Mesa Filipino Moderne

2/F Atrium, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila

Mesa Filipino Moderne
4.3
4.5 Stars

62 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 30
  • 4 stars 22
  • 3 stars 8
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 1
  • 71 Reviews
  • 141 Recommend
  • 62 Reviewers
Category:
Filipino
Business Hours
Open: 10:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+639175435854

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Price Range

₱135 - ₱480

Most Recent Reviews

Bibien T.
4.0 Stars

My boyfriend wanted Filipino food for our monthsary date, and I begrudgingly obliged since it was his turn to choose. He kept reassuring me that this restaurant had really good food, and that I would like it. I still wasn't convinced when we got seated (I kinda wanted Maisen that day haha).:))

But when our food was served, I started to appreciate the food. Everything looked good!

We started with Sisig in a Pouch (Php. 190) for our appetizer. It's their sisig in a crispy wanton pouch, with their yummy vinegar on the side. I really liked this! The dish was packed with sisig filling that wasn't crispy as I hoped it would be, but the wanton more than made up for the lack of crispiness. This could actually be a meal in itself when paired with rice.

For our main meal, we ordered their Crispy Boneless Tilapia with Four Sauces (Php. 340). It was crispy as stated, but the sauces were very underwhelming. It only included a spicy and plain vinegar (which was already available on our table, a soy sauce-based dip, and a sweet chili sauce. I wish they could've included something more unique, like a tamarind sauce, so we could enjoy the dish more. Nevertheless, this was an okay Filipino dish.

What I enjoyed most was the vegetable dish we ordered, their bestselling Sigarilyas cooked in coconut milk (Php.195). I love anything cooked in gata, but this one really takes the prize (so far ;) ). The gata was perfectly creamy, had the right taste and consistency, and blended well with the vegetable. I would be happy with just this as my ulam plus extra rice if I'm feeling really hungry. :D

The place certainly had a modern Filipino feel to it, think Gerry's or Dencio's, but way classier. The servers were really nice, as well.

So happy I tried Mesa, even though I'm not a fan of eating at Filipino restaurants as much. Will consider bringing my balikbayan friends here when they come back to the Philippines. :)

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

[Disclaimer: Ancient post.]

My friend and I met up one Saturday afternoon to pamper ourselves and to simply pig out afterwards. Yes, you could call this one of those blissful moments where you just spend and spend then regret afterwards when you start getting rid of those receipts fattening your wallet and realize that your wallet is very “anorexic”.

We met around 12:30PM to have lunch together and I suggested Mesa simply because I have never tried dining there before. She was actually interested to try Yabu: The House of Katsu but I had to literally drag her to the other side (corner actually) for selfish reasons.

Mesa was packed with diners but we were lucky to get some good seats. Couch!!!

As Mesa newbies, we were clueless on what to order. I relied on the “must try” sign beside some dishes and ordered those instead. Since we know that we will eat again, we decided to order only a few: Pork Binagoongan (PHP190), Drunken Ostrich (PHP350), Hito Flakes on Spoon (PHP180), and Crispy Leche Flan (PHP65). I also ordered Calamansi Juice to help burn all the calories. (It works! I hope.)

I was on my no rice diet so I just snacked on the tasty dishes.

I was surprised that the pork binagoongan was saucy. I guess I was used to the crispy version where the pork is all fried and crunchy. This one though was quite similar to barbeque only it was a bit saltier. My friend didn’t like it that much as it was too fatty for her taste. It was pretty okay with me though but this was one dish that must be eaten with rice.

The Drunken Ostrich was recommended by the server. I asked if it was being ordered by a lot of people but he said that it wasn’t as most diners find it too exotic. *smile* He just said the magic word.

When the ostrich was served, I was not convinced that it was ostrich as it looked like ordinary beef to me. I was told that ostrich meat was supposed to be tender. Well, this one wasn’t. It was a bit sweet as well and it was odd to me as I was expecting it to be a bit salty. The meat was tough but at least I was able to enjoy the mushrooms. I'm still willing to try the other ostrich dishes though.

The Hito Flakes on Spoon reminded me of Thai food. The catfish flakes were crunchy and the thin slices of green mangoes and bagoong made it even more delectable. I loved that there were different textures and flavors. There was the saltiness of the bagoong and the crispy catfish flakes and the tanginess of the green mangoes. I’d love to order that again!

But the highlight of our lunch was the dessert. I got so excited when I saw the almost faded sticker on the dessert menu. “Crispy Leche Flan”. How can the oh so creamy leche flan be crispy?

