Eating out is like trying my luck at the lotto, give or take some factors. Lately, I’ve been on a “losing streak,” where every restaurant I’ve been to has me feeling a hunger in my stomach and soul. It’s terribly disconcerting. Unless my meal was especially horrid, I almost always go back to a restaurant a second, even third time just to see if the first time around was a fluke. Here then, are some of my hits and misses in three separate posts all to be posted in one day.
In this series: Cocorama, C2 Classic Cuisine, and Paul Calvin’s Deli.
This place has got verve. A Beach-Boys-meets-Studio-54 vibe that jives in a groovy kind of way with the glitzy disco ball and the red and white VW Combi that serves as their kitchen (don’t ask me how they did it). A hanging blackboard at the back has an enigmatic message (that changes everyday) scrawled on it. Today it’s, “A nuclear war can really ruin your day.” (???)
Cocorama’s tongue-in-cheek sense of humor is most pronounced in their Jackson Five Pancake Stack (P135; see cover photo) ”“ four chocolate pancakes and a lone white pancake. Get it? Jackson 5! The pancakes are fluffy enough to qualify for repeat visits, although the fact that the restaurant is in a mall cancels out any possibility of opening at more regular breakfast hours; a pity for early birds like me.
I’m dismayed with the Country Fried Chicken Steak that’s not only been burned but has also been fried in old oil. It’s leaden and heavy although the Star Margarine rice that comes with it subdues its porky partner’s flavor somewhat.
Other dishes to try here: pancake stacks in assorted flavors, coco bento specials, milkshakes, jumbo taco, and Philly cheese steak.
THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED.
Cocorama Pancake Island & All-Day Groovy Café
6/F The Ledge, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Ortigas
(632) 910 0401.