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“Makes me want to visit the Philippines ... Gracious hosts!!!!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Purple Yam

The Purple Yam
Ranked #331 of 5,292 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Cuisines: Filipino, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Makes me want to visit the Philippines ... Gracious hosts!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

The heart and soul of any establishment is/are the owner(s) of the place. Purple Yam's owners seem to be in the restaurant every evening (and the married couple operates their lunch service alone). And what a difference it makes. Really personalizes the dining experience.

Had dinner at Purple Yam last night. Place was fully booked so we ate on the bar; great perspective of the place. Food was good, creative and fresh ... a great "waker-upper" to every palette. Awesome ingredients blending perfectly to North American tastes. Make sure to try the local Philippine dish ... "Bikol Express". Loved it!!!! Make sure to leave space in your tummy for the dessert choices.

An awesome addition to Metropolitan New York's list of restaurant possibilities.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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xxx
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557 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 917 helpful votes
“Good place to introduce your friends to Asian Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

This upscale, tiny restaurant in a nicer neighborhood could be the place to introduce your friend/boyfriend/girlfriend to many pan-asian dishes: many Filipino based food with Chinese and Malay dishes also available.
Pancit bihon (Rice noodle with pork, chicken) is a Filipino dish but I wish they put more meat over fresh vegetable. I also tried "famous Filipino" dish called chicken adobo. That dish contains three large chicken pieces but a bit too much vinegar for me. Vinegar killed flavor and taste of other ingredients like thyme leaves. As I happened to have more delicious chicken, pork adobo at my Filipino friend's house, I did expect a lot here. I think chicken+pork combo dish will make Filipino food more distinctive as there are a few dishes around the world using more than one meat in a single dish (only exception I can think of is our American recipe "Turducken" using turkey+duck+chicken!)
This place is suitable for -- younger crowd seeking food from different culture. This place also has a nice cocktail area (rare for Asian restaurants where they primarily sell food) and waiter/waitress also speak English. Owner created an excellent website (again, rare for Asian restaurants).
This place may not be suitable for -- hardcore Asian foodies looking for Authentic regional food with budget price.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bigboy61455
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lakewood
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60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Small but tasty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

A great little restaurant, Filipino inspired food. The food is very good and the portions are just right. The chicken adobo was great! Give it a try!

Visited May 2012
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1 Thank lola11n
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carrickfergus
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A delight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2012

Found this place quite by accident, we went for a walk and stumbled on it. The food was excellent and the service was exquisite the waitress brought the owner/chef out to meet us because we were from Ireland and he genuinely took time to welcome us on a busy evening. Well worth a visit if you are in Brooklyn

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank derek f
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Brooklyn, New York
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“It's ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

Purple yam is nothing to write home about. Food is ok and prices are too high. Service is good.

Visited March 2012
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Thank yenny f
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