Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lunch Disaster – Sizzling Pepper Steak


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Over lunch yesterday, we tried this restaurant we always pass by in Glorietta 5. This is the restaurant right across Sbarro Pizza, 3rd floor level. It looks beguiling from a far, thus, we scheduled a day to dine in - not knowing that this would be the day we would surely regret.

The restaurant is called Sizzling Pepper Steak.

Along with friends, we dined and checked the menu. We all thought it looks good so we agreed to take different orders. I settled for Saikoro Pepper Rice while the rest got Pork Pepper, Beef Pepper and Chicken Pepper Rice. We were the only guest during that time. Probably because it was already late for lunch - that’s why most Makati workforce are back to work already.

So we thought…

Our food arrived sizzling (of course, Duh!) in less than 10 minutes. Impressive, I thought. The moment my food was placed on the table, they turn on a fierce blower atop of me that blew all the sizzling oil on my wrist and chin. In fact, I think the blower is too strong it is capable of blowing a wig away from someone’s head! I was then instructed to grill the beef myself since they are raw. Great! Don’t get me wrong. I love to cook; but not when you are wearing white linen polo shirt and would have to return to the office after 20 minutes. When the waiter saw my irritated look, he tried to cover my sizzling plate with a very soft paper - just for the paper to be blown away. Of course, with the blower?!


My order - Saikoro Pepper Rice

My friend, Roxy, being assisted to grill her food


At last my food is ready to eat. It’s about time! One small bite and then my blood pressure shoot up – about to give me a heart attack anytime! While my cubed beef got cooked, my fried rice got charred! This prompted me to call the waiter and asked, “Is there an option to have our order served cooked already?”

The waiter answered with a big smile, “Yes, sir”.

Isn't that amazing?!

After a few chewing, I stopped eating my food. Totally! Instead, I turned to divert my attention to my ever reliable Coke Zero. While I pour my Coke to a glass full of ice, the waiter asked if he can take the soda can already. I gave him “the stare”. But, really, I wanted to shout NO at him!
The rest of my company that afternoon likewise despised ever stepping in the restaurant. We left the place still hungry and walking away with a BIG lesson learned written on our forehead, “we are never going back!” While I understand that the grill-it-yourself is the theme of Sizzling Pepper Steak, the idea is not fierce for me (neither to my friends). If I want to cook or grill for that matter, I would do it at home where the convenience of wearing comfortable clothes is possible. And besides, I am not paying them Php185.oo for a meal to get all my hands greased up and burnt.


We emptied one plate and this is how much oil underneath

If you want a free blower and smell like used kitchen oil, be my guest.



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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

should i thank the heavens I was not able to join this lunch out? hope they see this so they can at least improve..for their sake...

Marquee Rio on May 20, 2009 8:46 AM said...

I had the same experience. Not going back!

Gabi Corpuz said...

I visted the resto with girlfriends couple of months back.. after dinner I met my BF and was told I stink like shit...

William Uy said...

Smelling like kitcen oil is something I can bear. But the taste of their food is my main concern. Di sya masarap at walang lasa. Not to mention na lahat matabang even after adding seasoning.

Susan S. said...

I think their food is ok. But I could not agree more in leaving the resto smelling like kitchen oil... That is funny! They have to do something with their vent. We sometimes want to eat at Pepper Steak, but would later decide not to because of smelling bad after.

deks said...

Thanks for the wonderful information Eric. Eventhough I haven't tried eating in the resto but with this, I wouldn't even dare to do so.

poledward said...

Tried it once. The after smell is really awful at talagang walang lasa yung pagkain. Not going back for sure!

Neneth of Pque said...

I swa your blog while I was looking for a branch of Sizzling Pepper Steak. Now that I read it and saw the comments of your followrs, I will look for another option where our corporate meeting wil be held.

Thanks for the tip Eric.

tyraniKAL on May 20, 2009 2:54 PM said...

hahaha
buti na lang
aksaya sa pera lang dun

Another Blogger on May 21, 2009 12:17 AM said...

Too many oil like that will kill you brother ;)

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 21, 2009 10:59 AM said...

tyraniKAL

Thanks for reading my latest blog :)

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 21, 2009 11:00 AM said...

Another Blogger

Thanks for the health tip... I dropped by you blog site and really enjoyed all the blog tips you have...

Hope to see you around :)

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 21, 2009 11:03 AM said...

To all,

It seems that you also had the same experience (somehow)...

The only point here is for them to improve their service to that customers will eventually go back :)

Daisy Duran said...

Food here is a major YUCK!

Benefits said...

I was looking for reviews of this resto, thanks for the tip. :) Keep the candid blogs coming.

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on November 06, 2009 8:35 PM said...

Hi Benefits!

Thanks for the visit...

I should say I really didn't like this Resto.

callcenterguy on January 18, 2010 12:43 PM said...

My experience in this restaurant is not much better. The rice was ICE COLD! I call the restaurant the Bubba Gump wanna be

Anonymous said...

grabe nmn un ICE COLD DAW? anyways ive been to this sizzlin pepper steak resto and im in the positive side. you have to try other SPS (thats what they call it) stores and they serve very good food! try oyako pepper rice. ung mga nagsabing wla daw lasa, try seeking for medical attention. ahehehhe. . . bka na burn n kac ung tastebuds nyo ng init nung hot plate nila. plamigin nyo po muna kac wehhehe. . . teecee guys anyways i like your blog bro. its been very honest. and i want to be honest also thats why i joined. ALL HAIL SIZZLIN' PEPPER STEAK!!! see you soon.

Anonymous said...

Yeah! You're ryt mr. anonymous,all of you should try oyako pepper rice... Next tym try to look on the positive sides before making a comment... God Bless you all....

Go for the siZzle move...

anthony on December 20, 2010 4:00 PM said...

Bad experience with their Glorietta 5 branch. Very bad service. By the time they serve your food, your hunger has passed. We ended up canceling my son's order because it's talking so long and ask my kid to just eat at Sbarro, which is beside Sizzling Pepper Steak in Glorietta 5. Me, my wife and other kid, our orders came one after the other (but without my other kid's order) after about 30 minutes of waiting. Not ever coming back.

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