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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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Affordable Filipino Staples at The Grill Boy (Spark Place Cubao)

THE GRILL BOY – A good fast food restaurant at the newly opened Spark Place, Cubao serving affordable Filipino food staples that we all know and love. For those of you that is not familiar with the brand, The Grill Boy was a brainchild by the original owner of Dencio’s, it’s like a fast food version of the more popular, casual dining place.

the_grill_boy_spark_place_cubao_posterThe relationship between the brands is very evident with the food, specially their best-selling Sisig, think the same quality but much more affordable and they serve it with unlimited rice too, no-brainer right? Continue reading Affordable Filipino Staples at The Grill Boy (Spark Place Cubao)

Halal Guys Opens First Store in SM Megamall (Mega Food Hall)

HALAL GUYS – The wait is over as this popular staple in the US opens its first store in Manila at SM Megamall (Mega Food Hall). Get your chicken and gyro cravings fixed – basically everything’s the same for their store here, the big, big servings, the tasty meat and that luscious, oh-so-good white sauce that I know you all know and love.

halal_guys_sm_megamall_gyro_over_riceThey’re calling the biggest serving, New York Size, basically a big platter of the good stuff. This is their Gyro over Rice – that flavorful meat with the awesome rice base and then you eat it with the fantastic piece of bread and devour the rest with the other ingredients. GOOD! Continue reading Halal Guys Opens First Store in SM Megamall (Mega Food Hall)

Affordable Gourmet Hotdogs from Snag Box at Spark Place, Cubao

SNAG BOX – A new meek, little kiosk at the Spark Place Cubao that serves some of the best affordable, gourmet hotdog sandwiches that I’ve tried. Seriously their treats are ridiculously affordable and the quality of the food is good, such a great deal. We tried all of their sandwiches and these are the stuff that I liked.

snag_box_spark_place_cubao_rustic_onion_medleyThis is their Rustic Onion Medley that’s a delicious mix of onions, cream cheese glaze and cheddar. This is so good, between the slight sweetness from the onions to that zing that you get from the bell peppers and then you hit the succulent piece of sausage and all that goodness is encased in a good piece of bread. Continue reading Affordable Gourmet Hotdogs from Snag Box at Spark Place, Cubao

A Feast at Johnny Kahuku’s Hawaiian Shrimp House

JOHNNY KAHUKU’S HAWAIIAN SHRIMP HOUSE – We had a fantastic feast for a lunch at this restaurant in Newport Mall of Resorts World Manila. Everything that we tried during the lunch was just fantastic it went above and beyond my expectations. Johnny Kahuku will also be opening their second branch in Eastwood Mall, Libis.

johnny_kahuku_hawaiian_shrimp_house_special_seafood_pokeThis is their Special Seafood Poke of seared blackened tuna, salmon sashimi, grilled squid, white shrimps and that awesome miso-shoyu dressing that coats everything and further titillates the palate. This is really, really good I’d gladly eat one serving and that’s coming from a guy that’s normally not a fan of seafood. Everything from the flavor combination to the play on texture to the quality of sashimi and other seafood components – just fantastic! Continue reading A Feast at Johnny Kahuku’s Hawaiian Shrimp House

Honey Creme Philippines Opens First Store in SM Aura

HONEY CREME – Another big brand in the organic / premium soft serve category opens its first store in the Philippines.  A simple menu of eye candy soft serve treats varying from the most simple, plain organic with honey comb to the more head turning caramel popcorn and organic mixed greens.

honey_creme_ph_sm_aura_honey_combThis is one of their basic flavors – organic, hand crafted soft serve topped with a piece of chewy honey comb and drizzled with more sweet and fragrant honey. Continue reading Honey Creme Philippines Opens First Store in SM Aura

#CocktailCollab at Long Bar of Raffles Makati

COCKTAIL COLLAB  – A new dining offer at the Long Bar of Raffles Makati where guests and diners will be treated to bespoke cocktails prepared by their award winning bartenders. Basically you choose your flavour and liquor preference,  the procedure / methods for the cocktail and you get to choose on what glass they’ll serve it and finally the name of the cocktail, how cool is that?!

long_bar_raffles_makati_cocktail_collab_9BACON! Yes a bacon cocktail! And it’s actually really good – pieces of smoked bacon, black label, dissarono and green chartreuse. It had these nice smoky notes running in the background and then that amaretto flavour hits you along with the refreshing base to balance the nose and palate. GOOD! Continue reading #CocktailCollab at Long Bar of Raffles Makati

Fun Food and Drinks at Happy Hour Manila @happyhourmnl

HAPPY HOUR MANILA – A new bar and restaurant in City Golf Plaza serving some uncomplicated food and drinks. I had dinner here with some foodie friends where we tried almost everything on the menu, cocktails included.

happy_hour_mnl_beary_sour_whiskeyThis is their Beary Sour Whiskey of bourbon + lemon base and that foamy egg white on top with those yummy gummy bears on top. It’s an eye candy of a drink that’s actually quite good. Continue reading Fun Food and Drinks at Happy Hour Manila @happyhourmnl

Rediscovering a Classic with the New Delectable Dishes from The Plaza

The Plaza has been around for 50 years, they’ve done countless events gracing a lot of peoples precious moments with their awesome food choices. Now I’ve been a fan of their Premium Ham, I think most of us are, but I recently went on a preview dinner of their new dishes it was fantastic!


The classic Premium Ham in all its glorious meaty bits and that glaze and the different sauces in which you can pair it with – HAPPINESS! Continue reading Rediscovering a Classic with the New Delectable Dishes from The Plaza

Value for Money Pizza and Pasta Treats by Pomodoro Pizza Kitchen, Kapitolyo

POMODORO PIZZA KITCHEN – A nice discovery, hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Kapitolyo, Pasig serving some really good pizza and pasta dishes at very affordable prices. We tried a number of their dishes and I really liked the stuff that we tried, was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food they serve here and how affordable the food was. They also have an event to celebrate Pasta Day on August 26, 12pm to 10pm where they sell all their pasta dishes at P50!!!

pomodoro_kapitolyo_pasta_con_pesceMy absolute favorite from the pasta dishes that we tried, so simple yet so good! Pasta Con Pesce of fresh tinapa flakes filled with smoky and savory flavor sauteed in garlic and olive oil and tossed with the wonderfully  cooked pasta. This is very good, a definite must-try! Continue reading Value for Money Pizza and Pasta Treats by Pomodoro Pizza Kitchen, Kapitolyo