Eggs Imelda, Pacquiao Punch in new Pinoy resto

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 04 2011 01:40 PM | Updated as of Feb 04 2011 09:40 PM

NEW YORK – A new restaurant serving Filipino brunch on weekends is among the many pop-up restaurants that have sprouted all over Manhattan in the last two weeks.

Maharlika restaurant is creating a buzz in New York’s East Village. It’s open only on weekends, when people will most likely come.

Maharlika opened two weeks ago, but foodies and online critics are already raving over and craving for their sizzling Sisig, Eggs Imelda and Eggs Benigno – their modern Filipino take on Eggs Benedict– instead of ham, they use a Pinoy favorite, Spam.  The “Silog’s” – Tosilog and Longsilogs are also among the brunch favorites.

Aside from the brunch favorite drinks like Kalamansi Mimosa and Bloody Clara, Maharlika co-owner and drink mixologist Enzo Lim created “Pacquiao’s Punch,” a salabat drink that is sure to give your brunch a kick.

Creator and co-owner Nicole Ponseca said it's open only on very specific times as a result of the recession. She said it’s easier because one can get started without having to take out millions in bank loans.

With the initial success of Maharlika, Ponseca hopes to one day put up a permanent brick and mortar version of Maharlika, the pop-up, and bring Filipino food back to New York City.

Table reservations can be made by logging on to their website at 

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