Wooden Spoon

Wooden Spoon is a Filipino restaurant owned by none other than famous celebrity chef, Sandy Daza. One of my fondest childhood memories was watching his cooking show together with my mom every Saturday morning, back when I was still in elementary school. And nowadays, whenever I get the chance, I try to catch his travel/food program on the Lifestyle Network.The restaurant is named after the wooden spoon that he uses in his cooking shows.

Interior. Because it’s owned by a celebrity chef, I had high expectations for this restaurant. We picked the branch in Rockwell, even though the one nearest to us is the Katipunan branch (I found the place too small/cramped). And surprisingly enough, Mr. Daza himself was there, having a little chat/meeting with some of his colleagues.

Menu: Appetizers, Main course (beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables, rice, desserts and beverages).

The menu’s design may look simple, but almost every item comes with its own back story or anecdote.

Boneless Crispy Chicken – Kind of like a giant chicken katsu accompanied with a small amount of corn, and mashed potatoes. Also comes with a small bowl of mushroom gravy.

Lechon Kawali – Small strips of lean pork belly meat, which is simmered, then deep fried until golden brown. Comes with three dipping sauces: Garlic, wansuy, and the typical sarsa. The wansuy and sarsa dipping sauces were my favorite!

Fiesta Rice – Fried rice mixed with bits of chorizo, tinapa, and red eggs. This was… Eh. I still prefer the regular steamed white rice.

And finally, Sigarilyas at Daing, which consists of sigarilyas mixed with spicy cream sauce and topped with daing bits.

That wasn’t too bad! (Although admittedly, I felt a little bit queasy after eating their deep-fried boneless chicken dish) Wooden Spoon is a great place to enjoy some delicious, hearty home-cooked Pinoy food. I would like to recommend this restaurant to Pinoy food lovers everywhere.

Ambiance/Interior: 4/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 3.5/5 (taste), 3.5/5 (presentation)

Wooden Spoon is located at Power Plant Mall, Amorsolo Dr Rockwell Center, Makati. You can also find them in Katipunan, and in Kapitolyo. Links: Facebook.

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