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KETTLE AT SHANGRI-LA PLAZA EAST WING : INSPIRING COMFORT FOOD

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My recent (food) trip to East Wing of Shangri-la Plaza proved that it has become one of the best dining districts not only in Mandaluyong City, but in entire Metro Manila. It’s fertile with upscale and creative restaurants that mostly offer gastronomic treats and joy particularly to those with discriminating taste. I’m glad that I finally got the chance to understand the reason behind why Kettle, a fresh comfort food place, located at its 5th level, continues to draw attention from foodies and casual diners.

While it is easy to appreciate Kettle’s friendly ambiance, relaxed interiors and attentive and efficient service, for they are a perfect combination and an attractive stimuli to the eyes and the palates, it is Chef Chiloy’s culinary expertise that turned Kettle in one corner of East Wing into a sensational restaurant. Every muted ingredient from the plates that we sampled was apparently transformed into an impressive dish!
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Water, Lemon Iced Tea, Green Iced Tea, Peach Iced Tea. Thirst-quenchers!

In a tropical and at times humid Manila atmosphere, Kettle’s beverage menu is absolutely refreshing! My vote goes with Green Iced Tea and Peach Iced Tea (PhP 149+/carafe). Young and kiddie diners, as well as the health conscious ones, will surely be biased with Kettle’s Fresh Fruit Shake; while those with matured preference will certainly be interested with the restaurant’s wine and beer list.

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Pork and Potato Strips.

Pork and Potato Strips (PhP 339+) from the appetizer choices won me in a heart beat. I lost for superlatives to describe those bite-sized and  crunchy pork belly tossed with fresh potato strips, fried without grease miraculously and flavored with fried herbs and red pepper aioli, but it’s actually addictive! It kept us nibbling almost incessantly. I repeat, ADDICTIVE! Go figure.

Here’s a macroscopic shot of that genius potato fries. Believe me, it tastes far better than it looks!

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Another appetizer we had was Baked Brie (PhP 389+).

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Baked Brie.

Served with side salad and balsamic syrup, this puff pastry with forest berries jam appeared really light and interesting but not at par with Pork and Potato Strips as being Kettle’s best appetizer on my book.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken.

Kettle’s brilliant expression of the usual comfort food, fried chicken left all of us in awe and wonder. From its crispy and lightly battered skin (Sinful. Spells HYPERLIPIDEMIA, I know!), the tender chicken fillets in huge fractions were gloriously seasoned to perfection! They’re beautiful and ultimately delicious sans condiments! However, for complete Kettle experience, you need to dip a chunk of that happiness to its country gravy and drizzle it with cajun honey, toy it in your mouth, swallow smoothly then dunk your fork to those equally tasteful honey glazed cornbread muffins. Bliss! :) For that moment, Kettle’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken (PhP 519+)  melted my worries and stress away and made me forget all the fried chicken versions (including my favorites!) that I’ve tasted from other restaurants and fast food joints here and abroad. It was that sublime!

Hallelujah!

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If Buttermilk Fried Chicken victoriously convinced my heart and soul that there’s logic behind its being famous from Kettle’s menu, Miso Glazed Salmon (PhP 559+) from the menu of entrees placed second on my list.

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Miso Glazed Salmon.

This warm and cold dish of Pan fried Norwegian salmon, marinated cold soba noodles, mango cilantro salsa reminded me silently of my weeks in Tokyo; it must be because of the soba and my undying love for salmon.

I love how Kettle incorporates sandwiches on their menu. Although I understand that it’s neither an economic nor a social priority, it gives the Filipino taste buds that live and thrive on rice meals, a chance to sample Western favorites like Reuben, Angus Beef Burger and more. Indirectly, eating such foreign sandwiches once in a while, may inspire and stimulate the wanderlust in us to dream and travel more and explore the other parts of the globe!

Talking about sandwiches, if you’re into grilled cheese, this one’s for you…

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Kettle Grilled Four Cheese.

It may not look much but this Grilled Four Cheese (PhP 329+) sandwich made of English loaf, Gruyere, Fontina, Cheddar, Parmesan, Sweet Totato Jam, Basil Crunch may seem delightful for those who favor grilled cheese. Best part of it, they served it with Sweet Potato Fries that’s not oily too.

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Shrimp Po’Boy.

It was my first time to take a bite at a Louisiana classic, Shrimp Po’Boy (PhP 419+). This sandwich made of soft Ciabatta roll, Cajun breaded shrimps with remoulade, served with simple but heavenly sweet potato fries was satisfyingly good if you like your food textured with a kick of spice and a subtle play of flavors.

If Miso Glazed Soba from Kettle magically reminded me of my 2 weeks in Tokyo, and Shrimp Po’Boy made me want to explore the ports and restaurants in New Orleans someday, Corned Beef Hash (PhP 519+) is a reminiscence of our days in Las Vegas where we indulged in fantastic breakfast buffets.

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Corned Beef Hash.