I was surprised (again) when the server gave us mini turon. I was disappointed. They should have just named it Leche Flan Turon. It would have managed my expectations. But upon tasting it, my frown turned upside-down to a huge smile. It was really good. The creamy leche flan was stuffed inside the crispy turon. The caramel drizzled on top added sweetness and made me smile even more. It was really good and the best part was that it was just PHP65! I could afford to buy more than 10 serving of it!

I’d definitely go back for more of their appetizers and desserts and will try more of their entrées when I’m done with my no rice diet.

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Lumix A.
5.0 Stars

One word: Consistency. The food items I usually order taste the same. Pictured above is the blue marlin in sizzling plate. Other menu stalwarts (for me) would be the baby squid in olive oil, drunken ostrich, and the very economical Grilled Chicken in Honey Patis at PhP 165. Great place for a no-frills, looking-for-comfort-food dining experience.

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Hosea I.
5.0 Stars

One of the best Filipino food resto!! We had a late celebration of my mom's birthday and we decided to eat here (thanks to the P500 GC given by Santa Claus at Powerplant Mall last Christmas!!).

We ordered Pinakbet with Bangus Belly, Prawns Grilled in Lemon Butter and Buko in a Shell (not included in the photo).

Ang mahal noong Buko 128530128530128530 eh it's just the normal buko we buy at the public market hayyyy pero ininom ko pa rin siyempre kasi masarap and malamig hehehehe

But the rest of the food is JUST. TOO. GOOD. I loved the sour-y taste of the lemon butter and I savored every bite. The Bangus belly was also marinated well. Winner talaga!

Also, we loved the interiors, which are bamboo sticks.

My mom tipped 20 pesos I think?? She was very happy and told the waitress "Ang sarap ng food niyo." That's a first compliment I've ever heard coming from my mom!!! 128514128514128514

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Russel F.
3.0 Stars

So we got the Sisig In A Pouch, Crispy Baby Squid, Pork Binagoongan and Talong salad.

Sisig in a pouch is great as always! The sisig filling were not crispy this time but it's still good for me. Talong salad is okay. I didn't eat eggplants regularly unless cooked as tortang talong, so this one's just okay for me.

Crispy baby squid was served as (deep-fried breaded) calamari style. I was quite expecting that it'd be served differently, but yeaahhh... Well, not bad at all! It's pretty good as appetizer. Pork Binagoongan is hella good! It's a little spicy which makes it more interesting to eat. The only standout dish from our table, IMO.

Not a bad experience, but I guess I might really avoid this place as much as I can.

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Cheska S.
3.0 Stars

After having my passport expiration date extended (you can do this for free, it will be extended for a year, there are no lines for this. DFA satellite office is located at the seventh floor of building C), my officemate brought me here, as this place was her favorite restaurant.

We ordered the crispy boneless tilapia served with 4 sauces. It was served in a big plate with slices of deep fried tilapia. It tasted pretty good. It seems like a big serving good for 3 persons. It costs P340.00

The Laing 2 ways is served in 2 bowls. 1 is laing which seems creamy and the other one is supposed to be dry laing. It tastes pretty average for me. Nothing great.

I liked the baked scallops with garlic butter. It was full of garlic on top and if It was not for the fact that I got dizzy after eating too much of it, ai would have finished the entire plate. It costs P255.

The best dish for my friend and husband was the hito flakes on spoon, seen on the picture above. It consists of hito flakes with some green mangoes, chili and some sauce that is sour, not sure if it is made of lime or vinegar. This costs P195 and the presentation looks really cool!

My friend loves it here but it was just an okay dining experience for me. I am willing to go back to try their other dishes.

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Inna A.
1.0 Stars

Just, no. This is the most horrible Filipino food that I have ever tasted (in a fine dining setting).

And it was situated in SM Aura! To all my foreigner friends, please do not eat here. This is not what Filipino food is all about.

Probably the only thing I liked is the ostrich, and it's not even Filipino food. I mean, is it? We don't constantly have ostriches inside our fridges. I can't get it in my local grocery.

The sisig was disgusting, I only had a spoonful and I couldn't even finish it. I like fatty stuff, but this one was just mostly fat and oil. WTF. The serving and the taste (or tha lack of it) did not justify the price.

And what is this seafood bullshit? This was the most horrible. It's so fishy and I can't even describe the taste, it was a "must try" on their menu, and I can definitely say, do not try this.

