My Reviews

People's Palace

5.0 Stars
Thai
7

Late post!

When you're in the Glorietta/Greenbelt area at least once a week for as long as you can remember, it isn't really a surprise if you've eaten in nearly all the restaurants in the area. That's the case with me lol

But I say nearly because People's Palace is one of those places my parents like to avoid, thinking that the food is unreasonably expensive. Primarily because of how elegant the place looked. It was only last year that we finally gave it a try and lo and behold, the price is actually more reasonable than we thought.

People's Palace serves Thai food. And up until we discovered this place, I've yet to find a Thai restaurant that reached my standard. That standard being Sukhothai, which has been closed for more than 10 years now. But it had the best Pad Thai and bagoong rice. It was so, so good that I still remember it today. Maybe I've not properly explored the Thai restaurants here in the metro. But People's Palace is the closest I have to that Sukhothai experience.

We ate here for my birthday lunch (since Manam broke my heart by going on renovation 128148). Wasn't able to take photos of all we ate tho

My favorite thing about this place is the rice is unlimited 128523

For the soup, we had the Thom Kha Gai, which is the coconut, chicken, and galangal soup. This one is 128076🏼128076🏼128076🏼128076🏼128076🏼. A mix of delightful flavors that include some sweetness and spice. I could eat an entire bowl of this on my own. Haha

We had the Fried Spring Rolls from the vegetarian menu. They were surprisingly huge. I found it hard to finish one on my own so I split with my dad.

Chicken in Pandan Leaves is a must order for our family since it's one of the few things my youngest sister only eats whenever we're in a Thai restaurant. People's Palace's take is thankfully not dry. And the server provided a bowl where we could discard the leaves.

We also had the Prawn, Pomelo and Coconut Salad. Another dish I can happily eat on my own. Just the right sourness, balanced with the sweetness and freshness of the pomelo and coconut.

For the curry, we went for the Green Chicken Curry. Was wary about this dish but the spice level was tolerable so I was able to eat. The Pad Thai was also good. Noodles were cooked well.

I forgot what the drink I had was called. But it had yogurt and berries in it. I only really drank it once I was done eating since I realized early on that it will make me full if kept drinking while eating. Really, really yummy and healthy drink tho!

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Nono's

4.0 Stars
International
7

I knew it was going to be a long trip from UP to Megamall for last Tuesday's rendezvoos so I wanted something to snack on. While walking around UP Town, I saw pubmats for a new restaurant that just opened called Nono's. So I headed there to see what it's all about.

Apparently it's owned by the same company that owns Classic Confections so my sweet tooth celebrated when I saw the cookies and cakes and other sweets.

The place has this comforting yet still classy ambiance. Spacious and well-lit. It's actually a refreshing sight since that side of UP Town where it's located is so dull lol

I got a quick look at the menu. Prices aren't student friendly, unless said student doesn't mind splurging.

Since I was just looking for something to snack on and I realized I was craving for sweets, I went for one of the cookies on display. The server recommended the brownie fudge cookie.

It's a pretty hefty cookie. Thicker than usual and it's a good size. It's a pretty good cookie, one I'll probably buy again in the very near future. It's not completely sweet since I got some bitter notes from the chocolate with every bite. It had a good texture too. Not crumbly. 128522

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Pinkberry

5.0 Stars
Frozen Yogurt

My love affair with Pinkberry continues; this time over at SM Megamall. Pwede na ata akong endorser 128514

Had the Cookies and Cream yogurt with the usual cheesecake bites, mochi, and milk chocolate crunch. Never disappoints 128076🏼

I also got to taste the Salted Caramel flavor, which was oddly sweeter than usual. I tried the Green Apple as well and my cousin laughed at the face I made when I tried it lol 128514 Must've really puckered because it was S O U R as hell. Haba

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Nav Modern Thai Cuisine

4.0 Stars
Thai
2

One of the biggest problems for me personally whenever I'm in Megamall is where to eat. Pretty much because I usually have around 10 different places I want to eat in. Haha. But since my cousin and I didn't feel like roaming the whole mall 'cause we're already hungry, we went to the food court instead.

The line at Frankie's was crazy long so I opted for Nav since Thai seemed like a good idea. I had the Grilled Fish with Papaya Salad (Php250). The grilled wish was just okay for me. Pretty flavorful and cooked well. Not a standout by any means however. I wish there was more of the papaya salad as well.

I also had the Pad Thai (Php190). I found the serving small. Had some small pieces of shrimp. It was pretty flavorful as well. I liked the crunch of the peanuts and how the texture of the noodles

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Sweetea's

5.0 Stars
Tea
4

Since I was set on having Thai for lunch today, I wanted a refreshing drink to go with it. So I went over to Sweetea's and got myself a Minty Lemon iced tea with Calamansi fruit bombs. Note that the fruit bombs come with an additional charge of 25 bucks!

Really good, refreshing tea! Cleansed my palate with every sip so I was ready to tuck back in my lunch. Pretty sweet so I was happy I had the fruit bombs added in.

