Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Yoh-gurt Froz - multiple branches around Metro Manila

One of the first Yogurt stand to open in Metro Manila. I can still remember th only stall in Tomas Morato Quezon City. But it has withstand the test of time and taste as it now has a lot of branches in Metro Manila.Ordered a serving topped with Chocolate Sauce
Elle: The yogurt was dense and creamy which I really liked. Maybe it was just the combination that I did not like so much because the chocolate sauce took away the tanginess of the yogurt batter. But overall the yogurt is up to my standards:)

Cody: I agree with Elle, the yogurt itself was very good, dense, packed and creamy. The tanginess was also present so you know you are eating yogurt. The chocolate sauce is the kind that creates a shell when it hits cold temperature. not really fond of this kind of chocolate sauce as i prefer fudgey sauce like what i am used to at Mc Donalds. But aside from the sauce. the yougrt was quite good.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bowler's - Salcedo Village, Makati City

WE were craving for the boneless buffalo chicken at Bugsy's, but sadly the place was full, then we remembered there is a bad just around the corner and suprisingly, it was not full. And we like the interior better than Bugsy. It feels cleaner.
Service was good, and fast
Chicken tandoori pita:
Elle: Cold, cold, cold. This dish was served cold! I do not know if it was intentional or not but the chicken was already stiff and dry when I bit into it. The wraps were too doughy and flour-y which I would expect from a doughy piece of pita. Flavor-wise it was just okay. Nothing special about it that would make me remember the dish well.

Cody: i never liked Indian food in general but i love Tandooris!! but was also as sad as Ellle when this plate was served in front of us. It was indeed cold and sad, Filling though, but thats the only cmpliment i can give them. We initially wanted pizzas, but they were not available at this time becasue according to the server, they had a big crowd last night and all their pizza doughs were finished. How hard is it to make pizza dough?? i can make it for them in less than 2 hours. Geeezzzz. Oh well
Mango mojito: Elle:I was disappointed because the mojito was not frozen. It served its purpose to get me a bit tipsy but I did not enjoy it because it was served with ice. It would have been better if it were a slushie.

Cody: MY rant here is that the Majito lacked a bit more rum, you can taste it but it doesnt give you even a bit of a buzz after downing a few glasses. Too bad for the quality. The best Manjo mojito for me is still at CAFE HAVANA.

Will we be back here?? maybe... the location was quite convenient for us.. i hope they can improve on their food and drink

G/F Paseo Parkview Tower, cor. Valero and Sedeno Sts., Salcedo Village
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 894-3589

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Classic" Savory - multiple branches all around

One of the pioneers in the fried chicken business, now this name(Savory) spans three kind of restaurantsaccording to the article we read on ENTREPENEUR. The “Classic” Savory, The “Original” Savory and the “Savory”. What make one different from the other. Just try it to find out.
In the malls, you will most likely find the “Classic” Savory.

Elle:Just like I remember from childhood! The chicken has the distinct savory taste in the same way the gravy did. I was disappointed with the fried rice because the grains were hard and the rice was so dry. It reminded me of canteen fried rice, serving something substandard just so you can say it’s fried rice. The peas in the fried rice were so tough I was waiting for the crunch after each bite.
Cody: Just like Elle, Savory was the regular fried chicken we would buy.. aside from “Country Chicken” Sorry lovers Of Max’s, but I like this chicken more.. The Classic savory has an amber colored skin which differ it from the “Original Savory” But tastewise, it is almost the same, except for skin of “Classic” is a bit crispier. I also love the gravy that comes with their chicken. Like” KFC gravy” ulam na, gravy palang. Hehe. The other sideings like the squid and fish fillet are nothing great, the rice was also subpar.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Go Greek - Glorietta 4 Food Choices

Going around Glorietta 4 Food Choices, you will find this stall in one little corner. Something different, not your typical grilled stuff, or fried stuff or burger thingie that you will usually see in a “fast food” court. We were quite happy to find this eatery. The food here is Greek/Mediterrenean, but done in a “fast food” way. Chicken Kebab Set
Cody: I left Elle to order the food for the both of us and this is what she got. From the looks of it, it was quite appealing. Nice looking salad, Chicket cut-ups doused in a nice smelling sauce. I love the taste of the chicken, it was marinated quite nicely, and the sauce gave it an extra boost in flavor. The salad was also quite good, and the thick balsamic dressing suited it just fine. The Sliced pita wedges were also great companion to the chicken kebab. The combo meal was quite filling and appetizing was well. Elle:This food court find was a real surprise. The presentation was not too “fast food” looking like I usually expect from “Japanese and Italian” fast food which have a distinct look that screams..what else…FAST FOOD! The chicken was very soft and juicy and had a distinct spice-loaded taste. The potatoes were well cooked and soft and I would have finished it all if not for the carbo overload. I liked that the potatoes were cut into wedges and not into chunks. The pita bread was not at all doughy which I notice from ready-made crust. This had a springy and gummy texture to it.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

New at Legaspi Sunday Market

We love Legaspi Sunday Market because of it being spacious and there are a lot of items there aside from food. But when it comes to food choices, we still think that the Salcedo Saturday Market is far more superior. Here are some of the new stalls that we tried out.
Hanoi Cafe Vietnamese noodle bowl:

Cody: When Elle went to buy ths noodles while i was waiting for the Phad thai to be cooked, i was already dreaming of delicous beef broth, with fresh basil, bean sprout, a slice of lime or lemon. But this is what we got. Utterly disappointing. For a hefty price, i was expecting something more authentic and to think the cook is Vietnamese. The soup tasted mild and unseasoned. THe noodles were the ordinary sotanghon noodles. And the "sahog" was just miniscule and sad. Warning guys, dont even try ti, we are willing victims already.

