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And So, Pepper Lunch…

Here's lunch... I mean, dinner...

Pepper Lunch.  It’s one of those restaurants I’ve been meaning to go to, but have never really had the time to actually head on over.  It’s basic premise is that it’s a restaurant where you do your own cooking: you get a super-heated platter filled with a generous helping of rice and your choice of meat, poultry, and seafood, just drizzle on your condiments of choice, toss everything together, remove the protective ribbon, then bon appetit.

Interesting notion, yes?  So interesting, in fact, that when faced with another evening tossing a coin between a KFC meal and another sarnie from Oliver’s Super Sandwiches, I finally declared fast food palate fatigue and marched straight into PL.

Double Unagi Rice

I was sorely tempted to try the beef rice because it looked so good and tender.  However, when the unagi rice (P 395.00) on the menu caught my eye, I just had to have it.  I want my eel – and I want it now!  And given how you could get twice as much eel for an additional P 100.00, I couldn’t say no.  🙂

Since classic unagi kabayaki is marinated in a sweetish soy sauce, this was no time to use PL’s amakuchi (honeyed soy sauce).  I wanted a bit of a spicy contrast to the already sweet eel and the generous topping of sweetcorn, so I gave my plate a good drizzle of karakuchi (garlic-infused soy sauce) and a light sprinkling of fresh-ground black pepper.

The resulting mix was very good: the sticky-sweet eel with its smoky aftertaste was gorgeous against the plain rice.  The corn added a bit of crunch to the texture and I really loved the sharpness of the karakuchi because it kept the taste of the eel from getting a bit too rich.

Caesar Salad on the side

An additional P 45.00 gets you a small helping of Caesar salad.  I don’t usually order side dishes whenever I eat eel, but this generous serve of mixed greens helped balance the flavors of the meal.  PL’s dressing, incidentally, had a lovely tang with just the right touch of anchovy.

If you think that one trip to PL is enough for me, I’m afraid it isn’t.  Next time, I want to try their salmon rice!



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

5 thoughts on “And So, Pepper Lunch…

  1. thanks for posting a review of PL, matagal na kong intrigued! i read CVS’ blog sporadically and she writes about the inception of each branch, among other things 😉
    …think we can do unagi rice at home too, tabletop??? happy weekend Midge!

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