Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz raves about sisig, longganisa at Maharlika restaurant in NY

(SPOT.ph) Junot Diaz, who won a Pulitzer prize in 2008 for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, had nothing but praises for the Manhattan-based Filipino restaurant Maharlika in Metro Focus magazine.

"We all got our places, but for my money the best kept brunch secret in all of Manhattan is Maharlika," Diaz wrote. "There are few Filipino restaurants in New York City at all, but Maharlika is one of a kind, inspired in both menu and execution, with Chef Miguel Trinidad putting the idea of borders to shame." Diaz, who described Maharlika as a "love poem to the 12th largest country in the world," recommended the sizzling sisig, the sweet longganisa, and mango-stuffed French toast.

Maharlika opened in mid-January this year to positive reviews from food critics, reports the Filipino Reporter Online.

For more on this story, log on to Metro Focus, the Filipino Reporter, and The Guardian.

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