5.233 TERRP 75(4.01) Pancake House: Best Taco in Town x 2

-Cycle 5, Item 233-
26 (Tue) August 2014

Best Taco in Town x 2


from Pancake House (Robinsons Place)

in my apartment

-Ermita, Manila-


TERRP (Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place), Phase 4.

In Manila since January, here through October under the current contract, 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.  I've tried all the restaurants on the 1st floor (currently 36, down from the initial 40), the 2nd floor (currently 8, down from the initial 14), and the 3rd floor (currently 30).  And finally, to finish out this godforsaken project, I'm now on the 4th floor (currently 11).  After tonight, 10 more to go--the home stretch--I can taste the end.

This is the 75th in the series, the 1st on the 4th floor.  Padre Faure Wing.

All restaurants on the 1st floor:

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

All restaurants on the 2nd floor:

- 74(2.08) Aug 19 / Jack's Loft (Western) (see 5.226 Calamares Caesar) (Italian) / 0.5 / $$

All restaurants on the 3rd floor:

- 73(3.30) Aug 18 / Gerry's Grill (Filipino) (see 5.225 Pinakbet) / 2.0 / $$

Pancake House is an American/Filipino restaurant chain.  Founded in 1970.  Currently over 20 locations throughout the Philippines, 2 in Malaysia.  Originally started as a pancake/waffle joint, the menu has since expanded to include various main dishes, some American, others Filipino.  Part of a growing restaurant family that also owns Teriyaki Boy (see generally 5.207 Teriyaki Boy Chicken Ju).

I can't recall the last time that I ate pancakes, probably back in elementary school.

With English being an official language of the Philippines--in fact, anything official, such as government documents, laws, school textbooks, are written exclusively in English--commercial copy tends to be very well drafted, sounding very natively American.

Case in point: "South of the Border"--cultural and linguistic affinities aside, the Philippines sometimes forgets that it's not actually the USA.

The Best Taco in Town--the only taco in town*--was okay.  In the classic Taco Bell style--even the Mexican food here is more American--crispy shell, ground beef, shredded cheese and lettuce, minced tomato and onion.  I doubt that I'd ever go back for more, but wouldn't mind if I were forced to.

*Come to think of it, Mexican food is very rare in the Philippines.  Which is odd not only because of the recent American influence but also the prior Spanish colonization, which was administered via Mexico.   There had been a burrito joint on the 2nd floor of the mall, but it shut down before I got to it.  No other Mexican restaurants anywhere nearby.  

 Nifty holder for takeout.

Forgot to add the tomato and onion until the second taco--much better with.

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