My Reviews

New City Food House

4.0 Stars
Chinese
9

Looking for a quick bite or a lovely meal that will give value for money? Then visit New City Food House along Kalayaan Avenue right beside Liberty Hotel. Good food at an affordable price is what they are all about!

New City Food House is a simple eatery. Though their place is small and quite dim, they have a designated outdoor and air-conditioned dining area. The place also has a good number of wait staff and kitchen staff so ordering and waiting won’t be a problem. In fact, my family and I have dined at New City Food House countless times. Whether it’s lunch or dinner where the place can get crowded, we did not wait that long for our food to be served.

For the food, we have tried Egg Puyong, Torta Crabmeat and other dishes such as Broccoli with Oyster Sauce, Buttered Chicken, Sweet & Sour Pork, Cream of Asparagu, Hototay and Nido with Quail Eggs. These dishes are indeed simple but they don’t skimp on flavors!

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Pedro N’ Coi

3.0 Stars
Filipino
10

What attracted me to Pedro 'N Coi? Besides serving a variety of Filipino dishes, their theme is just so amazing. It reminds me (well, everyone for sure) of all the Filipino sitcoms I grew up watching. It's really festive and it's fun to dine at the “jeepney” area.

The only problem is the dishes. It turned out the only thing great about their food are the names – Anak ng Tokwa, Mayor Bistek, Wow Mami, and Joey De Lechon to name a few. The only one I enjoyed was Pi-Pinoy's Lemonada. I really do like the concept and all so I'll be visiting their other branches for comparison.

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Burgoo

4.0 Stars
American
6

I have a love-hate relationship with Burgoo. Mainly because I don’t understand their food. Sometimes they serve a deliciously satisfying meals. Sometimes they don’t. Knowing their prices, it’s quite difficult to accept that the food isn’t great. So I visited different branches and found that Ayala Fairview Terraces is great.

First let’s talk about the place. Though it’s not big, this particular branch offers a more spacious and comfortable ambiance. Possibly the good arrangement and lighting; not to mention, proper ventilation.

Moving on, the number one reason why I love this branch is the service. The staff present that day were not only friendly but also attentive. As diners (especially the hungry ones) it’s quite difficult to follow up your orders after a long waiting time. And once you’re enjoying your meal, it’s also quite annoying to look up and find no one available to place another order or ask a glass of water/refill. I’m glad we did not experience that here.

Moreover, all the food we ordered were delicious – from Burgoo’s Seafood Linguine to their Bacon Cheeseburger and their mouthwatering Chicken Meal.

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Buddy's Pancit Lucban at Longganisang Lucban

4.0 Stars
Filipino
9

If you are craving for Filipino dishes, Buddy's should be on your list. They serve all-time Pinoy favorites such as Pancit Lucban, Palabok, Longsilog, Tapsilog, Embotido and more. Though simple, it's quite delicious and worth your money.

In terms of service and atmosphere, this Buddy's branch offers a great one. The staff are friendly and the place is clean and always lively!

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Buddy's Pancit Lucban at Longganisang Lucban

3.0 Stars
Filipino
7

The first Buddy's branch my family and I were able to visit was in Fisher Mall. All-time Pinoy favorites such as Pancit Lucban, Palabok, Longsilog, Tapsilog, and Embotido can be found here. It's a good go-to restaurant to be honest. Delicious food at an affordable price; not to mention, good service and atmosphere.

Since we were in Timog Avenue, we decided to try the nearest Buddy's branch. The place is definitely bigger compared to the one in Fisher Mall and prettier. The service was faster, too. The problem is the food. It didn't taste like the Buddy's we know.

My order – Sizzling Porkchop Steak as well as my uncle's – Baby Back Ribs and grandmother's – Chicken BBQ weren't good as well. There weren't many people as it was already past 1. We don't understand why the food didn't taste well and wasn't cooked well. It was really disappointing.

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Jordan's Chicken Java + Steak Burgers

3.0 Stars
Burger
8

There are days wherein my family and I would have lunch at Jordan's after church. Why wouldn't we? The food is great, the prices are affordable and the service is good, too. Though small, there's a parking space available. But early this year up to our last visit, their food and services are slowly going downhill.

First on the list is the rice. We ordered a chicken meal. Even though the chicken tastes great, you will need a delicious rice to enjoy the entire meal. Their Garlic Liempo is also good but it's difficult to chew. For the service, I'm not sure if they changed their staff. But they all need to be available and attentive.

Moreover, their other offerings such as Garlic Porkloin Steak, Potato Pops and burgers are still okay. I hope it stays that way. I also hope they re-check how they prepare and cook the food plus the services. Make sure that at least one waiter is present if the rest are going to the kitchen to check the food.