Elle: I always crave for the clear and refreshing taste of Vietnamese noodle soup so when I chanced upon this one at the Sunday market I just had to try it. I was enticed by the sales pitch of the guy at the booth. Upon handing over the bowl of soup I immediately knew something was wrong. It was not as aromatic as Vietnamese soup should be. The good ones usually have that scent of cilantro but this one smelled and tasted like boiled water! The only thing that gave it a hint of taste were the bland chicken strips and the noodles. The noodles weren’t even the flat hofan-like noodles I am accustomed to being served in other Vietnamese restaurants. I was very disappointed with this dish. Good thing I didn’t even attempt to try the fresh spring rolls! The worst part was it was actually a bit expensive. P140 for a bowl of boiled water with noodles is not worth the try.
Khun Caesar's Thai Kitchen - Pad Thai:

Cody: First and foremost the cook graduated from the "Blue Elephant Cooking School" One of the more famous cooking school in Bangkok, but being famous doesnt really equates to being good. It just means that they have the money to do the advertsing etc.. The noodles were just okay, nothing really great. I find the mixture a bit towards the sour side. And it didnt have the "oomph " factor that would make me want to order it again. Another bad thing about it was the shrimp were already precook. And it was a bit oily. Good thing about this stall here is the owner was a nice fellow and easy to talk to.

Elle:The noodles were a overcooked and soggy. The dish was like a sour version of Pad Thai. There’s something missing in almost all of the Pad Thai dishes I have tried in Manila. This one falls into the same category along with the others. It was not crunchy enough, the entire dish was doused in vinegar and it lacked the burnt and nutty taste I actually like in authentic Pad Thai. Less disappointed in this dish but on hindsight I just had to finish the serving cause it was P180.

We did like the Takoyaki stall and the Mexican taco stall.:)

Saturday, July 24, 2010


sorry guys for not updating as much as we can, We have been very busy lately, but still eating up a storm.
Will update in a few days. thank you for your time:)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Wan Chai Tea House - Benavidez St, Manila

Wan Chai started as restaurant in the Binondo area that serves dimsum and ala carte items hot and fast. Later on, it had opened branches in different cities around the Metro. We have always loved going to the original branch in Binondo. And here is our food trip
It tends to get crowded during weekends so be prepared to wait for a seat..

Chicken feet
Elle: The chicken feet were large! Glad to not have been served just “chicken bones with skin”. It was spicy and slightly different in taste form your average chicken feet.
Cody: now this is chicken feet, unlike some restaurants that would serve under nourish feet, this was good…
Elle: I really liked this soup. It was clear and refreshing but still very tasty. There was a good amount of chicken, vegetables and other ingredients.
Cody: no MSG detected… the soup captures the essence of the chicken… Huge quantity of ingredients also.. very filling even if it was not cream based.

Fried rice
Elle: Comfort food!! Yumyum! it had lots of shrimp and was not too tasty which makes it go well with other viands.
Cody: If a Chinese restaurant in Binondo cant cook good fried rice, they should close… this one does it well, delicious, has lots of “sahog”.
Crispy Fried Chicken w kropeck
Elle: The meat was soft and the skin was crispy.
Cody: Tender, juicy with crispy skin, no complaints here.
Vegetables with century egg
Elle: I LOVE century egg! This one had large chunks of century egg and soft veggies. Perfect combination!
Cody: The gravy went well with the veggies and eggs. Veggies were cooked just right, bright colors! i also love the whole roasted garlic.. sweet
Shrimp cake
Elle: Now this is what shrimp cake should be! It was loaded with shrimp! The cake was soft but the edges were golden brown and crispy. Even without the sweet and sour sauce the cakes were scrumptious!
Cody: My fave Wan Chai dish.. u can taste the shrimp here and not flour unlike other restaurants.. crispy exterior.. perfect to pair it with sweet and sour sauce.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Padrino - A.venue Mall, Makati City

Padrino - is one of the chain restaurants or L'Opera group.. Aisde from Balducci and Tratorria Gourmet.. THe place is quite small compared to the other restaurants. ENJOY card has one of the better offerings with this restaurants. So we are very happy to give this place a try. And knowing the great quality of Italian food tha L'Opera serves.. I hope we dont get disappointed.

Hmmm.. is it just us or the food here seems to be cheaper than L'Opera....

