102 Izakaya – experience street food of Japan

102 Izakaya – experience street food of Japan

Japanese food is one of the cuisines that I’d never get tired of having.  I just love how meticulous their food are and the way it’s being prepared.  Also, the revelation in its flavors are just plain delicious.  May it be traditional or modern, it has been such a widespread here in Manila.  The ambiance has Japanese posters reminiscent of their local characters.  There’s Origami hanging on the ceiling as well adding more Japanese accent. 102 Izakaya is one that is inspired by many pubs in Japan.  They serve Japanese bar chows that best paired with beer, in my opinion. Chef

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Highlands Bistro – succulent Steak, indeed!

Highlands Bistro – succulent Steak, indeed!

Highlands Bistro is a relaxing, laid-back feels restaurant in Capitol Commons. It has  elegant interiors to adore such as the wooden walls, mesmerizing chandeliers, even its couches.  Everything is just pleasant to the eyes.  It was indeed a comfortable dining experience during our visit. I got to try their Classic Rib Eye (10 OZ Php1,560) and it was heavenly.   It was cooked medium rare and this has got to be one of the best I’ve tasted which was not heavy on your pocket. I am pretty sure to be back soon as I wanted to try other dishes as well. Address: Ground

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Crying Tiger – a taste of Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur in the street of Poblacion

Crying Tiger – a taste of Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur in the street of Poblacion

Crying Tiger is an affordable and playful restaurant that focuses on Asian street food, from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur.  They also have an extensive vegetarian menu. Crying Tiger was actually a dish in Thailand.  This is made of beef and the reason why it was called as such was that when the Tiger tasted the dish, it made him cry.  That’s how the owner explains the name of the restaurant.  They probably wanted give that same effect of their food to their customers. The place was small but they have al fresco to which I think is much better to enjoy

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Kite Kebab –  Mediterranean street food

Kite Kebab – Mediterranean street food

Kite Kebab is a Mediterranean Restaurant located in Poblacion, Makati.  They offer street food. Skewers, falafel, hummus, shawarma, salads, shisha, ice cold beers, wine & single malts and more.  This place has a chill ambiance here in Poblacion.  I am digging the ambiance of the place as it uses recycled materials. For the food, we tried Grilled Squid which were grilled the perfect way as it was tender and not rubbery. Chicken and Beef Kebab were so good that I think this is one of the best in the area. Also, I got to try their Coco Shooter. At first, I

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Bean and Yolk – an eggciting coffee and brunch menu,too!

Bean and Yolk – an eggciting coffee and brunch menu,too!

Bean and Yolk is a coffee shop which also serves brunch and dinner the eggciting way.   They sure made a clever way of naming their cafe on what we usually crave for in the morning. This small space has amazing selections of coffee.  It is indeed homey and relaxing.  There’s a nice scent of coffee in the room but not overwhelming. If you’re looking for a coffice, this is the perfect spot as there are outlets ready for your gadgets. Latte (Php150) – This has a balanced mix of milk and coffee. It tasted perfect already. Almond Turmeric Latte – The smell

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Strand Cafe in Salcedo Village Makati

Strand Cafe in Salcedo Village Makati

We tried having lunch here at Strand Cafe one afternoon.  Since it’s just few miles away from the office, we decided to give it a try.  Located inside One Pacific Place in Valero, this place is just like any other fine dining restaurants.   Serving a taste of Filipino and International Cuisine prepared by their Resident Chefs.  The place was cozy and upscale. Big Breakfast (Php350) – Three pieces each of Bacon, Mini Pancake, six pieces of breakfast sausages, two eggs any style, homemade potato hash and salad greens This dish was such satisfaction to your taste-buds.  There’s two variety of meats in one

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Starbucks in Ermita, Manila

Starbucks in Ermita, Manila

By now, you should know that I am a coffee lover.  I can’t go a day without having a cup of coffee and Starbucks is one of my go-to-places when I’m craving for some mainly because of its availability and also great coffee.  I know, they tend to break our budget but still we get to buy from them. This particular place here in Roxas Boulevard, Ermita is one of my favorites.  Probably because it’s quiet, uncrowded, place is roomy and has a high ceiling and most importantly,  the friendly staff.  Parking is also not a issue here during our

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Ahlee’s – fresh, grilled, tasty!

