Food that are reminiscent of our college days in De La Salle University (Taft). Where the food is cheap, tasty, and memorable.
Author: Bianca Termulo
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Churrasco (pronounced as ‘shoe-RHAS’-ko’) is a unique type of cooking, created by the Gauchos. Gauchos originate from Argentina, and some other South American counties who have learned to merge Mediterranean influences with the local way of cooking. After digging pits in the ground, the Gauchos would start a bonfire from the rangelands of the Pampas. Once the fire turns to embers, hot enough for cooking, the placed large pieces of meat that were skewered. These skewers we then slowly roasted to perfection over the fire pits.
Experience Churrasco at the Chateaubriand.
Located at Roxas Blvd., Chateaubriand is a new concept restaurant/event place that marries the concept of the Churrasco experience to a fine dining set up. The whole compound is separated into several areas, live band area, fine dining churrasco buffet (1st floor), a bar (outside), live concept kitchen (2nd floor). Each area carefully arranged to provide customers with the best experience.
Its decor is grand by definition with marble flooring, a hanging chandelier right at the center of the first floor, and luxury fixtures to provide the best comfort to their diners. Fixtures and tables set up to allude a fine dining atmosphere.
Take a seat, and decide whether you want to start with the buffet or the churrasco offerings. In our visit, we went ahead and got some appetizers from their buffet.
They had a variety of choices in their grand buffet. Start your meal with a soup and salad. Then have your pick from fresh sashimi and sushi, cold cuts and cheeses, a nacho bar, tempura, and pizza and pasta dishes.
We recommend the caesar salad as they make it in wheel of fresh parmigiana regiano.
Bring on the Meat.
Finally, after a few appetizers, we were ready. Turn over the red bottom to let the wait staff know that you are now ready to partake in the churrasco experience.
Each time a new kind of meat came out, we could not help ourselves and taste each and every kind. You can pair this with their 3 sauces, chateaubriand sauce, mushroom gravy, and chimchurri.
We recommend that you try all the churraso selections that they have but we recommend having the following:
- Chateaubriand- this is large center cut fillet mignon, grilled and served with the signature Chateaubriand sauce made of beef or veal reduction, white wine, tarragon, butter and shallots.
- Sirloin – the sirloin is the back part of the cow, this is seasoned and grilled to a perfect medium rare.
- Pineapple – Sweet and juicy pineapple covered with cinnamon powder. It creates a nice contrast from the flavor.
- Chicken sausage – plump and juicy pieces of sausage.
- Pork belly – These were tender and juicy.
- Blue marlin – These were surprisingly tender and seasoned perfectly.
These items stood out and had the full flavor of smokiness and tenderness you would like in your meats.
You want to have a fine dining churrasco experience, that also has a grand buffet filled with Japanese cuisine, cold cuts and cheeses, and a salad bar. While it may be pricey, make sure to load up on the protein to make the whole experience worthwhile. The whole area might look a bit intimidating at first but once you settle in, you then sit back and relax and get to enjoy the parade.
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Share a meal, K-town style by having 6 plates of meat, and unlimited sides cooked the Korean way. Don’t worry, the wait staff are happy to teach you!
Niu means “nine” in the Viking Language. Here in their Podium branch, they transform the 9 realms into 9 different themed food and drink stations.
Malate, the original hang out place in the 80’s to 90’s where you find all the original homegrown Filipino, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants. The highlight of this area used to be the nightlife and where everyone would go with places like Cafe Adriatico and Cafe Havana.
Nowadays, its sort of become a place to pick up the ladies and where its a pretty common sight to see a tandem of a foreigner and a filipina walking side by side.
Hidden in Mabini Street in the Malate area, houses some of the authentic Japanese restaurants called Misuzu.
On the second floor of the Hollywood Garden building right across from the Korean place, you find Misuzi. It’s low key, dimly lit and authentic. When we entered the room we were welcomed by Japanese decorations, waitresses in their kimonos and an area where you can sit down on the floor on the tatami mats.
Though out the meal, you can only hear nihonggo while Local Japanese businessmen drink their sake and enjoy their sushi.
OUR TOP PICKS:
Fresh generous slices of Salmon Sashimi. Each slice is fatty, creamy, and perfect with a bit of wasabi and soy sauce.
Fresh, creamy, and briny uni on a bed of sushi rice and wrapped with nori.
Their Nigiri platter comes in half or whole, we opted the half and got different selections of nigiri. It came in Ebi, Tuna, Mackarel, Squid, and Snapper. Each one has a different flavor profile. Usually, local restaurant over look their sushi rice that it ends up tasting too tangy or sweet. Here in Misuzu, they do it just right, it’s balanced and has a good shape. Remember to only dip the fish side onto the soy sauce when eating.
Overall, Misuzu is a under rated Japanese restaurant in the Malate area. While Malate might not be your go-to place for Japanese, you should overlook the grime, and the air as they still do have some of the best in the Metro. They serve excellent quality sushi and sashimi’s and have a wide selection of your favorite staple Japanese food like tempura, gyudon, and ramen.
