“Secret Recipe, a lifestyle café chain has become a household name following its debut in Malaysia since 1997. Secret Recipe has successfully established its brand name in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and China by virtue of its fine quality cakes, fusion food and distinctive service.” (www.secretrecipe.com.my) Finally, a Malaysian Restaurant to rave about! Let us welcome Secret Recipe to Manila!

Thanks to Secret Recipe for bringing in their award-winning cheesecakes and hot dishes in Manila. Everything we ordered was spicy and I just loved it! The Tom Yum Kung was so spicy hot that even my dad-eating-chili suggested that we should have requested to tone down the chili levels of the soup. I love their signature Singapore Laksa and at last, we can taste a close to authentic laksa here in Manila. We also now understand why the Irish Lamb Stew won a lot of awards because it is so soft and tasty that you want to clean the bones with your mouth. As for the cheesecake we had, they were not too sweet and we loved the oatmeal base. Just a warning though, if you don’t like spicy food there is a high probability you won’t like their dishes — better stick with their cakes.

Thanks to Jen Tan for the tip on Secret Recipe, now on their 2nd week of operations in Manila. Since they are on soft-opening, expect that the service won’t be perfect and the kitchen is still stabilizing their operation. The staff were patient and friendly with my son Aidan despite the fact that he started to tear apart the restaurant — thanks guys!

To Secret Recipe — When can you bring in your Sugar-free Moist Chocolate Cake, hi-fibre Cheesecake, and trans-fat free peach cream cake?

Secret Recipe’s Lifestyle Ambiance

The restaurant interiors are refreshing because of the bloody Red, White and Wenge color combination.

As you enter, you’ll be greeted with their award winning cakes. I think their cakes are just marketing hype and I would not even rave about them. Most of them look standard cakes, and the only key difference is that their cakes are not that sweet. Their cakes won’t even stand a chance with Conti’s, or Roshan’s, or the serendra trio of Sonja’s-Miss Desserts-Xocolat. I’m waiting for Secret Recipe, to bring in their Healthy Cakes — they look yummy from their website.

The ambiance is defined by Great Food Shots, Chandelier lighting, Bloody Red Couches and White on White all around…

Recommended Food @ Secret Recipe

Secret Recipe Menu (Biggest Version)
Secret Recipe Cakes Menu — Check out their “award-winning” cheesecakes.
Pasta – will try the tom yum spaghetti next time.
Kid’s Club – thanks for being considerate about the kids who might not like the spicy food. Otherwise, you can buy from the 24 hours Mcdo beside Secret Recipe.
Asian Classic – The Thai style fried rice looks yummy.
Noodles – Singapore Laksa is a must try!
Chicken – I’ve always crave for the Black Pepper Crab of Singapore and the Grilled black pepper chicken is the closest taste I can find in Manila.
Fish and Lamb – The Irish Lamb Stew is worth every penny. Served with warm bread.

Carrot and Ginger Soup (P80++). The ginger adds the spicy kick to this soup.

Green Apple Kasturi (P90++). Green Apple + Lime + Plum. Unique but nothing to rave about. Better drink this immediately as this does not taste good as it was the first sip!

Noodles in tom Yum Kung (P220++). Flat rice noodles in our very famous spicy tom yum soup with King prawns. I dare you to try this 🙂 It was weird to have noodles in my tom yum. This soup is good for 3-4 persons sharing it.

Singapore Laksa (P220++). The deliciously fragrant Singapore laksa is flavoured with special in-house creation of shrimp paste, lengkuas, chillies, and polygonum leaves. I’m now craving for this. I’m not sure if it was the shrimp paste that gives the distinctive flavor of this soup. I can still remember the tofu which has a sponge like texture and characteristics and absorbs the laksa. The moment you bite into the tofu, it unleashes the soup into your mouth filling it with a unique asian taste that I am lost for a description for it. Too bad the noodles was just overcooked but other than that this is truly a winner!

Grilled Black Pepper Chicken (P180++). Grilled chicken smothered with black pepper sauce, served with herb rice and fresh garden salad. I loved the pepper sauce and how I wish they can use it to create a black pepper crab version. My wife did not really like the pepper sauce though, too spicy for her.

Irish Lamb Stew (P380++).
Tender lamb shank slow-cooked with seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs, served with baked mashed potatoes and our home-made bun. We wanted to use our hands to clean this lamb shank because each piece of the lamb was tender and tasty. Worth every peso and best to share this with a group of 3-4 people. The only dish which was not spicy.

Chocolate Banana (P100++). Extremely addictive, loads of banana slices on bed of chocolate cream with chocolate chiffon and coated with melted home-made chocolate. The chocolate mousse was good but the chocolate cake itself was dry. Not worth craving for…

Marbled Cheese Cake (P100++). Smooth creamy baked cheese on crunchy oat nut base. This is what you call fine cheesecake, because every aspect of the cake was perfect. Not too sweet and the oatmeal base makes the cake desirable each time you take a bite from it.

Secret Recipe @ Fort Bonifacio Global City
32nd Street Corner Fifth Avenue Fort Bonifacio Global City
In the ground floor of the newly opened HSBC building and beside the 24 hours Mcdo.
In front of Pricesmart/ S&R, and St. Lukes in the Fort.