Chef Carlo Lamagna, the man behind the popular pop-up Twisted Filipino, has been working on opening his restaurant for two years. The restaurant will cover the cuisine of the Philippines from brunch to dinner, with casual lunch fare available in mid-September to accommodate the nearby Cleveland High School kids.
At his pop-ups, Lamagna often tweaked and played with versions of the Filipino dishes he grew up eating, whether it was adding a taro puree to his version of the sour soup sinigang, or plating his pork cheek adobo with a sprinkle of chicharrones. The restaurant will cover similar territory, also offering traditional Filipino rice bowls, noodles, and porridges for the lunch crowd — more menu details are coming soon. For now, Magna’s patient devotees ought to mark their calendars; this is not a drill.