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Shake Shack Manila Review + Feelings on 2019 Elections

I’m one of the millions of Filipinos who exercised our right to vote yesterday. Like every other good citizen, I cast my vote, got my finger inked, and prayed for the best. I woke up this morning with hope, hope that at least a few of the opposition candidates would get a seat, but I only ended up heartbroken.

I was going to make a well composed post about why we should still fight a good fight as good citizens of this country, but I really felt down. So what did I do to try and cheer myself up?

I ATE MY FEELINGS.

I walked out of the office for my lunch break, and a few minutes later, my feet got me to Shake Shack.

Surprisingly, the queue wasn’t as long as it was last Friday. It took me about 15 minutes of lining up before i got to place my order, and another 25 minutes to get my food.

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Learning about the wine basics at Wine Story’s Wine 101

Finally got to attend a Wine 101 Class by Wine Story! I’ve been meaning to go to one after rediscovering how wine is so good with different food- not just cheese and grapes (Thanks to eating a lot at Planet Grapes), so when I saw that they were having a class this month, I went and signed up for it.

It’s such a good thing that Wine Story offers these classes, as Filipinos aren’t really known to be wine drinkers. As if the presence of beer commercials and billboards aren’t a telltale sign, our country is a beer drinking nation. Wine Story seeks to change the perspective and conversation about wine, starting with proper wine education.

In this post I’ll be sharing about about the class I attended, as well as the other courses offered by the Wine Story Academy, Wine Story’s wine education arm.

The course is taught inside Wine Story at Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Our
instructor was Wine Story Academy’s Wine Education Manager, Carla P.
Santos.

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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

Salvatore Cuomo’s Anniversary Treat: an Italian Buffet! (Rates + Review)

I’m a sucker for Italian food, I go crazy over truffle pastas, baked
ziti, marinara sauces, cheesy pizzas, and best of all, their fragrant
focaccia bread with olive oil and vinaigrette!

It comes to no one’s surprise that I stumbled upon Salvatore Cuomo’s
lunch buffet, filled with delicious Italian favorites with their
signature pizzas front and center. BGC’s Uptown Parade is known to be a
strip of upscale restaurants, and Salvatore Cuomo Restaurant and Bar
is just at the end of the strip.

With Salvatore Cuomo’s Anniversary
Lunch Buffet Treat, you get to sample a lot of their bestsellers, at a
steal! That’s just 600 pesos on weekdays and 900 on weekends and
holidays, and you get appetizers, pizza, pasta, one main, and even drinks and dessert!.

Here’s some of what you will be able to see at the buffet spread, starting from Appetizers:

Salami

Fresh Salad

Appetizers like Frittata, Sauteed Mushrooms, Octopus Potato Salad, Marinated Pumpkin, Friarelli, Brocolli and Garlic, etc.

Octopus Potato Salad

Zeppole

Crispy Calamari

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Pumpkin Penne Gratin

and here’s what my plate looked like after getting appetizers and sides.

and now we move to my Salvatore Cuomo favorites: PIZZA!!!

All of their pizzas are baked in this woodfire oven, so every piece is crispy and perfect!

Four Cheese Pizza: perfect with honey!

Margherita

the D.O.C. – the most expensive pizza in the resto, all because the tomatoes are flown in from Japan and Italy! Talk about fresh!

The buffet also includes one option of main for one person. Meaning
every person who gets the buffet, get one plated main course, out of the
10 offered in the buffet menu.

Home made Roasted Pork Porchetta

Pan Fried Salmon with Mediterranean Sauce

Oven-Roasted Chicken with Balsamic and Mustard Sauce

Grilled Seafood Skewers

Gnocchi in Tomato Sauce with Cheese and Basil

Pancetta Bacon and Mushrooms Risotto

Spaghetti with Clams and Zucchini

Spaghetti Carbonara

Tagliatelle with Italian Sausage and Broccoli in Cream Sauce

Homemade Lasagna

There’s also a drinks station with lemonade, iced tea, and detox water

Plus a chocolate fountain is available on weekends and holidays for dessert!

You can also opt to order booze after as the sangria is on 50% off on weekends! That 175 instead of 350 for a big goblet of sangria. Mind you, I keep going back to Salvatore Cuomo even just for this Sangria, it’s just so good!!

Remember that the Lunch Buffet treat is only available this month for Salvatore Cuomo Restaurant and Bar’s Anniversary in the Philippines, so be sure to catch the promo while it lasts!

Again the lunch buffet is available from 11am to 3pm, for 600 pesos on weekdays and 900 on weekends and holidays. See you there!

