5.064 TERRP 29(1.26) Red Ribbon: Salisbury Steak Meal

-Cycle 5, Item 64-
10 (Mon) March 2014

Salisbury Steak Meal


at Red Ribbon (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 aim for the 37 establishments (currently) on the first floor, working my way up.  

This is the 29th restaurant in the series, the 26th from the 1st floor.  Padre Faure Wing.

Previously covered restaurants (for installments 01-10, see post 11(1.11) below; for installments 11-20, see post 21(1.18) below):

- 11(1.11) Feb 5 / Wendy's (American) (see 5.031 Baconator Mushroom Melt) / 1.0 / $

- 21(1.18) Feb 24 / Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Singaporean) (see 5.050 Chicken Sa Po Fan...) / 2.0 / $
- 22(1.19) Feb 25 / Mangan (Filipino) (see 5.051 Inihaw na Bangus) / 1.0 / $$
- 23(1.20) Feb 26 / Pepper Lunch (Japanese) (see 5.052 Chicken Pepper Rice) / 2.5 / $$
- 24(1.21) Mar 1 / Burger King (American) (see 5.055 3-Meat Whopper) / 1.5 / $
- 25(1.22) Mar 3 / CafeFrance (Western) (see 5.057 Hefty Fish & Potato Wedges) (English) / 0.5 / $$
- 26(1.23) Mar 4 / Goldilocks (Filipino) (see 5.058 Bopis) / 1.0 / $
- 27(1.24) Mar 6 / Robinsons Supermarket - Asian Bites (Japanese) (see 5.060 Mison Ramen) / 3.0 / $
- 28(1.25) Mar 7 / Pizza Hut (American) (see 5.061 Sausage & Mushroom Pizza) / 1.0 / $

Red Ribbon is a Philippine bakery/restaurant chain.  Founded in 1979.  Countless locations throughout the country.  Now owned by Jollibee Foods Corporation.  More about the cakes and pastries than the food.  Every birthday bash, going-away party, commemorative event that I've attended at WHO here has involved some product from Red Ribbon.

Salisbury steak is an American meat dish.  Consists of ground meat, usually beef and/or pork, often with extenders, such as egg, flour, soy; formed into a patty; grilled; and served with gravy.  Essentially the same thing as a Hamburg steak.  Invented sometime in the late 1800s, by Dr. J.H. Salisbury, an early proponent of the low-carb diet.

The Salisbury Steak Meal at Red Ribbon was pretty bad, and yet kinda good.  Even though it's the only non-traditional item on the menu, I ordered it upon the strong recommendation of the cashier--"Our best seller, sir!!"  Steak in creamy mushroom gravy, plus mashed potatoes, diced corn and carrot, steamed rice, choice of fountain beverage, choice of white or chocolate cake.  Objectively, the meat--beef?/pork?/chicken?--and sauce were awful, very evidently artificial/processed, both in texture and taste.  However, it reminded me of the TV dinners that I'd make for myself when I was a kid and my parents were both working late--not that I have fond memories of parental neglect, but even rueful nostalgia can be touching.  Although I'll never go back to Red Ribbon voluntarily, I'd eat the salisbury steak again if someone put it in front of me and I had no other options.

Didn't touch the cake.

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