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5.247 TERRP 85(4.11) KFC: Original Recipe Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes

-Cycle 5, Item 247-
9 (Tue) September 2014

-American-
Original Recipe Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes

3.0

at KFC (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-

solo

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, liberation.


This is the 85th in the series--DONE--the 11th on the 4th floor--DONE.  Padre Faure Wing--DONE.

All restaurants on the 1st floor:

- 01(1.01) Jan 13 / C2 Classic Cuisine (Filipino) (see generally 5.008 Chicken Pork Adobo...) / 2.5 / $$
- 02(1.02) Jan 15 / Banana Leaf (Asian) (see 5.010 Stir-Fried Noble Leaves with Garlic) (Malaysian) / 3.5 / $$
- 03(1.03) Jan 16 / Holy Cow!* (American) (see 5.011 Lonestar Grilled Pork Chop) / 2.0 / $$$
- 04(1.04) Jan 21 / Super Bowl of China* (Chinese) (see 5.016 Pork Strips with Kangkong...) / 3.5 / $$
- 05(1.05) Jan 23 / TGI Friday's* (American) (see 5.018 Filipino Platter) (Filipino) / 2.5 / $$$
- 06(1.06) Jan 24 / Tempura (Japanese) (see 5.019 Ramen Burger) / 0.0 / $$
- 07(1.07) Jan 28 / Hainanese Delights (Singaporean) (see 5.023 Hainanese Delights) / 2.5 / $
- 08(1.08) Jan 29 / Mr. Choi Kitchen (Chinese) (see 5.024 Egg Fuyong with Scallops) / 3.0 /  $$
- 09(1.09) Feb 3 / Shawarma Snack Corner (Mid-East) (see 5.029 Chicken + Beef Shawarma Sandwiches) / 1.5 / $
- 10(1.10) Feb 4 / Maru (Korean) (see 5.030 Ggot Deung Sim) / 1.0 / $$$
- 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 / $$
- 14(1.13) Feb 9 / CHA-a (Filipino) (see 5.035 Rice + Fake Meat & Potato Stew...) / 0.5 / $
- 15(1.14) Feb 10 / McDonald's (American) (see 5.036 1-Piece Chicken McDo ... Meal) (Filipino) / 1.0 / $
- 16(1.15) Feb 12 / Greenwich (American) (see 5.037 Garden Fresh Thin Crust Pizza) / 1.5 / $
- 17(1.16) Feb 13 / Soi (Thai) (see 5.039 Thai Kangkong) / 3.5 / $$
- 20(1.17) Feb 23 / Italianni's (Italian) (see 5.049 Grilled Pepper Fish Fillet (with Spaghetti)) / 4.0 / $$$
- 21(1.18) Feb 24 / Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Singaporean) (see 5.050 Chicken Sa Po Fan...) / 2.0 / $
- 22(1.19) Feb 25 / Mangan (Filipino) (see 5.051 Inihaw na Bangus) / 1.0 / $$
- 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 / $
- 29(1.26) Mar 10 / Red Ribbon (Filipino) (see 5.064 Salisbury Steak Meal) (American) / 2.0 / $
- 30(1.27) Mar 12 / Yasu (Japanese) (see 5.066 Oyakodon) / 2.5 / $
- 31(1.28) Mar 17 / Jollibee (Filipino) (see 5.071 Garlic Bangus) / 1.0 / $
- 32(1.29) Mar 18 / UCC Café Terrace (Japanese) (see 5.072 Zha Jiang Mian) (Chinese) / 2.5 / $$
- 33(1.30) Mar 19 / Uncle Cheffy (Western) (see 5.073 Cream Dory Meunière) (French) / 1.5 / $$$
- 34(1.31) Mar 20 / Kenny Rogers Roasters* (American) (see 5.074 Roast Chicken Plate) / 1.5 / $
- 35(1.32) Mar 21 / Sakae Sushi (Japanese) (see 5.075 All Day Sushi Buffet) / 2.0 / $$
- 36(1.33) Mar 25 / Racks (American) (see 5.079 Racks Baby Ribs) / 2.5 / $$
- 37(1.34) Mar 26 / Arya (Persian) (see 5.080 Arya Shishlik) / 2.0 / $$$
- 38(1.35) Apr 1 / Café Breton (French) (see 5.086 Galette Bretonne) / 2.5 / $$
- 39(1.36) Apr 2 / Cabalen (Filipino) (see 5.087 Buffet Scraps) / 1.5 / $$

*no longer in business

All 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 / $$
- 45(2.07) Apr 30 / Recipes (Filipino) (see 5.115 (Chicken) Gisang Gisang) / 3.25 / $$
- 74(2.08) Aug 19 / Jack's Loft* (Western) (see 5.226 Calamares Caesar) / 0.5 / $$

