a little bit about travel, a little bit about food, a lot of everything in between; as seen, tasted and experienced by different points of view..

a bite of brownie

a bite of brownie

a little bit about travel, a little bit about food, a lot of everything in between; as seen, tasted and experienced by different points of view..

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Tsim Sha Tsui Dimsum and Tea Bar

Tsim Sha Tsui Dimsum and Tea Bar

Tsim Sha Tsui Dimsum and Tea Bar 2nd Level, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu Cebu City, Philippines Three weeks ago I got to dine at Tsim Sha Tsui Dimsum and Tea Bar a restaurant that is known for their “Hong Kong style, conveyor belt table […]

Kai

Kai

I had a lot on my plate this day from picking up packages to late afternoon painting session with sisters, but it won’t stop me from trying a new restaurant. I had to pick up a parcel in Makati so that was my chance to […]

Shi Lin

Shi Lin

Shi Lin had its branch in Podium for a while now and I’ve always been looking at it as I pass by wondering if it was the right time to come back. Its red logo and white letters give a sense of foreboding. Xiao Long Bao and me, as you might have noticed, go way back. But that naive moment is so over and now, I feel like I’m a connoisseur of this dish already that I know what to do. Get one piece, place it on a spoon, pierce the wrapper gently, and let the broth flow, while measuring the ratio of soup to xlb with eagle eyes. I do this with precision I might as well get an award for it.

I ordered the Original Xiao Long Bao and it came in its usual bamboo steamer. 6 steamed dumplings lie on the center of the steamer, like silent little suckers pretending to be good haha. We meet again! And so I took one and for the first time, put in on a spoon and did what I had to do. The volume of broth reached half of the soup spoon which isn’t so bad in xlb standards, but I’ve had better. The overall taste was delicate, no after taste, and I enjoyed putting chili oil and ginger on it. A word of warning to future customers, please check your condiments before dipping or pouring it in your food. I found an unwanted flying organism in mine which was quickly replaced by the servers.

My next dish was the Hakaw. Steamed shrimp dumplings filled with sweet, shrimp goodness. I also ordered their Stirfry Bokchoy so I can have some veggies in my meal. They put a lot of garlic in it and I don’t think that should be the case. But I love garlic, don’t get me wrong. It’s just all I tasted was garlic, maybe they put in a tad too much.

Verdict: 1.75/5
I didn’t hate the place, I liked the dishes they served, but I don’t think it will be fair to score it just for the fly on my condiments but it did put a dent on the restaurant’s cleanliness. The servers did their job, it’s just the condiments rack should be checked and cleaned, in my opinion. I think this is generous already but there, I lowered it again! Haha maybe I should stop now before the score becomes 0.

Wooden Horse Steakhouse

Wooden Horse Steakhouse

There are two April birthday celebrants in my family, me and my sister. One month after, we finally went out and celebrate. Priorities, I know! Our grandma came along so it had to be somewhere close so it won’t be too hard for her. So […]

GEN Korean BBQ

GEN Korean BBQ

SM Mall of Asia is too far from my residence so I usually take a pass on visiting this place but gladysann is in town. She stayed around the vicinity so it was a good enough reason to go to MOA. Also, I had to […]

Skewered

Skewered

I always enjoyed meat on sticks since I was a child. In a party, I remember always gunning for that makeshift stand from a cabbage cut in half poked with sticks adorned with you guessed it, hotdogs and marshmallows. It’s just so pretty and colourful to look at. But as a grown up, I think I am looking forsomething more sophisticated on the palette. The meat should be seasoned and spiced and the temperature just right. Otherwise, it will be tough and chewy and could possibly get stuck in between your teeth. Nobody wants that.

Skewered is a new restaurant in Festival Mall’s Expansion Wing at Water Garden. It was a little hard to locate due to lack of signs and proper lighting. Good thing it was broad daylight when I visited haha I was first to be seated and the only customer. It had a soft opening feel to it but I didn’t mind. I was impressed with their interior decor. Very well lit and I like the touch of greenery, giving the al fresco dining experience.

