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..

Author: dreimart

Anzani

Anzani

   Anzani Anzani ravioli Linguine vongole Arborio with baby mix seafood risotto Giant octopus Grilled pork chop Spinach dough flatbread Canneloni Homemade tortelli Situated in the scenic landscape of nivel hills on the way to marco polo, Anzani is one of the chic Mediterranean restaurants […]

Zark’s burger

Zark’s burger

Mom and I finally visited this place after buying a new set of fans for our rooms because several of them decided to overheat and die for the summer. After depositing our purchases in the car, we proceeded to the upper ground floor where the […]

Dolce

Dolce

 Just a few steps away from anzani, dolce cafe is a dessert haven for dessert folk. As soon as you’ve ordered your favorite pastry at the main cafe, you can opt to enjoy the scenic view of the landscape below at their outdoor area where they have several benches set up for their customers.

Not only do they serve cakes and pastries, but they also serve hot and cold beverages and food (Even though i have yet to taste their milk tea and sinkers and their meals).

They sell their own versions of red velvet, smores, kitkat, and many others. For those who aren’t in the mood for cakes, they also sell cookies and muffins.

Their desserts are fairly okay. Some are sweeter than the others, mind you. And i think they should be served with a hot pot of tea.

Pigafetta

Pigafetta

Pigafetta People relate heavy traffic to a curse. I do too, especially when I’m in a rush going somewhere on a strict schedule. But when you pass by a restaurant that has just opened, chances are, your opinion on traffic will be different. Situated across […]

Ginza

Ginza

Ginza is probably one of those upscale Japanese restaurants where upper class people visit with friends to socialize. This place has a few teppanyaki stations where designated chefs will go and cook an assortment of stir fry in front of you. Reservations are a must […]

Chop Chop

Chop Chop


Chop Chop

We decided to visit this place after taking notice of the shop in the far corner of the vicinity, near the washrooms. It looks neglected at a glance and the lights were dim, as if they were still closed. There was only one person stationed outside who later ushered us in once we made known ouR intent to visit their premises.

The restaurant isn’t what you’d expect if you’re looking for a fancy experience with your date. Instead, the place looks exactly like it was taken from Singapore’s hawker stall. In fact, that’s exactly what they were going for.

Eager to sink our teeth into what they offer, we ordered most of the best sellers for our dinner. A platter of sambal fried rice, chili crab meat, beef rendang, katong laksa, sambal stingray, and hainanese chicken.

The food arrived in waves in the span of ten to fifteen minutes, starting with their katong laksa. It tasted better than Ulli’s although i think it needs a bit more tartness to cut through the richness of the coconut milk. Their beef rendang is perfectly seasoned thoroughly.

To end the meal, we ordered iced kachang, which is their version of the local halo halo with coconut milk and pandan extracts.

Chop Chop
The Gallery

Verdict:
A: 3/5

I think that they should ask their customers if they wanted spicy or non spicy flavors. I expected singaporean food to be spicy but we were served mildly spiced food. Most orders are expensive. I’m glad that their stingray tastes okay. I’m surprised they know their sauces well.

Mismukuno

Mismukuno

There are things you can’t do when you’re sick with shingles. One of them is not being there when the Mismukuno branch in Ayala opened where the staff danced to the tune of Voltes V. Soon after i recovered though, my sister and i visited […]

Boosog

Boosog

        As you can tell from the food we ordered, we weren’t really too hungry when we dined at Boosog (which is a pun on the Tagalog term for busog which literally means full from food). The menu here is reasonably priced and their […]

Yum Yum Tree

Yum Yum Tree

After placing our order at Alejo’s lechon, we took a short ride towards Rustan’s Labangon to visit this little hole in the wall inside the establishment.

For a small diner that has very little space, this hub never runs out of customers every hour, likely from the the neighboring BPO center a few steps away.

 I found out that they serve meals that are typical pinoy favorites such as batchoy, arroz caldo, pancit palabok.

For starters, we ordered arroz caldo and fresh lumpia, to be followed by binagoongang baboy, caldereta, salpicao, pancit puti and pancit palabok.

We also had additional orders of inihaw na bangus and sisig.

The service was pleasant enough, and the server was polite and let us buy a bottle of water in the supermarket for our consumption while we eat at their space.
Yum Yum Tree
Labangon
Verdict:
A: 2/5
Most of the dishes were salty, as if sprinkled with Knorr seasonings. The sisig had very minimal meat and was served with a big heap of pork rind.

There was no semblance of ambiance, as it just shares a space in Rustan’s.

The pancit puti looks like a weird combination of rice noodles and vegetables with thin slices of chicken meat while the palabok was swimming in sauce.

The bagoong in the bibagoongan screams of food coloring.

Black iron

Black iron

Rather than eat out and partake in Max’s chicken all you can celebration, we attended my sister’s monthly eat out with her officemates. Black Iron is located within Ginza compound, a few ways off before you reach Gaisano Country Mall. The compound is semi secluded, […]

The Ranch

The Ranch

While browsing around the internet, my sister found this restaurant one time when she was looking for a place to eat with her co-workers. She managed to find this restaurant and then we decided to treat our uncle here for dinner. Situated directly in front […]

Yakimix

Yakimix

Supposedly one of the best self grill restaurants in manila, Yakimix has caused quite a stir in Escario street where it is strategically located. This restaurant is basically just like any grill your own food on your table with rows and rows of cooked and raw food for their patrons to enjoy. We were asked to come early, and boy did we (after the disgruntling notice i received on my inbox when i check my phone right before sleeping). The line waiting to be seated was several feet long with ribbons of people sitting down on the offered chairs outside the establishment. To think that we arrived three minutes shy of 11 am
It took 30 minutes for the staff to open the doors of the restaurant to us. We were greeted with the usual Japanese greeting (irasshaimase!) by the door when my name was called and ushered us right to our seat. The restaurant was huge, ample enough for at least 30 or 40 tables. Within minutes the restaurant was bustling with activity and people were walking here and there to inspect whatever’s on the buffet table.
There is a great number of cuisines served here in Yakimix, ranging from Korean, Chinese, Japanese, American, and Mexican. They also have marinated meat ready for grilling. I admit i was a bit impressed by the arrangement of their dishes; a table each of exclusively area specific fare as well as a separation of solid and liquid food.
Yakimix
Escario, Cebu
Verdict:
A: 3/5
The ambiance was pleasant enough to begin with. Although their service is inadequate here and there. We had to call several times to request for service and get the bill. I have also noticed that there are waitresses busily chatting on the sidelines, which may have contributed to poor service.
What boggles me is that they could have done better to accommodate the people before opening hours aside from the text prompt you’d get if you reserved a table for yourself. There is also the issue of flies inside the establishment, flying dangerously close to the food near the sushi area. The washroom is probably given very little thought which shouldn’t be the case given the floor area of the place (very little space, cramped and suffocating). 
I am also quite concerned of some food located near places where they shouldn’t be; sukiyaki in front of the aircon, condensed milk in the dimsum area.