Since working from home, I haven’t been out shopping at Festival Mall. So I enthusiastically accompanied my Tita Malou as she made some deliveries in Ayala Alabang with the agreement that will be going to Festival after. Mind you, I haven’t slept for 24 hours so I was more or less sleeping during the ride. My daughter, who’s always with me when I go out, also slept during the ride.
Unfortunately, I was too tired to do anything but buy DVDs and check out book sales. But I did perk up when I saw the newly-opened Rack’s restaurant on the third floor.
Racks holds a special place in my heart since eating in one is one of my fondest memories of my grandmama. If I remember correctly, it was a Makati branch were my uncle used to work as a manager before he relocated to the Cebu. Until now I vividly remember her ordering the ribs. I remember us buying a bottle of their sauce because my grandmama loved it so much. We would put it in chicken, pork, beef, and even fish.
Back to the present: We’re seated and scanning the menu. At first you would think that food is expensive but I was clearly mistaken. My Tita ordered a a regular platter of ribs, cornbread, baked beans, and potato salad for only Php 245. She didn’t order rice as the servings were pretty generous.
I, on the other hand, ordered a quarter of hickory chicken. It was also served with two slices of cord bread, achara, bakes beans and a side dish of my choice — macaroni and cheese. And it only cost Php 155. I ordered nothing for Gabby since she wanted to eat at McDonald’s.
While waiting for our food, our waiter gave Gabby crayons and a page to color without us asking for it. I liked this since my daughter can be quite a handful without something to occupy her. Our waiter also served additional plates and utensils for her without me asking for it.
The chicken was tasty, with or without the sauce. It was so tasty that Gabby shared it with me, eating it without the sauce. I ate it with the sauce and even paired it with achara. The corn bread was not too corny and soft that its almost like a mamon. The baked beans were served just the way I like it — with lots of sauce!
And they weren’t lying when they said that the meat falls of the bone. The meat, both for the chicken and the ribs, were so tender that we didn’t have to use the knives. It separated from the bones easily and smoothly. As is her custom, may daughter literally sucked on the bones until I had to stop her. She loved the chicken so much she wanted me to order another one to take out.
The ambiance, unfortunately, was not as I used to remember it. Eating at Racks when I was little used to be akin to a fine dining experience. Since there were lots of people dining in, the place was a little noisy. Plates also got dropped in the open kitchen. But the staff worked like a well-oiled machine, efficient and fast.
All in all, you’ll get your money’s worth eating at Racks. I suggest you try it.