A Review of The Flying Pan in Salcedo Village, Missing the Mark on Great FoodJuly 26, 2019
- Pamela CortezWords
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.
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.
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.
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.