Our CX Rating
MISUZU JAPANESE RESTAURANT
- Address: Second Floor, Hollywood Garden, A. Mabini Street, Malate, Manila
- Mobile Number: 02 5186280
- Operating Hours: 11AM to 5AM.
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Tokyo Ice Café takes snippets of Japanese home life and brings it here for locals to enjoy. Their new menu featuring their bentos are a sample of what they have back at home. Don’t forget to some kakigori for dessert, it just beat out bingsu in our book. And add some of the little bears to match. Kid friendly and affordable Tokyo Ice is a great addition to the Mall of Asia restaurants.
Every time someone recommends Vietnamese when dining in Manila, we’re a bit skeptical. In our recent trip to Hanoi, we sampled all kinds of Vietnamese Street Food from pho to spring rolls, and other local specialties. It was disheartening to learn that when we got back to Manila. We couldn’t find the same quality and taste.
We couldn’t understand how this cuisine was overlooked and did not receive the same kind of attention to detail that Chinese or Japanese cooking gets.
Vietnamese food is basically a combination of 5 fundamental tastes, (ngũ vị): spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (earth), corresponding to five organs (ngũ tạng): gall bladder, small intestine, large intestine, stomach, and urinary bladder. Vietnamese Cuisine combines these five elements in perfect balance to produce their dishes. They use fresh ingredients, complimentary textures, meat, and a reliance on herbs and spices to complete the taste. It’s one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide. Their most common ingredients are the fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs (lemongrass, coriander, mint), and vegetables.
When we first heard on Nha Em, we were not sure on how it was going to be but we kept an open mind and tried their dishes.
Nha Em is in the Sky Park area of SM Aura. They have indoor and al fresco seats available at your pleasure. The décor itself was filled with wooden furnishings and Vietnamese icons hanging on the walls. Reminiscent of a Vietnamese home.
Our Top Picks:
Chả Giò (P305) – Pork and a variety of fresh vegetables rolled and deep fried. Use the lettuce to wrap the roll and dip in the sauce. It’s a sweet-salty mixture that’s sure to keep you hooked.
Phở Bò (P415) – This was one of the highlights of our Hanoi trip, and we’re glad to say, they lived up to the expectation. Beef slices on top a bed of rice noodles and clear beef broth. Add a bunch of fresh mint, basil, beansprouts and a squirt of lime. This heightens the experience and adds different textures and aromas to the dish. You can also add some sriracha if you want it spicy.
Bánh Xèo (P425) – Vietnamese Crepe made with coconut milk and turmeric, filled with an assortment of fresh herbs and shrimp. The proper way to eat this is to slice into it then put it in a piece of lettuce and pour in a bit of their dipping sauce. It’s a nice balance of flavors and varying textures.
Bún Gà Chả Giò (P395) – This particular dish was a newfound favorite in our Vietnam trip, We were curious to see if they could replicate it. We tried the Hanoi version where they serve the soup and meat together and the noodles apart with the vegetables, Nha Em’s version was from Saigon where all elements were in a bowl with just the dipping sauce as separate. We opted to pour in the sauce, the first bite was like going back to Vietnam. Their rice noodles were perfectly thin, silky, and bouncy. Each bite from the bowl had all the elements of the dish we remembered.
Tôm Kho Tảu (P795) – Humongous river prawns on a bed of crab fat. This dish comes with three River prawns, the prawns itself are tender and are perfectly covered with the crab fat. We insist you try this with plain white rice and ask the server to give you more crab fat sauce( It’s FREE!).
Vietnamese Iced Coffee – Strong flavors of the Robusta beans shine thru even with condensed milk added into it. It’s exactly how we remember it. You can even tell your server how strong you’d like your coffee to be.
OUR OVERALL TAKE
Nha Em means “my home” in Vietnamese, and what exactly what they do. They take you to their own home experience. Chef Sam Al-Suhairy and his team were all trained in Ho Chi Min in Vietnam, while all recipes are from his mother. Quality check is implemented by Chef Sam’s mother, to ensure that it’s up to par with her standards. She visits each branch to check, and we say that’s the best test to check for authenticity.
We’re glad to say we’ve finally found an authentic Vietnamese restaurant that was able to assimilate our experience in Vietnam. They bring over ingredients straight from Ho Chi Min to provide diners a taste of what Vietnamese cuisine should be. While it’s on the pricier end, we would gladly spend a little more if it means being able to experience their food once again.
Restaurants change and improve and this review will be obsolete over time. – Yes, this review is biased, but NOT towards the sponsoring restaurant, BUT towards the Fat Girls Day Out’s discerning taste buds, so don’t expect scientific objectivity. Yes, we will always account and prioritize you as- Our Audience. Our Reader.
Disclaimer: Our visit to Nha Em was sponsored, so we wouldn’t be able to validate our CX metrics for this one. What we can offer is our HONEST outtakes from each dish.
- Location: Fifth Floor, SM Aura Premier, C5 Road Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
- Average Spend: 1400php/2 Pax
- Store Hours: 10am-11pm
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