A couple of Fridays ago, my brother and I decided to spend some time in Shangri-La Mall. After going around the place looking for a place to eat, we decided to try Kettle out with some of his friends.
Photo above courtesy of Kettle’s official Facebook page
Before I proceed, let me just share that when I read through the receipt at the end of our meal, I noticed the words “Meat Plus” and thought that maybe the owners of this place are the same people behind the ones in Subic. Upon some research on the internet, I was able to verify that the people behind Kettle are indeed the same ones behind Meat Plus (Subic) and Tender Bob’s.
Our group decided to order two types of iced teas to share among ourselves. We chose the Peach Iced Tea (leftmost, Php149.00 per carafe) and Green Iced Tea (far right, Php149.00 per carafe). Apart from these and your usual soda, Kettle also offers coffee, wine, local and imported beers to those who are interested.
Since there were only a few of us, we were only able to order three items. Our companions tried the Mac and Four Cheese (Php269.00), which is said to be made of cheddar, fontina, gruyere and parmesan. This came in a pretty small serving, but considering how heavy mac and cheese could be, it was acceptable.
We couldn’t afford to drop by Kettle without trying their famous Buttermilk Fried Chicken (Php519.00). This dish has been on everyone’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook feed when it first came out and it still wins a spot in a lot of lists for the best fried chicken in town. So, does it measure up to all the hype?
It does, but only up to a certain extent. When it was placed on our table, I immediately associated the smell with the chicken you get from KFC. Good thing these boneless chicken thighs were nothing like the ones you get from the fast food chain. They were huge and does look appetizing. The outside was crisp, salty and slightly peppery. The meat inside was tender. Unfortunately, despite those, we didn’t experience any of the fireworks or life-changing moments while we were eating this dish. It’s really quite (dare I say it?) ordinary. 😐
Moving on, I personally enjoyed the cornbread muffins, especially with a bit of gravy rather than honey. Don’t be fooled into thinking that those muffins are like the ones you get from Kenny Rogers or Racks. Kettle’s muffins are dense and heavy; expect to feel full fast when gobbling these muffins up.
While we acknowledge that the Buttermilk Fried Chicken was a star in its own right, we think it’s the Australian Lamb Adobo (Php449.00) that should really be drawing in the crowds. The chunks of meat were all fork tender, with just the right balance of saltiness and sourness to comfort the soul. Those ripe cherry tomatoes added a nice touch to the dish too.
Some tzatziki was also served on the side, which I initially thought was kind of strange. I’m used to having it along with my grilled meats, but with adobo? It was a first and I’m glad they served it that way. The cucumber and yogurt mixture was a fantastic way to cut through all the savoriness, giving you a much needed break and giving you the clean palate to start enjoying the lamb again.
The truffle mushroom brown rice, which came with the lamb, was also delicious. You could easily eat it on its own since it’s nicely seasoned, but having it along with some of the lamb is still the best to go.
Will we be returning to Kettle? Yes, probably. Is it because of the chicken? Not necessarily. It’s a place we wouldn’t mind eating at again, especially since there are still so many things on their menu which sounded good. We highly encourage people to try their other items and see past the fried chicken which has flooded all our news feeds (unless, of course, that’s really your cup of tea!). We seriously think Kettle may be offering so much more than just that. 🙂
*Interested to try these items out? Visit Kettle at the 5th floor of Shangri La Mall’s East Wing, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong. You may also want to check their official website by clicking here.