B&P Just Like Home: Did This Chicken Take a Trip Down the Beach?
When my friends and I saw Cravings close its store at Il Terrazo, we shrugged and walked away. Another one bites the dust. For some reason, the restaurants at Il Terrazzo never seem to stay long enough to gain regulars. Call me superstitious, but the building is cursed. Unless you’re Banapple, and you never have to worry about losing an influx of customers. When we saw B&P replacing the old spot of Cravings last November 2014, the latter actually owning the “critically acclaimed” restaurant at Shaw Boulevard during the hype of All Day Breakfast affairs, I was beyond ecstatic. I have never tried the restaurant at Shaw and have heard of the goodness that its chicken brings to the table.
Little did I know, I would be damn disappointed.
Anticipating the B&P Chick to Chick dish to sweep our feet was like finally finding the Holy Grail of buttermilk chicken dishes. Eating it was another story.
B&P Beer Battered Chicken (Formerly Chick to Chick) – P425
When this arrived at our table, I just couldn’t find the words.
Wow. Just… Wow. Did this chicken take a trip down the beach?
This chicken also went to Laboracay!
I could easily forgive B&P for serving us pancakes instead of the usual french toast. The pancakes were quite good.
But the chicken was just… There are no words.
So the likes of Our Awesome Planet, Pepper.PH, and Between Bites were totally impressed with their chicken. I was amused. I’m not trash talking here. I’m just stating the facts.
Maybe it’s the lighting? Let’s take another shot. I actually edited this photo to make the chicken lighter in shade.
Wow, this is way too tough to crack. I’m going to need pincers to pierce through this skin. Did this chicken drown in beer? You know, the technique of putting beer in your batter is supposed to enhance the chicken’s crispiness, not make it taste like beer.
The meat was too dry and I had to soak it in gravy in order for it to have taste.
I understand B&P’s store at Il Terrazo is under soft opening. But the fact you opened a second store means you have perfected your craft at your first store, and in fact, made a huge impression among many bloggers in the metro. Consistency is what you aim for this time, when you already know the secret recipe to make it work.
If you have dentures, please don’t eat this chicken. My jaw was too strained forcing myself to eat this chicken afterwards.
The complimentary coffee did nothing to alleviate.
Asian Caesar Salad
The rest of B&P’s dishes that supposedly makes you feel at home was sub par. It was nothing stellar and the prices were too steep once again for the customers residing in the area. Pricing Tapsilog at P280 is painful in the pocket, and Chicken Inasal for P300+ is way too much.
B&P is too ambitious with their second store. That’s the right word. Inviting several bloggers and media people on your first day without serving the Beer Battered Chicken to them is a little sneaky.
Perhaps, adding the beer to the Chick to Chick recipe didn’t make it work, which is a huge mistake for B&P. You’re not supposed to fix what isn’t broken. That’s the rule of thumb.
Just like that, I’m ready to bet B&P won’t last beyond 3 months.
B&P Just Like Home Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||( 1 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||( 3 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||( 1 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||( 2 / 5)|
|Average:||(1.8 / 5)|