The boyfriend & I finally had the chance to dine at Bakahan at Manukan at Metrowalk, Ortigas. The restaurant was very spacious & the kitchen looked big, upon seeing it from a distance.
I wanted to order a lot! But couldn’t since there were only 2 of us 😦 It’s really better to go here as a group so you can try a lot of their dishes! 🙂
Ordering a Crispy Pata was a no-brainer for us. Unfortunately, they ran out of a small size, so we had no choice but to get the large! Crisp skin, tender, moist meat… What more could you ask for ;p More rice please!!!
One of my favorite Filipino foods of all time is Kare-Kare. When our order arrived, we thought it looked too yellow, so we became a little doubtful if it was going to taste authentic. However, it was perfect! It was absolutely delicious!!! No wonder Barrio Fiesta is at the forefront of Filipino cuisine 🙂
Lastly, we had their Lechon Tinupig. Tupig is a native delicacy from Pangasinan made with glutinous rice & grated coconuts, wrapped in wilted banana leaves & cooked over live coals. I had the opportunity to try it when the boyfriend brought me home some when he came from his mother’s province at Sual, Pangasinan.
This, I thought, was the best among all the entrees we ordered 🙂 It was uniquely delicious! The process of how they made & cooked this gave the chicken sooo much latik flavor right down to its core! It was sweet & had a subtle smoky flavor to it. I ABSOLUTELY LOOOVED IT.
We had a very satisfying dinner at Bakahan at Manukan! We were well-accommodated by waiters & waitresses clad in Filipiniana costumes 🙂 We didn’t wait long for our food to arrive too! 🙂 Considering the restaurant was almost packed. It was well-ventilated & the restroom was very clean. They also have a room for those who want to hold a private rendezvous.
Check out the beautiful couple, Allan (playing the guitar) & Bambi (smiling at Allan) found in the painting on the wall! 🙂
Overall, I give Bakahan at Manukan a well-deserved 5 out 5 spoons! 🙂 This is a wonderful place if you’re looking for authentic Filipino fare or if you simply want to impress your balikbayan family/friends ;p
Do visit Bakahan at Manukan at the ground floor of Metrowalk Commercial Complex.
For reservations, please call: 6619632
I have an affection towards French food, so when I saw this “delightful” restaurant as I drove by Makati Ave., I promised myself I would come back.
I first actually knew about PARIS delice when I read about them in a magazine while I was on a plane heading back to Manila. The thought of an authentic French fare excited me, so much so when I was finally able to come back 🙂
It was around 4 in the afternoon when the boyfriend and I decided to have merienda there.
I wanted to order everything I saw 😛 But as they say, “A moment on your lips, forever on your hips.” I withdrew and ordered only what our stomach and wallet would allow.
This is what the boyfriend had. He said he wanted something healthy, so healthy was what he got. Unfortunately, we were not informed that the sandwich was going to be served cold. I believe a lot of Filipinos are not used to eating cold sandwich (I know I’m not) so we had to ask them to warm this up in the oven.
I’m not a fan of healthy sandwiches either. So what you see is what you get with this one. The baguette was rather hard to bite on though.
I am not a fan of healthy sandwiches, because I prefer sandwiches such as this; butter, cheese, fried–in short, heartstopper 😛 Croque Monsieur is one of my favorite French foods, breakfast food for that matter. It’s one of those rare occasions I can enjoy eating ham, considering I am not a fan of ham either. The other Croque Monsieurs I’ve tried had more of that delicious gooey cheese sauce on top. Perhaps Paris Delice‘ was trying to stick to their health concept, hence, the scarcity on the cheese sauce. Nevertheless, their Croque Monsieur was very good. The toasts were baked to perfection, creating a crusty exterior and soft, flavorful center. It was love at first bite.
Dark chocolate ganache, coffee butter cream and Joconde biscuit.
The famous French pastry was first paid tribute to the prima ballerinas, “les petits rats de l’opera” in 1955. Sad to say, but this Opera sang melancholy. It was, unfortunately, hard and dry 😦 Perhaps I should have asked them to slightly warm this as well.
