Went out with Ramen and Friends to Purple Yam out in Ditmas Park. They’ve been getting good reviews (i.e. NY Times & Time Out). Even the table next to us was filled with people from New York Magazine and was in on the action. I got to try a number of items. I enjoyed the Chicken Adobo, Tocino Pork Slider, Oxtail Kare Kare and Buco Pie.
The bad: That was the first time I’ve seen Goat Curry without bones, so it confused me. The Lumpia (spring roll) is $7 for one …it’s supposed to be one big fat non-fried one, but still. I’m not sure you can order fried lumpias outside of brunch. Yoshie’s Laksa Noodle Soup was very bland and disappointing, especially since I love coconut curry broth. I sorta didn’t understand the Halo Halo dessert. It’s eating crushed ice with ice cream, but I hear it’s traditional Filipino …Whereas I didn’t find the dishes very traditional like my Filipino friends’ mothers would make. It’s more contemporary and the portions are smaller than I expected.
Overall, the good beats the bad. Purple Yam is a nice restaurant and I’m glad I got to try it. If it was closer, I’d try it again. I just wish Elvie’s Turo-Turo was still around. You don’t realize you miss something until it’s gone. Any of my Filipino friends want to invite me to their parents home? …It worked the last time I asked and I got to be in a Roots music video!
Purple Yam – 1314 Cortelyou Rd (btw Argyle & Rugby Rd) Brooklyn, NY 11226