So it was a tiring day at Subic and we were about to have our dinner before heading back home. We’ve been looking all over to find a place to eat. There we found a mall, Harbour Point. Not knowing it was a new mall. The mall is really nice, there’s a lot of restaurants to choose on. Not just restaurants, but shops where you can buy goodies so it’s a nice place to visit when you are within Subic.
We were roaming around inside the mall to find a restaurant where we would really love to eat, hoping I could find Sizzling Pepper Steak. But even with our starving tummies, I still push my energy to look for something that’s worth all the hunger. Until finally! My almost disappointed spirit melt down the moment I saw Pepper Lunch. It was a priceless moment! Since there’s no SPS in the vicinity, PL is the nearest alternative I can take.
So we entered and everyone greeted us “irasshaimase”, a Japanese word meaning “Come on, in!”. At first I thought, it would be the same as SPS, like in fine dining, servers would approach you and hand you their menus in your seats, but it turned out the other way around. We had to carry our asses out of the chair and make our selections in the counter just like how a fast food run. So that was the first disappointment. Though the server we had decided to just give us the menus on our seats since I think he figured that we were really tired and hungry. That was nice, I thought. So everyone made their own choices while I chose Curry Rice with sliced beef. I’m really in love with curries. Back at SPS, I always order the Pork Curry Pepper Rice. So our server brought us our bill instead of us paying it on the counter. That was again, nice.
Then the food arrived after around 15-20minutes.
The servings is far different from Sizzling Pepper Steak (forgive me as I always compare them both, as they are the only fancy restaurants who serve sizzling nicely). I had one sizzling pan with sliced beef around the corners and rice in the middle, as usual, and a jar of some sauce while the others didn’t have any sauce at all. They used a small cup to measure the rice so if you’re a fan of rice, you’ll find it as a small serving that’s why I had to order another cup of rice which was again a disappointment, I will explain later. So I had to flip the beef for them to get cooked. I was looking for a curry powder on top of the rice as that’s how SPS served the Pork Curry Pepper Rice, but I found out that the sauce I had, was the curry flavoring. I only knew it when I ordered another cup of rice, when our server told me that it was the curry flavor. So there’s no more refill, I had to buy the sauce for P125, I think and hey that’s too much for a small jar of sauce!!! But then I had no choice as I was really starving, then I just order another cup of rice for P45.
SATISFACTION RATING: 1/5
I give one out of five. It solved everyone’s hunger but not enough for satisfaction. When I eat at Sizzling Pepper Steak, I always get out with a smile on my face and a full satisfaction. The taste of the food isn’t that outstanding for it’s worth.
I give it a three out of five. The effort of the staff made a plus on everything. They made it really convenient for us at that very moment. But the way they operate, the fast food set up and the long wait and all, is such a disappointment knowing the price of their food is quite high.
QUALITY OF FOOD: 2/5
Two out of five. Again, you would only rate such if it gives you all the satisfaction you are looking for. Aside from unsatisfactory, the serving of the food is not worth the price at all. They could have made the servings quite big to make all the food experience worth it. The taste of the food is not really outstanding. For someone who has been really starving, it could’ve tasted better. But despite of the hungriness, I still couldn’t say it was delicious.
Again, as mentioned above, the price of the food does not worth everything.
I would never go back and eat at Pepper Lunch again.