My Reviews

Mitsuyado Sei-Men

3.0 Stars
Ramen or Noodle

Even if I am a self-proclaimed ramen addict, I admit that I was only able to try Mitsuyado Sei-men yesterday. I was a bit skeptical of the place--thinking it was only a hype. It showed promise in the beginning but it felt inauthentic.

Last night, my friends and I had planned to go after the suggestion of one. I was excited--knowing I will finally be able to settle my opinion of it in my mind.

Like my rating says, it's okay. Not the best of ramen places but it holds its own with their kitschy ambiance. I did love the fact that you can choose to get udon noodles with your ramen (I love udon). Their spicy ramens are probably your best bets here--they're more exciting than the others.

Just a note, they don't serve house water. Weird.

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The Farm Restaurant

5.0 Stars
Burger

**photo courtesy of funchomp.com

Ever since their opening, I have wanted nothing more than to savor The Farm's talked-about steaks and burgers. The place is so near my house yet I never got the chance to actually go there (afraid that the food might be a bit pricey).

Thankfully, we ended up here when my husband and I were looking for a late-night dinner spot and everything else was closed (lucky me!).

The Farm is a cozy restaurant, under the Farm Organics brand, that serves mouthwatering ORGANIC steaks and burgers. Don't be intimidated, it doesn't mean its fancier than your average steak or burger. It just means that the meat you're getting is in its truest form: no preservatives, no additives, no fatteners, etc. So what you're getting us pure meaty goodness (and goodness is really what you get).

I didn't have an appetite for a steak that evening so I went for a Kesong Puti burger. Albeit on the medium-size side, the burger was heavenly. It was juicy, full of flavor, and just darn good (make sure to add a side of fries if you're really hungry).

My husband got a plate of roast beef. It comes with 2 hot Pandesal and gravy. Let me tell you, I had never tasted roast beef that good. It was so tasty and the fat around it made it even better.

Given these dishes alone, I'm now dying to try their steaks. I can just imagine what they're like.

As for the price, each person can spend something between 400-1000 pesos depending on what you're ordering. But it is well worth it considering the price.

They also serve other dishes including breakfast meals. So if you're around the Alabang area, don't pass up the chance to visit this hidden treasure.

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Ramen Kuroda

4.0 Stars
Ramen or Noodle

I am honored to give the people of looloo a first look into Ramen Kuroda.

Being a BIG ramen eater, I was counting down the days of their soft opening--excited to try out their ramen. I had no leads, whatsoever, as to what to expect of the place so that made the wait more thrilling.

Currently, Ramen Kuroda is on their soft opening stage. So don't expect much of their service, obviously they're still working out a good system but the waitresses are friendly, accommodating, and just all-around nice.

Right now, their menu only consists of 3 ramen varieties, their set meals, and appetizers. But a bowl of their luscious ramen is enough to conclude my review.

I had the Black Garlic tonkotsu (a personal favorite of mine). It had a perfectly robust broth--hearty and full of flavor. Albeit on the fatty side, the noodles created a good balance with the broth. For each variety, you can opt to have more chashu (pork) in your ramen by making it a Chashumen. All you have to add is 100 pesos for 4 pieces of chashu. I, of course, ordered extra chashu--like I always do. With this, Ramen Kuroda can definitely compete with its southern rival, Ramen Yushoken (although Yushoken has a more defined menu).

A bowl of ramen will cost you 290 pesos (390 pesos of Chashumen) not bad considering the price of most ramen joints in metro Manila. If you're a good eater, you can definitely order a bowl for yourself--the sizes are just right to fill you.

Best to visit Ramen Kuroda ASAP as they have a 50% promo until Dec 4 (imagine, I paid less than 1000 pesos for 4 bowls of ramen and a plate of gyoza).

If you plan to go at dinner time, 6pm is the right time to go. It fills up by 7pm :)

I gave it 4 stars because I'm quite in love with Ikkoryu Fukuoka which is opening in ATC soon.

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The Lounge Nail Spa

4.0 Stars
Nail Salon

If you're in need of a manicure in a jiffy, this is a great place to go.

Although a bit small, it's quite cozy thanks to their large La Z Boy chairs. That's probably why they call it the Lounge. You really can lounge in their seats. But they take so much space that they can only accommodate a total of 6 customers at a time.

Can't say much for their interiors. Not really my taste but it's not horrible.

The service is great. Their staff is well-trained--working quickly and neatly. My manicure looked so professional and clean that it looked like I had acrylics put on.

They have a good selection of nail polishes, with brands like Sally Hansen and Orly.

Overall, my experience was pretty satisfactory. I would go back when my regular nail salon is full again.

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LES Bagels

5.0 Stars
Bagel

If you're like me and crave for bagels all the time, L.E.S. Bagels is heaven-sent. With a variety of different bagels and spreads to choose from, you won't run out of things to try. Plus, their bagels are made fresh out of the oven (or boiler--I'm not sure how they make theirs).

For my first trip, I didn't pass up the chance to try the LOX or salmon spread. Ordered it on a Black Sesame bagel. What's great about this place is they are not cheap with the spread--literally stuffing the bagels. The bagels have a perfectly balanced density--full, chewy, but not heavy. The spread is out of this world. The salmon does not get lost with the mayo, etc.

Albeit out of the way (inside McKinley Hill), it is every bit worth the trip.

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Kichitora of Tokyo

5.0 Stars
Ramen or Noodle

One of the best ramen places I've ever eaten at. Their broths are thick and hearty. Noodles are perfectly cooked and have a nice taste to them. Even their gyoza is tasty. Will come back for sure.

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