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I didnt know about this delivery and take out until Peanut D told us that she’ll be sending food over to our office for us to try. I really appreciate the thoughtfulness! Thank you guys! It was delivered exactly 12nn. The rider called me that he’s already at the back of the bldg so I went out to pick up the food. I also got a msg from Hainan that the rider is already on his way. I like how they manage the customers. We had Kare-kare, sisig, pancit canton and empanada. To be honest, I love everything!! I shared it with the team and they love it too! Especially the sisig, it’s crunchy and spicy at the same time! The empanada has 3 flavors- beef, chicken and ham& cheese! My favorite is the beef! The kare kare was also good! I had quite a lot since it’s my favorite! The team was very happy with the free food plus we will be ordering soon again! Yaaay!! 🤗 Thank you looloo team!
MASARAP. SOBRANG SARAP!!! Nakakaiyak sa sarap! 🤤💯 Freshly baked man or galing sa ref... at kahit pa kinain mo na the next day, MASARAP PA RIN. The cheese mousse was rich and really cheesy. And the crust, double baked so you get to enjoy a really good and crunchy base. Just so perfect that it will make you want to savor every bite. 🤤 For 95 pesos, super sulit na. You may think it’s pricey but for the taste and quality, bawal mag complain!!! ——— Also, can we please discuss how strategic their location is?!? At first you may think that they’re away from the crowd.. why would they want to be located in a corner? In a place where people don’t normally go? 🤔 I don’t know if they also have a specific timing but (omg!!) I tried looking for Bake before we go up the church and there was no one in line and the staffs were just waiting... so I was like “ay nilalangaw??”. But right after mass, when everyone is going down.. Bake is the first establishment you’ll see and then you’ll smell freshly baked cheesetarts.. and just like that, the line is already long!! Good job, Bake! 🤗 🏼 The line was long during our visit but service was pretty fast. You order, pay, and they’ll prepare it. Also, waiting isn’t that bad especially when you get to appreciate the beauty and smell of the freshly baked cheesetarts. If you’re a cheesy person, you must must must try BAKE! They have 2 locations now, one in Podium and here in Rockwell. No excuse not to try them soon!!
This will be my second time to visit these gentle giants. Along with my friends and brother, I accompanied them to this place. With a kind friend who lend her GoPro during our trip, I was sure that this time I will have a good shot of this magnificent creatures ♥️. As the start of our week long trip, we headed early in the morning to catch these giants. We rented a private van for the entirety of our trip with my brother and another friend alternately driving. Our group of 8 sojourn our first itinerary with the sun on our side. After paying for the fees, 300php just to watch + life vest and 500php (locals) or 1000php (foreigners) to swim + life vest and snorkeling set, we were directed to listen to a short lecture about the do’s and don’t’s. I only remember that you can’t use any sunblock or hair conditioner, no touching of the whale sharks, you should be in a certain meters away from it and stay clear of the feeding path of the whale sharks. If you don’t have a decent camera to capture the experience, they have a GoPro rental area (additional 1000php to rent and they will extract it and place them in a compact disc). Duration for the whole experience is still good for 30mins only. In 2015, I remember seeing a big whale shark as big and long as the Ceres bus. Now I inquired about it with the kuya bankero, he said that that was the last time they saw that big one. Since then, it has never come back to visit the feeding grounds. Overall, even it was a second time, it was and will be worth the try to see them up close - be it on the boat or with them underwater *video in my ig feed* *there were soooo many Chinese that time we went probably because of the Chunjie or Spring Festival 很多中国人*
The usual part of having an overseas based relative here in Manila is to show them the good food Manila has to offer. So, was surprised that my wife’s cousin kept asking me for the food spots that they should go to. This will be a series of reviews to showcase those restaurants we went to – Restaurant # 3 is La Chinesca! For my past reviews of La Chinesca, I’ve raved about how good it is! It is actually situated in the BF Homes strip of restaurants – and despite it having no signboard, practically no parking, it’s staffed with 7 folks inside while having seats good for 10 folks on the tables, plus 4 on the bar. This already being our 3rd or 4th visit, is the only time we were able to order the guacamole since it would always be out before! For this experience, we ordered these: Carne Asada – Hanging tender, esquites, Chinesca crema, salsa fresca Camaroncito – Shrimp, chorizo de Chino, potato, pickled onions, sesame leaf, mozzarella Huachimango – Beer battered fish, cabbage, salsa fresca, lime and XO crema Carnitas – Achiote pork confit, bean puree, pickled onions, roasted pineapple, chicharron Wagyu * Tuna Tostada – Doubanjiang mayo, lime and