Category Archives: Filipino

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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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)

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!

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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

Pepita’s Kitchen at Diamond Hotel’s Corniche Buffet Restaurant: Feast from the Filipino Kitchen

PEPITA’S KITCHEN – You might heard of Dedet Dela Fuente‘s famed lechon degustation. I was lucky enough to experience it twice, two iterations, same indulgence of very good food. The two times that I had that private dining setup I was literally floored of how awesome the food was, both times that meal, that four-hour dinner was the highlight of my year, some of the best dishes that I ever had and with her famous stuffed lechon de leche as the star of the meal. Recently she partnered up with Diamond Hotel to bring the greatest hits of her three degustation / tasting menu to amass one epic spread for the Corniche’s (the hotel’s buffet restaurant) Filipino Food festival.

corniche_pepitas_kitchen_featured_posterHer lechon creations have been making buzz both here and abroad where people would line up sometimes even for hours to savor the deliciousness of her stuffed lechon, truly I think she’s already successful in making lechon a true global sensaton. Now you don’t have to order the whole lechon or gather your friends to try her lechon degustation, the popular dishes from her kitchen will be showcased at Corniche. Continue reading Pepita’s Kitchen at Diamond Hotel’s Corniche Buffet Restaurant: Feast from the Filipino Kitchen

Summer Treats and Indulgences at Simple Lang Ayala Triangle Gardens

Recently I went to Simple Lang Ayala Triangle Gardens and sampled some of their new dishes, it’s been a while since I went to this area and it took the spot of Momo Cafe which we frequented before for some good comfort food. A dinner filled with summer treats and refreshments and some indulgent dishes that would make any meat lover happy.Started with some of their more popular dishes, classics of bagnet and dinakdakan in all its meaty, fatty goodness. Continue reading Summer Treats and Indulgences at Simple Lang Ayala Triangle Gardens

Locavore in Kapitolyo: The Hype is Real

LOCAVORE KAPITOLYO– There’s been a big buzz over this restaurant, a lot of raves even with foodies whose opinion and palate I believe and respect so finally we decided to go. A mini food crawl around the area with E, L, and SP, Locavore was our first top. One big mistake that we made is not calling for reservations for our visit, you see the restaurant fills up fast, specially on the weekends and while they do accept walk-ins, most often than not it’ll only be the al fresco dining area that’s available for diners without reservation.

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Colors of Christmas: A Feast at Museum Cafe and Kabila Greenbelt

Tried a new set menu designed to celebrate the holiday season with a lauriat / family-style dining at Museum Cafe and Kabila Greenbelt showcasing their signature dishes and some new ones made for the upcoming festivities. Just in time for the parties and gatherings for the month, they’re offering some set menu for 6 – 10 people. It’s been a long time since I tried food here and it was definitely a fun experience rediscovering old favorites and being treated to new ones as well.

My personal favorites from the stuff that we tried are unsurprisingly all of meat base – the gorgeous Kabila Porchetta, Grilled Chicken Inasal and the hearty and very flavorful Chorizo Callos.

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MANAM at Greenbelt: Filipino Comfort Food Done Right

MANAM at Greenbelt – Formerly Namnam Comfort Filipino, this is probably my favorite restaurant in Greenbelt that servers local favorites and I really like the concept; a place that gives diners an option to indulge on classic favorites and local staples and some unique dishes with a twist, newer interpretations of familiar dishes for more adventurous diners.

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A perfect combination of their House Crispy Sisig and a bowl of Tinapa Rice. A dinner of sinful and decadent dishes as we’re fond of the pampabata stuff.

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LIVESTOCK Restaurant: A Haven For All Things PORK

LIVESTOCK Restaurant in Quezon City – A recent discovery, another true mecca for all things PORK. A menu filled with delightful dishes mostly pork (always a good thing in my book). A recent buzz among foodie friends urged us to visit the place; read: crispy pata so tender you can slice it with a popsicle stick. What urged me wasn’t curiosity, it was excitement! A promising take on one of my favorite dish ever, of course I ha to go and try it out.

