322 Wilson Avenue
North York, ON M3H 1S8
Anytime I want Filipino food, I always end up at Sampaguita Village. Always.
This little place is located on Wilson Ave near a bunch of other Filipino restaurants, but this standalone truly is the best of the bunch. The place itself is rather small and the decor inside resembles a cheesy island restaurant. The menu has all these Filipino dishes with some Chinese thrown into it as well. They have dinner combinations for around $11, which includes rice and some vegetables.
For appetizers, try their Fried Shrimp, which is deep fried shrimp with the shell and head on. There is a bit of coating on them and you can make them spicy for $2. The fried shrimp are large and meaty and if you don't mind the work of peeling them, are very good. Their chicken wings are not the greatest. They are battered fairly heavily, but my wife loves them. Lumpia Shanghai are like Filipino spring rolls but filled entirely with meat. Not the biggest fan, but so many people just gobble these things up.
The Lechon Kawali (deep fried pork belly) is amazing. They definitely have fattier pieces than you would like, but the portion size is huge and tastes so good. Their skin is so crispy that you will definitely get that satisfying crunch every bite. The skin is so crisp that they will not allow takeout orders of Lechon Kawali because they refuse to have others bring it home to have the skin turn soggy.
The BBQ Chicken and BBQ Pork are incredible. I love the simple marinade that the chicken and pork are in. They are then grilled and served with all-purpose sauce (hot sauce is also a must - just a bit of sriracha). The Crispy Chicken with House Sauce is probably my favorite. Fried strips of breaded chicken with light vinegar and served with their house sauce, which is just like soy sauce with vinegar and peppers.
Pancit Sampaguita is a noodle dish consisting of meats, thick noodle, and thin vermicelli noodle as well. I'm not a fan of the Pancit but the girlfriend really loves it. There is a lot of it, but I find that the noodles are pretty greasy and don't have too much flavor to it. If you can, do get the Garlic Fried Rice, it's simply fried rice tossed with garlic, but it's done so well and isn't greasy in the slightest. Garlic is present, but doesn't even overpower you either.
This place becomes an absolute zoo on the weekends for dinner. I feel like the entire Filipino community comes here during that time. The owner walks around freely conversing with the folks as if they were family. Really do love the place and if you like Fiilpino food and haven't come by yet, you ought to.
Ambience: A | Service: A | Price: A | Food: A