Salvatore Cuomo Restaurant and Bar
Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am to 11pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 1am
For Reservations contact:
02 9463072, 02 9463073

Instagram: @salvatorecuomoph, Website: salvatorecuomoph.com

Salvatore Cuomo & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Shaburi: Japanese hotpot in Uptown BGC (Review)

I love shabu shabu (hotpot), there’s just something about warm, hearty but healthy soup and cooking fresh ingredients easily in a tasty broth that keeps me coming back for more.

Recently, I got to try Shaburi, a Japanese hotpot franchise from Indonesia’s food concept group, Dining Innovation.

What’s unique about Shaburi is that every diner has his/her own personal hotpot stove, so you don’t have to worry about sharing your broth with other people (like in other hotpot restos), or double dipping! 

For 90 minutes, diners get to enjoy unlimited servings of meat cooked in your choice of broth/soup. Shaburi has 5 different soups: Original Konbu, Sukiyaki, Soy Milk Miso, Chicken Collagen Paitan, and Hot Miso. Each diner is also entitled to an unlimited buffet spread of fresh vegetables, mushrooms, tofu, and unlimited drinks, plus dessert! Also, they recently introduced their Lunch Menu, which offers limited plates
of meat. Perfect for those looking for a lighter version to Shaburi’s
usual All You Can Meat menu.

The Shaburi Experience

The waiters here are courteous and patient, always explaining the step by step process of enjoying Japanese shabu shabu before ordering.

According to the waitstaff, this is the Shaburi way:

Step 1: Choose your MEAT

For the Lunch Set / Plate Set Menu, the Regular Shabu Set (either Tasty
Beef or Tender Pork) costs Php 399 for 1 plate of meat, and php 449 for 2
plates of meat. The Shaburi Wagyu set costs Php 535 for 1 plate and 675
for 2 plates of wagyu. Both of these sets include unlimited buffet,
drinks and dessert.

As for the All You Can Meat version, which includes unlimited meat plates, unlimited buffet, drinks, and desserts these are the rates:

  • Regular Shabu (choice of Tasty Beef and Tender Pork) Php 499
  • Special Shabu (choice of Special Beef, Tasty Beef and Tender Pork) Php 789
  • Shaburi Wagyu (choice of Shaburi Wagyu, Special Beef, Tasty Beef, and Tender Pork) Php 1,249
  • Special Wagyu (choice of Special Wagyu, Shaburi Wagyu, Special Beef, Tasty Beef, and Tender Pork) Php 1,599

For the purpose of this review, I got to try the Shaburi Wagyu, Tasty Beef, Tender Pork, and a seafood set, which they will be offering soon. See photos below:

Shaburi Wagyu

Tasty Beef

Tender Pork

Seafood Set which consists of salmon and shrimp! Soon on the Shaburi menu.

Step 2: Choose Your Hotpot Soup

The waitstaff always presents tasting samples of all 5 soups to every diner, so everyone can try before they pick their soup.

Here are Shaburi’s 5 soups:

  • Original Konbu: Japanese seaweed soup abundant with calcium and minerals. Good for children and pregnant women. Helps prevent fatigue, stress and improves stomach condition
  • Sukiyaki: Sweet & balanced soup that comes with an egg, to make the meat more tasty and flavorful
  • Soy Milk Miso: deemed the healthiest of the 5, has the golden ratio of soy milk and miso. High in proteins and vitamins, it helps in strengthening the body’s immune system
  • Chicken Collagen Paitan: Rich in collagen to help improve skin complexion
  • Hot Miso:The only spicy option among the 5. Miso has been found to help prevent stomach conditions, combat fatigue, and even help to slow down the effects of aging.

Out of the 5, only the Original Konbu has free refills, for the other 4, there is an extra charge. But if you opt to have the Original Konbu as the refill after your first serving of one of the other four, the refill is free.

As mentioned before, every diner gets a personal cooking stove and pot. Meaning you don’t have to share, or worry about double dipping, or having the taste of your broth altered with the contents of somebody else’s hotpot mix. Yay for shabu shabu lovers right?

I ended up picking the Chicken Collagen Paitan (next photo) because I liked the richness of it, and thought my veggies would taste great while cooking with this one.

Step 3: Choose your appetizers, side dishes, fresh vegetables, dipping sauces, drinks, and desserts from the Unlimited Buffet

The have a variety of vegetables, most of which are hotpot staples like Kailan.

I loved the mushroom selection the most, because they had a lot! Enoki, Golden mushroom, shiitake, etc.

They also have a nice selection for the shabu shabu sauce. I recommend getting the original shabu shabu sauce, and then adding garlic, leeks, soy sauce, and chili to taste.

