My Reviews

Chili's Grill & Bar

5.0 Stars
American
2

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of the best Star Wars movies. But it made me super sad so I decided to treat myself to some comfort food 128557128514

This beauty right here is the Molten Chocolate Cake. And it's really, really good! I enjoyed having the hot cake and the cold ice cream together. The cake was baked just right and the center remained gooey and lush. I would've preferred that the chocolate shell atop the ice cream be thinner so it's easier to crack open. But well, there's a knife anyway.

Really enjoyed this one! But still sad over The Last Jedi 128542 HAHA

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Sinfully Circles

3.0 Stars
Bakery
10

It's been a long time since I was last disappointed with a hotel buffet selection and I didn't expect that it'd be Circles' buffet I'd be disappointed. I remember being happy with the choices in this buffet during the few times I ate here previously but yep, they downgraded.

We had lunch here last Sunday for my parents' 25th anniversary celebration. When my dad my the reservation beforehand, it was placed at 11:30. When we got there, we weren't allowed to enter since apparently they open at 12. It was fine at first (tho why would they schedule us at 11:30 if they weren't open pa naman pala) until we entered at past 12, only to be told we still had to wait since some of the food wasn't available yet 128528

Nothing stood out with the selections in this buffet except for the dessert spread. I'd have given them a 2 star review if it weren't for this. I liked the creme brûlée (I would've judged them super hard if they screwed this one up), raspberry sorbet, white chocolate mousse, tiramisu, and the chocolate pudding.

The rest of the buffet was just really disappointing. Barely anything that looked appetizing and inviting enough to eat. I think I had three plates barely filled with savory food before I moved on to dessert.

The sushi/sashimi station was meh. Sambo Kojin has more variety. The salads were equally meh. I made do with this Chicken Noodle Salad that didn't have any chicken but the sauce was tasty enough.

I didn't try anything among the meats/western dishes except for the US Prime Rib. That turned out to be not tender and not tasty at all.

No crabs and other similar shellfish too except for shrimp and mussels. A very big letdown for me and my dad since we love curacha very much and we distinctly remember that Circles used to have them.

My dad said the tandoori was good, but I didn't try it anymore since I was busy stuffing myself with dessert.

One important thing to note is that only tea and coffee come with the buffet for free. The juices, beer, and soda will cost you extra. The juices and mock tails, in particular, will cost you an addition Php250++. So don't make the mistake of getting the drinks you see in the buffet area unless you're willing to pay the extra amount.

Service was poor at the beginning (it took a long time before we were given water, and it wasn't easy to get the attention of the servers to clear our tables) but the pace picked up eventually.

So yeah, I was disappointed 128531 The buffet they have now is a downgrade from what it once was. No wonder the resto was barely full on a Sunday especially this close to Christmas.

At Php1800 per head (amount already includes the plus plus lol), I wished we'd gone back to Okada instead. Or added a few more to the amount and crossed the road to Pen.

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Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken

4.0 Stars
Fried Chicken
2

One of my best friends and I had lunch here the other day. Good thing we came in early because the tables were full in no time.

I ordered the Chicken and Rib Platter since I was super duper hungry. I liked the ribs more than the chicken since I they were tender and tastier. I found the chicken to be pretty bland and needed much of the gravy.

My best friend ordered the Fernandos, which is basically spicy boneless chicken. Chicken was tasty and spicy as advertised and the serving was big so my friend wasn't able to finish everything.

Service was just okay. The restaurant itself was big and clean, though people tend to crowd the restaurant entrance because of the unli soup.

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Pinkberry

5.0 Stars
Frozen Yogurt

It's me and my Pinkberry-loving self again 128514128514128514

I usually shy away from flavors that I already know would be sour... but then Pinkberry did the smart thing of pairing raspberry with white chocolate. Couldn't say no to that 128518

I had my medium sized white chocolate raspberry with the following toppings: milk chocolate crunch, chocolate flakes, double chocolate chip cookie dough, almonds, and mochi. As many of those here on looloo know by now about me, Pinkberry is love and this is no exception 128518

I made sure to try out the flavor on its own first without all my toppings. As expected, it was tart but the sourness didn't last long since the white chocolate flavor came right after it. Really good 128523

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Racks

1.0 Stars
American
2

Had lunch here the other day and had their Pork Ribs Plate for Php265. Basically aside from 1/2 a serving of ribs and some rice, I got to choose two sides, and a drink. I opted for mac and cheese, and potato salad for my sides, and dalandan juice for my drink.

That piece of meat you see in the photo was supposedly the ribs 128528 Sure, it was tender and all but maaaaaaaaaan, that wasn't a 1/2 serving of ribs. Didn't even look like ribs. And it was bland and it needed a lot of the sauce.

Rice was cold. Mac and cheese was cold and bland. The potatoes in the salad were hard and pretty much raw. Good thing I also ordered an additional cup of Clam Chowder and buttermilk biscuits (the biscuits I had taken to-go). The soup was tasty and kind of saved the meal. The biscuits were also good.

Would've given this a two and a half star rating (converted to three hehe) thanks to the Clam Chowder and the biscuits, but it went down to one because of the service.

