I love eating and has this knack for trying out what's new in the fastfood market. Naturally, the buzz about Chic-Boy caught my attention.
So far, everyone that I have spoken to who've already had an eating experience in this place gave me good reviews. So, just this evening, I asked my wife for a dinner date at the newly opened Chic-Boy outlet at Fairview. It was around 7pm and it was semi-peak. The ground floor was airconditioned. I would have chosen to seat there but it was already full so there was no choice but go to the second floor dining al fresco. Needless to say, all the smokers were there---not good for my asthma! Oh, well...the craving to taste what all the talk was all about numbed me from the second hand smoke.
I got there first ahead of my wife and was instantly served with free soup. "Sabaw ng linagang baka," says the service crew. Plus points for the store.
My wife finally arrives and for Php 338 we got to order Cebu Lechon Liempo and Cebu Lechon Manok with rice, Palabok, Lumpiang Sariwa, and Bottomless Ice Teas. In other establishments, an order of bottomless ice tea would cost around Php 60 but here it's only Php 25. Sweet! They also offer "rice-all-you-can". After dinner, me and my wife were tanked!
1. Food - If you eat to savor the food, this is not the place for you. I found nothing special in terms of taste. Actually, I have tasted better. But if you want to get filled up at a minimal cost, you can go here and splurge on the bottomless ice tea and all the rice you want. If you're particular about the viand, the lechon manok quarter leg looked like that of a spring chicken. The lechon liempo has more servings though.
2. Service - The service crew were friendly. It took about 10 minutes for our food to arrive but it was not newly cooked---not even a hint of heat when I got my first bite.
3. Ambiance - The place was barely a month old so it still looked fresh. Don't expect cushioned seats here. No back rest too. They have a 6 car parking with an option to park along the adjacent street if need be. If you have asthma, stay clear of the al fresco dining area---it's a cacophony of second hand smore and carbon monoxide from the passing vehicles along Regalado Avenue.
4. Location - You'll know that people love this place if you see those commuting south-bound braving the crossing of Regalado Avenue. Otherwise, it would be a nice stop over for lunch or dinner when travelling north-bound.