KKK (Ground Floor, Entertainment Mall, SM MOA)

 

Date visited: October 2013

What we ate:

Garlic Pusit, Sisig Pampanga and Choco Overload

 

Taste = 3.5/5

–          Unfortunately, the Pusit (squid) tasted fishy. It sort of ruined Lyn’s appetite a little bit. It came close to being repulsive so we were only able to eat a spoonful each. Fortunately, the Sisig was great! Bits of pork cheeks and onions with a salty-umami sauce that had a touch of kalamansi juice on a sizzling plate went really great with warm rice. This made up a little bit for the poor squid dish. The Choco Overload was chocolate ice cream on top of a brownie with whipped cream and butterscotch syrup. Well, it tasted exactly like the description and there was nothing special about the taste. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either.

 

Service = 4/5

–          It was almost closing time but the service was still good. However, there were times when calling the attention of the servers became difficult.

 

Ambience = 4/5

–          The restaurant had an indoor dining area with lots of Filipino-inspired decor: brown bamboo wall decoration, images of Filipinos in formal attire, wooden furnishings, etc. The al fresco dining area was ordinary but the seats were comfortable.

 

Value for money = 3/5

–          Because of the discrepancy in the qualities of their dishes and relatively high prices, we couldn’t really give a high mark for value for this restaurant. They should improve the taste and quality of all their dishes since there are too many restaurants in the area with much better quality dishes in the same price range.

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Shylin Restaurant Seafood Palutuan (Bldg 1 Seaside Market, Macapagal Ave., Pasay City)

ShylinDate visited: March 2013

What we ordered:

Ensaladang Mangga, Steamed Brocolli, Crabs with Oyster Sauce, Crabs with Buttered Garlic Sauce, Chili Garlic Shrimp, Steamed Lapu Lapu Chinese style and Halaan

 

Taste = 5/5

–          Palutuan-type restaurants have the advantage of using the freshest ingredients, usually seafood, and Shylin had good cooks that did justice to the seafood. The crabs were very silky and sweet, Lyn liked them very much. The garlic butter sauce was sinful. I felt like I had a delicious glove made of butter after eating the crabs – that’s how much butter there was in the sauce. The shrimps were larger than what we expected. They were succulent and the sauce in the heads tasted very fresh. I like ginger very much and the taste of the halaan was very refreshing. Lyn liked the ensaladang mangga, it was sour, sweet and salty but more on the sweet side. The meat of the lapu-lapu was very soft and there was no fishy taste at all. The hint of sesame oil in the sauce made it more special. Fresh seafood cooked this well will always satisfy anyone.

 

Service = 4/5

–          There were a lot of servers and were willing to serve us. On some occasions, we needed to call their attention to get service.

 

Ambience = 4/5

–          In the area, there are two Shylins. The branch we went to had an air-conditioned area and an al fresco area.  The tables and chairs were basic and the air-conditioned area was bright and clean.

 

Value for money = 5/5

–          The total price we paid was very reasonable. The quality of the food they served exceeded my expectations.