I am definitely not coming back to this place and I would certainly not recommend it anyone.

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Moriel S.
5.0 Stars

One of family favorites and every time we dine here the boys always make sure that the boneless crispy pata will be served 128077🏼

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Steffhanie S.
5.0 Stars

For extra delicious Filipino food that are presented really well, Mesa is the place to be!

I will definitely come back for their Binagoongan ni Kaka! The bagoong tasted crazily delicious and the servings of pork were really big and crispy. The tomatoes and onions on the side tasted really fresh, as well as the eggplant! This is really the best Binagoongan I've had outside my home.

We also ordered their Chicken and Pork Pochero. The serving was really huge too. The pork and chicken were many too so it's also for sharing but there's nothing so different about this dish.

2 viands can be shared by almost 4 people because of the enormous servings.

The interiors were nice too. I'll definitely bring my family here!

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Rachelle V.
5.0 Stars

Tottally one of our family favorite resto. Ordered Inihaw sampler, sisig rice, prawn sinigang, Mango shake and claimed their graduation treat. Totally worth it. And over all it taste so good. Especially their sisig rice with inihaw sampler 128076

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Luisa E.
4.0 Stars

A small college reunion at Mesa. First time to dine at a Mesa restaurant. Their sauces can make everything yummy! I love that their laing has a creamy and dry version! Calamares were good too. They should put more meat in the kare kare, sisig was very ordinary but it can be improved by the sauce.

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Myzyl C.
5.0 Stars

5 stars for that really, really good service 128077

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Cai D.
5.0 Stars

Second visit to mesa this month. But this time with my partner. Happy valentines day 128536

Last time winner was sinigang na salmon head. This time it's their binagoongang baboy. Typing this makes me hungry. 128529 SARAP. Yun lang hahahaha! The pork was crispy, the bagoong tasTed sweet and salty. Eggplant and tomatoes made it extra special.

Ofcourse, Laing 2ways will always be on the list. Hmmm for a person which is a fan of karekare. I placed their kare kare on my 3rd spot. So far, nothing beats the karekare of gerrys grill. Ewan ko ba bat sarap na sarap kami sa kare kare nila. Hahahaha

Affordable price, quick service and delicious food. Wala ka na atang hahanapin sa mesa. One of the best filipino restaurants. 128077

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Dee S.
4.0 Stars

The tilapia with four sauces was the best. It's my favorite food in Mesa that not a visit goes by without me buying a serving. I loved their tofu sisig as well :)

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Monique A.
4.0 Stars

Been addicted with the tawilis mango lately And the 2 way Laing is also a nice dish , plus it's a treat by a friend I haven't seen for awhile who moved in to her new flat somewhere nearby.. Didn't call me before until she needed help with the interior & moving in & she treated me for lunch & for her punishment for being not a true enough friend ... I'm getting her to agree to lunches for the week ... lol ... Catching up & happy tummy times!!!...

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Bernie M.
5.0 Stars

Boneless Crispy Pata is the best! Service was fast though we had to queue for a table.

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Kayelyn L.
5.0 Stars

Mesa is the best! Thank God I have tried their dishes already! We ordered Sisig Rice (I think haha), Pochero and Prawns in butter sauce. These good for 2-3 persons dishes are to die for! The meat of their prawns are really well-cooked. Their pochero has that distinct taste. I think it's because they did not use banana in it. But, it is really good! Sauce pa lang, ulam na! 128523128523128523

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Glenzy C.
4.0 Stars

One of the resto that serves authentic filipino cuisine with a twist. We simply love their ox tail kare-kare and their one-of-a-kind Laing two-ways. I guess the downside is the serving is quite small for sharing. Nevertheless, food is great and the ambiance is wonderful! Now, I know why MESA awarded as one of the best restaurant in three consecutive years.128521128523128077128077128077

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Dennis C.
3.0 Stars

Not that great

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Nemie N.
3.0 Stars

It was our first time to dine here. We really like eating filipino as our comfort food so we dine here instead.

The entrance (with the bamboo props) gives you a peaceful feeling but as soon as we enter the dining place, everything was just noisy. Not the tolerable noisy but the kind of noise that is annoying (like the sound of spoon and fork being stacked repeatedly).

Our order was the beef kare-kare and the drunked ostrich (I hope I spelled it correctly).

The food was an okay for my entire family. They said we should have eaten at Barrio Fiesta instead but worth the experience.

The price is also 128076.

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