I seldom enjoy dining in restaurants that serve native dishes because I feel that "whatever they're serving, I am cookin' ". So it came as a bit of a surprise for me that Mesa was able to impress my stubborn palate. Aside from the dishes being really delicious, they were also served in very visually appetizing ways. (Post almost a year delayed, sorry.)
These were the laing versions they have... subtle in their difference but different, nevertheless.
The fried tilapia was quite the scene stealer of the night, as you can see.... really crispy and served with four sauces.
This squid dish, I personally loved.... sauteed perfectly in olive oil, not chewy nor gummy at all.
And who wouldn't enjoy their inihaw sampler that had everything "grillable" in perfect array on a huge platter!
Mesa is definitely a restaurant I would recommend, not just for balikbayans, but for all who love Filipino cuisine. (Did I mention that the price is suprisingly reasonable?!!!)