Sunday, February 6, 2011

Weekend Food Tripping at: The Real Thing Diner

It's THE DAY of the week, where calories rule!  I am glad looking back at photos do not add on pounds!  As I am getting hungrier by the minute I am writing this post!  Cropping food photos doesn't help!  

I've heard about a newly opened diner at Tomas Morato area when I listened Noelle Cassandra's plug over the radio.  Noelle Cassandra, for those who doesn't know her, is a famous Harp Artist who's got the talent and voice like an angel!  I've seen her perform live at Freeway event and I've met her via a common friend!  Very friendly and TALL lady!  It's out of the topic, I just had to say that *laughs*.

Anyways, when I heard about The Real Thing Diner, the name itself puts a twinkle into Mr. AMW's eyes.  Everyone knew how he loves to collect Coca Cola stuffs and how he's into drinking Coca Cola!  I promised him I will take him there but it took us months because we're always busy!

It was my mom-in-law's birthday this week and it was a perfect timing to try this restaurant as the whole family is into Coca Cola anyways! 

Once you step in, you see a lot of Coke memorabilia!  It's like a Coca Cola museum in which Mr. AMW got lost-in-space right away and forgot he has a wife!  *joking aside*  I sat down and took a look at the menu as he clicked away!

The cute Coca Cola Polar Bear!
Just in case you're wondering, everything's NOT on sale!

The cheery ambiance!  It was around 7:00pm when we arrived on a quiet Wednesday night.  I'm glad we had the opportunity to take such a nice photo as customers are starting to come in at around 8:00pm.

The gorgeous display at the cash register area!  Everything's so neat and clean!  

Even the table setting is well thought of!  I like the coaster!  So Coca Cola!

I guess I gushed so much on the look of The Real Thing Diner.  What about the food?  Here's what we ordered!

Criss Cut Fries
Php49.00 (approx $1.00)
I like the fact that their Criss Cut Fries are not overpriced and the serving size isn't that bad!  The criss cut fries are served hot and crispy!  Perfectly spiced to taste!  Not too salty nor spicy!  Just right!  I can definitely have another plate of this!

Sarsi Wings
Php199.00 (approx $4.50)
Buffalo wings glazed with special Sarsi glaze
I am not a cola drinker and the worst cola you can ever offer to me is Rootbeer!  I hate the taste and I just don't understand why people like drinking it!  (no offense to rootbeer lovers out there).  When I tweeted and checked about this restaurant, CanDIshhh tales tweeted back telling us that the Sarsi Wings is a must try in this diner!  Who am I to say NO?  I am quite adventurous when it comes to food!  It looks delicious anyways!  First bite, I can't explain the taste but it actually tastes good!  Sweet , tangy taste that plays inside your mouth!  I was so into this that I even licked on the sauce and I can taste the Sarsi right away!  :( So no licking of the sauce from now on!  I like the sauce with the wings!  The family loves the sauce poured on their rice!

 Grilled Lemon Chicken
Php259.00 (approx $5.80)
Tender Chicken Fillet infused with lemon and herbs
We asked the waiter what's their bestseller when it comes to chicken dish and he recommended this!  It's actually not bad!  The chicken is grilled just right!  Some people may not like the "burnt" look but I actually like it!  Crunchy on the outside and very juicy inside.  All chicken dishes are served with vegetables and 1 siding of your choice!  We chose mashed potatoes.  The mashed potatoes lack gravy though!  Actually there's no gravy at all!

Coca Cola Baby Back Ribs
Php399.00 (approx $9.00)
Tender baby back ribs glazed in their signature Coca-Cola BBQ sauce
I was actually worried that the ribs will come out dry and "boney" It's actually the star dish of the night!  The ribs was served juicy and full of flavors!  All meat dishes served with vegetables and 1 sider.  We were so in love with Criss Cut Fries that we requested for the same once again!

Coca-Cola Seafood Jambalaya
Php229.00 (approx $5.20)
A delicious medley of Coca-Cola, rice, celery and bell peppers, topped with prawns and dory
This is refreshing to taste!  The rice meal is quite flavorful and you can eat it on its own!  Spices were used which tastes quite distinct to the tongue!  Some people may not like it!  The shrimps and dory are great as toppings, very under-the-sea-like!

We wanted to be adventurous, the family ordered regular Coke and tried one of their non-alcoholic mixed drink!
Coca-Cola Egg Nog
Php99.00 (approx $2.00)
Coca-Cola with Vanilla, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Eggs and Milk.
Sorry, not a fan!  It didn't pass all our taste buds!

Because it was AMW MIL's birthday and the waiters are quite attentive eventhough we discreetly sang "Happy Birthday" song, my MIL got a free strawberry ice cream which puts a huge smile on her face!  She's an ice cream lover and she obviously can't wait to take a spoonful even during photo session!  *laughs*

Bought her 3 mini cakes from Dulcinea

The dishes in this restaurant are priced fairly!  All prices inclusive of 12% VAT and no service charge.  Diner accepts cash and credit card payments.  Pay parking at Il Terrazzo.  Servers are very attentive and friendly!

The Real Thing Diner
2nd Floor Il Terrazzo 
305 Tomas Morato Cor. Sct. Madrinan
Sundays to Thursdays (11:00am to 2:30pm/ 5:30pm to 10:00pm)
Fridays and Saturdays (11:00am to 2:30pm/ 5:30pm to 11:00pm)

It was a wonderful mid-week food tripping and I'm actually off for another one soon!
Ahhhhh how food can relax us!

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  1. Yummm! and that coca cola egg nog intrigued me!

  2. I want the Sarsi Wings! Your post made me realize that I haven't eaten anything yet and I can suddenly hear my stomach grumbling. :P

  3. Cool! Glad that the food is not that expensive, though it looks like it is because the ambiance of the restaurant is really nice.

  4. A coke diner?? That's so cool!! I am going to drag my family there on my birthday!! I am in LOVE with anything Coke. :)

  5. awww cute a coke bottle with Hangul. looks like a kewl place to hang out. thanks for sharing ♥

  6. I actually met Noelle Cassandra when I was there and well I did not know who she was... except that she was part owner of The Real Thing. Celeb pala siya hahaha. XD

  7. The place looks lovely and the food delicious!

  8. herroyalbleakness, di namin type yung Coca-Cola eggnog, but you can give it a try for experience and let me know! heheh

    pammy, Sarsi wings tastes good!

    Stephipay, I agree, its not that pricey and you get to be full for Php250-300.00!

  9. Michelle, yes! perfect talaga for friends and family get together! I'm not in love with the drink Coke pero I love the place.

    Marge, no problem, my pleasure

    Rowena, ang tall ni Noelle no? She's super nice and talented! Have you met KV din? KV was our Emcee during our wedding!

    Gio, yummy food indeed! When will you visit the country and I'll take you food tripping ? :D


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