I only knew the bad (i.e. swear) words in Tagalog growing up, and they all resurfaced when I walked up to Manila Groove in Tustin yesterday to find the place locked up and desolate inside, save for some take-out containers on the ground.
In business for six years, my closest outlet for familial cooking is few and far between in the center of the county. Sure, I could drive to Anacrime for Jollibee (which I don't really care for), and Edwin reminded me that Pinoy Pam's Best is only in Lake Forest. But I liked the convenience, dammit. Most cuisines have a certain amount of representation, even neighborhoods, in OC. Yet Filipino is not one of them.
They were kind enough to update their website with the following message:
"After six years of bringing you home cooked Filipino food and services, Manila Groove Restaurant is closing its doors indefinitely, effective today, 1st of February, 2012.
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While the operating hours are listed as CLOSED, the catering menu and email remain active.
Comment that I should go to Cerritos, or that Manila Groove wasn't that good; when a pork product or palabok craving hit, it was waiting in the steam tray for me. With all the other cuisines I love, this is what I grew up on. And like that Emma Stone SNL skit, I got depressed when Adele started playing on the radio.