This photo is probably one of things that makes Platito stand out – who can scroll past purple chicken and waffles and not be intrigued? Once I saw this photo, my friends and I made many attempts to eat here but the timing wasn’t right. Several months later, we found ourselves walking to Platito on a rainy Sunday morning… only to find it closed. Online, and even the sign on the door indicated that they should be open at that time, so needless to say, we were rather disappointed.
A few weeks later, we made another attempt and called ahead to reserve a spot to make sure they would be open.
And they were!
Platito Filipino Soul Food
Location:35 Baldwin St
Hours: Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am to 3:30pm, 5pm to 9:30pm
Sunday: 11am to 3:30pm
Atmosphere: Wooden loft
Service: Varied; friendly or passive-aggressive
We decided to order three different dishes and share them all; of course we had to get the Bok Bok Chicken & Ube Waffle, and also decided on the Longsilog and the Tapsilog.
The Bok Bok Chicken & Ube Waffle was every bit as beautiful as the photos. I did enjoy the chicken but the waffle was definitely a bit too soft for my liking. They worked well together, but the overall consensus was that a full plate of this would be entirely too much for one of us to finish alone.
The Longsilog was what I was most excited for, and it did not disappoint. As a sweet and savoury fan, the flavours hit all the right notes and paired well with the pickled veggies. A little more of a fatty element would have improved the texture of the sausage, but I didn’t mind as the rest of the dish helped with the balance.
The Tapsilog was well seasoned but admittedly a little dry. On both the breakfast plates, the garlic fried rice was a huge hit at our table. The salad also served as a lighter element to the taste-heavy dishes.
Although we were originally enticed by the Chicken & Ube Waffle, we ended up enjoying the other two dishes even more. My advice to those coming here with purple waffle eyes would be to make sure to try another dish as well, as their take on traditional Filipino breakfast was definitely the highlight.
Food is food; but part of the experience of eating out is the service, which honestly left a lot to be desired. Do come prepared to wait, as their kitchen was very slow and orders took quite awhile to arrive.
I really do appreciate when servers try make meaningful conversation or make an effort to be friendly and attentive. Otherwise, I honestly don’t comment too much on service or let it bother me for the most part, as I understand that those working frontline sometimes are subjected to some rather vicious customers.
With that said, I do find it rather off-putting when people are rude to you without much justification. When we first arrived at the restaurant, we were five minutes past our reservation time, but the waitress was chatting with another staff member behind the glass door so we waited for them. When she finally saw us, she expressed surprise and seemed almost put-off that we were already there. I wouldn’t have even remembered this incident because the food was so delicious, but that wasn’t the end of it.
When we were leaving, my friend suddenly couldn’t find her PRESTO card, so she put her bag down on the chair and searched the area for another few seconds. The same waitress came over and started aggressively stacking our water cups, and muttered loud enough for us to hear, “Take your time, there’s only a bunch of people waiting outside.” As it had taken her some time to fill our water and grab our bill, I did not appreciate the hostility.
Thankfully the girl who served us most of the time was cheerful and friendly, and I genuinely wished service was great across the board. That one waitress really soured our experience at the end, and while I do want to go back to try more of their food, I’m not rushing back there.