My Reviews

Toby's Estate Coffee

2.0 Stars
Coffee

I cannot believe I’m giving Toby’s 2 star 128533 This is the first time I ever did in any coffee shops I’ve been before. And as you know, I’m a big fan of their Flat White which is my usual cup here. And as always, their Flat White has that tangy bitterness after sip which I look for in my coffee. So if I love their coffee, what’s the 2 stars for? Well, unfortunately it’s their new breakfast menu which is the Egg’s Benedict. It’s a disappointment 128557 Priced at 395 and you’d rather have something else somewhere. I’m no egg’s ben expert but their is just too salty to begin with. Like, the egg was poached on a hot water with salty, top it off with cheese which as we know is salty already then add some more pinch of salt and cayenne. It was too much 128557128557 The only thing that worked is the ham and biscuit underneath the egg’s ben. The ham is a little smoky and of good proportion to the biscuit. Service was also pretty slow.

Not recommending their Egg’s Ben unless they tweak their recipe. I’ve tried better ones for its price! Really.

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Café Ilang-Ilang

4.0 Stars
Buffet
10

Cafe Ilang Ilang is probably one of the best buffet place I’ve been to. And gladly BDO renewed their 40% off promo here making the buffet a little more affordable. From 3,400 to 1,992 for their weekend dinner buffet. Definitely a good treat!

Anyhow, all the food was delicious. They have different counters. Upon entrance you’d have the salad table and cold cuts. The dessert area is nearby. There’s also a section for different breads and jams and cheese. The baked mussels are just beside us and unlike the commercial buffets, they do not ran out of these. They also have Asian section that includes Korean, Indian, Chinese and a big area for the Japanese cuisine. Pastas and pizzas are on a different area, with minimal touch of Filipino cuisine but generous lamb rack, roast beef, US prime beef and baby back ribs 128154 Also, their Halal section is love.

I personally enjoyed the roast beef and lamb rack.Their both so tender, and juicy. Plus, the barbeque sauce for the lamb chops is just sweet and tangy. Best paired with the grilled asparagus and baby potatoes. I also liked the kimchi that’s really spicy and less sour. They also have egg roll, kimbap and kalbi on the Korean section. The japanese area was okay. While I enjoyed the spicy salmon sashimi, the rest of the maki doesn’t look appetizing anymore with only a few left. The tempura section though is delightful! Now about the dessert, it’s amazing!!!! I cannot emphasize how I enjoyed it. Personally, I enjoyed the puto bumbong and bibingka as I’m a big fan 128525 There’s a whole lot of varieties of pastries to choose from. I tried the apple pie and I like how the filling and pastry is equally proportionate. There’s the ice cream section, fruits, cookies and candies. Just a whole lot more!

The rate for the buffet comes with water and coffee servings only. So for other drinks, you’d have to order if separately. The staffs are kind and accommodating. And there’s a lot of guests on a Saturday dinner. One biggest downside though is Manila Hotel’s lack of parking. It’s crazy! A 5-star hotel with barely a parking space for ita guests. Unbelievable! One big consideration though.

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Kanin Club

4.0 Stars
Filipino
3

Had a team lunch on a Thursday at Kanin Club. While we were there early, we were not allowed to be seated not unless we’re at least 50% complete though they allowed us place our order already but won’t be served until we’re nearly complete. This is quite understandable considering how packed their place can be with groups spending their lunch.

We ordered quite a number but managed to photographed some. We had tokwa’t baboy for appetizer and I like how sour it is and how crispy both the tokwa and baboy was. It’s slighly spicy which is great for an appetizer. Their crispy dinuguan is special. I enjoyed it very much! Quite a hefty serving, slightly spicy and definitely crispy and chewy pork all over it. Their Kare Kare while tasted good and creamy, had very huge beef cuts. The beef are soft enough but one slice could have been further sliced. It’s as if the chef got lazy cutting them. It wasn’t pleasing.

We ordered manggang hilaw and enjoyed their bagoong which is better than the one served with the kare kare. The sisig was okay.

The serving was fast and the staffs are friendly. It was a good dining experience. Overall, it’s best to have team meals here.

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Nono's

4.0 Stars
International
2

I’ve been seeing good feedback about their fried chicken so as someone who can probably chicken for a month, I just really need tp give it a try. So when my friends suggested we have dinner here, you’d know I definitely say yes. I tried their Nono’s homestyle fried chicken and it was lovely!! Its size is like that of Taiwan’s XL fried chicken chops but not as salty or peppery. It was of a good size and was crunchy. It’s best paired with their honey and gravy. Truth be told, the honey give it a good sweetness and a bit of saltiness from the gravy. There’s half a cob of corn and one dinner roll. It can be served with rice or fries and I had to choose rice. Haha. It’s actually really good. It’s filling and I’d say not bad for a Php 325 price tag. My friends tried the chicken slider which is also good is serving and quite hefty, as well as the Roasted Beef Belly which is tender and satisfying.

