Cucina Minila prepares homestyle, authentic Filipino cuisine.
The place looks like a cross between a mom and pop place and a cafeteria. The girl who was serving me looked like I disturbed her for being there. I got a mediocre food serving so I asked to get more and I will pay for it and the girl obviously did not understand, she snapped at me and put one more vegetable in my serving and told me that if I want more I have to pay double. If there was a zero rating that's what I'm going to give for service. My girlfriend got a decent serving but someone else served her.
The food was okay, it didn't taste anything special. I think the service I got soured my opinion on this place. Won't come back again unless my girlfriend asks me to and I will make sure someone else is serving us.
I can't say it's the best restaurant overall but i they have twp particular dishes that i keep on coming back for -- Kare-Kare and sinigang na baboy. For some reason, their kare kare is addicting when you combine it with sinigang na baboy. the sinigang's soup compliments the thick buttery taste of kare kare. I can't get enough from it. it's sooo good
During numerous vivists I noticed staff handling food and cash. The food is good, prices are good but this was a turn off this happened at the Surrey location also. I think the staff should be taught to handle food with gloves and one person only to handle the cash. If they know that money is dirty the would not do this
This is the reason why we don't excel internationally. I tried ordering caldereta at Cucina Manila. The lady who helped me was chatting with her co-worker, no smile no greeting. She asked me "Ano sa'yo, Day?" This is so cheap and so "palengke style" kind of service. We have to remember that when you open a restaurant internationally that you cater to other races as well. So, that was the service. I went home and tried my caldereta which was drowning in oil. I have three solid pieces of meat and 6 pieces of potatoes on it's thick sauce. This is ridiculous! If I wanted potatoes, I would've went to the market myself and cook it. So, I spent almost $9 for this dish. Waste of money....never again!
I heard good things about the food at Cucina Manila and so decided to order party trays for a get together we are having. I asked for details for tray sizes.
The first time I called, they said the medium tray fed 10 -15, and asked me to call back to be able to talk to someone who would know better. I called the second time and they said the medium fed 10. Since the number of people that the size would feed seemed to be lessening, I asked for the exact size, which was pretty small (8"x6"x2"). So I asked for the measurement of the large, at least to give me an idea of how many it fed (by the way, when I asked how many the large fed, they simply said they don't know). They did not know the measurement. Again, they asked me to call for the third time since it was a bit busy. So I did, and asked for the measurement. They did't have it. Surely there was at least one person who knew, right? Apparently not. So being very p**sed at the situation, I asked them to measure it while I waited on the phone. The person I was talking to said they didn't have anything to measure it with. I was done with the conversation.
Obviously these people don't care about the business, or else they would do something about providing good customer service.
I will never order from Cusina Manila nor go there. Good service should come with good food to make a good restaurant.
I will call PinPin Restaurant to order right now. I never had a problem with them, and everytime I call, I get a straight answer.
Delicious food for its value, with many choices. My personal favorites that i recommend are the Chicken Adobo, Caldereta, and Fish Sinigang. For those new to Filipino cuisine, the Chicken Barbeque is a great start. Good and clean place, and fine service. Next door is Goto King, owned by the same manager, which sells enticing Filipino-style Chinese foods such as steam buns and dumplings. Great restaurant.