Friday, November 26, 2010

CCA Kitchen: One-Stop Shop Culinary Hub

CCA has been a forerunner of culinary masterpieces with the proliferation of their matriarch restaurant chain, Cravings. It has even produced celebrity chefs prodigious for their kitchen wizardry in the likes of Chef Rosebud Benitez and Chef Janice de Belen.

Lately, Marvin's bride-to-be, Shiela and I tried out their sibling restaurant, CCA Kitchen at the New Eastwood Mall since it's near her place. It's fundamentally a one-stop culinary hub known for its interactive cooking concept where guests can request for a la carte or set menu. I was apprehensive at first because I don't want my food brewed out of experiment from chefs with no professional degree, but lo and behold, it came out quite remarkably delicious. Students are constantly guided by their resident chefs under a microscope so you are ensured that foods are done and presented impeccably.

It's a refreshing restaurant experience that actually secedes from the usual drab, too-formal dining set up. Brightly colored interior with cherry-hued, pastel-designed walls and some culinary merchandise were a crest for excitement and dynamism, one that caters to an ever changing tastebud.

That day, we ordered a Spaghetti with Bolognese Meat Sauce(Php275 + 10% SC) which is really flavorful from the strands to the sauce up to the meatballs. And the voracious eater in me got myself a Sunday's Best Roast Chicken(Php320 + 10% SC) which is really huge as it includes the wing and leg part, and is probably half of the entire chicken. To polish our meal, we had ourselves a Houseblend Iced Tea(Php65 + 10% SC).

But what really makes me exciting is the Splurge Salad concept, which is essentially an eat-all-you-can salad for every purchase of their main course. But you have to whip up the salad yourself at their salad bar. As if their courtesy bread and slew of soups aren't enough to make me full(all endlessly streaming), salad bar constitutes most of my meal.

This satellite kitchen from CCA seems like a 7-11 of restaurant concepts, it has all you've got, it's a bakeshop, culinary school, deli, chef's boutique, and restaurant all rolled out into one converged goodness.


  1. I've celebrated a lot of my birthday in CCA in Katipunan. :) I havent yet tried this branch even if I've passed by Eastwood several times.

    And yes, I love their eat all you can salad bar too!

  2. @Smarla: cool, in my case, most of my birthdays are celebrated at Dampa. :) i have been to three Cravings branches only, Katipunan, Festival Mall(Aalabang), and the CCA Kitchen(Eastwood Mall), but i noticed the Eastwood Mall serves less salada variety. Mas ok pa rin yung Katips and Festival.

  3. I was supposed to have dessert in CCA Eastwood one time but I stood there for 3 minutes without anyone handing me a menu or assisting me to a seat. So I just left :P

  4. @Smarla: oh noh, that isn't good. were they full that time? i experience similar fate at Myron's Place, so i just left and transferred to Zuni. :)

  5. kitten, salad bar daw o! tara!


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