Honestly, I first tasted Pepper Lunch and I had loved my first experience with the place. I don't know why I suddenly lost the appetite for it a couple of years back. Maybe because of the long lines? I am not sure. Or was it because a friend of mine (Rowena) had a run-in with some Pepper Lunch fanatics that bashed her to pieces just because she gave an honest feedback...? It's just one of those weird things that happen online, I suppose.
Anyhoo, I ended up purposely looking for Sizzling Pepper Steak and had my first taste of it in Greenhills. It's a whole lot cheaper than Pepper Lunch although you'll notice a difference in the taste. PL is really peppery while SPS's sauces are generally sweet. I think that SPS is really targeting the local palate and is meant to be like the truly local counterpart of the Japan-based PL. Though the concepts are the same in theory, they don't seem to hit the exact same market in practice.
Well, I was simply delighted when the Glorietta 5 branch opened because it's nearer. We (Lei, Belle and I) had our meal in this very branch yesterday, after the exhausting Quiapo sojourn.
Good gawd, I could see the stress on my face up there. So haggard! Anyhoo, my stomach was reflecting the same feeling. I was so ravenous, I wanted to gobble up the menu. I ordered my usual, Saikoro Pepper Rice, which is cubed hamburg served with steak sauce. I don't eat beef much, so this is like a once-every-two-weeks treat for me. Pictured below.
We suggested that Lei order the new Pork BBQ Pepper Rice, so that we could taste what it's like without having to order it. I was quite amused that it had egg, instead of corn bits, on top of it. It looked like it could choke my arteries, but I think Lei loved it. I mean, she did finish it so quickly.
Belle ordered my other favorite, which is Beef Pepper Rice. It has strips of thinly cut beef and the same corn-and-onion topping on the rice. I like this one because it cooks quickly so it's not much of a hassle when you're really really really hungry.
Sizzling Pepper Steak has this unique ordering system wherein you make use of a small signage on top of your table. If it's red, it means you want to ask for something. Green if you're all ok. You are also given a small version of the menu so that you can encircle the orders. Waiters don't have to take the order in this case. Lei and Belle think that the signage thing isn't as effective as the buzzers you'll find in UCC Café. Waiters sometimes don't notice if your signage is red.
Other than that, I like the fact that the place is inexpensive. Our pepper rice meals are like an average of about P190 each.
As for the photos, I just realized they look much better on the camera. Must play with the white balance settings to make them look more palatable. =^.^=
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