November 6, 2008
Blue Wave Complex
Didn't have any choices at the Blue Wave Complex since most of the restaurants were either fast food outlets or closed down so we decided on Plato Platina. This restaurant was probably the few left to maintain their location since the beginning of the complex itself. I've been here two times now and both were good experiences. Company I had was great and the food... quite expensive but fairly good. This time company was great but I guess the Law of Diminishing Returns must have caught up on me.
Seeing as this was an Italian restaurant, we ordered a pasta dish and a pizza to stay in theme. We decided to get the Quattro Formaggi Pizza and the Aglio Olio with Mushroom Spaghetti. The pasta dish was fairly good but the problem was there was completely nothing special about it. Even the mushrooms included were just the normal canned button mushrooms found in any grocery. I mean, I would understand a pasta dish being pricey but for the price of Php250 a plate, I would expect better mushrooms than CANNED BUTTON MUSHROOMS. The dish was completely far from anything special and one can easily create it in the confines of their own kitchen. I may not be a professional cook but even a frustrated chef like me can make a better Aglio Olio with Mushroom Spaghetti than this.
The pizza, on the other hand, was surprisingly good. The serving size was pretty big for two people. And it was very very affordable. Php 275 for a whole pizza. A little expensive than the pasta but far better in the quality of the ingredients. My only complain about it was that it was filled with mostly blue cheese. I expected FOUR different cheeses in one pizza since it was in fact named Quattro Formaggi Pizza for this reason but I only got to taste two. The blue cheese and the mozzarella were predominant all over the pizza top but the rest of the cheeses were either overpowered, low in quantity, or simply not there. Good thing blue cheese is one of my favorite cheeses else this would also be another disaster like the pasta.
As you can see with the photos that I have, the serving sizes of the dishes were quite small so we decided to add on a "protein" to our carbohydrate-filled meal. Browsing over the menu, nothing seemed to be appetizing so I just decided on the first, most Italian-sounding entrée I saw. It was Saltimbocca which was sort of like a pork roulade with some ham and basil rolled into it. It also had mozzarella cheese inside and topped with marinara sauce. Saltimbocca literally means "jumps in the mouth" but this dish, on the other hand, will never jump into my mouth again. In fact, the dish didn't do any "jumping" whatsoever. It was really nothing special. Sampling it this one time would be more than enough. The quantity of the serving was also quite small and the taste was a bit too complex for my palette. A little bit too chaotic. And for the price of Php 395, it was not quite affordable.
Reading over this blog over and over again, I can't help but ask myself why I made so many references to the prices which I don't normally do in all of my different food reviews. Price is really not that important to me in the critique of restaurants. I would gladly spend for food anytime and as long as the quality of the food and the service is good, I will NEVER complain about restaurant prices. With Plato Platina, I could not help it. The service may be good but the food, nothing extraordinary. They are the most expensive establishment in the Blue Wave Complex area and frankly, I don't know why. The food that they served us was, in my opinion, sub par. It is way off of being special. For their prices, I expected more. Good thing the iced tea was bottomless. At least there was something affordable...
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