Balboa Pizza, Pasta, and Steaks at Shangrila-Plaza Mall's East Wing


My seasonal obsession with pizza continues! I've mentioned the reason for this mild case of idée fixe on my previous post

Hubs and I went to Shangrila-Plaza Mall a couple of days ago to watch Olympus Has Fallen and buy some stuff for the house and a few for me. It's been probably a year since we last saw a movie at Shang Cineplex. There's a valid reason why I don't like watching a movie there, but I couldn't remember what it was. I finally figured why after bought the tickets and Starbucks lattes: they don't allow food and beverage bought from other establishment aside from their snack bar. Never again.

Anyhoo, we checked the new East Wing of the mall for a restaurant that serves pizza before we watched the movie. We saw this restaurant called Balboa that has a signage subtitle of the dish I was craving for. They have ten pizza choices and they all looked promising!

I wondered why the very friendly restaurant greeter wore the same uniform {temporary} as the ladies at SumoSam. I soon found out {from her too} that Balboa is owned by the same group.

I fell in love with the round back chairs!

I vowed to drink more lemon water than my kidneys can handle. Lots of benefits, I tell you!

Spinach Artichoke  PhP 249

I was rooting for the Pan-Seared Foie Gras, but hubs' buddy, high cholesterol, went against it. We were very much pleased with the Spinach Artichoke though. It's very rich and cheesy! I just wish that the toasted french bread weren't sliced too thin.  

Prosciutto, Mushroom, and Arugula Pizza  PhP 389

Each dish is good for two, including the pizza. You can stretch it out to up to three persons, but that's it. There's a perfect balance of ingredients in this pizza - salty of the prosciutto, smoky mushroom, bitter arugula, and creamy mozzarella. The thin crust is both crispy and chewy. Unlike Lombardi's version, Balboa's didn't scrimp on ingredients making the pizza more flavourful. 

Truffle Mushroom Penne  PhP 328

This dish originally comes with linguine, but I like penne better so we had it changed. The pasta sauce is filled with the light earthiness of the mushrooms and the truffle oil and the saltiness of the cheese. It's very tasty and satiating!  

We're definitely going back to try more dishes! I'm gonna go for the Four Cheese Risotto and the Sinatra next time. I'm gonna bring the kids with me instead of dear 'ol hubs so that I can try the Pan-Seared Foie Gras! 

Quality: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

Balboa Pizza, Pasta, Steaks 
East Wing, Shangrila-Plaza Mall
Shaw Boulevard, Shangri-La Plaza corner Edsa, 4th level, 
1552 Mandaluyong, Philippines
Operating Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11am-10pm
Contact No. (0932) 878.39.84

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