Last night, the TRIBE decided to eat at the Railway Asian (Filipino) Take Away in Zillmere. As we live on the other side of Brisbane River, we called up ahead of time…first to find out if there’s any seats available as it is a small shop and because we’ve been there a couple of times we ordered our dishes ahead of time, so we don’t have to wait that long. Sadly, Brisbane only have a handful of Filipino Eating Places and most of them disappears over time. The TRIBE haven’t yet tried the Gold Coast ones, but hopefully soon.
We heard about this Zillmere shop early last year and excitedly tried it out. On our first visit, we were not disappointed….the fried tilapia with fried slices of Lebanese eggplant, accompanied by bagoong was awesome, the Sisig was crunchy and bursting with zing from the chopped red onions and their Bihon Guisado was very tasty.
The TRIBE tends to stick to dishes we particular like and myself to lazy to make everyday. The dishes we have tried are good but not “fall in your seat”. Good as in flavourful, edible and not too far away from the original versions. I have eaten in some of the old Filipino Eateries here in Brisbane (most of them already closed) and I tell you, most of them kind of lost the plot when it comes to cooking, they just go downhill, why is that?
TRIBE arrived around 6:45 pm and we sat outside the shop, we prefer outside as inside, the shop is a bit too cramp for us. The three disadvantages of eating outside are…the pavement is kind of sloping, during winter you get slapped by the cold wind and the train passengers gawking at your food as they make their way home. Oh, I forgot it is next to the Zillmere Train Station…..hehehehehe! Big bonus for those who doesn’t have a car, you only walk for a minute and you are there. We ordered Sisig, Bihon Guisado, Crispy Pata, 1 1/2 pot of steam rice and 2 cans of Coke which comes in total of roughly around AUD$57.00 (not bad! for once in awhile “Filipino eating out homesickness”).
What I like about the dishes we always ordered is that the quantity of the ingredients are not scrimped. The only thing that was off putting was Miss Piggy forgot to shave/waxed in some sections but for a Crispy Pata dish, Railway Asian Take Away shines as the skin was really crispy with “melt in your mouth” fat attached to it. The soy dipping sauce was missing something, it didn’t have that punch….might be crushed garlic , maybe they omitted it to cater for Australian taste? Overall, it was a pleasant night, the TRIBE was “busog” (full) and even have 2 small take away containers with our leftover sisig and bihon guisado to take home.