orange, maggi, onions, peanuts on tuna Guacamole – Mexican avocado, onions, lime, cilantro, tostadas My favorites are still the wagyu, the carnitas and the huachimango. Each taco, in my opinion, was really crafted to create that balanced taste! For me, I would never eat pickled onions by itself, but man, it works when you eat the tacos. Each person will probably have at least 3 tacos per seating – and price-wise, we ended up paying Php2000 for the 4 of us. This for me was worth it, given that you are getting quality food! The guacamole, even with its limited supply, is just so-so for me. Good to spread along the tacos aside from eating it with the tostadas! Go early, and don’t bother going late or right smack on meal times – either you’ll be waiting for a really long time or you won’t have parking space anymore. A part of me wants them to expand so it won’t be so difficult getting seats but at the same time, it will ruin that “hole-in-the-wall” experience on what makes it a “food destination.” The foreigner said it herself, it’s the best tacos she’s had outside of LA. Adding that those places are where all the Mexican’s eat already! * Disclaimer: off the menu so I couldn’t copy the ingredients so I didn’t really know what was on it other than the fact that this was so good and tender. -- - kwokie -
Sip your way back to the 90s with an awesome feel of Versus Barcade in Uptown Mall, BGC. This new concept bar offers not just the usual bar but a lot of choices to enjoy arcade games! This is the second stop of our Looloo rendezvoos! The interiors of the place is modern and you immediately wanted to try on those classic arcade games such as Pac-Man, Simpsons and Ghostbuster Pinball! But aside from these games, Versus Barcade offers alcoholic drinks and something to eat. Though not a fan of drinking a lot of alcohol, I tried some of the mocktail and cocktails they offered. I love their Mr. Pacman and Mrs. Pacman. It is a mix of different alcohol which was perfectly selected to match. But to be honest, I enjoyed more eating those “pulutan!” 🏻 For the bar chows, we had a selection of Chicharon Bulaklak, Chicken Skin, a platter of nachos and quail eggs (Kwek-kwek). I really love the quail eggs together with the sauce they made. It was a combination of sweet and spicy but not the usual one we taste. If you also wanted to rent that place, they mentioned that there’s a VIP area upstairs wherein your can reserved. Overall, it was a fun night. Definitely a place where you can EAT, DRINK and PLAY! Thank you Looloo and Megaworld for the invite! #EATSmeBRIE
After a million attempts, I have finally tried dining here, and I absolutely loved it! There were two main reasons I ate here for lunch: 1.) I am a fan of all Low Brow restaurants! 2.) I wanted to get a free PHP 500 voucher to Bad Bird, Serendra 🏼 Yes, you read it right! Until next Monday (February 26, 2018) if you dine and spend PHP 500 in Fowlbread or Wrong Ramen, you’ll get a PHP 500 GC for their newest branch of Bad Bird in Serendra. I was sure on the hunt for this, so I scheduled my meeting in BGC in order for my lunch to be here. I initially planned on dining in Fowlbread, but I just knew that the PHP 500 tab might be harder to reach since I was alone. I only wanted to have the chicken sandwich there anyway, and it’s just about PHP 280++. Hence the idea of going to Wrong Ramen instead. I ordered the FU Ramen (PHP 490 ++) and a bottle of Bayani Brew in Dalandan flavor (PHP 85 ++). Apparently the PHP 500 amount must be reached exclusive of taxes and service charge for the promo to be met. This is essentially the reason why I bought a drink. Otherwise, I would have been very happy with my ice cold house water. Mind you, all Low Brow restaurants are very particular about giving out ice cold service water. You wouldn’t run out of it. Their ninja moves on refilling your glass of water is very impressive. And it’s always nice and cold. Also note that you only get 1 voucher for every table / transaction that reaches PHP 500. So if for example you reach PHP 1,000, you’ll still get just 1 GC. Before I came here I browsed through numerous reviews and even consulted Team Kaladkarin’s resident ramen master Marc M on what to order for a first visit in this place. It was a consistent recommendation to have the FU Ramen so I had no second thoughts on ordering it. It truly was not the usual ramen for me, but in a really good way. I’m no ramen expert, but my taste buds and tummy are happy. It was like a bowl of all things fatty and awesome with a nice broth and firm noodles. It was just the right amount of saltinness, in my opinion. The bacon was crispy, and the Spam had a wonderful grilled taste to it. The soup was rich and filling, and I liked the texture of the noodles a lot. The fried egg gave it more flavor and body, and it was a great addition to the whole dish. Plus, presentation was so pretty, and it was so fragrant and really warm when served to me. I really loved this ramen! It was such a nice and filling meal! I can’t wait to come back! I’m so excited to try Bad Bird in Serendra too! The complimentary voucher is valid until March 15, 2018. I’ve only had this umami fried chicken in HITW. I definitely look forward to trying a stand-alone restaurant!
