My Reviews

The French Baker

4.0 Stars
Bakery
5

If you do your shopping at Cherry Congressional Avenue, you know that The French Baker has been there since the beginning. And from that particular time, The French Baker did some renovations allowing more customers to dine in making them more than just a bakery.

Fast forward to today, The French Baker looks more beautiful especially the fancy set up they have over the drinks counter. The design pieces are also pretty and fit perfectly to the overall theme. Moreover, it’s at the perfect spot near the entrance of the now SM – Cherry Congressional Avenue and the grocery.

Being there many times, I have almost tried all their dishes. There’s my go-to meal Whole Grain Tuna Sandwich which is made of freshly baked 100% whole grain bread sided with their own potato chips and honey balsamic greens as well as the Egg Salad Sandwich which is also sided with their own potato chips and honey balsamic greens.

The Hickory Spareribs is also a good choice. Imagine juicy pork spareribs topped with Hickory BBQ sauce and a pan-roasted seasonal vegetables. Hmm divine!

Besides these, I do have my favorites one of which is the Quiche Lorraine.

Their Quiche Lorraine is freshly-baked; not only that, but it is served with soup of the day and honey balsamic greens. Though it’s just an appetizer, this for me is a completely delicious meal.

Another favorite is the Grilled Veggie Sandwich. I do love fresh veggies but grilled ones sounds and tastes great especially with a fresh baked ciabatta bread. And just like all their other sandwich meals, this one is also sided with honey balsamic greens and potato chips.

In conclusion, The French Baker does offer fresh, healthy and affordable specialty breads and baked goods. But if you haven’t tried dining at The French Baker, well you should! They have an array of exciting and affordable dishes that will surely surprise and please your taste buds!

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Osaka Ohsho

3.0 Stars
Japanese
10

SM City North EDSA – Food Circuit which is located at the ground floor of The Block features a whole group of restaurants one of which is Osaka Ohsho.

Osaka Ohsho features a well-lit, clean and beautiful interior (see image). For our first dining experience, we ordered the Crispy Pork Teriyaki Set and the Osaka Pork Sticks Bowl. The Crispy Pork Teriyaki Set is completely delicious especially the gyoza.

Now for the Osaka Pork Sticks Bowl. The marinated pork belly is indeed flavorful. The only problem is: only 1 out of 3 sticks has a tender pork belly. We really had a difficult time chewing the rest. I was quite disappointed to be honest because the meal is okay but sadly, I wasn’t able to finish the Osaka Pork Sticks Bowl.

Btw, it’s worth-mentioning that their House Blend Iced Tea is great! :) It made my day.

Will we return? Sure! The food we ordered were tasty so we are willing to try their other dishes. Osaka Ohsho offers a wide variety of Gohan Sets, Chahan Sets, Curry Sets, Fuwatoro Sets as well as Teppanyaki, Yakimono and Noodles. I just hope we’ll have a better dining experience in the future.

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Red Panda Bistro

4.0 Stars
Fusion
8

Though I’ve seen the restaurant and pass by it almost everyday, I was only able to dine here a few weeks ago with my family. I was surprised to see that the front wasn’t the same as before. The plants and walkway were quite unkempt. I wasn’t bothered by it because I’m not the type who judges a book by its cover. BUT it would be great to fix those for safety reasons and because it is a restaurant after all.

For the food, Red Panda offers a wide range of dishes perfect for sharing as well as dimsum and Shabu Shabu Hotpot that will certainly satisfy your tummies. Since there were only a few of us, we tried the following: Tausi Spareribs, Beancurd Roll, Asparagus Oyster Sauce, Chinese Cold Cuts Platter, Cucumber Lemonade and Red Panda Iced Tea.

All the dishes were great but my favorite would be the Beancurd Roll, Chinese Cold Cuts Platter and Cucumber Lemonade. The dimsum classic Beancurd Roll is soft, juicy and stuffed with a delicious meat filling. The Chinese Cold Cuts Platter was also a perfect choice. For drinks, I suggest going for the refreshing Cucumber Lemonade.

Our overall Red Panda experience was okay. Will I visit them again? Of course.

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Rolando's Farm To Table Restaurant

4.0 Stars
Filipino
10

For fresh and authentic Filipino cuisine, I suggest visiting the heart of Quezon City specifically Road 1 corner Road 33, Project 6. There you will find a beautiful and 100% compliant green building called Florville housing a farm to table restaurant called Rolando’s.

