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.
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
TDF (to die for):
1. Remarkable or highly desirable.
2. Excellent or to be strongly wished for.
3. Very good; exquisite; excellent; particularly desirable.
These are exactly what Dome’s Carbonara (P270) is 🙂
I am not really fond of eating carbonara, because those that I’ve tried before tasted ordinary to me. They usually just tasted like cream with a little bit of butter, & that was it. What makes Dome’s Carbonara the best one I’ve tried so far was that perfect balance of cream & fat (butter/oil or both), with the generous portions of bacon. The taste was perfect & for P270? It was worth it. It was also worth crossing the street from my workplace amidst the heavy rains at that time 😛
A friend of mine sent me this link to Spot.ph’s “Battle Burger”, & I remember seeing Lusso’s Demi-pound Foie Gras Burger ranked as #1. I’m not really a burger person, but when I saw that it had foie gras in it, I just had to try it. So on my & the hubby’s 33rd monthsary, we decided to have dinner there. I had very high expectations on this one, especially after seeing different, rave reviews about it. It was surprising to see that it was just beside Myron’s because I never really noticed it there since it doesn’t have a visible sign.
The place is really small & can only fit a few people, which is probably why they have more seats outside. But then again, with the humidity or hard rains we have in Manila, people would obviously choose to dine inside, unless you:
a. Are a smoker
b. Just want to be seen
c. All of the above.
Pardon me for not being able to take a lot of photos, again Feel free to drop by Lusso though, if ever you’re at Greenbelt 😉
Their menu was not very extensive, so it was easier for me to pick what I wanted–although we obviously went their for their famous Demi (which means half) Pound Foie Gras Burger.
Let me just start (although I started already ;p) by saying that the place was very elegant. t was well-suited to be placed among the roster of expensive restaurants on the ground floor of the most posh mall in Makati.
Lusso, as you may not know, comes from the word luxe. Everything in that place is screaming luxury! From the rich & tasteful interior, to its impeccable service & outstanding meal price tags. Best to dine there on the 15th or 30th of the month ;p Wink! 😉
For our starters, I ordered:
This really was a no-brainer for me, after seeing “truffle” on the menu 😛 Haha! Me & my addiction to truffle. If they came out with a bag of this commercially, I’d hoard a bunch of it! 😀
For the main event, I ordered:
I like how they placed the fries on top of that spoon-looking container 😛 It made me realize how I didn’t want to share my fries with Dard anymore because of its measley portion! Can you count how many fries there are? 1… 2… 3… 4… 5 🙂 I thought the side salad that came with the burger was irrelevant. It didn’t really enhance the dish as a whole nor did it do anything gastronomically satisfying. I wish they just replaced the salad with more fries. I know, me & my fries. I’m not really a fries person (here I go again…), but that Cambozola (cheese) bath just made it so darn good! I’d like to swim in that bath please 😀 Decadent, dreamy, delightful. The cambozola bath added A LOT to this dish.
Now on to the burger. I was surprised that the bread was crisp. Not your typical burger bun. I prefer my buns to be soft. Lol ;p That didn’t sound right 😀 So I took my first bite & well… Expectations failed. I thought to myself, it was yet another overrated restaurant, who’s reputation spread like wildfire, commended for its luxurious food. But is it really the food that’s worth all the buzz? Or just the glass chandeliers, Malachite mirror & slipper chairs? So what was this much-talked about half-pound burger like? Well, it had a hefty portion, it was perfectly cooked & juicy (literally juice oozing out when you press on it), BUT I thought it could have been more savory. The taste, for me, was mild. The portion of the foie gras encapsulated inside the patty was generous, though I appreciate eating foie gras better by itself or atop something like a slab of steak or a salad.
On the other hand, this is what I regretfully ordered for the hubby:
What caught my attention that consequently made me order this was that it really isn’t your ordinary mac n’ cheese. This luxe mac n’ cheese is packed with pancetta & formaggio trio (3 kinds of cheese). I also had high expectations on this one, but unfortunately, it was such a rip-off. The pasta they used wasn’t exactly macaroni, though it tasted like macaroni. As Dard said, this tasted like those instant mac n’ cheese that you buy in the States. OMG, for P495! Though I would understand, because the ingredients are expensive, but with the taste? It just wasn’t worth it.
So how was our experience at Lusso? You can say I felt embarrassed for even asking Dard to take me there. Yes, the food was luxurious, & so was the ambiance, not to mention the price. But are we going back? Probably not.
I give Lusso a 4 out of 5 stars, just because of the luxury & everything else I’ve mentioned about positively.
