Ghetto Grub: Fariñas Ilocos Empanada Opens a New Branch in BoniMay 16, 2019
- Mia MarciWords
Fariñas Ilocos Empanada is a favorite for many of us. Their branch at White Plains, Quezon City first opened up shop two years ago. Their stall is open till the wee hours, serving up hot and crispy savory pies filled with miki noodles, mung bean sprouts, fried egg, bagnet, and longganisa for dine-in and take-out.
Unfortunately, their location at White Plains is not easily accessible to those taking public transportation. When I learned they were opening another branch closer to my home, along the Boni Circle, Mandaluyong area, I was admittedly very excited.
Surprisingly, the White Plains branch is more ghetto with only plastic picnic tables and monobloc chairs for its guests. The Boni branch has a touch classier with matching wooden chairs and tables for customers to use. The place is clean for an open, no-door space facing a major avenue. There is parking as well, however limited, since it’s near other small establishments. The kitchen is seperated from the front counter, and their cooks wear plastic gloves when they handle food. Since it’s only a few months old, there’s hardly ever a crowd.
Their empanadas are a regular best seller. You can choose anything from an Ordinary empanada, containing an egg, mung bean sprouts, and noodles, for PHP 60 to an Ultimate empanada with everything in it for PHP 99. You can also opt to add cheese for an additional PHP 10. Each empanada is cooked upon order, ready to eat in about five minutes.
I prefer the White Plains-style empanada since it spreads the slight sweet flavor of the longganissa to the very last bite.
I also noticed slight but significant changes to Fariñas Boni’s empanadas as compared to their White Plains branch. The ones served at the latter have their longganisa crushed into the roll before they fold and cook it. However, the longganisas are kept whole in Boni branch’s empanadas, and they’re usually long gone before you’re halfway through with your food. I prefer the White Plains-style empanada since it spreads the slight sweet flavor of the longganissa to the very last bite. It’s a slight disappointment, but the overall experience is still good enough for me to visit the Boni branch again.
I’d advise sticking to their empanada.
There are also rice meals available. Meals start at PHP 69 for two pieces of Ilocos longganisa, half an egg or salted egg, and sliced tomatoes. Their bagnet with rice meals start at around PHP 90, more if you want to have longganisa with it too. I tried their bagnet rice meal as well, but found the bagnet too dry and their portions too small compared to other bagnet places in Manila with similar prices. I’d advise sticking to their empanada.
Other menu offerings include pancit bagnet platters big enough to feed up to ten people, as well as tapa, bagnet, and longganisa by the kilo. For a small fee, they even cook the longganisa and bagnet in their kitchen so you don’t have to. They don’t deliver, but you can order ahead by calling or texting them at 09151423434.
While the staff is friendly, attentive, and efficient, remember that this is not fast food. If you’re planning to buy empanadas in bulk, allow suffecient time for them to be cooked. Their pancit bagnet platters also need at least a day to prepare.
In the end, my gripes aside, I am glad Fariñas Ilocos Empanada is now in my neighborhood. I will definitely be back.