Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Monday – Thursday), 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Friday), 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Saturday), 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Phone Number(s): (+632) 246-9069
Unlike most restaurants, Franco's didn't come about because of its owners' pursuit of their culinary dreams. Rather, it came about because of a couple's desire to make sense of a tragedy.
Back in May 2009, Ramon "Mon" Eugenio and his family were travelling to Mindoro via ferry. Unfortunately, the ferry capsized, killing 12 of the 60 people on board — including Franco (Mon's son), Anton Eugenio (Mon's nephew) and Daisy Eugenio (Mon's mother). This led to the creation of Franco's Friends for Safe Travel in the Philippines, a movement for the improvement of safe travel practices by sea and on the road.
Seven years later, the Eugenio family continues to go strong, as their flagship restaurant Myron's Place draws in the Greenbelt crowd looking for Asian and European cuisine. However, Mon and Monique (his wife) also continue to pay tribute to their deceased son through their Power Plant Mall establishment, which replaced their other Myron's branch and offers comfort Filipino food with a twist.
So far, Franco's only has one branch in the entire Metro (if not the Philippines). In case you want to check it out, here's what you can expect from it.
As you can see in the picture above, Franco's has a very casual vibe. It's the sort of place more suitable for meet-ups with friends/family than meet-ups with business partners, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. What makes Franco's interiors really stand out, though, are the wall decorations.
We're not sure if customers are allowed to touch those paraphernalia, since we didn't really ask. At any rate, they do have Wi-Fi (ask the servers for more information!), as well as a full bar and pastry menu. If you want a place to relax that isn't a coffee shop or a library, Franco's might be your cup of tea.
Like the place itself, the menu is peppered with pictures of toy vehicles. (You can see them here.) To start with, we sampled the Oysters Rockefeller.
Since they offer all-day breakfast, we decided to take advantage and have the Franco's Breakfast (which is apparently one of their "House Specialties."
For the dessert, we had the Banana Split.
To top it off, we had the Ripe Mango Shake.
All in all, Franco's food is as comforting as they promise. They may not have the most standout dishes (especially when compared to other Power Plant Mall restaurants), but it fits their down-to-earth, unassuming image. We still recommend them for their light yet tasty dishes.
In keeping with the casual vibe of the restaurant, the waiters are dressed in T-shirts and jeans. They're also as Filipino as you can get: No pseudo-American English accent as far as they're concerned!
The service was fast too. All of our orders arrived just when we wanted them to, and the waiters made sure to clear our table as soon as we were done with each dish. We didn't experience anything service-wise that can be considered a point against them.
Whether the story behind the restaurant moves you or not, Franco's is worth a visit. It's unpretentious, it's comforting and it needs more love. Try the dishes we talked about for yourself, or try their other ones, then let us know what you think in the comments!