As of July 6, 2012, it was discovered that this place has closed.
With the Katipunan Extension in the White Plains area officially becoming a legal light commercial zone, the first few establishments with low barriers to entry to put up shop here would be food places. And given that there is an abundance of it, it becomes a challenge now to be different.
So one had an interesting concept: How about a restaurant inside an art and chair gallery?
Yes. A chair gallery.
It may come as something eccentric, but Silya’t Sili in White Plains still has some taste for the classic, in this case it is classic Filipino food. Now there have been attempts to mix different forms of art and have come up with some disastrous results, but read along and judge for yourself if Silya’t Sili has made something that is worth a visit:
First thing that greets you past the doorway are various levels of the restaurant. One leads to a sunken dining area nearest to the kitchen and al fresco section, on the right would be an enclosed space for small functions, and stairways leading to more dining places.
It does look deceivingly small from the outside, so it is quite a surprise to see much dining space.
Given the somewhat solid flush walls and enclosed dining spaces, there are times when loud noises can echo through the chambers. But as long as you keep the voices low, it will be quite a pleasant visit.
Other things you may want to take notice of is the use of modern furniture mixed with some old Filipino house concepts. Classic thin floorboards clashes with leather reading chairs and polymer coffee tables. This is more pronounced on the second floor of the house.
And then the most striking part of the place: The paintings. These are Filipino made, but it seems to delve into more modern ideas definitely influenced by Western and recent Philippine historical issues.
To say that these illustrations are provocative is quite an understatement.
They are for sale, too! Although given their size, grandness, and avant-garde appeal, do not expect them to come cheap. Some already reach the PHP 100,000.00 range, yet still makes you wonder if it will hold its value. But like avant-garde Van Gogh, probably only time will tell.
Oh yes, and about the chairs: There is a display here and there mounted on walls. It is quite amusing to see them there, wondering if anyone will ever get to sit on them. Probably you’ll get to do so when you buy some because they are for sale, too!
After a heavy dose of art, it’s time for some food craftsmanship. At this, Silya’t Sili ensures that at least its take on Filipino food will be something you are familiar with. So familiar, some may critique it to be nothing special. It may be the case of being surrounded by inciting artwork, but if you put that aside, the food fare is satisfying.
And value for money, too! From PHP 95.00 for chili cheese sticks, to PHP 165.00 for the classic Sisig, PHP 180.00 for lechon kawali, PHP 285.00 for Kare-Kare, to PHP 450.00 for some bits of Crispy Pata. These are all good for sharing.
It’s quite affordable and can compete with the more ubiquitous Dencio’s and Gerry’s Grill, but the paintings enhance the dining experience with little tidbits of conversation pieces to keep the night coming along.
They also have their own brand of chili paste to take home.
For its fantastic take on artwork and mix with Filipino cuisine, Silya’t Sili may carve a new niche on mixing tried and tested Filipino flavors into new perspectives of what an illustrative and creative mind can produce.
Oh, and let’s not forget the chairs
Silya’t Sili is located at Katipunan Avenue Extension, White Plains, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. Nos. +632-439-9294, +63917-579-9163, +63922-850-9071
Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their website at http://www.silyatsili.com/ or their Facebook Page here.
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