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Me Love You Long Time Tomas Morato

I like food, there's no denying that. And I find even more immense pleasure when I stumble upon places that's inspired by, or is in one way or another referencing films. That's why I was thrilled when the next Zomato foodie meet-up I was invited to was in Me Love You Long Time in Tomas Morato.

We were told that the resto was started by a group of people from the UP Cineastes, which was originally meant to be their tambayan that soon progressed into a full-blown restaurant. Naturally, the name of the place was something related to a film, and that film is Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. (Watch that famous 'Me love you long time' scene here.)

Even though the restaurant is named after a movie about the Vietnam war and the interiors scream something reminiscent of the streets of Vietnam (I really loved all the murals on the walls), they offer so much more than the phos. The menu of Me Love You Long Time has a variety of Southeast Asian favorites: from Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean, Indonesian and Filipino dishes with a twist.

What's on the table:
Look at this feast! 
Thai Papaya Salad and Filipino Kilawin with Mango

Fresh Spring Roll(s)
Thai Tom Yum
Cebuano Ngohiong and Beef Rendang
Pad Thai
Bagoong Rice with Pork Belly and Canh Ga Chien Mam
Chicken Satay and Thai Basil Fried Rice with Shrimp
Sticky Rice with Mango
Turon ala mode (Basil ice cream on top!)
Let me just point out how colorful and inviting the presentation of the dishes are! In the recent years, I've developed this craving for Asian dishes (especially Thai ones) so I am so ready to dig in and experience the delectable flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine!

To start, I really enjoyed eating the Fresh Spring Rolls, the taste always remind me of summer. On a normal instance, I'm not big on the greens but this is an exception. It's always a good starter to Thai meals. The vegetables are crisp, the cilantro is a burst of citrus-y, minty in your mouth, which is perfectly complemented by the peanut sauce. Next is the Thai Tom Yum. I liked the balance of the heat and the sourness of this soup. Definitely didn't scrimp on ingredients since there were plenty of shrimp and tofu in it. The coconut milk rounds all the flavors up in one beautiful bowl of goodness. 

My top choices are the Bagoong Rice with Pork Belly and Canh Ga Chien Mam! Actually, I loved the pork belly but not so much on the bagoong rice. I felt like the overall dish tasted salty. But that meat was just super delicious -- tender and extremely flavorful! Now when I paired it with the Thai Basil Fried Rice with Shrimp, it was sort of a light bulb moment. Somehow it worked for me better because the flavors are more harmonious. Not salty sweet plus salty anymore. I liked the combo of the two! The other foodies that night found the Canh Ga Chien Mam (or just Vietnamese spicy chicken wings) too hot to handle, but for me, it was perfect. I really have no idea yet how an authentic one is supposed to taste but I loved it. It was juicy and the skin in crispy and the spiciness was tolerable for me. Give me more! ♥‿♥ 

The Chicken Satay is also another favorite. The meat skewer is grilled, giving it this nice a little burnt on the edges color, accompanied by a peanut sauce. There were satisfying flavors with every bite because of the combination of the taste of the meat and the creaminess and nuttiness of the sauce.

For dessert, as much as the Sticky Rice with Mango was good, I fell head over heels in love with the Turon ala mode because of the addictive Basil ice cream on top. I'm a sweet tooth through and through and that ice cream definitely hit the right spots. It was excellent! I was so ready to take a tub of that perfection home but unfortunately, they haven't packaged the ice cream (yet, hopefully) for take outs.

By the time I got to work after this foodie meet-up, I was raving to my friends the basil ice cream. So yes, I'd definitely, definitely be back for more and that spicy chicken wings! Southeast Asian cuisine's always been about texture and flavors, flavors, flavors, so some of the dishes will still surprise everyone. And I think Me Love You Long Time did a pretty good representation of these Asian dishes. It's like traveling through your taste buds! Plus, everything's reasonably priced!

Me Love You Long Time Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Me Love You Long Time is located at 2F POs Building, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout MadriƱan Street, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Operating Hours: Mondays to Thursday 12:00 NN - 11:00 PM
                               Fridays and Saturdays 12:00 NN - 2:00 AM
                              Closed during Sundays
Contact No.: (02) 246-9069 ext 949 / (02) 372-9072
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