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The Pantry by Dusit Thani Manila: Lunch Game is Strong

The Pantry by Dusit Thani Manila: Lunch Game is Strong

What do you look forward to most on Sundays? For us, it is the glory of relaxed pacing of a Sunday Lunch. The best mid-day activity is to share a good meal spread with your loved ones. The Pantry has nine global stations: the Chinese bao […]

Experience Manila for a Day: Grits, Hipster Finds and Sunsets

Experience Manila for a Day: Grits, Hipster Finds and Sunsets

Fat Girls Day Out- Manila

 

Manila may be both chaotic and crammed but never dull. New shopping malls are rising next to the slum areas, the poverty and the luxury coexist in some weird alignment just next to each other. Manila may not be famous for its beauty, but its magnetic energy gives you the special feel. dissimilar and lively in so many ways, it’s a great city to explore even if you only have one day of time.

Although we’re presented with the BGC’s, Makati CBDs and new uprisen hip spots. We always go back to the core of the city. It is where we find its soul, the old funky vibe of what Manila should be. It has character and can cater to anyone.

This experience guide is a mixture of the old and new. As we try to re-introduce Manila to you in a different angle.

 

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Most of the recommendation on this guide are all the renovated and revamped by the government that most of us aren’t aware of.  It is highly recommended that we take time re-visit and appreciate these iconic spots.

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Fat Girls Day Out- Manila

 

  • Location: Rizal Park
  • Opens 5:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1.5- 2hours
  • Parking: available
  • Average cost: Light snacks and drinks (50php-70php)/pax

 

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Simply known as Luneta Park. It is our own urban park located along Roxas Boulevard, Manila adjacent to the old walls of Intramuros. The Manila City Hall has been doing a great job upgrading and maintaining the park as they re-introduce new avenues for bird watching, organized food stalls, micro parks inside the park.

 

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Snack boxes peppered around the plaza. They’re pretty organized and clean.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Manila

 

Randomly challenge chess veterans over at The Chess Plaza. Inaugurated during 1979, nerves and patience are tested to the hilt given the very high level of competition. Masters, club players, high rated players and very strong enthusiasts all sharpen their skills in this small chess plaza. One cannot underestimate any player. But, be wary of chess hustlers whose only aim is to make a few bucks through blinding blitz games.

 

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  • Location: Planetarium (along Rizal Park)
  • Opens 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Entrance: is free (for the interim)
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1.5- 2hours
  • Parking: available

 

The Planetarium is located between the Japanese Garden and the Chinese Garden at the Luneta Park. They already have full-dome shows that are available due to their recent upgrade in facilities from the last their 1975 analog projector has been integrated with a new digital projector by Goto. This hybrid projection is the first in Asia.

 

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Schedule of weekly shows:

Tuesday to Saturday

  • 9:00 am – A Planet for Goldilocks
  • 10:30 am – Hayabusa Back to the Earth
  • 1:00 pm – A Planet for Goldilocks
  • 2:30 pm – Journey to a Billion Suns
  • 4:00 pm – Hayabusa Back to the Earth

Sunday

  • 10:00 am – Journey to a Billion Suns
  • 2:00 pm – Hayabusa Back to the Earth

 

  • Location: The National Museum
  • Opens: 10:00am-5:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free
  • Approximate duration of stay: 2- 3hours
  • Parking: available
  • Address: P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila
    Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Website: National Museum Official Site

 

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Beautiful brass doorknobs of the National Museum

 

The National Museum has a three-dimensional goal covering diverse of fields of knowledge through various educational, scientific and cultural activities. Personal favorite will always be the preserved cultural significance art in history

 

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Fat Girls Day Out- Manila
Registration area

 

We always come during weekends and it is a good initiative of the national government that they waived the entrance fees to the museum making it more accessible to the greater public. More patrons are coming in consistently especially during the weekends.

Aside from collections from different known National Artist like Juan Luna, they also showcase contemporary art and installs per time seasons. Making Art today as an open forum for visual statements available for aesthetic consumption.

 

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The public areas are newly renovated, well-lit, air-conditioned and efficiently placed collections.

