My Reviews

The Frazzled Cook

5.0 Stars
International
3

Vintage homes being converted into restaurants have been springing up in Timog and Tomas Morato areas. There are a number of them if you go in the Scout areas, you are sure to find 1 or 2 in every street. This may be the current trend and I'm not complaining. I could stay in this area forever and not repeat a single resto because of the wide variety of choices. Oh wait, wala nga palang forever, that's what everyone says. But for me, a single excellent gastronomic experience lasts in my fondest memories forever.

Dining in The Frazzled Cook is one delightful experience. From the structure alone, homey inside and out, a country home with carefully selected decors --- these are elements that will excite you, make you anticipate and wonder how the food would taste like. I was not disappointed at all.

My husband and I ordered the following in our first Frazzled Cook experience:

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So rich and flavorful. It's one dish you'd want to eat slowly. The cream and truffle in generous proportions, topped with crispy bacon. Glorious!

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Olive oil, garlic, shrimps with chili that bites. The spaghetti noodles were really al dente. So simple yet extremely enjoyable.

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What I loved about this piece was the fries. It has a salty-lemony flavor. It was interesting. It goes very well with the breaded fish.

Serving size was generous. But wow, we had no leftovers.

I'm happy that Filipinos continue to evolve and tap their creativity endlessly when it comes to food. The Frazzled Cook is one among the many of these fine restaurants that offer you to experience food, not just to fill you up but to make you remember that day when you had something good.

Having said all that, I'm definitely looking forward to get frazzled at The Frazzled Cook again.

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Project Pie

5.0 Stars
Pizza

It was the start of the Lenten Season and I promised not to eat meat on Fridays.

Most restaurants offer Lenten specials and it wouldn't be a problem if you eat in Project Pie. So I had everything non-meat on top of my customized pizza. I had all kinds of cheeses, tuna, anchovies, garlic, olives, green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms with pesto sauce as base. Oh it was delicious.

However, it defeated the purpose of fasting. Even if my pizza didn't have meat, my tummy was more than fulfilled. I ate something I really enjoyed on a day that I should be contemplating and fasting.

So dear Project Pie, maybe I'll forget you on Fridays for the meantime. You are one hell of a temptation!

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InfinityMeals

3.0 Stars
Café

There are really no exciting restos in Bulacan, the fact that it's really near Metro Manila, finding a place like InfinityMeals was quite a surprise.

Bulacan is more known for its sweet delicacies, sukang Paombong and burong Bulacan. So when we went there to attend a convention, our expectation was to have our day's meal in a fast food restaurant. But then this resto caught my attention. Along McArthur Highway, right in front of where our convention was held, sits a lone resto and my curiosity brought me and the hub to grab our lunch in this place.

The interior was cute. It was like a small Plana's Pantry. Girly. The menu was mixed. Comfort food. Pasta. Rice dishes. Sandwiches. Desserts. I couldn't decide what to get. So we ordered rice. We were surprised however that they only serve brown rice which was to my advantage because yes, I prefer brown rice compared to white. But the hub wasn't happy. He's a voracious white rice eater. I got myself longganisa and my hub, rosemary chicken rice bowls. Weeeeeell, ummmm, I don't know. For me everything lacked flavor. It was pretty dry as well. The veggies that went with it were sooooo....raw. When I asked my husband, he said that he's alright with it because he was really hungry. Food presentation was good though. It looked appetizing.

However, I think InfinityMeals was just okay. Well at least it was better than fast food. A healthier alternative too.

To wrap this up, I would say that finding a place like this in Bulacan was like finding a piece of Cheetos in a bowl of green peas. Unexpected. But maybe I should have ordered pasta.

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Plana's Pantry

4.0 Stars
American
2

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
Filipino
2

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
10

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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B&P

5.0 Stars
Breakfast
3

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
Korean
10

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
Filipino
2

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
Italian
4

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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