My Reviews

Plana's Pantry

4.0 Stars

This one is located in a certain area in Mandaluyong where you would never think that there's a restaurant somewhere that serves edible food. Libertad St. is a busy street with establishments that caters to people who are in need of services e.g. banks, hardware and stuff.

Good thing that before heading to that area, I already researched here on Looloo where we can possibly enjoy good food. And Plana's Pantry is no disappointment.

From the interior design alone, the place felt homey. It was quiet, well air-conditioned, furnishings were girly pretty and filled with tiffany blues. It's a place where you can probably extend a bit more for dessert and coffee after a filling lunch.

Hubby ordered their signature Hickory BBQ Ribs while I had Lamb Masala. Both came with pesto rice and buttered corn and carrots (although I exchanged my rice for more corn and carrots). The food tasted good. Flavors were not too overpowering. The hubby though was not so fond of their pesto rice. According to him, it was too "buhaghag" and a bit dry. Serving size was "saktong busog". It's something that felt like home. Price is okay. Ribs was at P280 and Lamb Masala was at P340 approximately.

So if anyone would chance upon this area, look for Plana's Pantry. Truly a hidden gem within Mandaluyong's busy streets.

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Lola Ote

4.0 Stars

Isaw, 18" pork barbecue, inihaw na liempo, chicharon bulaklak, chicken inasal, sisig, crispy pata --- all grilled and pulutan favorites are here at Lola Ote.

If you crave for street food without having to worry about sanitation, then this is the place.

If you just wanna pig out and not think of tomorrow (cholesterol level beware), eat here at your own risk.

The one in Sgt. Esguerra was an old house converted into a resto so it has that Pinoy home vibe. Well at least you'll die in a cozy place. Haha. Just kidding. There are healthier alternatives. You just won't be able to resist the more evil ones though, so goodluck with that.

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Merkanto: International Street Food Fair

4.0 Stars
Food Bazaar

A car wash with food kiosks that boasts of international dishes. 9 countries in 1 food park. Merkanto is a work of a genius.

You can choose from Korea, Brazil, Vietnam, India, Morocco, Jamaica, England (I forgot the other 2). I've been here twice and I tried Brazil's Chicken and Beef Churrasco (my ultimate favorite), India's Roti (so filling), Morocco's Beef Kefta Briouat, I forgot the noodle I ordered from Vietnam, Fish and Chips from England. All were good.

The place is not air-conditioned yet it's a cool place to hang out with friends or a quick date place with your special someone. The price is extremely easy on the budget.

I really don't care about the car wash but a tarp hanging on their wall says they can wash air planes and UFO's for 100,000. Haha.

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5.0 Stars

This restaurant has not been getting the best reviews but I really love it here.

I've been in and out of B&P and I've tried many of their dishes like:

Don Malutong - crispy fried pork belly served with scrambled egg and adobo rice (see photo). Deadly but for me, this is the ultimate winner

Mang Benedict's - Eggs Benedict but served with Malunggay Pandesal (see photo)

Spam Rice - chunks of spam served on top of their flavorful fried rice

Breakfast Rosti - Swedish breakfast. Hash browns, sausage or bacon, eggs. This one's just okay

Fish and Chips - beer-battered fillet of fish served with sweet potato chips. Huge serving size!

Primera Tapa - angus beef tapa with eggs served with adobo rice. Another winner!

Crab and Tuna Top - soft omelette filled with crab meat and tuna served with steak rice. Yummeeerrrsss

Classic Pancakes - well, pancakes topped with whipped butter

There are still loads of dishes on their menu to try. Their price can be a bit high but tolerable. Ambience is good. Comfy and quiet.

Having said all that, B&P is definitely in my fave list.

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Seoul Train Korean Barbeque

5.0 Stars

This place is so cute! I've never been much of a fan of Korean food but eating here in this resto that looked like a train was a delight. It's so creative from the facade to the interior that is KPop inspired. The food, Korean barbeque, soup and noodles. Food tasted good too. The place is quite small since you'd feel like you're on board a train going to Busan (zombies excluded). I can't say more other than this place is just too cute. The price, well a bit on the high side but we enjoyed. The experience was fun. Definitely going back!

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Kwentong Bagnet

4.0 Stars

Sinful, deadly, delicious. 3 words perfect for Kwentong Bagnet.

Kare-kareng Bagnet, Salted Egg Bagnet, Pinakbet na Bagnet, Laing Bagnet, Sisig Bagnet, the classic favorite Kwentong Bagnet. All the kinds of bagnet you can possibly think of, they probably have it here. You can partner it with Plain Rice, Aligue Rice or their Kwentong Bagnet Garlic Fried Rice.

