Casa Manila is so close to my workplace yet I haven't gone to try it yet.
One of my girlfriends was finally free to meet up so we decided to go here for dinner one night.
First up was the pancit bihon. It is stir fried rice noodles with chicken, shrimp and veggies. Absolutely delicious. I think it was comparable to Max's Restaurant. After this dish, the remaining dishes were just mediocre.
Here was the kare kare which is stewed beef and vegetables drenched in peanut sauce. I hardly found any meat in this dish. It was mostly fat. So unappetizing. Also the sauce tasted like peanuts but still kinda bland to me.
Kristy wanted to try the crispy pata since I was raving about it in my post on Max. It is basically deep fried pork knuckle. I found some pieces were tasty but some were too dry. Without a doubt, it was certainly crunchy.
For dessert, both of us had our eyes on the halo halo. It is a mixture of sweet beans, fruits, leche flan and ice cream all topped on a mountain of shaved ice. It tasted similar to the one I had at Max but the presentation just didn't excite me the way Max did.
Here was the halo halo from Max. Isn't it pretty? Don't you just want to dig in? That's how I felt when I first laid my eyes on it. Either way they both tasted similar but you know how you eat with your eyes first and here my eyes were drooooooling.
Would I return again? I might since it is close to my workplace. The food wasn't completely terrible but between Max and Casa Manila I definitely would choose Max any day.
TOTAL BILL $48...MAY EAT AGAIN?!
879 York Mills Rd.
(west of Don Mills)