Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Food Spot: California Pizza Kitchen

Last week, Walter & I went to the mall with all the walk that we did we soon got tired & was looking for a place to hang out. We're not really hungry because we had heavy lunch but just tired.

I said we ought to try out California Pizza Kitchen for once... he's not a fan of Italian dishes. I do sometimes eat at Italian restos, but not bf.He just doesn't have an affinity for natural tomato-based dishes.

Since CPK seems comfy & cozy so we decided to hang our hats there & sit back in their plush seat...

Sorry about this blurry picture, i did not notice that my camera was set in close-up the time that i capture this so it blurs whenever i take panoramic shots in that specific setting... but you'll see how cozy it is here.

As soon as you enter, you'll be escorted to a seat & will be given their extensive menu list. Since we are not really hungry, we decided to just have pizza & clam chowder.

The waiters & waitresses are so friendly & accommodating, they always have a warm smile.

They do have a wine & cocktail list so if you want to indulge in wine, you'll be happy with their selection!

Since Walter got a cold, i just got him tea.. chamomile in this case... A Tazo tea.

Tazo Chamomile Calming Tea - Php 120

I just decided to drink milk..hehe

Anyway, we waited a few good minutes before it arrived, you wouldn't really mind waiting since it is very comfy, i wasn't able to resist the urge to take off my shoes & sit on my legs..hehe

They serve clam chowder in a cup (individual serving) or in a bowl (group serving)...

Clam Chowder in cup - Php 165 
New England style chowder with clams, diced potatoes, sautéed bacon, onion leeks and celery with a touch of white wine.
I have to say their Clam Chowder is the tastiest & creamiest that i've tasted so far.. not that i have eaten a lot of them, mind you... but it's so thick & creamy!

It captures the true taste of clams without being overwhelmed by other ingredients. The potato cube also added body to the soup as well. It is not lacking in clams unlike most that i've tasted. In fact, it so generously full of clams that every time i dip my spoon, i am able to eat clams. The creamy tangy taste compliments the unique taste of the clam itself.

For those who love clam chowders, you ought to try this!

Then our pizza...

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza - Php 394.99 

I decided to get the their Hawaiian pizza because as what i said, Walter is not into Italian foods but since hawaiian pizza is one of the most common here in the Philippines, i thought that i ought to slowly introduce him to italian dishes once more with a cuisine that would somehow be as a "neutral ground" between filipino & italian dishes.

On to the pizza itself...

Fresh pineapple, BBQ chicken, smoked Gouda and Mozzarella cheese, barbecue sauce, sliced red onions and fresh cilantro.
It's so light, you won't even notice that you have already eaten everything! That's what happened to Walter, at least. He kept on eating it that he was so surprised that he had eaten almost everything. I just took a slice for i am not hungry, but he ate all 5 slices!
I kept on teasing him about it. He said he is not hungry but he ate everything!

I can't blame him anyway because it really is good.
The smokey flavor by the Gouda cheese gave this a very distinct taste as opposed to the usual Hawaiian pizzas. I wasn't able to really pinpoint the taste of each ingredients anymore because it compliments each other.

What's great about CPK Pizza is that it's not oily at all!
One thing why i don't like pizzas that much is that it's too oily it feels like you taking in lots of oil in your body. It also leaves a greasy taste in your palette that makes you lose your appetite. You wouldn't want to hold it in your bare hands because it would leave grease all over your hands.

But you're in for a treat with CPK Pizzas...
You can hold it on your hands without leaving any grease-marks!
You just have to try it to believe me.

I have to say it's not affordable at all...
Our total bill amounted to Php 822.39 for just the 2 of us.
I consider it quite steep already because we only had 2 dishes. I could go a long way in other restos but considering the service, ambiance & food it's not something that is worth hesitating over.

Needless to say, we enjoyed our dining experience.
We will be going back, of course, but not very often..hehe
If the price is not that steep, we will definitely be putting this on our "restos-we-can't-live-without" list.

If you haven't tried CPK, i highly suggest that you try it.
I'm pretty sure that you will enjoy every morsel that you take in!

Have a great day,bellas!
Jaa ne~!


Jackie A. said...

I love CPK Clam Chowder! Yum!

Madz said...

I absolutely love the way you described the clam chowder and their pizza. You have a talent of making people drool by just reading your food post, hehe.

I think it's pretty common that if we order pizza, expect to shell out a huge amount for it. It's fine if the pizza was awesome, but it's a rip off if we didn't even like the pizza at all.

cominica_ai said...

I just ate pizza yesterday and want it again! :D


Thiamere Brea said...

it melts in your mouth!

now i'm craving for their chowder again!

Thiamere Brea said...

thank you!

that's so true!
cpk pizza is something that is really worth spending for!

Thiamere Brea said...

i want to try their others pizzas as well!

JANEL said...

I've never tried their clam chowder, but I love their fettuccine with chicken & shrimp ^_^.

Thiamere Brea said...

haven't tried their pastas yet but i will definitely try it!

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