What their Opera lacked, their French macaron well compensated. This must be one of the best French macarons I have tasted in Manila! The almond meringue discs were neither too delicate nor too hard. The pistachio filling was neither too sweet nor too buttery. It was exquisite (say it in a French accent! :P)! J’ai adore! ❤
I cannot recall the coffee they use at Paris Delice (as I am making this review from memory), but I remember looking it up on the internet the moment I got home, and I remember it was a brand from Canada (no, it wasn’t Tim Horton’s), which was surprising because I thought their coffee would also come from France. Their Cafe Moccha was sooo strong! It instantly gave me a palpitation, that I ended up giving it to the homeless outside
I had a wonderful experience overall 🙂 Their restaurant actually looks like a cafe, with regard to size and appearance. If you plan to drop by, you’ll notice there are also French customers there. And usually, when a restaurant hosts a number of foreigners coming from the country of that restaurant’s cuisine, the food is said to be good and authentic.
Paris Delice is a lovely place to hang out with friends, have a date, hold business meetings, especially because they have free WiFi there.
Overall, I give PARIS delice 4 out of 5 spoons 🙂
If you want to see photos of how it looks like, you may visit their facebook page.
1 Juno St. cor. Makati Ave.
Open on Monday to Sunday, 7AM-10PM
I didn’t expect that there are quite a number of good restaurants at A.Venue, because I don’t think a lot of people go there… During a meeting I had, a co-model suggested that we transfer to focaccia. I actually didn’t eat since I was heading to Tsumura after for dinner, but I told myself I was going to come back because the food looked promising. So after spending the day with my son in Makati, I decided to take him there.
The following photos though, were not taken at their branch at A.Venue, but were taken at their branch at The Fort Strip. This was when we availed of their promo at MetroDeal.
First of all, I would like to commend their branch at The Fort Strip for allowing us to use our vouchers there, even if my boyfriend mistakenly selected A. Venue, as to where we will use our vouchers.
We were given a complimentary basket of focaccia bread, with EVOO+balsamic vinegar. It was a good thing that a restaurant named focaccia has good focaccia bread! 😀 It was definitely something to boast about. Their focaccia bread was soft and had a nice crunchy crust, evident of a freshly baked focaccia bread.
Truffled cream sauce with prosciutto & mushroom slices.
I originally wanted to order their Cannelloni al Funghi, but because the waitress said it was not available, we settled for this instead. As soon as our order arrived, we immediately distinguished the lingering scent of truffle. And because of that, I was happy to know that they did not scrimp out on the truffle oil and made the P460 price worth it. The pasta was al dente, the sauce was very rich. In fact, we thought it was too rich because there was too much cream.. I don’t remember if they used fresh button mushrooms, but basing from the photo, I think they didn’t. I wish they could have used more prosciutto too, to cut the richness of the dish. But this was not bad 🙂 There was just too much cream.
shrimp, sundried tomato, salami & cheese sauce
What actually piqued my interest to eat here was their Pazzo Rollio–their thinner version of Yellow Cab’s Dear Darla Pizza. It was literally paper thin! And like Yellow Cab’s Dear Darla Pizza, this also came with
The pizza was very good 🙂 And though it was paper thin, it was very filling. The stuffing and rolling added that fun factor too 😉
Pancetta slices & cheese wrapped in chicken roasted in olive oil served on farfalle noodles.
The breading they used on the chicken was the same breading they use on their Mozzarella Fritta, which I got to try at their A. Venue branch. I prefer crispy breadings, so this didn’t completely satisfy me. However, the boyfriend loved it. Like they say, “Different folks, different strokes.” The portion was generous. The components made the whole dish well-balanced. The farfalle noodles, in itself, were delicious.
I like the ambiance at The Fort Strip better. However, the service at A. Venue was much better.
We had to wait for a looong time at The Fort Strip before our food finally came. I was watching the chefs/ cooks from my seat, and they were moving soooo slow! If Chef Ramsey was there, he probably would’ve whooped their asses 😀 We also didn’t like how the waitress (there were only 2 of them: 1 waiter & 1 waitress) (what to us felt like she) disregarded us when she was chatting loudly with (we assumed to be) her co-workers who were on a day off. Their children were everywhere too! Walking with those squeaky shoes that were ANNOYING AS HELL. That, for me, was what made our experience traumatizing.
