It took a while to get there... commuting and all but I kid you not, this place is worth it. A glimpse of the place from downhill, you would say to yourself on a positive note, "This has got to be the place." And it sure was the case with me, I then ended up smiling.
Arriving at the restaurant at a fairly-shy of lunchtime, the smell of some stewed-tomato pasta sauce (at least, that's what it smelled like to me) greeted us in this nicely, well-lit place. The interior which is mostly pastel colors makes one feel cool and refreshed from the scorching heat of the outside and if I may say so, the air conditioning of Stacy's is very cool.
The brainchild of Angelique Abesamis-Castro and Aby Natividad-Nachura, Stacy's is a family-oriented, child-friendly restaurant that values their "little" patrons. The conceptualization of this place really puts children into consideration with their indoor garden and comic books to keep the little ones happy and occupied. So where did the name "Stacy's" come from? The restaurant is named after Angelique's grandmother, Stacy.
After ordering, we were given a "Merry Mix" - a fun and cute appetizer they came up with, it consists of pretzels, marshmallows and popcorn to keep the child in you happy and if you do have kids with you, this would be a hit with them as well.
I am an avid fan of cream soups and Stacy's cream of wild mushroom is the best that I've had so far. A hefty serving of rich cream soup with lots of chopped mushroom and a big chunk of wheat garlic bread, it's a sure winner. Hearty soup = soul food. Need I say more?
What is soup without salad? Stacy's offers the freshest greens you could find! They have the Classic Chicken Ceasar Salad: grilled chicken breast, freshly sliced tomatoes, crunchy croutons and lots and lots of olives! (does it show I love olives?) If the ceasar dressing is not enough, you could always ask for extra dressing from the courteous servers. They also have their own Grilled Shrimp with Sweet Pomelo and mixed greens in Asian Dressing. Interesting mix of fruit and veggies, a must try for salad lovers!
|(L-R) Grilled Shrimp with Sweet Pomelo and mixed greens in Asian Dressing. Classic Chicken Ceasar Salad|
The Bacon and Mushroom carbonara is not to be snubbed. The crispy bacon flavor adds body to the creamy taste of this dish, generous slices of mushroom and drizzled with parmesan cheese to further enhance the taste.
Now, comes the "hearty" meals. Filipinos are generally tapa lovers, this place gives you "Stacy Jones", a good-sized serving of tender tapa, made from US Sirlion beef and lots of garlic, comes with eggs however way you want them. Another Filipino all-time favorite is the "Rice 'N Shine", garlic longganisa without the skin makes eating more enjoyable. If you're a fan of Vigan longganisa then this is perfect for you.
|(L-R) Stacy Jones. Rice 'N Shine|
I personally love fish and Stacy's Herbed Cream Dory Fillet with Aioli Dip was a big hit with me. Crispy crusted fillet and yet moist and tender inside, will definitely make you nod to this perfectly cooked fish. Their aioli dip with the right tang is yummy too! If you're into fowl, the Homebaked Chicken Parmesan will arrive at your table steaming from the oven, swimming in chunky tomato sauce and in a blanket of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
|(L-R) Herbed Cream Dory Fillet with Aioli Dip. Homebaked Chicken Parmesan|
Each time I hear the line "sarap to the bones", it automatically makes me think of chicken. However, Stacy's Texas Barbeque Ribs changed that for me. So tender, meat coming off the bones, you could actually eat it with just a spoon. The savory sweet taste in each bite is their very own mix of barbeque sauce. This, I highly recommend.
To finish off your gastronomic adventure, head on to the "Life is a piece of cake" chiller. With selections such as Bailey's Choco Cake, Banoffee Pie, Kahlua Choco Cake, Caramel Cheesecake and many more will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. Coffee is also available to go with your choice of cake.
Ice creams for the kids and the kids at heart.
Head on down/up to Stacy's and enjoy good food, good ambiance, good people...
..one more thing, the music they play in this joint is great. Nostalgic. Conducive for eating. Thanks to Mon for being our DJ for the day.
Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center
1 Capitol Hills Drive, 1101 Quezon City