Month: September 2017

More Shrimp Dishes at Johnny Kahuku (Review + Menu)

I’ve blogged about Johnny Kahuku before,
and I loved dining there ever since. This time around Johnny Kahuku’s
Hawaiian Shrimp House rolled out new stuff for their menu, geared for
the corporate lunch or dinner crowd. The additions include shrimp
baskets and buckets, Hawaiian Trucks, and Solo Shrimp Trucks, perfect
for those seeking a filling lunch set.

Shrimp Baskets

Coconut and Pineapple Glazed Shrimp Basket (Php 248)

  • coconut crusted crispy shrimp tossed in pineapple glaze
  • I was honestly surprised at how the coconut and pineapple worked so well together. SInce it’s on the sweet side, it’s actually also perfect for families and kids with picky palates

Salt and Pepper Shrimp Basket (Php 228)

  • deep fried crispy shrimps sauteed in bell pepper, salt, and five spices
  • probably the safest choice in the menu. it reminded me of the salt and pepper flavored streetfood in Taipei

Honey Garlic Shrimp Basket (Php 248)

  • buttered garlic shrimp tossed in honey butter and crispy garlic
  • this was soooo good! The perfect balance between sweet and salty! It was the crowd favorite and seriously addicting

Crispy Drunken Shrimp Basket (Php 228)

  • crispy gin marinated shrimps drizzled with butter and crispy garlic
  • if the honey garlic was the crowd favorite, this one was my personal favorite. The shrimps were perfectly seasoned, with just a hint of gin, sort of like beer battered fish, with a cleaner taste

Johnny Kahuku’s really know how to treat their shrimp. The shrimps were very crispy even when they sat long (We took photos for more than 30 minutes) and had great flavor.

They also have another shrimp basket that we didn’t get to try, the Mixed Seafood and Tempura Basket (Php 399) which included
an assorted

tempura of oysters, shrimps, fish, and crabsticks, and served with sriracha aioli and tempura sauce.

I also love how they have this cute condiment toolkit that houses utensils, bibs, and condiments like sriracha hot sauce and vinegar, perfect for pairing with their Hawaiian dishes.

Hawaiian Trucks

These and the solo shrimp trucks are good for solo diners because you get great value for money meals.

Aloha Shrimp and Fish Skewers (Php 175)

  • shrimp and white fish with pineapple, onion and peppers served with Hawaiian Fried Rice
  • the shrimp was juicy and not overcooked, which is great since grilled shrimp dishes tend to be on the gummy side

Samoan Pork Barbecue (Php 175)

  • hickory barbecue pork skewers with grilled pineapple, sauteed vegetables and hawaiian fried rice
  • tender, juicy, tangy and sweet, this one would fit well with the Filipino palate

Huli Huli Chicken Skewers (Php 175)

  • Huli Huli glazed chicken skewers with grilled pineapple, stir fried vegetables and Hawaiian fried rice
  • just like the pork barbecue, this one was grilled just right

Root Beer Glazed American Ribs (Php 225)

  • root beer glazed twice cooked American barbecue ribs, spiced corn and plain rice
  • for this one, I honestly couldn’t tell that it was marinated with root beer, but it was pretty good nonetheless

Hawaiian Pit Roasted Chicken (Php 195)

  • lemongrass marinated chicken quarter with stir fried vegetables and coconut Hawaiian rice
  • This reminded me a lot of Aristocrat’s chicken barbecue, except this one is sweeter

All of their Hawaiian Trucks have pretty generous servings and a heaping mound of rice, so you really are indulging when you get one of these.

Sweet Endings (Dessert!)

I was very delighted to see that they offered Acai berry bowls because not a lot of places in Manila offer these, and at good price points too!

Macai Bowls – Mango Acai Berry fruit bowls

Banana Chocolate and Peanut Butter Macai Bowl (Php 238)

  • this one was very decadent and rich, perfect for those with a sweet tooth

Strawberry Smoothie Macai Bowl (Php 258)

  • very refreshing, I wouldn’t mind having this often!

Mango Yoghurt Macai Bowl (Php 268)

  • I’d say this was the perfect mix of our and sweet, perfect way to end a shrimp feast!

All in all I loved Johnny Kahuku’s new offerings. What do you think? Is it a thumbs up?

Johnny Kahuku’s Hawaiian Shrimp House (2 branches: Eastwood and Newport Mall)
Ground Floor Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
For reservations contact: 02 9167518 +63 9064035822

Store Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am to 9pm, Fri-Sun 11am to 10pm

Johnny Kahuku's Hawaiian Shrimp House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Teeth Whitening at The Smile Bar BGC (Review + Prices)

They say you’re never fully dressed without a smile. A smile speaks
volumes, even if it’s just a small gesture. It’s also one of things
people remember about you after you meet. It’s not a surprise that a lot of people are very conscious of the state of their teeth, as your
pearly whites contribute to that signature smile.

I used to be huge coffee and soda drinker back in college, and now I fancy wine for social gatherings. All of these are strongly pigmented drinks, which actually contribute to the discoloration of teeth. There are other factors that affect the color of our teeth, some even have genetically yellower teeth than most. Smoking, because of tar and nicotine largely discolors teeth as well, as well as poor oral hygiene, and some medications.

It’s easy to discolor our teeth, but very difficult to whiten. I’ve already tried whitening strips before as well as bleaching by my dentist, but I found both uncomfortable.

Enter The Smile Bar, an exclusive dental whitening treatment center franchised from Hong Kong. The Smile Bar has recently opened its first flagship store in the country, and it’s in the busy district of Bonifacio Global City. The store at Uptown Parade BGC offers first class services in a modern clinic.

