My Reviews

Mien San Noodle House

4.0 Stars
Chinese

Genuine comfort food at a reasonable price! In the picture was my mom's order, the Adobo Pata Dry Noodle. They served it with a bowl of clear soup with vegetables on the side. It was amazing! In the background are the famed Kuchay Dumplings, a bestseller. I had a bowl of Fish & Vegetable noodle soup; while my fiancée had the Beef Tendon noodle soup. For me, Mien San is perfect for rainy evenings where you must really enjoy a good bowl of noodle soup :)

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Cerchio Grill & Lounge

3.0 Stars
Fusion

The interiors of Cerchio were really impressive. The place looked modern and 'put together'. Even their comfort rooms were nice! This was the first time I tried this resto and it was pretty okay.

We tried the Kare Kare, a Seafood-Meat combo platter, Calamares, and the very tasty Singaporean Squid Heads (in picture). I loved the squid heads-- the coating and flavor reminded me of Bonchon's wings. It had a mild kick that blends well with the sweetness.

Overall it was okay, though I felt the servings were small. The items in the combo platter seemed to have the same sauce-- some teriyaki-like glaze-- which gave the chicken and tuna similar flavors.

I just found the menu weird because they were offering dishes from all over. From Peri Peri chicken to Singaporean Squid heads to Kare Kare, to carrot cakes and choco dome cakes. I feel that there is no cohesiveness in the menu, unless the concept of the restaurant was to offer whatever food the owner had in his "my favorites" list.

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Pamana

3.0 Stars
Filipino

The place seemed really interesting when we entered. Antique decors and pictures were visible in almost every corner of the place. Yhe ground floor is practically a boutique selling different things like toys, stationery, and bottled food. We came from Batangas for our company outing and planned to have lunch at Pamana. Since we were a big group, no other floor can accommodate us but the topmost (3rd) -- which obviously wasn't that prepped yet to house guests. There was only one electric fan, no hint of decor, and seemed to look very crude overall. At some point we only had one waiter, and service was slow. The drinks we ordered came in carafes and for some reason there wasn't enough ice. The beverages we ordered tasted really sweet and the drinks weren't as cold. Although I have to give it to our attending waiter, he was awesome and managed to provide what we need.

The food was okay, though it was nothing spectacular for a Filipino restaurant. We tried the Bulalo, Kare Kare, Lechon Kawali (or wasit bagnet? I forgot), Spicy Tawilis (not spicy actually), and Pinakbet among others. The dishes i enjoyed the most were the Bagnet (really unsure if this was bagnet or lechon kawali cause someone else ordered it hehe) and the Bulalo. The Bulalo bowls were huge and they looked so overhwhelming.

Overall it was okay; I wouldn't really go out of my way just to go back and try their other offerings.

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Little Quiapo

3.0 Stars
Filipino

This place reminds me of a restaurant in our neighborhood (back when I was still living in Kapitolyo) -- Three Sisters. Majority of the food items are Pinoy -- merienda selections, main dishes, and short orders. We got a half order of the tokwa't baboy, an order of palabok (which we split), lumpiang shangai (killer serving!), and pinakbet. The servings were really worth it. The tokwa't baboy had more baboy than tokwa! We were so full we can't finish what we ordered. Hehe. The halo halo looked so good -- almost everyone in the room was having it for dessert, but we were so bloated we couldn't order anymore. We shall return. :)

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Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

4.0 Stars
Mexican

Cheap, reasonable servings. You guys better try the Silantro Quesadilla! It was so worth it for P145! :)

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Salsa Verde

4.0 Stars
Mexican

What's interesting about this restaurant is that half of it serves Mexican food, and the other half, Persian. I can't seem to find Kebab Depot on Looloo so i just tagged Salsa verde, which is the Mexican side of the restaurant.

Been here a couple of times and i can say the place serves pretty cheap food that doesn't fall short on flavor. Last night, I went for Persian and I ordered the Shawarma Salad and Keema with Eggplant. I think it's the perfect combo! The beef in the Shawarma salad was really flavorful. The keema was pretty good, too! But one of the highlights would be the house hot sauce. Mix it with the salad, the yoghurt sauce-- and you're in heaven. :)

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Xin Tian Di

1.0 Stars
Chinese

Sharing this post by my good friend, Gi Sy. She posted this today and I can imagine how disappointing the experience was. Crowne plaza / Xin Tian Di, we'd love to hear about what you have to say.

