Chef Reina features plant-based renditions of traditional Filipino dishes like sisig. | Photo by Mogli Maureal
CHEF Reina Montenegro is ready to continue her reign as the queen of vegan Filipino comfort food.
Montenegro — a restaurateur who formerly operated three Nick’s locations in the San Francisco Peninsula — has opened a brick-and-mortar under her own brand, Chef Reina, along Visitacion Avenue in Brisbane, California.
Chef Reina, featuring vegan Filipino comfort food by Reina Montenegro, is now open along Visitacion Avenue in Brisbane, California. | Photo by Mogli Maureal
At the new storefront, which held its grand opening on April 8, customers can order Montenegro’s famed plant-based renditions of Filipino dishes, from sisig using tofu and mushrooms to chick’n adobo.
As recovery from the pandemic continues (coupled with lessons Montenegro learned from her previous businesses that shuttered last fall), Chef Reina offers takeout for now that can be enjoyed at a nearby park or at home.
“Out of all the restaurants I’ve opened, we’ve had the most successful opening by far. Mind you, it’s during the pandemic and it’s only takeout,” Montenegro told the Asian Journal…