I ordered a variety of skewers and just that. They thought of naming their restaurant with that so it better be good, right? Chicken liver and heart had to be tasted, so as Japanese Pork Belly, Shanghai Beef, and Sweet Sexy Pork. And I also tried their Lemongrass Pandan Iced Tea – a house blend, I wanted more! But they had it in a very small glass that I had to enjoy it in small sips. Not enough, I know!

Verdict: 4/5
I like restaurants not overdoing their meat. As they serve theirs on a stick, which I think is harder to time perfectly, hats off to their griller! They sell their house blend tea for 79 a glass, had I known they had refillable, I would have ordered that, it’s that good! (I see it now in their menu – which had grown from the last time I saw it). So it might be a good idea to revisit this soon.

Brique

Brique

Whenever I go to Cebu I always get to try new restaurants, some of them home grown and are not found in Manila. Brique is one of them, according to their Facebook page, they offer modern cuisine with a rustic touch in a relaxing atmosphere. […]

Hogs and Cattle + PaperMoon Cafe

Hogs and Cattle + PaperMoon Cafe

Close to 20 years ago, I remember sharing my mornings and afternoons with my sisters watching The Lion King. The animated film that propelled Disney to make numerous animated films that young people and adults come to love. So when the International play came to […]

Meat Depot

Meat Depot

And here we are at Meat Depot, literally, another meat depot. I had the joy of dining in one of these restaurants before in Shang, where you choose from their freezer and ask them to cook it for you in the temperature you like. They have a selection of cuts and meats there, from steaks and sausages, but you just can only choose the ones from the chiller if you want to eat and cook within the same hour.

They just had the Striploin Steak that day, the rest were so frozen you’ll be able to eat it tomorrow haha! So I got the mid-priced steak, I think it was the 500Php one, said to cook it to medium rare temperature, requested for mashed potatoes side, and only paid under 700Php for the meal. I had to wait for under 15mins for my plate which is not so bad, and when I got it, I was pleased with the grill marks on the meat. Perfect color, nice aroma, and nice looking char on the criss-cross.

The meat was tender and the fat rendered properly. I didn’t like the gravy so much, I’ve had better. But I did like the mashed potatoes, it had little chunks to it adding texture to it.

Verdict: 3.25/5
For a puny stall in Corner Market, this one has potential. Definitely worth another visit, but perhaps I’ll try their sausages next time.

Char Express + Bake + Stockwell

Char Express + Bake + Stockwell

A newly opened food hall at the Podium Mall, Corner Market, is starting to gain traction with its various food selection from every imaginable cuisine. After roaming the food hall, I was literally overwhelmed. I didn’t know what to eat haha but I decided on […]

Ramen Nagi

Ramen Nagi

Today I have an appointment in Makati Shangri-La from 9am to 12nn. I had to prepare for this meeting long and hard and once it was over, I immediately walked to the nearby Greenbelt 3 to grab my bowl of ramen from Ramen Nagi. Why? […]

Ogetsu Hime

Ogetsu Hime

Continuing the Japanese cuisine saga, we’ve managed to hunt down yet another restaurant for sushi and sashimi lovers alike. Ogetsu Hime which translates to “Goddess of Food” has landed at our dear SM Megamall Fashion Hall. It’s one of those restaurants you pass by and you immediately save it for your next visit (because you already have a lunch date some place else).

The friendly staff was all smiles when I got to the door. I was immediately seated and given the menu. And it was drool worthy. There were too many good choices that I had to go for the Chirashi Bowl to try everything all at once. And when it arrived, WOW! Full, rich, and generous were the words I have thought of. Large cuts and delicious looking presentation won me over. They really didn’t look like discarded cuts at all. They all looked like choice cuts that will pass if you server them as sashimi! I seriously had to put some sashimi on another plate to try and get to the bottom of the bowl. That other plate was of course Uni Tempura, because duh, UNI! I can’t get enough of uni. This was a little on the so-so side, but I guess it’s really hard to wrap uni with a nori sheet and dip in tempura batter and have it hold its shape while cooking. They’re local uni, not bafun, but it did the trick to satisfy my appetite.

Verdict: 3.75/5
The Chirashi Bowl alone would make me want to come back to this restaurant. I liked how fresh the sashimi selections were. There might be other good dishes to try out so maybe next time.