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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.

Chibo Okonomiyaki + Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory

Chibo Okonomiyaki + Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake made of several ingredients. The name comes from the Japanese term “okonomi” which means “what you like” and “yaki” which means “to grill.” And that came from Google, because Google knows everything. There’s a newly opened restaurant that offers this […]

Poke & Co

Poke & Co

My new fave poke place is nestled inside the Lonsdale Quay market, very accessible and convenient from the Seabus terminal. Poke & Co, originally from California, opened in December 2017 and has been a hit since then. Just like every other poke place, ordering here […]

Jaeu

Jaeu

The first time I passed by this restaurant in the expansion wing of Festival Mall, I thought that’s a weird name for a restaurant: Jaeu. How on Earth are you going to pronounce that? Jae? Joe? Zha? So naturally, when I went there to dine (3rd visit, 2nd time they were closed), I was seated by the window (again) and I immediately asked the server how they say the restaurant’s name. And I was enlightened. “Ja-Yoo.” And it meant, Japanese European, yes, it’s a restaurant for those 2 cuisines. When I saw their menu, it wasn’t a full blown fusion restaurant though. They had dishes from the two cuisines, equal parts on the menu.

After having a long look at the menu, since I just had steak yesterday, why not have ramen today? I got their house specialty, Iekei, which is Yokohama style ramen. A ramen with tonkotsu base with a medley of spinach, negi, onion, garlic, roasted chasu, and nori. I added aji tamago for good measure, too. I forgot to remind the server to give me extra hard noodles, but I’m glad that they serve it like that – yes, it’s their default. The broth was fantastic and tasty, warm and very rich. It wasn’t salty, but I thought it would be better if there was a little spice to it. Maybe I should try the spicy version next time.

And another thing that caught my attention was their house Ginger Ale. I made sure to ask this time if they serve it from a can or they make their own. And it’s the latter, so yeah, I ordered a glass because I like anything that reminds me of Canada. However, it was too spicy, bordering on the Philippines’ salabat. I instantly felt like a singer already. I wanted to get Profiteroles but sadly, the co-owner (which is a doctor at the nearby Asian Hospital) informed me that it wasn’t available yet. That should have been my French dish, but oh well. They offered me Crema Catalana which is a Spanish version of Crème Brûlée. The caramel on top was crackling and the custard is very smooth.

Verdict: 3/5
I liked the ramen, straight to the point and no beating around the bush type pf ramen. Simple but packed with flavour, but I’m sure there are better ramen bars out there. The dessert is ok, but I always take a point away from restaurants not having what I want. The ale could be improved flavour wise. Mighty effort for a new restaurant which is still on their soft opening. I like the concept, very Japanese with the murals and European with the sleek, white chairs and tables. The servers are friendly and the owners inspect the plates and talk to the diners. A new restaurant off to a good start.

Epicurious

Epicurious

Eating at Epicurious in Shangri-La is hitting two birds with one stone. Today is MD Paper’s 10th Anniversary and because of that, Scribe organized an event to showcase talented artists and their works, and of course, several brands that are patronized by everyone in the […]

Paradise Dynasty

Paradise Dynasty

Before working on this review, I had to read back to all the Xiao Long Bao posts I did in the past months and check if those were properly rated. Because when I saw my dim sum served to me, I knew in an instant […]

L’épicerie Gourmande

L’épicerie Gourmande

Another French restaurant in the block, L’épicerie Gourmande is at the Riverpark at Festival Mall. It was a sunny day (isn’t it always?) so I decided to sit beside the window. I had a nice view of the amphitheater but further up there was a blocked out part where construction was going on. I wonder what’s that this time, there used to be a huge garden up there. On my table, there’s a small plant pot with basil on it, so yeah, this looks promising.

I ordered the Ratatouille from the mains and because I was moved by the Croque Monsieur, I ordered that too. The Ratatouille came first. I was asked what sort of carbs I wanted to go with it and I chose the baked potatoes. The plate came with a toast that had olive spread, a lettuce leaf for greens, and of course, the Ratatouille. The overall taste was enjoyable, I tried to put everything in one bite and it almost seemed impossible. Haha!

The Croque Monsieur was a disaster. It looked entirely different from the menu, no oozing cheese between the bread slices, no oozing cheese on the top! I thought I’d feel challenged again with this because I make a quite awesome grilled cheese sandwich at home, but the restaurant’s was just too plain and pedestrian.

Verdict: 1.5/5
Oh the restaurant had its own shop inside, when you enter it, you’ll see all the products they’re selling and you have to walk further down and seat yourself in their restaurant. It was cozy and clean. The servers were friendly and I happened to catch the French guy who I take as the owner as he was rummaging through the restaurant and spot-checking all the dishes that came out of the kitchen. I liked the Ratatouille, but make a pass on the other dish.


Highlights

Captain’s Boil

Captain’s Boil

The test of a good restaurant is if it is consistent in pushing out good dishes and if it improves in the stuff they need to work on based on customer reviews or well just based on their experience. I’ve been to Captain’s Boil five times in the past 8 months (yes that’s why I can’t fit in my jeans anymore haha) three times at their Kingsway branch, once at their Richmond location, and once at their Yonge branch during my Toronto visit last month. I’ve ordered different items from their menu on each occasion and I think the only ones I haven’t tried yet are the clams (because I’m afraid they’ll be chewy) and the chicken slices (because hey why go to a seafood boil if you’re going to get chicken!! haha).

This review is a summary of all those dishes I tried.


Sauces:

Captain’s Boil – probably the best choice to have a balanced taste of spicy buttery and garlic goodness
Cajun – hotter than the Captain’s Boil
Lemon Pepper – a bit bland for my taste, might be good for those who don’t want to overpower the seafood taste or those afraid of chili
Garlic Sauce – I tried this on the shrimp but I missed the spice, this should be the choice for the faint of heart.

If you like eating with your hands wrapped in plastic gloves and devouring seafood swimming in sauce served inside plastic bags then this is definitely the place for you. The first time I tried this kind of dining was in California at Kickin’ Crab and Craw Daddy and Boiling Crab, what can I say, I’m not a fan of getting food inside plastic bag but it works if you don’t mind getting messy, which is probably what’s gonna happen anyway when you’re eating seafood and cracking shells here and there.. is it worth another visit? Sure! Especially if you don’t want to have that mess in the comforts of your dining room, otherwise I say just go buy fresh seafood from the market then cook them at home.

Verdict: 3.5/5