The staffs are nice, and serving time is quite fast. They have pastries from Classic Confections so that I will have to try next.

For my next fried chicken craving, they would be a top of mind!

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Refinery

3.0 Stars
Café
5

Saw the other day that Refinery is now at Salcedo which means near my turf 128154 I have quite an expectation about this place so we decided to swing by today to have some breakfast.

The place is just 4 days in operation and for now, you can enjoy a serene breakfast. My sister and I were the only ones there when we arrived at 8am. We ordered their bacon french toast and the morning after. Partnered with vanilla latte and salted caramel latte. Considering we’re the only one that’s at their place during that time we were not informed at how long we have to wait for our order. We had our coffee at decent 7-8 mins from order which is great cause first thing’s first and that is coffee. But our meal arrived past 25 mins. I get that the bibingka takes time but for the french toast to take that long 128532 Quite disappointing tbh. We had to follow up for it, before they made an action. Well, maybe it’s because they’re just in their opening week that’s why adjustments needs to be done.

Anyhow, their food is great. The thing that attracted me the most on their “The Morning After” is the bibingka souffle. Oh how it really feels like Christmas!! It was soft and the salted egg is sitting right at the bottom. Then syrup though should be caramel doesn’t taste like pne though. It’s more condensed milk for me. Crispy potatoes and quite a hefty bacon slab. The bacon slab is bigger than that of Wildflour’s and is a little sweeter. The bacon french toast was okay as per my sister. It was of good serving, especially that bowl of whip cream and generous bacon inside.

Vanilla latte was good but like the caramel syrup, the salted caramel latte didn’t taste like salted caramel at all. Not even a hint of the salted part. But it’s still a good cup just that there’s no wow factor. Even during bill out, it took a while before we had our change. My sister had to go to their counter to ask for her take out coffee and the change.

Overall, the place is charming and can easily be a good dinner spot with their wine offers. Their breakfast meal is served until 5pm. And their place in Salcedo is easily accessible near Gino’s. The service could definitely be improved. Price wise, it’s around that of Wildflour’s.

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Ono Poke Bowl

4.0 Stars
Japanese
2

FINALLY ‼️ I’ve been wanting to try Ono ever since they opened at The Pantree but their prices are not so friendly for a regular lunch meal. But, a BOGO promo allowed me to finally give them a shot. A special mini bowl for the purpose of the BOGO promo is offered and for Php 179, I was able to try it 128154 We tried the spicy tuna poke bowl. And it’s perfect!!! I like how spicy it is cause it justified the spicy in its name. The tuna was of a good serving and its added crunch and nori gave it that poke bowl/deconstructed spicy tuna maki I always love. I’m a weakling on spicy tuna and this just became an easy option whenever I crave one. Haha. It’s small serving is priced at Php 250, around the same price of a 6 pcs spicy tuna maki at Kikufuji or Ooma, just in different presentation. So it’s really a matter of which way you wish to eat it. The special size for the BOGO is actually enough for me. Enough rice and tuna that compliments everything is that bowl. The base can be white rice, brown rice or cabbage. If you want it healthier you can choose quinoa for additional charge. Their space is a little small but cozy still. Probably can fit around 20 people or less. Staffs are nice and friendly. I’d say, it’s worth the try and worth having one again.

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Samgyupsalamat

4.0 Stars
Korean

Sunday lunch is at Samgyupsalamat is by far the most peaceful I’ve got. The waiting time ain’t so long, around 10 mins only and the servers are not masungit. Particularly this Ate who’s very kind and generous with all the sides. She gives you a smile whenever you ask for a refill which basically makes you wanted to refill more cause she’s mabait like that. Haha. We had the meat all you can cause I think no more ala carte on weekends. Probably ordered most in the beef menu since we paid Php 499 for this anyways. The meat are nice. Cooked to your own liking and they’re tender and juicy. I like the different sauces and cuts that they provide. Well the kimchi ain’t bad plus the egg. Overall, this branch still delivers! The original one before they started spreading everywhere.

