Mesa: 43rd Branch Opens in SM Mall of Asia

Mesa opens its 43rd branch in SM Mall of Asia and finally, I get to dine at Mesa for the very first time.  

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Yes, it's quite ironic that with 43 branches, I only have this chance to dine at Mesa.


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So let me share what I've missed all this time.


Food

Appetizer
tawilis with mangga on a spoon
Tawilis with Mangga on a Spoon (155 php)
I've always loved Tawilis.  Although I love it cooked simply in fried form, I couldn't help but appreciate the Tawilis with Mangga on a Spoon.

Salad
shrimp tofu salad
♥ Shrimp Tofu Salad (290 php)
I promise you, once you pop a piece of the Shrimp Tofu Salad, you will feel instantaneous joy from its light, soft and refreshing sensation gives to your mouth.  I honestly wanted to finish all this for myself.  

Meat and Poultry
inihaw sample
Inihaw Sampler (890 php)
A perfect dish to share with companions is the Inihaw Sampler.

Crispchon
crispchon
 One Whole (4,995 php)
We Filipinos love Lechon, and more so for the Crispchon which is a counterpart of the conchinilloWe also appreciate showmanship and this is where Mesa excelled.  Look at the extent of preparation they go through just to please their diners.  It is served in three ways.


crispchon
First, is in wraps just like the peking duck.  The unique twist is that they use pandan crepes.


crispchon
Second, tossed in garlic.


crispchon
Third, tossed in garlic and chili.  I liked this better than plain garlic because the spicy kick blended better with the fats and oil.

River Shrimp (Swahe)
shrimp on the rocks
 On the Rocks (300 php)
A must order at Mesa is the River Shrimps On the Rocks.   Aside from the fun cooking experience, the fresh shrimps really tasted sweeter  with this method.

Seasonal Products
sauteed crab
Sauteed with Olive Oil and Garlic (180 php/100 grams)
Aside from its many selections, Mesa also serves fresh seasonal seafood.

Apahap (Seabass)
salted crusted apahap
 Salt Crusted (110 php/100 grams)
The Salt Crusted Apahap is another exquisite dish to try at Mesa.  In fact, this is the only the second time I've had a salt crusted fish.  I don't think I'll ever get tired of the appreciating the tedious baking process and the serving presentation of this dish.


salted crusted apahap
 Salt Crusted (110 php/100 grams)
After removing the salt crust, the Salt Crusted Apahap is then carefully sliced.


salted crusted apahap
 Salt Crusted (110 php/100 grams)
After that, it is deboned so it's easy to eat like a fillet.

Rice
tinapa rice
Tinapa Rice (180 php)
The Tinapa Rice did not appeal to me anymore since the Tawilis with Mangga on a Spoon already stole the limelight for dried fish dish.

Desserts
crispy leche flan
 Crispy Leche Flan (75 php)
Whenever at home and at the office, everyone would go crazy whenever there is a leche flan.  But, I never was that big of a fan.  Yet, when I tried the Crispy Leche Flan, I couldn't help myself to have more and more of it.  We had to order another one of it  because we all felt the same!

Beverages
mesa drinks

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Mesa certainly offers a one of a kind Filipino dining experience.  Its service and performance to impress diners is unlike any other.  I am not surprised if it comes up with more branches in the future.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Mesa Menu
Ambiance ★★★ N/A
Taste ★★★
Service ★★★
Price ★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Mesa SM Mall of Asia
Business Address Ground Floor, North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 350-800
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 759-2271
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