Inay Filipino Kitchen in San Francisco, California, USA

There's an unassuming Filipino food bar at a food court called Metreon by Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, California, USA. Inay Filipino Kitchen is sure to bring back good memories of a doting mother. One whose way of showing she cares is through her cooking. And that's what Inay is about: Pinoy comfort food.

So after my scheduled interview during one of my visits to San Francisco, I made sure to try some Filipino food in San Francisco. I chanced upon Inay Filipino Kitchen which showed up nearest from my location on search.

Most Filipino restaurants that I know only serve dishes whose origins are from Luzon. To my surprise, the first thing I noticed is bam-i. Bam-i is a noodle dish largely unheard of in Luzon but popular in the Visayas and Mindanao, particularly in Cebu. Their menu also is diversified with dishes from mostly Luzon and a few from the Visayas. They have pork sisig, boneless lechon liempo, bangus belly, pork sinigang, chicken tinola, chicken adobo, pork adobo, and pork menudo.

I ordered their 2-entree combination plate : pancit bam-i, fried bangus belly, and Bicol express. Cost of that is USD 11.95 prior to taxes being applied. For my appetite, I couldn't finish it. The serving is good for at least 2 people with an average appetite. 

Inay Filipino Kitchen in San Francisco California USA
Pancit bam-i, fried bangus belly, and Bicol express combination plate, $11.95

The taste? Bam-i wasn't extraordinary. I've had better. Bicol express is good. Not as spicy as I expected it to be, but just enough to still retain the characteristics of the Bicolano dish. The bangus belly is amazing. Cooked just right, and the right blend of spices. I did not even need vinegar and soy sauce for it.

Check them out: Inay Filipino Kitchen

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Brothers Janus and Thadz document their travels around the United States and occasionally around the world.


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