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Balut at Maharlika - anyone dare try it?


We liked everything on the menu but you have to try the SIZZLING SISIG (pig ears, snout, cheek, & belly cooked 3 ways w/ garlic, bird's eye chili's, red onions, & lime). It's my all-time favorite Filipino dish and their take of it was a HOME RUN!!! I seriously could eat that all day, especially with the garlic fried rice.

We also ordered the "FILIPINO PRIDE CHICKEN AND UBE WAFFLE"--which is their play on Chicken and Waffles (batterless fried chicken on top of purple yam waffle w/ anchovy-bangoong compound butter & caramelized macapuno syrup). It's a BRILLIANT CONCEPT and VERY WELL EXECUTED--It was BOMB.

Also awesome was the PUQUI PUQUI--grilled, pureed asian eggplant w/ red onion, tomato, & egg. Never even heard of that before (may be a regional dish?) but it DELICIOUS.

Filipino food is really awesome but it usually lacks appeal to non-Filipinos primarily because it is not marketed and presented well. But after dining at Maharlika, I'm blown away that they have ELEVATED FILIPINO FOOD to a new level--creative, contemporary, yet very comforting. It was awesome to see a diverse crowd trying Filipino food and learning their "Filipino Word of the Day."

And yes--Filipinos eat a lot of pork and meat that tend to be fatty so take you're negativity somewhere else if you even have the slightest phobia to fats and cholesterol.

Anyways, Maharlika has made us proud! Please open a location in LA. I'm sure it'll be a hit!!! If not, we'll be sure to stop by on our next trip to the City."  --- Tim G., Yelp

My mother's side of the family are from the Philippines so I grew up eating some of this food.  It will be a unique and enjoyable experience.  -Dalton


A balut or balot is a developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell.  It is commonly sold as street food in the Philippines.  They are common food in countries in Southeast Asia such as Laos (khai look ໄຂ່ລູກ in Lao), Cambodia (pong tia koon ពងទាកូន in Cambodian) and Vietnam (trứng vịt lộn or hột vịt lộn in Vietnamese).  They are often served with beerThe Filipino and Malay word balut (balot) means "wrapped."

Balut, hope this doesn't scare anyone.  It is really pretty good.

They have other delicious dishes too....

   Sizzling Sisig With Eggs - one of the national dishes

                   Chicken Adobo - another staple dish

       Lamb Adobo - a lot of meats go great with adobo

     Lechon Kawali - how can we forget the famous pig

Also known for their unique ice creams - like taro flavor

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  • Matt

    You can take us both off of the list. 6 PM is too early. Sorry. I was really looking forward to trying balute too. I guess you are down to 3.

    February 20, 2014

    • Matt

      I just changed it! I was hoping you could push it back to 6:30 or 6:45. That is the earliest we can make it.

      February 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Matt, Yes, sorry. I tried to get a later reservation but they are packed Friday nights. I figure most good restaurants are packed. The hard thing to coordinate is that I can't make the reservations too far in advance because people change RSVPs last minute. Anyway, thanks hope to see you next time. I will make sure to find an interesting place. -Dalton

      February 21, 2014

  • Matt

    Ouch. I can be there, but there is no way my wife can be there at 6 PM - not even 6:15. We may have to bow out.

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All,

    Just made the reservation. Sorry, Friday's are busy so had to make it earlier at 6:00. Also, they only seat complete parties so all 5 of us need to be there and they will only hold the table for 15 minutes.

    In other words, please all show up on time. Thanks and looking forward to this dinner.


    February 20, 2014

  • Jorge

    Too bad, I can not make it on that day.

    February 18, 2014

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