Saturday, November 28, 2015

KKK: Food for the Revolutionary

Celebrating Bonifacio day this long weekend, we write about KKK - a restaurant with the same name as the revolutionary group led by the hero. We bought an online discount voucher for this.

The place is decorated with the likeness of a nipa hut - walls covered like this.

A paper mache of a pair of Filipinos accompany each table. You can munch on complementary kropek while waiting for your order.

Pancit Luglog

This comes with fried tofu and chicharon toppings.

Kare Kareng Baka

A mix of beef chunks and tripe in a chunky peanut pumpkin sauce with bagoong on the side is served. Kare kare is already a staple when we try out Filipino restaurants.

Pinitpit na Manok

Grilled chicken fillet with tamarind sauce on the side is up next. The sampaloc sauce is like a sour tamarind candy but with less sugar. The meat itself is a little dry but it goes well with the sauce.

Tibok tibok

This one is the favorite. It is a maja blanca, but richer and thicker. Carabao's milk is used for this. It's quite filling and the serving size is bigger than the usual round kakanin that you can finish in two bites.

Unlike our recent visits to other Filipino restaurants, food here is relatively not that salty.

Branch visited located at: Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Friday, November 20, 2015

Backlog Post: The Burger Lab Part 2 - Formula For a Tasty Burger

A few months ago, we used our remaining Burger Lab online discount coupon that we bought.  Last time we ordered two of their specialties. For this visit, we tried a burger that was recently added to the menu. 

B + M = Burger

Indeed a delicious formula for burger. Bacon + Mushroom and cheese and a beef patty is an equation for a delectable burger. I think their patty improved  in terms of texture and taste compared to the last time we ate when they were still on their soft opening. 

Pesto w/ Chicken

Then we tried something non-burger from the menu. A generous serving of pesto pasta topped with grilled chicken was our second item.

Branch visited located at: Two E-com, Pasay City

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Caffe Bene: Sunday Morning Gelato and Cake

On one Sunday morning, we decided to take a short pre-lunch munch at Caffe Bene, SMX MOA Branch.

Once you step into Caffe Bene, the cozy interiors make you forget that you are actually in a convention center.

Their shelves are lined up with books and other interesting pieces like this mini pay phone.

Meet Befy!

A number of flavors were available that day. They offer free taste to help you decide what flavor to get. I tried 5 flavors before I decided on the 2 scoops I bought. In the end, I chose one tart flavor, and one sweet flavor.

Bene Gelato: Yogurt

There is something attractive about the sour tart taste of yogurt.

Bene Gelato: Speculoos

Under the yogurt gelato scoop lies a cold treat for the sweeter side of your taste buds - the Speculoos gelato. I bet this is one of their best sellers. Look how little of it is left on display!

Mango Crunch Cake

And on another Sunday morning, we went back to try one of their cakes. Alternating layers of crunch and cake would go well with coffee.

Too bad they do not offer their bingsu and waffles at this branch. Also, this branch is only open when there are events at SMX.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Jatujak: Going Thai with a Delivery Discount

Wanting to go try Thai for some time, we finally get a chance when an online delivery site had a promo. We got a 50% off discount with minimum purchase. Here are some of the Thai delights we tried.

Pomelo and Prawn Salad

Starting off healthy, we had salad. I think there were two kinds of pomelo on this salad. One was more pinkish and softer while the other was paler in color and a bit tougher which provided a good mix of texture. The vinaigrette went well with the meaty pomelo. Shrimps were plump but I would have loved it more if there were more shrimps.

Pad Thai (shrimp)

Noodles with sweet - sour tamarind based sauce and topped with fried egg (to the point of being toasted) with some pieces of shrimp for our first Pad Thai. Our second order of Pad Thai, which was the chicken variant (not in photo) has less toasted egg. This is a different take on the more common noodles which usually has a salty soy based sauce.

Cashew Chicken

Wandering a bit into the spicier side we have Cashew Chicken. It kind of reminded of of Kung Pao Chicken.

Thai Fried Spring Rolls (pork) - Poh Pia

Glass noodles and ground pork filled up these bigger versions of the lumpiang shanghai.

Flat Noodles with Kailan Leaves in Gravy Sauce (seafood) - Sen Yay Radna

This had thicker noodles and more seafood toppings like shrimp, squid, and oyster compared to the Pad Thai. The noodles on this one were more saucy and sweeter. But I still prefer the noodles and sauce of the Pad Thai that has a hint of sourness, though this wins in terms of amount of toppings.

Chicken wrapped in Pandan Leaves - Gai hor bai toey

Five pieces of chicken fillets wrapped in pandan leaves glisten in its own glossy oils. You may pair this with rice or even noodles for a dose of protein.

Overall, sweet and sour are the dominant tastes in Thai food we ordered. The delivery discount promotion runs until Nov 20.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Seryna: Bento Lunch at Little Tokyo

Continuing our Little Tokyo visit, we headed to Seryna for lunch.

We arrived right when the restaurant opened. Three kinds of seating were available. First is the lowered seating you see in the photo above. Next is the normal seating. Last is the few seats at the sushi bar.

Complementary hot or cold tea is available. We ordered three different lunch bento sets which all come with soup, salad, fruit, and rice.

The sushi chef in action! You get to see your sushi and sashimi orders being prepared here. Excited to see my kaizen gozen lunch set.

Kaizen Gozen Bento

Two layer bento box. The top layer has mixed sashimi and shredded radish. The second layer had the vinegared rice, tamago, and some ginger. It my first time to try some of the sashimi in the bowl since my previous sashimi experience only involved tuna and salmon. Uni , salmon roe, two other fish sashimis, were served in the box.

Sukiyaki Bento

Sweet, tangy, tender beef strips make up their sukiyaki. The amount of beef and the taste is sure to leave one full and satisfied.

Sabayaki Bento

For those who prefer (cooked) fish, they also offer three kinds of grilled fish. We ordered the mackerel one.

I would also like to add that the grapes in their sets were the one of the sweetest I ever tasted. Serves as the perfect fruit dessert. We definitely had a filling meal.

To closecout our Little Tokyo series, here is a photo of their wine wall. Cheers to more lunches like this!

Branch visited located at: Little Tokyo, Makati City

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