*no longer in business

All restaurants on the 3rd floor:

- 12(3.01) Feb 6 / Healthy Shabu Shabu (Japanese) (see 5.032 Fish Fillet Set) / 3.0 / $$$
- 19(3.02) Feb 20 / Shanghai Cuisine (Chinese) (see 5.046 Seafood Chop Suey...) / 2.5 / $$
- 46(3.03) May 7 / Casa Ilongga (Filipino) (see 5.122 Pork BBQ + Ginataang Pusong na Saging) / 2.0 / $
- 47(3.04) May 9 / Yellow Cab (American) (see 5.125 Tribeca Mushroom Pizza) / 3.0 / $$
- 48(3.05) May 12 / Mr. Pares (Filipino) (see 5.127 Pork Caldereta) / 2.5 / $
- 49(3.06) May 14 / Chin's Express (Chinese) (see 5.129 Sio Mai Mami) / 0.5 / $
- 50(3.07) May 15 / Westwood (Filipino) (see 5.130 Chicken Inasal) / 3.5 / $
- 51(3.08) May 19 / Fivestar Family Restaurant (Southeast Asian) (see 5.134 Beef Redang...) (Indonesian) / 3.0 / $
- 52(3.09) May 20 / Idang's Grille (Filipino) (see 5.131 Inihaw na Pusit + Adobong Kangkong) / 1.0 / $
- 53(3.10) May 21 / The Old Spaghetti House (Italian) (see 5.132 Pepper Crusted Fish Fillet...) / 1.5 / $$
- 54(3.11) May 27 / Davao Tuna Grill (Filipino) (see 5.142 Grilled Tuna Belly...) / 1.0 / $
- 55(3.12) June 2 / Mongolian Quick-Stop (Mongolian) (see 5.148 Mongolian Bowl) / 2.0 / $
- 56(3.13) June 8 / Ajisen Ramen (Japanese) (see 5.154 Kakuni Ramen) / 2.5 / $$
- 57(3.14) June 9 / Fiesta Seafoods Foodhaus (Filipino) (see 5.155 Seafood Grill) / 0.5 / $
- 58(3.15) June 17 / Kim n' Chi (Korean) (see 5.163 Bibimbab) / 1.0 / $
- 59(3.16) June 22 / Tiktilaok (Filipino) (see 5.168 Hearty Garlic Roasted Chicken) / 1.5 / $
- 60(3.17) July 7 / Sbarro (Italian) (see 5.183 Mushroom / Sausage Pizza) / 3.0 / $$
- 61(3.18) July 9 / Handaan (Filipino) (see 5.185 BBQ Chicken + Chop Suey) / 0.5 / $
- 62(3.19) July 10 / Pho Sac (Vietnamese) (see 5.186 Pho Ga) / 1.5 / $
- 63(3.20) July 14 / Bagnetboy (Filipino) (see 5.190 Bagnet Solo...) / 1.5 / $
- 64(3.21) July 15 / Gumbo (American) (see 5.191 Umm...Chicken Gumbo) / 2.5 / $$
- 65(3.22) July 30 / Inihaw Express (Filipino) (see 5.206 Kilawan + Bicol Express...) / 0.5 / $
- 66(3.23) July 31 / Teriyaki Boy (Japanese) (see 5.207 Teriyaki Boy Chicken Ju) / 2.5 / $$
- 67(3.24) Aug 1 / Kamay-Kainan (Filipino) (see 5.211 Pusit Adobong) / 1.0 / $
- 68(3.25) Aug 5 / Brooklyn (American) (see 5.212 Tomato & Anchovy Pizza) / 2.0 / $$
- 69(3.26) Aug 11 / Steak Escape (Filipino) (see 5.218 Pork Tocino & Fried Egg Platter) / 2.5 / $
- 70(3.27) Aug 12 / Paotsin (Chinese) (see 5.219 Shark's Fin) / 0.5 / $
- 71(3.28) Aug 13 / Adobo Connection (Filipino) (see 5.220 Traditional Adobo Combo) / 1.5 / $
- 72(3.29) Aug 14 / The Shrimp Shack (American) (see 5.221 Shrimp Po'boy Sandwich) / 1.5 / $$
- 73(3.30) Aug 18 / Gerry's Grill (Filipino) (see 5.225 Pinakbet) / 2.0 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 4th floor:

