Address: Level 4 Robinsons Magnolia, Aurora Blvd, Doña Hemady St, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am – 10:00pm
Official Website: thepubliceatery.com
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Public Eatery, Robinsons Magnolia, Quezon City, Philippines
If you’re lamenting at how expensive the prices and meager the portion sizes are at Breakfast at Antonio’s outpost in Robinsons Magnolia, perhaps eating at the Public Eatery would tame your outrage. The prices at this food hall aren’t as exorbitant and reasonable given today’s inflation prices, but at least you’ll have a plethora of choices to choose from compared to the usual brunch plates. I have tried several stalls in the Public Eatery during my recent visit to Manila, and found that the Grid’s partner restaurant in Robinsons Magnolia isn’t far from the one at Rockwell. You’ll find familiar choices like Happy Ongpauco-Tiu’s Le Chon and the famous Bad Bird.
Actually, this feels very reminiscent of the now closed Hole in the Wall back in Century City Mall.
Here’s my take on some of the hits and misses…
Samyan is the only Thai stall at the Public Eatery. Try out their Shrimp Fried Omelette topped with fried rice and fresh cucumbers. Not generous with only 3 pieces of shrimp, and don’t get mad if you’re just eating air. These are beaten eggs and fried to extremely high heat to produce an airy crunch. Don’t let the portion size deceive you. Not exactly filling for those looking to eat a monstrous meal.
Meanwhile, their Thai Basil Pork cooked Krakow style — complete with the works: holy basil, pounded chilies, garlic — is so fiery hot, it’s lethal. You can also choose between Krapow, Kratiem, Jeaw.
I was disappointed at Thomson Road. Their claypot rice is a far cry from the ones in Singapore, and the only redeeming part was the slightly glutinous rice. I didn’t find their Butcher claypot to be noteworthy, but at Php380, it’s cheap for its portion size.
Surprisingly the better tasting ones especially if you’re looking for small bites to chow while watching at the new MovieWorld right above the Public Eatery. Their karaage is tasty but less meaty.
There was one tiny cockroach at the counter when we ordered. Just be on the lookout for those freeloaders.
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Nope, I did not try the oysters at the Oyster Bar, because I’ve suddenly grown to have fear of those flesh eating bacteria from eating raw oysters. The salted egg shrimps are cooked to perfection, one of the better executed ones, and the fish and chips wasn’t that bad. Meanwhile, the adventurous should definitely try the Oyster Sisig and Oyster Kinilaw with Pani Puri.
I don’t like their viennoiseries. No clue what they’re selling. The Kouign Amann was flappy and so was the Parisian Flan. No crunch despite it freshly cooked from the ovens and piping hot.
I have no idea where the 3.9 / 5 stars came from in Google Maps, but I find Morse’s flat white passable. I suppose those who love decorated drinks will find the iced sugary stuff a rip in your wallet. I recommend trying out coffee at its basic form first to see if the quality is good.