Those in the Queen and Bathurst area will notice that construction crews have been coming and going inside The Rosebud bistro (669 Queen St. W.). Turns out that, in the next month, it’s going to be a Filipino restaurant called Lamesa Filipino Kitchen headed by a chef that’s no stranger to the strip.
Chef Rudy Boquila did stints at Oyster Boy and the Cadillac Lounge, and he got his start 16 years ago cooking at the legendary BamBoo Club, which closed in 2002. Boquila took over the Rosebud space on March 5, gutting the entire front of house and shifting things around in the kitchen.
“Filipino food is what I like to call pure fusion food with influences from countries like Spain, China, Malaysia, Japan, America, and India, because it’s situated in the middle of the Spice Route,” says Boquila, adding that Lamesa will be a full-service, a la carte restaurant. “It’s known for peasant food like stews and braises with lots of vinegar and pickling.”
Lamesa (“La mesa” means “the table” in Spanish and Filipino) is slated for a May 5 grand opening, with family-and-friend dinners starting on April 16.