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"I never ever thought I’d be one of those people who’d post complaints about an establishment online, but today was really phenomenally bad.

My family and I—we’re not the reklamador, horror customers type. We smile, we wave off small things, say please and thank you, pay our bill, and go on our way.

We did all those things today. But I’m pretty sure no one in my family is ever going back to Xintiandi in Crowne Plaza. We were all there today for my sister’s engagement party and I have never experienced such annoyingly incompetent service in my life. I felt like all the waiters had some form of dementia or they were just overwhelmed with serving people who ordered more than dimsum.

Ironically Xintiandi means New Heaven on Earth. Not.

1. I asked for tea. They said they did not have service tea (which in my opinion is amazing for a chinese restaurant), puro may bayad, so I said fine what tea do you have? They said their bestseller was some fancy tea called Morning Blossom. Kfine bring me some. After mga half hour, wala parin. I went to ask another kuya for my order. He said, ay ano ba inorder nyo? Then went off to make another pot. When I was about to go back to the function room I saw a lone tea pot on another round table outside. I lift the lid and go, kuya eto ba yun? Silip si kuya, ay eto nga! Anakngtinapa bakit iniwan dito sa labas? DI KO GETS.

2. We ordered for drinks. Orange juice lahat. Ay maam ubos na orange juice. Sige kuya no problem pahingi nalang ng watermelon shake, 4seasons and isang sprite. After (no joke) mga 45 minutes and mga tatlo apat na follow ups, wala parin. My titas were making jokes na, “baka pinipitas pa!” and my cousin, “ikaw kasi Angela mabigat watermelon!” finally dumating. Lo and behold may kasamang lemon shake and two extra juices na we didn’t order. Keri lang, extra juice. When my cousin drank his sprite, SPRITE HA, after a few minutes he burst out “kaya pala di ako maka-sipsip!” there was a calamansi seed inside his straw. He asked the waiter, “Kuya gamit na ba tong straw? Paano nagka butas ng calamansi sa loob?” Walang nasagot si waiter. My cousin just asked him to bring him a new one and didn’t complain na. May calamansi seed sa loob ng straw ng sprite. DI KO GETS.

3. My other cousin’s glass had a crack on it. As in a crack that would’ve split his lip open had he not seen it.

4. My cousin was STILL eating a crab leg when the waiter cleared his plate. Cousin was like, um “kuya di pako tapos pwede ba akong kumain?”

5. There were 8 extra chairs inside the room, which we used for the engagement ceremonies at the beginning. After the ceremonies, I asked a waiter to please clear na the chairs para people have space to move around. Half hour later they were still there. I asked another kuya to follow me, and I showed him the chairs and kindly asked him if they could clear it para people can move around. He removed one chair. Pilosopo amputa. I went to look for another kuya to please come remove ALL THE CHAIRS, baka kasi di ko nilinaw.

6. They brought in food and left it on a side table, di namin gets kung bakit. As in, we were looking at the food for a good half hour. My cousins and I were asking, um, tayo nalang kaya kumuha at maglagay sa table? The peking duck was left to get cold. I could have reached out and grabbed it and put it on the table, I asked my titas, ano ba to, may gagawin pa ba sila dyan? Can’t I just get it? A kuya came in I asked, kuya ano nangyayari? Kami na magbabalot ng peking duck isalang na yan. He jumped and looked at the duck, peered into the wrap dimsum bowls, moved the large spoons, and then left again without serving! After what was like 40 minutes kuya asked, maam pwede po kayo na magbalot ng peking duck? I looked at him and felt that big nerve on my forehead twitching, “oo kuya lagay mo na sa table. Kung ready na pala yan bakit di nyo pa iserve? Ano ba nangyayari? Ok lang ba kayo?” DI KO GETS TALAGA.

Throughout all this my titas and titos and cousins were making jokes pa. Oks lang, keri lang, happy naman and sa totoo lang masarap naman food. “Baka naooverwhelm sila kasi more than two tables ang laman ng buong restaurant.” “Baka sobrang hot Valentines date ni kuya lutang pa utak nya.” “Kayo kasi ambubulol nyo mag-tagalog!”

