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Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats: Solid Food Grub as Always

Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats: Solid Food Grub as Always

I would definitely still vouch for the VALUE FOR MONEY line without compromising quality. You’d be able to enjoy a good old steak plate for less than 500php. Generous serving, attentive wait staff, and their ice creams are still really good.

Old Swiss Inn (Makati): Manila’s Preface to Swiss Dining

Old Swiss Inn (Makati): Manila’s Preface to Swiss Dining

Where in Makati can you go to get hearty, authentic Swiss food? Not to mention a place that is also open 24 hours round the clock for 7 days delivering the same level of consistency for the past  70 years?  With this special feature, we want to give homage to the famous and the original Swiss-European restaurant, The Old Swiss Inn.

 

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An established character in the Manila dining scene that is unapologetically dissing fads and is able to stand still and proud. He is the more established adult, contented, and cultured. While the rest of your modern “fusion”  new entrants are the young needy millennial, busy finding their place in the city and growing rapidly in many different tangents.

 

Embedded in Manila’s Dining Scene since 1946

Founded by Swiss national Emil Landert and now celebrating its 70th anniversary. This is their first branch was on Dewey Boulevard, now known as Roxas Boulevard. Many people were captivated by its authentic Swiss cuisine, quaint wood interiors, and service.

 

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Scanned Original Photo of the First Restaurant in Roxas Blvd.

 

 

In the 1970’s the restaurant was transferred to a larger location in Paco to accommodate more patrons. In the 1980’s the Paco branch was destroyed in a fire but was eventually rebuilt and re-opened by Mr.Felix Limcaoco in 1990.

 

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Original Scanned Photo from OSIR Archives

 

Through the years, the Old Swiss Inn has grown to its present size of two (2) restaurants with strict adherence to uncompromising standards and consistency.

Swiss Cuisine and all its essence

Switzerland is known as a neutral country but they actually have many influences from Germany, Italy, and France. This confluence of flavors can be found in Old Swiss Inn’s menu roster where you can see and taste the influence.

Old Swiss Inn provides the new generation of customers the quintessential experience to European dining. It has all the beautiful textured layers of experience, a remarkable induction to Swiss menu staples. 

If you are fond of Fondue, raclette, and quality meats then you are in for a treat my friend.

 

 

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No visit to the Old Swiss Inn is complete without experiencing their tabletop Raclette.  There’s nothing like warm, melted raclette layered over a mound of potatoes, meat or even just by itself on an elegant white plate.

 

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Satisfy you relentless cheese appetite with lots of melted cheese.

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For those who want something lighter, try their Mother Earth Raclette, it comes with an assortment of fresh mushrooms, asparagus, and other assorted fresh vegetables. Each of these sets is good for 2-3 people.

 

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Mother Earth Raclette (Vegetarian), La Parisienne Raclette, and Wagyu Skewers Raclette 

For those meat eaters, we suggest the La Parisienne Raclette and the Wagyu Skewers Raclette, it comes with tenderloin and wagyu skewers, respectively, and an assortment of fresh vegetables.

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Staple Classics

The Old Swiss Inn’s dedicated patrons will be happy to know that its signature dishes still stay the same.

 

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Fresh Corned Beef 

For those of you, who grew up eating corned beef out of a can. This may come as a bit of a surprise. They boil beef brisket until its tender and then serve with sauteed cabbages and boiled potatoes. A crowd favorite, this is one of Old Swiss Inns most popular dishes, and personally our family favorite.

 

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Gnagi

Gnagi is also known as pork knuckles or can be said that it’s the German version of Crispy Pata. They boil, cure then fry the pork knuckles until its crispy. It’s crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. This is served with a side of sauerkraut and boiled potatoes.

 

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Chocolate Fondue

Melted chocolate on a pan beneath an open flame. Take a few their homemade marshmallows and dip it in. Sinful, and elegant this simple snack is a sure winner for any age.

 

The Establishments Like This Matters?

The perfect confluence of everything that is Swiss. The Old Swiss Inn Restaurant having two (2) quarter of a century of worth of experience delivering quality and taste to the Filipino market.

For us, Good Food is Good Food. Food quality and taste is KING. No matter how “IG-worthy” these new pseudo-fusion restaurant is people will continue to come back and will turn into as a repeat customer if the food that is being served to them is something valuable, good, and consistent.

 

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Through its history and consistency, the Old Swiss Inn Restaurant is able to continue being relevant from 1946 up to this very day while you are reading this content. Why? because it doesn’t follow and jump quickly to the latest fad. They stick to their vision and values:  unapologetically serving comfort food that is neither haute or fusion.