They also have some sushi rolls and some cooked food, like battered fried fish, fried corn balls, gyoza, karaage, chicken wings, and udon carbonara.

At the end of the buffet are the desserts like fresh fruits, and some cakes and panna cotta. Not in photo are the unlimited drinks like iced tea, lemonade, coffee and tea.

Step 4: Cook and Enjoy!

I always put the noodles in first because they tend to cook the longest, then I follow with corn and other veggies, mushrooms, and last the meat. The meat takes just a few seconds to cook, so watch out if you’re not a fan of overcooked meat. 🙂

I usually just dip the meat in the boiling soup for a few seconds until the meat is sufficiently cooked, then I dip it into my personal shabu shabu sauce concoction, then on top of a spoon of rice, then enjoy! With a few sips of the soup in between.

Again the soup has free refills of the Original Konbu, but Shaburi charges extra for the refills of the other four soups. I opted to get the free Original Konbu soup refill after for a different experience. The collagen tends to be a bit rich, so I felt that it was too much to get a second refill of it.

Anyhow, I had a great time at Shaburi. You definitely get more value for money if you choose the All You Can Meat menu, but you can opt for the plate set if you’re not into pigging out.

I also recommend going in groups even if the hotpot stove is personal so you can poke fun at each other’s cooking skills. Or if you’re more of a solo diner, go ahead, enjoy your own Shaburi hotpot experience without being conscious of eating out of a big pot. 🙂

See you there?

Shaburi
4th Floor Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm Daily

Shaburi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Planet Grapes: Bringing Wine Closer to everyone

I’ll admit, when I first got inside Planet Grapes, I was wine-timidated.
One wall of the restaurant is filled with wine bottles and glasses,
enough to let you know they’re serious about wine. A little chitchat
with their servers and you’ll learn that Planet Grapes actually wants to bring wine closer to everyone taste buds, especially in a beer country like ours.

Planet Grapes is known for non-traditional food and wine pairings, from their Classic Chicharon – Sauvignon Blanc combo, to their holiday offering of Porchetta – Pinot Noir combo. I recently got to try the 2016 Holiday Menu: a completely customizable set ranging from Php 1,200 to Php 1,800 per head, and is available for preorder until the end of January 2017.

Before I get to the holiday menu, let me first tour you around the Planet Grapes Ortigas Branch, right across Rustan’s at Shangri-La Mall.

The place is nicely lit, with spacious seating arrangements, and a jolly set of waitstaff.

My favorite part of the Planet Grapes interiors is the beautiful wine bottle chandelier. What a way to showcase what the restaurant is all about.


Planet Grapes Wine Selection

Planet Grapes is proud to share that they have the biggest wine selection in the country, as their partner wine company is the biggest distributor nationwide.

On one side they have a wine dispenser, where you can get the bestsellers by the glass.

You can also get a bottle, just depends on how much you guys would consume. Remember, let’s be responsible drinkers, don’t drink and drive.


Planet Grapes Food

Appetizers

Chicharon with Tinapa Dip (Php 215)

who knew chicharon would taste well with a dip aside from vinegar? The dip wasn’t fishy at all, and the smokiness helped balance out the fat from chicharon

Potato Chips with Truffle (Php 145)

this was seriously addicting, I just kept getting mooore!

Squid Balls (Php 165)

a little overpriced, but what the hell, it tastes great with white wine!

Special Holiday offering: BIBINGKA!

On the night that I went there, they ran out early with the bibingka, good thing we ordered the minute we arrived because ours was the last bibingka plate to be made for the night. It was such a hit! There was a generous amount of salted egg too, so instant satisfaction.

All the appetizers above are great with white wine, and we got to pair it with Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc.

Mains

Porchetta

beautifully roasted to get a really crispy skin, with a tender, juicy and slightly pink meat, the porchetta is sure to bring the festive in your foodie holiday spirit. The stuffing smelled so fragrant, giving each bite a lot of depth in flavor.

All of the mains pair nicely with a red wine, we got
Intrepid Awatere Valley Pinot Nior

to go with them.

Roasted Sous Vide Chicken

A lot of people aren’t familiar with sous vide, but it’s actually just a cooking technique that ensure the meat is cooked evenly and retains moisture. The chicken was good, definitely moist, but flavor wise is was okay. Still a good dish for sharing.

Paella Negra

It’s perfect for seafood lovers everywhere. The squid ink sauce is perfectly seasoned and not fishy at all. Plus it’s generously topped with sliced of squid

Longganisa Paella

Fans of paella valenciana would love this local version filled with longganisa, veggies and eggs.

