Peanut butter is not just for kare-kare.

Let it be said that I enjoy food.

I’m not really fussy as to where, or whether or not the food is made from gourmet ingredients.  Hello, I grew up on street food sold around the UST area; my stomach isn’t really sensitive to things like, say, cholera. (I KID.) Be it plain ol’ isaw from the kanto vendors to unpronounceable French dishes, as long as they agree with my uncomplicated taste buds and budget, you can call me a happy foodie.

I’m not a cook nor a culinary specialist either so don’t expect very detailed comments from me. BUT I did grow up to my mother’s cooking, which is quite excellent. I think I know good food when I taste it.

Enter Peanut Butter Co., a small-ish restaurant along the Ground Floor of Mall of Asia’s North Parking building. From the outside, you can see the minimalist white-and-brown interior, past a display case of various “flavored” peanut butter jars.

Photo credit: dessertcomesfirst.com

Despite its placement in a traffic-heavy location (right outside SM Hypermarket!), I’ve never seen it full. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the notion of eating actual ulam seasoned with peanut butter (that isn’t kare-kare) IS pretty sketchy. However, being the peanut butter fan that I am, things like “chili peanut butter” and “green tea peanut butter” piqued my interest further instead of dampening it.

I’ve been meaning to try the place out since September, but time and budget constraints hindered me from doing so. I was finally able to try it out after a particularly bad day at work, to give myself a bit of comfort.

Majority of their menu consisted of a variety of sandwiches, from the familiar Peanut Butter & Jelly to the more adventurous choices like Crunchy Sardine Jelly Sandwich. If you want something heavier (though I hear their sandwiches are rather generous in size), you can always choose from their pasta or rice dishes, and a few side dishes like wings and potato chips (mojos).

Starving as we were, my good friend and I opted to go for a pasta dish and the chicken wings.

Le Appetizer: BBQ Chicken Wings (PHP 125 for 3 pcs)

Their chicken wings are cooked in classic sweet-smoky barbecue sauce, drizzled with chili peanut butter to give it that zing. Maybe I’m biased towards peanut butter, but I honestly think that the chicken and barbecue sauce went well with the nutty taste. I can see myself getting a box (or five) for movie night.

If you’re into sweat-inducing Buffalo style wings, this may not be the best choice for you since it isn’t really all that spicy. For someone like me, whose tolerance for spicy things is quite meager, this is actually perfect.

Le Main Course: Chicken Curry Spaghetti (PHP 150)

Curry would be a pretty safe choice to start with if it’s your first time trying Peanut Butter Co., since nutty tastes blend in well with curry and wouldn’t be too weird.

Their noodles were cooked just right, surprisingly firm even, and not overcooked the way some establishments are guilty of doing. The peanut butter added a rich, creamy sort of texture to the curry sauce, making it a hearty entree. It would’ve tasted better with a stronger curry taste and more sili in my opinion though.

Presentation: Presentation-wise, their entrees are pretty much fuss-free. They’re all served in ready-to-go cartons (similar to Yellow Cab’s takeout boxes), which I found convenient and environment friendly.

Price Range: PHP 100-200 per person. Pwede nuts!

Serving Size: Err. Well, my friend and I shared both the pasta and wings, and left the place with no more room for dessert. I suppose the serving size is good enough for two persons of average appetites!

I am annoyed at the limited capacity of my stomach that made me feel too full to try out their sweets but overall, I’m pretty happy with my experience here so far. I’m definitely going back to try out their other stuff.

Holler if you wanna come with!

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