 

Why Go?

There’s no better place for Authentic Swiss and European cuisine like the Old Swiss Inn Restaurant. Why? Because 70 years of marketability and credibility are the only proof of concept that you need. Did we mention they were also this year’s winner of People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite European Restaurant” for 2018?

You go to this kind of places for the food, for the consistency of taste and the stories that were told between its wooden walls. The Fat Girls Day Out crew will sure to be regulars for more years to come.

 

 


 

The Old Swiss Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Old Swiss Inn

  • Makati: G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
  • Contact: 818-8251
  • Open 24 hours
  • Paco: Garden Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1030 Belen Street, Paco, Manila
  • Contact: 521-3002, 526-2739
  • Open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Café Havana (LJC): More Than Just Your Typical Expat Meeting Place

Café Havana (LJC): More Than Just Your Typical Expat Meeting Place

Café Havana yields more than just a ‘meet up’ bar they have so much to offer with their well thought out concept, background history, and with fine food influenced by places like Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences: Cheese & Charcuterie Fridays

Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences: Cheese & Charcuterie Fridays

Perceptive palates will be in for a solid treat when they visit Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., from July 27 to September 28. Enjoy an amazing an astounding Cheese and Charcuterie Buffet for only P1,800 net per person.

They have recently introduced a grazing buffet menu as part of their banquet offers, and the cheese and charcuterie is part of the variety of what they have to offer. Overseeing the whole kitchen operations is executive chef Merlinda Junio who also captained the hotel’s culinary team to win in the Philippine Culinary Cup at SMX Convention Center last 2017.

 

Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences

 

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The curated grazing menu selection is made remarkable with its shaved-on-the-spot Jamon Serrano and mouth-watering scrapings of melted Raclette cheese.

 

 

Highlights of the buffet include the jamon serrano from Spain, sliced thinly and generously; raclette cheese from Switzerland, partnered with bread, fruits, and nuts; slow-cooked US beef belly; and pinakbet paella with crispy bagnet.

 

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Enjoy starters consisting of well-loved cheeses such as Baked Brie with caramelized walnuts, Dates with cheese, and Caprese Skewers. There starters created a nice sweet-savory-salty bite that was a perfect pairing with the Gin.

 

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Delectable spread of Chicken Sate with a cucumber yogurt sauce, hummus with beets, Emmentaler Tart, Onion and cheese pastry, Pate en Croute and Baba Ghanoush. Finish it off with Rose Macaroons, and dip your fresh fruits, and small bites in their chocolate fondue.

 

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Explore the interesting world of gin and tonic creations  (inclusive in the buffet price ) with six different brands— Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, JJ Whitley Elderflower, Beefeater, and local fine drinks like Sirena and Premium Gin. Gin cocktails are wonderfully garnished with herbs and spices that will put the accent on the flavor profile of the gin.

 

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Fat Girls Day Out Drink of Choice: Whitley Elderberry Gin with Mediterranean tonic water, pink peppercorns, and rosemary. A smooth refreshing drink with just a bit of a peppery bite that completes the whole Cheese and Charcuterie experience.

 

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Experience delights from Alfred at the Diamond Residences Makati grazing menu selection of assorted appetizers, cold cuts, Raclette and heavier fare of US Beef Belly and Paella. For more details, call 0917 636 4875 or email:dine@makatidiamond.com. #Alfred24Hours #BestLocationInManila

 

Note: Guests will experience a rotating selection of food for a different experience every visit


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

 

  • Alfred
    Ground Floor, Makati Diamond Residences 118 Legazpi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229
    For reservations, call +632 317 0999 local 1114, or email dine@makatidiamond.com

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El Chupacabra (Poblacion): Just to Give Credit to the one who started the scene

El Chupacabra (Poblacion): Just to Give Credit to the one who started the scene

El Chupacabra in Poblacion, Makati is a Mexican restaurant which earned its credo to be serving really good street tacos and cheap local beers. I remember stumbling at this joint back in 2012 while my former date and I wanted to still hang out and […]

Early Bunch, Buzz, and Soulmates: Top 5 Reasons WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Early Bunch, Buzz, and Soulmates: Top 5 Reasons WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Brunch x Matchmaking Event crafted by Hops & Brews and Fat Girls Day Out. It will happen on September 1, 2018, from 10:30am-3: 00pm.

Chaplin: Wants you to take your time while you savor every dish.

Chaplin: Wants you to take your time while you savor every dish.