- 75(4.01) Aug 26 / Pancake House (American/Filipino) (see 5.233 Best Taco in Town x 2) (Mexican)  / 2.5 / $$
- 76(4.02) Aug 27 / Karate Kid (Japanese/American) (see 5.234 Beef Teriyaki Bento) (Japanese) / 2.25 / $
- 77(4.03) Aug 28 / Max's Restaurant (Filipino) (see 5.235 Fried Chicken) / 2.75 / $$
- 78(4.04) Aug 29 / Chowking (Chinese) (see 5.236 Chinese-Style Fried Chicken...) / 2.5 / $
- 79(4.05) Aug 30 / Taters (American) (see 5.237 Quarter Pound Churkey Burger Meal) / 1.25 / $
- 80(4.06) Sep 1 / Marina Oyster Seafood Grill (Filipino) (see 4.239 Crispy Crablets) / 2.0 / $$
- 81(4.07) Sep 2 / New Bombay (Indian) (see 5.240 Eggplant Barta) / 1.0 / $$
- 82(4.08) Sep 3 / The Aristocrat (Filipino) (see 5.241 An Aristocratic Feast for Four) / 2.5 / $$
- 83(4.09) Sep 4 / Bonchon (Korean) (see 5.242 Soy Garlic Chicken) / 3.25 / $$
- 84(4.10) Sep 7 / Yaki Mix (Asian) (see 5.245 Grill Buffet) / 1.5 / $$$

 GRAVY STATION

In the end, it all came down to KFC (see most recently 4.353 Fried Chicken, Original Recipe).  Didn't plan it that way, but why not, WTF.

A breakdown of the numbers for Phase 4:

8 cuisines by national/regional origin: Filipino (3), American (2), Chinese (1), Japanese (1), Indian (1), Korean (1), Mexican (1), Asian (1).

Best dish: Soy Garlic Chicken (3.25) from Bonchon.

Worst dish: Eggplant Barta (1.0) at New Bombay.

Average rating: 2.23 (Phase 1 = 1.78; Phase 2 = 2.22; Phase 3 = 1.80).

I was sorely tempted to order the "Spanish Salpicao," would've been the ultimate masochistic cruel irony, fully deserved, but I didn't feel like writing about salpicao in this post.

A breakdown of the numbers for TERRP in its entirety:

20 cuisines by national/regional origin: 

Filipino (27)
American (15)
Japanese (9)
Chinese (8)
Italian (4) 
Korean (3)
French (2)
Malaysian (2)
Middle-Eastern (2)
Singaporean (2)
Vietnamese (2)
Asian (1)
Australian (1)
English (1)
Greek (1)
Indian (1)
Indonesian (1)
Mexican (1)
Mongolian (1)
Thai (1)

Meals shared with others:

14 (71 lonely meals)

Best meals/dishes (in descending order):

2.01 (5.045 Spinach & Artichoke Fondue) (4.0) at Cyma Greek Taverna 
1.02 (5.010 Stir-Fried Noble Leaves with Garlic) (3.5) at Banana Leaf
3.07 (5.130 Chicken Inasal) (3.5) at Westwood
1.16 (5.039 Thai Kangkong) (3.5) at Soi
1.04 (5.016 Pork Strips with Kangkong...) (3.5) at Super Bowl of China

Restaurants worthy of repeat visits (in descending order):

Italianni's
Sbarro
Banana Leaf
Mr Choi Kitchen

[Cyma--until recently, this would've been a no-brainer, but I'm beginning to think otherwise these days (see most recently 5.226 Calamares Caesar); I'll be going back soon for confirmation.] [confirmed (see 5.254 Lamb Keftedes).]

Restaurants repeatable if necessary (in descending order):

Soi
Arya
Westwood
Ajisen Ramen
5-Star Family Restaurant

Worst meals/dishes (in descending order):

1.06 (5.019 Ramen Burger) (0.0) at Tempura
2.08 (5.226 Calamares Caesar) (0.5) at Jack's Loft
3.27 (5.219 Shark's Fin) (0.5) at Paotsin
3.06 (5.129 Sio Mai Mami) (0.5) at Chin's Express
3.22 (5.206 Kilawan + Bicol Express...) (0.5) at Inihaw Express
3.18 (5.185 BBQ Chicken + Chop Suey) (0.5) at Handaan
3.14 (5.155 Seafood Grill) (0.5) at Fiesta Seafoods Foodhaus
3.11 (5.142 Grilled Tuna Belly...) (1.0) at Davao Tuna Grill
1.23 (5.058 Bopis) (1.0) at Goldilocks
1.10 (5.030 Ggot Deung Sim) (1.0) at Maru
1.25 (5.061 Sausage & Mushroom Pizza) (1.0) from Pizza Hut

Average rating:

1.66--surprisingly high.

I suppose that I should discuss how I feel about completing the project, what I've learned, where it'll take me next.  

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