Highway 54 is an authentic Filipino restaurant in the heart of Hawthorn. We went there on a double date with another Filipino couple. Their speciality is Kamayan, or boodle fight. This is where the whole table is cover with banana leaves, topped with rice and then covered with grilled meat. Then diners eat all of this with their hands. The table next to us were doing this and they had an amazing time!
I ordered the Pinakbet with Prawns. The prawns were super fresh and tasty. The okra had a satisfying crunch. I didn’t really enjoy the bitter melon, but through no fault of the restaurant. The whole dish was a fragrant treat.
Janeca tried the Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw. The soft shell crab was so melt-in-your mouth delicious, and paired well with the coconut curry below. Both dishes came with some fluffy rice.
Our friends had the bisteak and the lechon kawali. They were pretty pleased with their dishes. The restaurant was quite understaffed that night, but the servers were accurate and accommodating. If you’re looking for a Filipino feast in Melbourne, you can’t go past Highway 54.