Get Down to the Project Pie Experience [Review]

So today, I'm on a planned sick leave for the company's annual physical exam and a dentist appointment. I texted my good friend if she'd like to have lunch with me in Eastwood. Coincidentally, another friend of ours didn't have office work so it became a trio lunch meet up!

She said if I want CPK or Project Pie. Without second thoughts, I immediately replied Project Pie because I've heard so much about it but I haven't experienced dining in the restaurant. Now, the problem with people telling you something is great (like a movie or a restaurant) is you build this idea up in your head that it's really awesome, and many times you end up being disappointed because it doesn't meet your expectations. Good thing Project Pie did not fail me, but more on that later.

The place is normal. Upon entering the restaurant, I was greeted by a large open space with an industrial feel to it. Kinda reminded me of Yellow Cab's design but classier. So yeah, that's that, not much to say about the atmosphere. It's not wow, it's not bad either.

It was my first time there so I asked my "veteran" friend to guide me. We started with the menu. It's unusually simple. Almost every pizza has the same price (P285). It's beginner friendly also; you'll just pick a number to be your "foundation" then work from there. I like meat so I picked #2: Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Crumbled Meatballs, Mozzarella, etc. My friends ordered #3 and #4. They don't even have a title for each number, just a plain and abstract number. No New York's Finest, Brooklyn's Best or Manager's Choice here, just numbers 1-7!

I'd like to divide the process into several stations: The "first station" will ask you for your order, so you'll just say the number (from the menu) and she will prepare the dough. She will then transfer you to the "second station" where you'll say what other toppings you want on your pizza. This is probably the most fun and fulfilling part because toppings are UNLIMITED! Yes! It's unlimited, no additional cost, you pay the same amount! I can't reiterate and stress it enough to prove a point, it's UNLIMITED! Whew. I'm okay now. The last station, of course, is payment.

It's worth noting that the staff are very well trained. Hands down to the way they handle and talk to customers. They probably have an extensive training like Starbucks, but that's just my guess. I believe that this should be the standard for all establishments, that staff (or stuvvs) should be trained first before they present themselves to customers to avoid unnecessary remarks, impoliteness, and bad customer experience. Kudos to Project Pie for this.

Onto the star of the lunch: The Pizza Pie! The buildup was worth it, pizzas arrived relatively fast. The first bite was perfect. I liked the freshness of everything. The toppings complemented each other, and I was glad I added tomatoes to my toppings. Without it, it would've tasted too salty because of all the meat. I especially took notice that the crust is very good. I don't know if it's the oven-baked freshness, but I like its texture very much: good balance between crunchiness and softness.

On the last minute, my friend and I decided to go for a beer even if it's just one in the afternoon. We couldn't resist accompanying a good pizza with a good beer! So yes, we ordered Stella's and it was awesome. I can't say anything bad about the pizza except maybe that the toppings are concentrated on the middle, but it's not much of an issue.

Pizza and beer is the perfect combination!
I give Project Pie 4 out of 5 stars! As the saying goes, invest in experience, not in material things. Project Pie provided both! Project Pie stands out from the usual restaurants because they give a slightly different experience. However subtle, they delivered good food and good dining experience. I personally enjoyed my Project Pie experience.

Project Pie Eastwood is located at the ground level, Grand Eastwood Palazzo
Eastwood Ave. corner Orchard Road, Eastwood, Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines,

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