My Reviews

Giligan's

5.0 Stars
Filipino
2

Giligan's is one of the rare local restaurants where you won't have to spend much to enjoy delicious Filipino food.

We ordered one of their group meals which include pork sisig, fried garlic chicken, fish fillet and sinigang na inihaw na baboy.

I love the pork sisig - delicious and crunchy. The chicken has flavorful breading and the sauce complements it perfectly. The sinigang is a perfect sour-mild spicy, and the smoky flavor of the meat cuts is a novel addition. I don't care much for the fish fillet.

Group platter + 2 buckets of 6 beers each and we only spent abt P350 per person. Can't believe how cheap it was considering the quality of the food. 10084

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Samgyupsalamat

5.0 Stars
Korean
2

This was our second time in Samgyupsalamat. The first one was in ATC and altho the food is okay, the long queue was off putting (we waited for an hour).

We tried this branch in Aguirre Ave and what do you know, we got seated immediately! Whoopee. :)

For P499 we had different choices of pork and beef. We particularly liked the gochoojang beef samgyup. Since our last visit, they now offer a new sauce and cheese dip. I love the cheese dip as it's light and tangy, unlike that offered in another Korean BBQ restaurant which has a sharper taste.

Love the steamed egg also and the soup. :)

Service wise, it's easy to call the staff for refills.

Very happy about this restaurant, over all.

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Vikings

4.0 Stars
Buffet

Vikings has always been one of my fave buffet restaurants due to the options & quality of food.

This is the first time we went to Vikings in SM BF. We love the binusog na lechon, chuck eye roll (in the carving section), pork kaldereta, baked mussels, cheeses and cold cuts.

Currently they also have special cakes as part of Christmas celebration.

While the food is also good, take note that their branch here is smaller compared to that in MOA and Mega and hence the options are more limited. We didn't see any crab or shrimp in the seafood table, hakaw in the dumplings section or my favorite apple walnut salad in the salads section. There are baked mussels instead of clams. If you're expecting these things you'll be disappointed, but there are other good dishes for you to get your money's worth.

Vikings in SM BF is one of those rare buffet restaurants where it's easy to walk in!

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Adobo Connection

3.0 Stars
Filipino
2

I remember dining here a few years back and was impressed with the food. I thought then that it was a very underrated Filipino restaurant and would make it big.

I don't know what happened since then. On our last visit, it was just okay. We ordered adobo flakes and liempo sa gata. Both tastes "okay lang" and that's that. The serving for adobo flakes is too small, so I had rice left. We had accompanying shanghai rolls which did not taste good.

Overall, I felt that the dishes could've been better and it seems the menu is "uninspired."

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The Cook by Hongleepark

4.0 Stars
Fusion

This is a contemporary Korean-Italian restaurant that serves steak salads, pasta and pizza, and pilaf dishes.

We ordered their white tomato spaghetti and pork pilaf, which were both recommended by the staff. Both are priced at P699 and good for 2-3 people already.

I love the presentation of both dishes. The servings are generous.

The white tomato spaghetti came in a huge bowl and white cream covers the pasta. The pasta was delicious and my bf is a huge fan! My only comment is that the sauce was too thin and doesn't seem to stick with the noodles. Meanwhile, the pork pilaf was well cooked and flavorful. It's a bit underwhelming though if eaten alone, so it's good that we ordered it with pasta.

For dessert, we had a large-sized mango cheese bingsu which is their bestseller. The bingsu is good and I particularly love the sweetened mangoes in the middle.

Overall, the food here is good. It's on the expensive side. For 3 orders for 3 people (pasta, pilaf and bingsu), we spent abt P1700 including service charge.

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Kuya J

3.0 Stars
Filipino
2

We'd been to Kuya J last year and it's either the rates have gone up or the serving has gone smaller, but in our recent visit we paid more with less people in the group. My first impression with Kuya J is that it offers reasonably priced Filipino food but now it's on the more expensive side. Their menu also changed - no more crispy shrimp!

Anyway, we ordered scallops, kare-kare, sinigang na bangus (baboy was unavailable) and sisig. All of it was okay. We liked the scallops in particular - the taste of garlic (is it garlic?) and cheese was good.

Service wise, the staff needs more training. They tend to put the dishes on the opposite side of the table instead of in front of us. It's a bit hassle to transfer everything - especially the sizzling sisig.
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All in all it's okay, but I feel that there are cheaper restaurants offering the same quality Filipino food.

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All4u

4.0 Stars
BBQ Joint
2

We'd been to other Korean BBQ places and this is one of the restaurants that we like.

First of all, there restaurant has lots of tables and there are no lines here (compared to others where you have to queue 1-3hours to get seated). Second, their menu has more options aside from beef and pork samgyeopsal.

They also have shrimp, chicken and fishcake as well as soup. We were told by the server that bulgogi is their bestseller so we ordered that one - sweet and savory, so good! You can put it noodles with the soup.

At the end of your meal you can get one ice cream stick each.

There is no time limit or leftover fee.

Rate as of our visit (November 2018) is P599 per person.

Some cons:
- No other flavors for beef or pork slices
- Place is not properly ventilated and the rest room tends to flood

Service and ambiance wise, it's good. Overall it's a good place to eat unli Korean BBQ with your friends or family. :)

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Ice Flower Snow Falling Korean Dessert Cafe

5.0 Stars
Dessert

Bingsu here is priced at abt P300 per solo size, which we usually considered expensive for a single dessert, but the bingsu in Ice Flower is worth it.

First of all, the serving is huge and can be shared between 2 people (unless you're a bingsu lover and can devour all on your own). Second, the bingsus offered here come in different flavors and they are good!

So far we've tried matcha (which comes with red beans), mango (with huge chunks of ripe mangoes) and blueberry and cheese (enough blueberries and pieces of cheesecake - yum!).

We're excited to try their other flavors as well in the future. :)

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Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

4.0 Stars
Mexican

Silantro is one of our go-to places whenever we're craving for Mexican food. Serving is huge, prices are reasonable and most of all the food is delicious.

Our favorites are their beef nachos (of course), skewered beef and rib finger with mashed potato. The paella and burger is also worth trying. The item we least liked is the steak because it's a bit leathery.

On our recent visit (September 2018), the serving for their beef nachos was noticeably smaller, but this isn't my issue - it's that the quality of beef chunks wasn't as good as before and there were lots of tendons included. Still rating this high as I hope this is just a one-time thing.

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