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Rediscovering An Old Favorite: Sentro 1771

We had a scrumptious lunch at one of my favorite Filipino restaurants, Sentro 1771. It’s been a while since I dined at Sentro, well there’s just too many restaurants to try. But recently I heard they revamped their menu, adding some seemingly awesome stuff, I head to their Greenbelt branch to sample some of the new dishes, of course I can’t pass on their classics, their dishes that are more familiar, and perhaps iconic for the restaurant.

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SINIGANG NA CORNED BEEF – a staple at Sentro, this is perhaps their most iconic dish, and happens to be one of their best sellers as well. It’s one of my favorites too, really tender beef bits in a bright flavored broth from the brine of the meat; tangy savory goodness. Continue reading Rediscovering An Old Favorite: Sentro 1771

Manong’s Bagnet Haven

Manong’s Bagnet Station – A simple diner just a stone’s throw away from Tomas Morato serving one of the best bagnet I had in recent memory. They take this well-loved crispy pork dish very seriously, having perfected this sinfully indulgent treat. The place is quite simple and actually has a more carinderia feel to it. Upon entering you get a familiar smell of the pork cooking,  and to a meat lover like me it was definitely hunger inducing. It’s a haven for almost everything pork and specifically an abundance of dishes that utilize bagnet and all its fatty, crispy, and meaty glory.

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Like I said they have perfected their bagnet, it presents with this beautiful glisten to the fatty bits, and a decent meat to fat ratio. Oh just look at that, the seemingly really crispy crackle and tender meat and fatty bits.
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LUZVIMINDA: Filipino Food Festival at F1 Hotel’s All-Day Dining Buffet

F1 Hotel Manila recently launched LUZVIMINDA – a month-long Filipino food festival showcasing the best of the various regions in the country. Spearheaded by F1’s very own executive chef, Sau Del Rosario. They also got some really talented chefs to represent the other regions as well. A buffet spread prepared by some of the country’s best culinary minds using the freshest local ingredients, mostly organic. This food festival will run for the whole month of June.

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This is Chef Sau Del Rosario‘s Sisig with Foie Gras – A fantastic take on a classic kapampangan dish, oh fatty sinful sisig bits with a nice crisp topped with succulent pieces of foie gras – meaty, fatty, sinful, GOOD!

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Cocina Filipina by Chef Bruce Lim at Corniche

Corniche of Diamond Hotel features a Cocina Filipina festival by Chef Bruce Lim, They’re highlighting some local dishes infused with international flavors, familiar dishes done with a unique twist.

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This is their Sinigang sa Batuan with Grilled Pork Belly; it has a more fruity and distinct taste than your usual sinigang and oh that grilled pork belly, succulent and the fatty bits almost melts in your mouth along with the really nice soup base of bright flavors.

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Now Grilling: Smokin Hot Bar BQ at Greenbelt

A place of familiar flavors with a creative take on our local favorites, Smokin Hot Bar BQ at Greenbelt 3, got my curiosity as it had two of my favorite things ever; grilled specialty on skewers and crispy bacon belly! It’s a new concept by the Bistro Group concentrating on Filipino cuisine, most of the dishes are homage to local specialties; tweaked in terms of presentation while retaining its familiar flavor.

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Their signature grilled chicken, slow cooked then grilled; juicy and packed with awesome flavors and THAT CRISPY BACON BELLY! Crisp, flavorful bacon awesomeness with every bite.

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Namnam Comfort Filipino: Where Traditional Coincides with Modern Takes on Filipino Food

Whenever there’s a new restaurant most often than not, as a newplayer, it’s as if they always have to oppose the traditional, to attack the existing trend or system and try to be different. And though I find this important, sometimes it’s nice to dine at a place where the traditional coexists with dishes done with a twist.

That being said, I’m really happy for places like Namnam where you can enjoy the old – dishes prepared the familiar, traditional way and others done with a twist – for the more adventurous and curious of foodies.

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Inihaw na Bacon Strips – one of their dishes done with a twist, bacon cuts grilled, sweet, fatty and with the caramelized, toasted bits giving a wonderful crunch to the bite, it’s a refreshing treat to bacon lovers like me.

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