Shakey’s Pizza Parlor: Famous Philippines fast food chain with incredible pizzas in Lucky Plaza

When I was on vacation in the Philippines, there would be a Shakey’s Pizza Parlor outlet everywhere I turned, with the fast food restaurant dominating almost every corner. 

Given how widespread Shakey’s is in the Philippines, many have the assumption that the chain is a local Filipino brand, but it’s actually from the United States— people in the Philippines just loved it so much that they popularised it!

shakeys pizza parlor - storefront

Despite having spent 2 weeks in the Philippines, my packed schedule left me with no time to try it out. Thankfully, I discovered that Shakey’s had opened a single outlet in Singapore, being located in the Asian Food Mall in Lucky Plaza

On the day after I arrived back home from my vacation, I decided to head down to Lucky Plaza to relive my time in the country, and to have a taste of the wildly popular fast food chain that dominates the Philippines. 

What I tried at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor

shakeys pizza parlor - dishes

Shakey’s menu consists of all the classic fast food favourites — I was spoilt for choice as I perused the menu of various pizzas, pastas, chicken and finger foods. 

shakeys pizza parlor - pizza

The first thing I decided to get was Shakey’s self-proclaimed world famous pizza, which was available in 18 whopping flavours. The pizzas ranged from S$18 to S$45, depending on the size, flavour and the thickness of the crust.

Call me controversial, but I personally am a huge sucker for pineapples on pizza. Hence, I opted for the Regular Thin-Crust Hawaiian Delight (S$18), which was topped with pineapples, ham and cheese.

shakeys pizza parlor - pizza

Despite its seemingly plain appearance, the Hawaiian Delight was, as the name states, a delight to my tastebuds. The pizza was not dry at all and the cheese was soft and stretchy with a satisfying cheese pull.

The pizza was aromatic and had an unexpected depth of flavour that lingered in my mouth. The juicy pineapples were sweet while the rest of the pizza was savoury and not too salty, providing the perfect balance.

Shakey’s Hawaiian Delight pizza certainly impressed me, and I’d even consider it to be one of the best pizzas I’ve tasted. Though the price was a little steep in relation to its size, I was thoroughly blown away.

shakeys pizza parlor - chicken n mojos

The fried chicken lover in me could not leave without trying the Chicken ‘N’ Mojos, with the mojos being battered fried potato slices. I got the Solo Pack (S$13.50), which came with 3 pieces of fried chicken, some mojos and a tub of gravy.

shakeys pizza parlor - fried chicken

The chicken had a delightfully crispy skin that was well seasoned and salty, though the chicken itself was a little dry. It tasted like pretty ordinary fried chicken, and wasn’t that impressive.

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shakeys pizza parlor - mojos

The mojos were quite average too, tasting like normal potato wedges. They did adopt a bit more flavour when I dipped them in the gravy, but all in all, they weren’t as outstanding as the pizza.

For S$13.50, I do think that there are better places to get fried chicken at a lower price. 

shakeys pizza parlor - chicken baked rice

The Cheesy Chicken Baked Rice (S$9.80) was the next thing I tried. Topped with a decadent layer of cheese, I had high hopes for this dish.

shakeys pizza parlor - chicken baked rice

The rice was on the mushier side as it had been coated in a white sauce. I found that the rice had a similar fragrance to that of chicken rice, and while I liked that the rice wasn’t dry, it could have used a little more sauce. The inclusion of chicken chunks and mushrooms made the dish more exciting, and the cheese was stretchy and chewy.

I thought that the price was a little high for its small portion size, but the Cheesy Chicken Baked Rice was a pretty solid dish.

shakeys pizza parlor - bunch of lunch

I’m someone who is usually unable to decide between multiple dishes when I’m eating out, so Shakey’s Bunch of Lunch (S$9.90) combo instantly caught my eye, as it offered five different kinds of foods: 2 slices of thick-crust pizza, a tub of spaghetti, a piece of fried chicken, a slice of garlic bread and mojos.

The fried chicken, pizza and mojos were the same as the previous dishes I had ordered, just that they were in smaller portions.

shakeys pizza parlor - spaghetti

The spaghetti was generously coated in bolognese sauce, and I liked how the bolognese was herby and fresh. It had bits of minced meat within, and the spaghetti was nice and springy.

shakeys pizza parlor - mushroom soup

I opted to get the Mushroom Soup as an add-on option for the Bunch of Lunch combo for S$2.50. Initially, I wasn’t all that impressed by the small serving of the soup, but once I opened the container that it was served in, I was hit by the intense aroma of truffle.

shakeys pizza parlor - mushroom soup

I have to say that this was the best mushroom soup I have ever had by far. Shakey’s Mushroom Soup was incredibly aromatic and robust in flavour, with a strong truffle fragrance and a generous amount of mushrooms scattered within. It also had a pleasant milky aftertaste which added to the dimensionality of the soup.

I never expected that the best mushroom soup I would ever taste would come from a fast food stall!

shakeys pizza parlor - garlic bread

The garlic bread was commendable too, as it was crisp and buttery with a satisfying amount of garlic. Dipping it in the Mushroom Soup made it all the more delightful.

Final thoughts

shakeys pizza parlor - dishes

I can see why Shakey’s Pizza Parlor has managed to gain such popularity in the Philippines. With classic fast food favourites adorning its menu, it proves to be a great spot for a nice Western meal. Plus, great quality of the food is certainly on par with that of some restaurants!

I would highly recommend trying the pizzas and the Mushroom Soup, if you ever decide to head down to Lucky Plaza. Admittedly, the prices are a little on the higher end, but I would still return in the future.

Expected damage: S$7.90 – S$28 per pax

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Shakey's Pizza Parlor

304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza, #B1-38 , Singapore 238863

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Shakey's Pizza Parlor

304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza, #B1-38 , Singapore 238863

Telephone: +65 6530 3830
Operating Hours: 10am - 9am (Mon to Sat), 9am - 9pm (Sun)
Telephone: +65 6530 3830

Operating Hours: 10am - 9am (Mon to Sat), 9am - 9pm (Sun)
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