If you live in Santa Clara, there aren't many choices as far a Filipino food goes. Toppings Tree, the third restaurant of the chain (Toppings in South San Francisco and Toppings Too in Union City) is fairly new to the area. Nestled behind Santa Clara University, Toppings Tree offers sizzling platters of grilled Filipino food. From your standard Silog plattters (meats served with garlic rice and eggs) to traditional dishes like adobo, sinigang and pancit, Toppings Tree offers good food at reasonable prices.
|Toppings Beef Lengua|
|Toppings Shrimp and Scrambled Egg|
If you are new to Filipino food, don't be afraid to ask for recommendations. Like many other ethnic cuisine, you can't just order anything and expect it to go well with each other. Try eating sinigang with pancit luglug or palabok...they just don't go well together. Also, if you are used to eating Filipino food at mom's house, don't expect it to be the same. Open your mind and taste buds and try something different. Too often I hear diners say, "this is not adobo or this is not sisig!" Really? Are you the expert or authority on what Filipino food should taste like? OK, maybe I'll write about my gripes in another post. But for now we'll get back to the food. Toppings Tree also offers specials of the day that are not on the menu like beef lengua and kare-kare. So make sure ask your waiter what's cooking out back. My favorites at any of the Toppings locations has to be the Tapa which you can order as a rice plate or a la cart. I could only imagine eating plate fulls of tapa, sisig, fried calamari and cold bottles of San Miguel somewhere in the beautiful Philippines. Definitely planning a trip back home soon cause it's getting cold here in the Bay Area.
|Toppings Beef Tapa|