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.
Surf 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
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.
Gorgeous 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
The weather has been erratic for a few weeks now, cold, chilly, bed weather got me craving for a lot of things. First was ramen, some piping hot dim sum, and lately I’ve been craving for something else, something spicy that’s enough to set your … on fire. Then I came across this meek, hole-in-the-wall diner at Dela Rosa Street in Makati, Panda Kitchenette. With its quirky name, it’s a nice surprise that the place actually serves some promising Sichuan dishes. Oh that weirdly addicting spice from the Sichuan peppers, it’s really spicy usually not in a good way (I have low tolerance for spicy stuff) yet you keep on munching, craving for more.
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Ukokkei Ramen Ron still serves some of the best bowls of ramen in the metro. Now before I get a lot of bashing on how I regarded the place to be one of the ‘best’. It’s really a personal preference, for me it’s the love of that rich and milky pork bone / tonkotsu broth, or that earthy and nutty flavor you get from the miso. So in this regard, I think most of you would agree with me, Ukokkei really excels in making that excellent miso soup base.
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Need a quick grub? Why not indulge in one of comfort food’s simplest form. The Cheese Steak Shop serves Classic Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. One that’s done right, oh that simple and gratifying medley of thinly slices of meat and an overload cheese encased in an Amoroso roll — a simple bread with a distinct crisp crunch on the outside and a nice soft base.
CLASSIC PHILLY CHEESE STEAK Sandwich – An awesome medley of meaty and cheesy goodness!
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A degustation of the well-loved red meat as the center, a crafted tasting menu to highlight the best of beast. Chef Adrian Cuenca of Elbert’s Steakroom and the awesome people from Table for Three, Please partnered up for this themed dinner. A six course feast that celebrate beef and all its meaty goodness.
This sold the deal for me — Bone Marrow Crusted Tenderloin. The highlight of the dinner; gorgeous tenderloin slammed with a nice fatty crust.
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Aside from the extensive array of killer drinks and cocktails, The Long Bar at Raffles Makati launched a new power lunch menu called The Long and Short of It consisting some very palatable dishes, from small bites like the bar chows to some really promising entrées. One may indulge on their ala carte dishes or the special tailored set menu; choice of one appetizer and one main course.
This is their Steak Frites – a gorgeous slab of wagyu flank steak served with fries and and a rich, earthy and peppery mushroom sauce. One of my favorites from the entrées we got.
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It’s no secret that I love everything that’s sinful, fatty, and meaty. Most often than not, I go for all the usual pampabata stuff as I’m the happiest when I get to munch on those. One gloomy afternoon though, I decided to have lunch at this nice, meek restaurant and cafe along Jupiter Street, Corner Tree Cafe — It’s not my usual quick lunch fix as they specialize on the healthy stuff; vegan and vegetarian options that’s quite appealing.
Now I have to reward myself after eating all that good, healthy food right? So I gorged on this! Their Chocolate Mousse with Dark Toblerone. A very simple sweet tooth treat; rich and chocolate-y I just couldn’t get enough.
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Maple – An attempt to elevate American Comfort food by the same restaurant group that brought pancake house and other restaurant concepts. From pancakes and that high grade maple syrup to some ubiquitous breakfast staples and other comfort food fix that’ll probably strike your fancy.
This is their Pancake Tower, stuffed with cream cheese and blueberry pieces, the right combination of sweet and tart, then hit it with that awesome high grade maple syrup, all-day breakfast, comfort food bliss.
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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.
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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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.
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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A ramen place that takes time to perfect its soup base, that is tonkotsu. Mild and pearl colored, this soup takes hours and hours to prepare. A rich and delicate pork broth, kept at an optimal temperature for everyone’s enjoyment. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, one of the popular ramen franchises in Japan opened its first store in Glorietta and is now thrilling foodies and ramen aficionados around Makati.
This is their signature variant, the Tokusen Toroniku Ramen; oh soothing broth served with slices of choice pork meat, Their toroniku is simmered pork cheeks, so tender and flavorful it was love at first bite.
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Tried Kulinarya Kitchen at the Power Plant Mall, Rockwell. It’s been there since the mall opened and they’ve been in the business for quite some time. It’s a really, really late find for me, a nice place that serves good comfort food that leaves one longing, wanting to go back to the place and try so many more.
This is their surf and turf, probably one of the best I had. A heavenly combination of sinful beef belly that almost melts in your mouth and a shrimp thermidor casserole, rich, tender and comforting.
Continue reading Better Late Than Never – Awesome Dining Experience at Kulinarya Kitchen + Giveaway
From french macarons with inventive flavors to artisanal cakes my first time at Cafe Macaron of Fairmont Hotel was filled with unparalleled excitement. I’d love to try all them; eye-candy treats for the sweet tooth that would enthuse anyone.
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Recently Fairmont and Raffles Hotel opened at the Ayala Center, and I’ve wanted to try the new restaurants that they launched with it. One of them is the Long bar. A casual dining place that serves amazing beverages along with a really nice laid back ambiance.
Complimentary nuts for the drink, and you might think why would I use this as the cover picture for the post right? Well there’s this nice story behind it. There are a total of 9 Raffles Hotel now and we’re only the second one to have a Long Bar, nice right? As for the story behind the nuts, Long Bar originated in Singapore that’s a communist country. And they have this tradition at the Long Bar there to throw the nut shells on the floor after munching on it, at the bar it’s a free zone, they can do everything they want and stuff so for them it’s rather a simple rebellious act, Cool!
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