My Reviews

Nomi Matcha

3.0 Stars
Café
5

Nomi Matcha is one of those places I’ve been wanting to visit. My ‘want’ turned to ‘need’ when I saw the reviews of Jayson J Christina R Dennis O and Ruth S about this place. I immediately told Cindy S that we need to visit this place asap. And so we did last week.

I was so excited to order their Matcha Latte because I like everything matcha. Matcha peeps, where are yah? 128154 I had their Iced Matcha Latte with high expectations as this is a matcha haven as one review suggests. I took my first sip and it was.. okay. Just okay. The matcha taste was strong, which is actually good. However it lacks something. I would describe it as it lacks depth. If you can use that in describing food or drink. The matcha kick is there but the drink is not rich. I’m not sure, maybe because of their milk? Wala yung lingering aftertaste na pagtapos mo inumin mapapasabi ka ng “ahhh ang sarap!”

Since Cindy S and I were not satisfied with our drink, we tried the hot version. It’s kind of better compared to the iced one, but there’s really something that’s missing.

We also had their Matcha Churros with white chocolate dip and their Tiramisu Dream. Both were good actually. I particularly liked the matcha churros as I think it’s value for money. Cindy S liked the Tiramisu as it has strong matcha powder on top. It’s also so IG-worthy!

I hope they become more consistent with their drinks as I truly believe that Nomi has a lot of potential to be the next favorite matcha place. I’ll definitely be back again to try other items in the menu. 128154

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The Coconut Club

5.0 Stars
Club
3

A visit in Friends & Family would never be complete without having a few drinks in The Coconut Club.

The Coconut Club is a tropical-inspired bar with interesting selection of drinks. They have cocktails, beer, infused drinks, and even bottles of hard liquors.

I love its ambiance. It’s like an island bar in the middle of the city. Every corner is refreshing to the eyes, especially the wall facing the bar where everyone can see the animations and videos that the projector is flashing. I also like the DJ’s corner as it’s so bright and colorful. The place is well-lit for a bar, which for me is good.

I’ve tried a couple of drinks here during my visit. Of course I need to try their Fresh Buko in the Shell as it’s not The Coconut Club without it. 128539 It’s refreshing as expected! It’s served with a lot of crushed ice that makes it so IG-worthy.

I also liked their Kiss Mai Thai as its presentation is just so pretty. It’s served in a nice Tiki glass mug that’s always photo-ready. Kiss Mai Thai has spiced rum, apple juice and cherry juice.

Lastly, I had their version of Sago’t Gulaman. It’s the usual drink we love but it’s served with lots of ice in the most colorful way.

I would really go back here as it’s a nice tambayan after work. Uhm, though I have different working hours. 128529 But seriously, they have pretty good drinks that’s perfect with their finger food meals. This place is really nice for a good catch up session with friends and officemates. 10084

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Friends & Family

5.0 Stars
Filipino
5

Friends & Family is one of the newest concepts of Raintree Group. It specializes in the cuisine closest to our heart and I must say they’re really serious in offering quality Filipino dishes to everyone.

I’ve been to this restaurant twice already and both visits were really good. So far I’ve tried the following dishes.

Claypot Pork Humba

Probably my ultimate favorite here. The pork was so soft and tender that melts-in-your-mouth can be used to describe it. One order comes with rice so it’s already a complete meal. It can be shared by 2-3 people.

Classic Sisig

Being a fan of sisig, this is a must order for me. Their version is good, and it’s sizzling when served. I love its presentation and probably one of their most IG-worthy dishes.

Classic Crispy Pata

Yes, please don’t judge me if I also had this dish in just one visit. Good for 4, this crispy pata is topped with lots of garlic bits and chilis! I enjoyed every bite. It’s crunchy, and really tasty. Kakahigh-blood, but I guess that’s why there are fried garlic in one order. Chew those garlic bits!

Sizzling Bulalo Steak

One sinful dish. It’s made with their in-house peppered beef gravy. It’s actually good as the meat was tender too. I suggest do not miss this if ever you’re in this restaurant. 🤗

Kare-kare Buntot

Oxtail, U.S. beef belly, and vegetables. This is served with their house-made bagoong. The sauce was so creamy and flavorful that I can eat this without the bagoong. Good for 2-3 people.

I was really satisfied with all the dishes that I tried here. Definitely recommending this place to my friends and family. See what I did there? 10084

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Sangkap Filipino Restaurant

5.0 Stars
Filipino
9

‼️ PROMO ALERT ‼️

Sangkap is a Filipino restaurant that promises to bring the rich flavors of the Philippines closer to our reach.

Sangkap by Chef Raymar Reyes is established in 2015, and is operated by The Menu Group. It currently has three branches in Metro Manila particularly in Portico Alveo Pasig, Vertis North in QC, and Vista Mall Taguig.

I first tried Sangkap during their Vertis North grand opening. I remember liking their Ivatan Kilawin so much. Since then I promised myself to return to try their other dishes. Fortunately last Saturday, I was invited to have a peek on its newest promotion – CEBU LECHON SINIGANG ALL YOU CAN.

For just 350php, one can enjoy unlimited servings of their best seller Cebu Lechon Sinigang which is known for its mango broth base. It also comes with unlimited rice, and bottomless iced tea. WHAT A STEAL!!! I found this deal value for money. Their version of Sinigang is very rich in flavor and has generous veggies. It also has a huge serving of Cebu Lechon with cripsy lechon skin and soft and tender meat. I actually attempted to consume 2 servings!

Their other best sellers were also served that day such as the following.

