5.115 TERRP 45(2.07) Recipes: (Chicken) Gising Gising

-Cycle 5, Item 115-
30 (Wed) April 2014

(Chicken) Gising Gising


at Recipes (Robinsons Place)

-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.

The 2nd floor includes McDonald's and Arya, which also have locations on the 1st floor, previously covered during Phase 1, so I skipped them for Phase 2.

This is the 45th in the series, the 7th on the 2nd floor--the final one (for now)!  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) (Australian) / 3.0 / $$
- 42(2.04) Apr 14 / Bacolod Chicken Inasal (Filipino) (see 5.099 Inasal + Adobong Kangkong) / 2.5 / $
- 43(2.05) Apr 28 / Shakey's (American) (see 5.113 Friday Special Pizza) / 2.5 / $$
- 44(2.06) Apr 29 / Secret Recipe (International) (see 5.114 Penang Fried Kuay Teow) (Malaysian) / 1.0 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor:

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

Recipes is a Filipino restaurant.  A quick internet search suggests that at least 3 locations around Manila exist, or did exist at some point, but this is unconfirmed.  No other information about the business was readily available.  The menu offers many Filipino classics, with stronger emphasis on vegetables, seafood, fish.  Maybe due to the interior design or the menu choices or the food itself, but the general impression is that the place is trying to modernize the Filipino dining experience.

Reasonable prices, most dishes hovering around 200 pesos, rice costs extra.

When beer is 30% cheaper than fresh fruit--in many/most developing countries, soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages are cheaper than bottled water--making the right choice isn't so easy.

Gising gising is a Filipino pork and bean dish.  Consists of ground pork and green beans cut into small  pieces, simmered in coconut milk, often seasoned with shrimp paste.

The gising gising at Recipes was quite good.  The sauce was well-balanced, rich and creamy in flavor, yet delicate in texture.  The beans were perfectly cooked, just so, leaving them fresh and crunchy.  And because I'd availed myself of the chicken-for-pork substitution option, the dish felt light all the way through.  I'd definitely order this again.

The right choice.

A breakdown of the numbers for Phase 2:

6 cuisines by national/regional origin: Filipino (2), American (1), Australian (1), Greek (1), Malaysian (1), Vietnamese (1).

Best meals/dishes: 2.01 Spinach & Artichoke Fondue (4.0) at Cyma Greek Taverna (Greek); 2.07 Gisang Gisang (3.25) at Recipes.

Worst meals/dishes: 2.02 Pho Ga (1.0) at Pho Hoa Noodle Soup; 2.06 Penang Fried Kuay Teow (1.0) at Secret Recipes.

Average rating: 2.46 (much higher than the 1.78 from Phase 1).

On to Phase 3...

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19 Aug 2014

Turns out that I missed one (see generally 5.226 Calamares Caesar).

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