Even though I saw them last summer, it felt it had already been a decade.
That is why I was beyond excited to meet Pam and Kei again. This time, it was at the SM Megamall. The afternoon was spent swapping stories and making each other laugh while looking at hoodies, vases, and bed frames.
Our merienda was at Starbucks. Predictably, I ordered a weird combo: Raspberry Black Currant Blended Juice and Chicken Fajita Roll. Brain freeze aside, the juice gave me second wind. And the savory bread with its cheesy goodness was great comfort food. Personally, I wish it had more chicken for that fuller taste.
After the quick meal, we had another round of looking at home furnishings, centerpieces, and dress shirts. We decided to change court by going over to the next mall where we’d have dinner. While Pam and I know that our destination was at Shangri-la Plaza, we didn’t know which floor it was. So our little search party went up each floor looking at possible spots at every turn. We didn’t look for long.
L and L Hawaiian Barbeque restaurant is true to its inspiration and theme. The menu came in the shape of a surfboard. The wooden interiors had the colors of the beach. And the mood was set by familiar Hawaiian tunes. And it would’ve gone the whole nine yards had the staff been dressed in something floral or tribal.
Kei had the BBQ Mix, Pam the Spam Musubi, and I the Chicken BBQ plus Extra Fried Egg. While waiting for the food, Kei looked up reviews of the place. I listened to a mix of records of hits and misses, which I think is why my expectations built. True enough, the chicken BBQ was the runaway hit – and only barely so! The sauce was quite addicting. But it didn’t have that rich or smoky kick I’m used to, which would’ve been awesome. Both Kei and I had unfinished plates while Pam’s was clean.
Hope they expand their menu and put some more oomph to the BBQ. Don’t get me: it is good. But it could be better. They could score a homerun if they would.
5th Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Mega Mall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
L and L Hawaiian Barbeque
5th Floor, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Wack-Wack Greenhills, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong