My Reviews

Starbucks Coffee

5.0 Stars
Coffee

Buy one, get one free today at Starbucks for all who voted! Great marketing campaign!

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Calderon Cocina Tapas Y Bebidas

5.0 Stars
Spanish

Near Gino's in Salcedo Village, Makati, you can easily missed this place. Small, hidden in a building beside a Korean store and a laundry shop. It serves very good Spanish food. The paella negra and beef salpicao were fantastic.

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Mendokoro Ramenba

5.0 Stars
Ramen or Noodle

Back in Manila for election! Tried this spicy dry ramen/ maze soba for a change at Mendokoro (certainly, one of the top ramen places in Manila). Sarap! Parang pancit canton :) But for today's election, I am going for continuity! :)

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Tanabe

5.0 Stars
Japanese

In a world of fusion cuisine, it is always good to go back to simple, traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine, and Tanabe delivers this. Located on the second floor of an old building in Jupiter Street in Makati, this is still a hidden gem and a good equal alternative to Kikufuiji, which is now always full and difficult to reserve after word got out. It is with hesitation, therefore, that I share this, as part of me, tells me to just keep it under the radar. But ... good food needs to be shared!

There is no star chef in this restaurant, but you could see a Japanese chef at the helm of the sushi counter. You can also see that half of the tables are occupied by Japanese expats, which is always a good sign for authenticity. While the menu is also simple (no fancy fusion dishes here), the dishes are executed well, and the plating is simple yet beautiful and unpretentious. Pricing, however, remains typical of Japanese restaurants (meaning on the high side), but the food quality is good.

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Harbour City

5.0 Stars
Chinese

Back in my hometown Cebu, and first stop is always Harbour City for my childhood comfort food, which is steamed pork rice and fried spring rolls with that perfect orange sweet and sour sauce that is just a match made in heaven!

The place and the quality of food may have deteriorated overtime, but I have to say, at least, for the two signature items, they still satisfy my cravings everytime I am back in Cebu. Price has remained cheap.

Try them when you are in Cebu! Most Cebuanos would tick these as their comfort food alongside ngohyong, Sunburst fried chicken, and Cebu lechon with pusรด (rice wrapped in banana leaves).

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Wild Flour Restaurant

4.0 Stars
Cafรฉ

The good thing about Wildflour's breakfast is this thick bacon slab! But how I wish they balance it with less fried stuff. The fried egg and the fried potatoes were just too much. May I suggest grilled tomato, wild red rice (yes, we Filipinos love rice), and, ok, scrambled eggs (not fried).

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Bank Bar

5.0 Stars
Bar

One of the new cool bars in Manila! Literally hidden in a storage room in a 7-11 store! You wouldn't find it as there is no sign. You can probably ask the cashier or the guard, and if you're lucky, you can enter. But reservation is highly recommended.

Reminds me of Blind Pig, a speakeasy bar, but apart from the hidden location, this one will open you to a new, cool club scene in Manila!

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Mecha Uma

5.0 Stars
Japanese

Finally tried Chef Bruce Rickets's Mecha Uma! Probably one of the most-difficult-to-book restaurant in Manila! Although we still couldn't get an Omakase seat, the ala carte reservation was a wise strategy, otherwise I would be leaving Manila again without still getting a seat.

Mecha uma, literally, means 'insanely delicious'! And it didn't disappoint. Chef Bruce, indeed, is one of the most creative, up and coming, young chefs in the Philippines today. His food is really a fusion of many inspirations with Japanese cuisine as just the creative base.

Certainly, one of the must-go restaurants in Manila!

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Wild Flour Restaurant

4.0 Stars
Cafรฉ

Went to the wrong Wildflour in Salcedo Village first, before finding out my friend booked in Rada branch in Legaspi Village. So better take note! This is the new Wildflour in Makati, although I still prefer the expat vibe in Salcedo. They have the best salted chocolate cake. For food, you have to order the right stuff. The kimchi fried rice is so so for me. The seafood pasta is said to be good.

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