Filipino diner Ma’am Sir is one of America’s Best New Restaurants
Ma’am Sir’s lumpia and sisig have editors over at GQ magazine gushing over Filipino cuisine
Apr 24, 2019
Again, we don’t have to be reminded (especially by Caucasians) that our cuisine is basically thebomb.com. But here it is anyway because a little recognition still brings a feel-good feeling in the gut and we need it every now and then.
Filipino restaurant Ma’am Sir in Los Angeles, California—which by the way, was already on our radar as early as last year in part because of its genius name—is included in GQ Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America for 2019.
For their May 2019 issue, GQ correspondent Brett Martin scoured all 50 states to find the “most delicious dining establishments.
“I have been intrigued, but never quite swept away, by Filipino cuisine, as it has become more and more prominent around the country in recent years,” Martin writes. He credits his (albeit late) discovery of lumpia, which he described as “the deep-fried spring roll served here open, like a narrow marrow bone, and topped with a nub of sea urchin,” for his new-found appreciation for Pinoy food.
What else did he have, you ask? Of course, he had sisig, “a sizzling platter of Instagram-defeating browns: pigs’ cheeks, snout, and ears, blended with veal sweetbreads, onion, chile, calamansi, and more, in layer after layer of alternating flavor and texture that I’ve thought of nearly every time I’ve been hungry since.” His words.
Martin praises Kapampangan chef Charles Olalia who’s behind the concept along with Rice Bar in Downtown LA. Olalia opened Ma’am Sir June of last year and has since been attracting patrons—Filipinos and foreigners alike—with their pica-pica style food that’s good enough to share.
Photos courtesy of Ma’am Sir LA
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