Bad Saint (Washington, D.C.)

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Brrrr. No, this isn’t a Gucci Mane reference, although I still play Trap House on Sunday’s before I head to worship.  (haha just kidding, I play In My Kitchen).  The Brrr was for me standing outside this restaurant, waiting for the doors to open which opened 4 minutes later than it was expected to.  If a restaurant opens at 5:30, I expect for it to open at 5:30:34 and not a second later.  I decided to go to Bad Saint on an off day, because if I went on the weekend I would’ve stood outside for a few hours instead of 30 minutes.  Bad Saint has the same concept as Roses Luxury .  If you haven’t read my review on Roses Luxury , just click the words Roses Luxury.  (Read that one too, since you missed it before!)


The restaurant is a small quaint place located off of 11th St. in Columbia Heights area of Washington, D.C. It specializing in Filipino dishes, cocktails, and culture.  The menu changes daily so what I’m discussing may or may not be available during your visit.  The interior of this restaurant isn’t the prettiest, but it isn’t meant for it to be “pretty”.  This is one of those restaurants where you sit down, eat your food, and leave.  And rightfully so, because other people need to sit down and eat since their is most likely a line of people outside waiting.


During my visit I was able to order four dishes.  The dishes consisted of Sisig, Pasta Sa Sarsang Aligue, Inihaw Na Liempo, and Kare Kare. I’ll start with the Sisig.  It consisted of royal trumpet mushrooms, shishito, and a farm egg.  I’d like to point out that this was the most over-priced dish I’ve ever had.  (no, I’m not telling you the price because we don’t discuss prices on this site)  This dish reminded me of a TGI Fridays sizzling chicken and shrimp dish.  The dish came over piping hot and talking to me.  Maybe it wasn’t talking to me, but I’m pretty sure I heard words come out of this dish.  Or, maybe I was just that hungry.  The mushrooms, egg, and shishito worked like a hot open faced omelette.  If you’re a huge fan of mushrooms like I am, then if their serving this dish, this is the perfect one for you.


The second dish that was ordered was the Inihaw Na Liempo or Pork Belly on a stick for simpler terms.  The pork belly on a stick was nothing too fancy, but had great flavors.  It wasn’t too salty, but it was seasoned very well, and juicy.  It reminded me of chicken on a stick that you would get from a street vendor, but with pork instead of chicken.  The dish came with thai chillies and white rice.  The dish isn’t big enough for you to have it by itself for the night, so make sure you order other dishes too.


The third dish that was ordered was the Pasta sa Sarsang Aligue.  It consisted of fettuccini, crab fat, and hackleback caviar.  Just to give you an idea of why I was so mad about the price of the mushrooms, this dish cost less than it.  Go figure.  This was one of my favorite dishes of the night.  The crab fat was buttery, juicy, and flavorful.  It was sweet too, but worked well with the salty flavor of the caviar.  Caviar is one of those things where you love it or hate it, there’s no in between.  Fortunately for me, I love it.  The pasta was cooked well too, but I can’t get over the price of the mushrooms costing more than this dish.


The last dish that was ordered was my favorite of the night. Kare Kare.  Yes, I would “kare” to have another bite.  *ques drums*  The dish was an oxtail stew with sitaw and peanuts.  The was the best Oxtail stew I’ve ever had in my life.  If you ever wanted a dish with so much flavor and packed with so much meat, then this dish will change your life.  The potatoes and other vegetables in the dish were a perfect compliment for the Oxtails.  I’m salivating thinking about how great this dish was.  The meat fell right off the bone and I almost started to suck the meat off the bone before I realized I was in public.


Overall, this restaurant is a worth standing in line for.  The overall flavors of this dish were great and it was worth the wait.  The only negative thing I can say about this place was the service wasn’t spectacular and the overpriced mushrooms.




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