What made Kettle’s version of Corned Beef Hash different from those I had in USA ages ago was the fact that it’s loaded with chunky and house-made corned beef and not merely the usual shredded beef strips. One may find it a bit salty, but to people like me who prefer saltiness on food (oops!), this meal served with fried potatoes, fried egg and gravy, with a choice of rice or toasted bread, is another comfort-food-hit!

On the sweets department, Kettle offers a short but effective dessert menu, just enough to satisfy some toothsome craving and end a unforgettable dining experience.

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Banana Cream Pie (PhP 149+).

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake (PhP 189+).

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Caramel Cake (PhP 189+).

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Checkered Cake (PhP 209+).

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Peach Trifle (PhP 269+).

Of the five desserts that we tasted, Checkered Cake and Peach Trifle stood out for me. I found that clever marriage of Red Velvet and Chocolate united in one cake in a checkered fashion a sure winner! It’s very light and far from being irritatingly sweet. Excellent! And I am partial too with Peach Trifle simply because of my preference with peaches. It is noteworthy that Chef Chiloy’s beloved mom, Ms. Vilma Santos (not the famous local actress), employs her very own creative culinary prowess on each dessert-masterpieces at Kettle. Inspiring, isn’t it?

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More than an indulgent meal, I enjoyed common comfort foods made extra-remarkable from Kettle (read : Buttermilk Fried Chicken!); dishes reminiscent of my few travels and those favorites that appeal sensibly to the palates as well as the heart.

When you have a chance, go pamper your taste buds at Kettle!

Have you tried dining at Kettle? How’s your experience? What are your favorites from Kettle?

*Special thanks goes to Chef Chiloy Santos of Kettle and Richard of Tales From The Tummy  for the invitation.

Kettle | 5th Level, Shangri-la Plaza Mall -East Wing | Monday to Sunday, 11:30AM to 9:30PM | Phone No. : (+632) 6547077 | website : http://kettleph.com/

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14 Responses to “KETTLE AT SHANGRI-LA PLAZA EAST WING : INSPIRING COMFORT FOOD”


  1. January 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I’ve read about Kettle somewhere else in the net because of those pork and potato strips. You got me there! …especially when you mentioned about the herbs…That sale that comes with the baked brie looks interesting too. How’s their dressing?

  2. 3 Ericjaz Foodies
    January 27, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I went to KETTLE the day after you guys and yes! The buttermilk chicken and Potato strips ARE THE BOMB! So sad that since it was just me and hub, we only ordered good for two. So I guess we have more than 2 reasons to go back. I’m rarin to try that Po sandwich and the banana trifle! YUM!

    BTW, we had a lot of Potato and pork strips leftover (because servings were huge right?) that we took it home and put it in the fridge. Guess what, the next day, straight from the ref, IT WAS STILL CRUNCHY!!! Will definitely have another round of those!!!!

    • January 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      chef chiloy really made wonders with the menu particularly that buttermilk fried chicken (ang sarap, sarap, ano?!!! hehehe) and those pork and potato strips!

      true, it’s still crispy even the next day as they also gave me the leftover for takeaway (biglang binigay sa akin ni sumi ang mga supot pag uwi!); those potato strips are that good!

      you and eric were supposed to join us that thursday night, right? sayang but just the same, i’m glad you guys have sampled those addictive dishes at kettle. :)

  3. January 27, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    the pictures skillfully have shown the mouth watering qualities. it’s been said that buttermilk was one of the secret ingredients of kfc. i’ve been in search of the best fried chicken myself, maybe i’ll try the restaurant in the city that they say served a really good one.

    • January 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      i love kfc & i like max’s fried chicken too (heard rumors they use bacon fat for frying) but honestly, kettle’s buttermilk fried chicken is by far the best i’ve tasted!

  4. January 28, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Everything looks yummy, Gelo. Am envious the others here have already tried potato and pork strips. It looks so good! I bet I can get addicted on it too!

  5. January 28, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Yum. mukang sarap nung potato strips yung lang solve na ako. Well the chicken for sure eh magugustuhan ng anak ko. mahilig sa breaded yun eh.

  6. January 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Bet ko nga yung potato strips and my son will really love the buttermilk chicken. Super fan sa breaded chicken eh hehehe.

    • January 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      if there’s two dishes from the menu of kettle that i can recommend the most, it’s that pork & potato strips and buttermilk fried chicken!
      sooooooobrang sarappppp!!! :)

  7. January 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    You sure have a knack for finding gastronomically enticing places wherever you are. I’ll keep in mind to hang out with you when I am on a seEfood diet (as in, I’ll eat anything I see) LOL.

    • January 31, 2014 at 1:46 am

      enticing, indeed!

      thanks for religiously reading my blog, sir bert!

      off topic : with God’s will, a new challenging adventure awaits for me (and i’ll take this blog with me) and a fresh chapter will unfold in a month’s time.
      for now, i’ll keep praying for the best.


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