I gingerly poked around the salad bowl, like I usually do, when I’m mentally testing myself to get a piece. I get like this when eating anything super healthy.

But I did, anyway, bringing a piece of lettuce and half grape onto my plate.

I braced myself for a bit.

And bit into the lettuce.

Whoa.

Ginger Garden Salad

Wow. Now that is some kind of garden salad.

Ginger’s Cafe Bistro, a restaurant named after Ginger Dornier (the daughter of the owner), is located in Clark, Pampanga, a mere 1 and a half drive from Manila.

Ginger

Strategically located in the street of bars along Clark, Ginger’s Cafe Bistro stands out among the many other restaurants in its area.

Its orange interior and warm lights bring a sort of Christmas-sy feel to the place.

The restaurant started out as a cafe, with bread, sandwiches and coffee for the usual afternoon treats until it branched out into a full blown restaurant.

Our dinner started off with an appetizer, Ginger’s Garden Salad. Looking super healthy with its crispy romaine lettuce, arugula, curly endive, sun dried tomatoes (which I love, by the way), candied wall nuts (super tasty!) and grapes (oh come on, who doesn’t love grapes?). Sprinkled with strawberry ginger dressing, it was just the right taste for a healthy appetizer. The strawberry ginger dressing proved to conceal any unwanted, sour, bitter taste of the vegetables. As a result, the salad was slightly sweet and quite appetizing.

Spinach Omelet Sashimi

The Spinach Omelet Sashimi is cooked with eggs and spinach, served in sashimi style. I honestly love eggs, spinach not so much, but the combination of both was definitely enticing. You can’t even recognize the usual bitter taste of spinach either, making it a delightful appetizer.

Fusilli Napolitana Pasta and European Ham

The Fusilli Napolitana Pasta with European Ham was next and as I drowned myself in spinach omelet sashimi, I actually thought this was the main dish. I started eating the pasta first, as the European ham looked pretty big.

Fusilli Napolitana Pasta consists of spiral pasta in sauteed tomato, garlic, onion, chopped parsley with tomato sauce, finished with basil leaves. The pasta was al dente, and slightly peppery, probably because of basil leaves (I’m not really a fan as I figured out in Thailand), but with the combination of the European Ham that consisted of romaine lettuce (my new favorite), Spanish salami, Serrano ham, tomato, onion and cheddar cheese, the twosome proved to be a pleasant meal.

Lemon Ginger Chicken

For the climax, we were served Ginger Cafe Bistro’s signature meal: The Lemon Ginger Chicken. The half chicken is served with lemon butter gravy and baked potatoes. Marinated in lemon and ginger, the chicken was absolutely scrumptious, especially when dipped in lemon butter gravy. A little of its distinctive taste came from the sprinkled lemon juice, but it just added to the richness of the chicken and its lemon sauce. Pretty delightful main course, I’d say.

We finished with a taste of their classic cheesecake and blueberry cheesecake.

Blueberry Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

Both not too sweet, just perfect for semi-sweet-toothed people like me.

Visit Ginger’s Cafe Bistro now!

588 Don Juico Ave., Clarkview, Malabanias, Pampanga.

For reservations, you may call (045) 598-1408 or 0999 8180331. 

Thank you for the awesome dinner, Ginger’s Cafe Bistro!

Like their page here: https://www.facebook.com/gingerscafebistro

Brenna is the sole owner of The Philippine Travelogue, an online journal of her travel adventures and experiences. Brenna is a freelance writer, online marketing and social media specialist and a blogger with a constant itch for adventure and thrill. For inquiries, suggestions and invitations please send a message.

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