The Raintree Restaurants Group has successfully opened its newest restaurant located at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City. Simplé Lang is a new concept restaurant that showcases Filipino Food that is both simple and delicious. Simplé Lang is from the same creators of M Café, Kabila Filipino Bistro, Stella, Rocket Room, MOMO Café, Chelsea Grand Café, Terraz and Costa Pacifica's Beach House.
The restaurant's design features high ceiling and bold colors such as black and red, matched with simple yet elegant interior pieces. The restaurant has a second floor and has tables outside for those who prefer al fresco dining.
We were in Makati last May 1 and decided to have dinner at Simple Lang to try their Sinigang na Crispy Bagnet sa Watermellon (P395.00) which I was very intrigued about. Since I was a child, I have been a huge fan of Sinigang. Back in the 90's when my family went to La Union for summer vacation, our family friend served us sinigang na baboy sa pakwan (pork sinigang in watermellon) for lunch. Since then, I never tasted that version of sinigang again until recently.
Simple Lang's version uses crispy bagnet. The sourness was just right, just the way I want it. What's als cute is the reddish color of the soup. The dish has the usual sinigang veggies like labanos, sitaw, kamatis and kangkong. Plus of course, slices of watermellon or pakwan in Tagalog. I like the contrast of the sour sinigang soup and the sweet fruity taste of the watermellon. The crispy bagnet, on the other hand, adds more texture to the dish and also makes the soup more savory. The sinigang is actually good enough to be shared by two persons, and it was a good thing I ordered Rice all you can (P65.00) because there's so much bagnet and vegetables in there and I really love my sinigang with rice.
For dessert, we ordered the Simple Lang Halo-Halo (P175.00) which comes in a huge bowl. It has the standard halo-halo ingredients, plus melons. It also has two scoops of ice cream and topped with cream and cherry. The leche flan and the ube halaya were outstanding because they are very compact and rich in flavor.
Here are other dishes available at Simple Lang:
Platitos, Pulutan & Pica-Pica
|Crispy Crablets (P275) with chili crab sauce & calamansi|
|Crispy Sisig in Lettuce Cups (P195.00) with crispy sotanghon and Hiosin peanut sauce|
|Fresh Lumpia Rolls (P95.00) with muscovado sauce, garlic & sesame peanut sprinkle|
Breakfast, Merienda, Everyday, All Day
Simple Lang Bfast (P195.00) with choice of Mr. Jones Tapa, Longaniza, Dilis, Liempo, Daing na Bangus, Chicken Tocino, served with Garlic Rice, Fried Egg, Atchara, Tomato and Onion Salad
Crispy Palabok (P265.00) topped with bagnet,
shrimp, tinapa bits and egg
|Crispy Bagnet Salad (P150.00) KBL, okra, Thai basil with Balayan-calamansi dressing|
|Crispy Ukoy & Green Mango (P125.00) with wansoy, sitaw, and sweet calamansi patis vinaigrette|
Tinapa't Tops (P175.00) kamote tops, kangkong, alugbati tops, tomatoes, red onions, salted egg dressing, and topped with tinapa bits
|Mixed BBQ Plate (P595.00) chicken inasal (3 pcs), leg quarter, pork bbq (2 pcs), pusit (2 pcs)|
|Pork BBQ (3 pcs) (P195.00)|
|Bagnet Espesyal (P295.00) KBL, sukang iloko, calamansi|
|Bina-Bet (P225.00) binagoongan & pinakbet|
|Longaniza Tortang Talong "Pancake" (P150.00) with salted egg, tomato and onion salad|
|Sizzling Char-Grilled Liempo Dinuguan (P195.00) with chopped green sili & onions|
|Foil Grilled Pla Pla (P250.00) with sinigang marinade, vegetabled and served in a steamboat|
|Seafood Kare Kare (P375.00) with fish, prawns, Manila clams, squid and homemade bagoong|
|Super Pla Pla (P295.00) fried tilapia with mustasa leaves and|
|Grilled Stuffed Whole Bangus (P275.00) with green mango and tomato stuffing, and fresh calamansi|
|Fried Chicen Pandan (P225.00) served with banana ketchup|
|Crispy Dried Shrimp & Sambal Kangkong (P130.00)|
|Inasal Java Rice (P160.00) topped with chicken skin and inasal oil|
|Buko Pandan Pinipig Crush (P150.00) served with coconut cream|
|Mango Madness Crush (P175.00) with fresh mango, ice cream, custard & puree with sago and crushed ice|
|Turon Bites (P95.00) with saba, toasted sesame and condensed milk|
|left: Choc-Nut Milkshake (P150.00); right: Mango Sago (P150.00)|
Simple Lang Menu
Simple Lang is open every day from 10:00am to 10:00pm. For inquiries, you may call (02) 621-6161, (02) 621-61-62 or visit www.raintreerestaurants.com. Like them on Facebook facebook.com/raintreesimplelang.
Disclaimer: Images without Pinas Muna watermark are used with permission from Raintree Restaurants Group.