There’s a new restaurant in Bacolod that
serves breakfast food all day long. And the good thing about it is that it
comes in an American diner theme—sort of like the diner where Mary Jane came
out of in the original Spiderman movie; except this one was in a real building
instead of a trailer-looking restaurant. After going to the gym, my friends and
I decided to try out American Kitchen
for the first time.
I’ve always been a fan of pretty interiors,
especially the ones in restaurants. I enjoy the idea that the owner puts in a
little bit of creativity just so they could come up with a theme for their
establishment. And when it comes to American diner themes, I think we have a
shortage of them; not just in Bacolod but in Manila as well.
Upon entering American Kitchen, I was
immediately brought back to Mr. Jones
in Greenbelt 5 and Johnny Rockets in
Eastwood and Burgos Circle. Even though I’ve never been to a real American
diner, the feel of one excites me. And truthfully, American Kitchen somewhat
achieved this look.
I like their Baseball uniforms!
The view from where we sat
When we arrived, we were still waiting for
a couple of friends so we decided to get the AK Tater Tots (P110). As described on their menu, this is their
signature crispy potato bites. Every bite of these wonderful creatures was a
reminiscent of our childhood favourite: Croquettes! Unfortunately, as the tots
started to warm up, the insides turned dry. I think the trick there is to start
eating them while they’re still hot.
AK Tater Tots (P110)
Since there were 5 of us, we decided to
split on 3 dishes. Apart from saving money, we decided this was the best way we
could try out different things.
The first dish that arrived was the AK Pancake Platter (P220); composed of
2 original pancakes, 2 eggs (cooked your way), and meat (choice of 2 American
breakfast sausage patties or 2 strips of thick cut smoked bacon or 1 ham
slice). We decided to go with the sausage since we’d be sharing the dish. The
sausage was good, but nothing too spectacular about it. As for the pancakes,
well… I’m a bit biased there so I won’t give feedback on it. (Wanna know why?)
AK Pancake Platter (P220)
Next came the Country Fried Steak Platter (P210)—Deep fried breaded sirloin steak
smothered in country gravy, 2 eggs (cooked your way) and your choice of 1 slice
of Texas toast or country potatoes. Again, we chose to have scrambled eggs and
country potatoes. Overall, this was my favourite dish. I liked the deep fried
breaded sirloin as it was cooked perfectly. Its sauce was reasonably enough to
coat the meat. And the country potatoes, they were heavenly!
Country Fried Steak Platter (P210)
The last to arrive was Q’s Shepherd’s Pie (P199). I’m a fan of making these types of pies
(Chicken Alexander and Moussaka) so this wasn’t new to me. American Kitchen’s
version though was composed of a generous amount of mashed potatoes layered
with ground beef mixed with green peas, corn, and carrots topped with French
fried onions. I found the mashed potato a little bit dry though.
Q's Shepherd Pie (P199)
The service in American Kitchen was highly commendable.
The staff was ready to serve even before you asked them to. And when you leave,
they all say thank you. Even the owner was friendly. When it comes to breakfast
food, I am often reminded of Eggs
Benedict. So while the owner was there, I decided to suggest it to her. She
promised that they will soon be including it on their menu—I’m crossing my
fingers for it! I will most likely return soon, especially if they include Eggs
Ben in their new menu!
The staff hard at work
Kitchen is located at the Ground Floor at Art District, Mandalagan, Bacolod
City. It is right behind East-West Bank. They are open Mondays – Saturdays (8am
– 11pm) and Sundays (10am – 5pm).