Dessert

Banana Turon

Planet Grapes updates the absolute Pinoy snack favorite by wrapping the ripe bananas in crispy browned filo pastry served on top of warm jackfruit puree.

It’s best served with a sweet white wine, ours was with a fruity Mosel Urban Riesling.

There you go! Dine with a little wine education and great food at Planet Grapes. Take advantage of their Holiday Menu while you still can!

See you there!

Planet Grapes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Eastwood Avenue: the New Dining Destination up north!

I rarely go up north, but when I do, I dine over at Eastwood because there are a lot of options. I recently got to visit, and found a few new restaurants along Eastwood Avenue.

I like how the restaurants are lined along the street, so it’s easy to drop off and dine. This tip is especially useful when my grandfather is having dinner with us because he finds it difficult to walk, and prefers to use his cane instead of a wheelchair. So yeah, you can also say this strip is PWD friendly.

Like the rest of Eastwood, Eastwood Avenue is perfect for long walks, dates (while holding hands of course!), or chill nights out because it’s also surrounded by pretty buildings, greenery, and benches. But the stars of the strip are the restaurants with world class taste and world renowned chefs.

I used this map from chefjayskitchen.com, to show you guys just how convenient it is to get to the strip, and how easily you can go on a food trip here because the restaurants are close to each other.

Recent additions to the strip are Gourmet Farms, Ippudo, Applebee’s, Annam, and Cafe Enye. I’ll share a few dish suggestions in this post, so you know just what to get when you find yourself in Eastwood Avenue.

Gourmet Farms

For healthy eaters, there’s Gourmet Farms. All of their ingredients are fresh, staying true to the farm to table concept. Everything from the lettuce leaves to the spices, dressing, and bread, are sourced from the Gourmet Farms Estate in Cavite, so you’re ensured that every single bowl you get is fresh, healthy, and without preservatives or added chemicals.

Recommended dishes:

  • Chicken Caesar Salad Chef’s Signature (Php 185 Regular, Php 250 Large) – grilled chicken, bacon, parmesan, hard-boiled egg, tomato, croutons, lettuce, Caesar dressing; also available as a wrap (Php 185, add 10 for whole wheat, add 20 for lettuce wrap)
  • Smoked Salmon Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Premium Pasta (Php 185) – smoked salmon on top of sun dried tomato pesto sauce and olives with focaccia bread
  • Taco Avocado Salad Chef’s Signature (Php 185 Regular, Php 250 Large) – grilled chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, lettuce chips, kidney beans, cilantro, lemon, Mexican dressing

Personally I love the chicken caesar with the lettuce wrap because it’s so yum! A close second is the salmon pasta, because the pesto was also so good and flavorful. Thinking of getting the bottled sauces so I can try to replicate them at home.

IPPUDO

Ippudo is the latest restaurant to open at Eastwood Avenue, just last
December! The ramen craze hasn’t died down in the country, and
surprisingly, for a ramen place that opens from 11am to 10pm, the place
is packed all the time!!!

Recommended dishes:

  • Seafood Okonomiyaki (Php 295) –
    Ippudo’s spin on a classic Japanese pancake stuffed with cabbage, chunks
    of squid and topped with shrimp
  • Akamaru Special (Php 495) – Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth with miso paste, fragrant oil, topped with one slice of pork belly, ajikikurage, salted soft-boiled egg, and seaweed
  • Kuro Ramen (Php 520) – tonkotsu broth base infused with spicy garlic and pepper spices, plus thick noodles. Topped with shio tamago, nori, and a dab of Akamiso paste and torched chashu.

I got to see the chashu of the Kuro Ramen getting torched because of the open kitchen. Personally I find the flavors too strong because it has so much spices in it, but it’s a nice dish to try especially since it’s limited edition.

Applebee’s

At Applebee’s, there’s always a reason to celebrate! At every table, they have this small sign that diners can write on, asking guests, “What are you celebrating today?” Making every visit feel like a party!

Applebee’s boasts of Southern American comfort food, think fried, hearty, and packed with a lot of flavor.

Most are Tex-Mex, with some dishes suited to the Filipino palate.

