Our first experience at Musang was a stupendous blur. We spent the night knocking back smoked oysters topped with crunchy sea beans and garlic oil, dunking rockfish bola bola in sweet apple ketchup, and swiping every last bit of stewed beef mechado with spoonfuls of garlic rice. On that misty February evening long ago, we were already clearing our schedule to plan a next visit, even before the leche flan cake hit the table.
Then, restaurants shut down. We were blissfully unaware that our first meal at this excellent Filipino spot would be the last one for at least a while. But after a hiatus of only serving takeout and operating a community kitchen for those in need, Musang is back open for socially distant dining on their brick patio.
Musang has a brand new summer menu for patio dining, serving dishes like roasted chicken adobo and turmeric risotto with clams and longanisa sausage. Two of the dishes we loved so much are also still on the menu - the crispy lumpia stuffed with pork and shrimp and the garlic rice that’s meant to soak up any leftover sauce that you somehow didn’t completely inhale.
You can visit Musang’s patio from Wednesday through Saturday, 4-9pm, and the seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the restaurant is at capacity or you don’t want to dine in, they’re still serving contact-free takeout pickup.
Read more about how Musang’s chef, Melissa Miranda (and a bunch of other food industry professionals), is feeling about reopening with this story our colleagues at Zagat Stories put together.