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Papaya Grill: Filipino Restaurant in Brentwood

I came across another Filipino Restaurant in Northern California. The name: Papaya Grill. It is located at a sprawling commercial complex in the city of Brentwood. I came here after I was invited for a job interview at nearby Oakley.




Breakfast 

I came for brunch. It was basically high noon and lunchtime but I haven't eaten breakfast yet that day. Besides I was craving for the typical Filipino breakfast fare. It was a Wednesday. A lucky day for me perhaps because breakfast meals drop $2 off their prices on Wednesdays. From the typical $8.50 price, it went down to $6.50. I had longsilog.

Longsilog at Papaya Grill
Longsilog



This is what I loved the most during my visit. Although the longganiza was not as delicious as the ones I have from the Philippines, the serving sizes were large. And hey, it tastes good. Just different. I did wish they put a little more salt on the scrambled eggs.

Daily Specials 

Depending on the day of the week, Papaya Grill serves daily specials that you do not see on their menu. On the day I walked in, their specials for the day were sizzling gambas and pork sinigang. I ordered pork sinigang. Unfortunately, they ran out of it. In fact, they had no soup dish available for the day. Funny how that happens and they still listed the item on the board as a special for the day.

Lechon Dishes

Papaya Grill sure knows Filipinos love lechon. Their menu is dominated with lots of lechon dishes. I ordered lechon kawali and lechon kare-kare.

Lechon kawali at Papaya Grill
Lechon kawali


The lechon kawali had the right crunch to it. Portion size is good for 2-3 persons. There's a need for them to perfect this dish though. I still sensed that pungent odor on the pork dish. This is decently priced at $12.50.

Lechon kare kare at Papaya Grill
Lechon kare-kare



The lechon kare-kare was the usual Filipino curry dish with its delicious peanut sauce, array of vegetables, and a side of bagoong alamang or shrimp paste. Only it had lechon kawali as meat accompaniment instead of the traditional ox tripe or oxtail. On a personal note, I'd prefer to order this instead of the lechon kawali. You get lechon kawali in this dish anyway. And probably because of more spices, I didn't sense a hint of the pungent odor I had with the lechon kawali. Cost is $14.95 for one order which feeds 2-3 people.
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Brothers Janus and Thadz document their travels around the United States and occasionally around the world.

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