I’ve always wanted to return to CBD ever since my former officemates and I tried this for the first time last August. Yes, it has been that long. Although it’s been almost half a year, I remember very well how much I loved the London Blue Cheeseburger I had for lunch that sunny day. So when I received a blogger invite to visit CBD and meet Executive Chef Chiloy Santos, I was really excited. This is, my first official invite, by the way.
I was greeted by Ms. Marj, the girl whom I have been exchanging e-mails with for this event. I thought I was the last to arrive since two other bloggers already had a table full of unfinished plates in front of them. I was terrified for my weight at the sight of all that food. Yup. Notorious weight-watcher over here.
I was introduced to Chef Chiloy Santos, who I found very endearing and charming. I’m not surprised to discover that he’s still young since I can’t image an older chef handling a cheesesteak joint. Not that it’s impossible, okay?
We walked up to the counter where the big menu is and showed me the new items. They added a burger + spaghetti + soda combo meal to meet the pasta demand of their customers. I don’t remember if they already had salad back then, but I think it’s a new addition as well.
I opted for the burger + spaghetti + soda combo since I was very curious as to whether or not Chef Chiloy went down the Pinoy route for the sauce. The photo above may not do justice to the actual meal, but I liked the pasta a lot. It wasn’t sweet but it wasn’t too Italian in flavor. It borders somewhere in the middle, but an inch closer to the Italian taste.
The cheeseburger is good, as expected. I’m not bias or anything, but I really love the CBD burgers! They use the same kind of patty for every burger, seasoning it as they cook. What sets each burger apart is the dressing/sauce that goes with it.
Since I was the only blogger to have already tried CBD, Chef Chiloy asked me how I liked his Shake & Bake concoctions–a collision of milkshakes and cakes! Yum!
He was mildly surprised when I told him I haven’t tried them before. And so with his recommendation, I tried the Banana Cream Pie shake (&bake? I don’t know if I should call it shake & bake or just shake :D) with malt. Yes, you can ask them to add malt for a minimal fee.
The verdict? Two thumbs and toes up! It tastes so close to the notoriously popular Jonah’s Fruit Shake in Boracay, by the way. I’m not a big banana shake fan, but this one had me convinced that I should push the limits of my palate more.
Three more bloggers arrived after me. I was expecting a massive barrage of bloggers to come knocking in, but thankfully no one else. Hence, the intimacy of the photo above. We were able to throw questions about the menu, the possibility of expanding and how the CBD concept came about.
While the conversations were getting more interesting, personal and lively, food also started piling up on our table. Chef made us try the onion rings (see rings near Chef Chiloy’s left arm in the photo above), which deserves a more appropriate name–onion bangles perhaps. The rings were big. I could seriously slip an onion ring in my hand and wear it as an accessory.
We also munched on these two variations of fries. I like the ones on the right better because, of course, they were cut thicker than the curly ones. Oh, Chef told us these are imported brands. Must be why they taste so good!
They also added Naked Chicken Strips to the menu. At first, I thought it was just crispy chicken skin but no. Apparently the strips don’t have bones, that’s why it’s “naked.” It’s worth noting that each piece has real chicken under that perfect layer of batter and skin. A cup of rice will complement this plate of naked chicken strips, don’t you think? Yes? Well Chef Chiloy has got rice-loving diners covered. They have a Naked Chicken Strips rice meal.
The growing menu found a humble little space for dessert! They have homemade cupcakes, made by Chef Chiloy’s mom. I think it’s adorable whenever homemade creations make its way into commercial restaurant doors.
Time flew so incredibly fast that night. We spent more than three hours just talking and eating nonstop. Now, if only it wasn’t a Monday night, we could have tried the imported beers here. 😀
Local beers are ridiculously affordable at Php35 from 4PM to 7PM daily. Yuppies, off to CBD now!