*** Update: Tem's is now Nanay's, the food seems the same though.
A couple folks have asked if I'd ever been to this little shop in the food court of the Plaza Sorrento Shopping Center. Which I think is a pretty good food court. Yes, there's a Subway and the Chinese Fast Food place, but you can also get Thai, Greek, not my kind of Sushi, and perhaps not not my favorite Pho shop. Throw in Indian, one of the places in our Mira Mesa banh mi crawl, and you've got yourself quite a variety....maybe not the best in terms of quality, but it's a combination that's hard to beat in one spot. And there's even Filipino Barbecue......which is where I'll pick up. I'd seen Tem's and had always meant to try them out. So I finally made it a point to grab a meal.
I've always thought Filipino "turo-turo" style food was perfect for a food court. As expected, the atmosphere is totally food court and the selection revolves around Filipino Barbecue, with an additional 3-4 additional offerings. The prices are reasonable....the 1 item and rice goes for $4.99. Here's an example with BBQ Chicken.
Man, talk about enough carbs to keep you runnin' for a while....it's like three scoops of rice. The chicken is grilled, but not dry, and is dark meat which has more flavor. I enjoy the different riffs on Filipino BBQ, salty, sweetness from sugar or even 7-up, perhaps a fruitiness from Jufran, sour of Kalamansi, a hint of garlic, a touch sweet-pungent onions.....the list can get fairly long. The version here is very mild, coated with sauce, and for me, occupies a level barely above the food court "same chicken with a different sauce".
The best item I've had here is the "Spicy Pork", which is a pseudo sisig-ish.
The BBQ Pork on the other hand was totally "the other white meat". Dry, touch, and with less flavor than the chicken.
Then there was the occasion when my rice on the two item combo.....a reasonably priced at $6.09, was terribly hard and dry. No bueno.....
For some reason, the way the food is glazed reminds me of long defunct Eddel's, but with less flavor. Maybe someone with the inside scoops might know?
6715 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92121