Fat and acidity. A lot of Filipino restaurants in Eagle Rock can’t seem to find the right balance, but Isla Cocina Pilipina, a newcomer with boxy lanterns, blackboard specials, a sprawling space, and a predilection for pork, nailed it with dishes like Sisigsilog ($10). The chef, who hails from Iloilo, showered crisp pork belly bits with crunchy crumbled chicharrones, and garnished with strips of red bell pepper. She served the bowl alongside a mound of wild rice capped with a puffy, crisp-edged fried egg. The rice was pretty dry, but considering all the vinegar, pork fat and acidity in the tangy, murky sauce at the bottom of the bowl, it didn’t much matter. My only “complaint” is that they didn’t incorporate more parts of the animal into the mix, as they apparently do in the Philippines. Then we would have had bonus textures to boot.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.
12/7/13 Note: Isla closed in Eagle Rock, but Isla Grill remains open in Panorama City.