 

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This entire art collection constitutes a large portion of the artistic patrimony of the nation and one of our legacies to the coming generations.

 

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  • Location: Cinematheque Center Manila
  • Opens: dependent on screening schedule
  • Adress: 855 T. M. Kalaw St., Ermita Manila
  • Ticket Price: 150php, sometimes free.
  • Approximate duration of stay: 2 hours
  • Parking:  available
  • Website: http://www.fdcp.ph/

Not to everyone’s awareness that there are venues sponsored and initiated by our national government under the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), whose mission is to “Bring Filipino films to Filipinos“. Currently, the Philippine Cinematheque is a vital part of the Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema program of FDCP it is functionally designed to host a film museum, well-managed screening room, and can host various related seminars.

 

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Facade of the venue

 

Learn more about Cinematheque Manila from one of our featured experience-based articles.

February schedule here:

 

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  • Location: Escolta
  • Entrance:  free
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1hour
  • Parking: Side Street
  • Average cost: Dependent on your purchases

 

Celebrate and appreciate Filipino ingenuity and craftsmanship in Escolta Maker’s Market.

A project started by a collective community of artists, 98B the market aims to bring back the glory days of the former premier shopping district. Every weekend, most predominantly Saturdays. Where local artist makers of multidisciplinary design discipline gather and sell their own products.

 

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Entrepreneurs gather here and set up shops to interact with the community and sell local artist-made merchandise, crafts, and quirky vintage items.

 

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You can find prints of different art styles and different media from several of the emerging artists present in the market. They do not capitalize their art too much so you’d be able to purchase items at a very reasonable price.

Read more about Escolta Proj. Here: Escolta Resurrection

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  • Location
  • Adress: Along Roxas Blvd. Manila
  • Entrance: FREE
  • Approximate duration of stay: 2 hours
  • Parking: available

What better way to end your day than to witness the magnificent Manila Bay Sunset.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Manila

 

Sunset views are amazing, romantic, and relaxing. The breathtaking scenery of a sunset turning the sea and the skies into gold can take our problems and stresses away. It is literally free.

 

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Just take a spot and wait. Sometimes we just need to pause for awhile doing nothing at all.

Other optional activities: Fort Santiago and Intramuros walking tour. Check out the Manila Biennale 2018 Month long activities HERE.

 

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In conclusion, Manila is a silo of history and culture from the past. It is our direct link to the archive of what and who we were before. The Philippines had a pretty interesting history of struggle, tolerance and triumphant recoveries.

 

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Most myriad attractions may look obscure and flawed by the people and lack of government support before, but we can now see that we are picking up slowly and both national gov’t and even private groups are making an effort to resurrect the spirit of the past that influences us now. We are a cultural gumbo of  Spanish, American, and Chinese influences are heady and rich. What we inherited from our ancestors are their resiliency, adaptability and the capacity to rebuild ourselves and our nation after centuries of being handed over from one colony to another.

 

 


 

 

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Inuman Session: How to Throw One – Pinoy Style

Inuman Session: How to Throw One – Pinoy Style

  Okay, so we want to break away from our usual restaurant reviews and travel guide contents. Sometimes, the Fat Girls Day Out crew would just like to stay at home and lounge around the house. Because come on traffic here in Manila has been […]

Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei: Tsukiji’s Contender?

Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei: Tsukiji’s Contender?

The quintessential food crawl that you should do when in Taipei.

Nikkei: Peruvian-Japanese Hybrid Does Fusion Justice

Nikkei: Peruvian-Japanese Hybrid Does Fusion Justice

While there are a couple restaurants serving South American cuisine here and there around Metro Manila that predominantly serves your typical peri-peri chickens and tacos. Nikkei offers something niche to the palette of Manila’s food connoisseurs. They serve fashionable, innovative and diverse menu selections. Nikkei started off as a neighborhood restaurant in Rada St. Legaspi Village it, later on, added 2 more branches under its wing one that is in Rockwell and Podium Ortigas.

They embrace the ‘Open Kitchen’ concept for full transparency and as a stage to view the fish preparation, cutting and clattering in the kitchen as part of the whole dining experience.