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Tim Hortons

3.0 Stars
Canadian
3

Got the chance to try Tim Hortons with a friend before yesterday's looloo rendezvoos at Hook. We wanted to see what the big deal is. Thankfully, there was barely any line so ordering wasn't a hassle.

Since barely drink coffee (tea ftw), I opted for the Iced Hot Chocolate. It was okay, nothing special. Had this taste that reminded me of Hershey's chocolate syrup.

I also had the Strawberry Shortcake. It looked nice, so I got tempted to try it. Again, nothing special. Pretty sweet too.

When it comes to the Timbits, Dunkin Donuts munchkins pa din. Always.

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Hook by Todd English

5.0 Stars
Seafood
10

Yay for my third looloo rendezvoos! 127881 Thank you to Peanut for inviting me!

Hook is the newest restaurant from celebrity chef Todd English and the FooDee Global Concepts! It's another spinoff from the hugely successful Todd English Food Hall over at SM Aura. It was actually meant to come before Pound and was initially inspired by Dampa. But plans changed and here we are!

Hook's interiors are upscale. A lot of blacks and whites. Wood too. Dim lighting, which created an intimate vibe.

To begin our meal, we had the Mixed Frito, which was basically a mix of different fried food. Beer-battered fish, French fries, deep fried taro chips (which I really liked) and calamari drizzled with an aioli dressing. I liked this. Wish it had more aioli though to counteract the oil.

We were then treated to the Platter 3 (Php3,500). It's a three-tiered sampler platter which is recommended by owner Eric Dee for those who do not know exactly what to order. It's better to order this first, he said, and then figure out what you like and order more of those instead of ordering a bunch of dishes and only eating some. Good point.

Wasn't able to get the names of all the dishes so I'll go for the ones that stood out to me most, as well as those I managed to remember.

I enjoyed the raw oysters very much. Especially with the Coriander Lime granita. The coriander gave the oysters more freshness. The flavors are clean and the granita had a nice zing to it.

The Crab Head Gratin is another favorite since I love cheese... and I love crabs even more. Haha. It was creamy and the cheese was oozing. Such a treat. Make sure to get some of the corn purée with every spoonful!

The Tuna Poke was very good too. Nice blend of flavors. Mellow but really delicious.

I like the theater that came with the Shrimp on the Rocks. Wasn't quite sure it had any effect on the shrimps taste-wise tho.

And speaking of shrimps/prawns, the Salted Egg Prawns were 128076🏼. Eat the prawn in one go to get the maximum flavor. The spice made me reach for my glass of water right away (not too big of a fan of spicy food) but I still found it really good.

Then there's the (Not) Paella. Well, it is paella, but what makes it not your traditional paella is, first, Hook uses risotto. Second, the whole "tutong rice" at the bottom of the pan isn't there. It's on top instead. Kinda like an upside down paella, like what was mentioned by one of the reviewers present.

This was just okay, which was a bit of a bummer since I was pretty curious about the whole concept. Strong and distinct tomato taste, slightly creamy thanks to the use of risotto, and the tutong just wasn't there, even on top.

The Crab and Uni Slaw served in the crab shell was also good. Combination of flavors worked really well. The Uni Udon was just okay. Didn't stand out to me much since the flavors seemed one dimensional to me. The Blackened Tuna Loin (or at least I think this is what it was called lol) was also really delicious. Again, make sure to get a little bit of everything with every spoonful.

Not quite sure if the salmon I got to taste was the sashimi or the tataki but that was 128076🏼 too.

For dessert, we had the Mr. Penguin, which is made up of a black and white cake, caramel sauce, dark chocolate ganache, and truffle oil. Great ending to our meal. Though is it possible to serve the cake warm? 'Cause I think it'll make this loads better if the cake was served that way! 128522

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Ben's Kitchen

3.0 Stars
Café
2

Upon learning that this place is the sister restaurant of Xtremely Xpresso, we expected that we'd like the food. Unfortunately, everything we ordered was underwhelming.

The Sliders were pretty meh, though the patties were tasty. My order, whose exact name I forgot but it's pretty much like a chicken roulade, was pretty tasty too but the herby flavor of the stuffing was too strong and I got hit by the umay feeling early on in the meal. The crust on the chicken wasn't crispy and the chicken itself was pretty dry.

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Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe

4.0 Stars
Dessert
2

Went here with my youngest sister since she was craving for something cold (the heat is no joke). Because of our shared love for tteokboki, we got the regular-sized Injeolme.

It found it okay. Liked the rice cakes. But the ice itself tasted rather bland. Got better once we poured the condensed milk it was served with. We ended up wishing that the serving of the milk was bigger lol

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Pinkberry

5.0 Stars
Frozen Yogurt

My love affair with Pinkberry continues 128514128523

This time I had the Chocolate Hazelnut one. Did an internal happy dance when I saw that the cheesecake bites were back.. but my almond-loving heart was broken when I realized that my favorite nut isn't available.

Aside from the cheesecake bites, I chose mochi, milk chocolate crunch, cookies and cream, and pomegranate bubbles to top my froyo!

And as always, Pinkberry didn't disappoint!

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