Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Red Crab Series: The Flying Pig - Eastwood

With my very hungry stomach and salivating fangs, I was led to one of the best themed restaurants that I've been to - The Flying Pig in Eastwood, Libis. So let's fly with these pigs and let me share to you my second The Red Crab Restaurants series.

Designed the pop-culture way,  who wouldn't be intrigued with what this very inviting and very young restaurant in Eastwood Mall have, right? The furniture, the lighting and the funny pig superheroes, oh, for sure, boys and men would love to sit in here and enjoy the funny and cool caricatures made specially for this restaurant.

According to the manager in charge on the time we visited the place, it evolved from something formal dining place to a haven for comic book lovers and young family who wanna enjoy their dishes the home-style way.

And with that, let me share to you these sumptuous and really mouth-watering dishes that I got to try on my first visit here at The Flying Pig.

First, the drinks!

Chilled Red Iced Tea

There's no other way to start one hot feast but with a chilled red iced tea. One thing that I liked about this red iced tea was it wasn't that heavy on stomach. Some red iced teas that I've tried tend to make my throat sores, but with this one, it has a nice blend - not too sweet but not insipid.

For our soup and salad, we had the Apple Cream Soup and Bacon Bleu Cheese Salad.

Apple Cream Soup - Php175.00

Bacon Bleu Cheese Salad - Php355.00

Chef Peter Ayson of The Red Crab was present during our visit, so I got a chance to ask him how did the Apple Cream Soup make it to their menu. Because, as I said to him, I was expecting some meat-base soup too since we were informed that we'll be having an all-meat dish that day. He just said while laughing sheepishly that lechon wouldn't be complete without an apple in the mouth.

Well, I quite laughed at that joke. Hehehe.

The Bacon Bleu Cheese Salad on the other hand was equally good st the Apple Cream Soup. The sweet-sour-y vinaigrette dressing on this salad was mild and pleasantly good.

Next on our table was the dish called Flying Pig.

Flying Pig - Php295.00

The Flying Pig dish is basically a chicken lollipop dish covered with honey-cured bacon. The taste was sweet and surprisingly when bit it, the chicken skin was crunchy too - very interesting to eat, actually. But I think I had something like this from Little Asia, and to be honest, I think I'll go with the Little Asia's version of this dish. ^_^

Now, for the real deal, here are The Flying Pig's best main dishes.

Patatim Pata Tom - Php595.00

Kung Fu Spice Spare Ribs - Php385.00

The Pork Treasure Pot - Php365.00

The Flying Pig's Cuchi Prito - Php365.00

Slow Cooked Kurobota Pork Belly - Php395.00

Three Little Pigs Cabbage Rolls - Php265.00

If there's one Chinese dish that I would love to have every day, or at least every week, that'll be the Patatim. I like how the perfectly cooked braised pork knuckles absorbed the tasty sauce surrounding it, and with The Flying Pig's, though, it wasn't the best Patatim I had, I'd say that it was good, too.

As for the Kung Fu Spare Ribs, oh, I love that one! It was actually my favourite dish that day - every bite was really delightful, really tasteful. It wasn't that spicy so don't be afraid to try this one when you visit The Flying Pig.

The Pork Treasure Pot, for me, has the same taste as their Patatim Pata Tom. The only difference was this one comes with rice - a Patatim rice, which I actually found delicious. Comes in this "palayok" serving bowl, this is actually good for 2 to 3 persons.

Their take on one of the Pinoy's all-time favourite Crispy Pata goes with the name The Flying Pig Cuchi Prito. One of my favourites too that day, this dish can also be ordered in quarter size and half size which can be shared to your family and friends.

The Slow Cooked Kurobota Pork Belly is The Flying Pig's version of pork steak. The price is quite reasonable for this one, because it will surely fill you up. The nice blend of flavors was sucked up by the perfectly cooked pork belly. One delicious dish that can be enjoyed at this cool place.

And lastly, to my surprised, another dish that I liked from this establishment is the Three Little Pigs Cabbage Rolls. I'm no fan of cabbage, but this one... Simply heavenly! A rolled-into-one super sumptuous dish that you must have when you visit this place! I was really surprised that I liked it.

With all these dishes that I've tasted, I'm so full and really satisfied. But of course, I wouldn't let the chance of tasting their delectable desserts pass. And so, here are some of their desserts that I liked from them.

Grandma's Chocolate Cake - Php155.00/slice

Caramel Panacotta

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake - Php165.00/slice

Though I'm a chocolate lover and I like panacottas too for dessert, my vote for the most delicious dessert will go to Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. One perfect offering to end this tummy-filling and hunger buster feast!

Thank you, Flying Pig!

So, if you are looking for a good meaty place to hit just before the Lenten Season hits the country, try and have a taste of the best oink-oink themed restaurant in the metropolis - The Flying Pig. You'll never regret visiting this place.

Happy oink-oink! Happy eating!

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