Monday, September 12

Real Brunch at The Real Thing Diner

A few hours after getting back home from our brunch at The Real Thing Diner, I couldn't help it but feel like a kid again.


Have you tried the Real Thing? XD


My wife somehow felt it too while she's watching endless Coca-Cola commercials for almost an hour. And my baby girl was still a baby of course XD. While taking some time organizing my thoughts, I have with me a bottle of 12oz Coke to keep me hydrated and refreshed.








After giving it some thought for the past few weeks, We went to Il Terrazo to have brunch at The Real Thing Diner after accompanying my wife somewhere in Sct. Santiago for her gown fitting. We got there at 11:00am just in time as the store opens. Once were inside, we were greeted with a nostalgic atmosphere as the restaurant was filled with Coca-Cola memorabilia. Shades of red and white were everywhere as to make customer's feel like they're back in time where everything seems to be fun and carefree. Everything here is Coca-Cola and nothing else. We were the first to enter as there were no people yet.






Owned by former Coca-Cola employee KV Golamco and singer-songwriter Noelle Cassandra, The Real Thing Diner is an American-Themed restaurant that offers dishes (most) that has a hint of Coca-Cola products in each and one of them.









But enough for the introduction, we placed our orders and wait for how it would fare in our palates. They serve mostly American-inspired dishes so I'm pretty excited what would be served.

For starters, we had two types of soup.My wife had the Royal Pumpkin Soup (99 pesos) while I had Chili Con Carne (149 pesos). This was to start exciting our respective taste buds as both soup tasted pretty good. Also, we didn't have much choice as these were the only ones available as of that time.


Royal Pumpkin Soup





Since we couldn't decide on what to order, we simply had their Wing-It Platter that includes some of their signature dishes which includes Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs, Royal Tru-Orange Pork Chop and Spicy Sarsi Wings (699 pesos). It also comes with a free pitcher of iced tea and a platter of rice good for two to three people.


Ribs and Wings Platter






The ribs were meaty, and its coke glaze on the ribs made it more flavorful as I got a taste coke on my meat. It was also well marinated as it has this sweet savory taste with again a hint of coke. Although were not barbecue-style which is the meat falls-off-the-bones type but the sauce (coke-hinted) made the difference.


Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs


The Spicy Sarsi Wings were an instant hit to us. Its not the usual spicy wings as the glaze of Sarsi neutralizes the spiciness of the wings. You'll get your hands dirty with its sticky caramelized sauce but I didn't matter as I simply licked it off just like licking Sarsi off your fingers. XD


Spicy Sarsi Wings


And as for the pork chop, this one has the least appeal in terms of taste. It simply tasted like your ordinary pork chop. I think they should have marinated the pork chop for a day (or two) in Royal Tru-Orange so its juices would sink in.


Royal Tru-Orange Pork Chop


And to cap-off our lunch, I had Happily Appley (99 pesos). Since my wife is already full, I had the indulgence to finish this heavenly dessert all by myself XD.


Happily Appley


That was a two-hour lunch I won't forget as we were taken back in time to enjoy Coke not just for drinking but for food as well. I'll make sure we will go back once my daughter learns how to walk so she could enjoy the food and we will try the other dishes that we were not able to order. ^_^


14 comments:

  1. omg.. I wont expect those people who's on diet eating in this returants with all the soda product in their food. but for those who wants to try different variety this is must place to go! looks very clean also! xx

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    1. I'm sure they don't mind ruining their diets for a day just to give-in to this craving. XD

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  2. I wonder if this restaurant really has anything in connection with the real Cola-cola brand and if the former employee has had to pay some premium amount of money to be able to use the brand legally.

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    1. That I have to find out soon enough if they paid premium for using the name.

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  3. Wow! super love the place and the food names are fun too.

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  4. I ate here before they closed at Il Terrazzo. Darn, I miss them already. Their food was good. I hear they relocated somewhere in the south though.

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    1. Yeah. That's really a sad news though they say they might be moving to Makati I don't know where.

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  5. All of the dishes are actually mixed with sodas? So cool! I wanna try them. Mind if you share one? hehe!

    Anyway, The ceiling lamp looks like ours!
    And I love the coca-cola nostalgia ornaments inside. It's like zooming back to the past. :D

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    1. Not all dishes were infused with Sodas Jonas. The ones we ordered except for the chili con carne were mostly infused with sodas though you need to taste them carefully.

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  6. Is The Real Thing still at Il Terrazo? I didn't notice this place when I was there. Very interesting theme, not to mention that Coca-Cola has one of the coolest items, like glass, yoyo, etc. I'll check it out when I go back to il Terrazo. Hopefully they're still there

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    1. Unfortunately, they've moved somewhere daw in Makati Alwin. I just don't know when they moved out of Il Terrazo.

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  7. Kakagutom, I like all their dishes. So yummy looking, the ambience is a plus factor.

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  8. Wow, didn't know a coca cola themed restaurant exist in our country. Mixing soda's in cooking is not something new but still I love to visit the place since we're fond of Coca Cola memorabilias.

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  9. The first I've tasted dishes with soda in it was when I was in College. A cousin cooked Coca-cola Chicken. I was not there when she was preparing it but it surely tasted good. Now a resto serving dishes with coa-cola, sarsi and royal tru orange, I would love to try this place. Besides I am not only a coca-cola fan . . . . I'm addicted to it =)

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