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From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010
‘Tapsilog? Where did you hear of that?’ the waitress demanded, as if we’ve uncovered the Filipino secret to ultimate happiness. In reality, it is a dish with all the polite decorum of a kick to the face. Tapsilog is a greasy, force-10 occupation of the lower intestine. A fried egg accompanies sugar-sweet, deep-fried strips of beef and a mountain of stodgy fried rice. It’s a pretty good indication of what Oriental Korner does best too. Oriental Korner is basically the Filipino equivalent of a greasy spoon.
The habitual banana sauce is laid out with ceremonial care and ups the tooth-rot factor as the waitresses balance plates of artery crunching fare. Alas the service is excruciatingly slow, but is just about as friendly as it gets. Just don’t expect to live much past 30 if you make this your nightly ritual. In the end, this is a restaurant for those who think hardened arteries happen to other people. The food is stodgy and on the whole not great, but it’s very cheap and if you do want to take the plunge into Filipino cuisine this is as good a place as any to start.
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