My Reviews

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

5.0 Stars
Tea
4

I'm a tea > coffee kind of person and I actually credit milk tea for helping me get through terrible Math and Econ classes in college. While I'll always be heartbroken that Katipunan no long has Serenitea, at least there's Coco!

My go-to order is always the White Pearl Milk Tea. You basically get the sago you usually see in taho instead of the usual black pearls. Since the white pearls are smaller, you get more of them with every sip. And if you're the type who likes chewing on milk tea pearls, this is something you'll enjoy.

The milk tea itself has the sweetest I prefer. At 100 bucks for a large cup, it's not bad for the wallet either!

Coco also has this milk tea called Panda Milk Tea. What it has is basically a combination of white and black pearls (hence, the name) so if you're one of those who can't choose between the two, why not have them both? 128526

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Genki Sushi

4.0 Stars
Japanese
8

Ate here for lunch today with my sister and cousin since my cousin has a never ending craving for sushi and my sister hasn't tried Genki Sushi yet.

Overall, it was a good experience. My favorites included the Grilled River Eel, Seared Salmon with Pollock Roe, and Seared Scallops with Pollock Roe.

The Kamikani Salad was too small for its price. The rice used for the sushi fell apart easily, which mad bit more difficult and messier to eat.

I appreciated how the servers regularly asked if we still had pending orders. Water was regularly refilled as well.

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Manila Creamery

5.0 Stars
Gelato
2

I've been a very big fan of Manila Creamery ever since they did pop up stores in Glorietta and UP Town. I think I was one of the people most excited when they announced that they were setting up a permanent store in UP Town.

The Mangga't Suman is my absolute favorite but sadly, it wasn't available today. So I went for my next favorite, the Blueberry Cheesecake! What I love most about this flavor is the graham crumbs that have been incorporated into the gelato. It gives it a textural element to an otherwise creamy mixture. I like how I can taste both the blueberry and cheesecake flavors. They don't overpower each other at all!

My cousin got the Leche Flan gelato. She's not a big fan of sweets so I was wondering if she'll regret her decision. But she said she found it really good! :)

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Starbucks Coffee

5.0 Stars
Coffee
3

By some miracle of the heavens, a survived the tedious parts of UP enrollment in just one day and minus the 5+ hours of lining up for a subject you're not sure you'll get. So to reward myself, I walked to UP Town to head to Starbucks!

I'm not really a coffee person (TEA FTW!) but I do enjoy drinking frappes every now then. Apparently, Starbucks has this new drink called Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble. Starbucks had me at salted caramel so I ordered a frappe (you can have it hot or iced too!).

I suggest that you take the time to mix the whipped cream, the sauce, and the bits of chocolate into your drink. Or if you don't have the patience for that, have the barista blend them in. You won't get to fully appreciate the drink if you don't.

I really, really like this drink! It's not too sweet for me. There's a subtle note of bitterness from the mocha and the caramel sauce had this slightly burnt, nutty flavor to it that reminded me so much of popcorn. The flavor of salt is surprisingly there. I expected it to be lost in the mix but it was there, distinct but not in the in-your-face, "hello, you're drinking salt" kind of way.

What I've always liked about this particular branch too is the service. The barista's are prompt, always smiling, and fast. There was this time that I bought a venti dripped coffee for a friend and when I came back the next day, the baristas somehow remembered me and asked if I was ordering venti dripped coffee again... which I really was going to do again for my friend. Idk how they do it but they have really good memory despite the dozens of people that come in and out each day.

If you plan though to hang around this branch, be prepared to find it difficult to find seats, especially during school days! And most of all, during exam weeks.

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Providore

5.0 Stars
Café
10

Went to SM Aura last Sunday and I got to pick where to have our late lunch. Based on the good reviews I've been reading, I chose to go with Providore.

I liked how the place looked. It was bright and open and you're immediately greeted by the pastries on display and the kitchen essentials Providore also sells. These kitchen essentials include coffee from different places in Mindanao, atchara, chili chutney, and many other things! So I recommend that you take a look at the shelves in case something tickles your fancy.

Looking at the menu, I noticed how straightforward and simple the dishes are. Nothing elaborate and I also liked how under the name of each dish, the different components of the dish were listed so you know exactly you're ordering.

We ordered the Molo Mami. The soup was light and flavorful and the shredded pieces of vegetables were generous. I liked the molo as well. It was flavorful and cooked well. The molo wrapper didn't feel rubbery at all and nearly melted in my mouth.

We also got the Puto and Dinuguan. I didn't get to try this one since I don't like Dinuguan. But my sisters liked it and found the meat cubes flavorful because they had fat in it.

