Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pigging Out on Buffalo Wings and More @ Wingman (The Collective, Makati)

Badet had been raving about Wingman for the longest time, so when Ensogo offered a P500-for-P1000-worth-of-food voucher, I bought two.

Taste
We've been to Wingman twice. The first time was in September, right before attending Ambeth Ocampo's Queridas ni Rizal Lecture at the Ayala Musem. We ordered a dozen buffalo wings (lemon pepper and garlic parmesan), curly twist fries, and Wingman Salad. This is the only evidence of our first visit, since the chicken wings and fries were safely tucked away inside our stomach cavities by the time we remembered to take pictures:

Wingman salad
Wingman Salad - P250
I'm a big big fan of McDonald's twister fries, so I really enjoyed Wingman's curly twist fries (P130). When it comes to chicken wings, I'm partial towards non-saucy variants. Both the lemon pepper and garlic parmesan variants satisfied my taste buds. The Wingman Salad (lettuce with bleu cheese dressing and topped with buffalo chicken breast slices) was a meal by itself. I rarely order salad when dining out since I usually find green salads too bland for my taste, with not enough dressing/seasoning/cheese/meat, that I end up just munching plain lettuce halfway through the salad. I liked the Wingman salad, though. It was seasoned well and there was a generous amount of chicken included.

On our second visit, we ordered a dozen wings again. This time, we wanted to try their burger, but we couldn't decide which one to get so we got Home Run Sliders (choice of 3 mini-burgers), in order to sample the different kinds.

buffalo wings at Wingman in The Collective, Makati City
Buffalo Wings!
Home Run Sliders burger sampler at Wingman in The Collective, Makati City
Home Run Sliders - P250
buffalo wings and burgers at Wingman in The Collective, Makati City

We're Coke fanatics so for dessert, we ordered Deep Fried Coca-Cola (P120). It was a combination of funnel cake, whipped cream, and coca-cola syrup. Big mistake! We left it half-eaten. I don't know if it's an acquired taste but we hated it. Our reaction to it:

cookie monster funny

Aside from the deep fried coke, Wingman only had one other dessert: Deep-Fried Snickers bar (P220). I wish they would add 'safer' dessert choices like milkshakes or ice cream.

Affordability
Wingman's food were tasty and filling. Portions were big, more than enough for two to share. You can order a half dozen buffalo wings for P180 if you're just craving for wings but not really hungry. A dozen ones (P300) can be a mix of two flavors. Burgers are P230-250 each, including the home run sliders. Money well spent (just skip the deep fried coke)!

Interiors
Our second visit was around Halloween (hence the webs in the pictures below).


Wingman in The Collective, Makati City

Wingman was more of a hole-in-the-wall kind of resto rather than a fancy one. There was an exterior dining area but the interior one was a bit small and the exposed stack of chairs, wires, dishes, etc in the middle of the area made the place look a bit messy at times. I think it would have been better if they had put the counter area at the end of the room, where it wouldn't attract much attention, instead of in the middle. Or at least put a partition that would cover the clutter. It's just a suggestion. As it is, it's no big deal.

Wingman in The Collective, Makati City
Wingman in The Collective, Makati City

The designs on the wall and on the board played on another concept of wingman -- one who flies and maneuvers airplanes, the old-world kind. I hope Wingman will fix the typos on their chalk board soon, tho.

Cleanliness
The place looked a little cluttered at times but I didn't find any reason to worry about the cleanliness.

Service
Reservation for our first visit was a little problematic since Wingman changed their landline number and I had a hard time finding the new number (Really, merchants and group buying sites should both exert effort in contacting voucher holders if they're changing contact info or address. They had our email addresses, you know...) Anyway, making a reservation for the second visit was smooth and speedy. Servers here weren't as peppy as in other similar joints but they got our orders correct and food was quick to arrive, so I can't really complain. I just wish they'd smile more.