To start, we need to first understand what ‘Nikkei‘ means.

Their whole concept of Peruvian-Japanese- This fusion is called Nikkei which means “Japanese out of Japan” a seafood –oriented, bolstered with a unique roster of flavors. This name has been stretched to include the pioneering cuisine which resulted in extraordinary clean tasting dishes when you combine customary Peruvian ingredients and Japanese cuisine.

Some people misguidedly think of Nikkei as a single dish. However, it’s a scrumptious confluence of Japanese and Peruvian food. Picture sushi meets ceviche and beyond. What makes this cuisine so unique and the reason why it is one of the hottest culinary sensations throughout Europe is the combining of not only ingredients but preparation techniques.

Although fusion in the overall premise of Peruvian cuisine – fish is staple in their cooking, why not add some Japanese preparation techniques and flavors while keeping the integrity of some Peruvian flavor traditions? That is one of the many things Nikkei has been doing.

Catering to the Manila Market

We’ve met with Chef Juan Barcos who has an extensive background in Nikkei-inspired cuisine. The conceptualization, R&D, and execution of Nikkei’s dishes are thoughtful and disciplined as he shared how they put much time and passion to every menu items.

Fat Girls Day Out- Nikkei

The restaurant’s motif was contemporary and raw with the mixture of wood, concrete walls, and steel finishes. The place was vibrantly lit with different incandescent lamps and large glass windows and doors in the daytime.

The Food

Most of the menu items are meant to be served tapas-like and can be paired with sake. A single bite is enough to tell a story. Nikkei’s cuisine is a natural fusion that extends beyond just putting both ceviche and sushi on a menu. Playful in texture and elements in every plate giving us diners an extraordinary experience.

Fat Girls Day Out- Nikkei

POMELITO  (225php)| Wild caught tuna that is thinly sliced. Light citrus flavor complimented by caramelized sunflower seeds to add texture. A good first impression dish, which blew us away immediately. This dish was light, fresh and dynamic to the taste.

Fat Girls Day Out- Nikkei

SEARED TUNA W/ SEA URCHIN RISOTTO (680php)| Tuna steak, with enoki and shitake mushroom risotto, cilantro, togarashi, katsuobushi. Delectably umami, and was a warm, tasty pairing to the expertly-seared fish.

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TUNA LATKE  (320php)|Potato pancake, seared tuna, huancaina sauce, cilantro and lemon.

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Ceviche (320hp)| White fish, red onions, rocoto, cilantro, canchita, glazed with sweet potatoes.

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EBI FURAI (295php)|  Fried prawns, avocado, white fish, Ceviche sauce, togarashi.

Fat Girls Day Out- Nikkei

FIDEO SALTADO (595php)| Peruvian “chow-mien”, shrimp, snapper, squid, vegetables, egg yolk. A unique and exciting take on the classic “chow-mien”.

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PICARONES (380php)| Sweet potato-cinnamon fried dough, maple syrup, and their in-house/homemade icecream.

Japanese Brunch is available at all branches: One Rockwell, Legaspi Village, and Podium Mall

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SEA BASS KATSU SET(495php)| Sea Bass. Gohan and Fried Egg. Side of miso soup.

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NIKKEI BENEDICT (480php)| Poached egg, steamed bun, t u tuna, prawns, potato strings, hollandaise sauce. Side of miso soup.

Check out their menu selections here.

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Our Take Away with the Nikkei Experience

Although this type of cuisine is pretty popular in South America and Europe. Correct us if we’re wrong, but there aren’t any restaurants in Manila offering Nikkei Cusine. Nikkei has been one of our most fascinating discoveries. In Nikkei, a Peruvian-Japanese Hybrid Does Fusion Justice

Have you tried Japanse Peruvian before? Tell us what you think about the comments below.

Nikkei Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Rada Branch: GF Frabelle Business Center (beside Wildflour), Unit GO3, 111 Rada St., Legaspi Village
  • Rockwell Branch: 71 Rockwell Drive
  • Podium Branch: Ground Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Socials: Facebook / Instagram
  • Average Cost: 1,600php

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Vengo: Taco Tuesdays and a Glass or Two of Mojitos

Vengo: Taco Tuesdays and a Glass or Two of Mojitos

What better way to spend late night jaunts til’ 3 am than at a coffee shop or perhaps while you finish that pitcher of Margarita.