Recommended dishes:

  • Wonton Taco (Php 225) – spicy chicken stuffed wonton shell, coleslaw and cilantro
  • Quesadilla Burger (Php 525) – Juicy burger with Applebee’s signature Mexi-ranch sauce with pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, and Jack and cheddar cheese
  • Pork Ribs (Php 650 Half, 950 full) – BBQ pork ribs marinated in Applebee’s special house blend, grilled to perfection. Served with corn on the cob, fries, and coleslaw, plus a choice of honey barbecue, smoky chipotle, spicy sweet Asian chili, and Korean barbecue sauce
  • Fiesta Lime Chicken (Php 395) – Grilled chicken with fiesta lime sauce, Mexi-ranch sauce and Jack cheddar. Served with crisp tortilla strips, mexi-rice, and pico de gallo

My favorite would have to be the Pork Ribs and the Fiesta Lime Chicken. The ribs were so tender and flavorful at each bite. I also love the different textures of the Fiesta Lime Chicken dish, with the crispy tortilla and cheese!!

Annam Noodle Bar

Annam is another Singaporean franchise showcasing Vietnamese favorites like pho, bahn mi, and traditional Vietnamese coffee. It’s open from 10am to 3am, so you can satisfy your Vietnamese cravings almost any time of the day.

Recommended dishes:

  • Beef Combination Pho (Php 380) – Rice flour noodles with24 hour boiled beef broth, beef slices, fresh herbs onions, been tendon, beef honeycomb tripe and beef ribs meat.
  • Noodle Minced Pork (Php 360) – noodles with spicy pork, pork ball, soft boiled egg, lettuce, bean sprouts, shrimp, garlic oil
  • Lemongrass Pork Bahn Mi (Php 250) – toasted baguette stuffed with savory pork, chicken pate, mayonnaise, hot chili pepper, picked carrot, daikon, cucumber, and fresh cilantro

Annam has got to be my favite restaurant on the strip because the interiors are really nice, price points are reasonable, and food’s good!

I’m really into bahn mi at the moment and I love their version, really crispy on the outside and the ingredients just balanced each other out.

So there! A quick rundown of the new dining destinations in Eastwood. What do you think of these restaurants? Have you tried dining at any of them? Let me know about your experience below 🙂

See you at Eastwood Avenue!

P.S. If you post about these restaurants on social media, don’t forget to use the hashtags: #WhatsNewAtEastwoodAvenue #EastwoodCity #AlwaysAwesome #MegaworldLifestyleMalls

Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar: Steak at its Finest

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The guys over at Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar are dead serious when they tell you they serve good steak. If its name isn’t indication enough, they are confident when it comes to their meats, creating a steak experience like no other.

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Raging Bull serves up high quality meats and sides, decadent desserts,
and signature cocktails, beautifully plated, and at reasonable prices.

Located inside Shangri-La Hotel at the Fort, BGC, the restaurant aims to be a make a name of itself not as a hotel dining option, but as a gastronomic destination, competing with other great restaurants in the area.


The Ambiance

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As expected with any establishment inside the Shangri-La, Raging Bull also has an upscale vibe. The interiors were done by New York firm Avroko, showing every diner that no expense was spared to make everyone feel like a VIP.

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It feels somewhere in between fine and casual dining, with posh accents, leather upholstered furniture, ambient lighting, and dark hues all over. In my opinion, the place looks very masculine, reminiscent of a Great Gatsby movie, but modernized. I could very well picture an impeccably dressed Leonardo Dicaprio, George Clooney, or Robert De Niro dining here.

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The Bar

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Raging Bull’s bar is stocked full with a selection of fine wines, bourbon, whiskey, and other alcohol. Their specialties are old fashioned cocktails, using only the best ingredients available.

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Name your preferred poison, and they might just have it on shelf.

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While waiting for your cocktail, you can munch on their complimentary prosciutto and beef jerky.

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These are seriously addicting, I couldn’t stop munching on the prosciutto and the jerky!

The Cocktails

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Their signature drink is the Bonifacio Penicillin (Php
400), made with Elijah Craig 12 yrs Bourbon, fresh calamansi, homemade
ginger jam, homemade Szechuan chili infused honey, and egg whites. It was my favorite drink from everything we’ve tried there. Very refreshing, it’s one drink I’d come back for.

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As it is their signature drink, they just had to put a huge stamped ice cube with the Raging Bull logo. I love the attention to detail!

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The Boulevardier (left) and the Dirty Blue Blazer (right). If I remember correctly, they’re both whisky based. Very strong, they’re both for hardcore whisky drinkers. I have to commend the deep and smoky flavor from the Dirty Blue Blazer, it’s something I’ve never tried before.

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The El Toro Loco (left) and the Maple Bacon (right). El Toro Loco is tequila based, with a lot of cucumber juice and some citrus. I’m not a fan of cucumber, but this one was refreshing and light, perfect for brunch. The Maple Bacon on the other hand, was an other strong one, whiskey based, it was woody, but the bacon helped the flavor a lot.

