After a long anticipation, Philly warmly welcomed Perla to the East Passyunk area. This new restaurant offers a modern version of Filipino food. Chef Lou Boquila, the owner and chef of Perla, puts a twist on this version of Filipino cuisine with a little bit of French influence. Prior to opening Perla, Chef Lou Boquila was the executive chef at Audrey Claire. He also did a series of pop-ups, Pelago, that were very successful. Before the official opening to the public, I was able to attend a friends and family event at Perla. Since I’m half Filipino, this was something that I’ve been patiently waiting for. Philly desperately needed a new Filipino restaurant.
I started the evening off with a good bottle of San Miguel. If you ever attend a great Filipino party or barbecue, you’ll definitely spot a few of these being passed around. A beautiful traditional spread on banana leaves was prepared for the event. There was chicken, fish, lechon, pinakbet, garlic fried rice, pandesal (this is made in house by Chef Lou Boquila), even the condiments were made in house. I enjoyed about 2-3 plates. My favorite was the lechon. The skin was crispy and the pork was very tender. I honestly can eat a whole plate of lechon, that’s how much I enjoy it!
An evening filled with Filipino food is my kind of night. Especially when it’s all made by a great chef. I’m accustomed to eating these dishes. I actually grew up eating them. When you eat something that makes you feel like home, there’s nothing like it. I was pleased with the early viewing that Perla offered. I’ll have to make it an obligation to dine there again so I can get the full Lou Boquila modern experience. Until then, welcome to Philly Perla! I wish you much success and thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of this friends and family preview!
For more information about Perla, please visit www.perlaphilly.com