My Reviews

Sunnies Cafe

4.0 Stars
Café
7

It’s been a while since I’ve gone to Sunnies so when my best friend invited me to join her for dinner here, I was happy to oblige. 128568

It was nice to know that they’ve developed new dishes for the restaurant over the time they’ve been operational. I wasn’t too happy to find out that my sister’s favorite dish from this joint has been phased out. Sadly, I never got to try their Squid Ink Lasagna which she practically raved to me for quite a while. (Please bring it back even for a limited time only! 128569)

Don’t get me wrong. I actually still found my dining experience to be really good. 128568

I tried one of their new items, the Umami Surf and Turf (PHP 295). It’s basically a bowl with brown rice topped with beef and salmon. Their sauces were mindblowingly good! It had a bunch of mayonnaise based dressings, Japanese sauces powders. I absolutely loved this dish! It really held up to its name of being umami. It may look modest in portion and appearance but it’s actually really filling, flavorful and honestly quite deceiving, in a really good way. The beef had a wonderful cook, so tender and delicious. The salmon was really nice too. It had a crisp to the skin and the fillet was seared perfectly. The meat and fish itself was very well seasoned, and with the addition of the sauces, it was fantastic! Definitely a bang for your buck, I’d totally recommend this dish. 128571

We also tried out their Creamy Caramelized Spam Bowl (PHP 190) - Caramelized Spam, Scrambled Egg, Caramelized Onion, Sriracha Aioli, Scallion Brown Rice. I got to try about three spoonfulls of this dish. This was delicious too, but I got too full with my bowl to have some more of it. The eggs was fluffy and creamy and I loved it. I found the sriracha mayo to be too spicy for my taste. Still it went really went with the bowl. Obviously the star of this dish is actually the Spam and boy did they cook this really well. It had a nice fry on it and had the right amount of sweetness from the caramelization. The onions gave it flavor too, but they put some sort of burnt herb on it too which I didn’t like at all. Still, I’d enjoy this especially as a healthy breakfast.

Since my Umami bowl was being offered as an introductory product, it came with a free glass of iced tea. They made me choose between black berry or peach iced tea and I picked the first one. Mayged, antamis lang. 128569 Still, not complaining since it’s complimentary. I just added some water to it and it got better.

Overall, it was a really nice dinner and I still come back to try more from their menu. 128568

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% Arabica

5.0 Stars
Coffee

Finally tried their Matcha Latte! 1285699996🏼 I had it iced cause it was such a hot day. I actually really liked it! Jayson J’s review must have been such an #inflooence (double o for branding hehehe 128569 Ruth D Peanut D Roegan T) for them because I actually found it to have just the right amount of milk. They must have improved their recipe now compared to then. Maybe, just maybe. 128568 The matcha flavor was very pronounced. I liked that the drink was not too sweet, and it really worked as an iced beverage. Really helped with the heat.

We were supposed to go to the Matcha place next door but it was already closed when we went. It was 10PM already. I didn’t regret coming to Arabica though. I really had my eye on this drink for the longest time anyway, I just didn’t have the time to dropby.

I really pray %Arabica will have a mocha on their menu soon too. (Hahaha naghanap ng wala... 1285699996🏼)

Also the upstairs area of the cafe is already open. When I first visited it was still closed. This gave more seats for guests. It was full though on the second floor so I stayed downstairs. This also made me ask to have my drink to go too. I’d still go back. 128568

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Half Saints

5.0 Stars
Café
4

It’s been a while since I visited this place. It was still during their soft opening days, even ling before @MasarapBa got wind of this place. Yes that long. If you wanna be specific, it was about last February. Now they’re doing so well with even a wider food and beverage menu. Still it’s not too late to share about my experience back then here.

Half Saints is a new restaurant in Quezon City that creates fusion food featuring home-grown food combined with other cuisines. I absolutely enjoyed my visit here with Julie L and I will definitely come back. 128571

We ordered Camiling’s Chicharron Risotto (PHP 495) - Camiling, Tarlac’s special bagnet with salted egg cream sauce, roasted eggplant, tomatoes and cilantro salad. I haven’t tried Camiling’s bagnet in Tarlac but man was this dish good! The pork was wonderful, the skin had was a nice crispy crackling while the meat was tender and had the right amount of fattiness. The salted egg risotto was very tasty and worked really well with the eggplant and cilantro. Everything on this plate was very well thought off and I absolutely loved it! 10084

We also had the Three Cheese Ravioli (PHP 380) - Parmesan, ricotta and mozzarella stuffed ravioli tossed in housemade marinara. I loved this pasta dish! Each piece of ravioli is a party in your mouth, every cheese lover must have it! The sauce had a tinge of heat which gave it so much body, and I liked that they made this dish with red sauce to complement with the creaminess of the cheese filling. 128571

You cannot leave this establishment without having their desserts! I’m not kidding!

