My best friend from high school suggested a meetup as we haven’t seen each other for a very long time. After changing venues about three times, we finally settled to have our lunch date at the Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City. The question remained: where to eat? Power Plant Mall houses a lot of exquisite restaurants at the lower ground level, yet it took me only a few minutes to choose Wild Ginger. Deciding factors were the type of cuisine and the unique presence of the restaurant in the city. 🙂
As far as I’ve observed, Wild Ginger has only one branch, and I wonder why it has not spread out to more all these years when it serves really diverse Southeast Asian food that’s good both to the eyes and the palate. I thought this restaurant is a must-try. It aims to take customers on a taste trip through lands as mystic as India, as exotic as Thailand, and as familiar as the Philippines.
Review of Wild Ginger (Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati)
With minimal decor, the interior was nothing fancy. If there’s anything worth to highlight, it’s the light-colored theme that gives a cool and relaxing vibe. A major plus has to be the cleanliness of the restaurant. Outdoor seating is also available and is good for those who enjoy watching mall-goers walk by.
Compared to the other restaurants on the same floor, there wasn’t a huge crowd of diners at the time we came. This made me appreciate the quietness more, since we had to talk a lot to catch up on updates in life while eating.
Staffs were humble and helpful throughout our dining experience. There wasn’t any rushing involved even if we stayed for about two hours in Wild Ginger. Our glasses were quickly refilled with water and requests were granted promptly. The bill also came out in an appropriate time frame as asked.
Nasi Goreng (PhP 235) was a recommended dish by the restaurant manager. It’s a complete meal with Indonesian fried rice, egg and chicken satay skewers. Having tried several versions of Nasi Goreng from other restaurants, I found that this one is a good contender. The missing ingredient I was looking forward to taste was coconut in the rice and maybe sambal chili. 😛
With the Curry Laksa Seafood (PhP 265), all I needed actually was a soup spoon to scoop up all the goodness in the bowl. The curry soup was made with coconut curry that’s thick, creamy and mildly spicy that didn’t upset the stomach. It had an ample portion of egg noodles mixed with tofu, vegetables, juicy prawns, fish balls, other seafood and spices. The balance of flavors was spot-on. I particularly liked the densely rich flavor of laksa with a slightly gritty texture. Fragrance was very stimulating, indeed.
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
This probably isn’t the kind of place I’d want to eat at on a regular basis, but the menu itself is good enough to bring me in. Wild Ginger features Southeast Asian food that can be playful and nicely presented. Part of the lure is the good mixture of influences—aboriginal, colonial, and modern international. Counting on the quality and authenticity of the food tastes, I’m quite sold that the price for value is fair.