(EDIT: I received a text from CJ yesterday saying that The Eatles have folded up. If that’s the case, a million thanks from me to you! Timestamp: 19 February 2018, 09:13 am.)
Mention the phrase 1960s England to me and the “mods and rockers” conflict would come into my mind. This involved the coarse-looking rockers on their Harley-Davidson choppers getting into scuffles with the sharply-dressed, Vespa-riding mods. But other people would most likely mention something different: The Beatles, perhaps. The so-called Fab Four of Liverpool—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison—hailed the start of the British Invasion in the music scene. Successful tunes like A Hard Day’s Night, Eleanor Rigby, In My Life, She Loves You, and a lot more contributed to the popularity of Beatlemania in the 1960s.
Speaking of Beatlemania, CJ told me about a new place near UST that evoked memories of Beatlemania and everything old school. Being a mod wannabe myself, I didn’t waste any time and accompanied her there. A fantastic time capsule greeted us right smack in the middle of Sampaloc, Manila…and it looked like something straight out of London. Welcome to The Eatles.
Look up, and an enclosed drum set is positioned right beside the establishment’s logo – which in itself is a creative take on the Beatles logo sans the letter B, juxtaposed with food icons on top. The iconic red telephone box served as the entrance door, whilst an Esso petrol pump adjacent to it concealed the kitchen area’s LPG tanks. More surprises awaited upon entry; the red bus, a familiar sight in the streets of London, is utilized as an enclosure for the kitchen. Souvenirs from yesteryear adorned one side of the wall – such as a Rex record player, a bar bell (you rung this for another round of beer, and it came with a bottle opener), an accordion, and a few vinyl records. A wallpaper of the famous Abbey Road covered the other side of the restaurant, imposed with white silhouettes of the Beatles. The black and white checkerboard floors, if any, reminded me of an American diner in the 1950s – but the decorations and overall atmosphere shot me back to Big Ben. The video screen near the kitchen played music videos from artists like Air Supply, Culture Club, Abba, and a lot more – contributing a retro atmosphere to the restaurant.
The food is freshly prepared and, thanks to the bus enclosure, customers can watch their orders being cooked. I liked how the owners considered their pricing to suit the budgets of students from UST and other schools around the area. It’s not too expensive, the serving is just right, and the taste is exceptional. The only low point I see, if any, would be the small space and the lack of an exhaust. We left the place smelling like food; personally, we didn’t mind – but others might not like leaving with the food scent stuck on their clothes. All in all, I’d say The Eatles is one place where the old mods and rockers can relive their times in Brighton, while the new generation of mods and rockers can set aside their differences, eat, and enjoy – to the tune of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
I’ll let the pictures below elaborate more on our trip to The Eatles. Visit their official Facebook page here. Until the next review, bon appetit.
Padre Noval Street cor. Dapitan Street,
Sampaloc, Manila 1008