Category Archives: Casual Dining

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

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

New Dishes That You Should Try at Ippudo @ippudoph

IPPUDO – A few days ago I went back to Ippudo to check out their new dishes, this includes a new ramen variant that promises to give you a new dimension of spice, I also tried their new ramen sidekicks and I really liked the stuff that they launched. So here’s a rundown of the new items that you should try on your next meal at Ippudo.

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Locavore’s Chef Opens a New Restaurant in BGC: FAT #makemeFAT #FATph

FAT Restaurant – A new awesome concept by the chef of Locavore, one of the more famous restaurant in the Kapitolyo area. I really, really like the concept of this restaurant – unapologetic and heavy on flavor and the same playful interpretations by Chef Mikel Zaguirre, everything we tried for lunch was awesome! From the simple bar mix to the more indulgent main dishes and luscious desserts, FAT has to be one of my favorite new restaurant that opened this year.

FAT_restaurant_bgc_green_tea_chicharonGREEN TEA CHICHARON – Awesome combination of two things that I love – deep fried, crispy pork rind (chicharon) and green tea!!! Big chunks of really crispy and beautifully fried chicharon pieces topped with green tea salt and served with a pickled vegetable relish and an awesome dipping sauce that’s a combination of honey and pinakurat. GOOD! Continue reading Locavore’s Chef Opens a New Restaurant in BGC: FAT #makemeFAT #FATph

Feast on Tapas, Paella, and Bistecca at Alqueria in SM Megamall

ALQUERIA – A restaurant in SM Megamall that’s formerly known as Boqueria. We recently had dinner here and had a feast, sampling a couple of items from their menu; from the hefty serving of paella to the more filling and decadent dishes, we had a good dining experience here and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food that they serve.

alqueria_sm_megamall_feature_posterAn off the menu item, they serve good steaks like this big hunk of meat, a porterhouse steak that’s a nice and filling treat to us meat lovers. Continue reading Feast on Tapas, Paella, and Bistecca at Alqueria in SM Megamall

Coffee and Grub Nook: Tipsy Beans

TIPSY BEANS is a recent discovery of mine, was stuck because of traffic along the busy Jupiter Street in Makati due to sudden downpour (rain) so I lingered in this nice little nook of a coffee shop and they have quite the interesting concept so we tried a bunch of stuff from their menu. What makes this place unique is they also specialize with food and drinks spiked with different liquor, the menu is split into two category; sober and tipsy. With good, affordable price point and decent food and drinks, this easily would be one of my top choice for a coffee run when I’m in the area and they serve Vietnamese coffee too which is my absolute favorite.

tipsy_beans_featured_posterA good gauge on how good a coffee shop is would be trying their basic brew, Tipsy Beans uses a mixture of robusta, barako, and arabica for their signature blend making for this aromatic caffeine treat with a nice bold flavor. Continue reading Coffee and Grub Nook: Tipsy Beans

Seafood Feast at Shrimp Bucket

SHRIMP BUCKET – A new restaurant discovery of mine, had a fantastic dinner here with some friends who love seafood, crustaceans in particular.  The concept has been around for quite some time but I was only able to try it last week where we had a nice feast of all things seafood and good. Shrimp Bucket has three branches in Bonifacio Global City, UP Town Center, and Il Terrazzo in Tomas Morato.

shrimp_bucket_feature_posterBuckets of shrimp and mussels with a glorious sauce, the shrimps coated with a very flavorful salted duck egg sauce and the mussels made even more awesome with a bit of spice and a lot of savory chorizo. GOOD FOOD! Continue reading Seafood Feast at Shrimp Bucket