My Reviews

Café Mezzanine

4.0 Stars
Asian
3

Cafe Mezzanine - by Eng Bee Tin - is a classic eatery in Chinatown. It has been there for a really long time but it has evolved through the years – rebranding and renovating.

We were here to grab a quick bite before our dental cleaning because we arrived in Binondo way too early. We had Maki Mi, kikiam and Kiam Peng for breakfast. We shared these 3 things among 4 hungry girls 128514

I loved their maki mi because it was so sticky and gooey and the flavor was on point. The kiam peng was also good. Kiam peng is basically Chinese pork adobo rice 128514128077🏻

The kikiam was so so for me. Maybe because I’m not used to this type of kikiam with the sauce.

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Fireside by Kettle

5.0 Stars
International

We were in Rockwell to catch the latest Fantastic Beasts movie and had to grab dinner right before. Our default - Fireside - for a quick and easy order: Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders 10084️ This classic always gets my vote because it’s really soft and tender, juicy too! They give you extra gravy if you ask. Plus the fact that it’s boneless, easy to eat! 128518 (I’m lazy like that.)

The biscuits are quite sweet especially when you put that sticky honey syrup they give you. But of course, you can opt to switch up the sauces - honey for the chicken, gravy for the corn biscuits. 128076🏻

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Auntie Anne's

4.0 Stars
Snack

The classic pretzel for me is the cinnamon sugar one - though I like the salted pretzel just as much. Auntie Anne’s just does their cinnamon sugar pretzel so well that I can’t skip on it when I get the chance. 128076🏻

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Happy Lemon

4.0 Stars
Tea

Went with my classic Green Tea RSC but it fell short for some reason. We paired it with Auntie Anne’s cinnamon sugar pretzels 10084

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Tokyo Camp BBQ Curry

4.0 Stars
Japanese
4

Saw this when I walked around the Triangle Gardens. Had a quick lunch catch up with a friend here after I came back from NY.

It’s not your usual Japanese curry place, that’s for sure. The typical Japanese curry we’re used to is like that of Coco Ichibanya but it wouldn’t be fair to compare Tokyo Camp BBQ Curry to Coco Ichibanya.

The concept of the store is quite cute - the look and feel and even the utensils and cups are all camping themed! They have this wood cabin feel to the place.

The BBQ comes from the part where the meat are BBQ grilled 128077🏻 I had the classic pork belly which is a different version of our usual Filipino liempo.

They have different curry flavors but I went for the original one instead of the green curry. I liked it because it was packed with spices but also a tad sweet - which is the difference than the usual Indian curry. 128077🏻 The curry comes in a separate hot skillet than the plate of rice and protein.

I liked the place and it’s a good change from the usual Japanese curry place. Although I would liked to have more curry sauce on my rice 128514

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Premier The Samgyupsal

5.0 Stars
Korean
4

My sisters and I were craving for Korean BBQ one night after doing errands in Robinsons Magnolia. While I was away for a year, my family apparently found a place that my dad loves 128514

For only Php580 per head, you get unlimited all kinds of meat (8 kinds) with refillable doenjang jigae, the seafood soup and the steamed egg! Other unlimited Korean BBQ places only give the table 1 serving of stew and 1 serving of steamed egg.

My dad loves their steamed egg here so he usually gets like 2 or more pots just for himself. 128514128055 Talk about cholesterol? But he eats more of the egg than the grilled meat.

One of my sisters love seafood and she enjoys the seafood soup so much that she asked for a second helping. But she kindly asked if we can just get the soup only, even without the seafood. But we got a full pot with all the different varieties of shellfish!

Service was quite okay, although expect it to be lagging when there are tons of people. Just keep asking and they’ll eventually give it to you 128514

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Chili's Grill & Bar

3.0 Stars
American
2

Celebrated my dad’s birthday here on a Saturday night. I called in advance to make a reservation but they said they were full for the reservations. Instead, they put me on the call-ahead list which works in a way that when we arrive, and there’s a table, we get seated first, regardless of the line waiting there.

However, we were quite unlucky that there really was no table available when we arrived because most of the reservations were still just arriving and there was a party of like 20-30 people 128563

They gave us chips and dips while we waited and we also ordered ahead to lessen the waiting time when we were finally seated. Eventually, we did get a table and we ate.

My sisters and I shared 3 dishes - the honey coated chicken tenders, the surf and turf steak with shrimps and the cheesy bacon chicken tenders 128514 The cheesy one was so-so. The steak was soft but the sauce was way too sweet! My fave out of the 3 would be the honey chicken but that’s also a bit on the sweet side for me.

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David's Tea House

4.0 Stars
Chinese
3

Someone said shabu-shabu so we ended up here in Chinatown - David’s Tea House.

Hotpot is one of our family’s favorite meals and we always end up eating too much 128514

I like David’s because on top of the hotpot, you can get dimsum!!! 10084

The one thing I’m not a fan of here is their satay sauce which is usually a staple for us when having hotpot. I like the BBQ satay sauce, not the peanut flavored one. But regardless, their ingredients for hotpot here are quite good.

They have different kinds of noodles available instead of the typical sotanghon. They also have freshly made meat balls and shrimp balls not the preprocessed kind 128077🏻

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Choi Garden

3.0 Stars
Chinese
3

Had dinner here with the family and some family friends. In total there were 4 families with their kids. Two tables of 12.

We were undecided if we would order the set menu that the restaurant had or simply order a la carte. The set menu cost around PHP 17,800 per table which included steamed lapu-lapu, crab and peking duck.

When we tried to look at the a la carte menu, we decided we didn’t really want the lapu-lapu and crab so we went ahead with the a la carte.

Hot & Sour Soup (L) - PHP 1160
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Peking Duck 2-Way - PHP 2420
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Cold Cut Combination (L) - PHP 1980
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Prawns w/ Salted Egg Yolk (L) -PHP 1680
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Minced Pork w/ Eggplant (L) - PHP 900
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Hot Chili Oil Pouch Fish Fillet (L) - PHP 1100
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Lotus Fried Rice (L) - PHP 900
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Dried Scallop w/ Broccoli (L) - PHP 1000
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Hot Taho (L) - PHP 400
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Snow Balli (3 pcs per order) - PHP 160
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The total bill amounted to a little bit over PHP 13,000 per table with a few drinks ordered too.

The location is a bit off though. They’re on the 2F of the Winford Hotel Resort and Casino, which you’d think is okay. The parking’s free too, as long as you get it validated. But getting to the parking is a pain. They have 1 ramp only for going up and down. So it functions as a one-way ramp! What’s more is that parking starts on the 6th floor! It’s fine if you’re doing 6 circles, but it’s doing about 12... so I was quite dizzy when we got upstairs.

Food was okay, getting there. That’s the challenge.

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Your Local

4.0 Stars
Café
2

Had dinner here with a friend one Friday night. She made reservations beforehand and the place started to fill up only past 7pm.

Oddly enough, we both weren’t very hungry so we decided to just share two dishes: the pomelo salad and the classic torched salmon donburi.

You can never go wrong with this torched salmon donburi 10084

There was a new item on the menu that I haven’t seen before: torched mackerel donburi 128525 I wanted to try it but maybe I’ll just have to come back for it next time.

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