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“My mom, Perla, passed away four years ago, and she was the one in the family who cooked Filipino food. So I named the restaurant after her.” said Boquila. “I don’t have any of the recipes, so I’m cooking from the memories I have of her food.”
Perla will be a 30 seat (at most) BYOB, and will be located adjacent to Fond, looking out onto East Passyunk’s Singing Fountain. Given the size of the restaurant, Boquila’s plan is to go with the tasting menu-only approach we’ve seen from Laurel and Bibou.
Make sure to sign up for the Pelago newsletter at the bottom of this page for first access to any Pelago dinners that might pop-up before the restaurant’s opening. Check out the gallery too (photography by Pelago partner and Philly food photographer, Neal Santos), to see what you’re in for at Perla. And for the unfamiliar, check out Drew Lazor’s little diddy he wrote for Serious Eats about the fusion-y history of Filipino cuisine.
In 2013, we told you about some plans for this location, including for the relocation of Karina’s, the Italian-Spanish BYOB that was once in Brigantessa’s current location. You can read more about the old plans for the location here.
Perla is aiming to open in March of 2016.