Everyone left after dessert, bye bye. My parents and I stayed to, of course, pay the bill. When it arrived, my parents asked me to look at it. I saw two sheets of paper, naka sulat sa isa ung total ng drinks, the other one total ng food, then HANDWRITTEN ON THE FIRST SHEET, total ng everything, and then HANDWRITTEN ON THE SECOND, minus the deposit. I asked kuya wait, so ano babayaran ko? He didn’t answer. He muttered, um maam, eto po total ng drinks. Eto total ng food. I answered oo kuya gets ko yan, ang tanong ko bakit may handwritten na kung anu-ano, can you please give me my total kung ano babayaran ko? He said maam eto, then minus po eto. Ah so kuya, ipagma-math nyo pa ako today? Paki print ako ng resibo na malinis, yung may total ko, na walang handwritten ha? He replies maam doon po sa labas magpprint nun, di po pwede. Aba no worries kuya dalhin mo sa labas na cashier.

I sat there for five minutes giving him a head start.

I went to the cashier to check on my “bill”. The kuya had scribbled right on the receipt, scratch scratch on this number, erase erase, on that number, wrote down my total. Ay mali, bura bura scratch scratch. I tried messing with him, kuya ano yan 9 or 8? Hindi rin siya makasagot. Jusmiyo.

Medyo nag snap na ako. Pero mabait na snap parin. I asked the obviously more senior guy, “kuya ayoko ng ganitong resibo. I just want a receipt na maayos nakaindicate babayaran ko. Bakit ganito may bura-bura pa? May erase erase ng ballpen?”
“Ah maam kasi blabklablablablabaanblablaa yakkity yak yak yak blablablabal alternating usage of p for f and vice versa bullcrap.”
“Okay fine kuya whatever you say, just print me a new one please, thanks.”

So we paid our huge bill. For a chinese engagement party, round tables in a function room na full course meal, you know it’s a big amount. I just wish service could be up to par with what the restaurant looked like. I mean, they were serving teas with fancy names! Checking on foursquare, I found most people who go there go for the dealdozen dimsum promo. A friend who worked for ensogo said that most establishments really do give horrible service to coupon buyers kasi they feel they didnt pay the full price. That's just wrong, and besides, they should know that function room parties, yung may full course meal, the ones who chose to celebrate a special occasion with your establishment, the ones who paid full price ++ sana mabigyan ng normal service. We weren’t even out for special treatment, just the bare minimum you’d expect in Jollibee let alone a fancy restaurant where your had crab and there was napkin for your lap and several plates and your bill was 5 digits.

The waiters did not know what was going on. I would ask for water, and knew the first one forgot so I’d ask again. He’d forget too, or end up asking someone else to serve us, who would forget too. It’s just an incredibly inefficient game of tag service. At one point, I refilled the pot of tea with hot water myself (as in I went to the back where they had a hot water dispenser) nahiya si waiter sakin and kept saying maam ako na maam ako na. I said kuya, okay lang talaga ako na, uhaw na kami. Gusto lang namin kumain.

This be warning to my friends who want to go to Xintiandi. Ako na ang isa sa pinaka chill na kilala niyo, saying mag Gloria Maris nalang kayo. Heck, mag Le Ching nalang kayo! Sobrang kalmado namin today kasi we were still happy for my sister. Pero kung buhay pa lola ko na-dyaryo na siguro kami today.

Xintiandi, get yo shit together. Kulang sa multivitamins mga waiter nyo."

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Charlie's Grind & Grill

4.0 Stars
Burger

As expected, when we got to Charlie's, there were about 10 people in line. This place serves great comfort food and everyone knows it. My mom got an Angus cheeseburger, my Fiancé got a bacon wagyu cheeseburger, and I tried the lettuce wrapped angus cheeseburger. We also ordered truffle fries, which is a favorite of ours. Thing is, I hate that i didn't really taste the cheese in my wrap. It was kinda messy and hard to eat. But then again, I'm on a diet so I can't complain. And, i think burgers are supposed to make use of bread, not lettuce. Hahaha! The serving was huge, which gives you value for your money. I didn't get to finish the other half, by the way. Still good, though. Oh, and their Aioli sauce is love! :)

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Lombardi's

4.0 Stars
Italian

Tried their appetizer plate and it was lovely. Simple and tasty! It had artichokes, some ham, arugula and greens, dried tomatoes, and grilled onions with balsamic vinegar. I tasted what my friend got, which was (I think) a new item on the menu: Truffle Pasta. Wow. You guys better try this. It's so earthy and really really goooood!!! :) if I wasn't on a diet, I'd get my own plate! Thanks for dinner, Kat! :)

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