We had the 64% Dark Chocolate Tart (PHP 220) - Almond sugar crust, Davao cocoa, topped with cream and Himalayan pink salt. OMG this was divine! Take note, I’m no dark chocolate fan but this just slayed me and took me straight to chocolate heaven! Everything about this chocolate tart is excellent, and writing about it now is making drool. 🤤

Another amazing dessert was their Tiramisu Cheesecake (PHP 195) - Layers of cheesecake, lade fingers dipped in espresso, coffee liquer, and amaretto, whipped cream and cocoa powder. This was not too sweet bit still had quite a punch. It was delicious and pairs really well with your favorite coffee! 10084

I will definitely come back and soon! Last time I went, they only accept cash but I think they’re now accepting credit cards. Plus I saw on the IG account that they’ve started serving alcoholic beverages here, which means they’ve secured their liquor permit too. 128568

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The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery

5.0 Stars
Café
6

Dated my very talented sister to celebrate her success on “Sid & Aya: Not A Live Story”. (Shameless plug, my sister Len C is the Musical Director of this new Anne Curtis x Ding Dong Dantes x Direk Irene Villamor film! I’m so proud of her work! Please watch it in cinemas today!) 12857110084

We browsed on |ooloo in where to eat in UPTC and this came up. Thanks to the awesome reviews of Bella J and Jomarie A and also Peanut D, I was convinced to try and my sister excitedly agreed. I absolutely loved it in this place! 128568

The place was super pretty and the staff were very accommodating. We were introduced to their bestsellers and we went for two of their top recommendations. It took us a while to choose because everything looks and sounds amazing and worth a try. Their all day breakfast food looks fantastic and super appetizing while some of their mains are served in super quirky and IG worthy ways. I practically couldn’t pick! Wah! 128569

Finally my sister went for The Fat Seed Burger (PHP 395) which was super delicious! The patty was thick and juicy and seasoned perfectly. The black brioche bun gave it some flair and it was nicely toasted but still soft and chewy. This burger was something else! 128571

I went with their Hotate Soy Cream Pasta (PHP 385) and I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t really describe it, just that it was so gooood! It was creamy and savory and the pasta was perfectly al dente. The scallops gave it texture and a nice fish taste. The fish roe was truly the cherry on top. The serving size was quite big but I nearly licked my plate clean. It was that tasty! 128571

Price-wise, everything really felt great value for money. I can’t complain because the food quality and their service is definitely at par with their tab. I really loved it here! 10084

I’ll come back for their breakfast food, and that Wagyu Pares is definitely next on my list! I can’t wait to be back! 128568

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Starbucks Coffee

4.0 Stars
Coffee
2

I tried the new Matcha Tea-ramisu frapuccino blended beverage and I actually really liked it! 128568 The cheesy taste of the Mascarpone went nicely with the Matcha. The Matcha was still pronounced, and every sip leaves a sort of roasted leafy taste which I found to be good. Contrasted by the cream cheese, it was actually quite a bold flavored drink. It was creamy and had just the right sweetness, at least for me.

Looking at the beverage, I found it to be very pretty with all the layers. The white and green hues looked really nice. Take note that I specifically chose to visit this branch to make sure that I get to enjoy this drink in a clear cup. (So sorry for the environmentalists there, please give me this one time only. 1285699996🏼)

I’ll surely try the other limited beverage too really soon! Marc M’s review got me excited about that too! 12857110084

I really liked this drink and I’ll come back for it so long as it’s still on SB’s menu. For a summer drink, it truly was as refreshing as how the Morning Rush DJs from RX 93.1 describe it. 1285699996🏼 #imamonster #rusher #yesimafan

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McDonald's

3.0 Stars
Fast Food

I rarely review fast food chains, except when there are new products being introduced. I set out to have lunch in McDo because I knew that they just released the new Spicy Chicken McDo. Unfortunately, for this particular branch, they said they’ll follow suit on launching the new product. Selected branches were chosen to serve it it already. I guess I’ll visit Mickidee again for that.

Since the other new product was not available, I scanned through their menu for another unusual product I can try. And then I saw the new Mango and Strawberry Shake. To be honest, I don’t even think it’s available in all McDo branches. So since this was kind of unique, I went with it.

It was actually just ok. It was such a pretty beverage though, I must say. The colors were so nice and the layers were well distributed. Sadly, I found it to be too sweet. I think there was too much strawberry syrup on there and the mango was too little so it wasn’t a balanced combination. A bold and ambitious beverage concoction for McDo as a summer drink, but probably just needs improvement on the recipe.

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brotzeit

4.0 Stars
German
6

If I’m being completely honest, I ended up eating here because my colleague and I had no other choice. 1285699996🏼We were on official business until 10:00 PM and my teammate from Cebu wanted to eat in an F&B outlet that she won’t find in her island. We also were dead tired so we wanted to stay near our hotel, and so our exhausted legs brought us here.

Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed our dinner here. Although we didn’t have their signature products, I still found our dining experience really good. We ordered the following:

1.) Ripperl - Honey Bavarian Ribs - PHP 1,050
“A Brotzeit exclusive. Bavarian honey pork ribs, coated with our addictive garlic beer and barbeque infused sauce. Served with potato wedges and sauerkraut.”
The portion size was huge! Good thing we chose to share this meal already. I loved the pork ribs! Nicely sweet and savory and spiced just right. The meat falls of the bones, it was really good! The side dishes that came with it was very tasty too. The potato wages had some kind of a Cajun flavored seasoning on it so it was great! I really liked this dish! 128568

2.) Reis Pilav - Rice Pilaf - PHP 90
Just the white rice every Filipino needs, with an added flare from selected herbs. It went really well with the meat.

3.) Spinatspätzle - Homemade Spinach Spätzle - PHP 130
I’ve tried Spätzle in Germany before and I thought it was great. Since then, whenever there’s a chance to eat this German pasta dish, I’d grab the opportunity. This take of the the dish is very flavorful, and the spinach went so well with it. I really liked it!

I had a scoop of their Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for dessert and I loved it too! The ice cream was so creamy and decadent and the chocolate chips they used were amazing. I’m unsure if they make this on their own or they source it from outside. Basta ansarap! 12857110084

I would definitely come back and try out their signature sausages next time. Rates above are still subject to service charge and taxes. I find their menu to be on the higher price point, so it would definitely take some time before I come back. 1285699996🏼

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ABV (Alcohol by Volume)

4.0 Stars
Bar

Discovered this place when a friend visited us. I’m all about speakeasy and secret bars, so I was especially happy to have found this place. It’s chic, cozy and surprisingly bigger than I thought it would be.

You can order food from Lazy Bastard and have it inside ABV, so it’s also very convenient for hungry customers.

Their selection of ales and liquors is just impressive. Brands I didn’t even know existed were being sold here. Of course this only means the price tag is essentially expected to be on the higher side because of the rarity of their products.

The ambiance of he place is nice. The space is just enough and the volume of music is just right for conversations. The bar is attractive, and the seats are very comfortable. Illumination wise, theirs is more of mood lights.

I had the Hitachino Nest White Ale at PHP 420 ++ for a 330 mL bottle. Eng mehel phoewz. Buti masarap siya! 1285699996🏼 The Belgian White Beer is manufactured from wheat malt by the used-to-be Sake makers. They put coriander, orange peel and nutmeg for a bolder flavor, and it really gave the beer body. Tanginess from the citrus peel is really pronounced, I really enjoyed this beer. But again, ansakit lang sa bulsa.

In general, I enjoyed hanging out in this very chill place! I’ll definitely come back, just not too soon.

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Heat

5.0 Stars
Buffet

Literally went here to eat breakfast for ten minutes. I was running late for official business, and because I hate wasting hotel package inclusions, I still went for it. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And I did pay for my room, so I would want to make the most of the stay. Value for money is everything. 1285699996🏼

When I have breakfast here, I always seek for their Beef Tapa! So flavorful, the right kind of “garlicky” taste, nicely savory body from the soy sauce. It’s nicely sweet and salty with the meat, wonderfully cooked so it’s nice and tender. This is one of my favorite beef tapas in the metro.

I also don’t leave their buffet without having a cup of hot chocolate. Theirs is unique with a lace of Reese’s chocolate. Take a whiff and you’ll smell just a hint of the peanut butter. Taste wise, their hot cocoa is like a nice warm hug in the morning. A slight peanut-y and milky chocolate drink with just the exact sweetness I like, I really loved this beverage.

Other staples of mine for breakfast buffets are crispy bacon and my favorite omelette. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to have both on this particular visit ‘cause like I said I was in such a rush. I enjoyed my visit nonetheless.

I’ll come back, for sure. 128568

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Wendy's Hamburgers

4.0 Stars
Fast Food
3

Thank goodness Wendy’s PH came up with the Whatta Box! Hahaha 1285699996🏼This is truly one of the most filling fast food meals I’ve had in a long time, plus it’s only for PHP 190! This awesome set includes a burger, fries, three pieces of chicken nuggets, a serving of their Frosty sundae and a glass of iced tea. As in talk about sulit!

For this particular visit, I tried out the new Bacon Mushroom Melt with Tostitos and Jalapeño. I can’t stress enough that I’m not tolerant to spicy food, but this particular burger with Jalapeños was easy to handle, especially as the meal came with the Frosty that really helped with balancing out the heat. 128077🏼

It’s nice that they also allow a tad of customization for meals. I wanted to try the Ube Frosty Sundae but it was not available during my visit, so the polite staff offered to have the Tiramisu instead. However, I found that to be too sweet, so I just asked for a simple cup of Frosty and they gladly agreed.

Their home brewed iced tea is very commendable too. They recently launched their Mango Iced Tea and I tried it out. Having this does not incure extra charge if for the same portion size. It was nice, Mango flavor was pronounced but nicely complemented by the leafy flavor of their iced tea.

FYI, there is no Wendy’s in Cebu, so when I have a guest coming in, I end up eating here with them. I’m not complaining though. 128568

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