...We meet to Eat!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
“F” for Filipino was the theme of our recent Cuisine Club meet. Picking a decent Filipino restaurant with vegetarian options that could sit 12+ people was a challenge to put it mildly. First I picked Kuma Inn located in downtown, a small joint with good reviews and an interesting chef or at least a well marketed one – “Chef King Phojanakong's "Asian tapas" menu fuses the cooking of his Filipino mother and his Thai father…” so went the New York Magazine’s review. Kuma Inn’s pictures made it seem like a cozy restaurant…worthy of spending a Saturday evening after a rough week. I thought I had a winner but when I called the restaurant the lady on the other end said that the restaurant can seat up to 30 people and reservations are accepted for a maximum party size of 8. I repeated myself “hey, we are 12 which is less than 30 so make a freaking exception”. I even threw in the weight of our famous Cuisine Club, claiming to be the editor-in-chief but they were like we already have reservations for 2 big parties that evening so they could mend their rules for us but just not for the night of 23rd August, 2008.
We ended up at Grill 21 located at
The food selection was fairly wide - over 100 items on the menu including appetizers and desserts, of course – and the entrée names were
It was time to settle the check but an argument broke off when the check arrived. No, the subject of the argument was not the amount of the check or whether did we really order this or that…it was a three letter word “pls” after every dish. The check read “Ginataang Sitaw & Kalabasa – Spicy Pls” or “…With tofu Pls”, after nearly every dish that we ordered. I and another pretty woman sitting on my side of the table couldn’t really buy that “pls” stood for please in this instance. So we ended up laying a bet with people on the other side of the table (Amit, Shweyta and the pretty woman’s husband). Ashish was simply enjoying the show from the sidelines (he was the smart beneficiary of the bet regardless of who won). As is the case often enough, I lost the bet, and “Pls” was short for please even in this instance. I did treat everyone to desserts at Max Brenner: Chocolate by the Bald Man on
Menu Selection: 8/10
Quality of Food: 7/10
Price: $ (relatively inexpensive for manhattan dinners)
Overall: 7/10 (Recommended if you want to try some Filipino food and are in the vicinity)
Last but not the least, kudos to Shweyta for setting up the Cuisine Club and keeping it running well (even if she spells her name a bit weird).