Forget about your typical Filipino pork and peas, and dinardaraan.
Bistro Manila is a new sit-down restaurant on the corner of the Hana Highway and Wakea Avenue near Singer Sewing in Kahului, and it offers select cuisine and a clean and fresh look.
Marinated pork is skewered, barbecued and served with banana ketchup. For the pancit Guisado, fresh noodles are loaded with pork, chicken and veggies. The kare kare is braised oxtail in creamy peanut sauce instead of a soup base.
Chef Aristotle Aurelio also cooks at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui in Wailea and is a graduate of the Maui Culinary Academy.
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Vintage pictures of Manila adorn the walls and take you right into the heart of the Philippines. Serving platters are elegant, the service is welcoming, and the food is authentic.
"Our idea is to have a sit-down place where we can introduce you to how food is served when you go to the Philippines," says Manager Cecil Piros, whose son, Ryan Piros, is the owner. "Some of you may know him as assistant director of communications for Mayor Arakawa's administration."
"It's high-end Filipino food with a fusion of a little American fare. Our grand opening was April 2, and we offer a mixture of Tagalog and Ilocano foods that people love," says Cecil.
Sizzling pork sisig is topped with a farm-fresh egg. Bistro Manila salad is drizzled with lilikoi and exotic jackfruit dressing. Adobo is a mixture of pork, tofu and watercress. Even the halo halo is minus the corn and beans and features fresh fruits such as banana, cantaloupe and young coconut. Hours are Monday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For more details, call Bistro Manila at 871-6934.