My Reviews

Umami Hambaagu House

5.0 Stars
Burger

Umami Hambaagu House exudes such a distinct character, which reflects in its design; from its interiors to the photography and graphic design on its menu. Visually, it already whets the appetite.

On to the food! I may have said more than once on that I am not a burger person. To correct that confusing statement, I am not a burger sandwich person. Throwing the bread out makes a world of a difference. As a life long member of the Jollibee Burger Steak appreciation club, the selection at Umami was overwhelming. I wanted to order everything. Each burger order came with a bowl of rice, fries, salted edamame and unlimited cabbage salad topped with sesame dressing. Their dressing was so good, it was full and far from watery.

I learned here that the difference between Japanese burgers and Western burgers is that they’re made up of a mixture of ground beef and ground pork. I was first confused about the color of the meat when I cut into it, it looked a little paler than usual but it was good none the less. They have an option where if you add Php 20, they’ll serve you a Chicken burger instead.

Umami serves glammed up comfort food; the patty was tender and cooked just right but it lacked a bit of salt.

Umami completes the dining experience with a well-rounded drink menu fit to rival tambay milk tea houses and coffee shops with their selection. 128523

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Rodic's Diner

4.0 Stars
Filipino

This kind of tapsilog can only be found at Rodic's, where you eat your best, at the Shopping Center inside the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City. Its uniqueness lies in the tapa being macerated to almost a floss, which otherwise would be thin slices of marinated beef in other tapsilog. It is also made from carabao beef (what? you didn't know that? neither did I!), commonly termed carabeef.

Which brings me back to Rodic's. Why do we return? I guess it's also about constancy. We go back for the same dishes, and we get the same. Year after year. The same Ilongga cooks and servers, the same red-checked tablecloths, the same tin plates, the same vinegar bottles. The same tapsilog. The same greasy smell on your hair and clothes after you've eaten your fill.

At Rodic's there are noticeable changes, too, like the tapsilog had doubled in price from yesteryears. Upstairs space is now air-conditioned, and it has expanded with a branch in Makati City, serving mostly homesick alumni.

But in all things I guess what's essential remains and will stay the same. The same aims for academic excellence, leadership and service. The same bonds of friendship that attach people far away from one another. The same anise-flavored, vinegar-spiked, flossy tapsilog.

Rodic's (since 1949)

Shopping Center
UP Campus, Diliman
Quezon City
Delivery Tel. No. (632) 921.7361

G/F, Fedman Building
199 Salcedo Street
Makati City
Delivery Tel. No. (632) 759.2875

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Bagnet Boy

5.0 Stars
Filipino

Bagnet Boy delivers...100 grams for 99pesos is so value for money!

And it's absolutely divine Bagnet from Ilocos.

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House of Wagyu Stonegrill

3.0 Stars
Steak

There's this craving for great steaks, and Wagyu Stone Grill in Eastwood Mall offers a very interesting and yummy concept. It serves Wagyu Steaks raw, placing them on top of a hot stone grill, and letting the meat cook right in front of you. You can choose from New York Strip, Top Sirloin or Rib Eye cut for your Wagyu (which is available in 220g and 350g).

The Wagyu Stone Grill steaks are recommended if you can withstand the smoky smell on your clothes afterwards and if you can be patient with the service.

Really pricey but still a good experience.

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Café Mary Grace

4.0 Stars
Filipino

Since I am alone I am a bit weird, I followed what my craving is simply dictating me, so for a starter, I ordered this Mary Grace Hot Chocolate, and Mary Grace Classic Cheese rolls and Ensaymada. The appetizers are tempting too. I was thinking of ordering the Grilled Kesong Puti dip, but with the Cheese rolls, Ensaymada with very thick Hot chocolate, I will be taking too much because I already ordered a pasta, and I chose Spanish Sardines Pasta with Olives.

The Traditional Cheese rolls and Ensaymade
You have a choice between Classic and grilled with just a few peso difference. Both are good but can be as good and as delicious as those in the well know bake shops, but the softness of the bread made it really remarkable. They are best serve with hot chocolates, and the strong cheesy taste complimented the too sweet taste of the chocolates.

Since I consider myself above average when it comes to pasta cooking, I decided to order a pasta that I haven't tried to cook myself. I chose the Spanish Sardines with Olives pasta, not only because I love Spanish sardines but because of something "fusion"... this will be different I know.

The taste is good, and very challenging, the strong taste of the spanish sardines and olive combined make it really very appetizing. This is spicy so I don't think kids will like it. But adventurous adult will truly like it. I am thinking of cooking it myself, after observing all the ingredients that I've tasted.

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Gaudi

4.0 Stars
Spanish

We passed by Gaudi @ Serendra several times but for some reason, we never end up going – until last week.

We’ve always been big fans of tapas. I personally think it’s an excellent way of eating — paired with a great tasting cold glass of sangria and of course some lovely company — it’s a feel good, must-experience foodie delight!

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Sbarro

5.0 Stars
Pizza

Baked Ziti with white sauce is sooooo PERFECT! Need I say more 128525

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Kanin Club

4.0 Stars
Filipino

Kanin Club has been a rewarding try. The dishes were the Pinoy classics, but many came with wonderful twists! We’ve never squealed with delight so often in one meal!

For Pinoy cuisine aficionados, Kanin Club is a huge must. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Murray & D'Vine

4.0 Stars
American

When in craving for burgers and (damn good) wine, do yourself a favor and head on over to Murray and D’Vine at Serendra in Taguig City.

Big Ass 1lb. Burger (P560). Although a bit pricey, burgers from Murray and D’Vine are well worth it because they are made up of quality ingredients AND are served with a 1/2 lb patty. However, if you think you’re really hungry or just want to challenge yourself, why not order their Big Ass Burger? As the name implies, it’s a.. big ass burger! Initially, it started out as a special menu item for Valentine’s Day, thus its being heart- shaped, but because people kept asking for it, they decided to regularize it.

Simply yummy and filling!

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Slice

4.0 Stars
Dessert

The Caramel Yema Chiffon Cake, moist chiffon with caramel buttercream is a new favorite and definitely a must try. Caramel Yema Cake is also Slice’s signature cake. The cake is Php240 a slice, I am not sure if I like the price that much. 240 means half a cake but a slice is kinda bit pricey for me. But the cakes bears everything a cake should bear that one is forgiven to overlook the figures… Will definitely want to come back to this dessert haven.

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