SOBAng SARAP! Love authentic Japanese food like I do? Like to add some bit of flare and excitement to your dining? Then you’ve got to try this hole-in-the-wall Japanese Resto in #Cebu! SOBA KAMAKURA is a 10 seater Resto (so you have to reserve in advance) where you will be treated with nothing but good food and good service. They serve delicious sashimi (some even ordered from japan like the chutoro), tempura, but their specialty is their soba sets. It’s a sit-down dining experience fit for a date or you can do it solo or with friends because you deserve a special treat from time to time . My friends and I got different soba sets so we can gauge each one. Suffice to say, we enjoyed everything. Here are the menu items we got: 🏼 Ebi Tempura with special salt dip I’ve never tried tempura with salt. Didn’t know it was even better that using tempura sauce. It gives it that extra savory kick without making the Ebi soggy like the usual sauce does. It’s a good appetizer to start off your meal. 🏼 Chutaro Sashimi For 1,400 this sashimi is a bit expensive at 6-8 slices only. But since this is flown in directly from Japan, you’d understand why. It was so fresh and juicy still. It’s so soft and flavorful even with just a little soy sauce and wasabi. It’s so close to the Chutoro I tried in Osaka so it’s legit. A little painful in the pocket but if you have some to extra hard earned cash to spare, I’d say you have to try it. 🏼Gyudon Soba Set For p780, its a steal as it includes a gyudon soba, a gyudon rice bowl, tea, and capped off with dessert bowl. The gyudon was really soft and tender and was even topped off with a raw egg on top. Talk about a complete meal! 🏼 Beef Soba The bowl was p580 and it was filling enough. Just sad I didn’t convert it to a set (the set was around 1,400 I think) but I thoroughly enjoyed it still. The soba had some tempura bits for an extra crunch and had a beef dipping sauce to accompany it which added another depth of flavor to it. 🏼 Ebi Soba If you’re into shrimp, this is a must try. The bowl had a generous amount of Ebi and the cold soba sauce complemented the shrimp itself. The bowl looks small but it’s really filling. 🏼 Matcha pudding with vanilla ice cream To cap off our lunch, we tried the dessert matcha pudding. IT WAS SO GOOD. I didn’t notice I finished it in less than a minute (sarap e). It’s not too sweet but it packs a mean flavor punch. Perfect ender for the meal we just had! What’s also good to know is that the chef (who’s actually a Japanese that speaks perfect Cebuano... but with a Japanese accent so it’s kinda cool haha) hand prepares the soba noodles from scratch every time. He’ll even show you the fresh soba before they cook it. Other reminders: - since they sit a limited number, book at least 1-2 days in advance - unique items like the chutoro need to be ordered 1 day in advance as well so tell the Resto when you reserve - don’t be late for your schedule appointment. Best to go lunch time if you don’t want too much people - check out the CR for a legit Japanese style automatic washroom experience hahaha (everything’s automated!) - best to use Waze of Google maps to get there as it’s not in the highway. You have to go further in to get to it (and don’t be scared when you see the door. It’s such a minimalist facade so you won’t know its a Resto until you enter the Resto haha). DEFINITELY A MUST TRY! 🤟🏼 Personal rating (highest is 5 Yums) Price: 3.5 yums Taste: 5 yums Ambiance ️: 4.5 yums Service 🏻: 5 yums Overall happiness: 4.5 out of 5 yums PS: check out my IG @ChubbyPeroHappy for more food adventures! #chubbyperohappy #SobaKamakura #Japanese
My cousin is staying in Manila for a month only then she goes back to Japan to finish her exchange study program. We decided to fly to Bacolod to celebrate the long weekend and to get away for a while from all the chaos in Manila. To officially start our food adventure in Bacolod, we had chicken Inasal in Nena's! It's my 2nd time to eat in this restaurant and I am glad that the taste of their chicken still remains to be the same. I ordered 1 Pecho and 1 Isol (chicken butt). My cousin ordered 1 Pecho and 1 Paa. Imagine with what we ordered, we got full easily! Servings are huge (esp. their isol). Chicken was very juicy and savoury. I don't exactly remember the exact bill of our orders but it was less than 500php. That is why my cousin and I LOOOVE Bacolod so much <3. And to be honest with you, it's really a different experience when you get to try chicken inasal in Bacolod than the one in Manila. Once you get to try the chicken inasal in Bacolod, you might lose the interest to eat Inasal in Manila. (That's what happened to me).