When Yuval and Norfar Mann moved to the Philippines from Israel about eight years ago, Norfar struggled to find restaurants that cater to vegetarians like her and most of the times vegetarian dishes that were being served to her wasn’t really 100% vegetarian at all. On February 2016, the couple opened Chaplin at Century City Mall in Makati. Chaplin serves authentic Israeli cuisine, pastries, fine coffee and curated cocktails.

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Just on the 4th floor of Century City Mall, Chaplin is a great quick refuge from the bustling chaos of Kalayaan Ave and Poblacion. Its standalone restaurant has a breezy and nice Al Fresco set up and a minimalist interior fixture from the inside so customers won’t divert focus away from the food.

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The Fat Girls Day Out crew immediately had an impression that once we sat down we would definitely stay for hours. Glass walls, plush couches, and the soft indoor lights all contribute to the laidback ambiance.

Chaplin takes its cue from no less than the Charlie Chaplin. The owners are fans of the legendary comedian.

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The Essence of Israeli Cuisine

Israelis have developed and continue to enjoy a delicious cuisine rooted in the uniqueness of Israeli society itself. Israeli cuisine demonstrates the true melting pot that is Israel. Coming over from over 80 countries, Jews have returned to their motherland, bringing with them the food ideologies and recipes they developed during their journeys. Such culinary traditions and methods span 3,000 years of history. Imagine that. Of course over the years these cooking traditions have been shaped over time form Africa, Europe, and even Asia.

Basically, all cuisines are an interplay of many forces- from history, sociology, and agricultural. Israeli is the best example of that. Coming from many confluences “Israeli” originated from the wider spectrum of Middle Eastern cuisine. Popular outtakes are their Falafel (deep-fried chickpea balls served in pita bread), Israeli Salad which consists of cucumbers, tomatoes that are chopped distinctively into small pieces. Eastern European influence is also integral to their cuisine, with the use of sour cream. Expect heavy use of olives and olive oil, wheat, chickpeas, and fresh yogurts.

Food Experience

We like starting off with a nice aperitif. We ordered their house-recommended house Mojito.

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Tel Aviv Mojito (375PHP)

Thick sweet cream layer with lemon zest on top which complements the drink below

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Fry platter

A sampler platter of cheese sticks, samosas, and falafel. Try it with their 3 sauces (roasted bell pepper, yogurt, pesto)

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Fatoush

Tons of fresh greens, juicy tomatoes, crispy red onions, toasted pita bread, crunchy cucumbers, a zesty lemon dressing.

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Hummus (475php)

Pureed chickpeas mixed with tahini, lemon, olive oil, salt, and garlic. This particular dish was quite overwhelming with the generous serving size and different texture. they added some crushed green chilies, cilantro, and whole chickpeas to the top that just changed the experience. Add this to the kebab, to the pita, or to any dish they serve.

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Mutabal

Roasted eggplants, tahini, garlic and lemon topped with almonds and parsley.

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Tabbouleh

The combination of bulgur mixed with lots of fresh mint and parsley is sensational. A bit of olive oil and lemon juice finish it off beautifully. They mixed in some dried cranberry and added some sweetness to give the dish a more balanced taste.

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Fried Cauliflower

Deep fried Cauliflower with a tinge of sweet soy based sauce, parsley, and chili. This is not a dish we usually order in Mediterranean restaurants but this is wildly addicting.

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Beef Boureka

Baked filo pastry with amba eith, ground beef, lamb fat, spinach, herbs, and pine nuts.
Bourekas are nothing short of edible perfection — heavenly little parcels of dough crisped with hot oil or melted butter and stuffed with any number of delicious savory ingredients.

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Chicken Thigh Kebab

Served with grilled vegetables, long grain rice, and side of pita bread.

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Traditional Turkish Coffee with Baklava.

Strong dark coffee with notes of cardamom and cinnamon served in a traditional Turkish coffee pot. Pair it with the crispy, nutty, and creamy baklava. These two elements together create balance for your dessert.

Why Dine at Chaplin?

Makati is an active city with full of ADHD individuals making you want to randomly move for some reason. It’s hard to find time to just sit back, relax, and enjoy a solid meal with friends or family. The food that we sampled was excellent and comforting. Israeli food has a lot of similarities in terms of character to Asian-style dining. Their food is served in big portion sizes that is meant to be shared family-style.

Israeli cuisine is a well worth dining experience worth sharing with our loved ones.


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

  • Location: 4/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. Makati
  • Operating Hours: 8am-11pm
  • Spend Ratio: 1,400php for 2 pax
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Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

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