Ahlee’s – fresh, grilled, tasty!

If you’re looking for some Grilled Meat, your best bet is Ahlee’s as they can satisfy your cravings here at Lamp Quarters, Marikina. Probably the most casual vibe here in this Food Park, Ahlee’s has limited seating capacity but again, there’s plenty of seats outside this restaurant where you can enjoy your food. Here are some of the comfort food that we tried: Tito Mar’s Porkchop – This meat has some chimichuri sauce on its marinate which is evident on every bite. Finger Linkin’ Liam’s Inasal – With the word Inasal, I had an impression that this will be sour.  It was actually

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Ono Hawaiian Burgers and BBQ – an island tropics vibe restaurant

Ono Hawaiian Burgers and BBQ – an island tropics vibe restaurant

Ono Hawaiian Burgers and BBQ is another restaurant concept from people behind Mazza, Galo and Cobalabamba! This time, they wanted to feature Hawaiian dishes. The ambiance has a chill and relaxing vibe that reminiscent of being on an Island.  Listening to reggae music with some beer at hand. Carefree. Onion Rings (Php145) – this crispy onion rings perfectly fried to a golden brown is really addicting.  The sauce is what makes this a top notch appetizer. Bacon Chips (Php190) – who can go wrong with Bacon, right? So crispy indeed! Dip on the vinegar for some acidity. Ono Hawaiian Burger (Php230) –

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Tongara Ramen – Tonkotsu and Torigara flavored broth Ramen

Tongara Ramen – Tonkotsu and Torigara flavored broth Ramen

Located in Lamp Quarters, Marikina, Tongara Ramen is a Japanese restaurant which originated all the way from Shinjuku, Japan. They offer Tonkotsu (Pork Bone Broth) /Torigara (Chicken Bone Broth) flavored Ramen. Master Makoto Okazaki shares his creation for the first time from Japan to here in Marikina and Cebu. The place is just small.  The room can fit probably 15-20 persons but there’s an al fresco area. I’m pretty sure that you’d get to have a seat even if they’re packed.  No need to fret as the hip chairs outside will still fit to your liking. As you know, I love Ramen and

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Crave It! Cheesecake – it’s not a mistake if it’s cheesecake

Crave It! Cheesecake – it’s not a mistake if it’s cheesecake

I’ve always love Cheesecake and when I found out that there’s flavored one on a stick with different flavors, I was like “wait, what?” I got really curious that I told myself I should try it the soonest. Crave It! Cheesecake launches Frozen Cheesecake on a stick.  It has different flavors to choose from.  We’ve tried some here at the Pop Up Katipunan. At first, I was hesitant as I already love Cheesecake on its own. The taste of overwhelming sweetness is what kind of pushing me back. But thank goodness as Crave It! Cheesecake does not taste too sweet. So, you are

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Cassalu – more than just coffee and cakes

Cassalu – more than just coffee and cakes

Cassalu is a new restaurant located in Ayala Mall Circuit, Makati.  This restaurant started as a Pastry business way back 2007.  The owners are fond of specialty coffee so they decided to put up a cafe.  The business grew so they decided to make it a restaurant and now has 3 branches. Cassalu was derived from their children’s name Cassandra and Lucas.  I think it was such a clever idea and that they’re the lucky charms, too. Coffee mugs on the wall in different colors as decor are such pleasant to the eyes.  Every corner is Instagram-worthy, too.  The artsy tiles, green

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illy Caffe – high quality and unmistakable velvety taste of coffee, indeed!