The usual part of having an overseas based relative here in Manila is to show them the good food Manila has to offer. So, was surprised that my wife’s cousin kept asking me for the food spots that they should go to. This will be a series of reviews to showcase those restaurants we went to – Restaurant # 2 is Breakfast at Antonios! The past few times, the wife and I have always dined in the fine-dining side of Antonio’s, whether it’s for our anniversary or birthday or for Christmas. We decided to try the breakfast side this time around, not just for the change in ambiance but also for the chance to avoid Tagaytay weekend traffic. We left Manila before 6am and was in Breakfast at Antonio’s around 7am. I guess this says a lot about the place since we got there on opening time and got seats – BUT all seats have been taken and people are already waiting BY 730am. Was surprising too that by the time it opened, there was already a group of folks eating inside celebrating someone’s birthday. (Yes, they were senior citizens.) Dining in for the first time after a while, (it was years since I’ve dined in this specific Antonio’s restaurant) it was difficult choosing what to order! But after deciding amongst ourselves on not to order a similar dish between ourselves, we ended up with the following: Mushroom Roesti with Swiss Cheese – mushrooms and swiss cheese on top of fried potatoes Sauteed Corned Beef with Rice – house corned beef sautéed with onions and garlic, rice on the side Croque Madame with OJ and chips on the side – ham and swiss cheese topped with fried egg and béchamel sauce (my favorite sandwich to order and compare with other restaurants) I’ll start with the roesti, this by itself is already a hard item to come by with Philippine restaurants. Most of the time, it’s always mashed potatoes or just plain fries or wedges – but to find roesti and to see it cooked properly, it’s a statement! The mushrooms were cooked well, earthy taste but not metallic. The cheese on top of the sunny side up egg was perhaps the sin on otherwise a healthy breakfast dish. Antonio’s is known for their house corned beef, Tagaytay being in close proximity to Batangas farms, has easy access to good beef. This is evident with the corned beef being flavorful and tasty. I’d even say that it really is a specialty given how it tasted! Finally, on the Croque Madame – having a nicely cooked sunny side up egg on a sandwich is always a good idea, ham and swiss cheese paired with it – perfect! Croque Madame is my regular order in Wildflour, and I always look for it that I’ve ordered the Croque Madame from Laduree and Angelina’s in Paris. Each one among them was good, this version of Antonio’s was rich and decadent with the béchamel sauce not overpowering the Swiss cheese which should be the highlight since Swiss cheese is hard to come by this side of the world. I couldn’t find anything to complain about with the sandwich, but only to the chips which was served with it being “makunat” already. (Not crispy!) Funnily enough, I think that the sandwich was too big for a single order, but I think it was due to the fact that the Swiss cheese slice is that big – that it warranted a big sandwich! ️ Service is superb, despite the place being really busy. Ambiance was breezy and cool with the crisp Tagaytay breeze. They also have a chill spot at the back with a good view of the volcano and the lake, perhaps the sight every out of town visitor is looking for. With this experience, Antonio’s should really open more restaurants – as they have served consistently good food, good ambiance, and a very delightful dining experience every time. It’s why they’re still open over the years – perhaps for more than a decade already since I remember dining in when I was still in university. (early 2000s) - kwokie -
Concept restaurants and bars has captured sophisticated customers this 2018. And I believe we will see more food establishments getting creative in the goal of luring you and I to their doors. Imagine a Bar with an Arcade. It’s confusing at the start but it worked out eventually for me. Initially I was like, are they inviting kids to drink? This concept thrives to two markets actually. The one who goes to the bar to drink his favorite mix, and the companion who just happens to be dragged along. I am always the latter, and now I have something to do- play arcade for free. I used to drink alcohol, never really liked it. But I frequent bars becuase some of my friends loved the night life. Here in Barcade, I can do more than pretend to enjoy, I can now gladly burn hours having their own bar chow curations and sip glasses of mocktail while I jump from one machine to another. No tokens needed to play the classic games I grew up in. They have Pacman, Street Fighter, Battle City, Go Kart Mario, Basketball, Pinball, just to name a few. On this invite we had a few starters, including Kwek Kwek with a nice sweet and spicy dip, and some crunch from Chicken Skin, cheesy Nachos and Chicharon Bulaklak. For drinks, I had a customized sweet chocolatey malt drink without alcohol. The others had a mix of sorts like Mr. and Mrs. Pacman. Go ahead and challenge and chat with their Baristas. They are up for a concoction that you will hopefully love and get addicted to. The price points are high, but it’s well worth the experience. Thank you Looloo for the opportunity to be a kid again. I was indeed fortunate to be one of the few to try this new joint before everyone else. Finally, a bar that’s calling my name.
