My Reviews

Frank & Charles

1.0 Stars
Burger

Frank & Charles is no more. The restaurant owners have renovated the place, changed the menu radically, and named it as the new Jill & Pops. Gwen I I have sent you a request. Thank u! 128522

~ Nievs G., formerly as Amyxal V. 128521

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The Lost Bread

3.0 Stars
Dessert
2

After wanting to visit The Lost Bread (and receiving a couple of reco's), at last I've visited it just today. I didn't need to go to Maginhawa to check out the legendary The Lost Bread, because it's right here at its branch in SM Megamall's Mega Fashion Hall.

By curiosity, I ordered the Sub-Zero Soft Serve (S'mores, in a cup, ₱157 methinks). Na-cute-an talaga ako sa hitsura -- a blue-colored vanilla soft-serve ice cream and graham crackers, complete with a low-lying "theatrical" smoke (liquid nitrogen smoke, I think) a stick of the roasted marshmallow, and a syringe with the chocolate sauce inside. It looked like it was straight out of a science fiction or something. It was certainly fun to squirt the chocolate syrup out of the syringe. Hahaha.

The taste was quite the opposite of its looks -- nothing spectacular, just like any soft-serve ice cream. It was even a bit too sweet for me. But it was pretty fun to eat.

Will come back to try their other offerings (I'll go for the less heavy and more refreshing ones like Soda Pop with the strawberry popsicle)

~ Nievs (formerly Amyxal V.)

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Uncle Moe's Shawarma Hub

4.0 Stars
Middle Eastern
3

Middle Eastern fare with unbeatable prices to match. My date and I had a quick lunch (after we went book-sale hunting at a Books For Less warehouse) which consisted of:

🔹Tapenade (₱85) - Pita bread with olives and capers dip. First time to taste capers -- it had a combination of earthy and sour. My date's reaction when he got a first taste of it -- priceless 128514128514128514 I think it is an acquired taste. We would have wanted hummus but it was unavailable.

🔹Kebab platter (₱185) - two sticks of chicken, two sticks of beef with tomato salsa. We went for the buttered rice option. I also ordered another buttered rice (₱22). My date doesn't eat beef, so he had chicken instead. We tried their mayos and they added the extra zing to the dish (he preferred the spicy mayo while I liked the garlic mayo).

🔹Sprite (in a can, ₱45) and All My Tea (in a bottle ₱45).

It was a full house that afternoon so we had no choice but to sit outside. Nevertheless, service was pretty fast. I liked the kebabs. Of course, you can't expect their food to be authentic Middle Eastern, but it was quite a food-venture for me and my date. The tapenade didn't win me over, it was ok; the flavor was totally foreign to me. But I was glad I tried it. 128522

Next time I will try the hummus, moussaka melt and of course their shawarma.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5, but I round it off to 4 here on Looloo 128513

~ Nievs (formerly Amyxal V.)

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Krispy Kreme

4.0 Stars
Doughnut
2

Promo today: one box of pre-assorted doughnuts for just ₱299. Too bad the Ghirardelli doughnut isn't included, but that's ok! 128522

Speaking of Ghirardelli, I also ordered the Ultimate Chocolate Chiller, Ghirardelli flavor (₱160, medium). It may not have the "dark" chocolate flavor like what I expected, but it's not too sweet either. Just right! 128522 I let the ice melt for a while, yet this drink is still creamy hehehe.

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Soya Bar

4.0 Stars
Snack
2

It was MatcharapPH who first told me (on IG) that Soya Bar also has a green tea soy mousse cheese drink. No way. I've been to Soya Bar a few times already yet I failed to browse their menu thoroughly. (Or I just always order the chilled taho that I never bother to look at the menu).

But anyway, here it is, the soy mousse cheese drink (green tea flavor)! It costs ₱99. It has the usual instant green tea-level flavor, plus there's some richness of cream cheese, but there is also the strong, vegetal hints from the soy milk which give this drink a different spin. This is good! (If you're a vegan, this isn't the drink for you though. Pwede pa para sa mga lacto-vegetarian)

And of course, I won't leave Soya Bar without ordering my first favorite, the chilled taho. 128522

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Tokyo Tokyo

5.0 Stars
Fast Food

Still, the Spicy Chicken variant is a favorite. It will take me a while before choosing other ramens at Tokyo Tokyo. "Snack" size (₱115) lang busog ka na. 127836128522

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Pinkberry

4.0 Stars
Frozen Yogurt
3

I was invited again for the Looloo Rendezvoos, and like my last rendezvoos, it happened again at SM Megamall (favorite mall lol).

Although I have seen Pinkberry before (when I went to Serenitea for the ube ice cream slush drink), it was otherwise my first time there.

We tried two things: the Pinkbee's with the new Cookies and Cream flavor and their main product, the froyo.

For the Cookies and Cream Pinkbee's, I had three toppings: the pomegranate bubbles, cookie wafer and a Peppero stick.

The flavor of the Pinkbee itself was nondescript, it tasted like any other soft-serve ice cream. It was OK in itself -- sweet and light. But the toppings (like the pomegranate bubbles) resulted in a more interesting combination of flavors.

I'm a fan of fruity bubble bursts, and there were even other flavors, but I was intrigued by the pomegranate bubbles so I had only those -- they tasted sweet but sharp at the same time. I liked them! But thankfully the toppings didn't overwhelm the sweet flavor of the Pinkbee's.