As I was browsing through Anton Diaz’ blog on where to eat next, I decided to try Va Bene Pasta Deli, after seeing his blog about it. Two things that caught my interest & influenced my decision to eat there were: 1. It is a hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant, situated at Petron, Dasmariñas Village. 2. It serves authentic Italian food–those were enough to convince me that it was worth going to. So the next day, I went there for lunch & didn’t expect ALL the tables to have been reserved already! 😦 Despite that, Va Bene was kind enough to accommodate me, since most of their guests who reserved a table weren’t there yet. Unfortunately, during my 1st visit, I wasn’t able to bring my camera, so I wasn’t able to take photos 😦 After a very satisfying lunch, I told myself I would go back very soon, so I could try their other offerings & take photos of it for this blog 🙂 The following week, I went back for lunch, without any reservations, AGAIN 😀 It was a good thing I went there around 11:30, because there were only 6 vacant chairs left (6 out of 40–Imagine that!)! The waitress was kind enough to let me switch places with the one of the reserved tables, which had long, cushioned chairs.
The restaurant is relatively small, with a seating capacity of 38 to 40 pax. It would be better if the chairs & tables were all like the ones on the left. I particularly don’t like the peach, weaved chairs on the right, which leave nasty marks on your legs, if you’re wearing a skirt or a pair of shorts.
As soon as you enter the door, you will immediately see this book shelf on your right, which showcases an array of different celebrity & specialty cookbooks! From Gordon Ramsay to Mario Batali to Jamie Oliver. It is truly a treat for culinarians & foodies alike! 😉
Next to the book shelf are these shelves, which display items that are for sale 🙂 They have canned peeled tomatoes, wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, bottled pasta sauces, carrot juice, sparkling water & more [I will take a look at their items next time, when that lady isn’t sitting there anymore ;p Lol!–And yes, I plan to frequent this place from now on ;)]
They also sell an interesting variety of fresh pasta, of which they make everyday 🙂
Va Bene houses Paradis Natural Ice Cream, which offers Signature, Soybet & Traditional ice cream flavors 🙂 It’s too bad I wasn’t able to try this, because my son & I already ordered 2 different desserts. I will be sure to try this the next time I come back, & order the Thai Milk Tea variant 🙂
Prices are quite expensive. They obviously cater to the upscale market, especially those who live around the area, like at Dasmariñas Village & Forbes Park.
They can also make other Italian pasta sauces, not found in the menu, such as bolognese, carbonara, arrabiata, puttanesca, etc. 🙂 The appearance of the menu could be better, instead of a laminated sheet of paper.
I liked how it was presented atop a small, wooden board 🙂 The bread was perfect! I now understand how all the bloggers who have a post about Va Bene raved so much about this complimentary antipasto. The bread was crispy on the outside, yet perfectly soft on the inside 🙂 The salsa, which I’m guessing was a melange of diced tomatoes, white onions, basil, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper & olive oil, was also delizioso.
Despite precautionary pieces of advice, I started giving my 5-year old fresh orange juice even before he started eating solids. So I am not surprised how he has developed a fondness for it now. Unfortunately, most of the fresh orange juices in the restaurants we have had in the past tended to be sour. Va Bene assured us that their’s wasn’t. And they were right! This wasn’t sour at all. It was definitely fresh & you could taste the sweetness from the ripe oranges.
Chef Massimo, owner & Executive Chef of Va Bene Pasta Deli, was hospitable enough to approach me & explain how their pizza was different from the usual ones we have here. He said their square pizza is what you can typically find in the streets of Italy, where they are made beforehand, & then reheated for selling–thus the stale-like (makunat) texture of the bread. Nevertheless, it was interesting & unusual, in a good way 🙂 Though, I prefer the freshly-baked ones.
The best tartufo pasta for me was that of La Nuova Pasteleria‘s, which is located at San Antonio Plaza, Forbes Park. But just a few days ago, a couple of days to be exact, it was easily overthrown by Va Bene‘s Organic Eggs Tagliolini with Portobello Mushrooms, White Wine Cream Sauce & Truffle Oil! 🙂 It was truly VA BENE! Which means very good in Italian 🙂 The tagliolini alone, which was made with organic eggs, was absolutely delicious. It was perfectly al dente, which reminded me of the somewhat similar texture to Japanese soba. This dish was enveloped with the seducing scent of truffles, beautifully married with the creaminess of its sauce made with white wine & cream, topped with slivers of portobello mushrooms. This was absolutely DIVINE. A definite best-seller & favorite of food fanatics like me 😛
It was my first time to try gnocchi (pronounced as /nyoki/) & Va Bene‘s was soft & creamy. The wild nuts gave a beautiful contrasting texture to the creaminess of the Four Cheeses Sauce. However, I found the sauce a bit bland. The strips of arugula gave a freshness factor to this seemingly simple, yet comforting dish.
Va Bene‘s panna cotta made me forget about my former favorite panna cotta from Aubergine. The sweetness & creaminess of this typical Italian dessert was perfectly well-balanced and was complimented well with the sweet & slight sourness from the marinated mangoes. Another definite addition to my top 1 favorites! 😀
This was an interesting dessert, wherein all the components surprisingly went well together. The slight sourness from the strawberries, which were bathed in balsamic syrup, was toned down & balanced out with the sweetness & creaminess of the vanilla ice cream.
