I have considered Classic Cuisine a.k.a C2 as a family restaurant. We have been visiting their Shangri-la branch for the past two years. And now that they have opened a branch in Megamall Atrium, there are more chances that we are likely to dine over and over.
Food: 5 out of 5
This restaurant serves the best of Philippine cuisine. It serves meals that even most Filipinos haven't encountered yet unless they have been all over the country and get to taste each one of the delicacies.
My ultimate favorite is the Crispy Kare-Kare, although it is an ultimate no-no for those who are trying to lose weight or starting a healthier lifestyle. The traditional crispy pata is served in a large plate with the kare-kare sauce separate from the rest. The vegetables are also good if you can find them underneath the crispy pata.
Also, it is frequent that I order something healthier like fish. They include in their menu (boneless) Tilapia seared in coconut oil immersion. It is best eaten when the fish has just been cooked. The fish is tasty on its own. It gets better when it has some gata on it. There are also crunchy potato strings on top of it that you can start to chew on. It is the only plate wiped clean in every visit.
A Filipino meal wouldn't be complete without good old warm rice. C2 kicked it up a notch when salted egg is mixed with it. It is only in C2 that I know that serves salted egg rice. There might be others but I haven't had the chance to visit them. The salted egg rice is good to eat on its own.
In this particular visit, we were able to order Tokwa't Baboy but I wasn't able to try and taste it myself. I'm sure it taste as good as it looks.
I ordered Tsokolate Eh for myself. I have never tried it out before. Instead of the usual preference for cold drinks and fruit shakes, I opted to try something different. I wasn't able to finish the whole cup. I thought it was too sweet for my taste. There were also lumps of undissolved cocoa that you get to dissolve in your tongue. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be that way but it made it more interesting.
For dessert, leche flan is our top choice. The serving is relatively small but it didn't matter because it was so good that you get more than what you need in a bite. It's one of the softest leche flan there is. For something that could melt like that in your mouth, you'd wonder how it hold up in the first place.
Service: 4 out of 5
There is nothing bad that I could say about the service in both C2 branches that I know of. They make you wait for as little time as possible. You can not also complain of them being undermanned.
Price: 2 out of 5
The price of their food ranges from around Php100 to Php700. I thought it is was too pricey for my usual budget. Hence, if I was paying, I would reserve dining in C2 for special occasions only.
Ambiance: 3 out of 5
The branch in Shangri-la is a bit noisy especially during lunch time. Sometimes, it would seem that you're dining in the food court. On the other hand, Megamall Atrium branch is a bit quieter because you get to eat in an enclosed area. Their restaurants are not cozy like some other restaurants of the same rank but still provides a place for a pleasant conversation over really good food for any group of diners.