Today, my co-worker and I went to Island Filipino Kitchen, one of the few Filipino restaurants in Hilo. Hilo is full of Filipinos, yet there are hardly any Filipino restaurants. What’s up with that? The restaurant is a bit hard to find since it’s on the side of a warehouse, but there are big signs on the street.
Island Filipino Kitchen is a sit down or take out restaurant. During lunch, you can make a plate by choosing from the hot plates. There was a good variety with about fifteen dishes. The lady serving us was very friendly. She told us what all the dishes were. I had a hard time choosing since they all looked so masarap!
My co-worker got a 3 choice plate ($6.50) with Adobo, Squid Salad, and Pansit. I got a 2 choice plate ($5.50) with Dinuguan and Sari Sari.
The Adobo was said to be tasty with lots of flavor. It wasn’t too dry either. The squid salad is a mix of squid, onions, and tomatoes. It was served at room temperature and was said that it would have been better colder and with a little more salt. The pansit was also good.
The dinuguan was good! Most pieces were really yummy but some others were kind of dry. The blood sauce was really good, though. It tasted like the authentic Dinuguan at Filipino type parties.
The sari sari was good too, but they should give more soup. It was mostly squash, pork, and some kind of beans. The beans seemed out of place to me.
Overall, Island Filipino Kitchen was very good and I will probably go back for more in the near future. Hilo needs more Filipino restaurants, though!