Just to include the pasta I had during my first visit, I had their Ricotta Pumpkin Ravioli with sage, lemon & Italian sausage with veal reduction. It was really good. You get to appreciate the dish all the more because of the perfect tenderness of the fresh pasta. The ricotta pumpkin filling was creamy, which tasted even better with the accompaniment of the Italian sausage, thinly doused with the veal reduction sauce. You could also taste a hint of lemon, which I liked.
During my first visit, I must say, the service was terrible. The waiters & waitress were not attentive enough & the food, including the bill, took forever to come. I understand though, because the place was really packed then. On my next visit, it was the complete opposite, & perhaps this was because there were only 4 customers at that time (me & my son, included). One of the waiters, I’m not sure if his name is Ehmz, took the liberty to suggest & explain to me what their Specials were, & even made a couple of recommendations with regard to the food items that are not included in their menu 🙂 He was very accommodating, & his knowledge was truly impressive! Unfortunately, one of the other male waiters was the complete opposite.
Overall, I had another happy & satisfying lunch at Va Bene 🙂 And for that, I give them 5 out 5 stars! 🙂
To ensure a table, make reservations ahead of time by calling:
Va Bene Pasta Deli
2/F, Petron Gas Station, Edsa Corner Pasay Road,
Dasmarinas Village, Makati City
Telephone: (02) 556-9442/ 904-6063
Mobile: (0917) 3456869
11:30AM-3PM & 6-9:30PM
(Late-night dinners after 9.30 are possible with prior reservation.)
Parking is available at Petron.
I did a survey on my blogsite’s facebook page, as to which restaurant would people like me to feature next in my blog’s Epicurious, and majority answered Myron’s Place. Now I know why 😉 I had the chance to dine at Myron’s Place at Greenbelt a long time ago, after reading Anton Diaz’ review about it, and even ordered what he featured there, which was the Moroccan Lamb Shank, but was unfortunately not impressed with it, so I kind of crossed Myron’s out of my Where-To-Eat list. But because of how the survey turned out, I decided to give it another try.
Last week, my friend & I had dinner at Myron’s Place, Powerplant Mall. It’s somewhat a waste to see it located at the ground level, when it could have well been situated beside Bistecca, perhaps.
For starters, we had:
If you read my About Me, you would know that one my absolute favorite foods is foie gras. For those who do not know, foie gras literally means “fatty liver” (of a duck). I love it pan-seared, with salad/ steak, drizzled with white truffle oil & doused with a bit of caviar 🙂 The texture is like butter, because it literally melts in your mouth. And the taste is absolutely orgasmic. There are some people who do not appreciate it though & find it rather repulsive because of the thought of having to eat liver. Well I say, “More for me!” 😛
Like a child receiving a present from Santa on Christmas Eve, I was so delighted to see how the greens were arranged & presented! 🙂 It was lettuce atop each other, mimicking a bridal bouquet. And I thought, “How clever!”. It was definitely photo-worthy 🙂
I loved the combination of the foie gras with the poached pear & caramelized walnuts. It was just too bad the foie gras was overly seared though, that it somewhat tasted a little burned. What a waste 😦
Then we had:
Can I just say? These were THE BEST Oysters Rockefeller I have EVER tasted! And I cannot say that with more conviction 😀 ohmygoodness, It was sooo goood. This really was FTW. I love how the appearance of the baked oysters looks so deceiving. You’d think that was it, but underneath those beautifully, gratinated oysters lie the spinach enveloped in creamy goodness. You can’t help but say, “Mmm…“ & not get wide-eyed questioning stares as to what lecherous behavior you’re doing in public 😛
For our main, we opted to share:
500g of premium U.S. certified black angus beef, The President can be shared by 2 to 3 hungry carnivores.
Best served medium rare to medium, to retain the steak’s natural tenderness & juiciness.
I was once told that true meat-lovers enjoy devouring a slab of steak sans the sauce, to truly enjoy the taste & texture of the meat. In that case, consider myself a member of the meat-lovers club. I must say, this was one of the best steaks I have ever had! We had this cooked medium, so the tenderness & juiciness was PERFECT. The distribution of the meat & fat were well-balanced, and it was bursting with flavor. It was truly just a remarkable experience bite after bite.
We paired this with:
This was alright.. Typical baked potato topped with grated parmesan cheese, bacon bits & chopped spring onions. It would have been better though if the potato was softer & was bathed with a little bit of sour cream 😛
To cap off our very decadent meal, we had their:
I’m not so much a fan of bread pudding, but Myron’s version was extremely moist & creamy, and it complimented well with the dark caramel ice cream & rhum sauce. The combination is a sinful indulgence, that is unassuming, pleasantly bewildering, not to mention fattening 😀
After that, we had a cup of Illy:
Nothing like a perfect cup of joe to awaken your senses.
Overall, I give Myron’s Place 5 stars!
Myron’s Place is located at the ground level of Greenbelt 5 & also at the ground level of Powerplant Mall.
For more details, please call: (02) 757-8898