Usually a server would stay until you're done talking or you say you're done giving your order. Then the server will repeat your order, sometimes ask if there's anything else, and then walk away. Here, when I was giving my order, I said the Rib Plate and he turned away without even asking for my sides and drinks. So I called his attention and pointedly asked, "Can I tell you my choice of sides?" lol

After that, I was about to say the Clam Chowder when the server turned his back to me and began to walk away again. I called him back and said I wasn't done. So I finally said the chowder and just as I was about to say I wanted biscuits for takeout... he turned away again.

I would've understood the hurry (ish) if the place was packed and other tables were calling for servers. But I was literally the only one eating in the restaurant during that time.

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Soban K-Town Grill

4.0 Stars
Korean
3

One of the things my three sisters and I have in common is our love for Korean barbecue. A couple of weekends ago, it was just us four for lunch so my sisters decided on Soban.

We only ordered one group meal to share among the four of us: Six-flavored Samgyupsal 128523 It's good for four and comes with unlimited rice and the usual Korean side dishes!

The six flavors are:
| Original
| Fruity
| Wine
| Soy Garlic
| Doenjang
| Chili Bean

Of the six, I only got to try five since I'm not a fan of spicy food and yeah, I stayed away from the Chili Bean.

At first I was worried that I wouldn't be enough since we're four girls who eat like eight men 128518 But surprisingly, there was a lot of meat to go around! My favorite ones were the Fruity and Soy Garlic since I found them the most flavorful. The Original tasted bland while the Wine and Doenjang ones were just okay.

Another thing I loved was the unli soup! It's so good! So much so that when I asked for a rice refill, I spent some time just dipping spoonfuls of rice into the soup and eating them as is!

As for the service, it was okay at first... and then it got slower. As in the you have to follow up once or twice (sometimes thrice) for whatever it is you requested for kind of slow.

That aside, I'll still go back here and probably still order the exact same thing!

Fair warning though. You'll smell like what you ate by the time you leave 128517

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Starbucks Coffee

3.0 Stars
Coffee
3

The moment I saw that Starbucks had chocolate pudding in Peanut's IG story, I automatically wanted to try it because... pudding 128518

Now that I've eaten it twice, the first thing is can say is... nadala sa packaging 128528128517 I already expected it to be the custard type of pudding given the container (and if it was rice pudding or some other kind, they would've said so from the get go) so I wasn't surprised when I opened the cup and saw what was inside. Taste-wise... let's just say I can find similar tasting puddings in the grocery lol

And yep, too pricey for Php65

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Tito Chef

4.0 Stars
International
4

Over the past couple of months, my family and I have been busy since a number of relatives from both sides of the family who live overseas decide to come home for vacation... nearly all at the same time @_@

For the despedida of one of my titas, we decided to bring her to Tito Chef since she likes the kind of food served in this restaurant.

Traffic along President's Avenue was mental so we were lucky that Tito Chef wasn't too far inside the area. The restaurant was an old house converted into a restaurant and upon entering, you can browse the selection of cakes, cookies, and other sweets off to the left side.

What I can say about the food here in general is that everything's beautifully presented and the portions are quite large. Here are what we ordered:

TARTARE OF SALMON - The salmon that was used was fresh. I found this quite simple

SEARED TUNA NICOISE - The tunaaaaaaaaa!!! So good and so fresh! I enjoyed this one but couldn't eat much 'cause it was my tita's order 128517

OSSO BUCO MILANESE - This was my order. The meat was super tender and practically melted in my mouth. The risotto was just okay. However, the gremolata was no where in sight and I think that I would've loved this dish more if it was there.

POULET TERYAKI - My sister's order, which she liked but couldn't finish it since she found it too big for her

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Costa Coffee

3.0 Stars
Coffee
3

My parents, one of my sisters, and I had coffee and cake here yesterday while waiting for another sister of mine to finish with her final exams for PE in UP.

My dad had an Americano instead of his usual brewed coffee (since they apparently didn't have brewed coffee) and found it to be ordinary. My mom had a Cafe Mocha, which she liked.

We also ordered two different slices of cake to share. The first one was the Creme Brûlée Cake, which I found too sweet and sadly, I disliked it because of that. The second's one of their holiday offerings, the Hazelnut Roche Cake. I liked this one more than the Creme Brûlée Cakes but... yeah, it wasn't anything special either. I think we should've ordered the Strawberry Tart (another holiday offering) instead

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Timezone

5.0 Stars
Arcade
9

There are now two Timezone branches in UP Town and the newest one's two floors big!!!

For kids and kids-at-heart, this new branch is pretty much heaven and the perfect hangout place with friends because of the the sheer variety of arcade games on both floors! But what makes this branch even cooler is that on the second floor, there's an area filled with pool tables and another area with board and card games!

I also saw a menu on the table near the board game area and from what I understand, you can order snacks using the credits on your Timezone card! And of course, all the tickets and points you accumulate from all the games will let you avail of prizes! And this branch has a room full of them!

Timezone certainly did the smart thing by getting the two floored space that Aeropostale once had. Certainly brought back some life to that area of UP Town that's been seeing a lot of its tenants close down

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