Two of my favorite local chefs recently teamed up for an amazing collab at one of my favorite buffet spots in the city. Chef Sau Del Rosario with his iconic and elevated kapampangan dishes and Chef Miko Aspiras that’s famous for his out of the box dessert creations. Their signature dishes will be available at Corniche – the buffet restaurant of Diamond Hotel until July 1.This is Chef Sau’s Crispy Kare-Kare Macadamia – one of his signature dish and is a real crowd pleaser. It’s the rich and luscious kare-kare dish that we all know and love cooked with macadamia nuts as base for the sauce and then you get that whiff of truffle oil. So good specially with a lot of bagoong and rice! Continue reading Filipino Culinary Pride: Chef Sau Del Rosario and Chef Miko Aspiras teams up for a wicked Filipino Food Festival at Corniche – Diamond Hotel
Savor different signature dishes and dining staples from different countries across Asia at Seven Corners. The buffet restaurant of Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria will serve some of our asian food favorites til the end of August.
Braving the metro traffic on a rainy night, we went to the restaurant to try some of their signature dishes. This bowl of hot Seafood Laksa just made everything okay. The soup base was lighter than what we usually have but the ability to customize your bowl from the toppings to the noodles is quite nice. Continue reading Taste Asia at Seven Corners – Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
Last Sunday I went with Y to Oakwood’s Nostalgia Dining Lounge for their weekend brunch. It’s been a while since I visited the place and we were in good company with some of our closest friends in the blogosphere was there too.
We were a bit late and a plate of their US Angus Ribeye was the first thing I got from the spread. They’ve always done steaks right at their place and it’s still as good as I remembered it to be. Flavorful and well cooked steak that’s good even without the sauce. This is always a must-try at Oakwood’s Nostalgia Dining Lounge. Continue reading Sunday Brunch at Oakwood’s Nostalgia Dining Lounge
These 7 new dishes from Maple at Meranti will definitely complete your noche buena and media noche feasts.
What’s your favorite snack during the Christmas season? Personally I think nothing beats a good and freshly cooked bibingka. There’s just something about these rice cakes that I really like – from the caramelized topping to the various toppings and flavors it brings.
Maple at Meranti’s version of Bibingka is light with a base slightly reminiscent of a macaron and then it’s topped with strips of coconut and slices of salted duck egg. So good I can finish a set of these mini-bibingka in one seating!
PITMASTER’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ – I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this new BBQ joint in Kapitolyo so imagine my excitement when we finally went there the other day for dinner. They have an extensive menu but of course the main star was the smoked meats that’s available in three types of sauce base – Apple (Sweet), East Capitol (Spicy) and Hazelnut (nutty).
Their PIT Platter is highly recommended when dining with a large group, you get four of their smoked specialties. We got the brisket, smoked bacon, ribs and chicken along with some sides to go with it. Both the kimchi rice with sous vide egg and truffle fries were quite good…. Continue reading Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ in Kapitolyo, Pasig
Singapore and Indonesia‘s famed noodle house Namnam opens its first store in the Philippines. Annam Noodle Bar in Eastwood formally opened yesterday, on a rainy holiday afternoon, with diners raring to indulge in their bowls of their hearty and comforting pho and filling banh mi sandwiches. This place gives diners a taste of the Indonesian old-world street food concept in a modern, casual dining setting.
Would you want some wagyu slices on your piping hot bowl of Pho? Annam offers an extensive menu of the well loved noodle dish with different toppings and combinations. It’s the same lovely combination of the aromatics, the intense flavor from the slow cooked broth and the different condiments served in different forms and permutations. Continue reading Annam Noodle Bar Opens in Eastwood: Serves Elevated Pho and Banh Mi
A celebration of two Asian culinary traditions, The Cafe at HYATT City of Dreams Manila will house specialties from the Guangdong region of China from June 14 – 19 for the Cantonese Treasures (Cantonese Food Festival) and then dive into the exquisite Indian cuisine for July 17 – 24 for Road to Gurgaon India (Indian Food Festival). Two food festivals with cuisines familiar and close to our palate so it’s quite the exciting lunch when we had a sneak peek of some of the dishes that they will serve.
Here’s some of my favourites from that preview luncheon, giving you 10 must-try dishes at the Cantonese and Indian Food Festival at The Cafe Continue reading 10 Must-Try Dishes at the Cantonese and Indian Food Festival of The Cafe of HYATT City of Dreams Manila
GO-EN Ramen Shop – A nice legit Japanese Ramen Shoppe that serves some of the most unique and very good bowls of ramen treats that I’ve had in the Quezon City area. Owned by a couple that is still based in Japan, their recipes are authentic with some unique dishes that you’ll probably won’t find anywhere else. This is definitely my new favourite ramen place in the North.
