Eat Here Now: Perla


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The inspirations for chef Lou Boquila‘s cooking at Perla are written in his history. Born in the Philippines, Boquila grew up on his mother’s traditional cooking. His first kitchen was her kitchen, and though it wouldn’t be until years later that he got one of his own, he learned his first lessons from her.

Fast forward. Boquila is in Philly. He gets a job as a dishwasher at Knave Of Hearts, goes on to study at the Art Institute, gets an internship with chef Kiong Banh at Twenty Manning, moves up. Starts working the line. Gets the sous chef job, then a chef de cuisine’s gig at Audrey Claire. He learns French technique, modern cuisine, but still… He remembers his mother’s kitchen, the foods he grew up with. And then, when he gets the chance to open a restaurant of his own, he makes it traditional and modern at the same time, Filipino, but inflected with French technique. And he calls it Perla, after his mother.

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Second Filipino Pop-Up from Pelago Goes on Sale Today

pelago logoPelago, the Filipino pop-up concept from Chef Lou Boquila of Audrey Claire is preparing for their second pop-up. The first sold out quickly after we mentioned it and there’s no reason to expect tickets to this one to linger either.

The second Pelago pop-up is set for Monday, May 4th at Win Win (931 Spring Garden Street) and the four-course prixe fixe menu is $45 (cash only). There will be two seatings, the early one at 5:30 p.m. and a later option of 7:30 p.m.

Reservations open online at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 14th.

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Pelago: A Filipino Pop-Up

pelago logoChef Lou Boquila of Audrey Claire is launching a series of Filipino pop-up dinners. The first dinner is scheduled for Monday, February 23rd at NOORD on Passyunk Avenue.

Chef Boquila was born in the Philippines and came to Philadelphia with his family when he was eight-years old. Boquila has been executive chef at Audrey Claire since 2007.

The four-course dinner with complimentary cocktail is $45 per person (cash only) and there are seatings at 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 8 to 8:30 p.m. The menu will include vegetarian and pescatarian options.

For more information, check the Pelago web site and be sure to follow the pop-ups on Twitter and Instagram.

UPDATE: The pop-up is now sold out.

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Filipino Takeout Lunch at Cook Today

Photo by Suzanne Tenuto

Photo by Suzanne Tenuto

Today, COOK is offering a very special takeout lunch. Chef Lou Boquila of Audrey Claire will be preparing Filipino “silog”-style boxed lunches. The lunches will include your choice of beef, chicken, eggplant with eggs, fried rice, lumpia, flan and sago. The lunches are $12 and cash only. All proceeds will benefit Philippine typhoon relief efforts, with all the money going to the  Gawad Kalinga Fund, a poverty empowerment organization.

Lunch kicks off at noon and goes till the food runs out.