Lunch at C2 Classic Cuisine

Crispy Kare Kare
It was my cousin’s last day in Manila. He was lucky I saw an ad in the newspaper about C2 Classic Cuisine the night before or else I wouldn’t have thought of bringing him there for lunch. Too bad his sister left a few hours before and wasn’t able to join us for a last hurrah.

C2 Classic Cuisine

C2 Classic Cuisine Greenhills is located within the C3 Events Place. It used to be a different restaurant that’s why I never noticed when it became C2.
C2 Classic Cuisine

The place was small but it was nicely decorated.
C2 Classic Cuisine

When I looked through the menu I was happy to see all the classic Filipino favorites were present but most were given a contemporary twist. I’m glad it wasn’t made into fusion foo foo as my cousin calls it.
C2 Classic Cuisine

My cousin had a drink called Guinumis. It’s more like a dessert since it’s made of crispy pinipig (pounded young glutinous rice), sago, panocha (a kind of sugar) syrup, coconut milk and crushed ice.
guinumis P80

Garlic Rice
garlic rice P75

The bangus belly was coated with flour and fried. It was topped with a chunk of lemon flavored butter. It was just ok. I found it a bit bland but that was remedied by the soy sauce/vinegar/chili mixture in one of the bottles on our table.
Sizzling Bangus Belly
sizzling bangus belly P365

One of the best things that happened during lunch was our very knowledgeable and helpful waiter. My cousin wanted to order binagoongang lechon kawali and crispy kare kare. The waiter told us kindly that our cholesterol will surely shoot up with 2 similar pork products. He was right! That’s why we ended up ordering the bangus.

He also dissuaded me from ordering aligue (crab fat) rice because “it will be too rich to go with your food” (which he said in Filipino). What can I say, he was right again. Usually waiters just write down whatever you order. I loved it that he was well trained to give funny and informative suggestions. Too bad I didn’t get his name.
Crispy Kare Kare
crispy kare kare P640

The crispy kare kare was a deconstructed kare kare with an uber crispy boneless pork leg with the peanut sauce in separate container and the veggies under the pork. The crispy pata (pork leg) was the lightest and crunchiest I’ve ever eaten. The skin was light, almost translucent and not greasy. The peanut sauce was very flavorful so I barely had to put any bagoong on my pork and sauce.
Crispy Kare Kare

I loved it so much that’s why I have 3 pictures of it here. I had to show off every angle of pork goodness.
Crispy Kare Kare

We had a hard time choosing dessert. It was a toss up between pastillas panna cotta, suman at tsokolate eh or bibingka souffle. Our curiosity over the bibingka souffle won over. Bibingka is one of my favorite foods. It’s a thick, soft cake made of glutinous rice topped with salted egg, quezo de bola and grated coconut.

At first bite the souffle did taste like bibingka. I could taste the salted egg, cheese and coconut. Even the creamy, sweet, milky sauce had bits of salted eggs in it. It was very interesting and pleasant. Souffle just isn’t my favorite dessert since it’s all air and egg whites. Next time I’ll try the pastillas panna cotta.
Bibingka Souffle
bibingka souffle P145
Bibingka Souffle
inside the bibingka souffle
Bibingka Souffle

I’m surely bringing my other cousin and friend to eat here when they arrive later this month. There are a lot of other things in the menu I want to try. I’m glad to have discovered two great Filipino restaurants in Greenhills.

C2 Classic Cuisine Menu
vegetables, meat & poultry, rice, seafood, all day merienda, dessert

C2 Classic Cuisine
18 Missouri St., Northeast Greenhills, San Juan
telephone: 726.2712
The Ledge, 6th Level Shangri-la Plaza
telephone: 636-1509
2nd Level, Archaeology Section, Power Plant Mall
telephone: 897-8113
1st Level, Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place, Manila
telephone: 466-6387
Oceana, Bldg. A San Miguel By The Bay, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
2nd Level, Summit Ridge Promenade, Tagaytay

15 thoughts on “Lunch at C2 Classic Cuisine

  1. Wow, you got a health conscious waiter.  You’ll definitely need that waiter for Ariel.  Do a part II – really interested to see the other dishes they have to offer.  You are right, not too foo-foo.


  2. OMG !  I’m so hungry !  Damn you .. ok, next time I’m in Manila, I need a food tour led by you.  I’ll make sure to lose a lot of weight first before going there so we can eat ourselves senseless.  GET READY !  lol


  3. partner, same wavelength nga tayo…that’s the same food we ordered when we ate there…balik tayo!  love the cripsy kare kare 😉


  4. i liked the dory with coconut emulsion and squid.  the other dishes we ordered (kare-kare, laing) were so-so.  i also find their prices a bit on the high side.  nice pics by the way  🙂  


  5. hello, ma’am I work as Marketing Officer for the group of companies which handle C2. I really appreciate your post. 🙂 thanks so much for this. 🙂


  6. Have you tried dining at their Rockwell branch? it has the best ambience compared to all their branches. excellent service as well! i love the crispy kare! 😎


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