The story of 5 Loaves & 2 Fish is not new to me. It’s one of my favorite stories in the Bible! I grew up listening to it as told by my parents and teachers in Sunday School. The Feeding of the 5,000 or also known as ‘the miracle of 5 loaves and 2 fish‘ is found in the book of John. It tells us the story of a young boy who shared the only food he has – 5 loaves and 2 fish so that a multitude of people can be fed.
Ms. Dinah Miro, the owner of 5 Loaves & 2 Fish apparently absorbed the same name for her restaurant. The heart of the story of 5 Loaves & 2 Fish lies in the value of sharing. And it was the same purpose why Dinah put up her food business: to share a variety of things to everyone! First, her family’s homegrown recipes!
Dinah’s version of Lavosh, pronounced as luh-vosh, is one of the original recipes and specialties of 5 Loaves and 2 Fish. Lavosh is an Armenian, unleavened flat bread. Mostly used to scoop up food. To create a variety, Dinah used vegetables like carrot and beet to dye the bread and offered interesting side dips that you can actually mix and match. Choose from (From L-R) Chicken Liver Pate, Tomato Coriander Salsa, Pesto Brulee, and Garlic oil with Dulong fish (my favorite!).
Tried & Tested: My perfect combo of dips (1) Salsa + Any of the 3 dips (2) Salsa + Dulong + Chicken Liver Pate (3) Dulong + Pesto Brulee (4) ALL FOUR!
Now let me take you to the must-eats! Shall we?
Aside from Lavosh, 5 Loaves & 2 Fish’s very own Balayan Salad also delighted my palate. It contains mangoes, tinapa flakes, cashews, fresh tomatoes, and quesong puti, and comes with a flavorful bagoong balayan as a salad dressing. The fusion sounds strange at first, but it surpassed my expectations! I love the array of flavors filtered around my palate!
Balayan Salad is just one of the three new dishes to watch out for next month! This new set of menu is part of 5 Loaves & 2 Fish’s newest advocacy, the LOVE LOKAL. It highlights serving local dishes using local produce. Don’t miss these future Pinoy favorites – Lengua, Balayan Salad, and Tablea cake!
Meanwhile, I have THREE WORDS to describe the main entrée. THREE WORDS. Tendered to perfection! 5 Loaves & 2 Fish did a great job in presenting their meat dishes! They made biting easier for me! The meats were cooked medium rare, thus they’re very tender and moist.
I know Filipinos have this weird food quirk of treating gravy as soup. Well, wait ’til you try 5 Loaves & 2 Fish’s Lengua Estofado! I bet a single rice serving won’t suffice!
For foodies who’s into sweet dishes, I’ll recommend 5 Loaves & 2 Fish’s BBQ spareribs! The BBQ marinade produced so much flavor and kept the meat moist and outrageously delicious! It’s darn delicious that you’ll end up asking for another cup of rice for sure!
The chunks of Salpicao tops my list. It’s the star dish of the table! The tender meat and flavorful soy sauce plus an enormous serving of garlic bits and chili peppers on top make you want to grab another bite of 5 Loaves & 2 Fish’s delightful Salpicao!
Now, let’s go to to the area I fascinate the most, desserts! I love the idea that Dinah and her team took the courage of creating their own version of classic cakes like Dulce de Leche, Cheesecake, Carrot, Walnut Cake, and Crepe Cake. They also offer original cakes like Mokacaffe Java Malt Cake, Sunny Orange Almond Cake, and many others. The latest addition to the repertoire, is another LOVE LOKAL product, the Tablea cake!
Finally, somebody has put my vision of using original Philippine products into making desserts, just like this Tablea Cake! However, I think, 5 Loaves & 2 Fish needs to do a little work on their cakes. First, I have an issue with the texture of the cakes. I find it dry and coarse. Second, they need to balance the sweetness of their cakes. For instance, the Tablea cake is exceptional. But the bitterness of the Tablea is overpowering. I’m looking for that perfect blend of bitterness and sweetness of chocolate plus the lightness of milk. Third, I’m expecting more with the presentation. I suggest adding more vibrant color to the cakes and make it more eye-ppetizing!
But overall I was pretty satisfied with the food and I’ll definitely come back sometime soon to bring my family in tow so they could also try original and homegrown recipes of Dinah’s family.
There is a saying that goes, “how you do one thing, is how you do everything.” This is true, especially in your business and personal life. Your business is a reflection of you. And the truth is as clear as the day, Dinah’s heart is unselfish. She loves to help. She loves to share.
Her restaurant resonates the very essence of the parable, she loves to give! As a matter of fact, 5 Loaves & 2 Fish is providing financial support to Davao farmers as well as to their families whom they export their products from. So the next time you dine in here, remember that apart from enjoying a great meal you are also helping poor families living in Mindanao.
What also worth noting are the plenty of inspiring Bible passages you can find anywhere around the restaurant. There’s too much bad stuff going on lately and this is just what we need. Good riddance.
Thank you 5 Loaves & 2 Fish for sharing your food, blessings, and your faith!
5 Loaves & 2 Fish
Ground Floor, The Rock, Holy Spirit Dr,
Quezon City, 1127 Metro Manila