If there is one Robinsons mall that is closest to my heart that would be Robinsons Galleria for I am a regular mall-goer on this side of Ortigas. Not only it is too accessible for me but in here I can find fantastic shops and restaurants that I can try on weekends especially after hearing Sunday mass at The Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace (better known as EDSA Shrine).
1st day of January when my best gastronomic buddy and I went to Adobo Connection after attending mass for a quick dinner. Why quick? For I have to do my social obligations with my first and second cousins waiting for me at the Robinsons Magnolia (another great mall near home) for a splendid yearly get-together. Having quick dinner doesn't necessarily mean that your order scanty foods, right? I let my buddy decide what to order, hence the following food items. . .
Clean utensils with napkin situated in what seemed to be a container made of woven palm leaves that very well reflects Filipino identity.
Pork Adobo Rice PhP49
As what most of us articulate whenever we got fond of eating a certain rice dish, we cry out loud "kanin pa lang, ulam na!" This order certainly makes sense. Something you gotta first try before ordering anything else from the menu. And I'm sure you will agree with me. Who would say no to two cupful of adobo-flavored rice topped with crispy adobo flakes and shredded egg crepes? Go and order one for merienda next time.
He is Bicolano and so he has this deep liking for spicy dishes. He ordered this one to partner with the Adobo Rice. Not a bad idea instead of ordering just a plain or garlic rice. I rarely eat this type of dish since my mother rarely cook this for us, but this made me miss my best friend so much. She's just so fond of eating this dish way back in college. By the way, Gising-gising is a Filipino dish simply made of ground pork and green beans deliciously cooked in coconut milk. The Adobo Connection's style is so good but with lesser amount of coco milk than I expected. But for the price, it is definitely worth it! I know I can cook this dish well so I am giving it a try soon.
Fried Adobo Paos PhP49
Everybody close to me knows how I insanely love siopao- be it asado or bola-bola. And I seemed to have find a perfect replacement just in case they are not available in siopao stores I regularly visit. Though this one was deep fried to golden brown, I just cannot let go how I lusted for thiese Adodo Paos for several days after I first tasted them. Well, my mother and I sometimes visited in their branch in SM Centerpoint (which I have not blogged yet) but it was always dinner time so I never got the chance to really order this for myself. It is comparable to a delicious and freshly-baked pandesal stuffed with plenty adobo flakes. I almost forgot my name. So filling. So good.
Adobo Spaghetti PhP49
Another good find from the Meryenda Specials menu. If you love pork floss then I would like to believe that it is quite equivalent to enjoying eating adobo flakes. If you are quite tired of eating the same spaghetti from your favorite fast food chain, then it is about time to convert to eating this pasta dish. Not because it is different but also yummy and affordable too. The only thing we did not like about this spaghetti is that the pasta was not cooked to perfection. We were looking for some firm cooked noodles to partner well the hefty portion of adobo flakes.
Whenever we go out for a date, we are always on a lookout for something affordable yet with a surprise factor. I truly recommend Adobo Connection for those who are on a tight budget such as students, wise-spender and even foodies out there who want to be practical and smart in buying something that is worth-consuming. In here you can find delicious and healthy Filipino favorites anytime without overspending.
Our first restaurant to wine and dine in an affordable fashion for 2013 was a success!
Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Ave.
Ugong Norte, Quezon City Philippines