Freakshakes, freakshakes! At Kitchen Central Staff House

Freakshakes are those messy Instagram-worthy shakes topped with various goodies such as jellies, pretzels and chocolate sticks, fresh strawberries or other fruits, and much more. Freakshakes originated in Australia, and in the Philippines we simply call them… shakes. Right? We should start calling them “freakshakes” simply because it sounds better and it properly depicts the overloaded goodness and calories this dessert/drink combo gives. Anyway, this is a review of one such restaurant that offers freakshakes in Metro Manila — Kitchen Central Staff House.

Kitchen Central is a new line of restaurants offering not just freakshakes, but colorful burgers and various pasta as well. Their first branch was located in Sto. Nino, Taguig, and it was such a hit that it quickly sprouted other new branches in other locations.

Kitchen Central Staff House is their newest branch, located in Pembo, Makati. It’s about a 10-minute walk from SM Aura or Market Market.

Freakshakes and burger at Kitchen Central

First of all, Kitchen Central isn’t one of those big fancy restaurants. It’s more low key (at the moment), and it’s one you go to for a good meal, when you want to hang out with friends or treat your family outside. It’s among the many small-time businesses making their name in today’s social media game.

I’d been to maybe two of its branches before, and I’d forgotten how affordable the food can be. Shakes in cute mason jars are priced starting at P75 and overloaded options at P100 above, pasta at P75 and burgers starting at P100.

Kitchen Central Staff House.

The branch at Kitchen Central Staff House is an open-spaced restaurant, located in the busy, narrow road of Sampaguita Street in Pembo, Makati.

I went here with my family, and we ordered burgers, fries, mac ‘n cheese and carbonara pasta and of course shakes.

Carbonara.
Mac n’ cheese + classic jograts burger (with half-eaten fries).

The burgers taste enjoyable. It’s not as great obviously as the ones in Brothers Burger, Burger Avenue or other burger specialty stores, but it’s still good. Hali — who is a burger person — gives it a thumbs up.

Carbonara is a good choice from the pasta selection, the mac n’ cheese for me is ordinary. The restaurant also has positive reviews for their nachos (comes in a huge stack), although it wasn’t available when we dined in.

Berry Strawberry and Kitkat Craze. Shakes at mason jars are priced at P75 each only.
Nutella Fudge.
Death by Chocolate.

The shakes in mason jars are amazingly good and affordable at P75 each. Hali liked his Berry Strawberry and my niece her Nutella Fudge. I had a Death by Chocolate, which is one of their bigger-sized shakes at P180, although it’s too sweet for my taste. Still, if you’re going here, I suggest not missing their shakes at all. Oh, and bring your camera because the shakes are prepared exactly for your Instagram feed.

In general, Kitchen Central is a good option if you want a good casual meal with affordable prices or want to try something different (colorful burgers, freakshakes).

Like I said earlier, I also appreciate that it’s one of those restaurant brands that had started from scratch and had grown due to its massive fan base, great thanks to Facebook for spreading news. Kitchen Central is one of those restaurants loved by the locals. We read about residents of Taguig happy to hear about this branch opening close to home, and it seems a lot of their guests are residents within the area.

Several months back, Hali and I were talking about how great it is that more people are becoming empowered to start their own businesses. It’s great for us consumers too because it encourages competition and innovation… and we get more choices instead of the usual mainstream restaurants we see in the malls.

Practical information: Kitchen Central Staff House

Kitchen Central Staff House is located in 102 Sampaguita St., Pembo, Makati. It’s about a 10-minute walk from either SM Aura or Market Market.

Kitchen Central also has branches in the following locations:

  • Makati (Kitchen Central Staff House, Pembo)
  • Makati (Kitchen Central Makati, Pio del Pilar – near Makati Square)
  • Mandaluyong (main branch)
  • Ortigas
  • Taguig
  • Paranaque

How to get to Kitchen Central Staff House:Β From Market Market, walk toward the corner of Sampaguita Street. (It’s the one on the right of the intersection in the overpass, whereas Market Market is on the left.) Walk for 5-10 minutes or ride a tricycle to Kitchen Central. If you have a Waze, just type in Kitchen Central Staff House and tadaaa…

Tips:

  • This isn’t a fast food restaurant so expect food to arrive about 15-20 minutes after ordering.
  • Parking space is limited to 2 vehicles only. I suggest parking your car in SM Aura or Market Market and commute from there. There are available spaces on the road side, but the street is too narrow that it might be a hassle for everyone else.
  • If you’re living anywhere in Taguig, it’s cheap booking here via Uber or Grab. I was able to book for an Uber pool for P60 only. πŸ™‚

Operating hours: 3PM-11PM (store hours depend on branch; other branches open at 12 noon)

Suggested budget: P150-200 per person

Contact information: Kitchen Central Staff House: Facebook page/0922 803 8392

 

Disclaimer: This is an extremely, extremely biased review. My sister owns the franchise for this branch. But kidding aside, go visit here and have one of their shakes. You’ll thank me for it later. πŸ™‚

6 Comments

  1. Those freakshakes are really tempting and I would love to try it. I like how they came up with this kind of idea, though there are already a lot of establishments who are doing the same thing, but this one seemed to be really different, especially how the name was formulated and it looks like really luscious. I wish we can have this in Cebu. I actually have just heard about it.

  2. More than anything else, I loved their unique presentation of the shakes. Particularly the chocolate one. Got to show this to a friend who is totally crazy when it comes to desserts and we often have bash together at exactly these kind of dessert houses.

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