5.113 TERRP 43(2.05) Shakey's: Friday Special Pizza

-Cycle 5, Item 113-
28 (Mon) April 2014

Friday Special Pizza


from Shakey's (Robinsons Place) [takeout]

in my apt

-Ermita, Manila-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP), Phase 2.

In Manila since January, living above Robinsons Place, I've been eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, my unique contribution to the city's food/blog scene.  Initially here on a 3-month contract, I started with the restaurants on the 1st floor (currently 36, down from the initial 40), which I completed last week.  Now staying on a new contract through October, I'm doing the restaurants on the 2nd floor (currently 7, down from the initial 16, then onto to the 3rd and 4th floors, time permitting.  Henceforth, however, I'll take them as they come, no more pushing the agenda; if I don't finish, too bad.

This is the 43rd in the series, the 5th on the 2nd floor.  Pedro Gil Wing.

All restaurants on the 1st floor:

- 39(1.36) Apr 2 / Cabalen (Filipino) (see 5.087 Buffet Scraps) / 1.5 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 2nd floor:

- 18(2.01) Feb 19 / Cyma Greek Taverna (Greek) (see 5.045 Spinach & Artichoke Fondue) / 4.0 / $$$
- 40(2.02) Apr 7 / Pho Hoa Noodle Soup (Vietnamese) (see 5.092 Pho Ga) / 1.0 / $$
- 41(2.03) Apr 13 / Almon Marina (Western) (see 5.098 Sydney Special) / 3.0 / $$
- 42(2.04) Apr 14 / Bacolod Chicken Inasal (Filipino) (see 5.099 Inasal + Adobong Kangkong) / 2.5 / $

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor:

- 12(3.01) Feb 6 / Healthy Shabu Shabu (Japanese) (see 5.032 Fish Fillet Set) / 3.0 / $$$
- 19(3.02) Feb 20 / Shanghai Cuisine (Chinese) (see 5.046 Seafood Chop Suey...) / 2.5 / $$

Surprisingly, healthy point-of-sale marketing!

Alas, I was overcome by the other side.

Shakey's is a chain of American-style pizza restaurants.  Founded in Sacramento, CA, 1954.  Currently 500 stores globally, just 60 in the States, mostly in California, but more than 160 in the Philippines, about half in Metro Manila.

Despite having lived in California for 20 years, I can't recall ever seeing a Shakey's establishment before Manila.

Typical American pizza parlor menu, including buffalo wings and such.

Surprisingly cheap, all regular-sized pies, each enough for 1-2 people, under 200 pesos.

The Friday Special was okay.  The crust was very American, thickish and spongy, dry in flavor.  The cheese and tomato sauce, as well as the shrimp and mushroom toppings, were all competent, if unremarkable.  I probably wouldn't volunteer to go back for more, but I wouldn't object if someone wanted to take me.

The first principle of alcoholism: quantity over quality.

For the "regular" size, they need to work on the cheese:crust ratio, because each piece was essentially just 3 bites of cheese, then crust.

The buffalo wings (2.5) were decent.

In the Philippines, "1 wing" = the entire wing, which in the States and Korea (and maybe most countries?) would be separated into 2 separate pieces.


  1. Goon? Are we in highschool?

    I thought you couldn't resist point-of-sale marketing.

  2. Replies
    1. But you didn't get the salad.

    2. Totally missed my train stop writing on here about goon. Dedication.

  3. Well, I got the pizza, which was also point-of-sale marketed. I can't get everything on every poster.

    As for goon, some of them can be quite nice, especially ones produced by major wineries (albeit budget wineries), who just take the same products otherwise bottled and put them in boxes, much cheaper for everyone.

    I also like the convenience of being able to just have a glass or two, since the remaining wine in the vacuum won't go bad.

    But the goons I've tried here have all been crap.

    Thanks for your dedication!

  4. I only have a few fans, but they're all so dedicated.