My family loves a good food adventure, and we were convinced that we would get just that at Slappy Cakes, which most recently opened a store in Eastwood Mall. International brands coming to Manila undeniably become talk of the town, and so we wanted to see what this particular concept restaurant had in store for us.
Slappy Cakes originated from Portland, and has opened store in Tokyo, Manila, and Maui. It was brought to us by the same people behind Mango Tree.
Here’s a snippet from a Pepper.ph article on Slappy Cakes in which Marketing and PR Manager Karen Caballero defines Slappy Cakes’ food philosophy:
“Slappy Cakes doesn’t want to impose the Filipino taste on its dishes. We may have a Filipino breakfast selection on our menu, but these items have undergone the approval of our American culinary professionals. In short, even our tapa and tocino have been tweaked to satisfy the American taste buds as well.”
This just validates our thoughts about this dinner lineup. Now everything finally makes sense.
Before diving into our own main dishes, we had these to share: choice cuts of chicken, paired with a special sauce and a modest helping of potato wedges. I can’t quite tell what was in the sauce, but it was creamy, slightly sweet, and well-seasoned. Really the perfect contrast to the salty, crispy chicken and potatoes. I liked that the meat wasn’t all breading, too. Two thumbs up!
My dad had pork chops, which were served with vegetables. He thought the meat was just all right, but when paired with the breaded veggies (he’s guessing it was okra) made for some sort of disconnect.
Mom and Jae each got garlic bangus (milk fish), served with garlic rice and scrambled eggs. Nothing out of the ordinary, but serving size was just right to fill their grumbling tummies, hehe.
Josh, meanwhile, had a burger which was served with potato wedges as well. I believe this is a new item on the menu, as is the case with the pork chops. Anyway, if you are a big burger person like my brother (i.e. you’ve tried countless varieties, you can distinguish a good burger from a crap burger, etc.), Josh says you’d find better ones elsewhere.
On to the main event (and my main course): DIY pancakes! I got myself the buttermilk variety (others batters you can choose from: whole grain, chocolate, peanut butter, vegan) simply because the others did not appeal to me at the time. I got some nutella and chocolate syrup to go with the pancakes for a boost in flavor.
These pancakes are testament to Slappy Cakes forte: pancakes (no, duh). Great buttermilk batter recipe! One bottle can make around 10 mini pancakes.
I would suggest that you be more adventurous than I when ordering pancakes at Slappy Cakes (haha). They have a ton of fixins and toppings, so you can go crazy with your pancakes. Sweet or savory?
Jae paired his bangus with a cup of hot choco (not the most ideal of combinations, I know). The menu emphasizes on the drink’s richness/thickness, but Jae says it wasn’t, really.
Josh’s watermelon shake though is worth a try!
All in all a mediocre first trip to Slappy Cakes. This restaurant merits a resounding 3/5 (i.e. okay lang, will not crave for their dishes anytime soon) from us. :)
Taste – 3/5 | Ambience – 3.5/5 |Variety – 3.5/5 | Service – 4/5 | Pricing – 3/5 | Would Go Back? – Maybe
Slappy Cakes | GF Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City