7 Must-Try Dishes to Complete your Holiday Feast from Maple at Meranti

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!

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Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ in Kapitolyo, Pasig

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).

pitmasters_smokehouse_PIT_platterTheir 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

Annam Noodle Bar Opens in Eastwood: Serves Elevated Pho and Banh Mi

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.

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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

10 Must-Try Dishes at the Cantonese and Indian Food Festival of The Cafe of HYATT City of Dreams Manila

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.

the_cafe_hyatt_city_of_dreams_1Here’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 in Quezon City

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.

go-en_ramen_quezon_city_cheese_ramenA 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 in Poblacion, Makati

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.

alchemy_bistro_bar_makati_surf_and_turf_skewersSurf 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

Palatable Dishes and Killer Cocktails at The Bowery BGC

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.

the_bowery_bgc_lobster_truffle_mac_and_cheese1And 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

Filling Comfort Food at Chelsea Kitchen Eastwood

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.

chelsea_kitchen_eastwood_chorizo_gambas_on_toastIt’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

DyceNDyne in Kapitolyo: Board Games and Good Food

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.

DyceNDyne_kapitolyo_bora-bora_bacon_tempuraA 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

Burger Night at Pablo’s Pub and Restaurant in The Forum, BGC

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.

pablos_bgc_chicharon_bulaklakI 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 in SM Megamall (Mega Fashion Hall)

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.

rosanjin_scallop_butteryakiWe 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 in Legaspi Village, Makati

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.

kitchen_1b_grilled_prawns_and_lentil_saladGorgeous 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

8 New Dishes to Make You Visit HEAT at EDSA Shangri-la

HEAT RISES! EDSA Shangri-la‘s buffet restaurant, HEAT recently launched 8 new signature dishes prepared by 8 of their talented specialty chefs. Trying the new signature dishes is like a nice gastronomic journey, with inspiration from different parts of the world, it was great savouring specialties from their different chefs, all quite good, from classic staples to familiar dishes reinvented to further titillate our palate.

HEAT_curry_seafood_dim_sumCurry Seafood Dim Sum by Chef Andy Liew – these gorgeous pockets of joy are really good! Imagine plump seafood pieces that packs a bit of spice from the curry and then there’s the thin, delicate piece of dough that it’s encased with. I would love to eat this all day, so good! Continue reading 8 New Dishes to Make You Visit HEAT at EDSA Shangri-la

10 New Dishes that You Should Try at Niu by Vikings

NIU BY VIKINGS – They recently celebrated their anniversary and in lieu with this they launched new signature dishes that will be available in the restaurant for a limited time only. Their efforts in pushing for fine quality food in the buffet scene here in  Manila is laudable and here’s some of the new signature dishes that we tried.

niu_amuse_boucheWe started the dinner with amuse bouche of Avocado and Shrimp Panna Cotta & Caprese Mousse. This is quite good, I love the balance of flavors from the refreshing and slightly sweet avocado base with the shrimp and then you hit these tartlets with fresh tomatoes and basil. Continue reading 10 New Dishes that You Should Try at Niu by Vikings

Oudon Restaurant at The Forum South Global, BGC

OUDON RESTAURANT – After the wave of ramen houses in the metro, sometimes you crave for something different, perhaps something with a lighter soup base but equally filling. Last night I tried this new restaurant in The Forum South Global that serves good udon sets.

oudon_restaurant_forum_bgc_tenzaru_oudonThis is their Tenzaru Oudon that’s chewy, thick udon noodles served cold, you have to dip it to their nice light and flavorful broth along with other components for a more complex taste. It’s also served with an assortment of tempura and a bowl of chahan (fried rice).
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