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)
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 403-3585
Mobile Number(s): (+63) 917-882-7594
Ask any foodie about the biggest names in Filipino cuisine, and chances are they'll namedrop Nora Daza. A legendary chef, TV host and cookbook author, Daza eventually passed down her legacy to her son Sandy. Being a talented chef in his own right, Sandy is the man behind the subject of today's review, Wooden Spoon.
Even though it opened less than five years ago (in 2012, to be exact), Wooden Spoon already has quite a following. If you pass by the place around lunchtime, you'll be lucky to find even a single unoccupied seat. (At least, that's the case with the Power Plant Mall branch. They have two other branches: one in Kapitolyo, the other in Katipunan.) Clearly, the Daza name continues to attract Filipino palates to this day — but, as we'll see in the review below, that's not the only draw of this establishment.
Being in a mall surrounded by other restaurants, the branch in Power Plant Mall isn't exactly "spacious." However, it is well-maintained, and the ambience is what you'd expect from a classy Filipino restaurant. You can eat here by yourself, though it's better if you eat with a group for reasons that'll become clear in the next section.
To start with, we ordered the Wansoy Shrimp Nuggets.
Next, we had the Adobo Flakes.
We also had the Bistek Tagalog.
To accompany these two dishes, we had the Garlic Rice.
Of course, no foodie trip would be complete without the obligatory dessert. In keeping with our Filipino theme for the month of June, we had the quintessential halo-halo — or rather, a stripped down version of it.
Except for the halo-halo, all these dishes are for sharing. You may find the prices steep at first glance, but considering the size of the portions and how heavy they are on the tummy, they're worth every peso.
The service isn't bad, but it's not outstanding either. You'll go through the usual motions: get ushered into a seat, receive a glass of water, wait for your order and ask for the bill out. It's probably a good idea to specify that the dessert be served after the meal, because the halo-halo was served first! Other than that, the food was served within a reasonable amount of time, the waiters were polite enough, and we didn't experience any lapses in service that could be considered problematic.
Based on our experience, Wooden Spoon mostly lives up to the Daza name. Their dishes don't just twist Filipino recipes to suit a fad; they also make the recipes better than they already are. If you want your family to taste Philippine cuisine at its finest, or to eat in a place where your expectations will be challenged (in a good way), bring them to any branch of Wooden Spoon. You won't regret it!