illy Caffe – high quality and unmistakable velvety taste of coffee, indeed!

illy Caffe located in Salcedo Village, Makati is an Italian coffee and restaurant franchise from Italy.  They’re the one who distributes coffee machines and coffee beans not just here in the country but all over the world.  They continue to provide high quality coffee and technologies so we can enjoy the best coffee nature. The place is cozy, casual and relaxing.  Enjoy their delicious dishes paired with great cup of coffee. Here are the food and coffee that we tried during our visit. Caesar Salad(Php220) – Great start of a meal.  These greens were served fresh and crisp. Linguine with

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Taqueria Seta – Mexican bar and restaurant in Poblacion, Makati

Taqueria Seta – Mexican bar and restaurant in Poblacion, Makati

Taqueria Seta is a Mexican restaurant/bar in Poblacion, Makati.  This is a great spot if you’re into booze with some Mexican pika-pika.  Their pride is that they have the freshest spices such as dried habaneros, ancho chili, wagiyo etc. The place has 2 floors where in people who likes to smoke can stay on the first floor, while people who doesn’t can stay on the second floor with an air conditioned room.  Parties can be held on the second floor as well as it can hold up to 15 – 20 people. Nachos (Php350) – This was huge plate of Nachos. 

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Chaplin Cafe Israeli – a taste of Israel

Chaplin Cafe Israeli – a taste of Israel

Chaplin is an Israeli restaurant in Century City Mall, Poblacion, Makati. This restaurant is inspired by the iconic Charlie Chaplin. As per the owner, they wanted to have that same feel that Chaplin gives to the people – happy, relaxed and positive. The ambiance is cozy and I liked that it is well lit. There’s frames with quotes and funny jokes hanged in its walls that will surely put a smile on your face. Here are the dishes that we tried: Hummus (Php420) – Israeli Flag Dish served with fried chili, cooked chicken peas, virgin olive oil and laffa bread Well, it’s

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Alex III – Party Menu for 5-15 persons

Alex III – Party Menu for 5-15 persons

Alex III has been around since the early years and they continue to provide excellent Filipino dining experience up to this date.  Known to be the first restaurant in Tomas Morato, they offer Chinese and Filipino comfort food to its wide variations of customers.  With the traditional way of making it while giving it more arousing flavors not just in taste but also the way it is to be shared with friends and family. Its homey ambiance is good for people who wants to have an intimate date or enjoy family food altogether.  This room can hold up to 50

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All American – Home of the Meter Pizza

All American is a fast casual restaurant that brings the taste of American to the country with the Western classics such as pizza, burger, and beer.  Staying true to its namesake, they offer American experience to anybody who walks into their door. Upon entering, you’ll be welcomed with delightful flavors with the savory scent of meat, cheese and dough being prepared in the kitchen.  They have accommodating staff as well to attend to your needs. All American is known for their unique concept – Pizza by the meter.  They have 20-100 centimeter pizza available in different flavors.  These are what

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Q&A Kitchen – hand picked and handmade fresh ingredients for a satisfying taste

Q&A Kitchen – hand picked and handmade fresh ingredients for a satisfying taste

It’s called Q&A Kitchen?  Well, to them, it’s all about the Kitchen Talk. Led by the Michelin Star Chef Alain Raye and General Manager Joyce Orena who aim to have their food “the talk of the town.” With them being passionate on food that’s handpicked and handmade to make their customers happy.  Chef makes everything by hand, their pasta even their ice cream! I am lucky as this newly opened restaurant is just 5 minute walking distance to my office.  This low key restaurant is located in Valero at the back of McDonalds.  So,  if you’re from Makati, there’s no

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8 Treasures Roasting – get the Platter with 8 protein for only Php1,888