Despite the good food, I can’t help but take into consideration the extremely slow service and the inconsiderate staff. And for that, I sadly give focaccia at The Fort Strip a 3 out 5 spoons. However, their branch at A. Venue definitely deserves a 5 out of 5.
For the longest time, I had been wanting to try Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Buffet, ever since I read about it on facebook. It’s a good thing I have someone who’s equally also a foodie like me 😛
Little did I know that the unlimited dim sum also comes with endless servings of soup, appetizer, rice, noodles, congee, vegetarian dishes, dessert & a choice of one main course! Can you say SULIT? 😛 It’s a good thing I went with an empty stomach!
For starters, we were given this seemingly simple bowl of tofu, which turned out to be absolutely delicious! It was fried in a sweet sauce, yet the tofu remained al dente. I had to stop myself from eating too much of it lest I become full right away!
I was overwhelmed to see so much variety in the menu! I, then, realized that it’s better to go there as a group so you could try everything, without having left-overs.
For my first dim sum, I had the Deep-fried taro puff with diced scallop. My God this was sooo good! Believe it or not, it was my first time to try this, & Shang Palace definitely hit a homerun! Perfectly crisp outside with a soft taro filling & a generous portion of diced scallop that was big in size. I think among all the dim sums we had, THIS was THE BEST.
One of my absolute favorite dishes in Chinese cuisine is Hot Prawn Salad. This dim sum was like a hot prawn salad in lumpia wrapper. J’adore! ❤
I only got to try the Hakaw, and I must say, that was probably the best Hakaw I’ve ever tasted! The crystal skin, in itself, was very good. It was silky, and you could easily tell that it was freshly made. On the other hand, the shrimp was also fresh. It was big & plump! It was truly a treat for shrimp-lovers like me! 😛
I noticed that a lot of people fancy eating this. I don’t know if it’s because they truly appreciate the intricacy of this dim sum or they simply hopped on the Xiao Lung Pao (called Xiao Long Bao in other establishments) bandwagon. I’m not one of those, but for the sake of comparison, I ordered this anyway. I didn’t like this so much… I thought the soup unfortunately tasted malansa 😦
I was already full by the time I had this, but curious to see and taste what was inside the lotus leaf made me force myself to eat and finish this because it was THAT GOOD! I have an affection towards glutinous rice, and this one was delicious.
I loved the steamed rice roll! It was smooth, silky and also freshly made. You could see how siksik the rice roll was with the diced honey glazed pork bulging already. The only downside to this was the sloppy presentation.
Excuse the haziness in this photo, but it was because of the steam. This was good. It had just the right of spiciness, which I liked.
My friend, Haebina, and I tried to come up with a plan on how to eat as much as we could without easily getting full. So with that, we skipped the appetizer, soup and congee.
Ordering this was a no-brainer for me, since this is my favorite Chinese entree. I enjoyed this main very much because the prawns were ginormous! It was also fresh, and unlike other Chinese restaurants, there was not a lot of dressing, which made the prawns the focal point of the dish. After eating all 3 prawns, I happily affirmed that Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Buffet was so worth it!
For Haebina’s main, she ordered Sweet and Sour Pork with Walnut. The dish was so-so.. The pork was not that tender. I think Wee Nam Kee‘s version is better. I liked the candied walnuts very much though!
This is what Haebina ordered, and it was just alright. For a restaurant of their caliber, it’s a shame that hole-in-the-wall, Hong Kong Roast Express‘ Yang Chow Fried Rice tastes a lot better!
Our waiter said this was better than their Yang Chow Fried Rice, but unfortunately, he was wrong. I thought this was less likable.
Sad to say, but this was dry and very bland. I immediately put it aside after having a forkful. Don’t bother ordering this, lest you want to have leftovers.
