Delightful dinner at The Real Thing

Do you have a collection?

I do. I love collecting all things pink! My fascination for the color pink is quite evident in this blog and with the items inside my bag and on my work desk. My pink post-its, my pink pencil sharpener, pink pencils and pens, pink magnets and a lot more! Even my wardrobe cabinet has gone pink-ified with more than half of my clothes in shades of pink, fuchsia and red.

Back when I was a child, I would collect all sorts of things from stickers to stationaries, from rubber stamps to button pins, I even have a growing collection of all Hello Kitty and Donald Duck items! People may not understand why I love collecting these items but I guess it just brightens my day being able to discover a new button to take home or a Donald Duck item to admire.

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The Real Thing's Cinnamon Snifter -- one of their many Coca-Cola concoctions!

Then I met KV Golamco who is a HUGE Coca-Cola collector. I've known quite a number of people who loves to drink Coke, but to collect all sorts of memorabilia from lamps to bottles to actually opening a restaurant that highlights the use of Coke and other sodas, I was intrigued.

This prompted The Club to troop all the way to Tomas Morato one evening to try The Real Thing. I love the bright happy interior of the restaurant. Red chairs with Coca-cola coasters, it surely gives us that light, happy vibe as we sample a couple of their best-sellers.

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KV and his partner Noelle were very gracious hosts, always asking us if we need anything and ready to recommend certain items for us to try. We began with the Spicy Sarsi Wings (Php. 199). Believe it not, it was more sweet than spicy which I love. This seems to be the Club's favorite as everyone had a good fill of this dish. I love it that the size of the wings was not too small giving you a good amount of meat in every piece. Each was coated with their special Sarsi sauce that reminds me of my favorite Soy Garlic chicken from Chicken Charlie. Yum!

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Up next was Irene's favorite -- the Eight O' clock Apple Green Tea Fish Fillet (Php. 249). We both agreed that it was pretty good. The fish fillet has a very light coating that you have to dip it into the green tea sauce to give it that extra flavor. I can imagine my mom enjoying this as she doesn't want her fish too salty, spicy or sweet.

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Who loves burger? We do!! While we can be quite picky with our choice of all beef burger, Paul and I love the Coca-cola BBQ Burger (Php. 249). I was ready with my big bite as allowed my teeth to sink into the soft buns, veggies and the huge burger patty. The criss-cut fries was also very delicious! Crunchy on the outside and flavorful in the inside, just the way I like my fries. They surely take their burgers seriously here, this we'll definitely go back for more!

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As we were enjoying the Coca-Cola Burger, out came the Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs (Php. 399). I love the tender pork ribs that was so easy to tear apart with just the use of a fork.

Pasta Love

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As if our table was not already brimming with food, we had two types of pasta to enjoy that evening. First was my personal favorite, the Ol' Fashion Spaghetti 'n Meatballs (Php. 199). At first bite, it's as if I had a Ratatouille as it reminds me of the type of spaghetti my mom would prepare every time we celebrate our birthdays at home. I love how the pasta had a generous amount of ground meat, a scoop of spaghetti sauce and melted cheese sprinkled on top.

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The Spinach Walnut Pasta (Php. 259) has a creamier consistency but I like it that it stays light in every bite. I enjoyed the nutty texture that is in contrast to the creamy pasta sauce. A great combination that The Real Thing was able to discover.

The Sweetest Things at The Real Thing

To cap off our meal, we had three types of desserts:

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The Chookie Ice Cream Sandwich (Php. 89), my favorite has two huge chewy cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle. I love it because it's not too sweet and I enjoy biting into the cookie with a scoop of ice cream in every bite.

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Chocoholics will love the Choc a la Mode (Php. 89) as it is not your ordinary lava cake. Placed in a white ceramic bowl, scoop in and get a good serving of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and cherry on top. They also drizzled more chocolate syrup to delight your chocoholic hearts.

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Last but not the least was the Happily Appley (Php. 89). This is their version of the classic Apple Pie only it's served in a cup but you'll enjoy the same oven-baked apple pie that's filled with smooth apple filling and cinnamon powder.

The Real Thing is a great hang-out spot for families and friends who are looking for good food and a happy, bright ambiance to sit back and relax in. I'll definitely be back for more Sarsi Wings, Ol' Fashion Spaghetti 'n Meatballs and the Coca-Cola BBQ Burger. :)

*photos by Paul Ang

The Real Thing is located at the 2nd level, Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato cor. Sct. Madrinan in Quezon City. Call them at 352-4320.

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