Saturday, January 14, 2012

Yumyumyum at Nomnomnom

Early this afternoon, Z asked me if I wanted to have dinner with her and Berber, and I suggested that we eat at Nomnomnom. I’ve missed that place, and was pretty excited to eat there again. Once they agreed to have dinner there, I already thought about what I wanted to order. I have to admit I could hardly wait for 7pm to arrive.

They picked me up right on time, then we proceeded to Nomnomnom. We were all very hungry, so we ordered quickly. On my part, it helped that I knew exactly what I wanted to eat even before I got there. I had fried ravioli as an appetizer, and spicy squid for my main course.

Spicy Squid

When the food arrived, and it arrived quickly, we hardly talked to each other as we were all busy wolfing down our food. We probably all ate a bit too quickly, but then, as I said, we were all famished.

The food was excellent, as usual. My only complaint was that the garlic cream sauce for the ravioli was too watery.

Fried Ravioli

When we pointed this out to the server, he said that that was really how it was supposed to be. I’ve ordered this dish several times in the past though, and I’ve had the sauce at a thicker and much more acceptable consistency. It was a disappointment to have the sauce in such a liquid state as it was hard to put on the ravioli.

This lapse is not enough to stop me from going to Nomnomnom though. I really love this place. So many options for pescetarians, and even vegetarians. I just hope they get the ravioli dipping sauce right next time.

E. Rodriguez Ave.
Quezon City

Thursday, January 12, 2012

An almost wonderful dinner at California Pizza Kitchen

After being away for a few months, I was eager to meet up with two of my most reliable eating partners (meaning I can always rely on them to eat as much as I do), Angel and Kennie. Kennie chose the place, so it was to be California Pizza Kitchen in Greenhills this time. Angel and I arrived earlier than she did, and we took the liberty of ordering our food even if she wasn't there yet, as we both couldn't wait to eat. Thankfully, she arrived in time to taste everything we had.

I ordered the Bang Bang Shrimp to start with. It was described as "lightly fried shrimp tossed in spicy sweet chili sauce with scallions and toasted sesame seeds". At first, Angel, who doesn't like spicy food, was hesitant to try it. After she took a bite though, she declared it to be very good, despite the slight scorch. It was only mildly hot, in my opinion, but Angel is really sensitive to chili. I liked the shrimp a lot, although there was not much of it. Then again, the dish was filed under "small plates" in the menu, so it was exactly what it was described to be.

Bang Bang Shrimp

For my main course, I ordered Portobello Mushroom Ravioli. I was very happy with it. I like both portobello and ravioli, so it's always a treat to have them in one dish. Both Kennie and Angel thought it delicious as well.

Portobello Mushroom Ravioli

Now for the "almost-wonderful" part. For dessert, Kennie and I were excited to try their molten chocolate cake, since this is the dessert we always have when we eat at Chili's. We wanted to see if CPK's version was as good as that one.

Sadly, it was not. It looked appetizing enough, as you can see from this photo. However, once we dug in, we could hardly find any cake. It seemed to be a mini-ocean of chocolate sauce. We were so disappointed with this dessert. I never thought I'd find a molten chocolate cake I didn't like, but it apparently does exist, in CPK. I don't know if this is how they usually prepare this, or if this was a momentary lapse. In any case, I'm never ordering it again in this restaurant.

Molten Chocolate Cake

It's a good thing I was very happy with the shrimp and the ravioli. Otherwise the poorly made cake would've put me off ever eating in California Pizza Kitchen ever again.

California Pizza Kitchen
Ortigas Ave., Greenhills
San Juan, Metro Manila
Tel. no. (63)(2)725.7377