Pinoy restaurant in NY makes it to Michelin Guide
MANILA – A Filipino restaurant in New York has been recognized by the Michelin Guide for providing high-quality dishes at reasonable prices.
Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan’s Purple Yam restaurant has been chosen by the Michelin Guide as a “Bib Gourmand,” which denotes excellent and budget-friendly cuisine. A Bib Gourmand restaurant should be able to offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert at $40 or less.
Purple Yam joins 138 dining spots in New York City in the Michelin Guide’s newest Bib Gourmand list. They are not awarded Michelin stars, which are seen as one of the highest honors in the restaurant industry.
Formerly called Cendrillon,Purple Yam serves Filipino dishes such as ukoy (vegetable and shrimp fritter), tocino (sweet cured meat), tapsilog (air dried beef with garlic fried rice and egg), ox tail kare-kare (braised in peanut sauce and vegetables and served with fermented shrimp paste), and different types of spring rolls.
For dessert, the restaurant serves leche flan (milk custard in caramel sauce), halo-halo (a Filipino iced dessert), buko pie and champorado (sweet rice in chocolate and cream), among others.
A New York Times review in 2009 has dubbed Purple Yam as “a perfect neighborhood restaurant,” with its “sort of offerings that inspire craving.”