Lou Boquila, who opened Perla two years ago across from the Singing Fountain on East Passyunk Avenue, is opening a second modern Filipino BYOB.
Sarvida — his late mother Perla's middle name — is being set up for a mid-September debut at 300 E. Girard Ave. in Fishtown, at the corner of Marlborough Street.
Menu will include more small plates than Perla, a Craig LaBan two-beller known for Kamayan feasts. Menu is coming together, but will include ukoy with Sukang paombong (sweet potato and shrimp fritter, accompanied by Thai chili-garlic palm vinegar); tortang talong (eggplant omelette) with local tomatoes and house-made salted egg; and binagoongan fried pork belly stewed in shrimp paste, and long hots.
Simple, tasteful decor is a marked contrast to the the garish black-and-white geometrics and bold yellows of predecessor Girard on Girard.
Boquila, 36, who grew up in Olney, graduated from Central High, and started in the restaurant business as a teen dishwasher at the late Knave of Hearts on South Street. He trained at the Art Institute and moved his way up to the Knave's garde manger before its closing. From there, he left for Twenty Manning. For eight years, he had been chef de cuisine at sister restaurant Audrey Claire. It was while cooking staff meals at Audrey Claire that he connected with the cuisine of his ancestors.
Figure on plates priced in the teens to $20s, with higher gusts for shareable dishes such as pig roasts.
Sarvida will be open Wednesday to Sunday for dinner and on weekends for brunch.