I was meeting someone near RCBC Bldg in Makati when I stumbled upon Adobo Connection restaurant as I was walking along Valero St. I decided to eat there for late lunch instead of fast food so I can sample their menu.
The restaurant is pretty empty at 2p.m. Not sure if it was a good sign or not. I went to eat there anyway. The restaurant looks clean and the chairs and tables look unbeaten yet. I went to order and I wanted to try their Mix Adobo sa Gata. Unfortunately I was told that they don’t have chicken anymore which was a bummer. I settled with the Pork Adobo sa Gata (P115) with Iced Tea (P20) and waited for the food. Maybe less than five minutes later, the food was served. It came on a square plate with their restaurant logo, when I saw the plate I thought it was pretty dull. It did not excite me to eat the food as I looked at the plate served before me. Though the rice was warm, the Pork Adobo sa Gata was short of being room temperature. I was hoping to get a hot dish as I am not in a fast food but in a restaurant.
The pork adobo itself was a bit odd, it wasn’t in cubes as I would expect a pork adobo to look like. There were no peppercorns or laurel leaves or a little fatty oil in a sauce (I am used to my mom’s dry adobo with a bit of the pork fat oil which is to die for.) The meat appears to be dry and covered with what looks like a gravy. To me it looked like the meat and the sauce were cooked separately. When I tasted it, the adobo sauce had a little tang – maybe from the vinegar – mixed with gata or coconut milk. I generally like Adobo but I had some questions on my mind about the hint of sour taste that I was having. I tried cutting through the meat and to my disappointment, it was chewy, like they did not cook it long enough to make the pork very tender.
Even though they offered rice-all-you can, I thought what was in my plate was enough to give my verdict on their Pork Adobo sa Gata.
As I walked out to leave, most of their staff thank me for dining with them. So I guess that’s a positive.
My rating: Average
(eat if you are hungry and there’s no other option)