My Reviews

Happy Thai

4.0 Stars
Thai
4

One of my three sisters, who also studies in UP, knows the Maginhawa/Malingap area so much better than I do (her college is closer to the area than mine is) so she knew exactly where to bring us when one of our other sisters began craving for Thai food.

Happy Thai is found in the same building as Ally's and though I could hear the pancakes and bagnet calling my name, my sisters were set on Thai.

The place was simple but had adequate seats. Pretty dim lighting though so it won't really catch your attention.

We had the Crispy Catfish Salad (Php175), which was so sour, it gave me the tingles! But I loved it! There was a generous amount of crunchy catfish and green mangoes

We also had the Beef Curry (Php 195). This was just okay for me. It had a nice chili kick but it wasn't overwhelming. I found the beef slices a bit small and not as tender as I would've hoped.

The Fried Tilapia (Php 200) was good. It was crispy and well-seasoned. I just wish it came with some sort of sawsawan.

For the rice, we got the Bagoong Rice (Php 100 for the small size). Don't let the word small fool you. It was more than enough for the three of us. The bagoong flavor is present but not too overpowering. The green mangoes gave it a hint of sourness that balanced out the flavor of the bagoong

Overall, it was a solid, very sulit meal. We spent less than 700 bucks on a meal for three!

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Dohtonbori

5.0 Stars
Japanese
4

I've eaten in three Dohtonbori branches now and this is my favorite. Primarily because it's more spacious (the one in UP Town feels cramped despite the pretty decor) and the servers are very attentive and efficient. Even if you opt to be the one to do the cooking, they'll step in and help if they see you doing something wrong without you having to ask for assistance.

I had the weekday set and I opted for the beef over the pork. It's served with rice and miso soup. If you're super hungry, this might be slightly bitin on its own. But otherwise, it's very filling. The sauce makes the meat tasty.

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National Museum of the Philippines

5.0 Stars
Museum
10

Entrance to the museum is free now so there's pretty much no excuse to not try and find time for a visit.

The last time I was here was around 2 years ago and honestly, I thought I'd get bored since I already visited before. But to my surprise and utmost pleasure, there were so many new things to see!

Among those I loved most are Luna's, Amorsolo's, and Manansala's works. The Senate Hall is beautiful and it makes you feel like you're stepping into another time period. Reminds me so much of Assassin's Creed too. Haha

And of course, the Spoliarium is something you should lay your eyes on at least once in your life. It's huuuuuuuuuuge. Can't wrap my head around how Luna managed to finish the whole thing.

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Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss

5.0 Stars
Ramen or Noodle

This is the most sulit ramen I've had in a very long time 128523128523128523

While I will always support Ippudo (I've yet to try Mendokoro, I cri 128557), I usually find the servings of ramen restos bitin.

My mom was really adamant that we try this place and I was initially hesitant... Primarily because of the reviews here on looloo. But I'm so glad that Moshi Koshi changed my mind!

I ordered a Shoyu Ramen. I forgot the exact price but it's around Php310-350. If I had to think of a word to describe this bowl of ramen, it'd be generous. The serving was huge! So huge I couldn't finish it! There were lots of noodles, which were actually pretty chewy. Not like the ones we usually get from Ippudo or Nagi.

The chashu were soft and tender. The broth was flavorful and not cloying. And the egg. It was soft-boiled and thankfully not overcooked. Hallelujah.

Will definitely go back! 128523

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BLK 513

3.0 Stars
Frozen Yogurt

Tried the Raw Cacao Skim Float (Php165) the other day. It might look like a really sulit froyo but don't mistake it for one. It's a drink. Haha

It's made up of the Raw Cacao Skim Milk, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, hot Nutella drizzle, and Valrhona nibs.

Overall, nothing special. It looked full to brim but it's mostly because of the ice. Though it's a plus that you're drinking a healthier version of something that's usually indulgent and not really good for you, I kinda regretted going for this and not ordering a cup of froyo.

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Pinkberry

5.0 Stars
Frozen Yogurt

Another Pinkberry review. Because it's one of my happy places. HAHA

Went for the Milk Ice Cream again. Still without the honey and with milk chocolate crunch and honeycomb for toppings.

Important thing to note about ordering the Milk Ice Cream is that you get one less topping that you usually would. For example, if you order a small, you only get 2 toppings instead of the usual 3.

Taste-wise, it's very good. As always 128518128523

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Cafe Sugarhouse

3.0 Stars
Dessert
2

Ate here for merienda yesterday since the pubmats on the Taisan loaf caught my dad's attention. It was served cut into slices and was slightly toasted for some crunch in its texture. I liked it! It was soft and crunchy at the same time. It wasn't overly sweet. Perfect with a hot drink.

The downside to my Sugarhouse experience was the Baked Macaroni I ordered. Though it was a good size portion, it was bland. I only ate the parts with lots of cheese and didn't finish the rest.

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Ramen Nagi

4.0 Stars
Ramen or Noodle

Because my sisters had an intense ramen craving last weekend, we found ourselves in Ramen Nagi for Sunday dinner.

Went for the Green King, which is my default Ramen Nagi order. As good as always. Very flavorful broth, tender pork belly slice. Though for some reason I haven't had a Ramen Nagi experience that I was 100% happy with because of a properly cooked soft boiled egg. The ones I get are usually on the hard boiled side.

But other than that, still delicious and the ramen here is worth coming back for!

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Bizu Patisserie

5.0 Stars
French
2

These paper-thin circles of heaven are called Chocolate Tuiles. And they're addicting as hell, I finished one tube in half a day. Would've been sooner but I had to resist the urge to eat them in one sitting 128514

It's sooooooooooo good! I think it joins chocolate chip cookies up in the list of things I can eat everyday HAHAHA. They're a lot like Lengua de Gato but they're thinner so they break into pieces easily. Bizu's Chocolate Tuile is crunchy and crisp. Not overly sweet and packs in the chocolate flavor. Really made for nonstop snacking!

If you don't like chocolate, the Tuiles come in coconut flavor too!

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Magnum Bar

3.0 Stars
Ice Cream
2

Was in Mall of Asia yesterday and passed by the Magnum Bar while I was walking around. Figured that since I'm rarely in the area, might as well order one since it's been a while.

The toppings were so limited, it was disappointing. The server wasn't pleasant and I pretty much chose random toppings so I could take my photos and get out of there.

I had the vanilla Magnum with a dark chocolate coating, butterscotch, pistachios, and those white chocolate crunch balls for toppings. The server placed a white chocolate drizzle without bothering to ask if that's what I wanted (good thing it is what I wanted lol)

It was still warm and sunny out when I was eating my Magnum so I got to enjoy it before it started to rain. Flavor-wise, it was sweet. Though the dark chocolate gave it a nice hint of bitterness.

Overall, nothing special. It is what it is.

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