Fishtown’s Sarvida offers the best of Filipino dishes in Philadelphia

Fishtown's Sarvida Philadelphia
Pinoy favorites served on rainy day brunch at Sarvida. Credits to Sarvida Philly.

Philadelphia’s Sarvida has been named among the Best of Philly that offers Filipino food.

The Best of Philly 2019 list released by Philly Magazine named Sarvida as the Best New BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) in its Food and Drink list.

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Philly Mag recommended Sarvida for its food offerings: “Chicharron with crumbled kesong puti cheese goes best with a cold lager. Pancit is perfect with a crisp white, and the Lechon pork belly pairs nicely with a fruity red.”

“Good thing you can bring all three to this homey BYO in Fishtown, a spot that helped birth Philly’s Filipino food boom,” added Philly Mag in the list published in July.

Sarvida’s version of the favorite Filipino shaved ice dessert Halo-Halo was described as 5 Layers of Perfection. Credits to Sarvida Philly via Emma Fishman on Bon Appetit

Sarvida’s version of the favorite Filipino shaved ice dessert favored by Anthony Bourdain, Halo-Halo, was also recently featured by Bon Appetit Magazine as “5 Layers of Perfection” and described it: “The cup of multi-layered goodness delivers an entire dessert menu worth of textures and flavors: custardy, chewy, icy, milky, creamy, and starchy-sweet.”

Bon Appetit praised Sarvida’s Halo-Halo topped by Ube, with a combination of sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk poured onto the shaved ice, leche flan baked right into the cup for a crème brûlée-creaminess, and a mix of sugar-macerated jackfruit and adzuki beans poached in brown sugar, star anise, and cardamom. The only store-bought ingredients are coconut jelly and palm nuts.

Sarvida, which opened in 2018, is Chef Lou Boquila’s newest Filipino restaurant in Philadelphia after opening Perla in 2016 in East Passyunk. The Philippines-born chef draws on his Filipino background for inspiration in the kitchen.

Sarvida is located at 300 East Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

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