Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (8:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.)
Phone Number: (+63 2) 621-6162
As odd as it sounds, it can be difficult to find "genuine" Filipino food in the Philippines. Because most Filipino recipes don't require elaborate preparations, and the ingredients can be obtained almost anywhere, every household has its own version of, say, adobo. As a result, however, Filipino food tends to vary in quality.
Simple Lang, on the other hand, takes Filipino cuisine to an artistic level. Since April 29, 2014, Simple Lang has replaced MoMo Café in the Ayala Triangle's roster of restaurants, and catered to yuppies who are looking for Filipino food with a twist.
Now that it's almost a year and eight months old, it's time to revisit what Simple Lang has to offer the dining public.
As apparent from the image above, Simple Lang has a red-and-white motif. Whether the color scheme reflects the establishment's partnership with Coca-Cola, or simply because red is known to stimulate the appetite, it's certainly appropriate for what Simple Lang is trying to do.
Another thing observant diners will notice is the label on the condiments.
The Service (Pre-Dining)
It's hard to say anything definitive about "service" during a restaurant's off-peak hours. After all, the best measure of a person's mettle is how s/he reacts under pressure. Still, from what this writer has seen so far, the service can be best described as "okay."
As soon as you enter the restaurant, someone will usher you in to the seat of your choice and give you a menu. If you have any questions, the staff will be glad to answer them. For example, when this writer realized that most of the meals were meant to be shared between two or more people, she asked the waiter if they have any offerings meant for a single diner. The waiter replied, with a smile: "Well, you can always take home any leftovers." Hey, at least he was honest!
Luckily, the food didn't take too long to arrive. Maybe it's because it was an off-peak hour, but all the orders arrived within 15-20 minutes. Let's tackle that in the next section.
For lunch, one "Simple Lang Breakfast" was ordered. This writer chose the "Mr. Jones Tapa" version, as shown below.
By Asian standards, this is already a large serving. The meat used for the "tapa" (cured beef) had just the right amount of sweetness and juiciness, and all the other ingredients complemented the dish perfectly. The garlic fried rice was slightly burnt, but still tolerable.
As for the drinks, this writer ordered one Iced Calamansi Tea for Php65.
The Service (After Dining)
Once you're done eating, you raise your hand to call the attention of the staff. This writer would've been more appreciative if the staff approached her table of their own volition, but that's a tiny nitpick.
Of course, since you're simply "billing out" your order, you'd expect the staff to work faster this time around. And they didn't disappoint: Within five minutes, you can pay your order and receive your change. Plus, once you leave the premises, the staff will open the doors for you and say: "Thank you, come again!"
As a place to dine, Simple Lang doesn't do much to break out of the mold. They have lamps that give the place a "hip" vibe, and the messages on their condiments are certainly amusing, but that's about it.
The food, however, is another matter. If you're a visitor from outside the Philippines, you'll want to drop by this restaurant for genuine Filipino food. Since Simple Lang has only one branch (as of this writing), and that branch is in a place as strategic and well-known as the Ayala Triangle Gardens, it shouldn't be so hard to find.
Overall, what this writer ate from Simple Lang is just the tip of the iceberg. Try dropping by the restaurant, and see if it pleases you the same way it pleased this writer. We give Simple Lang a 9.5/10 rating.