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“Amazing Service and Delicious Filipino Food”
Review of Bad Saint

Bad Saint
Ranked #535 of 3,666 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 9, 2015

This was my first experience trying Filipino food and I was blown away by the warm service and the amazing plates we received at Bad Saint. The restaurant is very tiny (and can only accommodate groups of 4 or smaller) - so be prepared to wait (there's no bar space at the restaurant to wait at, FYI). My boyfriend arrived just before 6:30 on Friday and there was already a two hour wait. That said, the restaurant will text you updates in case a space opens up earlier, which fortunately for us - one did! Of course, as we left to head to the restaurant, it started pouring rain...but we were determined to try Bad Saint and were immediately happy with our decision. Seeing that we were soaked, the restaurant offered us towels to dry off and made us feel very welcome. We started off with a few of their delicious and smooth cocktails and made our way to the menu, guided by our helpful server. We opted for a raw mackerel that was accented by orange, radish, chiles, and a coconut milk broth which was flavorful, yet light. We also had mushrooms sauteed in garlic butter and served with rice, fried whole branzino with a soy-based sauce, and tapa - a lettuce and rice salad with dried beef, soft-boiled egg, and spicy rice wine vinegar. The beef was amazing - despite looking like beef jerky, it was surprisingly tender. The menu is divided into vegetarian, seafood, and meat dishes, which are served as soon as they come out of the kitchen. It was a fun experience to try a new (and absolutely delicious) cuisine, aided by warm and friendly service. Wait or no wait, we will definitely be back!

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Reviewed October 10, 2015

I had been to the popups for this restaurant long before it finally opened and then last night I had the chance to finally eat here. Despite spending quite a bit of my career in Southeast Asia, Filipino food wasn't a cuisine I was particularly familiar with but I have been spectacularly surprised by how good everything at this place was. The lumpiang are kind of like really thinly rolled spring rolls that I honestly could eat every single day. The other thing I got was the squid and squid ink dish called adobong pusit. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to try something new (and anyone at all actually). I had a fantastic experience.

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