Sometimes, unplanned dates turn out unexpectedly successful. This was what happened to my dinner date with my wife, Tina. I initially thought of bringing her to a resto in Banawe Street recommended by my office colleague. She suggested Fisher Mall instead. I didn’t want to prolong the discussion so I agreed. Once there, she asked that we go to the second floor. I saw King Bee and it seemed okay, though the place was already crowded.
I didn’t know that Tina also wanted to try King Bee. She said another branch at Commonwealth Avenue had a similar crowd of customers. As we waited for a vacant table in front of the reception desk, I noticed that several waiters just ignored us. Hmmm. First impressions? Perhaps the sheer number of customers kept them from welcoming incoming guests. Still, it’s basic courtesy to acknowledge, or greet potential customers. So I signalled for a table for two. That was the only time I got their attention. We were led to a table overlooking the corridor outside the mall. I asked the waiter about their bestseller. “Lechon Macau,” was his reply, and another dish I didn’t remember. My wife asked for a menu with shrimps. After several suggestions, she settled for “shrimps with asparagus.” “Drinks, Sir?” Tina ordered watermelon shake, while I asked for buko shake.
As we waited for our orders, another waiter offered some dimsum for appetizers. Tina chose the siomai. Wise choice! It was simply the best-tasting, mouth-watering siomai, with no wasted space inside out. It was pure pork siomai alright. Now, going back to our main course, when we asked how long will it take for our dinner to be served, we were told to wait from 15 to 20 minutes. I don’t know if they were being too thoroughly secure or downright naive, dinner was served in less than 15 minutes! Mind you, both Tina and I were starving after a long day’s work, so we immediately got into action (as I began snapping photos). Once I took my first bite of the Lechon Macau, I could feel the lechon “melting” in my mouth. It was amazingly very tender yet perfectly cooked. I can hear the crunch while I chewed. The shrimps with asparagus didn’t get relegated on the sidelines either. The chef didn’t save on ginger – there was plenty to spare, which more than made for a delightful course, with mushrooms going with the asparagus and onion sprouts. It was magic in your mouth! I couldn’t help getting one more serving of rice (there goes my diet) with such gastronomic delights. After a hearty meal, we made our way to the door. Being used to Jollibee’s service crew bidding a goodbye, Tina and I looked at each other once we were outside. Not a single waiter even managed a smile or a greeting. So much for first impressions! Still, I’m giving King Bee a passing grade because of the main course (and the siomai). For those of you who wish to visit Fisher Mall, why not try out King Bee, unless there’s so many customers you might want to check out other restos instead.
I can’t easily forget good food when I get one. A week ago, I was treated for lunch at “Pepper Lunch,” somewhere in Greenbelt Makati. We ordered Double Hamburg Steak with Egg. Eating it reminded me of an unforgettable meal at Korean Air, 35000 feet flying to Incheon International Airport, Korea: bibimbap. If you’re on a gastronomic adventure, I’d recommend Double Hamburg Steak with Egg at Pepper Lunch. It would blow you away, really.
Up at the next floor, Tina and I saw Cold Layers. I thought of ice cream, same as Tina. We went in and asked for their bestseller: Deep Temptation. Cold Layers makes use of ingeniously shaved ice mixed with chocolate, syrup, bananas in the case of our order.
Fisher Mall has many more stores waiting to open very soon. For mall rats or window shoppers who’ve since been used to visiting SM Supermalls, Robinsons, or Ayala, Fisher Mall will surely be a welcome addition to your list of malls that surely captures the tastes and sights and sounds of every Pinoy. Here’s wishing you all mothers a very warm Happy Mothers’ Day! Nanay, may you rest in peace. We miss you, but we believe you are now in a much happier place.