I finally got a chance to try out Uncle Cheffy, their recently opened Ortigas Center branch to be exact. Uncle Cheffy is a casual, family friendly restaurant with lots of interesting choices on the menu in generous portions. The Ortigas branch is distinct because of the small portions available to cater to the office crowds in the area. I’ve always been intrigued by their panizzas but seeing the serving sizes gives me pause, seeing as it might not be possible for me and Irene to finish them, so the small portions are perfect for us.
Its a good thing there were four of us, including Paul and Fran, since we were served a lot of food. We started with the Uncle Cheffy Salad (P230/medium), a combination of asparagus, potato, mesculun and crispy pork belly in a dijonaise dressing. I liked this salad a lot, since its not mostly greens, I can describe it as unhealthy camouflaging itself as healthy. The crispy pork belly gives a nice crunchy texture, while the potato wedges were soft with a crisp outside.
A must order at Uncle Cheffy is their Panizzas, cooked in their specially made brick ovens. Actually this only the 2nd time I’ve had panizza, the first was at C Italian in Pampanga.
We had 4 variants that night, Seafood Lovers, Larry’s Craving, All Meat Barbeque and Uncle Cheffy Favorites. The 2 panizzas we had that night was Family Size, so mixing of two flavors was possible. The unique thing at The Ortigas Center branch is the inclusion of the Junior size for their panizza, good enough for 1-2 people. Price ranges from P98-130 for the Junior, P195-250 for the Medium and P380-495 for the Family.
Each order of panizza comes with alfalfa, salsa and lettuce so you can just add and customize your pizza wrap away. The dough was chewy and the generous amount of cheese adds to the taste and texture a lot. I enjoyed this much more than the one we had at C’Italian, maybe because of the high expectations and the expensive cost, if I’m not mistaken almost P900 for one panizza.
I was the only one able to eat the Memphis Barbeque US Beef Ribs (P300/500grams), since they all did not eat beef. Although I liked the beef ribs, especially the sweet and tangy sauce, I think I prefer pork ribs more. The beef ribs have really large bones, its a bit unseemly to be gnawing on one.
Lamb Breast Provencale Way (P110/100 grams) was another hit on our table. The lamb was tender and had lots of herbs like rosemary giving it nice flavor. Do you see that bunch of greens, it seems they want to temper the carnivore tendencies by giving us a bit of healthy. I’d avoid the skin (don’t think I’ve ever seen lamb skin served) and just chow away on the meat.
The final meat dish was the Garlic Studded Pork Belly Lechon (P95/100 grams). I love lechon, be it from Davao, Cebu, Negros or some other province just not those overly large and tasteless kind. This one falls more towards the provincial kind, though just the belly part only, also my favorite part. The lechon was stuffed with lots of garlic, which was absorbed all through out the meat. The skin was cut into small pieces, and you’ll be munching away in no time. Notice the sauce, it made from real liver and not the off the shelf kind, so its much, much tastier.
All that meat deserves a little carbohydrate courtesy of the Asian Fried Rice (P220/medium). It tasted somewhat like adobo rice to me, delicious.
For dessert we had Chocolate Roulade (P150) and Cheffy Cheesecake (P150). I liked the mango yogurt filling of the roulade but both desserts are not that spectacular, skip dessert and just stuff yourself with their savory dishes. I like Irene’s cheesecake much more.
I really enjoyed my visit with Uncle Cheffy, and will be looking forward to a more relaxing next visit sans taking photos of the food. I was happy with the generous servings of the dishes and enjoyed the panizza a lot.
2/F Wynsum Plaza
Ruby Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Monday to Saturday – 11am to 11pm
Open to franchising
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