Next was the froyo, with my choice of toppings: cookie wafer again, pomegranate bubbles again, blueberries, Belgian dark chocolate chips and almonds.

The dark chocolate chips made my froyo a bit sweeter and more richly-flavored. I loved every spoonful of my froyo.

Although I find their fare a bit pricey to my standards, this Rendezvoos made me want to try the other combination of toppings -- I will definitely include the dark chocolate chips (dark chocolate fan here, hehe) and the pomegranate bubbles, among others that I have yet to try. Will come back again soon. 128522

Thank you Peanut D again for the extending the invite, and Roegan T and Ms. Sofia from Pinkberry for accommodating us! It was nice to meet the other Looloo reviewers too who managed to make it at the rendezvoos. 128522

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Pick Me Up Cafe

4.0 Stars
Café
6

The residents of Greenland Village in Cainta must be so lucky because they DONUT have to go beyond the gates to have a good food trip. I've BREAD about a new-ish cafe there in Greenland, called Pick Me Up Cafe, located at the CORNer of Buenmar Avenue (the main road) and Marigold Street.

Judging from the pic-CHURROS on their FB/IG accounts, their food looked good, even DOUGH I didn't really know what to expect. So by the THYME I went there I guess I was in for some surpRICE.

Pick Me Up Cafe is set up inside a residential lot, so we truly felt as if we were hanging out at some friend's pad, but only with restaurant-level food to be had.

What we had:

1. Oriental Stir-Fry Noodles (₱130) - Sweet, salty and umami. The terikyaki chicken was tender, and the much blander sunny-side up egg tempered the overall rich flavor of the dish, which made it even BUTTER.

2. Chicken and Basil Pesto Noodles (₱150) - This had been my most MATCHAwaited dish ever since I first saw a picture of it on their Facebook page.

Sorry if it doesn't look good in my pic, but I could say that it definitely met my EGGS-pectations. Speaking of eggs, of course there was the hard-boiled "tamago," apart from the noodles, nori and breaded chicken strips swimming gloriously in the creamy pesto-based soup. The dish was rich and had the right piquancy. The noodles managed to be pretty firm to the bite throughout. And of course, it was BERRY fragrant -- I could smell the aromatic basil even before the dish arrived to our table.

It was served in a big bowl, so it was good for sharing (or you can have it for yourself if you don't want to share! 128540 ) Sulit! 128077

3. PMU House Burger (₱125) - The burger patty tended to be a bit too salty for me. I liked the spiced-up French fries. But the sauce was standout! It was NUT the usual ketchup-and-mayo fare -- it was a bit sweet and salty but the garlicky flavors seemed to dominate it. We asked one of the servers what was in the sauce, but she only said it was a homemade sauce. I guess it was a secret -- they didn't want to TACO 'bout it. Hmmm... sriracha, maybe? I haven't tried sriracha before, though.

4. Matcha Green Tea Latte (cold, ₱75) - whenever I dine in a place where there's green tea or matcha, I can't let that pass it up, no matter the depth of flavor. Nothing aMAIZEing, just OK -- quite similar to GoldKili instant matcha latte. I liked the glasses -- not the usual mason jars.

The cool BEETS (mostly LOAF-fi indie music, not some loud isprikitik "tug-tug-tug" techno) added to the laid-back feel of the place. You can dine in PEAS. Too bad they don't have some sweets, but I think that's not their forte for now. Their food is reasonably priced naman, it can fit to anyone's FUDGEt.

Servers were friendly, smiling and accommodating. And their service was second to NAAN. In about 10 minutes my food was served (yep, I was surFRIESed about that!) -- they even arrived earlier than my sister did (who was my lunch date) hahaha 128516. Bravo to that and I hope that they'll keep up their good and PASTA service.

#loolooweeklychallenge

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Primiera Milkshakes & Desserts

3.0 Stars
Dessert
2

I came here specifically to order their Matcha KitKat milkshake but alas, it was unavailable. I was quite disappointed, needless to say. I ordered the Primiera Fusion instead (strawberry + vanilla flavor, I was told)

It was good -- its sweetness not bordering on cloying -- but too creamy for my liking. It led me to really want to drink lots of water to wash away all the heavy cream.

They could have offered spoon straws because there were lots to eat in the milkshake -- the toasted mallows, the fruits, and the crushed Graham crackers (which had been mixed with cream).

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Uggy Cafe

5.0 Stars
Café
4

Working away from home because I couldn't stand the heat! Besides, our connection at home is slow and I need to have something done ASAP. So I went out and headed here at Uggy Cafe. Their Wi-Fi connection has always been stable so far.

Of all the things I've tried at Uggy Cafe, I think I like the Affogato (₱115) the most! It tasted so rich, but comforting. The combination of the espresso's bitterness and the sweet creaminess of the ice cream is tantalizing. It is the first thing that I've finished just now. Bitin! Hehehe.

Their spaghetti bolognese (₱75, not pictured, sorry) has small bits of carrots, which give the dish a different texture. I like that it's not the usual sweet spaghetti that I've gotten used to.

I'm not a fan of cheesecake in general, but I like their chocolate cheesecake (₱105) -- it is creamy and velvety of course, but not too sweet. I also like the hint of salt in the crust.

Instead of ordering another caffeine-laced drink, I tried the Strawberry and Cream frappe (₱125) - It's just fine, and it retains its sweetness all the way through, even if the ice has melted. Not too sweet, not too bland. Just right.

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