If there’s anything that we all commonly do in a restaurant, it’s that we “eat and go.” Agree? Basically, customers order food, eat the food, pay for it and leave. This is probably why the owner of Eat and Go named the restaurant literally as such.
Last Monday, we had an onsite visit at SM Megamall for a project. Together with my teammates, I observed the employees for a time-and-motion study to be able to make recommendations in realizing possible improvements with supporting metrics. The procedure took us two to three hours from capturing behavior and verbal report information to drawing our conclusions. Come lunch time, our boss agreed to treat us to any restaurant we choose. Any, huh?
SM Megamall is a super mega big mall and considering that it is home to a big number of restaurants (in every floor) with delectable finds, deciding where to eat took us more than half an hour. Eliminated in our picks were buffet restaurants and those I have been to. 😛 At last, we found Eat and Go standing still with its captivating slogan, “Fast, Fresh & Delicious.” That hit me hard, but their food didn’t closely hit right on my target.
Review of Eat and Go (SM Megamall Atrium, Mandaluyong)
Eat and Go’s facade with bright LED lights was pretty neat. Minimalistic was the vibe throughout and quietness surrounded the place. Maybe it’s because we dined in a weekday. Its white walls are filled with colorful pictures of food arranged in an organized fashion. Its limited rectangular floor area echoed to a trendy yet casual atmosphere.
I thought Eat and Go is lucky to be situated in that wing of SM Megamall, the Atrium, because it would have “free” marketing to diners who went to adjacent restos like Amici, C2 Classic Cuisine, Yabu and other more familiar ones to our buds.
The staff led us to a table and took our orders quickly upon our entrance. She assisted in taking chairs from the next tables to make us more comfortable in our seating. She took orders fast and served the food in a span of 10-15 minutes as promised.
In my first glimpse of Eat and Go’s simple two-pager menu, I felt confused as there was a conflicting fusion of food: European, American, and Mediterranean. The menu contained special highlight to its “Super Exclusive Meals” for one to three people where diners can choose any one, two or three entrees that will be served with salad and bottomless iced tea or lemonade.
Recommended dishes in the main entrees section were the Angus Burger Steak (PHp 245), Pork Tenderloin (PHp 195), Sesame Steak (PHp 295) and Roasted Chicken (PHp 195). None of which was approved or allowed in my diet so I had to go with my instinct in the Pasta section: the Prawn Bacatini (PHp 165).
The menu described it as “prawn in pink sauce tossed and boiled with bucatini.” And true enough, the singular form of “prawn” there arrived as it was: single! You won’t see it even in the picture (fourth quadrant below). Taste was plainly disappointing. It was a middling version of the dish I thought it would be.
My teammates’ orders were equally disheartening. They were composed of the Waldorf salad with lettuce, apple slices, cubed chicken, walnut, homemade dressing (PHp 175), Fish Scallopini (PHp 185) and Steak Salpicao (PHp 295). The pasta alfredo and beans (from the can) as side dishes were cooked with poor quality and they sure deserved a spot in the trash bag. The servings were enough to fill your stomach but not your appetite. All did not merit a return visit.
Price for Value: ★☆☆☆☆
If you have a budget of PHp 150-300 for a cheap culinary adventure, I don’t recommend eating at Eat and Go. Per my standards, I say that it’s not one restaurant you can stay for long because of the glaring flaws of the food. For those wanting to escape from the monotony of high salt and tasteful food though, their dishes may scratch that itch.
Eat and Go
3/F SM Megamall, Atrium, Doña Julia Vargas Ave. Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
For inquiries, call (02) 635- 9559