Rolando’s Farm to Table Restaurant is indeed an oasis in the midst of the city. Why? Well, there may be cafes and restaurants in the area but food parks still dominate. Set a few meters away from the nearest food park, Rolando’s is able to offer it’s guests a hassle-free dining experience.

First time visitors won’t have a problem ordering because Rolando’s Farm to Table Restaurant menu is simple and detailed. Simply look over their choices for Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Main Course – pork, poultry, beef, vegetables and seafood – Rice and Dessert. You will surely find something you will enjoy.

For my first visit, my family and I ordered the ff:

Onion Rings with Parmesan: Thick-cut deep-fried onion rings dusted with Parmesan cheese sided with Rolando’s special dip.

Rolando’s Ensalada: Rolando’s Caesar Salad version with lettuce, cheese, croutons sided with special dressing.

Suam na Mais: Corn puree soup shrimp flavors with sauce and capsicum leaves.

Crispy Baby Squid: Bite-sized (coasted with home-breading) with special dipping sauce.

Crispy Bagnet: Juicy pork ribs deep-fried to perfection.

Bulig

Pakbet: Filipino vegetables stew made with long beans, eggplant, squash, okra, bitter-melon cooked in shrimp paste.

Yellow Rice: White rice mixed with onions and turmeric.

Buko Pandan

Rolando’s Farm to Table Restaurant truly serves food made from fresh quality ingredients. All the dishes we ordered were delicious but there are some that I would love to taste again along with my co-blogger Jean.

First on my list is the thick-cut deep-fried onion rings with Parmesan. The size of the onion rings; not to mention, quantity and taste is worth every penny. Another great choice for appetizer is the bite-sized crispy baby squid. If you don’t like cheese, go for this one. Your family and/or friends will enjoy feasting on these two while waiting for the main dishes.

Apart from these two, I also enjoyed the Pakbet because I’m part Ilocano. The Bulig was okay, too. It’s just that prior to this fish we ordered Red Tilapia Pinalutong. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available but fish is a must for us. So we ordered whatever was available and easy to cook because the rest of the dishes were already served.

Despite that one set back, mi familia especially mi abuela enjoyed the lunch. The food was great as well as the setting. The staff were kind, too.

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Quezon Memorial Circle

5.0 Stars
Park
10

The Quezon Memorial Circle is tucked inside the large 2-km roundabout known as the Elliptical Road. The park itself is surrounded by 15.65 hectares of green space and features a number of garden supply & flower shops, restaurants, as well as facilities which can be used for conferences, sport events or a simple meeting place.

Besides these, there are several other activities perfect for everyone. The QMC has an amusement park called Circle of Fun, a Bicycle Station, a zipline as well as a Fitness Trail. BUT if you want to experience a relaxing day filled with discovery, you can explore the museums inside the park one of which is the Quezon Memorial Shrine.

The shrine is a 66-metre (217 ft) tall mausoleum dedicated to former Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon. Inside the Quezon Memorial Shrine is a museum which contains relics and memorabilia related to former President Manuel Quezon. Moreover, at the center of the building is interred remains of Manuel L. Quezon and his wife, Aurora Quezon.

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QCX

5.0 Stars
Museum
10

The QCX: Quezon City Experience is the first socio-cultural interactive museum that showcases a city’s history, transformation as well as the great future. What makes QCX great is the opportunity it gives the visitors.

They are free to interact with the displays and allow them to take picture (videos not allowed). And since there are 16 interactive galleries, each group is given a tour guide. All the guides are friendly and well-informed so don’t be afraid to ask them anything about the city’s history and culture.

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Landers Central

4.0 Stars
Pizza
5

If you’re really hungry or up for just a quick bite after grocery shopping, Landers Central is perfect. They offer some delicious U.S. Angus Beef Burger, All-American hotdog, N.Y Cheese Deluxe pizza as well as Roast Chicken and Truffle Cream Pasta with Grilled Chicken pasta.

We were able to try the U.S. Famous Beef Hotdog Combo Platter, a slice of Manhattan Supreme wheat pizza and the Pasta Marinara with Meatballs.

