It’s been a long, harsh and dull winter and we’ve been desperate for something to remind us of tropical vibes and that warm summer feeling and it looks like we’ve found it. Located just a short walk away from St. Clair West station in Toronto is a Filipino restaurant that is sure to feel like home and an island vacation all at once.
LASA by Lamesa is a quaint and casual restaurant and acts as the sister restaurant to Lamesa Filipino Kitchen. It’s perfectly decorated with lush green potted plants, hand-painted artwork, colourful place mats, wooden seats and pastel paint, truly serving up a summery interior along with fresh, homestyle Filipino dishes that are sure to satisfy any palate.
Hearty and wholesome Filipino classics are served with innovative sauces and sides, ensuring to maintain the core foundations of Filipino cuisine while offering a fresh new spin. We most definitely left with full and happy bellies and will be sure to return!
WHAT WE ORDERED
Perfectly seasoned tender sirloin, sitting atop a tangy sauce and topped with crispy red onions. This bistek was full of flavour and had just the right amount of zing from the calamansi juice and just the right amount of oil. The quintessential bistek.
A fresh salad served with creamy avocado and pan-fried tofu and topped with quinoa, crunchy cashews and a tangy vinaigrette. This salad was just the right side for our overall meal and we might just try to recreate it at home!
Filipino Fried Chicken
Crispy, crunchy, moist and tender. This Filipino fried chicken was cooked to perfection. It was not too greasy and heavy and paired perfectly with their sweet and spicy Mango Habanero Hot Sauce or spicy mayo. A surefire hit!
Mango Habanero Hot Sauce
Sweet and fresh mango with a slightly spicy kick that hits you as an afterthought in the back of your throat. Pairs so well with Filipino fried chicken, but we can totally imagine putting this on almost anything. I mean, imagine mango habanero hot sauce on your sandwiches instead of Sriracha…we’re definitely getting ideas.
Fried Garlic Rice
The aroma of this garlic rice was practically intoxicating. Although garlic rice might scare off a lot of people, this garlic rice had just the right amount of garlic flavour (and garlic scent). Nothing too overwhelming. It was the perfect addition to our bistek and filipino fried chicken and of course, in true Filipino style, you gotta eat it with a spoon!
Lechon Kawali (Fried Pork Belly)
Oh, so very crispy and with just the right amount of saltiness. Absolute perfection, especially when dipped in spicy vinegar.