A personal favourite from the stuff that we tried, their Cheese Ramen. A lovely miso base and the nice springy noodles and then there’s that mound of cheese and underneath than mountain of creamy goodness is actually ground pork, then there’s some sweet corn and aji-tamago mixed in – heaven in your mouth! This is super good, a bit on the heavy side because of the rich and very flavourful soup base and as the grated cheese mixes and melts into the soup base it becomes more thick and creamy. A definite must-try! Continue reading Go-En Ramen Shop in Quezon City
ALCHEMY BISTRO BAR – Stumbled upon this nice little restaurant in Poblacion, Makati and fell in love with the food – the chef that spearheads the kitchen is classically trained, from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, her training is evident with the dishes they serve in the restaurant mostly classic dishes prepared well and with gusto. The place serves fine food without being snooty and the hefty price tag and couple that with a laid back, fun place you’re in for a nice dining and drinking experience.
Surf and Turf Skewers of steak bite-sized pieces cooked nice medium rare yielding this tender meat along with shrimp pieces and a lovely cognac green peppercorn sauce. Laced in sauce, it gives it that nice depth of flavour – this is so simple but very good and tasty I wanted to eat it with rice or some starch / carb filler. Goes really well with the drinks that we got too. Continue reading Alchemy Bistro Bar in Poblacion, Makati
The Bowery BGC – Since this restaurant opened I’ve heard great things about the place, how they serve really good food and with laudable consistency with quality of food and service. Most of my friends have nothing but raves about the place and finally I was able to go there for a quick dinner and drinks with some friends last night.
And the stuff that we tried were all fantastic! From the appetizers tothe mains even the sides all very good – no wonder this place is always packed with casual drinkers and diners alike. A thing of beauty – their Lobster Shrimp Truffle Mac and Cheese of a harmonious blend of creme fraiche, cream cheese and mozzarella and that wonderful toasted cheese and crumb topping with these jewels of plump seafood pieces that brings much flavor to the dish – SO GOOD! Continue reading Palatable Dishes and Killer Cocktails at The Bowery BGC
CHELSEA KITCHEN – I’ve been wanting to try this place for quite some time, with raves of their food from some of my foodie friends and upon checking out their menu online, I knew they serve my type of food – no frills comfort food that’s definitely filling and awesome. I had a leisurely lunch at their Eastwood branch a few weeks ago and had a great time over plates of palatable dishes and good company with some friends.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of anything with Spanish chorizo so of course I had to get their Chorizo Gambas on Toast. Imagine a generous topping of salty chorizo and juicy shrimp pieces – with the oil from the meat rendering this glorious sauce that coats the bread giving it much flavour – GOOD! Continue reading Filling Comfort Food at Chelsea Kitchen Eastwood
If you love board games DyceNDyne in Kapitolyo, Pasig must be on your go-to list of restaurants, aside from the wide array of game titles that are available for diners, they actually serve good food there. A recent visit had us playing games until wee hours and filled with good grub that takes inspiration to some of the owners’ favourite board games.
A personal favourite from the stuff that we tried, their Bora Bora Bacon Tempura of savoury bacon pieces coated in tempura batter and then deep fried until crispy, then they topped it with some nori and served with maple syrup. This is really good, salty and sweet and crispy treat that will get you hooked, I can finish a serving or two of this. Continue reading DyceNDyne in Kapitolyo: Board Games and Good Food
We recently had a burger night for a dinner at Pablo’s Pub and Restaurant in The Forum, BGC. We tried some of their new offerings – a small selection of burgers where they cook it a bit smashed with a variety of toppings. I’ve been meaning to try the place for quite some time and heard good things about their food and drinks, a few days ago we tried some of their new burgers and some bar chow.
I must tell you their Chicharon Bulaklak is really good! Void of that oily mouth feel and after-taste, you’re left with this salty, really crispy treats that’s just perfect with a pint of beer. It was so good I wanted to eat it with rice. Continue reading Burger Night at Pablo’s Pub and Restaurant in The Forum, BGC
ROSANJIN – A nice little Japanese restaurant at Mega Fashion Hall, we had a quick lunch here a couple of weeks ago and tried their tobanyaki and kaminabe dishes. The stuff that we tried were actually quite good, most of them laid in pieces of gooey, melting cheese but all good.
We started with this Scallop Butteryaki of what they’re claiming to be Hokkaido jumbo scallops topped with uni, ebiko and cooked in butter. It was nice and plump and cooked nicely in lots of butter and then you hit a bit of sweetness from the uni – good. Continue reading Rosanjin in SM Megamall (Mega Fashion Hall)
KITCHEN 1B – I’ve been wanting to try this restaurant since they opened last year in Salcedo, by the same chef as the famous Apartment 1B, this fairly new concept focuses on what they call the wholesome alternative, prioritizing the nutritional benefits of the food rather than following the bandwagon of the organic ingredients and diet food restaurants. I must say this is actually some of the best, well prepared dishes that I’ve tried for this niche of restaurant.
Gorgeous Grilled Prawns & Lentil Salad of plump pieces of smoky, succulent of prawns on a bed of well seasoned lentils, it was so simple but so good! The big head prawns had this distinct hint of smoky flavor to it from the grilling and together with it’s natural sweetness, it’s one awesome starter dish. Continue reading Kitchen 1B in Legaspi Village, Makati