I had to think twice if the mango puree was artifical or not because of its vibrant canary yellow color. I like my chilled mango puree on the milky side, so if you’re like me, you might find this a little more acidic than usual. Nonetheless, I think the acidity and the milkiness was well-balanced. Did I make sense? 😛
Here’s a quick peek of me & my friend, Haebina, for my post-birthday celebration 🙂
If I was to die that day, Jesus would probably drag me to hell for eating so much Kidding aside, you can bet we left Shang Palace with what was previously an empty stomach, a heavy tummy. With the ridiculous tax prices and service charge fee, we ended up shelling out 1K each. Nonetheless, Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Buffet was sooo worth every penny! I can’t wait to go back and pig out again!
Overall, I give Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Plus 5 spoons 🙂
(63 2) 840 0884
Dim Sum Plus : 11:30am – 2:30pm, Mon – Sat
Lunch : 11.30am – 2.30pm, Mon – Sat / 10:30am – 2:30pm, Sun
Dinner : 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Mon – Sun
Shang Palace accommodates both smokers and non-smokers
Prior to a derma appointment with Dr. Aivee Aguilar-Teo at Burgos Circle, I decided to kill time at Sweet Bella. I did not only kill time, but spent A LOT of time there! 😀 Which gave me enough time to try out some of their best-sellers 🙂
Once you enter the cafe, you will immediately spot this cakes display to your left, which boasts of a wide assortment of exquisite cakes.
Sweet Bella proudly serves Nespresso coffee, the brand name of Nestle Nespresso S.A., an operating unit of the Nestle Group based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
(I have yet to make a separate blog for this. But before that, I must learn about & experience this firsthand, since this was not what I ordered.)
This is what you will see on the ground floor. Aside from quality specialty cakes, they also have French macarons, pastries & a selection of pralines.
Sweet Bella also specializes in French macarons. And after having been able to try most of the flavors in this photo, I must say, they have easily replaced The Cookie Jar & have conquered the title having The Best Macaron de Paris! The macarons were baked to perfection & have a nice, delicate texture to it. The fillings were also AMAZING!
The Salted Caramel was a dream. The Strawberry was magnifique! You could taste the achenes & it makes you understand why the macarons were priced a bit higher–is because they don’t use artifical fillings. The Chocolate, like their other variants, was the best I’ve had in Manila, while their White Chocolate with Coconut can suitably be described as a Filipino take on a French macaron. Lastly, the Passion variant had a somewhat mabango taste to it that’s not at all unpleasant! 🙂
Overall, I enjoyed EVERY variant I’ve had the pleasure of eating! 😀 Special thanks to the hubby-to-be 😉
Grilled ham & gruyere cheese with poached egg on a warm brioche.
I’m not really fond of eating ham. I only eat it with an Eggs Benedict & in this case, a Croque-Madame. Though Paris Delice‘ tasted better, this was also good. However, this wins first place with regard to size. It came in a hefty portion that I was only able to finish half, half of which I took home. The following day, when I ate half of what I had left over, lo & behold, it tasted even better!
Thin slices of USDA Beef, caramelized onion, melted American cheese on steak bun.
Sweet Bella, being owned & headed by Pastry Chef, Chef Cristina Santiago Rivera, daughter of Melo’s Steakhouse‘, Melo Santiago, you cannot help but expect an entree involving steak to be at par with that of Melo’s. Some people feel iffy ordering something like this at a dessert cafe, thinking it might just be mediocre. But surprisingly, Sweet Bella was able to successfully deliver! I would usually pick this if I see this on a sandwich menu. And I’m happy to say that Sweet Bella‘s Philly Cheese Steak was a homerun 🙂
Because their Chocolata Cake was voted “Best Dessert for 2007” by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and was listed among the “Top 10 Best Cakes” at the dessert critic blog, Dessertcomesfirst.com, by Lori Baltazar, I just had to try this 😛 First of all, I absolutely adore the presentation, especially the butterfly made of chocolate! The cake was fudgy, thick & dense. It wasn’t sweet at all! Which is probably why it bagged the best dessert award. It seems as if slightly sweet has become the new preference for chocolate cakes among the young, especially the young-at-heart.
