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A Review of The Flying Pan in Salcedo Village, Missing the Mark on Great Food

July 26, 2019
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By the guys behind Myron’s and Franco’s, The Flying Pan is a new opening that has been creating a fair amount of buzz.

Salcedo Village is fast becoming the hip hangout in Manila again, with so many restaurants opening this year alone. The Flying Pan seems to have a winning formula—a location in the busy hub and a menu full of breakfast and brunch classics, the trending food concept of 2014. By the guys behind Myron’s and Franco’s, The Flying Pan is a new opening that has been creating a fair amount of buzz. It is banking on the success of its predecessors, but it may need more than that to make sure that the people who enter their doors come back for a second serving.

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Poached Eggs with Tomato Sauce, Chickpeas and Feta, PHP 275

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Franco’s Breakfast, PHP 325

 It is a little run-of-the-mill and the menu reruns make it unexciting.

The Flying Pan has a menu very similar to that of Franco’s in Rockwell, with a few more brunch offerings. Such a prime space and pedigree could have been an opportunity to be creative, for the owners to open a place with incredibly amazing food. Instead, it is a little run-of-the-mill and the menu reruns make it unexciting. The Franco’s Breakfast is their Angus beef sisig at Franco’s with added crispy potatoes, egg, and garlic rice. This sounds like perfect breakfast or hangover food, but everything lacked punch. A little bit of salt in the rice would have brought out the garlic flavor, a little less mayonnaise in the beef would have lessened the grease—it barely missed the mark.

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Deep-Fried Poached Egg, PHP 295

The rest of the menu has the same problems; the crispy poached egg could have been interesting, but rather than being crunchy, it was just breaded, oily and heavy. The ham underneath was boring, and the cream sauce quite plain. Another poached egg dish came with tomato sauce, chickpeas and feta, but felt like a tired version of every other poached egg in a skillet out there. A burger was way too tiny for the massive bun, with meat that wasn’t blended properly, and toppings that were good, but nondescript. There were also pancakes that were dense rather than fluffy, and a lot of other missteps throughout the meal, with the issue of under-seasoning a looming problem.

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Flying Pan Burger, PHP 375

Introducing dishes unique to the place, and sparking some life into a tired menu will definitely do this place some good.

The service also left a lot to be desired, with flustered waiters more keen to watch the TV than to serve. When they did however, long sleeves touched dishes and when one waiter knocked down a glass, he gave us tissues to clean up, instead of tidying himself. This is all forgivable for a new restaurant, but I did expect much better quality of food and service from restaurateurs who are quite seasoned. Introducing dishes unique to the place, and sparking some life into a tired menu will definitely do this place some good. The only great thing which they seem to have brought to The Flying Pan is the ambiance, with cozy interiors that are warm and modern. In a few months, this place might turn into something that fits in with the rest of their establishments, but at the moment, it’s still a miss.

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Diner’s Rating: 5.5/10

The Flying Pan
Ground Level, Citadines Apartment Hotel
148 Valero St., 
Salcedo Village,
Makati Metro Manila, Philippines.

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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7 responses to “A Review of The Flying Pan in Salcedo Village, Missing the Mark on Great Food”

  1. Wazzup says:

    How is this restaurant related to the flying pan in hong kong which has been around for sometime already?

    http://www.the-flying-pan.com/

  2. Patrick Corrales says:

    Sorry, Ms. Pamela. Super natawa ko sa pinagpunas ka ng waiter ng tubig. Hahaha. 🙂

  3. Design Geek says:

    I’m sorry, but their logo looks so bad. Parang ginawa in 20 minutes ng bata sa computer shop. 🙁

  4. CuriousDiner says:

    Myron’s was OK. Franco’s was disappointing. By the looks of things, I shouldn’t try out The Flying Pan.

  5. Joey Melliza says:

    friends tried it – not good daw.

  6. Hausomapi says:

    Please do not confuse this with The Flying Pan in Hong Kong. It seems they “borrowed” the name and attempted a similar logo but that’s were it ends. The food is not the same.

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