Last week, I was invited to The Frazzled Cook’s Grand Opening at their new location at 78 Scout Gandia St. near Tomas Morato. I used Waze to navigate, but Waze’s location was incorrect – The Frazzled Cook is actually on the other side (I was on the correct street, at least), just look for #78.
The Frazzled Cook used to be located along Luna Mencias St. in Mandaluyong, which is my route home from Greenhills. I was always curious to try the restaurant, but whenever I saw it, I was already on my way home, usually having already had dinner; but I had always meant to try it. It looked packed from my vantage point – the street parking near the restaurant was always full.
Anyway, The Frazzled Cook has moved. I was told the QC location is bigger and can accommodate more guests. I was so excited to attend the Grand Opening and check out The Frazzled Cook, and I wasn’t disappointed!
It was a star-studded affair – the restaurant is a favorite of several local celebrities – we spotted Ara Mina, Shalani Soledad-Romulo, and others.
The place is obviously a house converted into a restaurant – but that just adds to the charm. The chairs were mismatched, the plates were also charmingly mismatched. Look at these Hello Kitty utensils!
This was our menu for the night:
Herbed Chicken Salad – I really liked this. The chicken was smokey and the dressing was sweet, slightly tart, and fruity. This is definitely on the “must order” list.
Truffle Pasta – this was good. The truffle flavor was mild. The pasta has a thick cream sauce, with some herbs and mushrooms. I really wanted to ask for a second serving of this pasta, but I didn’t want to be too full to appreciate the rest of the meal.
Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa on Top of Seafood Paella Rice:
BBQ Short Ribs – the meat falls off the bone and the BBQ sauce is sweet and smokey.
Crepe Cake – aren’t these just the cutest? These are crepes stacked on top of each other with a cream filling in between each crepe – simple, light and pretty!
Brew Kettle Beer – we were served this Belgian Witbier Style beer. I’m not much of a beer drinker but I did appreciate this. It is light, not too bitter, tastes clean and has a hint of citrus.
The food – I thought the Herbed Chicken Salad was really good, and the BBQ Short Ribs was also surprisingly good. The grilled salmon and paella was just so-so, the salmon I got was a tad overcooked and the paella lacks depth of flavor. I don’t know if this is because it was the grand opening and the kitchen was serving so many guests so they were “frazzled” too, but overall it was a good experience and I am very willing to try them again.
On the plus side, the staff was very good. I was impressed that they remembered what dish to serve us next since there were so many people! For example, my table companion was already on the ribs, while I was still on the soup, and another table companion was already on the salad – but the staff remembered and served us the correct succeeding dishes when we finished with our current ones.
I would like to come back to The Frazzled Cook again to try their Wagyu Salpicao. People I met there have been recommending it!
I won’t hesitate to recommend The Frazzled Cook to friends looking for a nice place to have a meal and chat – it’s really very cozy, well-lighted and the ambience immediately puts one at ease as soon as you enter.
Thank you to Zomato for extending the invitation.
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