E for the eccentric twists in their menu line up. Mid-2008 newly opened F*#%^! Word restaurant (F Word, for short) in Makati houses a fusion of Asian cuisines.
A quick browse through their menu would reveal a lot of inspiration from the traditional Filipino kitchen including Tinapa Ensalada, Hassle Free Gambas, Tamaraw Wings, Black Calamares, and Sizzling Bulalo.
With those names, I think you now have some idea why I described their offerings a little funky; in fact as controversial as the restaurant name F*#%^! Word.
Chef Natch says that “if you are looking for a new taste among the familiar dishes you know,” you are in the right place. Case in point would be the Black Calamares, they are literally black! (not from burnt cooking but because of the squid ink, of course). Nontheless, they also have normal food like varieties of pasta and sandwiches.
Among those mentioned, you have to try the Hassle Free Gambas served as bite-sized shrimp croquetas in Spanish gambas sauce. You won’t be hassled since the spiciness is just right.
I would personally suggest not to order Tamaraw Wings together with Hassle Free Gambas in one sitting. Being both spicy, either one’s taste would suffer. I wasn’t able to appreciate the Tamaraw Wings after enjoying my HF Gambas.
Sago gives Isla De Maji Maji a thumbs up! (First photo) Or simply pinoy Sinigang, the F way. The kasuy-crusted Maji Maji is served with mushrooms in tamarind-coconut milk sauce (sparingly ) and brown rice on the side. Yes you read it right – mushrooms in your Sinigang; hey this is F.
More than the soft meat, I think the secret is in the use of the right amount of tamarind in the sauce. Any Sinigang-lover would definitely dig this one; if only they could be more generous with the sauce (hmm…). =)
Finally, The F Soup
The F Word serves Pakbet, F, Lentil, and Arroz Caldo soups.
Did you notice the odd-one out?
You got it right! So what is the F soup, or what others call Soup #5? This question shall not be answered here, or at least in this article for now. I want to challenge you to try it out! Order first, and delay the inquiry about its ingredients for later.
You will then realize that the ‘F‘ in the F soup can stand for Fear Factor. This should be renamed to “FF Soup.” And let’s see if you have the balls for this. =)
By the way, you can only order this after the clock have stricken 11pm.
The interior is cozy with hanging fans and cylindrical lamps. Lighting can be adjusted by request and the folding doors can be fully opened. An enormous red F mural is pasted on the left wall upon entry and entertaining indoor paintings to your right. The kitchen is no secret with glass walls and the tables are made of heavy authentic wood.
Open from 11am to 2am for six days from Monday, F Word can be found at G/F 109 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. It is two stones’ throw away from Greenbelt 5. Simply follow Legaspi’s elevated walkway from G5 and you won’t get lost, like I did.
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