We were in SM City San Mateo one morning and went to Bagnetified to have lunch.
Place: The restaurant was clean, bright, and cute enough. The dining tables were spacious and the chairs were comfortable enough.
Food: Not good. We ordered three dishes and one drink.
First on our plate was the Kare-Kare Bagnetified (Php 279). The vegetables were crisp and fresh. The bagnet was well seasoned and fried perfectly. The sauce though was bland; it had no meaty and peanut flavor. It was all salt. Such a letdown!
Next, the Dinuguan Bagnetified (Php 279). Again, the bagnet pieces were good. The flavor of the dish was authentic enough. The problem however was the lack of sauce; the dish was almost dry! This dryness took away the heartiness of dinuguan. Another letdown.
Finally, the Buttered Glazed Chicken (Php 289). It's fried chicken smothered with a thick sweet, buttery sauce. The sauce was delicious enough, thanks to the rich and pronounced butter flavor. Unfortunately, the fried chicken was too salty, ruining the entire dish. Another letdown, we know!
For our drink, we had an XL size of the Cucumber Juice and Bits (Php 69). The refreshing cucumber taste was there, but it was overshadowed by too much syrup. LETDOWN!
Price: Considering serving size and the disappointing taste, food here is a bit overpriced.
Service: Waiters were attentive but not warm and friendly enough.
Bagnetified is on the 3rd floor of SM City San Mateo.