There has been a growing trend of Filipino food in Toronto since early to middle of 2016. I’ve never been exposed much to Filipino food, except when my Filipino friend, Jimaica from university would bring fresh Pandesal, these bread rolls that are slightly salty and sweet. Those rolls were one of the best bread rolls I’ve ever had.
My brother and I went to try Platito Filipino Soul Food, a small spot on Baldwin Street that had a bit of a hype on social media when it was newly opened. Kind of late to the party, but better late than never.
We made reservations, which I may recommend doing since the dining area upstairs can fit maybe 20 people or so. The downstairs portion was take-out with some bar height seating.
Lechon Kawali ($8) – crispy pork belly, pickled papaya and red onions.
The Lechon Kawali was not as good as we hoped it would be. The it was salty, dry and the skin was stick-to-your-teeth chewy. The acidity from the pickled papaya and red onions helps cut the saltiness down. Too bad it didn’t help with the texture.
Bok Bok Chicken & Ube Waffles ($16) – sous vide fried Chicken and purple yam waffles.
My brother got the chicken and waffles that everyone seemed to hype about. The chicken itself was tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. With the waffle being made of ube, the sweet purple yam, we expected the taste of ube but it was not much.
Grilled Pusit ($16) – sous vide grilled squid and roasted tomato salad.
Steamed rice for $2.50.
I usually don’t get rice, especially if I had to pay extra but I felt it was needed for this. On it’s own, it’s just squid in sauce. The rice helps mop of the sweet sauce. The squid was cooked nicely; not rubbery at all. The beauty of sous vide…
Overall, Platito was alright. Price-wise, it’s a little expensive for the amount of food you’re getting. Also, we weren’t wowed by the food. The hype wasn’t there and we felt it wasn’t worth trying again.
Platito Filipino Soul Food
35 Baldwin St.