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10 January 2014

Exploring Shangri-la's East Wing: Epicurious & Foodless Plate: Foodstagramming for a Cause.

If you haven't dropped by Shangri-la Plaza's new wing yet, you're missing out on a lot of interesting eats. I've only eaten at Kettle, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, and Epicurious but I'm itching to try Green Pastures, Spaetzle and Chops. Soon.

But let's talk about Epicurious, a deli-restaurant hybrid.

You can pick and choose from their selection of breads, cold cuts, cheeses, marinated meats, etc... and have them serve the food to you. Apart from the above, they also stock various kitchenware, cooking ingredients, etc. Their engaging staff helped us pick out some items for our dinner. One of them suggested frying the cold cuts which isn't normally done, but it turned out great!

Clockwise from top: Chorizo Pamplona Spicy, Chorizo Pamplona Spicy (Fried), Jamon Serrano, Jamon Serrano (Fried), Manchego Cheese. Not in photo, Veramonte Riserva Merlot and Sourdough Bread. (P1,950)

Our appetizer was that beautiful platter above accompanied by a Merlot and some bread. The fried cold cuts were sooooo good, definitely a unique take on what you can do with deli meats. (Fry 'em with egg and garlic rice for a stepped up silog.) The spicy chorizo particularly was a winner.

Clockwise from top: Rib-Eye Steak (P1.75 per gram), Rosemary Chicken (P.6 per gram), and Kansas Pork Belly (P.65 per gram). Not in photo Chicken Schnitzel (P.6 per gram).

The mains were a bit disappointing as their plating was rather unceremonious --whatever meat you had them cook along with a serving of rice. No garnishes to make the dish look visually appealing. The "steak rice" (P75 per order) was also pretty disappointing: it's basically just butter, Worcestershire sauce and corn. As for the meats, we had mixed feelings in our table but altogether the food wasn't bad considering the reasonable pricing!

Overall, Epicurious still needs to work out some kinks but has great potential. They've just opened after all. It's definitely worth a visit after a month or two.

Props: Wonderful ambiance, friendly staff, decent selection of cold cuts and cheeses.
Slops: Incomplete pricing, sparse plating of "mains".

East Wing, Lower Ground Level.
Shangri-la Plaza.

I also wanted to take the time to share this advocacy that I support - Love Food Don't Waste from Healthy Options! Did you know that Metro Manila wastes up to 2,000 tons of food daily. That's crazy considering the people who could have benefited from all that food! Let's do our part in making sure the food we buy/order gets consumed in full.

Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "I grew up in a household where we had finish our meals." or "We always eat our leftovers." I'm like that too. That's why Healthy Options is making it easy for us to help reduce food wastage through their Foodless Plate initiative. Basically, just take a photo of an empty plate after your meal, include the #foodlessplate hashtag in your post, tag Healthy Options and post to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; and Healthy Options will make a donation to Hands on Manila's Eat to Feed program. (Full instructions in below infographic)

My #foodlessplate from EPICURIOUS

For more information on how you or your household can help reduce food waste visit or like them on Facebook.

Until next time,

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