The U.S. Famous Beef Hotdog Combo Platter is a great choice. It’s simple but packed with goodness. We’re looking forward the Salisbury Turkey Franks. The slice of Manhattan Supreme wheat pizza is surprisingly okay, too. They didn’t have the “normal” pizza so we settled with the wheat one instead. It was a good choice.

The only thing we disliked though was the Pasta Marinara with Meatballs. The pasta was reheat and there was a lot of moisture in the container. That liquid went directly to the sauce loosing its original taste. The meatballs were good so we just assumed the pasta would have been good.

If you don’t like to eat heavy, fret not as they have a cafe called Doppio. Here they serve ice cream with a variety of interesting flavors, delicious cakes and coffee! Caffeine lovers will surely enjoy cafe Doppio’s offerings. Whether you like it hot or cold, they definitely have something perfect for your taste buds.

We tried their Iced Latte Hazelnut which we partnered with a slice of N.Y Cheesecake. It was divine. Oh, by the way! If you’re a cheesecake lover or just want to try The Cheesecake Factory’s dreamy cheesecakes, Landers Superstore is selling them. Just head to the ice cream and dairy section. Yes, they’re quite steep – well because it’s THE Cheesecake Factory. BUT they do offer slices at cafe Doppio. It’s way cheaper than buying a whole cheesecake.

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Tony's Bar and Grille

3.0 Stars
Filipino
4

Tony's Bar & Grill is an okay place. They have an outdoor dining as well as an indoor dining which is well-ventilated. When it comes to food, Tony's Bar & Grill offers delicious Filipino dishes which are priced reasonably.

My family and I went there for a quick lunch. Though we ordered simple dishes, we enjoyed every bite. Also if you're bringing a car, no worries because they have a parking space and a security guard.

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Cattle Milkshake Bar

4.0 Stars
Dessert
8

Do you love milkshakes? Of course, you do! Who wouldn’t love those sweet and oh-so-creamy goodness served in frosty cold glasses? Whether you’re up for some over the top or classic taste, you will surely love and enjoy what this new milkshake bar has to offer.

The Cattle Milkshake Bar is located at the 2nd floor of The Annex SM City North Edsa. It’s a bright and colorful 30-seater shop with a pretty sky ceiling, cowboy hat lights and white-washed walls filled with inspiration.

Moreover, the Cattle Milkshake Bar features three milkshake categories: New Zealand’s Best, Signature Herd and Famous Named Shakes. Under each of these is a list of unique and great tasting milkshakes.

If you’re a chocolate lover, New Zealand’s Best is where your heart should be. But if you prefer something classic try any of the Signature Herd Shakes or the Famous Named Shakes to surprise your taste buds.

Besides milkshakes, they also offer a Combo Ranch (Php 259). There are three sandwiches to choose from – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, German Franks and Chicken n’ Cheese which you can partner with your choice of milkshake.

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Pitstop Foodpark

4.0 Stars
Food Bazaar
7

Have you visited the first motor racing themed food park in the Metro? The food park is called PitStop and is located at Congressional Avenue Extension in Quezon City.

Whether the sun’s up or about to set, I’m pretty sure you’ll be glancing at the food park when you pass the area. Why wouldn’t you? There’s a huge and colorful I <3 PitStop upfront. And if you look closely, you will even get a glimpse of their very own Formula One car. Cool, right?

Once you enter the food park, you will see that they really put a lot of effort adhering to the theme. There’s a “START” and “FINISH” line banner, racing flags, stoplights, street signs even overpasses! The details are truly amazing making sure motor racing enthusiasts as well as other guests enjoy the whole set up.

Besides the fun concept, PitStop Food Park also features unique food choices. There are 24 food stalls to try that offers a range of mouth-watering eats from isaw to steak!

There's Native Grill, Sons of Burgers, Nori, Jian's Dimsum House, Tapa Out!, Masta Pasta, Qrazy Quesadilla, Wings, Pork Barrel, Halal Gals, Chef Resty’s Roast Beef, Stone Grill, Thirsty Heroes, Salted Egg, Ihaw Lamang Ang Iibigin, Brandon’s Steak Hub, Chinder’s Dessert Bar, Unli Crabs, Buko Slashers, Cotton Ball, Fruit Locker, Nitro7, Taclings and Tokyo Tempura.

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