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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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 […]

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 event. Oh and did I say Everything Calligraphy also setup a different event at Epicurious? Yes, that’s why I was here, to attend the Fountain Pen Workshop hehe yeah so, busy day. I got to the opening on time, 11AM and managed to sign myself up for a free MD paper (yay! That means more paper I can practice on haha). And then early lunch at Epicurious at 11am, to catch the FPW at 1pm.

I was the 1st customer and was asked what I wanted to get. I said, I’ll get the Ribeye Steak, please. I was led to the delicatessen and pointed to me the available cuts. The one with the greatest marbling had to be chosen, for 713Php, not bad. I asked for it to be cooked in medium temperature and ordered their house Lemongrass Iced Tea. I sat myself at the corner, beside the glass mirror, eyeing everyone that comes in. See, I’m going to meet the FPN group for the first time and I wanted to be ready for that.

But my plate came from the kitchens, all in its medium cookery, with a side of mashed potatoes, buttered vegetables, and gravy. And it was mouthwatering to look at. I thought it would be thicker though, but when I sliced through it, it was short of that real steak thickness, but it tasted good! With the gravy and mashed potatoes. Every 713Php worth the bite. Oh and I almost forgot about the lemongrass iced tea! It’s very refreshing and I highly recommend it!

Verdict: 4.25/5
Choose your cut and let them cook it for you and have it served to you is ok by me. It’s a very affordable restaurant if you want good steak. Fresh, as you see and choose it from their freezer, the added joy of choosing your meat is fantastic. It’s my 1st time here and I was treated like a regular, the service was friendly and welcoming. The seats and tables are cozy and clean. And hey! This is where the fountain pen workshop was help, so it must have been a favourite of the fountain pen users already.

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 […]

Pétit Bistro

Pétit Bistro

We’ve been having our fair share of European restaurants in the south and here to take it up a notch is Pétit Bistro, a newly opened restaurant, first of its name, in the expansion wing of Festival Mall beside the Landmark drop-off point. To be honest, I had a hard time finding this place haha! It’s one of the few restaurants that are already opened there (one is even just on its soft opening), so you won’t miss it. On the way there, it also offers a bird’s eye view of the huge park below.

I was greeted by the staff when I arrived, had them open the doors for me, and I was seated on a table for 2 just beside the window. Server gave me the menu and a glass of water right away. We were going to get something to eat at the house for my sister’s birthday so I just ordered something light from their cold and hot tapas.

From the hot tapas, I got the Mini Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewer with Bell Pepper, Tomato, and Onion. Weirdly, this arrived first. I think they didn’t bother much about the order. Anyway, the plate was beautifully presented. There were 2 sauces, an orange sauce that went across the plate and three dots of pesto sauce. For added freshness, there were alfalfa sprouts, placed beside three skewers of tenderloin cut in identical cubes. The meat was tender and flavorful, grilled but not dry. The elements on the plate all blended well together.

From the cold tapas, I got the Shrimp and Crab Duo. This was served on two shot glasses, which I found wasn’t really conducive for the dish to be properly enjoyed. You definitely can’t take the shot off of it. The salad at the bottom were composed of diced apple, cucumber, and radish with some sort of mayo-based dressing. That stuck on the glass so I had to scoop them off. The crab was shredded and placed on top of that, so did the shrimp. I found some broken shells on the crab, maybe one or two. That was again topped with alfalfa sprouts with its own vinaigrette dressing and a lemon. The shrimp wasn’t overcooked and had parsley leaves on the side.

Verdict: 2/5
The restaurant had a quiet vibe to it. Some posters of European places scattered the walls and they had a bar! Servers were quite pleasant and left you alone to enjoy your meal, with the occasional offering of water refills. I liked the beef skewers but the duo not so much. They could rethink the presentation of that, in my opinion. It’s a new restaurant that has potential.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

On the same day after trying that very forgettable restaurant in Molito, I had to look for something nice place that serves desserts. And luckily, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory was nearby! I left my parking spot, yeah, that very tight one, drove around the compound, […]

Torch

Torch

Going back to the South, we get to Torch. A joint serving food from different cuisines. If I read about that earlier, I would have backed out. But ok, for the sake of trying it (and not coming back ever haha!) (hey, that’s a little […]

Madeca

Madeca

Madeca has been in Podium ever since I started working at Discovery Suites. But in the 5years I’ve been there, this is just the 2nd time I’m dining at this restaurant, probably because there’s just too many restaurants to choose from. And besides, this is more like getting a quick snack rather than a full blown restaurant. They serve Filipino-Mexican food (a medley of finger food whaaaat?) and their house-blend Iced Tea (of course I ordered one) is so reminiscent of Wendy’s iced tea haha!

