We would always say to never judge a book by its cover. But we could not really help ourselves since the outward appearance of something is a really powerful motivating factor to urge us to pay closer attention. This is why models would always be generally good looking and fit. The beauty of how things are presented plays a vital role in eliciting interests from people.
However, there are just some that you would only discover as surprising great only when you look beyond the lavish packaging and look closely at what's inside.
There's this restaurant located at the upper ground floor of Victoria Station 1 right beside the GMA-Kamuning MRT station that is totally underrated even though they have been around since 2011.
They do not have an impressive exterior. It's just a simple straight-forward façade with a small signage on top unlike those from other restaurants that really stand out because of either huge colorful signage or other stuffs like statues of their mascots, or big bold letters spelling out their name. There is nothing really special that will make you want to get in because of curiosity of what the inside awaits.
The cultural Filipino ambiance brought about by their Capiz shell window designs that adorn portions of the ceilings, some paintings hanged on the walls, and those lights and chandelier-like object made out of colorful bottles, the assorted textiles with various designs on the walls, the customized seats that can be easily rearrange as per seating requirements of guests, an elevated part of their restaurant sorts of highlight a veranda setting, make their interior really awesome as compared with other huge restaurants in the Philippines that just maximized on the space to make way for lots of tables and seats. In short, they made sure the ambiance stunning enough to please instead of just allocating everything as plain space.
But wait until you've tasted their food. This is when you will truly utter the word "Awesome!"
We visited the restaurant a few days ago and had an impressive dining experience thanks to their delightful Filipino meals which they would boasts as "Natatanging Pagkaing Pinoy" or Filipino Unique.
Except for their Salads and Sandwiches category, their menu would also list down their dishes in their Tagalog names keeping loyal to the Filipino language. Maybe because there's no equivalent Tagalog word for the two so they keep the list in English.
|Mainit na Sabaw ng Kalabasa (P 90)|
|Pillows in the Garden (P 120)|
|Crispy Pata (P 540)|
|Dinakdakan (P 165)|
|Kare-Kare (P 230)|
|Litson Baboy Ramo with Sarsa ng Kabute (P 270)|
|Pinakbet (P 115)|
|Sinigang na Salmon sa Mismo (P 280)|
|Tapang Tupa (P 290)|
|Sizzling Lomo ng Baboy (P 235)|
|Bonggang Manok (P 530)|
The Bonggang Manok is boneless chicken with ham and cheese under the skin. Talk about making your chicken as awesome as this. It's chicken made even better. Best option for take-out orders and bring home to the family for sharing during dinner.
|Pritong Manok ala True Deli (P 450)|
If you're the traditional fried chicken lover, The Pritong Manok ala True Deli will not disappoint. This is another great alternative for take-out but it's fun to share this at the restaurant with the entire family or barkada or colleagues at work, to find out who's the fastest to grab the pair of legs or wings.
|Kesong Puti (P 55, P 70 if with blueberry and P 90 if with ice cream)|
|Sariwang "Fresh" Buko (P 85)|
Thank you True Deli Café for such an awesome day of family bonding. Nothing beats a day filled with yummy culinary treats coming from our very own country. I may be biased when I say Filipino dishes would always remain to be the best for me, but I've tasted almost every dish from other countries and there's nothing quite like what is served home and ate together with our loving family.
I guess "delicious" also comes easily when you share the food with the ones you really love. Food taste a lot better when eaten in the company of people who equally love you.