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Reacquainting Myself With Cravings

Reacquainting Myself With Cravings

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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A nice, unexpected surprise...

You know, I haven't been to Cravings in years. If I'm not mistaken, my last visit must have been more than a decade ago. I don't even remember what food they serve, or if they served something I liked (well, probably not if I haven't gone there in ages). I remotely recall ordering one of their pasta dishes before, but don't ask me what it was.

Anyway, my mom yanked me toward Cravings, one time when we were debating on where to eat at Shangri-La. She had just been there a few weeks before, and was kind of satisfied with their food, so she wanted me to try it again.

Salad Buffet

Their menu had a list of dishes with descriptions that sent my mouth salivating. They had Rib-Eye Steak, Bacon Cordon Bleu, Roast Beef with Mushroom Sauce, and a lot more. Another thing that caught my eye and got me excited was the fact that these dishes already came with soup and salad buffet -- the same one that we passed by on the way to our table. I think they also had ala carte dishes that you could upgrade to include the said buffet for just an additional P95, if I remember correctly. Not bad!

After much thought, I finally settled for the Tenderloin Tips (P375), which, I have to say was pretty darn good. A burst of savory, beefy goodness greets your mouth upon first bite, injected with bits of garlic here and there. The serving was good enough for one, but if you have a hearty appetite, then just be grateful it does come with unlimited soup and salad.

My mom went for the Chicken and Tongue Pastel (P365), which was surprisingly good, too. A large square-shaped puff pastry covered the entire bowl of piping hot stew. Setting it aside, it uncovered tender chicken and tongue chunks lay submerged in a creamy pottage, with the occasional diced carrots and potatoes. The thick sauce was so delightful that I had to go back for dinner rolls at the buffet spread just so I can have something to dip into it.

The Soup and Salad Buffet was great, and was even better than what some hotel buffets offer. We then capped off the dishes with a lovely glass of Blueberry Iced Tea (P75). I wish more restaurants would offer this particular variant.

Spotted: 5th/F Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City

Have you been to Cravings? Let me know what other dishes there are worth trying.


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