Purple Patch is a Filipino restaurant located at 3155 Mt Pleasant St NW. If you’ve heard of Filipino restaurant in DC, you’ve likely heard of Bad Saint, an ultra-hot, tiny spot in Columbia Heights that doesn’t take reservations and has long wait times. While Bad Saint’s stellar reputation is well-deserved, Purple Patch is an excellent, more low-key alternative. Purple Patch, while popular, does take reservations and is much larger than Bad Saint. They also do an excellent brunch, which flies under the radar for most of the DC brunch crowd. The brunch is a fusion of American and Filipino food, with such delightful options as the waffle with ube (purple yam) ice cream and Filipino fried chicken and ube pancakes with lechon kawali (braised fried pork) and macapuno syrup. Two of my friends ordered those and loved both of them. I went for a more purely Filipino option with the Sisig, Fried Pork with Sautéed Onion, Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Chile & Fried Egg, served with Jasmine Rice. It was absolutely delicious and hearty- great for a hangover! They have great mimosas too, including pear, orange, grapefruit, mango, ginger lemon, and pineapple for options. It’s worth noting that we went on Father’s Day without a reservation, and while the place was packed, the staff did a wonderful job of accommodating us. They sat us in a cute little booth in what is normally designated as a kiddie play area, and we were grateful to have the chance to try their delicious food.
I have also eaten there for dinner, where I tried the Mama Alices’ Lumpia (fried beef and pork spring rolls with banana ketchup dipping sauce), the Lechon Kawali (Crispy fried braised pork with mang tomas sauce) and the chicken adobe lettuce wraps. The lettuce wraps were served room temperature (I imagine that was by design) and while I prefer hot things, they were very flavorful. The lechon kawali was delicious; some pieces were a bit too fatty for my taste but the ones that weren’t were divine. The Lumpia was the star of the show, fried to perfection. The banana ketchup sauce paired perfectly with it.