Wasted Chef

Hey, Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Christmas as well as New Year certainly was a festive time and now that it’s 2016, we all have new resolutions and goals for this year. Most of those goals are to lose the weight gained from the holidays, but yesterday, I had none of those thoughts as I tried out this new restaurant in Cebu called Wasted Chef.

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As weird as the name sounds, the place itself is actually pretty nice. It’s located in Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, right next to Azul, which is the restaurant that is known for popularizing Tuslob Buwa. I wasn’t able to ask what the inspiration behind the name was, but I’ll be sure to update you if and when I find out.

Wasted Chef opened like a month ago, and the hype was huge. Lots of people were lining up, and it had a very interesting concept. For PHP 199.00, you were given a plate and a knife and fork and you could treat yourself to eat-all-you-can shawarma, pizza, pasta and burgers.

Yes, you read that right. Unlimited shawarma, pizza, pasta and burgers for just PHP 199.00. And if you were a group, you would all get unlimited iced tea. It sounded too good to be true, but that’s a part of the reason why it was so popular and why so many people flocked to their soft opening.

Now, headed into the new year, their new pricing scheme is PHP 250.00 per head for the same deal, and we ate there last week to see what all the hype was about.

It was a Sunday night and I got there at around 7 PM. I met up with some of my friends and we all paid the entrance fee of PHP 250.00. We were given a wooden plate, a fork and a knife, and you could enter the restaurant. Then you’d just line up to get food served on your plate, find a place to sit down, and eat merrily!

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Like I mentioned, it’s right next to Azul, and the place itself has two floors. It’s very cozy, and you just sit on these benches and tables that are pretty low. No fancy dining here, just a whole lot of food and no frills! There are two counters, one that serves up the shawarma and the burgers, and the other counter serves up the pizza and the pasta.

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This is the counter that serves up the shawarma and burgers. The cooks are hard at work making sure that your orders are ready by the time you want to go for seconds.

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The other counter serves up the pizza and the pasta. Right behind them is an oven to make sure that they churn out the pizza as fast as possible.

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The waitresses go around refilling iced tea for you while you stuff yourself full with food!

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And here I am with my friends, enjoying our meal. Smiles all around since we haven’t seen each other in a while!

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Here is my plate. You can see the two burgers, two pizza slices, pasta with red sauce and two shawarmas wrapped in foil. What’s the verdict in terms of taste?

Shawarma – The shawarma is pretty good, but the sauce coagulated quick, which didn’t make for the prettiest sight. But it was the most unique tasting out of the whole bunch, as it had the sour and zesty flavor that shawarma sauce has.

Burgers – The patty was actually pretty good, as I like how they grilled it. But the dough isn’t made out of a real burger bun, it’s kind of thick and doughy and is basically the same ingredient as the shawarma wrap. I found myself taking out the bun and just eating the patty by itself. They should improve on the bun because it just reminded me of the shawarma too much.

Pasta – There were two sauces, red sauce and white sauce. They would scoop pasta on your plate, then lather it with sauce, then followed with cheese and some basil. The sauce wasn’t anything special, and the pasta itself was just okay, and a tad bit undercooked. I found this the least impressive in terms of taste. I hope they can improve on this. It was pretty underwhelming.

Pizza – The pizza crust was good, but the flavoring of the actual pizza itself is just okay. Nothing to write home about and it has very minimal toppings on it. You can just make out the tomato sauce mostly with a bit of meat here and there. But pizza is pizza, and as long as it’s hot, I can still eat like 5-6 slices no problem.

The iced tea was kind of like the apple iced tea mixed with a bit of calamansi or was that mint. It was definitely refreshing after my second round. The service over-all was pretty good, and food was always ready. It might have helped that it wasn’t a fully packed day. Remember, make sure you only get what you can finish! No leftovers, or you’ll be charged double.

So all-in-all, for PHP 250.00 and for what it offers, would I recommend this place? Yes and no. If you’re hungry and just want to stuff your face full with food, Wasted Chef will be right up your alley. But you shouldn’t really set your expectations too high. This isn’t gourmet dining, and the taste of most of their dishes are just okay, nothing spectacular. So if you come in and expect to have a gastronomic experience, you will find yourself sorely disappointed. However, if you take it for what it is, then you’ll enjoy the experience, enjoying the unlimited refills of iced tea while you’re chomping down on unlimited servings of pizza, shawarma, pasta and burgers. The place is cozy and has a nice ambience to it with the yellow lights and great music playlist, so that’s definitely a plus.

I personally wouldn’t come back anymore, unless they improve the flavor on their dishes. I would rather shell out a bit more to eat at a nicer restaurant, but it’s your own personal call. It was still a fun experience nonetheless. I would say that they have a unique concept in Wasted Chef, and they have their own niche market, so hopefully they can capitalize on it more while continually improving the taste of their food.

For more information, you can check out their Facebook page here. As far as I know, they’re open from 6 PM for dinner and they close late at night. You can contact them at 0922-831-1858 for reservations.

If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to leave a comment down below or follow me on any of my social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) @mikes41720. Like the post and follow my blog if you want to check out more food and adventure posts in Cebu! You can also send me an e-mail at michaelbriantina@yahoo.com. I wish you all a happy new year!

Until next time,

Cheers!

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2 thoughts on “Wasted Chef

  1. Above comments is actually rather generous. First the good thing, yes the place itself is shabby chic just the right ambiance for yuppies and college crowd, the personnel polite and attentive BUT the food sucks BIG TIME, barely edible really. Shawarma, burger and pizza had the same seasoning, cumin was overused, the mayonnaise, overly sweet, the bun (or was it supposed to be English muffin?) dry and stale. Recipes need drastic overhauling. Everyone in our group said “wasted time”. Had to look for an ice cream place to save the day from utter disaster.Sorry am not being mean , just being frank and hope management take it as a cue for improvement.

    1. Hi, Libia. Constructive criticism is always a good thing. Hopefully the management at Wasted Chef will take this into consideration. Sorry it was a bad experience for you guys.

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