Simply put, The Smile Bar is a teeth whitening salon that claims to offer the
fastest and most effective system in the market. They aim to provide a quality, efficient
teeth whitening process that can be done in as fast as 20 minutes, perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle of most Filipinos.

So how does it work???

Smile Bar uses products and technology from Swedish company, Brilliant Smile. The secret is in the teeth whitening gel,
which safely removes discoloration and stains from the enamel. The LED Plasma
Light technology then activates the whitening gel and this goes on for 20 minutes, and
repeated depending on the treatment of your choice.

My The Smile Bar Teeth Whitening Experience:

Step 1: Consultation & Briefing

After comparison, my
teeth were deemed to be shade S18. Note that I already did teeth
whitening before so my shade was already lighter than average untreated teeth.

Step 2: Pre-Treatment Cleansing

The Smile Bar uses Brilliant Smile products to prep for the treatment. I had to rinse first with Brilliant Smile mouthrinse, then brushed my teeth with Brilliant Smile toothbrush and toothpaste.

After rinsing, I was asked to use the
Oral Cleansing Activator

which felt like I was using paper to wipe off excess dirt and other debris from my teeth.

Step 3: Whitening Treatment

I was asked to sit in these cute space age looking egg chairs that are surprisingly super comfortable!

And now you get to see The Smile Bar’s open secret: the teeth whitening gel. The gel is colored dark purple, because the LED Plasma Light technology that activates it works best on heavily pigmented substances. This way, the LED Plasma light will be able to fully activate the gel, so the gel can whiten efficiently as well.

This is me getting prepped:

Did you know?

Since the service takes a minimum of 20 minutes, The Smile Bar provides iPads and Bose headphones for entertainment to pass the time. They also have extra fast Wi-Fi for all customers! This helped me a lot since I had a double whitening treatment that took 40 minutes, so I could finish watching my favorite Korean shows in iFlix while waiting.

So I get my protective goggles on, get fitted with the mouthpiece with the teeth whitening gel, sit comfortably, then the attendant moves the LED Plasma light so that it hits my exposed teeth accurately.

Remember that the LED plasma light needs to be aligned with your teeth for whitening to happen, so if possible try to not move. The staff are quick to adjust the alignment when you do, but you can also hold the LED light stand when necessary.

Step 4: NanoSeal

After the treatment, there will be some microscopic spots where the discolorations used to be. These are vulnerable to new discoloration so we strongly recommend drinking only water for those first 6 hours after your treatment.

But if you don’t want the downtime, the Smile Bar also offers the NanoSeal Total+ as an add-on to your treatment. This process reinforces the enamel and seals the whiteness on your teeth. By doing this, you will be able to eat or drink anything immediately after your treatment, without risking new discoloration! No need to worry about 72-hour food, drink, and smoking restrictions.

Using a small brush
The NanoSeal Total+ is a liquid solution applied on your teeth and requires only 1 minute of your time. The product will protect your teeth and enamel instantly. Immediately after the treatment, you are free from any eating, drinking, and smoking restrictions.

However, if you do skip NanoSeal Total+ these are the restrictions to be observed 72 hours after treatment:

  • Avoid strongly colored drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine, soda
  • Avoid food that cause stains such as chocolate, and those with food coloring
  • Avoid acidic food such as tomatoes, vinegar, soy, citrus, and chili sauce as these cause tooth hypersensitivity
  • Avoid smoking
  • Do a fluoride rinse twice a day to rebuild enamel and fill any microscopic cavities

The Smile Bar Double Whitening Treatment Result

From S18, my teeth are now S12!!! That’s six shades lighter!

How long will the teeth whitening effect last?

According to The Smile Bar, your lifestyle and diet will determine
the amount of time it takes for discoloration to take place on your teeth again. You can expect to maintain whiter teeth for up to 6 months after a treatment at The Smile Bar, provided that you practice good dental hygiene. They recommended coming in regularly once
a quarter. Using their post-whitening products from Brilliant Smile regularly will help keep your teeth clean as well as maintain your bright smile.

The Verdict:

Of course I’m happy with my results! Who’d say no to six shades lighter teeth, without downtime! I was expecting sensitivity, but I experienced none of that with The Smile Bar. Whitening teeth really is as easy as popping in and out of The Smile Bar. Plus the egg chairs are comfy and the iPads and free Wi-Fi provided to pass the time will distract you from the 20-40-60 minute treatment period.

And oh, before you go for an appointment, teeth whitening
is not recommended for pregnant women (or breastfeeding mothers) and children under the age of 16. Also for people with braces, it is not recommended to have teeth whitening done as the individual brackets will interfere with the LED light activation.

All in all, I love my experience and wouldn’t mind dropping in 6 months later for a follow up treatment.

The Smile Bar Teeth Whitening Prices

Single Whitening (20 minutes) – Php2,999
Double Whitening (40 minutes) – Php4,999
Triple Whitening (60 minutes)– Php6,999
Nano Seal Total+ – Php1,299
Brilliant Smile WhiteningEvo Toothpaste – Php849
Brilliant Smile WhiteningBoost Toothpaste – Php649
BrilliantSmile WhiteningEvo Mouthrinse – Php999

For more information, you may also check out the official website, or follow them on social media (Facebook) and Instagram

To book an appointment, contact: (0917) 148 5659 or (02) 541 2853. They also accept walk-ins provided there are available slots.

The Smile Bar is located at the 2nd Floor, Cluster 2, Uptown Parade, BGC, Taguig City