Bistro 1521 gives Filipino visitors a taste of home, community

Lenn Almadin-Thornhill, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at May 26 2019 12:02 PM

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ARLINGTON, Virginia - A Filipino restaurant in Virginia serves Filipino favorites that give patrons a taste of home, while giving space for local artists to showcase their work.

The restaurant, named after the year that Ferdinand Magellan claimed the Philippines for the King of Spain, is "essentially an extension of Filipino culture," said Bistro 1521 co-owner Arnedo Valera.

“We try as much as possible to present the bold combination of the authenticity of Filipino food -- the sweetness, sour. You can see that in the presentation of our food,” he said

Valera and co-owner Manny Tagle said Bistro 1521 was not competing with more popular and trendy Filipino restaurants in nearby Washington DC.

“There is a demand for bigger space. So that’s why when we got this space, the thinking is not only for the Filipinos but for everyone. For office, parties, we can accommodate them,” said Tagle.

Bistro 1521, with two full bars, also offers special drinks.

Tagle and another co-owner had a similar spot in Crystal City which closed in 2017. Tagle hopes this Virginia location, which opened last year, would soon become everyone’s family eatery.

This year, Bistro 1521 joined the New York Filipino Restaurant Week hoping to spread the word about the restaurant.