Face-Off: What’s The Difference Between Original and Classic Savory?October 26, 2015
Boasting some of the best fried chicken in Manila, Original Savory and Classic Savory have been difficult to distinguish. Are they the same thing or completely different? Which is the true original? Who really has the better the chicken? Here we take a look at some of the basics of both establishments, and try to figure out the differences between Original and Classic Savory, and which restaurant is the real deal.
The Origin Story
For two different establishments, both Original and Classic Savory have the same origin story. Both of their websites state that in 1950, the Ting brothers started a panciteria in Quiapo, which specialized in lomi. Due to growing popularity, the menu was extended, changed to serve Filipino favorites. Amongst one of the new items was their special recipe for fried chicken and gravy that proved to be popular with both Chinese and Filipino communities.
After that, Original Savory states that after 60 years, they are still serving the favorites and staples that made Savory so popular in the first place, now with 13 branches, with the iconic Jones Bridge location that burnt down early this year still in repair. Classic Savory describes itself as a ‘relaunch’ of the 1950’s restaurant, with over 70 branches across the Philippines.
Both restaurants now boast extensive menus including Chinese-Filipino staples. However, the main feature of both restaurants is still the noodles and of course, the fried chicken. Original Savory’s fried chicken is tender, moist, and extremely flavorful. The skin is thin but crisp, made only tastier by the smooth and well, savory notes of the gravy. Original Savory serves chicken that can unquestionably make a place famous. Classic Savory does the same –depending on the branch you go to. Like many restaurants with franchises that become too many to count, quality is greater in some branches than others. When you get a good plate of chicken and gravy at Classic Savory, it has all the stuff you remember as great. The chicken is tender, the skin is crisp, the gravy smooth and delicious. However, sometimes the chicken isn’t so great, and the gravy can be overly thick and tasteless.
For the true savory chicken experience, or at least a no-fail one, Original Savory is the best bet. Classic Savory can miss sometimes, but don’t discount its hits that are just a little harder to find. Many people that do know the difference between Original Savory and Classic Savory have their favorites, and those that don’t know can start figuring it out. There is no question though that when the chicken is delicious, there is no other fried chicken like it.