Insalata Caprese
Elle: The mozzarella was delicious, fresh basil leaves, lightly seasoned. It was a very light and fresh appetizer. Yum!

Cody: Sliced Mozzarellla... was good, not as fresh i want it to me but still better than other restaurants. Tomatoes were sweet and tangy...
Insalata De Mare

Elle: fresh seafood with a bit of freshly squeezed lemon with just the right tang; tastes like the sea! I could eat a whole plate of this

Cody:. I love how they cooked the seafood.. with just salt and pepper.. very lightly seasoned so as nto to distract the taste from the fresh seafood.. wonderful and the dressing just wakes up the taste buds

Four Cheese pizza

Elle: thin and crispy but as you eat it, the insde is gummy which I really like. Smells amazing. The bleu cheese wasn’t too overpowering.

Cody:I always like my pizza with a tomato sauce base... this was just okay for me..

Duck Ravioli
Elle: Pasta was soft and al dente and the sauce was amazingly delicious and creamy. the truffle oil added another level of flavor to the sauce. You can only have a few bites of this cause it was a bit too rich.

Cody: this was good, the gameyness of the duck was not overpowering. The truffle cream sauce was simply divine.. Ellle just had a few bites but i could finish this dish.. with bread :)

Spaghetti Pescatora

Elle: Pasta was cooked perfectly and it had a little bit of a bite to it. The sauce was a bit tangy because of the tomatoes but I loved it with the fresh seafood. It was a light meal and yet it was still very satisfying.

Cody: Pasta cooked just right.. seafood were a plenty.. THe tomato sauce getting the flavour form the seafood... perfect..

Grilled swordfish

Elle: The fish was soft, not at all fishy in taste. The veggies were also grilled well. however the serving was small.

Cody: nice size fish.. grilled perfectly.. moist and sweet tasting. Vegetables were also grilled correctly..

Would definitely give this restaurant another visit if we want to eat italian food. Keep us the good work

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Kim Garden - Paseo de Magallanes

Another food trip in Paeo de Magallanes brought us to this noodle place which was quite unique that you woulnt find a similar kind in Makati area. THe name of the restuarant is Kim Garden, located at the 3rd floor of the building where Brothers Burgers is located.
At first we thought it was a Koream restaurant btu looking thru the menu.. its more of a Taiwanese restaurant.
Here comes the food.

Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup
Elle: I was surprised since they served the chicken separately from the noodles. The chicken was cooked perfectly seasoned but still complements the noodle soup. The noodle soup had a nice burnt sesame taste to it and the fresh cilantro gave it a fresh clean hint. The noodles were thick and chewy.
Cody: THe noodles were similar to Japanese soba, thick and have a bite to it. So for people who are not into thick noodles, orfer something else. I love noodles in general. The chicken was marinated in a sweet glaze which penetrated into the meat.
Fried Shrimp Puff
Elle: It looked a bit like a small empanada, the skin was thin and crispy. It had a lot of shrimp (looked fresh cause the shrimp wasn’t whitish it was still a bit salmon in color). It was a bit bland though but the crispiness of the dough made up for it.
Cody: very cute little fried parcels. delicious, cruspy, not oily. inside are wonderful crunchiness of fresh shrimps. i could eat 10 of this little treats,.

If you guys are tired from eating at Shakeys, Racks, Brothers, give this place a try.....

Friday, February 26, 2010

Bob's - Paseo de Magallanes, Pasay City

First and foremost we would like to apologize for a 2month delay in posting. We were busy adjusting to our new environment and this blog got affected. So to our few readers:) we are so sorry. Thank you for checking us out again.

Walking throught the stretch of Paseo de Magallanes one would find a lot of restaurants. And this place being one of the new fixture... but you have to walk a bit further because it is almost at the end when ur enter the car park through Rustans Supermarket.

THe name Bob's is leganday in the City of Smile.. which is Bacolod. THe are famous for being family oriented, serving meals that warms the tummy and the heart.

We were glad to see this place open in Manila for us Manilenos to get a chance to try it.

WE werent so hungry do we ordered one dish and a drink

Chicken Milanese P195- breaded chicken fillet stuffed with mozzarella cheese served with spaghetti and tomato sauce

Elle:The pasta was al dente and tasted like an Italian dish. Not just regular trying to be Italian pasta. It had an authentic taste to it which I really liked. The chicken was soft and had a crunchy coat and was oozing with melted cheese. I would have like a bit more pasta sauce on top of the chicken to make it a bit more mushy. Overall it was a good dish.

Cody: Hmm.. when i saw the dish, i find it a bit small.. serving size is good for just one person. THe breading for me was a tad thick, but otherwise the chickenm was soft, tender and juicy plus the cheese inside was good... who doesnt like cheese stuff foods right?:)

Fruit punch P90

Elle:YUUUUM! Cool, icy and sweet. I liked the watermelon balls and all the other crunchy bits inside. It was very refreshing.

Cody: This one i have to disagree with my one and only..for me the coconut juice clashed with the taste of the watermelon.. well, i might ust be my taste though.. cause its the best selling drink here. And i find the price a bit too steep for coconut juice and watermelon