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Anila Cafe

4.0 Stars
Café
6

Accommodation at Anya comes with a free breakfast at Anila

The place is by the pool and since it’s nearing December when we went you can expect cold wind and a refreshing view. Their breakfast is of differeng variety from Filipino classics to their omellete counter. I personally like how fluffy and flavorful their omelette’s are. They also have sausages, and sweet tocino. Their boneless bangus is also of my liking. It’s sour by itself and perfect for more vinegar to top off the sourness. But of course it is best paired with their own kapeng barako.

If you’re not a fan of Filipino breakfast if they their salad counter, and different breads for breakfast. Some antipasti are also available. Their banana bread with caramel sauce is really nice. If you’re not a coffee person they have other juices as well and different infused water such as mint, cucumber and lemon. Some natural sweets are from their fresh fruits counter and for the kids they have pancakes, yogurts, and cereals.

Service is fast and the ambiance is good. Definitely adds to the quality of what Anya can bring to your staycation.

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Manam

5.0 Stars
Filipino

Tried Manam’s breakfast offering and as always, I need to have a taste of their tapsilog. I’m always in search of a good one! And I think I found a good one at Manam’s 128154 Their tapa is sweet and juicy but best paired with their vinegar. It’s also tender and of good serving. It comes with garlic rice, tomato and garlic side and sunny side up egg. It was filling! Even if it’s a breakfast I can’t say no to Ube + Sago so there you have it! Haha. Serving was fast and all else were great!! I really love the Tapa! For Php 265, it’s one the best in the market at that range. Worth the try, and splurge!!!

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Anya Resort & Residences

4.0 Stars
Hotel
9

Anya Resort in Tagaytay is a gem that you’d rather have for yourself. It’s location is not the conventional overlooking Taal but rather a seemingly quiet farm that tucks you away from the hustle of Tagaytay traffic.

What welcomes you is an open spaced lobby. Though their front desk is tuck behind and is small, but their staffs would welcome you nicely and hand you a hot face towel. They have a golf cart that would drop you off to your villa. There are around 11-12 villas around with 8 rooms on each. We had ours at Villa 7 which is the most ideal as it is near the pool area and even the lobby. Highly recommended for those with senior citizen companions. We reserved three rooms; two king room and one twin room. Upon check in at 2:30pm, two rooms are already available. And the rooms are spacious! Goodness. I cannot explain how much I adore their bathroom. It’s probably weird for some but bathrooms are kind of my fetish so it has to be good! And it was! 128525 You’ve got a big shower and bath tub. A separate one for the toilet bowl. And two sinks and mirror for your vanity needs!! Awesomeee 128149 Complimentary coffee inside the room is also not your usual 3-in-1 nor a nespresso as what hotels in the Metro would have. But rather your brewed coffee on your own french press. There’s also complimentarg banana and seasonal fruits which in our case is lanzones. The bed is comfortable and white clean linens that tops it of. They also have a big sofa at the side for your guests. Wifi is also available all over the area. Overall, the check in and the room are fantastic.

However, we had a problem! It’s almost 5pm when the other room was prepared. We’ve been following up every 30 mins after 3:30pm since it’s already an inconvenience. We’re paying for a 22 hour stay and yet we barely maximized it. The front desk wasn’t entirely helpful either as they cannot give us an update. The other room is just beside us and we noticed how long the housekeeping had to cleaned up the entire place. We even caught them chatting. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against chatting or laughing or pausing at work every once in a while. But the staffs should be professional about it. Time is ticking and it’s getting late and no urgency thus far? That leads me to question the training they get.

Anyhow their Resident Manager Noli approached me asking for forgiveness for the inconvenience and offered a late check out because of how the situation went. But since we’re on a tight schedule and we honestly don’t want to face the afternoon rush hour in Tagaytay back to Manila, we had to turn it down. He insists on offering a complimentary lunch instead which we agreed with. Noli was helpful, and I had go directly addressed with him even a technical problem with the cable box. He responded to it, but the cable box needs to be change and unfortunately, it’s just gonna be too late for us to use it so I hope the next guest didn’t have the same problem.

The complimentary breakfast was great! With different option to choose from, but sadly no bacon. Haha. All else was good! And we enjoyed it. The rest will be on another review but it was good! Really 10084

They also have a gym which is temporarily at the Villa 10. It was functional though small. They even have a granola bar after your workout. Yummm!!! A small but very interesting library is available at the 2nd floor. Very instagrammable. There’s also a film showing during evening at the 2nd floor as well. The pool area is nice and relaxing. The temperature is adjusted. It’s a little warmer on night time but cold during the day.

Overall, Anya is a great place to stay. It’s relaxing and peaceful. It gives you a really nice vibe of calmness.

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