For Aileen’s reunion get-together this past weekend, a group of us met up at Platito Filipino Soul Food for dinner. Reservations were set at 7:30 p.m. for 15 people (despite some difficulty booking one table for everyone to sit together by Patricia but it worked out in the end) but we didn’t start ordering food until 8:30 p.m. or so (you know how it is with big groups).
Platito Filipino Soul Food is located on 35 Baldwin Street in Toronto and is one of the newest Filipino restaurants in town. One of their most well-known dishes is the ube (purple-coloured yam) waffles with fried chicken (or you can also order it as a dessert with ube ice cream). It has been widely circulated on Instagram and naturally, I wanted to check it out for myself too. I was so happy when I found out that we would be having dinner here! 🙂
On Saturdays and Sundays, they have an all-day brunch menu that we ordered out of. We placed our orders with the server who took down everything on her notepad since there were so many of us. We were sitting on the second level and it was quite hot in there. There were two fans in the room to move the air around.
I was really excited to try the infamous ube waffles and fried chicken combo but to our dismay, we were informed that their fried chicken was sold out already. Huge sad face!!! Thus, we ordered another dish to replace the fried chicken and waffle dish. In my opinion, if a dish of theirs is so sought over, perhaps the kitchen should consider making more of it so that customers who arrive later during the night can still enjoy them? But then again, I also understand about it being a first-come-first serve thing if it is so popular. I was disappointed in any case.
It actually took a long time for our food to arrive — about half an hour. When it did arrive, everyone was excited to start munching down on the food since it was getting late and we were all hungry.
There was also a little confusion about whose dish was whose because it wasn’t our server who delivered our dishes; it was a food runner instead. Thus, he didn’t know whose dish was whose. I found this a little irksome and unprofessional. The server had done such a great job organizing who ordered which dish(es) and who was sharing which dish. This was all done for naught as it was the food runner who delivered our food to us in the end –so what was the point of the server writing down all the details in the beginning? — Perhaps just for clarity when we paid our bills? But the service of the food is important too…. More on this later…
For foodies who like to take photos of their food before they eat, they may find that the lighting is a little bit of a problem here. It was very dim inside so I had to ask my friend who gladly provided his cell phone as a light to illuminate my photos. XD This definitely helped improve my photos a bit.
We shared the Lechon Kawali which was fried pork belly with pickled papaya. These pieces of pork belly were huge and it was sprinkled with the pickled papaya. I really liked the way the pork belly was fried to a crisp and were fairly reasonably tender. They were really huge pieces, so try to share this appetizer if you can.
I tried a bit of Brix’s Pares Hilton dish which was stewed beef, garlic fried rice, and two fried eggs. It was okay. The beef was a little rough and dry. The garlic fried rice was really good, however.
The Tosilog that Tracy and I shared also contained garlic fried rice and two fried eggs except it also had sweet pork. The sweet pork was fairly unique and everything else was the same. To be honest, there was nothing really spectacular about either dish.
Moving on, we also ordered the Tortang Talong to share. It was an eggplant omelette with garlic fried rice and salsa. (Garlic fried rice overload!!) I found that the eggplant tasted quite “smoky” and I wasn’t sure if that was how it was supposed to taste like. The omelette was flat and dry. The salsa provided some juice and texture to the garlic fried rice. A lot of the items on the dishes were dry…
Finally, at the end of the night, Marvin ordered the Waffle and Ice Cream Macapuno (macapuno is Kopyor coconut) for dessert. I took a couple of bites from him and really enjoyed this! The ube (yam) waffles were extremely soft and mushy. They mixed very well with the ube ice cream! Yum! I can see why their ube waffles are such a hit now. If only they had their infamous fried chicken and waffles dish in stock that night. 😦
Nevertheless, I’m glad that I kind of got to try the ube waffles anyway. I really don’t want to return again just to try the full fried chicken and waffles dish (as I don’t think it will be entirely worth the visit and I’d just be returning for that dish) but if I find myself in the area again looking for food or some friends organize a meal here, then I will then try that dish finally.
As for the problem with the food delivery, some of us were not happy with the way that the dishes were delivered to us. As I said, there was some confusion as to whose dish was whose. The food runner didn’t keep track of this and when he brought over 3 dishes of Tapsilog, he simply asked the entire table who ordered that and wanted us to indicate to him by raising our hands. Like I said, what was the point of the server writing down our orders meticulously if we were going to be served like that?
(My friend wasn’t very content that he put all of the appetizers in the middle of the table when he served them. She had wanted to order one appetizer to eat as part of her personal main course but when all the appetizers were put onto the middle of the table, her order request was clearly ignored [and it’s awkward to grab for the appetizer sometimes if it’s all the way in the middle of the table — other people might have thought it was a shareable instead].)
The second problem was that some people ordered the Tapsilog (beef) dish but they got the Tosilog (pork) instead. Even when my friend inquired the server about if the dish was pork or beef, the server insisted that it was pork. However, when we compared dishes and she tasted the two dishes that were on the table, she definitely could tell that her supposed “beef” dish was pork instead. -_-
Good thing my friend wasn’t allergic or didn’t have religious dietary requirements, otherwise it would have been a huge problem being told that her dish was pork instead of beef. I actually have a huge problem with this. This is very improper service etiquette. I am very aware of people with allergies, special dietary requests, and so on. Not everyone can eat beef. Not everyone can eat pork. And so on. There could be serious implications for the person if they were given the wrong dish and told that it was beef/not beef/pork/not pork. I really think Platito needs to ensure that their dishes go to the correct person instead of giving a wrong answer whether it was a genuine mistake or not.
Anyway, “rant” over. Thanks for reading my review! 🙂
(Tip for people who want to take photos of their food when eating at Platito [food bloggers/instagrammers], it’s best to get a table on the patio so you can get natural lighting!)