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The Mamma Mia, a pineapple coconut concoction that easily transports you to the beach. Even the chunky wooden barrel-mug is very tropical!


The Food

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As I said earlier, STEAK is king in this restaurant, but they also serve pretty good sides, appetizers, desserts, and I even spotted oysters and lobsters in their menu.

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Guests are encouraged to try their complimentary bread basket, filled with their signature sourdough bread with bull horns! It’s good on its own, but butter makes it even better.

Appetizers

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Ceasar Salad (Php 395) Romaine lettuce, anchovies, pancetta, crisp parmesan, 63 degree free range egg

It was actually my first time to try anchovies instead of the usual chicken in Ceasar salad. It was good, but nothing was spectacular. I liked the crunch and texture from the pancetta and parmesan, and the egg tied everything together nicely

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Maryland Crab Cake
(Php 475)

charred orange, aioli, palm heart

I absolutely loved this one. It wasn’t oily, and every bite was crab heaven. The juicy savory crab is covered inside a crispy crust and was balanced out with the orange and the aioli, but they could do without the palm heart. A bit pricey, but with something packed with that much crab, it was worth it.


The STEAKS

What’s different about Raging Bull is that they get their meats from different places worldwide. They even indicate which city or country on their menu!

They cook their steaks inside a Josper grill, which is actually a combination of an oven and a grill, inspired by an old Spanish tradition. And oh, the head chef is Australian, so he really knows how to treat his meats.

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On The Chopping Block:

Tenderloin (Php 1650 for 200g) Cape Grim Grass-fed, from Tasmania
Rib Eye (Php 3100 for 350g) 1824 Grain-fed, from Queensland
Scotch Fillet (Php 3400 for 350g) Darling Downs Wagyu 5+ Grass-raised, Grain-finished, Queensland

The Scotch Fillet is expectedly the fatty one out of the three, because well, Wagyu, but it has a 5+ marble score, which tells you it will be tasty and it will be juicy. It was.

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Each one was cooked to medium rare perfection, which is how I like my steaks.

My favorite one would be the rib eye. It was perfect, I swear. Tender, juicy, and in a league of its own. I didn’t have to dip it in anything.

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Diners have the option to choose between four of their sauces to pair with the meats: Truffle Mushroom Sauce, Choron, Hunter Valley Wine Sauce, Black Peppercorn Sauce. My favorite was the Truffle Mushroom, while I would recommend the Choron for those looking for a spicy kick.

They also serve the steaks with 6 seasonings: plain salt, porcini mushroom salt, lemongrass chili salt, dijon mustard, pommery mustard, Raging Bull mustard. The Raging Bull mustard is made with shallots, paprika, cayenne pepper, dijon mustard and red wine vinegar. I loved the Raging Bull mustard the most, it was tangy, a bit spicy, and savory at the same time, I would pair wit with the Wagyu as that one is a bit fatty. the porcini infused salt is also great if you just want to add a tiny bit of seasoning to your steak.

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Another unique experience at Raging Bull is how they let the diners choose which knife to use for their steak. The servers are quite knowledgeable and can recommend which knife is suited to your meat, be it pork, beef, fish or otherwise. Or you can just get a feel of each one and get whichever feels handy. Teehee. And oh, for the brand conscious, there are some knives designed by Louis Vuitton and other popular luxury houses.

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The Sides

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Josper Roasted Japanese pumpkin, sage pine nuts, puffed wild rice (Php 225)
Grilled Asparagus, glazed hollandaise sauce, macadamia nuts (Php 265)
Salad of radicchio, rocket, pear candied walnuts, orange dressing (Php 225)

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The crowd pleaser out of all the sides was the pumpkin. I loved how the sweetness was contrasted with the sharp cheese, and the puffed wild rice added texture and a bit of an earthy flavor. Second would be the asparagus, each stalk was crispy and cooked well, and tasted great with the sauce. the salad was just so so.

I’d love to go back and try the potato gratin with gruyere next time, it sounds so divine.


Desserts

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For a steakhouse, they serve really good desserts, and with a great selection too! Covering sweet, tangy, and even the slightly savory.

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Candy Floss Pavlova (Php 315) with passion fruit pulp and mango sorbet

I’m not a meringue fan, so i didn’t like it as much as the others. For me this was too sweet, so the passion fruit pulp inside was perfect to counter the sweetness

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Pistachio Creme Brulee (Php 340) with mint infused strawberry salad

I liked this one because I love pistachios, but I hoped that the pistachio flavor would stand out more. The sweetness was just right, and the strawberries went well with it. i also liked how the brulee was initially hidden by the super thin cookie. the brulee was smooth, creamy, and really a dream for custard lovers like me.

