I for Inviting
Icings cakes. breads. cafe
When I and my regular food buddy went to have a quick meal at Icings, the country was then being slammed by one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit Manila and news of floods in different areas, including nearby provinces, were already spreading like a wildfire. But, what can we do? We just love food and no typhoon – weak or strong – can stop us from eating!
Hence, soaked and all, we still went to this place. I honestly thought that the security guard wouldn’t let us in because our clothes were literally sodden and dripping with rainwater, but he let us in anyway.
AMBIANCE AND ENVIRONMENT
Icings, by the way, is a café near Tomas Morato but it is strategically located in such an inconspicuous area, far from the bustling crowd and peppy diners.
It’s really hard to notice and even the sign is barely visible to passersby and walk-in diners.
Inside, the place looked much like any other café.
There were plenty of cakes here too.
Basket of Fruits. This looks awesome! Too bad, they don’t sell cakes by the slice.
The menu on a chopping board. Creative, I should say.
The dining area.
While uniqueness is not really the shop’s strongest point (as its interior looks like any ordinary café you’d stumble on), its cleanliness pretty much made up for this shortcoming.
FOOD AND DRINKS
The place actually was comfier than it looks. We almost spent half an hour drying ourselves inside before actually ordering. When we’re already comfortable and dry, I flipped onto the menu and called the waiter to have our orders taken.
Since we’re relatively new here, all I wanted to try out is the Ostrich Pasta. I’ve never really had ostrich in my life so I wanted to know how it feels to eat this fowl’s meat.
Ostrich Pasta (P 245.00)
The pasta looked really good. The presentation was also very clever. It had me drooling at the dish right away. I took a bite of the meatball and, surprisingly, it didn’t even taste like any other kind of fowl. It tasted closer to beef. It was also a tough meat! It’s a good thing that this one’s ground and formed into a meatball because it made the meat easier to eat. The pasta and sauce were good too. The sauce was very rich and creamy and I think they used fresh tomatoes for the pasta sauce, which is good. I had a pleasant first encounter with the ostrich because of this meal. This is a must-try!
Lemongrass Chicken Skewers (P 195.00)
Because we found it really hard to pick what else to order, we just asked the waiter what their bestsellers are and when he told us about the lemongrass chicken skewers, we instantly decided to have this added to our meal. This was also a good choice. It had this char-grilled flavor and was very delicious. It was juicy and tender and was just plain good. The serving size is quite small though. Thus, we didn’t even notice that we have eaten all of it.
SERVICE AND SATISFACTION
Overall, we were satisfied not only with the food here, but also with the service. The waiter on duty that time (whose name I forgot) was very professional. He was smart and friendly. He was not pushy. He didn’t force us to order right away and follow-up on us every now and then. He just allowed us to dry ourselves first and feel all relaxed and comfy before taking the order.
He was also very attentive to our needs. He gave excellent recommendations, served us a glass of water each, and refilled our glass every now and then, when he felt like we needed more water.
VALUE FOR MONEY
With such excellent service and above average food, I would definitely come back to this place. The prices may not be affordable, considering the size of the servings, but it was satisfying anyway. I’d have to get back here and try other ostrich meals. I think I’ve just become an ostrich fan!
Ambiance – 3/5
Food – 4/5
Service – 5/5
Value – 4/5
TOTAL – 4/5