Thanks to their very cute dimsum offerings, the girls decided to continue our foodieventure here. Darwin Dimsum offers Chinese food in different shapes and looks that’ll bring out the child in you. They have custard buns, hakaws and dumplings with Hello Kitty as the design, Panda vegetable buns and Mickey Mouse-shaped radish cakes. I got an order of Hello Kitty hakaw. Only one of the four hakaws had a complete HK design (eyes, ribbons, nose, etc.) while the rest had HK ribbons only. It was still so cute! Good thing dimsum takes a while to cool down so you’ll have plenty of time to take photos of it. For the taste, it was surprisingly good! Most dishes with very novelty features tend to have weird or bland tastes but these HK hakaws did not disappoint. I liked how the wrapper was so thin and the shrimp inside is so plump.
Spanish restaurants are everywhere! Offering Paella, tapas, etc etc...Even some Filipino Restaurants have Spanish dishes incorporated in their menu! Guess the influence is really strong. Blame the years and years of us being colonized by them - during the olden times. My husband and I would sometimes splurge in our fave Spanish restaurant but when you ask us for a casual and reasonably priced one, I wouldn't really have a favorite. It's not always our cuisine of choice so when I went to Oye in Uptown Mall, I didn't have any expectations. Combining traditional dishes with modern twists, Oye puts fun into their dishes. There isn't so much to say about the ambiance in Oye. It wasn't too inviting IMO. Bricked walls, floral patterns, animal prints in their chairs, wall art and modern chandeliers - I felt as if there was no central theme. Confusing and made me realize that this kind of chaos can take away that comfort that I usually look for in restaurants. Never mind the overall feel of the place, I started the night with a glass of Mojito. Highly recommended by , boy she was right! Alcohol wasn't too strong nor too weak, just the right kick of lime and had all the goodness of mint. Too pricey for 360Php for a small glass but worth the try. Onto the food... I liked the following: | Truffled Egg with Ham and Potatoes - new in their menu, this one was served in a small clear glass. Dig deep down into the glass and scoop the creamy and smooth egg with bits of shredded potatoes. The truffle wasn't too strong but it was just right to complement the buttery eggs. | Chorizo Stuffed Baby Squid for 375Php - small bites but definitely big in flavors - the squid ink aeoli was so good too! | False Risotto with Shrimps and Salmon for 290Php - my super fave that night! It was well cooked with balanced flavors, just the right tomato sauce flavor to give it the acidity that's needed, creamy and buttery with a good kick of salt. There was just enough seafood topping here but every spponful I took was covered. | Fideua de Mariscos for 290Php (5inch pan), 705Php (12inch pan)- mimicking Paella, Fideua uses noodles instead of rice. There wasn't too much of a difference though. I liked that the seafood flavor was strong so I drizzled this with a good amount of lime to get that balance that I was looking for. Not bad at all. | Oye Fried Rice - this bowl of fried rice with all the good stuff in it can be your meal on it's own! Runny and chicharon plus tasty rice - this one's easy to love. | Leche Con Galletas for 280Php - dessert was in the form of a milk and cookie parfait! It was sweet and creamy with nice texture contrast from the cookie pieces. A little too steep for the serving size, I a The other items were just okay. The Patatas Bravas was ordinary but not bad at all. Then the skewers - Grilled Prawns & Squid, Grilled Pork Belly, Grilled Chicken. Most parts were burnt and bitter and I did not find them appetizing at all. Maybe I'm a little biased as well since skewers are never my thing so you know if it was just me, I will not even bother ordering these. Definitely going back and will tag along the family. I'm sure the husband will love the False Risotto! Thanks so much |oo|oo and Megaworld for this invite!
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