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tada! What’s inside, where the pistachio creme brulee really was.

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Granny Smith Apple Cobbler (Php 340) with double vanilla ice cream

My favorite out of all the desserts, it was so hearty! Sure it was heavy, but you could really feel the love put into it. I couldn’t get enough of the crust, while the sweet spiced filling countered the slightly sour apples.

All in all, I had a great time at Raging Bull. I would definitely come back. One thing that stood out for me is how they encourage diners with the power of choice, with the knives, and sauces. It gives the illusion of having a personalized dining experience. For me, Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar is the beast steakhouse in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

And if you think these are pricey, they also have a Lunch Menu (or lunch sets) ranging from Php 980 for two course (starter and main), and Php 1180 for 3 course (starter, main and dessert)

Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar
Third Level, West Wing, Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street Corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm; Sat-Sun 12nn-3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Contact Nos: (02) 2469069 ext:305
Instagram: @dineshangrilafort #RagingBullFort 

Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar - Shangri-La at the Fort Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Peperoni Pizzeria offers a limited menu this November 2016 (Review)

Pizza is one of my favorite comfort food, along with pasta. I just love Italian food, which is why it’s no surprise that I absolutely enjoy dining at Peperoni Pizzeria.

Peperoni, a Singapore-based pizza franchise, opened its second branch at UP Town Center a few months ago, and they launched a limited edition menu to go with the milestone.

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I previously posted a Zomato review of my experience at their first branch, with a long list of pizzas I really enjoyed, so I was looking forward to this limited edition menu.

Here’s a sneak peek of my favorite from the limited ed dishes:

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Tada! The limited ed Peperoni menu for November:

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Review

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Portobello Funghi Pizza (Php 595) portobello mushroom, tomato concasse, scallion, egg, truffle oil

Sorry guys, no whole pizza photo, I was late, so I was lucky I even got a slice! haha.Anyway, being someone who loves loves loves loves mushrooms, I was a tad bit disappointed. I expected more earthiness or deep flavor from mushrooms, and more truffle flavor, but those were subtle. Anyhow, I did like how generous they were with the toppings, and the egg balanced everything out.

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Funghi e Tartufo (Php 440) sauteed shiitake and button mushrooms in truffle cream sauce

This pasta was creamy mushroom perfection. Not kidding. It was a perfect balance of cream, mushroom, herbs and truffle. I liked how it wasn’t too heavy, and I could finish the whole plate even when it’s a cream based pasta.

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And my favorite:

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Foie Gras Pizza (Php 890) foie gras, button mushroom, parma ham, egg, onions, spinach, truffle oil

This one was a blockbuster hit! I could really taste the foie gras, the truffle oil, and the savory goodness of parma ham. They were generous with all of the toppings so the price is definitely worth it. The parma ham was perfectly crispy and added texture to the rustic pizza. All in all, every component blended well to make this one, a pizza flavor to remember.

I loved it so much, I even posted a short video on my instagram for it:

Now after all that cheese, wouldn’t you crave for something sweet to end the meal? Here are some desserts I tried, although not included in the limited ed menu. Yay for yummy desserts available year round!

Desserts:

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Creme Brulee (Php 240) baked vanilla bean custard, with a layer of caramelized sugar

not too sweet, and torched just right. Custard fans will love this smooth brulee.

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Tiramisu (Php 275) Savoiardi, layered in mascarpone, flavored with aromatic coffee and kahlua

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Tortino al Cioccolato (Php 365) rich molten chocolate cake, served with vanilla ice cream.

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The Peperoni UP Town Center branch is a bit smaller than the one in Uptown BGC, but equally as cozy. I’m definitely coming back with my family for a Pizza Party to let them try the new dishes!

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Peperoni Pizzeria
Ground Floor, UP Town Center
Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, QC
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am to 10pm, Friday to Sunday 10am to 11pm
Contact Number: (02) 2831101
Instagram: @peperoniph #PeperoniPH

Peperoni Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Let me know if you’ve tried anything!

7 Flavors: Affordable Buffet Dining Destination at the Heart of San Juan

If it isn’t obvious already, I’ll say it again, I love food. I love eating out. From Facebook posts to Instagram stories and Snapchat videos, you’ll see me posting a lot about food.

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Which is why I always find time to go to new restaurants and discover
what’s new in the neighborhood. For today’s post, I’m sharing my
experience at 7 Flavors Buffet & Ala Carte
at San Juan. 7 Flavors is a budget friendly buffet and ala cart dining
restaurant that uses the 7 flavors (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, spicy,
umami and astringent), and showcases cuisine from all over the world.

