Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Choi City Disaster: Scallops July 2014

I was appalled when I received this tray worth 2 LARGE orders of scallops that Choi City said can accommodate 20-24 pax.

Okay, let me exaggerate it by counting the minimum instead. 20 pax. Heck, this order was good only for around 8-10 people. With the sheer number of seaweed mixed with the scallops, I would say that their 2 larges orders of scallops is good for only 1 teaspoon per person if the target was intended for 20-24 pax.

This was a bad order. Plus the scallops were pretty hard. Now perhaps you might say these are not the imported kind. Yes, they are the ordinary ones but I tasted softer scallops from other restaurants than these.

Perhaps because this was rushed? Since this was a delivered order on a specific day. Regardless, I paid for the right amount but did not get my payment's worth.

Still, with their reputation, all food should be cooked the right way regardless how little their time available is, right? Otherwise they could have just turned down my order.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Choi City Disaster - Szechuan Beef July 2014

Choi City's food can be delicious if someone else foots for the bill. First time I ate there, I was pretty impressed because I loved the food and I was not the one who paid for the bill.

Last week, I had my house blessing and decided to order food from them. When we started scouring through the food, we were all disappointed most of the food we ordered were screwed: few meat and mostly made up of vegetables.

How screwed up can that be? Well, definitely 100% screwed up.

Take this szechuan beef for example. 10% beef, 90% vegetables.

Their large order can accommodate 10-12 pax costing almost PHP1,000. Now, we ordered 2 large orders of szechuan beef and I was terribly disappointed when there were barely any beef in there.

20-24 pax. What were they thinking? 1 small cut of beef per pax? That is downright insulting. Who knows, they probably took some of it. Then again, they could have just went straight to the point and placed it in a miniature tray that balances the amount of beef and vegetable placed.

This strategy is more like how restaurants serve their sisig by using only a small amount of sisig meat and spreading them out flat all over the plate so to make it look like the serving is plentiful.

Frankly speaking, I will never suggest Choi City to anyone who plans to order food from them for delivery.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Could The Philippines Be The Fine Dining Capital Of The World?

Fine dining food tends to be more of the miniature variety. Presentation is very important when serving food to patrons. But those who eat in fine dining restaurants never get full because that is what fine dining is all about. Oh yeah, and the setting, the preparation, the environment, the aura.

So why do I say that the Philippines could be the fine dining capital of the world? There is a little sarcasm here because I use the word fine dining in the sense that anywhere you eat in the Philippines, all servings are small.

Heck, even fastfood restaurants have gotten worse.

I can understand if business establishments raise the prices in their menu up. But lessening the content served? That is a mighty big screw up.

The best scenario to enjoy a restaurant's food is when they are still new in the business. This is a common trend. As months pass by, the quality of the food degrades and the content gets smaller and smaller. Ooops! I forgot that prices increase as well.

Profit is after all a business' number 1 priority so naturally greed takes over.

Just do not be surprised and disappointed when food is served to you from any restaurant. Some contain just a few spoonful of the food and spread flat out all over the plate just so it would look like it is still plenty.

That scenario is pretty insulting to be served food that is worth like 3 spoonfuls of content and costs more than a hundred bucks. And it is very discouraging to see old visual posters of the food plastered on the walls that people think right away they are the current ones only to find out when the food gets served that everything's shrunk.

I see pictures of bread with fillings only to find out that the fillings occupy around 0.00001%. And these are even well known brands.

Such a disappointment and this problem will never be rectified. Unless it is buffet we are talking about, then that is a different story ...


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