Mandaluyong never fails to surprise me. Random visits led me to discovering a number of themed restaurants and cafes which are notably interesting. Impressive out-of-the-box concepts will leave you marveling, but behind it is always the story of food and customer experience that make you come back for more.
I was able to see both during my recent visit to Anchor Point Diner, in San Rafael Mandaluyong. It has that similarities with a typical fast food chain, but leveled to a higher notch with its very instagrammable interiors and affordable yet good food. Basic American comfort food is their main specialty — chicken, burger, fries, soda, and everything nice.
By merely entering the restaurant, you’d easily figure out the main theme. From the name itself down to the interior design, it’d speak out for itself as a nautical-themed diner. The design is low-key and simple, but very classy. It sets the bar high for a typical fast food chain. White and black dominate the color palette of the restaurant, with splashes of color here and there from artistic paintings and wall decors.
Without meeting the owner of the place, I could easily tell that he is a seafarer and a Christian. The restaurant is a representation of his personality and faith.
It’s also amusing to notice the anchor-shaped chairs specially customized for the restaurant. The path leading to the comfort room is a 3D painting, but wait until you enter the restroom itself.
The restroom has another 3D painting of a wooden beam overlooking the sea. Very artistic!
We also had fun posing for photo-ops with the sea-inspired and Christian-quotes background.
They have a corner displaying small knick-knacks and Bible verses, with the large ship model as the centerpiece.
Kit and I ordered burger, fries and rib-eye steak. The Anchor Point Burger is one of the restaurant’s signature creations. The beef is savory and complemented with fresh vegetables such as tomatoes and lettuce. I can’t say it’s something exceptional, but for the price, it’s good.
They also have the Buy 1 Take 1 Fries for Php 120, if I am not mistaken. Kit ordered the Rib Eye Steak for Php 150. I guess this is a new item on the menu, since it is not yet included in the online menu and website. The steak sauce was really good. The large portion is tempting to have more than one serving of rice. A part of the steak was still tough, though.
Here are the other items in the menu: they have Pasta, Pizza, Combo and Rice Meals and even desserts at very affordable prices. Budget food for family and friends!
They also have a separate function room for your private events. The rate is 1k good for 2 hours, but exclusive of food. You may inquire at +639178844321 for their food packages. The room is tiny, but still cute and artsy.
The outdoor area yet shows another artistic side of Anchor Point. Indeed, there are so many areas in Anchor Point to strike your poses and take some snapshots.
Kit and I enjoyed the place a lot. There’s a lot to look forward to aside from the affordable food and cute interiors. Most importantly, we were satisfied with the customer service. Waiters are attentive and kind, no matter if there are too many customers to attend to. Thanks Anchor Point and see you again!
Anchor Point Diner
San Rafael Corner Buenconsejo Street, Plainview, Mandaluyong City
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 12 midnight daily
Facebook: Anchor Point Diner San Rafael