If you’re curious about what constitutes redesigned and refreshing Filipino cuisine, you can check out C2 Classic Cuisine Philippines. Taking its literal name, this restaurant offers everyday classic Filipino comfort food, operated by the Cravings Food Services Inc. You can celebrate anything here with your family and friends (especially foreigners) who want an innovated taste of the Filipino culture.
We often do pass by one of its branches every time we go to Robinsons Place, Manila. Last Sunday, when Louie bought us tickets to the Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013 movie), he received a C2 Classic Cuisine voucher (free Sotanghon Guisado worth PHp 265) over the counter as well as a Red Mango coupon (buy one take one promotion). 😉
So before the movie, we had dinner at C2 Classic Cuisine. Let’s see how it fared on my test here.
Review of C2 Classic Cuisine Philippines (Robinsons Place, Manila)
The ambiance did not represent the customary Filipino restaurants such as those of Cabalen and Kamayan, but I liked the interior design and the orderliness of the space. The ceiling was designed with swirls of lights and spotlights that brought an orange glow on the orange-and-brown theme.
For customer service, I give only one star for the waiter who served us free appetizers while waiting for our orders.
Beyond that though, the waiting staffs were not awesome. They missed our calling every time we raised our hands up high and every time we called “Miss” or “Mister” out loud. (Maybe it was Piolo Pascual’s fault as he was singing live on the background and people were screaming at the top of their lungs for him.)
But that should not be an excuse for them to ignore dining customers! Apparently, they were having dinner at that time, in one table, altogether. How sweet. 😯 They should have found a way to get a door (since the restaurant had no door) or gate to close when they are not free to entertain guests. When it was time to request for the bill, Louie just stood up to approach them. (They all turned their backs on customers.) What if we just walked out without paying on purpose for them to learn their lesson?
In sum, I am not exaggerating when I say they had a lack of attentiveness. Their minds were in their own little micro-bubble within a bubble within an even tinier bubble.
Beautifully presented, in a tidy square plate that’s almost too pretty to touch, the Sweet and Sour Fish (PHp 385) featured a generous helping of fish fillet smothered with sweet and sour sauce with bell peppers and thinly sliced carrots. The fish fillet was slightly crisp on the outside and succulent on the inside. The flavors of the vegetables meddled together nicely.
Another appealing dish was the free one we got from the voucher as mentioned: Sotanghon Guisado. I thought it would be dry but it turned out to be soft and smooth. It was made of rice noodles cooked in soy sauce and chicken stock with chicken strips, local vegetables, peanuts and topped with scrambled eggs.
C2 had us licking the plates clean. Not literally, though—because that would be a frigging embarrassing act! Also, we got super full after finishing almost 3/4 of the food.
Price for Value: ★★☆☆☆
Prices of the dishes on the menu range from PHp 300-500 in average. I thought I can eat more palatable food in other restaurants offering similar dishes. Simply put, these two stars mean: Go if you’re in the mood. It’s good, but there’s nothing special.
C2 Classic Cuisine Robinsons Place, Manila
G/F Robinsons Place Manila, Midtown Wing,
Adriatico St cor Pedro Gil Ermita, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 567-2402
Summit Ridge Hotel Tagaytay
Cravings Center Katipunan: 426-6681 to 87
18 Missouri St. Northeast Greenhills, San Juan City: (632) 723-2347
Shangri-La Mall: 636-1510
SM Megamall: 470-1149
Robinsons Midtown: 567-2402