To celebrate a special day, we (or was it just Alvie? lol) were invited to grab lunch at Uncle Cheffy with friends. I have never eaten here, so I was looking forward to it!
Awesome sign! It's like it's out of a comic.
We were late but arrived just in time *wink wink* because our arrival coincided with that of all the food. Not on purpose, I promise!
Memphis Barbeque U.S. Beef Rib Finger, P595.00
(1,000 grams) with salad and marble potatoes and sauces.
Ribs! Boy, do they know how to start off a meal!
This looks good, but what was on the menu looked SO much better (see link below). Menu deceptions aren't very rare, I guess, so that's fine. This dish was also just fine for me. I liked the volume of the meat, but felt that the taste was just okay. The meat was tender enough. If I were to compare, I'd say this is a far cry from Racks' tender ribs or New Orleans' flavorful ribs.
Spaghetti Alejandro, P350.00
Spanish inspired pasta with tomato sauce, smoked chorizo, pimientos and edam cheese.
While I love giant pieces of cheese as much as anyone, this did not look very appetizing to me. But hey, I love pasta. I didn't really taste chorizo or much else because this just tasted like tomato sauce. Nothing more. Pasta doesn't seem to be their specialty but I think they need to up the ante on this one.
Tiuey Noodles, P295.00
Asian fried noodles with beef, asparagus and cilantro.
I should have said "no uey" to this dish (Just kidding! I didn't order). This was much better (and cheaper) than the spaghetti, but I don't quite understand the charm of this dish. It's Asian but does not taste like it is. It still tasted very much like a pasta dish and I could taste some tomato sauce.here, too. I don't recall that it had asparagus. Hmm, I suggest just avoiding the noodles at Uncle Cheffy's. They aren't horrible, and perhaps this is just personal preference. No one else voiced displeasure over the noodles, but no one was raving about them either.
I couldn't find this on the menu so it might only be available as a part of the panizza set (details in menu link below). The chicken was alright and tasted a lot like chicken estofado, which tastes a lot like adobo, which isn't my thing.
Panizza (clockwise from top): East Meets West, P495.00 for 1 whole Larry's Craving, P495.00 for 1 whole Uncle Cheffy Favorites, P395.00 for 1 whole Seafood Lovers, P425.00 for 1 whole
This isn't normally available and is also a part of the set whose menu is below. You get to try 4 for the price one. Not bad, eh? I'm not really going to describe each flavor because apart from some small differences, they all tasted very similar. Honestly, I'm not a fan of thin pizza, and the flavors of these panizzas seemed quite subdued and lacking in life for me. One fun part is how the panizza is eaten. You add lettuce, alfalfa, tomatoes and roll it all up like so.
Fun, yes, and it grants a different experience but the taste came short for us. This, considering the fact that I love all pizza. Focaccia in A. Venue has a better version of this, but just the same, I don't like my pizza thin! Verdict:
Memphis Barbeque U.S. Beef Rib Finger: Okay
Spaghetti Alejandro: Bad
Tiuey Noodles: Okay
Chicken Maurino: Okay
I don't enjoy being overly critical but there you have it! I expected a lot more because it seems to remain a strong restaurant in Burgos Circle after a long while and I heard good things about it. Perhaps we were just really unlucky? or perhaps it's just a matter of preference. Anyways, it was still a fun occasion and the service was quite good.
Date of Visit: 2013-07-05