We finally made it! After we were originally turned away a few weekends ago, this time we secured our table via a reservation placed two days before. More than me, it is really my husband’s wish for us to dine at Jeepney (a Filipino GastroPub that opened last October at the East Village in Manhattan). My husband is such a sucker for Pinoy restos because he simply loves the food and he is daring enough to try everything.
I must say that the food is decent, in fact it’s good. But the service sucks. We had to wait for 30 minutes for the first dish to be served (we were there at 5:15 p.m.). Granting, we had the appetizers, it was okay to serve them (together) first, but they were served separately, in not so reasonable time interval. In fact, all of the dishes we ordered came in trickles, one by one.
The Manila Clams came first, followed by Balut (my husband’s) after a long while. Then the drinks came. I can’t even remember the ‘fancy’ name of the drinks anymore. It was nothing great. Then our waiter served the Pancit Malabok (no, not a typo) Negra which was delicious. When the Adobong Hipon was served, garlic rice followed shortly. It was then that I also expected the Gulay na galing sa Palengke (sauteed market vegetables) to be served on our table. But no, it didn’t come at all. After a long while, my husband finally had to ask for it and it was then that we found out that our waiter missed and forgot to place the order (note that when he was taking our order, he didn’t write it at all). He offered to have it made for us shortly, but we declined. Knowing how long it was for us to wait for everything, we didn’t want to wait much longer. We originally intended to have dessert at Pan de Sal but because we spent so much time dining at Jeepney, we settled to have Halo-Halo right there.
More than the slow service and the food coming in trickles, my husband and I both agreed that we are not going back to this restaurant. The food is decent, as I mentioned, but the space is just too cramped. Our table was just like the size of a table for two in a coffee shop where you are expected to have coffee and pastries, not a full dinner (in fact, we wondered how all the food we ordered would have been accommodated on our table if they served the food just like we expect in a normal resto). On top of that, you can never have a decent conversation because the tables are spaced too close to each other, and you can hear clearly what the diners on the next table are talking about. Worse, the table next to us was a party of five, and they were just excessively loud. Take out food is the best way to go. That is, if, we even dare to try take-out. We may be made to wait for an hour. Would you like that?
manila clams (manila clams, lemongrass, shallots, garlic, sili San Miguel beer with toast points)
pancit malabok negra (palabok rice noodles, squid ink & shrimp romesco, calamari, oysters, shrimp, scallops, baby octupos, tinapa, smoked tofu, hard boiled egg & chicharon
mixed pancit malabok negra
halo-halo (we ordered it not knowing that they will serve it on the house to make up for the missing vegetable order).