New Filipino Fusion Restaurant in Northeast Fresno Offers a Delicious and Unique Menu
One of the very best things about living in Fresno, is having access to some of the most amazing food from a wide variety of different cultural origins. My husband and I love trying new restaurants and foods, so when Bethany Clough of the Fresno Bee wrote about a new Filipino Fusion restaurant opening in town, I knew we’d have to go.
Boba Silog opened just this month on the southeast corner of Champlain and Perrin in northeast Fresno. The restaurant’s name is a combination of Boba, an iced tea style featuring soft tapioca balls added to a variety of milk and fruit tea mixtures, and Silog, a word that is combination of the Filipino words for fried rice (sinangag) and eggs (itlog).
The restaurant is on the smaller side, offering seating for 6-7 small groups indoors and another 4 groups outdoors (with heat lamps) and when my husband and I arrived on a Friday evening, every seat was taken and the place was hopping. A steady stream of customers entered and joined the line to order throughout the hour we were there. The atmosphere is casual and modern featuring wood tones, clean lines, and potted succulents. Orders are placed at the register and food is brought to you at your table.
The menu is an eclectic mix of Boba teas (milk teas, fruit and slushes), waffles, silog plates featuring a variety of meat main dishes, adobo chicken tacos, flavored french fries and lumpia.
My husband and I had enjoyed homemade lumpia (Filipino style egg rolls) prepared by an amazing family friend in the past, and we both were really excited to order a Lumpia Silog plate at Boba Silog. We wanted to try a few different menu items so we also ordered the barbecue fries and an ube waffle to split. Neither of us had heard of ube before, so we Googled it and learned it was a vibrant purple sweet yam with a mellow, sweet flavor. (We’d also wanted to order Adobo Tacos, but sadly, they’d run out for the night.)
As it turned out, all three of our menu selections were good ones. The lumpia were piping hot, crisp and served with a tasty but not cloyingly sweet sweet-chili sauce. The fried rice was flavorful and loaded with sautéed garlic, and it mixed well with the egg and pico/salsa that it was served with. The barbecue fries were hot, crisped and tossed in a savory and slightly sweet mix of spices that didn’t give a distinct barbecue sauce type taste, but was excellent nonetheless. My favorite item that we tried however, was the Ube Waffle. The waffle was served crisp and topped with a sweetened ube puree atop of bed of something that was syrupy sweet and made of white ribbons. As everyone working in the restaurant was busy helping the line of guests flooding in, I quickly snapped a pic and message a friend who happens to have recently traveled to the Philippines to inquire as to what it was – I learned that is was macapuno – sweetened preserves of young coconut. Yum!
After reading through the comments on both Yelp and Facebook, it seems that Boba Silog may still be fine-tuning its systems ad food ordering, as many customers report the restaurant running out of menu items they were hoping to order. I’m sure with a bit more time, Boba
If you go, let me know how you enjoyed it! Are there any other must hit restaraunts I should know about? Leave me the details in the comments.
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