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.:)