Ivatan Kilawin

Aside from their Cebu Lechon Sinigang, this dish is a must-try in Sangkap. The perfect blend of tanigue, shrimps, and squid mixed with coconut milk is just bliss in my mouth. It’s sour as expected for a kilawin, but not too much. It’s just right. It’s not overwhelming.

Zamboanga Adobong Baka sa Gata

Remembering Sangkap’s goal to bring the flavors of our country in their restaurant, this dish is their entry for Mindanaoan food. (Ivatan Kilawin – Luzon ; Cebu Lechon Sinigang – Visayas). This dish is surprisingly good. I loved how soft and tender everything was! I actually prefer Adobo as it is without gata, but their version is making me think otherwise.

Bistek

This is not your usual Bistek Tagalog as Sangkap’s version has liver and cow’s tongue with it. It’s kind of new to me, but it actually worked. The liver and tongue combination creates a texture of smooth and rough at the same time. The sauce itself is so tasty that it can be paired with rice already.

Chicken Pastel

This is another unique dish in this restaurant. They tried to be innovative by adding Spam, liver, and basil to the usual Chicken pastel. Think of cream and pesto. Yes? I love it too.

We were also served Stuffed Pusit and Inihaw na Talong during this visit but I was too full to give them a try. However their presentation of Inihaw na Talong is one of the best I’ve seen so far. Lastly, the feast was ended with their Halo-halo. It’s one of the biggest Halo-halo I’ve eaten and it’s only 160php and good for 4 people!

Overall, I truly enjoyed this visit in Sangkap. It’s good for family, friends, and even for big group of people such as officemates, and barkada. Definitely worth trying.

P.S. Their UNLIMITED Cebu Lechon Sinigang promo is available until April 30, 2018 for 350php. Again, it’s with unli rice and iced tea. PLUS PLUS PLUS! They offer additional 10% off the total bill if you use the code BLOGGERTHETRAVELLINGTONGUE. Yay!

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Caffeined by Artesania

5.0 Stars
Coffee
2

Their Mocha is still the best for me. 9749

Last day today of Caffeined by Artesania (Mozaic Living) in Mandaluyong. Super love this place and their mocha is my ultimate favorite. 9749️ Legit, promise. Though leaving their first home saddens me, they assure everyone that they’ll be back this May in their new location in Makati. It’ll be along Arnaiz Ave. Aaaand they’re expecting a bigger kitchen so more food choices! Pizza, pasta, and more sandwiches.

P.S. I had the chance to talk to them earlier today and they said they might have a pop-up store in Makati anytime soon. This is different from their actual store, maybe while waiting for the renovations to finish. I’m sooooo excited!!! 10084

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CoCo Ichibanya

5.0 Stars
Japanese

My favorite curry house. 128517

Whenever I want to eat something good or something to make me happy, this place is always on my mind. I’ve been here countless times but my default order is their Pork Cutlet Omelet Curry (360php). For me, it’s so sulit as it has a huge portion of rice, fluffy omelet and a big serving of tonkatsu.

I used to order Extra Hot (level 3) but I got used to it already. So I tried Crazy Hot aka their spiciest (level 5). It’s actually goooood! I thought I can no longer enjoy my meal and just burn my tongue but I was wrong. I actually liked it! But of course, it’s really spicy so I think I’ll just order level 4 in my next visits para saktong chill lang. 🙂

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Jollibee

5.0 Stars
Fast Food
2

The newest flavored fries from Jollibee is my current addiction. WASABI FRIES. 128154

It’s super good!!! Jollibee nailed this one. Even my friends who don’t like wasabi in general truly loved this! In fact, this is now our usual order! 🙂 The wasabi flavor is spot on and doesn’t taste artificial. It’s legit! Not too spicy, so it can be enjoyed by most people.

I hope they’ll make this permanent in their menu. 🙂

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Jollibee

4.0 Stars
Fast Food

Newest treat for this summer by Jollibee - Royal Float! It’s sweet and tangy, and refreshing! 127818

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Manila Life Cafe by Marriott

5.0 Stars
Café
6

Manila Life is a restaurant operated by Marriott Manila. It’s located at NAIA Terminal 3. It can be accessed via the airport’s entrance or if you’re coming from RW, you can use Runway Manila.

I usually don’t like the food that can be bought at the airport as for some reason, the taste is different even in the fast food chains.

Manila Life Cafe offers hotel-quality food at an affordable price. My ultimate favorite here is their Sisig Tacos. It has a lot of pork sisig and one order is enough to make you full. Their Sisig Rice is nice too.

I also love their Manila Sunrise Plate. It’s their version of Big Breakfast. It includes longganisa, tocino, egg, eggplant, kropek, and rice. I swear, I can hardly finish one order.

Be sure to visit Manila Life Cafe whenever you’re in the area. This is one of the reasons why I want to drop by NAIA T3 more often. 10084

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% Arabica

5.0 Stars
Coffee

My second time trying Arabica’s Matcha Latte. First one was just last Saturday while waiting for a friend. I got the iced version and I LOVED IT. It’s legit. It’s not sweet, and for me it has the right balance of milk and matcha powder for a latte.

Definitely recommending this to all matcha lovers. In fact, I did hype it to Cindy S. 128154 And that’s the reason I visited it again earlier today.

This time, Cindy tried the hot version and she loved it too! It has this nice matcha kick without being too sweet.

I had the usual Spanish Latte Single Origin and it’s so good as usual. I ordered two more for take out as pasalubong to my teammates. 🙂

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