5.035 TERRP 14(1.13) CHA-a: Rice + Fake Meat & Potato Stew + Fake Meat & Mushroom Stir-Fry

 -Cycle 5, Item 35-
9 (Sun) February 2014

Rice + Fake Meat & Potato Stew + Fake Meat & Mushroom Stir-Fry


at CHA-a (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP). In Manila through mid-April, living above Robinsons Place, I'm going to attempt eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, so this could be my unique contribution to the food/blog scene of Manila. Given time constraints, I'll begin with the 30 (or so) establishments on the first floor, working my way up.  

This is the 14th restaurant in the series, the 13th from the 1st floor.  Padre Faure Wing.

Previously covered restaurants (see post 11(1.11) below for links to installments 01-10):

11(1.11) Feb 5 / Wendy's (American) (see 5.031 Baconator Mushroom Melt) / 1.0 / $
13(1.12) Feb 7 / Classic Savory (Chinese) (see 5.033 Classic Chicken Combo B4...) / 2.5 / $$

12(3.01) Feb 6 / Healthy Shabu Shabu (Japanese) (see 5.032 Fish Fillet Set) / 3.0 / $$$

See, no hint of the horror within.

CHA-a is Filipino restaurant.  

Going in, I assumed the place to be just another cheap Filipino cafeteria-mode rice-with-two-items-combo joint.  The only hint otherwise was a sign on the window: "NO MEAT & SEAFOOD ALLOWED."  I interpreted it as a poorly worded prohibition against food from the outside.  Turns out, it's a poorly worded declaration about being a vegetarian establishment.  But more than that, CHA-a offers dishes that feature what I suppose are intended to be meat substitutes, probably made from soy.  I should've suspected something when I asked: "Beef?" (about the stew), and the woman behind the counter replied: "Potato" (because it did in fact contain potato), or when I asked: "Chicken?" (about the stir-fry), and she replied: "Mushroom" (because it did in fact contain mushroom).  

Oh my god, the food was so awesomely gross.


  1. Do you check online reviews prior to visiting these restaurants or do you purposely try them without any preconceived notion?

  2. "try them without any preconceived notion." not necessarily "purposely." i mean, because of this project, i'm going to have to try them all anyway, so why bother reading reviews? the only sort of planning is that i'm trying to space out the restaurants according to national origin, so that i don't eat, say, Filipino twice in a row.

  3. I hope it does not end badly like OKRKL.

  4. Nothing could end as badly as OKRKL.

    No comments on the kimchi?? That one's for you!!