8 Treasures Roasting – get the Platter with 8 protein for only Php1,888

This December, 8 Treasures Roasting  launches their Platter which is timely this Holiday season.  This restaurant located in Dasmarinas, Makati is your next go-to restaurant if you’re craving for something Chinese roasted may it be Chicken, Goose, Duck or Pork. They’re located in Petron Gas Station so this is not hard to miss.  The place is a bit small which has a seating capacity of 15-20 people.  Still trying to have its finishing touches,  this restaurant is already pretty minimalist on its own. The protein platter is good for 8-10 persons. It includes the following: Roasted Chicken   White Chicken Roasted

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Tajimaya – unlimited offerings for as low as Php685

Tajimaya – unlimited offerings for as low as Php685

Hooray for holiday promos! Tajimaya offers UNLIMITED Yakiniku for only Php685 on weekdays and  Php740 on weekends. The posh ambiance is perfect for date night.  They also invested on their ventilation so you can be sure that you’d still smell fresh when you step out of their restaurant.  This place is also perfect for friends and family bonding as there’s a separate area for your group. There’s 8 meats included on the menu plus delicious sides as well: 1. Angus Beef 2. Pork Belly 3. Chicken Fillet 4. Special Sausage 5. Salmon Belly 6. Scallops 7. Fish Cake 8. Squid 9.

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Kichitora – Chicken Broth Ramen

Kichitora – Chicken Broth Ramen

Kichitora means Lucky Tiger in Japanese.  They specializes in Chicken Ramen  and aim to provide a mild taste to a typical Ramen in the Metro.  Instead of using a Pork Broth which at times tends to be a bit oily and has strong taste.  They wanted to prove that Chicken Broth is as flavorful as that of the Pork Broth. The location is within the mall’s cinema area.  Perfect if you wanted some hot dishes after or before the movie. It has every bit of Japanese accent at every corner of the room.  I personally as amazed by these Kimono fabrics

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PAUL – a degustation offerings only in SM Megamall branch

PAUL – a degustation offerings only in SM Megamall branch

PAUL Boulangerie is a French chain of Bakery/Café restaurants established in 1889 in the city of Croix, in Northern France, by Charlemagne Mayot. This branch in SM Megamall recently launched their degustation menu that will make their customers have a little of everything in one order.  Perfect if you’re like me, who wanted little bit of everything but plenty options.  Please note that their menu is totally different from other branches. PAUL might seem to be sophisticated but  I tell you that they look all posh but the price is truly affordable. Being famous for their pastries and sandwiches, this is the first thing

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Jin Joo Korean Grill – unlimited promo for only Php499

Jin Joo Korean Grill – unlimited promo for only Php499

Jin Joo Korean Grill is a restaurant that specializes in Korean BBQ concept. Currently, for just Php499, you get to enjoy unlimited Korean BBQ with 10 Flavors of Beef, Pork, Chicken.  They pioneered cheese dip offerings in a Korean BBQ set-up. The ambiance is hip and modern.  There’s table good for big groups and for single diners as well.  Each tables has an exhaust for your convenience. I adore each corner that has some Korean novelty items in it. Now for the food, they are known for their 8-flavored Samgyeopsal.   With the rate, it comes with the following: Unmarinated Samgyupsal (Pork Belly)

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Paradise Dynasty – now opens its door in BGC

Paradise Dynasty – now opens its door in BGC

Paradise Dynasty is a Singaporean franchised restaurant and has 3 branches here in the Philippines.  This branch in SM Aura, Taguig is their 3rd and newest branch to launch before the year ends.  It’s finally convenient for people in this area to dine and have a taste of authentic Singaporean/Chinese dishes. waiting area open kitchen The ambiance might be a bit small compared to The Podium branch, but still has that modern and cozy atmosphere.  Hues of blue, green and gold is visible within its area.  Making it look more bright and elegant. With its opening, they launched the newest

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Perry’s – a new Tea-Ta place in McKinley

Perry’s – a new Tea-Ta place in McKinley

Perry’s Tea Bar & Bakehouse is a Tea room and Restaurant that offers Artisanal loose leaf tea selections, freshly baked bread, and all day meals. They just opened a few months back and every detail on this restaurant is still fresh and new.  The marbled tables and the elegant wooden chair was so artsy, cozy and modern. I can stay here all day.  Every corner is Instagram-able, too. This is indeed a great place to have spend your holiday parties, Tea-ta style. A little introduction, Perry was the owner’s traveling pug. They all love to travel and it becomes their overall inspiration. 

