In what feels like typical SF-style randomness, Pdho ended up selling his sous-vide machine to a would-be chef who hosts pop up dinners around town through Feastly and he invited us to come by to his next dinner. It sounded like a fun idea and given how easy it is go out on a weekday evening and the opportunities for those dwindling as we plan our eventual move out of the city, we decided to check it out.
The dinner took place at the Feastly headquarters which is essentially a loft space in the Mission. I think there were a total of 20 diners that evening and not only was there a Hawaiian-Filipino menu by Eric P. planned for the evening, but we were also being treated to the acoustic sounds of his friend to serenade us throughout dinner.
As we were waiting for everyone to join the dinner, I immediately started chowing down on the Fuikake Chex Mix which was a sweet and savory cereal snack. I really liked the flavor combination but I think the sweet glaze which served as the foundation of the mix ended up clumping the chex mix causing some bites to be softer and stickier than other bites.
The pineapples were extremely sweet and delicious, so much so that I didn’t think they needed the champagne marinade which added a little pop but again didn’t do much for me.
I excitedly eyed the the Spicy Ahi Poke as it made its way around the table. Wild-caught and sashimi-grade ahi tuna was prepared 2 ways, a creamy and non-creamy version. Both being cubed and seasoned with chili, red onions, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, Hawaiian salt and furikake and served with microgreens on rice crackers. It was definitely spicy and one of the highlights of the meal.
The salad was a mix of organic Asian greens, sliced radishes, cherry tomatoes with a pineapple and red wine vinaigrette and topped with balsamic, garlic, and coconut croutons.
This lumpia was tasty and what you would expect from this filipino take on egg rolls. I particularly liked the lightness of the wrapper which was flakier and crispier than usual.
This lumpia did not sound appealing whatsoever, but I have never been so giddily surprised at how absolutely delicious this lumpia turned out to be. The filling was a mix of portabella mushrooms, kale, green onions, sweet potato and garlic, and again, it sounds like my vegetarian nightmare but it tasted so savory and hearty, it was hard to believe there wasn’t a lick of meat in it.
The pork baby back ribs were glazed with a homemade Filipino-style adobo sauce and oven-roasted then sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese and topped with sliced scallions. I particularly enjoyed the side of atchara (pickled papaya and carrots) which added a bit of acidity to balance out the flavor.
The chicken wings were marinated in Mochiko rice flour, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey ginger, garlic, green onions and peppers and served with a side of coconut and ginger steamed jasmine rice. Unfortunately, the chicken was a little bit dry probably because it was oven-baked which definitely made it healthier than if it was deep-fried, but it didn’t have the crispiness I have come to enjoy with chicken wings.
The Hawaiian-style coconut shortbread cookies were dipped in milk chocolate and topped with crushed macadamia nuts and srved with fresh sliced fruits. This was definitely my way of ending a meal where I was just full but needed a nice palate cleanser.
Overall, I think my favorite dish was the Veggie Kale Lumpia which it turns out is just one of a whole selection of different lumpia’s sold online by the The Lumpia Company. I can’t wait for the day when I have a backyard when I can deep-fry food and not have the smell invade my house of days on end. The meal was quite enjoyable and I got to meet a couple of other interesting people at our table. It definitely felt like I was having dinner at a friend’s house, because the meal felt very homey and cooked from the heart. I would recommend it to others as it’s definitely a neat experience and great way to meet others who enjoy eating.
Feastly Dinner with Eric P.
777 Florida St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
PAFO Ratings for Feastly Dinner with Eric P.:
Ambiance 2 stars
Food 3½ stars
Overall rating 3½ stars