I say that this place is for the millenials. They have the heart that could take the cholesterol. If you don't belong to that generation, better be careful. Those arteries ought to be working right. Though they also have non-bagnet dishes like Tinapa Pasta, but that's really corny. You don't eat that in a bagnet place.

Will I be back? Yes, maybe I can eat here twice a year max.

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Pazzo Rollio

4.0 Stars

One thing I liked about this resto is simplicity.

The taste of the food is not overpowering. Pesto is pesto, bolognese is bolognese. Nothing more, nothing less. It does not have frills or extra flair. Their truffle mushroom rolled pizza has bits of that truffle flavor at every bite but it does not overpower the other ingredients. And because of that, you tend to eat more without the "umay".

Sometimes food must be taken as it is. It does not have to be over decorated or an explosion of all glorious flavors. Sometimes it is enough to just simply sit and savor a basic concoction. And then you feel just right and leave with a satisfied smile.


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Goodfellas Steaks & Burgers

4.0 Stars

My friend and I were just walking along Kamuning to find props for our Christmas Party when we felt our hunger pang and Goodfellas just stood right in front of us.

It looked like a bar and we were hesitant at first. It was lunch time yet this place looked a bit "shady" hehe. But we're no longer thinking clearly. A signal that we had to eat.

We walked right in and my friend ordered the Goodfellas Angus Burger then I had their Pesto Pasta. The interior was Mafia inspired, photos from the Godfather movie and other popular Mafia figures were displayed on the wall. Our orders took a while but when it arrived, we were surprised with the serving size. It was more than enough for us. The taste was even more surprising. The pesto tasted really, really good and the burger was meaty, flavorful and juicy. It had fries on the side. Then another burger arrived. We gave the waiter a questioning look then he said the burger was Buy 1 Take 1. Wow. For P250+, you get 2 Angus Beef Burgers. That's a good deal! For the Pesto, I paid around P250+ as well.

Kamuning is such an interesting place. You find stuff you rarely see anywhere else. And Goodfellas was one interesting find. Too bad we don't really frequent Kamuning but if I chance upon this place again, Goodfellas will be in mind.

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Full Belly Craft Kitchen

3.0 Stars

If you go to a place famous for bagnet, then by all means go order bagnet. But since my blood pressure is at its borderline, I have to go for the alternative.

My first time in Full Belly, I just ordered their kesong puti and tuyo omelette and mushroom soup. They're both quite excellent. I made the wrong combo though. Both were too flavorful. But I really loved their mushroom soup drizzled with truffle oil. Ambience is steady comfy. Price, hmmm a bit on the high side. For an omelette and soup I think I shelled out around P350.

There are still a lot of choices. Maybe I'll try the other non-hypertensive dishes next time.

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49-B Heirloom Kitchen

5.0 Stars

Perfect for intimate gatherings with close friends --- this is what 49-B Heirloom Kitchen is for me.

Lovely, homey, cozy yet classy interiors, lights dimly set which makes it more relaxing --- it's a great choice for those who just desire to momentarily forget the busy world out there. Their cooking makes it a home away from home. Classic dishes like what your lola used to make.

What we ordered:

Beef Lengua --- this one's a classic. A familiar recipe with that melt-in-your-mouth goodness 128155128155128155128155128155

Squash Flower Fritters --- great appetizer. Filled with cheese that bursts a taste of heaven in every bite 128155128155128155128155128155

Carne Asada Nacho Fries --- yup. Those gooey fries with everything on it. Not really what your lola used to make but what the heck, it's delicious 128155128155128155128155128155

Sinigang na Lechon ---- I don't eat lechon. I don't eat sinigang either. But this one won my heart. 128155128155128155128155128155

Tamarind Roast Chicken --- chicken. Who goes wrong with chicken? But the marinade used in this chicken is a mixture of everything nice. Salty-sour, so flavorful you want it to rest a bit in your tongue. Perfect with rice 128155128155128155128155128155

Cookies and milk - soft chewy, chocolate chip cookies dipped in full cream milk. Soooo good I almost forgot my name. Wow. Just wow. Santa Claus would love this. 128155128155128155128155128155

Special mention to the staff and I think we also came across with the owner, they are very, very polite.

I'm not much of a fan of dishes partnered with rice. Just what I've already mentioned in my past reviews, these types of dishes are usually what I eat at home. But this one is another exception. It's a notch higher than home cooking of course. Partner your visit with friends that you treasure, this one is definitely worth every peso and time spent.

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