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NOMAMA AT CAPITOL COMMONS: More Than Just Ramen

September 16, 2014 in Casual Dining, japanese by eugene

NOMAMA AT CAPITOL COMMONS – I’ve been a fan of Nomama, one of Chef Him Uy de Baron‘s signature restaurant since I tried their food when we did a food crawl around the Quezon City Area. Wrote about their restaurant when I was just starting up with the blog and did number of return visits since then. I really like how Him build on his flavor combinations, and the meticulous plating too, every component seemed perfectly placed. I think his food is imaginative and the flavor and texture components on most of the dishes are really good, he also did a number of tweaks with the formulation of his ramen and the noodles that goes with it making it infinitely more enjoyable. Recently we visited Nomama‘s new branch at Capitol Commons, trying up some new stuff from their menu, and even old ones, that we might’ve missed with previous visits.

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Ever had tuna cooked like a steak? This very dish is a revelation – half cooked tuna, a bed of creamy kobacha with a killer bacon and edamame dressing.

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Leann’s Tea House: Of Killer Soju Cocktails and Homecooked Korean Staples

September 8, 2014 in Casual Dining, Giveaways, Korean by eugene

LEANN’S TEA HOUSE — Stumbled upon this new Korean restaurant along Mother Ignacia, perhaps a peculiar name for a place that serves home-cooked staples familiar to a Korean household. A family of food loving entrepreneur’s first venture to the restaurant business, packing recipes from their Korean in-laws that is then transformed to this short menu of classic dishes that’s set to impress — with fresh, quality ingredients they don’t scrimp on the good stuff and I was pleasantly surprised with the stuff we tried.

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Perhaps one of the most raved dish from the stuff that we tried was these Tonkatsu Kimbap - rice roll covered with a crispy layer of breaded pork cutlet. The stuffing of rice, nori, egg, crabsticks, ham, etc… keeps the thin layer of pork on the outer bits moist and succulent. The katsu outer bits give it a nice tinge of crunch before you bite into this roll that gives you a mouthful of great flavors, served with a classic katsu sauce this is a sure hit specially for the kids since it looks and tastes good and it’s certainly fun to eat. A definite must-try.

After munching on their awesome rice rolls, we decided to order some of their soju (rice wine) based cocktails while we wait for the other dishes that we got.

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Back at HEAT: ASEAN Food Festival at EDSA Shangri-la

September 4, 2014 in buffet, Casual Dining by eugene

And we’re back at HEAT! One of EDSA Shangri-la Manila‘s signature buffet restaurant. I remember trying their buffet a couple of years back, long before I started the blog, and I’m a big fan of their dessert creations back then. And now I’m back to sample their recently launched food festival called Magical Malaysia, that will showcase dishes popular to ASEAN countries. This particular food festival will run for two weeks. Most of the inspiration for the dishes of the buffet spread are sourced from the recently launched ASEAN Culinary Delights Cookbook that’s also available at HEAT

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Dishes of bold flavors and spices, from beef rendang to my personal favorite sinigang sa miso, and crab fat rice. Promising dishes for diners to savor, a buffet spread of diverse cuisines from the ASEAN region.

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