Sometime last year in 2014 B.H. (Before Haircut), I received free tickets to watch a concert in Music Museum. For the 3 tickets, I thought of inviting my Mom since like me, she loved watching musical concerts, AND I asked Yub to tag along with us because we needed a driver (he he he he he!).
Even if we are not performing in the show, we needed to make pre-concert preparations (aka DINNER) so Yub and I thought of going somewhere my Mom would like to eat in but can't because she's always with Dad (he he he he he!) who was VERY particular with having the "usuals" for dinner. With that, I thought of going to CPK (CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN) because there was this particular salad dish there that I know my Mom would like. And, like I predicted, my Dad didn't want to join us even just for dinner because he was not overly fond of salads and fatty pizzas now.
Anywho, so we all met up in CPK for bite before the show and I know I made the right choice when my Mom loved the salad that we got for her. Once again, CPK ruled our tummies that night!
I think I have mentioned already before how CPK holds a special place in ERICJAZ FOODIES' tiny hearts because it is where we had our official first date (blech). I could still remember like it was yesterday when Yub, all handsome and looking like Kenneth Peralta, claimed that the pasta I was eating looked like chami.
Tsk... tsk... How we ended up together is still beyond me!
CPK (CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN)!
CPK in Promenade Greenhills has limited space but they do have tables outside and a mezzanine area.
The interiors of CPK are casual but with some warm touches here and there.
They also have a semi-open kitchen so you could somehow see the action going on while they prepare your food.
Too bad I didn't see any Gordon Ramsey wannabes here. I would've loved to hear somebody hysterically screaming!
CPK ROLL CALL!
Me and Mommy!
Me and the Chinese Adonis!
And telling my life story to the CPK server. Ha ha ha ha!
First on our table is CPK's Pepporoni pizza for the Chinese Adonis!
My husband is a definite carnivore and would never dream of having veggies in his pizza. He was quite happy with the slightly sweet sauce plus cheesy and gooey slice that he hungrily bit into .
As for me a definite deal breaker for a pizza is the crust. I'm not really for the wafer thin hard ones. I like it crunchy but will give you a chewy morsel to enjoy later on.
Of course, I find pizza more enjoyable with generous drops of chili sauce!!!!
I've been reading about the famous CPK salad and how it would truly satisfy even those who dislike vegetables (cough Yub!) so I ordered one for me and the mother.
For the first time in the 13 years that we've been going out, I will finally get a taste of CPK's famous Barbecue Chicken Salad!!! Let's just say as much as I wanted to order this when we have our date nights here, I would lose all excitement because somebody almost gags at the thought of having veggies.
At least tonight, I will be getting this with my Mom so he has no choice but to stay quiet and let us veggie-lovers do our thang!
And WOHOO! The wait was truly worth it! I LOOOOOVED the barbecue salad! The greens were generously coated in this creamy ranch dressing but got a different surprise tangy flavor from the barbecue sauce. The crunchy tortilla chips also added a delightful texture in every bite that you won't stop helping yourself to this healthy appetizer.
Me want more! And I will get it definitely again and again from now on!
It has been weeks since our last meal in MAMOU TOO so I am deeply craving for their famous truffle cream pasta. When I saw that CPK had a dish similar to it, I ordered myself one and promised to share (if it was not good... tee hee).
While the truffle flavors were there, it was definitely NOT like my MAMOU TOO favorite by a long shot. The fettuccine noodles were somewhat soft and the cream sauce was very bland save for the truffle oil flavoring.
This CPK pasta dish is just okay for me. I might try something else the next time we're here.
Of course, I will watch it all down with a tall glass of iced tea!
ERICJAZ FOODIES with MY mommy!
Our full table!
My plate!!! My very disorganized and sorry looking plate!!!!
Le CPK bill!!!
With dinner over it was time to watch the show!
As usual we were on time but the show wasn't! Grrrr! Nevertheless! Still thankful for the tickets and the great night with my Mom and the Chinese driver.
He he he he!
Check it out :
CPK (CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN)
Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center
Ortigas Ave., Greenhills, San Juan
Metro Manila, Philippines
(+63 2) 725-7377