MESA, Filipino Moderne, Greenbelt 5
I would never trust a politician, especially if he/she set up a restaurant (even if it was promoted by Sharon Cuneta herself). That's the reason why I've never been to Lamesa Grill, which opened in the SM Mall of Asia. Recently, though, the Lamesa Grill group (owned by Kiko Pangilinan and friends) opened the high-end Modern Filipino restaurant called MESA in Greenbelt 5.
I must humbly admit it is one of the best Filipino restaurants in Greenbelt in terms of price, ambiance, presentation of food and variety of Filipino dishes that we love (including suwahe, elephant clams and lechon). I wouldn't say that it is Filipino fusion. It is more of Filipino dishes with authentic flavor, but they are given a different twist in the presentation. It would be best to eat here family-style, where you pass the dishes around since the serving sizes are good for 2-3 persons.
For a group of 3-5 persons, you can reserve the booth tables, which are the best seats in the house. The restaurant is a bit crowded, so better reserve in advance.
MESA, Greenbelt 5
This was fun. Since this was a Greenbelt 5 restaurant, I was expecting they would only serve 4-5 pieces of Hito Flakes on Spoon but we got 10 instead. The flakes were topped with pickled mango and a dash of chili. Even if we removed the chili, the kids did not like this.
This dish is cooked on the spot like steamed shrimp.
The shrimps are thrown onto a hot bed of rocks and covered for a few minutes. I like the idea of serving it on the rocks -- but P50 for each small shrimp is a bit expensive.