Friday, May 16, 2008

let's eat: pepper lunch

this is not pepper lunch manila. this is pepper lunch singapore. each time we're in singapore, we try to eat in pepper lunch and each time, there's a long queue. and people seem to be willing to wait. but not us. since time is always limited, there are more important things to do than eat (like shop). so when chuvaness told us in confidence a year ago that she was bringing in pepper lunch, we couldn't wait. folks, the wait is over! the first pepper lunch in the philippines opens today at power plant mall! (it's located in the basement level, right across rustan's supermarket.) last saturday, chuvaness invited some bloggers for a food tasting—bryanboy, the bag hag, and the dafinator were there. the fash pack was supposed to go, but with the sudden heavy downpour, flash floods hit the route from our house to the mall. the mall would be closed by the time we got there. so she invited us for pepper dinner last tuesday. by today, this board (with the secret door :-) will be taken down: this is what you'll see. there's more space in the back when you turn right: you order from this counter. the menu has pictures and numbers, making it easy for you to decide what you want. if you have any questions (and we had many), the staff are quite knowledgable about their product. then your orders and the total price will pop up on that screen so you can check for accuracy: we ordered curry beef pepper with drink (P255), salmon pepper rice with drink (P315), seaweed shake! shake! salad (P99), and a dessert called kuromitsu, which is soft-serve ice cream (P30). total price: P699. prices are VAT inclusive (so no phantom-diner additions) and there is no service charge (so leave a little something for the staff :-). let's eat! your food comes sizzling in this shallow cast-iron bowl and it is hot! and it stays hot. the food is cooked just with pepper, and this is where the DIY part comes in. there's salt, pepper, garlic soy sauce, and brown honey sauce on the table and you're supposed to come up with your own saucy concoction, pour it on, and mix mix mix! hurry before the meat gets overcooked! they recommend that you put the meat on top of the vegetables or the rice to prevent overcooking. we decided to split our dish and put the garlic soy sauce on one half, the honey brown sauce on the other. we couldn't decide which was better! all ingredients, except the vegetables, are imported. the sauces, even those used for cooking, are sent over from japan, so they don't even know what's in it. the best way to eat this is as the japanese do: with just a spoon. we ran out of meat and were left with a lot of rice, but we just continued nibbling while making kwentuhan and before we knew it, our bowl was empty! it was just that tasty! congratulations cecile and jeroen, we think you have a winner here! our only comment? we think you're going to have to add another register...

4 comments:

chuvaness said...

thank you for coming and thank you for this post!
cheers,
cecile

izzy said...

I love pepper lunch!!! Ever since I tried it in Singapore 3 years ago I've been dreaming of eating it again! My favorite is the pepper steak a bit mahal but worth it! I hope you have this!

details-later said...

"phantom-diner additions"

Heeeeeeeeeee! Equally amused and grateful for the shoutout!

the fash pack said...

so details-later, have you had any pepper lunch over in singapore? ;-)