Monday, March 5, 2018

A-Team's Kitchen, Rooty Hill

Throughout my years of living in Sydney, I have not come across any accessible traditional OG Filipino food that gave me that “wow” factor until recently. Yes, there’s the high-end Rey’s Place that’s smashing it right now and I absolutely love them. But out here in Western Sydney only one Filipino shop has impressed me to date and that’s the A-Team Kitchen.

This humble eatery is located hidden on Weston Lane right in Rooty Hill’s core shopping area. The staff are heaps friendly but don’t expect anything fancy here. Yes, it can be loud and hectic but the food here is amazing even by your typical Filipino tito and tita (uncle and aunt in Tagalog) food critic standards. The menu is small but dude, every dish we tried delivered!

Let’s start with bar restaurant staple, sisig. You have a choice of either 1 serve of sisig, which comes with rice ($12), or a larger serving of sisig with 2 serves of rice ($19). Buttery and tasty broiled pieces of pork ears and cheeks came out on a sizzling plate with egg (to be mixed with the rest of the meat) and lemon for drizzling. It was textural, with caramelised crisps of fond, slightly sweet, slightly sour and it had lots of umami. Love the extra layer of sweetness an bite from the green onions and chilli. By far the most legit sisig I’ve had in Sydney.

The bbq pork skewers ($10 for 3 sticks) here are pretty good too. They use super tender pork neck mixed with some fatty parts. The flavour is slightly on the sweet peppery side.

I have never had Batangas lomi ($9.50) before. The soup base is like a thick Chinese-style egg drop soup that’s full of umami. It also had flat noodles cooked al dente, bits of pork meat and topped with chicharon (pork crackling).

The crispy pata ($20) here is insane! Not only is the crackling perfectly crisped with some soaked up flavour pre-cooking but the meat is juicy and flavoursome.

They also have that mouth-watering Cebu-style lechon belly that’s available for lunch most days!

They have some desserts available like taho ($5), which is silky tofu with caramel syrup and sago pearls. I highly recommend the special halo halo ($8) here, which includes the usual halo halo toppings with extra leche flan, ice cream and ube halaya.

Y’all need to visit the A-Team Kitchen whenever you are near Rooty Hill area. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed with how delicious the food is!

Tip: You will need to get your own spoon and forks near the counter.

A-Team Kitchen
4/52 Rooty Hill Road North,
Rooty Hill NSW
(02) 983293376
Mon to Wed 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm


Let me know what ya think, aight! Would love to hear from ya.