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Chili's Grill & Bar

4.0 Stars
American
10

What I like about Chili’s is the number of delicious choices – Appetizers, Salads, Soups & Chili, Handhelds (sandwich), Craft Burgers, Fajitas, Fresh Mex Bowls, Tacos & Quesadillas, Baby Back Ribs, Chops, Steaks, Pastas, Chicken & Seafood. They even have Lighter Choices, Sweet Stuff, a Kid’s Menu and a wide variety of beverage – Margaritas, Specialty Drinks & Wine.

For our first visit, we tried two of their Lighter Choices: Mango-Chile Chicken and Margarita Grilled Chicken as well as their Craft Burger called the Old Timer Burger.

Mango-Chile Chicken: The grilled chicken breast is seasoned with 6-pepper blend, drizzled with spicy habanero and mango glaze topped with more mango, cilantro, house-made pico de gallo and fresh diced avocado. This is served with Chili’s rice and steamed veggies with Parmesan cheese. Though this is my grandmother’s order, I was able to taste it and boy was it delicious!

Margarita Grilled Chicken: The name sounds simple but when you taste all the flavors and texture, you’ll be in for a surprise. That surprise, my friend, is the mixture of a well-marinated grilled chicken breast with house-made pico de gallo and crispy tortilla strips. A big YES to the crispy tortilla chips. This is also served with rice and black beans. I’m not a fan of beans but it worked quite well for this dish.

Now onto the Craft Burger. As mentioned, we tried their Old Timer Burger, a chili’s classic. It’s hand-seasoned beef patty is indeed perfect. My godfather and I love burgers. Our favorite burger joint is Chunky Sam’s and we recently found a new joint that also serve delicious burgers – TanTan Diner. Now, we are adding Chili’s burger to our list.

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Shonan Tei Japanese Resto Bar

4.0 Stars
Japanese
10

Friends especially relatives have been constantly reminding me to visit Shonantei, a small Japanese restaurant along Mindanao Avenue. One day, my ninong brought home some Negi Toro Maki and a plate of Yaki-Gyoza which I initially thought was tikoy. When I tasted it, I was reminded of my love for Japanese culture specially the food. I decided right then and there to visit Shonantei.

Japanese Style Izakaya

Located at 863 Mindanao Avenue Quezon City, Shonantei Japanese Resto Bar offers an authentic izakaya experience. What is izakaya, you ask?

The term is a compound word that literally means “stay sake shop”. Thus, izakaya is a casual drinking establishment where customers can also order various small dishes to share with colleagues or friends. This type of restaurant has the perfect setting for catching up with friends especially family.

Shonantei offers three kinds of seating – by the bar, on a tatami mat, or the regular chair and table. Once settled in, the waitress gave us a wet hand towel or o-shibori. Then the plates, chopsticks and some seaweed salad which served as appetizer were given.

Regarding food, the Japanese Resto Bar offers several choices of ippin ryori, yakitori, sashimi, nigiri sushi, maki, sakana, donburi, and noodles as well as alcoholic drinks, syochu rock, sake ichigou, juice, and soft drinks. Honestly, I didn’t have a difficult time choosing as I have been eyeing Salmon Don and Ramune Soda Blueberry for a long time.

Besides those, we also tried their Maguro, Negima & Ninnikuma, Katsu-Don and Gyu-Don. I am not going to pick a favourite because each food deserves a praise. But what I like about Shonantei is that they give you great food partnered with great service and relaxing ambiance at a reasonable price.

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Chatime

4.0 Stars
Tea
2

With all the tea shops in the metro, it's quite difficult to visit all and try their unique offerings. Since I already have a favorite tea shop I didn't see the need to search for a new one. But with the intense bipolar weather, I decided to try Chatime after grocery shopping at Cherry – Congressional Avenue.

Though it was my first time at Chatime and didn't know what to choose, I was already set to order a drink with green tea in it. Despite the hot weather, the staff where very friendly and gladly helped me choose the perfect drink - Grapefruit Green Tea.

First impression is important. Since I enjoyed my first visit and my first Chatime drink, I would gladly visit them again and try a new drink. By the way, they only have a few tables. But people go there for one reason – grocery shopping, well sometimes a short lunch. So there's no minus points on that part.

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Oliva Bistro Cafe

5.0 Stars
International
7

Offering an exciting mix of traditional Asian and Western flavors, Oliva Bistro Cafe never fails to serve new dishes on your plate. It doesn’t matter if you prefer American, Italian, Singaporean, Indian, or Filipino cuisine because Oliva Bistro Cafe features many authentic and delicious dishes that would suit any taste.

The 54-seater restaurant is owned and managed by Chef Kannan Jayaprakash Sreedevi and his wife Eden Madridejos-Kannan. Besides the exciting mix of traditional Asian and Western flavors, the restaurant is equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable dining experience. If you hate a cramped dining area like I do, then this place is for you. It has an ample space and delightful ambiance complete with soothing sounds and friendly staff.

I have dined at Oliva Bistro Cafe many times. The experience and food is great to be honest. I love their Vietnamese Style Fresh Spring Rolls, Grilled Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla, Beef Shish Kebab with Butter Parsley Rice and Coppa Affogato.

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