What’s NEW?
California Pizza Kitchen is Now in Chinatown!
At the newest mall of Binondo, Lucky Chinatown Mall, California Pizza Kitchen takes the risk to expand and serve the California way to the Chinese community. This is great news to my Chinese friends from Binondo!
CPK chose to open their 8th branch at the world’s oldest Chinatown. According to Archie Rodriguez, CEO and president of Global Restaurant Concepts, Inc., “It was a natural choice for us to open here as part of our 15th year expansion”. He also added, “We’re providing Chinatown residents and visitors something that is expected of such a historic location: the best choices in California-inspired cuisine, exciting and flavorful pizzas and American-quality service.” Since Binondo is filled with Chinese cuisine, CPK would want to bring in a their own California flavors that the Chinese would fancy as well.
Here at the newest branch, CPK also launched their new adventure menu. These dishes are not available in other countries. Special for the Philippines as these are made only for the Filipino market. Take a peek at the newest additions to CPK Philippines’ menu.
Mushroom Cappuccino Soup (Php 190)
Rate: 4/5

Composed of fresh Button Mushrooms, Abalone and Shiitake cream soup topped with milk froth and nutmeg. The photo above isn’t the actual size. Soup is served in a cup bowl, which could be mistaken as a cup of real cappuccino. I find the name so interesting. Adding ‘cappuccino’ makes the soup stand out. Guess if you are adventurous and into coffee, it isn’t a bad idea to combine your soup with coffee such as cappuccino.

Chinese Chicken Salad (Php 225; Php 435)
Rate: 5/5
This is expected, to have a dish that is actually Chinese for the Chinese community. CPK adapts to where they are. Bringing in new flavors without forgetting who their target market is and where they are located makes them sensitive to how they run the business. CPK’s Chinese Chicken Salad tastes almost as good as my favorite ‘The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped”. What made it Chinese is the use of wontons, sesame seeds and sweet and sour sauce as dressing. Hoisin and chicken went well as they topped off the salad.
Chicken Piccata Family (Php 350; Php 825)
Rate: 4/5
Almost close as looking like Carbonara but the lemon-caper sauce sets the difference as you get a taste of it. This pasta may be leaning on the healthier side of serving white sauce. You get slices of chicken breast and not bacon bits unlike a plate of carbonara. The scary part of serving food with lemon twist is that the lemon may either not be evident or it may overdose the totality and ruin the dish. What I love about their Chicken Piccata is the fact that the sauce was served to almost perfection with the right amount of lemon-caper sauce. I can taste every ingredient together with its lemon flavor.
Asian Steak Wrap (Php 325)
Rate: 4/5
Two options for the Asian so you first choose your meat. Whether you choose chicken strips or USDA prime steak strips, the wrap is good to go. Composed of yellow onions, red and geen bell peppers, bean sprouts, Mozzarella and Queso Quesadilla cheeses. All baked in a tortilla wrap with Nori and served with Enoki mushrooms, Teriyaki glaze and Wasabi dressing. This Asian Wrap tastes absolutely great. Eating the most bottom part excites me as I get to taste all flavors. I start eating from the top and end it with a yummy blast of all flavors and ingredients gathered at the bottom. This wrap should reach the menu of California, not only here in the Philippines.
Farmers Market Pizza (Php 225; Php 395)
Rate: 3/5

Farmers Market Pizza (Php225 to Php395)– Vegetarians will get their hands on this. Grilled zucchini, roasted squash, tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, Mozzarella, goat cheese, Pecorino Romano and tomato sauce. I love the blend of goat cheese with the pizza flavors and veggies on it. If you are putting out a gross face on the veggies, give it a shot first. You’ll forget those are veggies when you taste Farmers Market Pizza.

Mango Crunch (Php 195)
Rate: 4/5
Chocolate Sin (Php 245)
Rate: 3/5
Gabe Sinohuiz, Vice President of International Brand Development for CPK Philippines, sat with the small group to share his passion, cooking. Experimenting on new dishes and playing with ingredients has become the typical day for him in his pod. The conversation about food and CPK made me appreciate more what I was eating that time.
Innovation and flexibility, two of the key elements of the brand CPK.
Visit the newest mall of Binondo, Lucky Chinatown Mall. Don’t forget to drop by and check out what California Pizza Kitchen has in store for you!
Pray, Eat and Love.
The Food Scout

Location:3/F Lucky Chinatown Mall, Reine Regente St., Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Other Branches: http://www.cpk.com.ph/locations.php
Website: http://www.cpk.com.ph/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CPKPhilippines
Budget: PHP350++

Food 9/10
Ambiance 9/10
Service 9/10
Cost 8/10
Overall 8.75/10