty feel, suggesting a mash-up of urban hip and stage set from South Pacific.
I will say that the presentation was nice..... However, being Filipino, this does not taste remotely like Filipino food. Very disappointed and misleading to people that would like to experience the cuisine of the Philippines. Portions are tiny. It is mentioned on the menu that entree items are to be shared. Not possible. Entrees are half the size of most restaurant appetizers.
It was, what, 10 degrees outside? And there we were: sipping the sweet juice of a young coconut straight from its shell, which looked something like a volleyball that had been hacked open with a machete. I could almost smell the salt in the air,... More »
There are plenty of great Spanish tapas in town, Solera's and El Meson's for starters, but we're currently smitten with the Filipino version at Subo, where chef Neil Guillen applies four-star French cooking technique to the humble foods of his homeland. Spain's colonization of the islands means small plates have always been popular in the Philippines, and the ones at Subo bear much pan-Asian influence. The menu features a lively interplay of sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy flavors and a heavy... More »
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