If you’re looking for an unusual food experience, try Peanut Butter Company (PBCO.). As it’s name suggests, everything on the PBCO. menu comes with peanut butter with the exception of a few beverages. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with what they can do with your favorite fast food dishes and a spoonful of peanut butter.
I first heard about this restaurant from a friend who tried one of its sandwiches in Katipunan. The idea of a BLT sandwich with peanut butter dressing is nutty to me and I was in no hurry to try it. But when my daughter and I stumbled upon it’s branch at the Mall of Asia last Saturday, the clean interiors of the place beckoned us to enter. Forty five minutes later, I did not want to leave the place.
Shopping always makes me hungry and I was in the mood for pasta that night. Out of the four pasta dishes that I saw, I settled for half an order of the classic spaghetti with meat sauce blended with PBCO Sun Dried Tomato Peanut Butter for 75 pesos. It was served about 10 minutes after and I was glad that I only ordered half a serving — it was just the right amount for me.
Gabby, meanwhile, settled for Fish ‘n Dip. It’s two pieces of crispy-fried fish fillet served with peanut butter, cucumber, and mayo dip and rice. I wasn’t sure Gabby would like the dip, but she did. Not exactly a favorite but at least she did not hate it. I ended up finishing half of her fillet and the rest of the dip.
For dessert, we just settled for a 8oz cup of PB Hot Chocolate (Php 65). I absolutely love the rich taste of this old-time favorite. A perfect drink for a cold evening.
What I didn’t like…
Given the interiors of the PBCO, I assumed that they’re targeting a higher end market and its prices confirmed that. However, I was surprised that we were given plastic spoons and forks. They also served the water in plastic cups — yes, the one that street vendors use for gulaman. For a restaurant targeting the A and B crowd, I don’t think they should do that. Even Jollibee serves water in plastic glasses.
Customer service also calls for improvement. No one greeted us when we came in and it wasn’t as if they didn’t notice us. The branch was practically empty except for a couple dining at the corner. The girl behind the counter didn’t even bother to make recommendations considering that we stood there for at least a minute checking out the menu.
Oh, and the placed looked untidy when we got there. The chairs were in disarray though we didn’t encounter anyone leaving the store when we got there. The tables, thank goodness, were clean. For such a small space, it seemed to me that the staff caught the holiday bug and were slacking off.
For more information about Peanut Butter Company, check out the restaurant’s:
Web Site: http://www.pbcopeanutbuttercompany.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/peanutbuttercompany