L&L Hawaiian BBQ is a fast casual restaurant concept that hails from where else but Hawaii. They specialize in the Hawaiian plate lunch that is composed of 2 scoops of rice, macaraoni and a choice of meat. It’s a very popular concept with more than 200 outlets all over the globe.
Irene and I passed by it a few times while in Shangri-la Plaza Mall but finally got a chance to try it out when I suggested we eat at someplace new.
The store is very inviting with a simple, brightly lit facade at the 5th floor beside Cha Time and on the way to the MRT. This is their first branch in the Philippines with SM North EDSA opening recently.
The interiors have the beach shack feel and wants to transport a bit of Hawaii into the mall. There are surfboards and a number of Hawaii related paraphernalia.
They’ve got a small and concise menu that highlights the Hawaiian bbq
We shared a Spam Musubi (P65) to start. Hawaiians like Filipinos love SPAM and use it in a variety of dishes. This is similar to a sushi with a piece of spam, on top of a block of rice with L&L bbq sauce in between and wrapped with nori/seaweed. The serving was bigger than I expected and much, much better than the horrible one I had from Spam Jam in SM Megamall. I think one would get full eating two pieces of this, that’s how much rice is in one serving.
I could not decide on what meat to get, good thing they had a BBQ Mix Combination Plate (P220) where you can pick from among beef, chicken and pork. My two choices were beef and pork. The plate is very simple with two ice scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad, bbq beef and pork on top of boiled cabbage.
Here’s a closer look at the meat, I got two pieces of each one although the beef was quite thin. I love the sweet and tangy bbq sauce that they marinate and baste the meats with. I gave one piece of pork to Irene while she gave one of her bbq chicken to me. The beef was good but there were some parts that were a big hard to chew. The pork was me and Irene’s favorite.
Irene got Chicken BBQ Plate (P188). Taste wise this was our favorite but one of the pieces we had was on the iffy side, like it had stayed too long in the freezer.
They put a bottle of their special L&L Hawaiian BBQ teriyaki sauce on the table. I added more of it to my meats as well as my rice.
L&L Hawaiian BBQ is not gourmet food by any stretch of the imagination. The food is inexpensive for the large servings but they’ll have to pay closer attention to consistency. It’s a better option that lining up in the fastfood area and you get unlimited quantities of the teriyaki sauce.
L&L Hawaiian BBQ5th Level Shangri-la Plaza Mall Main Wing
Shaw Boulevard cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Contact No.: (632) 650-3600 Other Branch: SM North EDSA