So I find myself in the northern parts of Metro Manila, hungry, and craving for anything with the color green, anything devoid of or has less preservatives than the usual processed food, and I though my search was in vain but I found it! A perfect little place at SM North EDSA The Block called Impressca, impressed me… ^_^ Honestly, it’s hard to find a restaurant that mainlines salads and sandwiches. All other restaurants list them under appetizer and do half-@$$ jobs making one, or giving awesome choices and prime ingredients for prime price too (or charging too much that would make gasoline price hike blush). Impressca is a perfect in between… Good simple choices, basics covered, and fairly priced.
About the Restaurant
It’s located at the 4th Floor of SM North EDSA The Block. You’ll see it immediately when you get off the escalator. It’s a big size kiosk and the seats are out in the open. It looks so inviting with the comfy couches, seats, nice clean floors, clean kiosk, everything neatly tucked away except for the display of greens and fruits. Every nook has a purpose, and even part of the kiosk is a counter with high stools where people can also eat when the soft couches and seats at the side and back of the kiosk is taken.
About Their Menu
Sandwiches, salads, pasta, fruit juices, smoothies, shakes, tea – in all the healthy colors of green, red, yellow, white, and orange. If you want something with chicken, they have it (Chicken Salad), something with ham, they have it (Ham and Cheese), something with fish, they have it, (Tuna Pimiento). Check out the great ensemble yourself!
What I Ordered
I was originally craving for a healthy sandwich so I was looking for the sandwich kiosk I passed by in the same area earlier that day, but for the life of me I couldn’t find it anymore. That’s when I found Impressca and saw that they offered sandwiches too (from afar, you’d think it’s all salads). So I ordered Tuna Pimiento which came with a choice between iced tea or coffee (I chose iced tea), and I also ordered their Cheesy Fruit Salad.
Usual tuna sandwich using wheat bread (which fills you up really fast and keeps you feeling full for a good number of hours), cucumber, fresh greens, tomato, mayo, and onions (I think I tasted onions). Nothing special about it really, but somehow I felt so satisfied and full even though I came there like I haven’t eaten since morning (this is lunch time), and yes, I wasn’t able to eat breakfast that day.
Serving size for this one is small. I didn’t really taste the cheese in the salad too much, but what I love is the many slices of apple! It was like every fork full had 2 slices of apple. I think I made a pretty good combination of orders that day because this finished the meal perfectly. Sweet in a fruity kind of way (not sweet like sugar, but natural tasting sweetness), and light cream.
I wish there are more kiosks like this, serving healthier options and specializing on salads and sandwiches. I enjoyed my meal and although it looked like it wouldn’t really drive my hunger away, surprisingly it did! I walked away feeling full, healthy, and satisfied. Actually, I walked away wishing they had a branch at MOA! I’ll be trying their “LOAD ALL YOU CAN” option for the salad but I’ll make sure to bring Mario along with me when I decide to do that. ^_^