Another dessert I had was another best-seller from Sweet Bella–their Pearl cake, which was a pink guava mousse filled with flambéed mango on chiffon cake. I was hesitant to try this at first, but when I finally gave in to the pink temptation (I was easily drawn to the pink color, it being my favorite color :P), I then understood why that was one of their best-sellers. Unlike their Chocolata cake, which you will eventually get suya halfway through, this will make you keep your fork on your hand. The amazing combination from the slight sourness of the pink guava to the sweetness of the flambeed mangoes created a wonderful melange of flavors that is light, refreshing & utterly amazing. It has now become one of my favorite desserts & apparently, so as the Philippine Daily Inquirer! 🙂
Singapore-based tea company, TWG (The Wellness Group)’s Paris-Singapore tea is described as a distinguished green tea enhanced with fragrant cherry blossoms & red fruits. A sensual & sweet tea of reminiscence. This went very well with the cakes I had, thanks to one of the waiters’ (Rey) recommendation.
I love the soft, plush sofas at Sweet Bella. Not to mention the abstract art pieces hanging on the wall. I also especially love the tile walls in the bathroom! 😛 It’s a wonderful place to hang out at, especially with the girls 😉 It’s also a plus that the cafe has free WiFi.
I had a pleasant experience overall. Though the prices are a bit high, the quality is outstanding. Overall, I give Sweet Bella a 5 out of 5 spoons.
Sweet Bella Dessert Cafe
Forbeswood Heights, Burgos Circle
1221, Fort Bonifacio
Tsumura Sushi Bar & Restaurant was recommended by a friend when I made mention about my desire to eat the world’s most expensive sashimi—Bluefin Tuna Belly, it being in my Top 5 Foods to Eat Before I Die mental list 😛
Just on hindsight, what makes the bluefin tuna belly sashimi so expensive is that the bluefin tuna is the most expensive fish in the ocean because its species is already considered endangered.
Prior to heading over to Tsumura, like always, I checked out its menu online & several food blogs about it. I did not find any negative reviews, so I was convinced to book a reservation, despite the whopping P2350 price tag on their Honmaguro Toro (Bluefin tuna) Sashimi.
It was a shame that I only knew about this restaurant recently. When Dard & I arrived at the place, I understood why. Tsumura is located inside a corporate building, so its semi-hidden location makes it unknown to some people, like me. But when we got inside the restaurant, I was surprised to see that the place was packed, despite the heavy rains.
I immediately ordered the Honmaguro Toro Sashimi and the waitress, together with the manager, had to clarify it with us twice if that was what I was ordering indeed. I hate to think that they were doubtful if we can afford to pay for it, or they simply wanted to double-check.
Toro is the general term for the belly flesh of a tuna and can be divided into two main types: chu-toro, cut from the less fatty sides of the belly, and o-toro, the belly’s supple and glorious center (Info credits).
I hate to think that we were short-changed with what was given to us because I was expecting purely o-toro. But, as you can see, there were only 2 slices of o-toro compared to the 5 slices of what was obviously chu-toro.
The first thing that entered my mind was how my cousin, Marbee, would have loved that, considering she loves tuna.
Thoughts: I thought it wasn’t anything exceptional. It didn’t blow me away, as how those who have eaten this before exaggeratedly descibed. The o-toro on the other hand, was just as divine as a salmon sashimi. Well, there went our P2350! It has got to be the craziest thing I’ve done related to food, to spend THAT much on a few pieces of raw fish.
I consider this the “foie gras of Japanese cuisine”. Silky, melts-like-butter-in-your-mouth kind of texture. The experience this dish evokes is of pleasure and a heightened arousal of senses. It is definitely foodgasmic.
The appetizer was a simple melange of chayote & prawns covered in a thick, savory sauce. Delicious.
I was excited to try this, as this is one of Tsumura‘s best-sellers and most talked about dish among food bloggers. I love mushrooms, so I did not think twice of ordering this despite its P600 tag price.