The star of the meal was undoubtedly the Steel Plate Cooked Garlic Butter "Salpicao" Steak. This dish is best paired with rice. Why? Because of the sauce. It was sooooooooo good and I made sure to always drizzle it over my rice.

If you don't feel like getting rice, that's alright. But make sure to include a slice of beef, an onion, and garlic with every mouthful you take. And don't forget to get some sauce on them too! The meat was cooked right and not rubbery or chewy at all! The onions were sweet and went well with the meat and the sauce. I just wish there was more meat because being the matakaw person I am, it wasn't enough especially since I had to share with my sisters and mom! :)

I also bought a chocolate chip cookie to-go. There were large chunks of chocolate, which I liked and had good texture :)

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LAVA Cheese Tarts

4.0 Stars
Dessert
3

Actually, I'd rate Lava a 3.5 out of 5 but I just rounded up :))

Lava has a new flavor out for its cheese tarts called Gorgonzola and Honey. In the photos, it's the one with a solo shot and, for the one with two tarts, it's the glistening one on the right haha

It's my first time to try Lava so I chose to buy one Original and one Gorgonzola and Honey to compare the two. Between these tarts, my vote goes to the Gorgonzola and Honey! The flavor of the Gorgonzola is pronounced and sharp but not too cloying. The honey that's drizzled on top is sweet and just the right amount. It provides a nice contrast to the cheese! Really good filling!

The Original was also good. You can definitely taste the cheese and was creamery. My mom, who was able to eat half, said she didn't like the aftertaste it had.

There were two really big letdowns for me tho. First, as the name of the brand suggests, I was expecting the cheese to ooze out of the tarts like a warm flow of cheesy lava. It didn't, which was disappointing since I ate the tarts less than 10 minutes after I bought them.

Second, the crust. It had such a weird texture when I was chewing it. Can't quite find the right term to explain how it was like but I got this unpleasant feeling whenever it comes into contact with my teeth. Hard to explain but yeah, didn't like it. :(

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Toby's Estate Coffee

4.0 Stars
Coffee
3

My mom's not a big coffee fan but she loves Toby's a lot (even if she ends up falling asleep really late lol). Not a coffee person myself (Tea all the waaaaaay!) but I agree with her.

Today, we dropped by Toby's for their buckys. I had the Chunky Blondie, which was okay. Made the mistake of not asking to have it warmed since it was pretty dense. Took a bit of force to sink my fork into it too.

My sisters liked the Original Bucky and the Bugs Bucky. They said they had the preferred level of sweetness.

Was actually apprehensive about trying out Toby's in Aura since I've been reading negative reviews about the service. Guess we were lucky today 'cause the server was accommodating and smiling the entire time. :)

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Paul Boulangerie Cafe

5.0 Stars
Café
8

Went to Aura today because my sisters were buying tickets to a KPOP concert (we were 85th in line at 9:30 a.m. @_@) and since I was just tagging along, I got to go on a mini food trip around the mall.

My mom and I stayed in Paul while waiting for the 12 noon starting time of the ticketing. The display of cakes and pastries will instantly draw you and in. It was so tempting to buy every single one of them!

Since I wanted to eat somewhere else for lunch, we only had light dishes. My mom had the seafood and vegetable pasta, which she said was good. The liquid from the salmon and the vegetables seeped out and turned into the sauce of the pasta.

I had the chocolate crepe. Generous chocolate sauce. Simple but done well. Paired it with green tea too so I was extra happy. Haha

What I like most about Paul is the ambiance. Elegant and chic. It's very quiet and ideal for a Sunday morning. Will definitely go back to try the pastries and other options, especially the afternoon tea set! :)

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Cupcakes by Sonja

4.0 Stars
Cupcakes
4

Got to try the donuts from Cupcakes by Sonja, which first came out on the brand's 10th anniversary!

I had the chocolate and hazelnut flavored one. I loved how the donut was firm and in the right size. The sugar coating the donut was just the right amount too.

The filling was good, thick, and creamery. But I wish the chocolate and hazelnut flavor was more pronounced.

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Cafe Shibuya

4.0 Stars
Café
2

Was craving for sweets earlier today so I tried the Chocolate Chip Pizzookie (Php 250) from Cafe Shibuya. It's pretty good. It was served hot, thankfully. The inside was soft and almost like molten while the top and the edges were crisp.

I made the mistake of having the whole thing to myself since it eventually became too sweet and I became too full.

For those who love matcha, there's also a white chocolate matcha Pizzookie!

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