Floating Island Restaurant has newly opened its second branch in Ayala Malls The 30th in Pasig City. The name sounds very familiar to me because I had tried their huge siopao before in their first branch in Makati Medical Center which I can’t forget until now. The business started in 1969 and still up until now because with no doubt their dishes continues to bring comfort and happiness to every customer. What I admired about this restaurant they know how to value their people, some of the employees in this branch (Pasig) are the third generations of their employees in Makati. The interior is very homey as if you’re waiting for your home-cooked meals out of your kitchen.
Their menu is composed of straight-forward Filipino dishes a more like of a comfort food to me. We were served with more than 20 dishes during our Zomato Foodie Meet-Up. We had three appetizers: Tokwa’t Baboy (P160.00) an all-time favorite Filipino appetizer. Bite-sized crispy pork and tokwa pieces that comes with soy sauce that gives life to this dish. Floating Island’s Fried Chicken Skin (P150.00) is divine, fried to perfection with the right amount of saltiness. Please warn yourself to eat this dish in moderation haha! The last appetizer was the Gambas (P350.00) I love the garlicky taste of its sauce it was delicious but I think the shrimps were little overcooked.
Tokwa’t Baboy (P160.00)
Fried Chicken Skin (P150.00)
We Filipinos can’t live without rice, do you agree? Floating Island came up with flavored rice that can be eaten on its own. Filipino Fried Rice (P230.00) combination of bangus flakes, salted egg, tomatoes and fried rice. Adobo Rice (P380.00) has sweet and salty adobo taste with slices of meat. Indeed a comfort food which reminds me of my lola’s adobo. Both can serve two to three people.
Filipino Fried Rice (P230.00)
Adobo Rice (P380.00)
For main course you can either have fish, pork, beef or chicken. We had Dagupan Boneless Bangus (P630.00) price was a little high for an ordinary fried bangus but it’s actually huge that’s good for two to four people. Simple, fresh and deep-fried to perfection. Don’t forget the soy sauce plus the chili and I’m sure you can’t get enough of this dish. Another fish was the Pinalutong na Hito (P410.00) crispy deep-fried hito served with slices of green mangoes, onions and tomatoes.
Dagupan Boneless Bangus (P630.00)
Pinalutong na Hito (P410.00)
Next in line were the “putok batok” dishes that we always crave when it comes to Flipino food. I’ve noticed that Floating Island restaurant had mastered the skills in deep-frying. All their deep-fried dishes were crispy and tasty. The Crispy Pata (P690.00) was tender and moist, the meat was in great proportions with the fat. Crackling skin and super moist meat, every morsel of Lechon Kawali (P350.00) is pork heaven. The Kare-Kare (P470.00) was the traditional Kare-Kare that I’m used to, not crispy. It somehow needs more time in the kitchen to make it more tender, the sauce for me has the right taste and texture of course best paired with their home-made bagoong. I’m hooked with the Beef Salpicao (P425.00) it was quite pricey for its serving. Its garlicky sauce is intensely good to mix or pour over your rice.
Crispy Pata (P690.00)
Lechon Kawali (P350.00)
Beef Salpicao (P425.00)
For vegetables dishes we had Gising-gising (P150.00) they used stalks of kangkong instead of green beans. It was actually pretty good especially the creamy coconut sauce but need some kick of chili to literally wake you up. Kilawin Puso ng Saging (P230.00) reminds me of my Lola, she used to cooked this dish for us. So simple yet nutritious. What makes the Pinakbet (P275.00) delicious is the choices of fresh vegetables that’s rarely done and very crisp.
Kilawin Puso ng Saging (P230.00)
Floating Island also serves hefty (good for sharing) snacks any time of the day. They have Lomi (P210.00), a hearty soup that’s perfect for the nippy weather or try the Pansit Maria (P260.00) which is made out of flat noodles (not the usual pansit) loaded with shrimp and veggies. Paired your Lomi or Pansit with an Open face Tuna Melt (P275.00) that has generous filling topped with the goodness of melted cheese. I’m sure you’ll be full after.
Pansit Maria (P260.00)
Open face Tuna Melt (P275.00)
Of course, dessert is a must in every meal. Have a taste of Floating Island desserts such as Coffee Jello (P125.00) soft coffee-flavored gelatin cubes topped with vanilla ice cream and two of my favorite Pinoy sweet treats the Buko Pandan (P120.00) and Halo-Halo Special (P250.00). Both are satisfying but not too sweet which I liked.
Coffee Jello (P125.00)
Buko Pandan (P120.00)
Halo-Halo Special (P250.00)
The next time you have balikbayan families or friends better bring them in Floating Island!
Floating Island Restaurant
2nd Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong Pasig City
Monday to Thursday ; Sunday 11:00AM-9:00PM
Friday to Saturday 11:00AM-10:00PM