For dining adventure, my Greek boss invited me to have dinner at Rekados last Monday. This was my second time here (didn't tell my boss about that) and we had a wonderful dining experience. My fussy boss truly liked the place, adored the elegant open space design, and loved the sweet orangy smell coming from somewhere. She noticed that the small tables worked to the diners' advantage because of the intimate tete-a-tete it can bring. One thing we've noticed that night, majority of the diners there were non-Filipinos and that includes us. Rekados was able to capture the good market where no other Filipino restaurants ever did. The servers were respectful and willing to help anytime to the point the petite waitress almost drowned us with water refills. The cheerful manager with his wit and humor helped us to pick the best food with the right quantity. We had so much exciting food discoveries that night and we ended our dinner with lots of fun and satisfaction.
Our picks: Baked Mussles ( with fresh tomato salsa and butter), Grilled Giant Tiger Prawn (huge, tender prawns on a bed of chopped tomatoes and scallions), Barbecue Manila (pork and or chicken skewers marinated on a sweet soya sauce with calamansi), Golden Siomai (pork dumplings with masago and sexy soya), and Rekados signature dessert, Warm Toffee cake with Mini-Turon, (oven-fresh toffee pudding topped with vanilla ice cream, tiny banana-jackfruit fritter, and sprinkled with caramel sauce). Hardy's Shiraz complemented our dinner round and sweet.
Rekados, for its food quality, friendly service, and ambience should be transplanted in the Downtown area where it is needed. Not so many ethnic Southeast asian restaurants in downtown offer the same awesome features and amenities as Rekados. Definitely, Rekados will be a strong contender for this year's best new Asian restaurant in Vancouver.