Wingman
The Collective
7274 Malugay St.
Makati City, Metro Manila
Wingman Facebook page


37 comments:

  1. Vouchers really come in handy! You save something and today, a discount no matter how small it is, is still a big deal.

    The food looks good! Glad to know that you have had a great dining experience with them :)

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  2. Problems do really exist, but the point it here is the foods. They're luscious, yummy and nutritious. Aren't they? What I love to eat is Wingman salad. I like veggies.

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  3. i never tried voucher yet but for the price of 500 ,it seems reasonable. the food looks good and worth a second visit or more.

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  4. we also got the home run sliders when we tried wingman! :) yummy! :)

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  5. i want the buffalo wings! oh, i am curious with the Deep Fried Coca Cola. first time to hear it and surprised you hated it.

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  6. Believe it or not, I have not been to The Collective yet. I've heard that there are a few food establishments there that are worth trying. So should I get the chance to drop-by, I'll make sure to follow your trail and eat at Wingman. :)

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  7. thanks for sharing di pa rin ako nakapunta sa The Collective but will find the time to visit this place soon

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  8. Yeah! I wanna try their buffalo wings as well. I am just sad with your Deep Fried Coca Cola experience.

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  9. Wow Deep fried coca cola? Now I am curious! I should taste this soon. ;)

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  10. i'll never attempt that fried cola thing...i'm into vouchers too, great savings!

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  11. Ohh I want to try this especially the fried coca cola thing.:)

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    1. Let me know if you get to try it and like it :)

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  12. I'm intrigued by deep friend coca cola! I sometimes dip bread into soda so I'm wondering if it tastes the same. But I'm also curious why you hated it.

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    1. I haven't tried dipping bread into soda so I can't compare. The taste of the deep-fried coke didn't appeal to me (even to bf, who is not picky when it comes to food). But that's just us. Maybe you'll like it :)

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  13. wow you are so lucky to have that voucher

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  14. my mom would love the place...she likes wings...oh and the salad looks nice.

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  15. OMGGGGGGG Buffalo wings!!!! Nomnomnom

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  16. The food is still yummy but I hope they would do something about their interiors. Doesn't look inviting at all.

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    1. Yeah, but as long as they keep their food yummy and the prices affordable, I'm not complaining :D

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  17. i wanna try wingman salad . looks really good :3
    love the interior of the restaurant :)

    by the way, im currently having a blog giveaway.
    i hope you can join :)
    http://iwriteitalldownhere.blogspot.com/2012/05/unleashed-randomness-x-frida-accesoire.html

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  18. that fried coca cola got me curious! was it really that bad?

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    1. I love desserts but I didn't like the fried coca-cola. Even bf, who usually eats everything, gave up on it. But who knows, perhaps it was just us.

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  19. deep fried coca-cola?? hmm.. interesting.

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  20. cook syrup? deep fried? sounds bad... and glad you warned us that it also tastes bad

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  21. deep fried coca cola syrup... hahaha... i guess the only good thing to do with it is serve it cold and in liquid form. never tried the place though... nice review and thanks for the tips... i'll bear them in mind (lol). Yahweh bless.

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    1. Yup nothing beats ice-cold Coke especially on a summer day :D

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  22. im a fan of vouchers too! too bad i didnt see this offer. i want to try the fried snicker bars

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    1. They had another voucher promo a few months after we bought ours. I hope they'll have another one soon :D

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  23. My family loves wings.
    Actually we just dined at
    Sunrise Bucket located at the Grove.
    We'll try this next time.

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  24. buffalo wings...deep fried coca cola??? you've triggered my curiosity!!!.. may even try someday :))

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  25. My wife would definitely love to try those wings (so am I). Though I'm not much familiar with Malugay Street but I could check them out soon. ^_^

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  26. We had a foodtrip at the collective before but wingman was closed. The buffalo wings looks good!

    Crave for CHAMPS Buger | Hefty Foodie: Random Food Trips with Close Friends

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  27. Coke is supposed to be a cooling beverage, not a crappy cake.

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