Thoughts: It was good.. Especially with the dipping sauce. Though it wasn’t like “WOW!” as how those who blogged about this described. The thin wagyu strips were tender and juicy, while the sliced mushrooms were generous in portion.
I didn’t mind eating cold noodles, but these noodles were too thick for our liking. We had to submerge this in the sauce (on the right) in order to have some taste. It was also too unpleasantly filling.
Tsumura is TSOOOMAHAL! 😀 Nonetheless, you are guaranteed with the freshest ingredients and an authentic Japanese fare 🙂 Overall, I give Tsumura Sushi Bar & Restaurant a 4 out of 5 spoons.
Tsumura Sushi Bar & Restaurant
2nd Level 88 Corporate Plaza
Sedeno corner Valero Streets,
Salcedo Village, Makati City
(632) 887 4848/ (632) 4850
The RED in RED Garlic Bistro Cafe stands for Read, Eat, Drink. Owned and headed by Chef Vincent Rodriguez, together with Kapuso celebrity, Raymart Santiago and 5 other entrepreneurs, this bistro cafe opened its doors last October 1, 2011. The curiosity to eat at this month-old bistro cafe located along Katipunan Ave. was due to Dra. Vicki Belo’s tweets about it. So last October 29, this is what the family & I had:
Green chili stuffed with taco filling placed on shooter glasses with some sort of sour cream.
Raves: I loved the creative presentation of this appetizer. The chili only had a slight kick to it, which was favorable for us considering we have low tolerance for spicy food.
Rants: I wish there was more sour cream though & that it was tidily poured inside the shot glasses. I think it would have also been better if the poppers had cheese in it, together with the taco filling (unless there was, because I totally missed it).
Score: 4 out 5 spoons.
Rave: I though the glass looked really cool.
Rant: I ordered this for Basti, and when we tried it, it tasted so-so. The melon was bland and we couldn’t really taste the Yakult.
Score: 2 out of 5 straws.
Raves: We loved this entree! The meat was tender, the sauce was flavorful and had the right consistency, the greens were perfectly cooked, and everything on this plate just went well together. I appreciate the triangular-shaped parsley rice 🙂
Rant: Dard’s (who ordered this) only rant was that he wished there was more 😛
Score: 5 out of 5 spoons.
As you might have noticed, this should have been placed after the Santiago Chili Poppers. But I thought of arranging the dishes according to what came out first.
Well, there was really nothing to rave about this salad. The components, when combined, seemed ordinary. I was hoping for something unexpected that would go well with the softshell crab.
Rants: The salad could have used more dressing.
Score: 3 out 5 spoons.
Rave: The applewood smoked bacon that went with this a la Filet Mignon dish was so good. I thought it tasted even better than the steak!
Rants: Unfortunately, our waitress didn’t inform me that this was going to be served atop a grill. I believe it also wasn’t specified in the entree description. So what happened was, instead of getting a medium steak, my Salpicao Medallions ended up being cooked well-done. I would have also preferred it to have been paired with potato instead of parsely rice, unless they added a different variety of vegetables to the greens. The medallions could have also used some sauce, instead of its drippings, since the entire entree seemed dry. I also thought it was quite pricey considering the size of the beef tenderloin.
Score: 4 out of 5 spoons.
Raves: The country fried chicken steak and potato wedges were perfectly crisp. I like how this came in a big portion, thereby justifying it’s almost P300 tag price.
Rants: The chicken wasn’t seasoned well, so it ended up tasting bland. Yet again, another messy presentation with the shot glass.
Score: 3 out of 5 spoons.
As you can see, the bistro is surrounded with bookshelves, which promote the R in RED, as what I have mentioned earlier. The place looks inviting, with its minimalist modern design and subdued lighting.
Despite the place’s full accommodation, the waiters and waitresses managed to stay alert.
The food was good, but it was not very memorable. I also thought the prices were a bit high. So overall, I give RED Garlic Bistro Cafe a 4 out of 5 spoons.
I would like to go back there and try their other dishes though! 🙂
RED Garlic Bistro Cafe
218 Blueridge A Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Open from 7am-12mn.
For reservations, please call 682-1860.