Ninos Lamesita

Our next Tempting Palates monthly dinner took us to Nino's Lamesita at 104 North Terrace, Adelaide. The group were excited about trying Filipino food and we had heard good things about this place. From the moment we walked in the staff welcomed us with a warm and friendly smile. Definitely a good start!

We must admit our excitement got the better of us and we ordered more food than we needed. But hey, is that a bad thing? No!? Exactly! We ordered the Pork Sisig, Lumpiang Sariwa, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Double Duck Leg, Barbecue Skewers, Camaron Rebusado (Tempura Prawns), Braised Kang Kong in Soy Sauce and the Knockout Knuckle (Crispy Pata).

The Pork Sisig was made of twice cooked crispy pork belly chopped with red onions mixed with kalamansi, white vinegar, chilli and peppercorns served on a bed of lettuce. 

Pork Sisig

The Lumpiang Sariwa are Filopino style fresh rolls filled with sweet potato, carrots, cabbage, jicama, fried tofu strips and green beans topped with housemade lumpia sauce and roasted crushed peanuts and garlic. This dish had so many elements and ingredients and really was tasty. Such an interesting dish with lovely flavours.

Lumpiang Sariwa

The Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Asian herbed crab was crispy fried and tossed in Ninos house made chilli plum sauce.  The crab was so soft and tender and was simply the perfect accompaniment.               

Crispy Soft Shell Crab

The Double Duck Leg was a twice cooked duck leg with Asian spices served with a bed of lettuce, cucumber, salad and spring onion. The duck was really tender and flavoursome. Everyone enjoyed this dish.

Double Duck Leg

The Barbeque Skewers consisted of three skewers of your choice and we chose the Lolas Grilled Chicken, the Korean BBQ Style Beef and the Pinoy BBQ Pork. The skewers were served with sinangag which is a Filipino fried rice and atchara (pickled green pawpaw). 

Barbeque Skewers

The Camaron Rebusado are lightly battered king prawns served on a bed of soba noodles with wasabi mayonnaise. These prawns were so crispy and tasty which made them very popular in the group that night.

Camaron Rebusado

The Braised Kang Kong in Soy Sauce was a nice side dish with lovely fresh flavours and beautiful greens.

Kang Kong

Lastly the highlight was the Knockout Knuckle (Crispy Pata) which is the slow cooked crispy fried pork hock served with jasmine rice, atchara and house made dipping sauces. Our eyes nearly popped when this dish was served. It was visually stunning and it tasted just as good as it looked. This was the standout dish!

Knockout Knuckle - Crispy Pata

Of course we ended the night with dessert and we tried the Turon Surprise and the Halo Halo (MIx MIx). The Turon Surprise were thinly sliced bananas and a slice of jackfruit dusted with brown sugar, rolled in a spring roll wrapper, fried and then served with vanilla ice cream. We are always suckers for fried bananas and this dessert was amazing! Yes - a sweet delight!

Turon Surprise

The Halo Halo or in English Mix Mix is a very traditional Filipino dessert. It consists of bananas, sweet potato, sweet red beans, buko (coconut), palm seeds, purple yam topped with shaved ice, evaporated milk, house made leche flan and ube flavoured ice cream. Yes, there's so many flavours and textures in the one dish but it does work and the interesting thing was while we didn't love this dessert it grew on us with each spoonful.

Halo Halo


The staff at Ninos Lamesita made sure we had a great experience and we definitely did. It was a great experience to try dishes of a cuisine we all never had before. You can see that Filipino food has influences from other cuisines namely Malay, Indian and Spanish to name a few. Such a great fusion creates great tasting food and this is what we had. The overall consensus was the food was flavoursome, exciting and of high quality. Everyone in the group wants to go back again and try more of their menu and that's exactly what we intend to do very soon!


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