CHECK IT OUT: 19 new dishes at California Pizza Kitchen

Pizza and pasta like you’ve never tasted before.

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( Fifteen years in the country and this popular American restaurant is celebrating in two ways: by opening a new location in Lucky Chinatown Mall and creating a new line of mouthwatering dishes for both loyal and new customers to enjoy.

"We always like to innovate and try new combinations," said Gabe Sinohuiz, Vice President of International Brand Development for CPK Philippines. Some of the dishes, he added, were inspired by creations from CPK branches in other countries.

One such fabrication is the Chinese Chicken Salad (P225 to P435). Start your meal with this exquisite plate of shredded lettuce; carrots for crunch, scallions and cilantro for brightness, sesame seeds for nuttiness. It’s tossed with chunks of chicken breast and drizzled with sweet and smoky hoisin sauce. Contrast it with some creamy Mushroom Cappuccino Soup (P190). No need to ask for decaf; this classic is served in a cup sans caffeine then topped with milk froth a la cappuccino.

Finally, proceed with the main course and sample the Chicken Piccata (P350 to P825), firm spaghettini with zesty sauce and chunks of chicken. The secret is in the capers so make sure you get some on your plate. Light and taste-bud-teasing, better order the family size because you’ll definitely want more. The Farmer’s Market pizza (P225 to P395), on the other hand, is a proudly local concotion with grilled zucchini, roasted squash, tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, goat cheese, Pecorino Romano, and tomato sauce. The crust, made of homemade Mediterranean foccacia bread, is pleasantly chewy, and the roasted squash adds a surprising, subtle sweetness that contrasts well with the pizza’s savory flavors. 

New desserts have also made their way in the menu. For something called the Chocolate Sin (P245), this gooey treat is heavenly. Each mouthful of this flourless cake is thick with rich, dark chocolate. A tempting layer of beautiful peaks with ganache makes it a truly sweet ending.

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