More and more Filipino restaurants continue to open even though there are hundreds of well established ones in the city. The reason for this is because, for each popular cuisine, a province or region would have their own version of it, thus creating its own special niche in the market. The success of the restaurant will mainly depend on their style of cooking, the quality of ingredients used, innovation and most of all, the uniqueness of the dishes featured on their menu which, “Wooden Spoon” has a lot of.
Address: Lower Ground Floor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City
Contact Nos.: (+63) 917-8827594 and (02) 403-3585
Operating Hours: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/WoodenSpoonRestaurant/
Owned by Chef Sandy Daza, Wooden Spoon’s menu boasts of Filipino dishes that have been, shall we say, “leveled-up”. True to the legacy of his mother (the legendary Nora Daza), Chef Sandy Daza added more ingredients like herbs and spices that were not yet in vogue or not yet available in the local market during his mother’s time and innovated certain cuisine for a more healthy meal. He also made sure that the interior design of his restaurants will complement his menu.
Customized lighting fixtures made of wooden ladles provided a subdued glow to diners. It hang nicely on the brown painted beams over the white colored ceiling.
Wooden benches and wood-like tiles exuded a country-like ambiance. Now let’s talk about the food…
Kare-kare, PHP 299.00 – Good for two to three people.
When we saw “Kare-kare” on the menu, it immediately whet our appetites. We all know that the “star” of this dish is it’s delicious peanut and ground rice soup/sauce as well as it’s meat which is usually either ox-tail or ox tripe (although pork, chicken and seafood are common variations). Wooden Spoon’s Kare-kare uses a leaner cut of beef. It was tender and there were parts that were gelatinous already. Their version of this all-time Pinoy favorite is very classy. No exaggerated flavors. Everything was just right. Their “Bagoong” (shrimp paste) is homemade and is not too salty.
Wansoy Shrimp Nuggets, PHP 235.00 – Good for two to three people.
The server recommended this “Wansoy Shrimp Nuggets”. This is an original dish created by Chef Sandy. It is somewhat a fusion cuisine with Chinese influences.
Again, it’s taste is very subtle. It’s flavor becomes more vivid when dipped in the wansoy sauce.
Crispy Pata Fish, PHP 80.00 /100 grams. Good for two to three people.
We really got curious on this one so we ordered it. It is actually a large tuna part, deep-fried a la the famous and “deadly” pork Crispy Pata. This time, with lesser “guilt” because it is fish and not pork. Deeeelicious especially when dipped in the chili-soy sauce-vinegar sauce! This is a must try although a bit expensive.
The service was not bad and we had a nice time in this branch at Power Plant Mall (Rockwell) in Makati. Chef Sandy Daza is popular for creating very ingenious dishes with elegant flavors. Nothing too overwhelming.
Everything is just right although it is a little bit pricey. If this is the type of food you like, then dine at Wooden Spoon the soonest.