I don’t recall my 1st meal here but this time I ordered their quesadillas bestseller, Mushroom and Spinach Quesadilla because I wanted something really light. I was on midshift so it’s already past 6pm and you don’t want to eat more than you’re supposed to. The dish wasn’t so bad at all. They had 2 quesadillas cut in half (total of 4 pie shaped quesadillas), freshly made nacho chips, a sour cream dip, and a salsa. The quesadillas were served warm, with cheese oozing from it, cooked mushrooms and spinach made it healthier. The overall taste was nice with the sour cream and salsa together. I don’t know if you’re supposed to have the dips separately but they sure tasted great together. The nacho chips were freshly fried, still warm. And the iced tea still had it’s awesome, refreshing taste. Citrusy and yummy! The joint was small, 6 small tables inside with 2 or 3 chairs in front of the shop. Even though it’s an open joint, I didn’t have problems with flies, unlike that other resto, which is great!

Verdict: 3.5/5
I’m sure there are more nice options from their menu, all quick bites though. The prices are very reasonable. The tables were all clean. Although they only had wooden chairs and tables, they compensated in adding throw pillows to add to your comfort. The servers were very polite and chatty with their customers. The dishes are simple, yes, but they’re packed with flavors. Overall it was a good experience dining here.

Café Voi La

Café Voi La

Here’s the part2 of the family’s trip to Tagaytay. We get to the breakfast place my sisters chose: Café Voi La. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not pronounced as “vwä-lä”, yes, we asked the server, and he said it’s pronounced as is, “voy-lä” (yes, I […]

Charito by Bag of Beans

Charito by Bag of Beans

Back in 2011, we had our 1st vacation as a family. Everyone enjoyed their time then and my siblings and I agreed to make it a yearly thing. So far, we’re doing a good job there but this year, instead of going on a flight […]

Las Flores

Las Flores

Valentine’s Day? No problem! There’s a new restaurant in Podium (yeah I’m gonna need a long time to finish all of them especially now that I only go to the office once a week haha), Las Flores. It’s just right beside the huge entrance to the mall, tucked neatly in its corner.. which is probably why you’ll also miss it. Not to mention they have these homey white doors that separate them from the mall, like their very own mini entrance into their lavish interiors matched with high ceilings and modern contemporary design.

I was seated on a table for 2 with mismatched chairs, one cushioned and one just a brown, bare, wooden chair. I looked around and found another table with the same setup. I’m thinking they could easily have swapped the chairs, but hmm.. maybe they wanted it that way? The ceiling was high and on my right side, they had this chandelier dangling, couldn’t resist to take a shot of it of course. In front of me was their full bar, and as if their bartender got the invisible message I sent, he went out of the bar and opportunity presented itself and I was able to take an unmanned bar (ding ding ding!).

My order was received by one of the servers. I ordered the Solomillo de Ternera, which is basically a 180g) Mulwarra (Australian) Tenderloin steak topped with Maldon salt and served with seasonal vegetables in EVOO. Yum! But before that arrived, this pretty little thing was given to me by the restaurant owner/manager, I think, and she said it’s a complementary appetizer. When I sliced through it (of course I wouldn’t eat the whole thing without knowing what it was), it was deep fried squid ink! I knew well not to show my teeth to anyone that passes by my table, the server kept asking if I wanted water haha! I’d just nod and smile or murmur a “yes, please.” From their menu, it’s probably the Pescadito Frito, a deep fried medley of shrimp, sardines, and squid with mayo.

So, when my plate came, asked for a medium well btw but they gave me a medium (thank goodness because of the cut), it was so Instagram-able haha! It was constructed a little to the side of the plate, leaving some good negative space around the plate which actually forced you to look at the steak more. Judging by the meat, it looked succulent and tender and when I had the first bite, the salt enhanced the overall taste. Delicious! I think I saved some for until the last bite lol yeah, holding on to those crystal flakes til the very end. The vegetables could have been done better, they were a little on the soggy side, but thank goodness for the EVOO. They had marble potatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, string beans, and red bell pepper. I liked the cherry tomatoes the best.

Verdict: 3.5/5
I like the ambience, steak, my chair, and the service. It was a pleasant dining experience and worth another visit. They had several items in the menu that were not available, maybe they really wanted me to get the steak because hey, it’s Valentine’s Day after all.