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Chateaubriand – premium meat Churassco style

Chateaubriand – premium meat Churassco style

If you’re into quality meat, Chateaubriand is one of the restaurants that offers premium meat in Brazilian churrasco style.  It has been making waves on Social Media recently and I can see why as the sleek ambiance and scrumptious food truly deserves some attention. They’re in the works of having a live kitchen on the second floor.   Imagine your food being cooked right in front of you.  You have an entertainment as well while waiting for your food. Unlimited wine is available separately.  You can avail it for Php599+ Still on their soft opening,  Chateaubriand aims to provide a sophisticated dining experience

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Barcino – Desayuno a Spanish Breakfast offerings at Santolan Town Plaza starting November 24!

Barcino – Desayuno a Spanish Breakfast offerings at Santolan Town Plaza starting November 24!

Barcino is known for their authentic Spanish dishes and the way they celebrate its cuisine and culture.  With its chic and modern design, you will truly feel like a local having a fine dining experience in Spain. Barcino will launch their Desayuno, a Spanish Breakfast on November 24.  With this, us Filipino can truly enjoy our favorite meal of the day. The usual way to enjoy Desayuno in Spain is having some Cava (Spanish Wine).   Desayuno takes inspiration from Barcelona, where each visit is an experience that one would truly remember.  A step inside Desayuno feels like a garden on

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Rossini Ristorante Italiano – authentic Italian cuisine

Rossini Ristorante Italiano – authentic Italian cuisine

Rossini is an Italian Restaurant located in S Maison.  With Mr. Thomas  Moersheim, same owner of Buona Vita, it also offers authentic Italian cuisine to its patrons.  It was pretty obvious that they will focus more in this restaurant that’s why they closed its doors recently. Ambiance is definitely one of a kind,  having a modern furniture and lighting, the ocean-view made an impact to its location.  I can see myself eating here along while enjoying this picturesque view. Here’s the food that we’re able to try: Salmone Marinato con Spuma di Formaggio Tartufata (Php950) – Home cured Norwegian Salmon 

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Kam’s Roast – introducing the new item perfect this Holiday Season, the “Pipa Duck”

Kam’s Roast – introducing the new item perfect this Holiday Season, the “Pipa Duck”

Kam’s Roast just released their new menu which is perfect this Holiday Season.  This new dish is called Pipa Duck which actually looked and shape similar to the Chinese musical instrument named “Pei-pa” hence the name. Executive Chef Wong Kwan Sang and Mr. Eric Dee, presenting the Pipa Duck. The Pipa Duck was initially butterfly-cut, roasted and then bathe with oil to have that crispy skin on the outside yet soft and tender inside. I can’t believe how well they did it.  There was no sauce brushed in it but it tasted fully flavored.  The skin was really crispy to think that

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Akrotiri – The EurAsian gastronomic experience

Akrotiri – The EurAsian gastronomic experience

Akrotiri brings modern EurAsian cuisine to the Philippine food scene.  The Filipino’s discerning palate has been cultivated by embracing local, foreign, and progressive cooking concepts.  Metro Manila is an emerging market for restaurants and we wanted to present something new, yet still familiar to the Filipino palate. Using local ingredients and principles plays a vital role in bringing to life our concept of showcasing global coastal food cultures through dishes that remain close to home,” said Akrotiri Head Chef, Ereyca Trinidad. Weaving together the different flavors found on different coastal food cultures all over the world and presenting them as delicious gastronomic

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