Discovery Suites Manila’s Valentine’s Week Specials: Love and all its Grandeur

Discovery Suites Manila’s Valentine’s Week Specials: Love and all its Grandeur

Curated and carefully prepared by the Discovery Suites Manila Team they are launching these excellent packages to perk up the month of Love. Specials will be available Feb. 12-28!

Tendon Kohaku: Gives Us Another Bowl of Shrimp Tendon Please

Tendon Kohaku: Gives Us Another Bowl of Shrimp Tendon Please

Tendon Kohaku is a specialty tempura rice bowl restaurant that started the recent craze in Singapore that went viral due to more than hour-long queues. This concept restaurant is now here in the Philippines and the Fat Girls Day Out crew are pretty big fans of anything served Donburi style. We decided to stop by at around 6 pm to avoid the long lines during peak dinner hours.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Tendon Kohaku

 

Theis concept restaurant was founded by Japanese restaurant group Kings Know Inc. with market presence in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and their new addition here in Manila. The Philippine franchise is by the UCC group who brought us the highly addicting Cheese ramen of Mitsuyado Sei-Men and Coco Ichibanya Curry.

 

Tendon Kohaku

 

Tendon, of course, is the concatenated word from Tempura (tempura) and Donburi (rice bowl dish) referring to poles apart tempura served over rice in a bowl, while Kohaku means “amber” in Japanese, which envoys the color of their hot and newly cooked tempura. Cooked perfectly- crispy with their golden batter and their addicting amber-colored sauce.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Tendon Kohaku
Semi-Open Kitchen Concept

 

They embrace the ‘Open Kitchen’ concept for full transparency and as a stage to view the flames, steam, and clattering in the kitchen as part of the whole dining experience.

Tendon Kohaku’s secret lies in the mixture of what goes into their tempura: fresh ingredients, Black Tiger Prawns coated in a light, palatable tempura batter that’s cooked to a crispy amber. Pooled together with their in-house secret sauce, it gives their tempura a flavor profile unlike any you’ve ever tasted.

 

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Shrimp Tendon Set (450php)

 

8 pcs of black tiger prawns tempura for Php450 + service charge.  It can actually be shared by two, just order one more cup of rice. And maybe ask for an additional side of their special sauce.

 

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Kimchi Omelette with Cheese

 

All their tendon bowls come with miso soup and pickled yuzu radish to complete your dining experience. Looking to go healthy? Upgrade your white rice for their Kohaku Multi-grain rice for additional 30php.

Right now they are getting bad rep for;

  • Price point being too expensive
  • Batter being ‘too hard’

Our take on their price is that ‘we always get what we pay for‘. Don’t expect Tokyo Tokyo price level and still get a bowl of Japanese rice, large tiger prawns and the wait staff who will proactively fill your Japanese cold teacup. The tempura batter is hard, well for us it wasn’t. The prawn needs that certain kind of structure yet crunchy when you bit into it to muster the special coating of their sauce to avoid every piece of tempura to be soggy.  As we always say; “To each his own”. As for the Fat Girls Day Out team, we’ll be back to have another round of their wonderful tempura.

With a lot of international franchises coming into the country who over promise consistency and extraordinary taste, yet a few have failed to deliver. Tendon Kohaku seems that they are doing something right- Spot on service, quality of ingredients and delicious rice meals.

Our CX Rating

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TENDON KOHAKU MANILA

3/F Uptown Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursdays: 11.00 AM – 10.00 PM, Friday – Saturday: 11.00 AM – 11.00 PM
Facebook@tendonkohaku
Telephone: +632 838-2476

Tendon Kohaku Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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The Bench Café: Filipino Food Always

The Bench Café: Filipino Food Always

The principle that we love about this newly opened cafe is that they have combined elements of classic and modern Filipino dishes to create a selection that highlights our own cuisine.