The mere mention of “fine dining restaurant” makes my cheap-o-meter fizzle. Such was my impression of Ombu, initially.
Maybe except for the Sardine in Olive Oil Penne and Sisig Pizza (which both fell a bit flat for me. The dough could use a little more time in the oven, too.), I loved everything on the table that night — the Lechon Sinigang, above all.
The meat was tender, and I like how they were able to marry two polar dishes – one oily and grilled, the other soupy – and recreated it into something that hits home. While a few ones in the group lamented that it lacked that “kilig-asim” sinigang taste, if you like your sinigang not too sour (which I prefer), then this baby won’t leave you sourgraping. #CornyPun
But even then, I would count Ombu in om my list of fine dining facilities to return to. The food, for its quality and huge portions, is surprisingly affordable (ranging from P120-P510 for the mains; good for sharing), and the space, a pleasant nook to cozy up with friends or family while enjoying real food. It’s that kind of restaurant that glitters and crushes your first impressions of places that do.