Spatzle Euro Market has been on my to try list for a few weeks already. Spatzle (pronounced as ‘sphet-sle), a small pasta/dumpling, is something I’ve had and loved at both Magyar and Brotzeit before. I’ve seen it at the 5th floor of Shangrila Mall‘s new East Wing. We eat in Shangrila Mall almost every week so we are glad for new dining choices opening up. The East Wing is beautiful but as of now, still sparsely populated by shops.
The space Spatzle Euro Market Cafe occupies is nice but small corner space. They spruced it up in black and whites matched with quirky wooden touches. An example is their utensil holder/table identifier, that also hold a hand sanitizer and a smallish salt shaker.
I had an All Natural Citrus Cooler Soda (P145), because I’m a sucker for refreshing citrus drinks. It came in a nice mason jar with slices of lime, lemon oranges and mint leaves floating inside. The problem with this was the watered down taste, the citrus flavors were muted, even mushing up the slices did nothing to enliven this drink. For P145, I expected a whole lot more than presentation from this house specialty.
My sis in law ordered a New Potato and Mushroom Soup (P220). A smallish bowl with two pieces of bread stick. The soup was chunky, made up of different mushrooms for a nice earthy flavor.
This Roasted Baby Potato and Egg Salad (P265) was my sis in law other order. I was not able to try this one but she loved the little egg on the side but found the potato salad ho hum.
We got a plate of Spatz Poutine Fries (P240) to share. Irene and I just had lots of poutine in Canada and was excited to try it here. It might not look too appetizing, but the taste was pretty good. The crispy fries, gravy, melted cheese was expected but little bit of tomato sauce was different but served to add a tarty contrast. We liked it except for the price.
There were a couple of items in Spatzle’s compact menu that piqued my interest but I finally decided on Pork Chops and Crispy Apple (P325). The plating was haphazardly done, although that might not add to the taste, its important for first impressions. Two small pieces of porkloin are drenched with what they call hunter gravy and served with a few slices of battered granny smith apples. The sauce totally overpowered the meat while the apple slices were not really crispy anymore.
Irene had the Roast Chicken Sausage on Mushroom Spatzle (P295). This dish was much better than mine, roasted chicken stuffed with home made sausages on a bed of spatzle. The chicken was well seasoned and the stuffed sausage was also nice. The spatzle, way too sparse, was nicely cooked but was a bit bland, good thing there was the gravy.
I understand Spatzle Euro Market Cafe is still in their soft opening stages so I’m hoping they improve. There’s some dishes we enjoyed and some that needs improvement. We’ll probably give this another try in the future. One thing I noticed was that one of the plates they used had black scuff marks on the sides, a bad thing to have in a place that’s so new. Serving sizes vis a vis prices are also not too good, hopefully they make it more generous.
Spätzle Euro Market CafeLevel 5, Shangrila East Wing Shangrila Mall Edsa cor. Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City
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