Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Manila Restaurant Review: Classic Cuisine C2

Classic Cuisine C2 has many branches in Manila. The easier ones to find is one at Robinsons Mall, Malate and Powerplant Mall, Rockwell. Classic Cuisine serves classic Filipino favourites with modern twists.

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I checked out their Robinsons Mall branch in Malate – ground floor level.

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Loving this glossary of Filipino food terms for the non-Filipino foodie tourist like me to learn more about Filipino cuisine.

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Classic C2 comes highly recommended for their Crispy Kare Kare – a crispy chunk of pork served with a rich peanut sauce, vegetables and shrimp paste!

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Would you look at the gelatinous fatty bits under all the crispy skin~~ ooooh yeshhh!!!

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To eat this dish – you can dunk the whole crispy pork into the peanut sauce, drizzle the sauce on your pork or eat it piece by piece like me ~~ be sure to add some shrimp paste to add saltiness and fragrance to the sauce!

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This is their express Sisig – minced up parts of pork ~~ together with crispy chicharon (crispy pork fat) sizzling on a hot plate with a spicy sauce! Oh yes --- how can anyone not love SISIG!?!

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Next is their Crispy Fried Chicken, served with crispy shredded potatoes and that delicious tamarind sauce. It reminds me of Ayam Penyet, which has pretty tender flesh– but with more crispy skin, served with a sweet sour sauce instead of the spicy Indonesian sambal. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this dish!

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There were so much choice of fried rice – but I decided to go for a fried rice with more kick and went with the Bagong rice – stir fried with Filipino style shrimp paste.

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For dessert, I ordered their famous bibingka souffle - a classic Filipino dessert using cheese and salted yolks - reconstructed into a souffle! Yummy! I love the taste of the salted yolks along with the creamy coconut cheesy sauce. A salty and sweet dessert! Something you ought to try!

Locations/Branches – easily accessed by tourists

2nd Level, Archaeology Section, Power Plant Mall

1st Level, Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place, Manila

Oceana, Bldg. A San Miguel By The Bay, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

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