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Ranked No. 7
Pinaka Patok na Buffet Restos 2016

by popular lifestyle show Ang Pinaka, 7 Flavors is helmed by celebrity chef and Kusina Master Chef Boy Logro.

The restaurant just opened last May, but it already has a steady stream of loyal clientele.

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The restaurant is separated into two sections: the ala carte cafe is at the first floor, while the buffet is at the second floor.

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I loved the ambiance of the first floor as it was really cozy, and the chalk board art + menu really stood out.

Ambiance

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As for the second floor, the setup is a buffet area at one side of the room, then there’s a big general dining area, and a few function rooms you can reserve for special gatherings. From what I noticed, there are three rooms you can get depending on your need.

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Now onto the food!

7 Flavors Buffet Food

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Appetizers

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The starters section was brimming with yummy options that can whet your appetite. From warm soft bread, soup, to crispy tacos, croquettes, and salads, there’s an option for everyone.

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My favorite would be the taco station because the shell was really crispy, and the beef was seasoned well, plus I get to put a lot of cheese on mine!

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Another favorite is these croquettes, brown and crispy on the outside, soft, fluffy, smooth, and savory on the inside.

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There’s also a DIY salad bar if you don’t like the other options, so everyone is covered.

Mains

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Lechon Al Horno – the lechon was good, the skin crispy and properly salted. The meat was juicy and tender, every bit what you would want from roast pork. The only issue for me was it took a long time for the crackle to be replenished, haha. The other buffet goers piled the crackle high on their plates, leaving little to our group.

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Chicken Fricasse – chicken in cream sauce, it was good, but easily forgettable

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Pork Medallion – I was very surprised that it was called pork medallion, because this isn’t what pork medallion looks like. Anyhow, it tastes more like an Asian pork stew

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Thai Fish Curry – surprisingly yummy, the fish curry didn’t have any of that fishy smell, instead was fragrant and packed a lot of flavor in every bite

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Soy Tofu – this reminded me so much of the tofu hot pot dishes served in clay pots at Chinese restaurants. It was good, but not a favorite

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Beef Kare Kare – you actually have to dig through layers of vegetables before you get to the beef. It was your typical kare kare, not too creamy, but not soupy either.

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Singaporean Mixed Seafood – surprisingly good as well. I didn’t think much of this one until I had a bite. It was an oriental stew of sorts, and had just the right amount chili for that extra kick

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Korean Salmon Head – the star of the night. Everyone agreed that this was their favorite. It was the perfect harmony of salty and sweet

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Baked Creamy Vegetable

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Fried Rice

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Roast Beef – it wasn’t outstanding, but it was juicy and packed flavor.

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Calamares

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DIY Pizza and Pasta Station- they also have this DIY pasta and pizza station where you could choose between sauces and toppings. I got to try the four cheese pasta and the pomodoro.

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Assorted Sushi Plate – the sushi and rolls are nothing new, but they tasted great and made with quality ingredients.

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Spotted this lobster carving on a pumpkin! Not sure if this is Chef Boy Logro’s creation but it does add a nice touch

Desserts

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They had cakes, cream puffs, cupcakes, brownies, mango sago, maja blanca, etc., for the dessert spread.

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My personal favorite was the mango sago, but my friends also loved the maja blanca

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They also have a DIY halo halo station, as well as ice cream!

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Drinks

They have juices for their unlimited drink options, but you can also order from their ala carte menu.

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Ala Carte

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We tried the Elvis milkshake, as well as the fruit shakes and a matcha green tea latte. I liked the Elvis milkshake a lot because it had the peanut butter chocolate goodness I was craving for.

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All in all, I had a great time at 7Flavors, it gives you great value for money while also giving a nice place for family gatherings and parties with friends. They actually aren’t competing with buffet bigwigs like Vikings, Buffet 101, Sambokojin, etc. because the price is lower, and they offer a more intimate dining experience. Considering what you get for their price, I’d think that’s a fair trade.

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The 7Flavors Buffet Rates:

  • Mondays to Thursdays: Lunch at Php 400, dinner at Php 500
  • Fridays-Sundays, lunch at Php 600, dinner at Php 600
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7Flavors Buffet & A la Carte
196 A. Mabini Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City

Opening Hours: 7am to 11pm Daily
For Reservations contact:  02-5036750 or 02-7210653

Facebook: 7 Flavors Buffet
Instagram: @7flavors.ph

Find them on Zomato:

7Flavors Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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