Restaurant Spotlight: Slappy CakesOctober 9, 2018
- Mikka WeeWords
Metro Manila loves its breakfast food. Various establishments cater to this fondness by specializing in the types of meals Filipinos like to start their days with. From pancakes, to waffles, to every possible ulam slapped with a –silog (served with garlic rice and egg) at the end, early morning grub is definitely here to stay.
Slappy Cakes is the newest addition to the slew of breakfast joints dotting the Metro. Having recently opened at the ground floor of Eastwood Mall (it’s currently on its soft opening stage), this American import aims to give its customers a “different” dining experience.
Karen Caballero, Marketing and PR Manager of Slappy Cakes, tells us that this is actually the restaurant’s third international branch, with a fourth one in Maui, Hawaii opening soon. From its flagship store in Portland, it has made its way to Tokyo, and now, the Philippines.
“Slappy Cakes doesn’t want to impose the Filipino taste on its dishes,” Karen tells us. “We may have a Filipino breakfast selection on our menu, but these items have undergone the approval of our American culinary professionals. In short, even our tapa and tocino have been tweaked to satisfy the American taste buds as well.”
Owner Eric Teng explains that the ingredients used in Slappy Cakes are, as much as possible, sourced locally. “Slappy Cakes advocates the ‘Low Food Miles’ practice, and discourages importing from far away locations in order to reduce carbon footprints. Our lemon curd, as with most of the items on the menu, is made fresh in our kitchen daily.”
Aside from pancakes, Slappy Cakes also offers other breakfast dishes:
Karen confesses that this is her personal favorite drink on the menu. “It’s a refreshing concoction developed by the bar manager of Slappy Cakes Portland. The Slappy Screw is also a crowd favorite in Tokyo. The orange and vodka has a kick of ginger, and is complemented with cinnamon sugar (on the rim). We are quite certain it would capture the hearts of Filipino cocktail fans.”
This is another item taken from the original Slappy Cakes menu in Portland. According to Karen, Slappy Cakes uses only choice cut bacon and fresh eggs, while the breading and caramel sauce are made from scratch.
Karen tells us that this is one of Slappy Cakes’s bestsellers. It contains two eggs fried in sourdough bread. It is served with breakfast potatoes and your choice of bacon or sausage.
As the menu states, “So thick, we should charge you double for it.”
As popular as the other dishes might be, pancakes are still the restaurant’s specialty. Karen explains that Slappy Cakes provides a unique breakfast experience by allowing you to customize and actually cook your own pancakes straight onto the grill. “We really want our customers to go outside their comfort zones, and be at their most creative while making one of the most familiar breakfast foods—pancakes!” Karen says.
The first step is to select the kind of pancake batter you want. Slappy Cakes has 5 different flavors to choose from. Each flavor comes in an 8-ounce squeeze bottle per serving: Buttermilk (PHP 225), Whole Grain (PHP 225), Peanut Butter (PHP 260), Vegan (PHP 260), and Chocolate (PHP 260).
The second step is to add “fixins” to your pancake in order to truly make it your own. Karen proudly tells us that Slappy Cakes is possibly the first restaurant in Metro Manila that not only serves sweet pancakes, but also savory ones. As seen in the menu, aside from the expected fruit and chocolate chips, they also offer a number of salty ingredients to add to your pancakes such as chorizo, assorted mushrooms, kesong puti (white cheese), salted duck egg, bacon, and sausages.
The last step is to pick a sauce for your pancake. Again, they have number of sweet and savory items to choose from, like Lemon Curd or Spring Onion Sour Cream.
Some of Karen’s personal recommendations for the savory combinations are: Chorizo + Cheddar Cheese in Buttermilk, Coconut + Salted Duck Egg + White Cheese in Buttermilk (“Reminiscent of Bibinka!”she says), and Bacon + Cheddar Cheese + Mushroom in Whole Grain.
As for the sweet combinations, Karen absolutely loves Lemon Curd + Blueberries in Buttermilk. She also enjoys Nutella + Bananas in Whole Grain, and Chocolate Batter + Peanut Butter Batter combined with Chocolate Chips and Bananas.
Since Slappy Cakes takes pride in their pancakes (and since you have to cook them on your own), I had to ask Karen what the secret was in making the perfect light and fluffy pancake. “Just let it be. I know we have this urge to pat it while it’s cooking, but just be patient and let it be. When you see it bubbling on the surface, then it’s time to flip it!”
As I put forkfuls of Lemon Curd and Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes in my mouth, Karen recounts once seeing a group of large, burly men come in for a meal by themselves. “You wouldn’t expect these men to go crazy and have fun while making their pancakes. I mean, they made smiley faces and wacky shapes! And these are grown-up men! We really want adults to feel like they’re kids again here,” she says. “See, in Slappy Cakes, you can make a mess of the kitchen, but the best part about it is that you don’t have to clean up afterwards.”