The restaurant is run by Chef Tristen Petate and her fiancé, Mike McFarlane. Their business and love story can be read on their KickStarter page here. So, who is Tito Ron? The name derives as an homage to Tristen Petate's father, Ronald Petate, who was a strong inspiration to the self-taught chef. Additionally, Tito is the tagalog word for “Uncle”, and is used as a respective term for elders, so that's how the Tito Ron's name came to be.
One of the rice dishes offered at Tito Ron's is the Lechon Kawali - Filipino fried pork belly. Fresh pork belly with skin, salt cured in house and fried crispy to order. Served with salted tomatoes and white rice and topped with extra crispy fried pig skin. The portion that we received was sample size, as the full dish contained a lot more fried pork belly. Personally, I enjoyed the crispiness of the cured pork, as they double fry the skin to ensure that the texture is extra crispy.
Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.
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