Bad Saint – Worth the Wait?

Bad Saint – Worth the Wait?

I arrived to Bad Saint at 3:45pm for dinner – yes, 3:45pm. And after waiting until its 5:30pm opening, I almost didn’t get a table for the first seating. Following Bon Appetit’s article that named Bad Saint the second Best New Restaurant in America, I am by no means surprised. This is the place to be.

Bad Saint is a cozy, 24-seat restaurant where you can see all the cooking right in front of your eyes. Fresh ingredients, unique recipes, and kick-ass cocktails make for a superb dinner. So was it worth the wait? I will say yes – it was an experience unique to itself, with flavors unique to this city. So of course, I had to try A. LOT.

 

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Phenomenal Menu
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Balisong, a smooth sipper
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The chefs prepare your meal right in front of your eyes
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Kinilaw Na Hipon, shrimp and mango salad
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Tocino (one of my favs), pork with garlic rice
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Ensaladang Palapa, cabbage and papaya salad
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Ginisang Tulya (clams with sausage) with Chinese Donuts for Dipping (obviously, this was my favorite)
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Palabok, seafood and rice noodles (my least favorite)
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Piniritong Isda – isn’t this gorgeous?
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Piniritong Manok, weird looking fried chicken but delicious.
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Coconut water soaked chia seeds, macerated berries, and dragon fruit. Healthy and delicious dessert.

On the whole, I absolutely loved my meal. The standouts were the clams and sausage, shrimp and mango salad, fried chicken, and dessert. I was disappointed by the seafood pasta the most – the flavors did not mix well. If I am being honest, the shrimp and sweet potato fritter (not pictured) was good, but just tasted like good sweet potato fries. Overall, I still highly recommend it. Filipino food is a must try, and no one does it better than Bad Saint.

Bad Saint is open everyday at 5:30pm except Tuesday. They do not accept reservations, so get there early (like, real early). And they do not accept parties greater than four. Now go get in line!

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