Peanut Butter Company is getting to be one of my favorite restaurants in the Makati area and for good reason. The interiors are inviting and the concept is most certainly interesting. And there is, of course, the matter of the food. Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, the dishes on PBCo.’s menu are bound to give your tastebuds quite an experience.
Aside from jars of flavored peanut butter in various sizes and a roster of both sweet and savory sandwiches, PBCo. also serves pasta bowls and rice platters for heartier appetites. There’s one dish in particular that’s bound to figuratively – and literally – set your palate on fire.
The components of the Fish Diablo Pasta are simply described on the menu as “chili peanut butter, spicy tomato sauce, and creme dory chunks on spaghetti.” Sounds innocent enough, but when you take a bite – ! Believe me when I say that they weren’t mucking about when they added chili to the peanut butter. If you’re a big fan of Sriracha hot sauce, you’re going to love this dish.
Yes, the sauce is fiery and is definitely not something sissies would appreciate. But once you get past that initial burn, once you’re in full-on enchilado mode, you start to appreciate the nuances of the dish’s other components. The fire is tempered by the nutty richness of the peanuts and the sweetness of ripe tomato. The generously scattered fish chunks are firm and flaky with a buttery flavor totally unexpected in what’s usually a bland sort of fish.
Another must-order is PBCo.’s Box of Chips, the shop’s own version of mojo potatoes. Here, the breading isn’t so thick but it’s deliciously peppery. These thickly-sliced fried spuds are tasty enough on their own, but the peanut butter-mayo dip is so moreish that it’d be a sin not to dip the chips into it. It tastes like a really good satay sauce and I suggest that you grab a second tub to go because it’s also excellent on roast chicken and pork belly.
One last thing: be sure to order a diet Dr. Pepper Cherry with your meal. I can’t quite explain why, but it went so perfectly with mine. 😀