There’s layers to this Filipino food shit. Level one: the Holy Trinity of Big Filipino Party food: adobo, pancit, lumpia. Level two: Filipino restaurant food. Level three: home cooking. And level four: Pulutan.
From the tagalog word meaning “to pick up,” pulutan is food eaten while drinking with your homies. Auntie and uncle kicking it hard when the kids aren’t around type food. Like Spanish tapas, but with more soul and less toothpicks and bourgieness.
The pulutan du jour, sizzling sisig, anchors this month’s menu (pork $8, bangus $7, tofu $6). Also featured: fried goodness with kamote fries $4 and bagnet $6 (crispy pork belly), two chicken items: pulled adobo chicken sliders $3 and inasal chicken wings $6, and mom’s & pop’s pinapaitan $4 (beef bile soup). For our dessert menu, we’re bringing back Chera’s hood-famous ube cheesecake $6 and pandan flan $5 from our previous menus, and adding a new dish: nutella turon & ice cream $6.
Also, this month my fellow Rapping Filipino Uncle, Bambu, will be joining us in the kitchen. This month marks the release of our new album Barkada under the group name The Bar—a name we chose while eating and drinking at a bar in Hawai’i. So come celebrate with us and get some bar food from The Bar, and be the first to watch our new music video “Barkada,” screening exclusively at Pulutan before launching online the next day.
The pop-up opens its doors at 6pm on Monday, and there is open seating with no reservations. First-come, first-served from our a la carte menu. Have one or two pulutan dishes or share them all with friends over some San Miguel.