My Reviews

Kandle Cafe

5.0 Stars

ORGASMIC. One word that best describes the food that one would find at Kandle Cafe.

Located at Mother Ignacia in QC, just in front a "beer house" that's amusingly called Obeertime (haha), is an oasis for good eats. The facade is a creatively designed unfinished style concrete wall. By the way it looks from the outside you'd think there are hidden gems inside. And I'm not mistaken. As you walk through the entrance, you'd be surprised with the space - it has a lot of greens that gives you the feel of immediate comfort.

The interior is nice. Wood and metal combined. The old and contemporary seamlessly weaved together.

Their style is pay as you order. A lot to choose from in their menu. These are what we've tried so far:

Mr. Egoy & Ms. Eggy Pasta 127775127775127775127775127775
Squid ink pasta sautéed in smoked bacon and onion. With light cream sauce, poached egg garnished with bacon. The mix of flavors were just ummm-perfecto.

Soba 127775127775127775127775127775
Fresh green tea infused pasta, chicken karaage, tamago, toasted nori, pickled ginger, shitake mushrooms, raw quail egg in Japanese soy. So creatively done.

Pompano Pasta 127775127775127775127775
Pan fried Pompano fillet with tomato salsa with aglio olio as base.

Chilean Mussel Pasta 127775127775127775127775127775
Pasta with white wine garlic sauce generously topped with sautéed Chilean mussels.

Black Squid Calamares 127775127775127775127775127775
Deep fried squid smothered with squid ink. It comes with Kandle's homemade mayo dip. Salivating now.

Kandle Burger 127775127775127775127775
100% pure beef patty with cheesy red pesto, sautéed onions, tomatoes, and greens. Comes with orange kamote fries.

Bulgogi Sandwich 127775127775127775127775
Homemade sirloin beef with savory Korean bulgogi sauce. Comes with thinly sliced potato fries.

We also had cakes for dessert. Tiramisu, Macha, chocolate. All great endings to a hearty meal.

Price range is at P210 - P350 per main dish but all worth it.

Kandle Cafe is a must-visit, must-try, must-repeat.

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Vagabonds Artisan Comfort Food

5.0 Stars

Ultimate comfort food here! I've been here a number of times, brought several friends simply because they serve everything your palate is craving for.

What I've tried so far:

Monticello Mac & Cheese 127775127775127775127775127775
The god of all Mac & Cheeses! Ultimate gooey cheese topped with uber generous serving of crispy bacon. The moment this landed on our table, it was just WOOOOW.

Classic Carbonara 127775127775127775127775127775
Yes it's a classic! But again, this one's got lots of bacon. Everything gets better with lots of bacon.

Howdy Fried Chicken 127775127775127775127775127775
Crispy buttermilk fried chicken perfectly matched with southern style fried rice. Serving size is fit for a giant! If you're really, really hungry, gotta have this one!

Chelsea's Fish & Chips 127775127775127775127775
Not really a fan of fish, but I liked this one. Generous serving size!

John Wayne's Pork Chops 127775127775127775127775127775
Just the pork chops version of their chicken but equally goooood!

Marshall's Cheese Burger 127775127775127775127775
Juicy beef patty. Loved the fries

Boracay Chori Burger 127775127775127775127775
Their own version of the Bora favorite but this one comes with a gourmet twist! It's got onion rings in it too!

Yamite Salad 127775127775127775127775127775
Greens, chicken, sesame dressing topped with fried wanton wrappers! Great starter!

Scout Treats & Wonka's Delight 127775127775127775127775127775
These are 2 different desserts but they look and taste alike. But the Scout Treats was like smores in a glass. Perfect ending.

Interior and ambience are great. Good place for convos. Servers are polite. I wanna give this place 10 stars if I could.

Gonna be back here again and again and again.

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The Frazzled Cook

5.0 Stars

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!

Spicy Shrimp Pasta 128077128077128077128077128077
Olive oil, garlic, shrimps with chili that bites. The spaghetti noodles were really al dente. So simple yet extremely enjoyable.

Fish and chips 128077128077128077128077
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

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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3.0 Stars

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

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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