Yesterday, I posted about the Unlimited Cakes and Coffee promo at Cravings Center Katipunan. I mentioned we were invited by C2 Classic Cuisine to try their Signature Series featuring Pinoy dishes that we all love, with their own spin to it. Upon seeing the options we have, Ken and I looked forward to a hearty meal.
The Signature Series sets below are no longer available since November, but you can order each dish separately from C2. Now, look at these choices and guess which set we chose.
Each set is good for 3 to 4 persons, but since we weren’t able to invite anyone else, we “tried” to finish off everything ourselves. 😀 All of them include a carafe of their own Pandan Iced Tea blend (Php 180 for 1 liter, Php 70 / glass).
Their Pandan Iced Tea was refreshing and it cooled me right off. It was a little warm that afternoon so this was a truly welcome thirst quencher. 🙂
Okay, we chose Set B mainly because of the Crispy Kare-kare. But, first, here’s our appetizer – Tatlong Ensalada (Php 255).
These are three of the most popular salads or appetizers we Filipinos enjoy – green mangoes with tomatoes and bagoong (shrimp paste), grilled eggplant (skinned) ensalada with red onions, and salted egg with tomatoes. It’s been a long time since we had any of these (we’re not used to preparing appetizers at home when there’s no occasion 😀 ) so we really enjoyed them along with the rest of our main dishes. My favorite was the eggplant. 🙂
Next up is the Sizzling Bangus Belly (Php 365). Since we’re from Malabon, we’ve had milkfish (bangus) prepared at home like a gazillion ways. So we had really high expectations on this dish. This didn’t disappoint. The boneless bangus was crispy and seasoned well. 🙂
Finally, the Crispy Kare-kare (Php 685). With a mother who we think cooks the BEST and most flavorful version of kare-kare (a lot of our friends can attest to this), we were slightly disappointed with this one. We were looking for a more nutty taste on the sauce.
The pata was very crispy to our liking. But, we really expected a lot from the Kare-kare sauce, especially upon knowing they were in the Sooo Pinoy Top 10 restos that serve the best version of this dish. For us, Kare-kare is truly all about the sauce. The bagoong did help in this case. Maybe they’re just trying to avoid overwhelming their diners with nuttiness so they kept it at this level. Theirs was still good, don’t get me wrong. I guess we’re more used to our nanay’s version of this so we can’t help but compare. 😉
Overall, we had a satisfying meal at C2 Classic Cuisine Restaurant in Cravings Center Katipunan, especially after we enjoyed multiple servings of Cravings’ cakes for dessert. 😀 We were energized for a whole afternoon of shopping and Ken’s slick trick. 😀
Thank you, C2 Classic Cuisine for the invite! We’re looking forward to coming back and trying your other Filipino dishes. 🙂
C2 Classic Cuisine Restaurant
Branches: Cravings Center Katipunan, Shangri-La, Megamall, Rockwell, Midtown, SM North, Greenhills, Summit Ridge Hotel Tagaytay
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