Too early to wake up for breakfast, too late to wait for lunch. What’s the perfect solution? Brunch! The Fat Girls Day Out crew rounded up 5 places.
For our Cheap Eats Series, we want to share this pretty interesting Korean restaurant called Seoulgyupsal Korean BBQ in Tomas Morato, Quezon City that offers unlimited Korean BBQ that you could grill without time limit for just 399php.
Have you ever experience an authentic Octoberfest celebration? No, we’re not talking about just drinking flimsy local beers at the back of a shopping mall. I reckon back in the 90’s and early 2000’s when a local beer brand leverage on this kind of celebration.
But see, consumers now are more discerning more than ever. Having so much noise and clutter presented to us we seek authenticity in brands, service, and products being offered to us. So when we now say Octoberfest we’d want it to be celebrated in the most Bavarian way!
Brotzeit already kicked the Oktoberfest celebration with a ceremonial Keg Tapping at their Shangri-La Plaza flagship branch last September 15, 2018. The tapping is accompanied by shouts of “O’zapft is“, which means this has been tapped and the official kicked off has launched.
From hoisting 1L steins of German beer, digging deep into crispy pork knuckle and chanting along to folksy Oompah songs together with joyful merrymakers, Brotzeit’s Oktoberfest parties have always been a fun and festive affair.
THE BAVARIAN FEAST TO EXPECT
The 2018 Octoberfest will feature traditional Bavarian food with select German special lager’s which will go perfectly with the special Bavarian feast.
The Weihenstephan Festbier is the oldest brewery in the world. A golden-yellow wheat beer, with its fine-poured white foam, smells of cloves notes will definitely delight you with its refreshing notes of banana. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill. On the other hand, Paulaner beer is 100% natural full-bodied Bavarian Marzen, with full rich malt flavors. It has been brewing since 1818, representing centuries of brewing tradition in a stein. Both of these featured beers are no exception to the German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot); which is a collective name for a series of regulations that limit the ingredients of beer in Germany. Little known fact: beers brewed following the German Beer Purity Law seldom or never cause hangovers as the water and other ingredients used are very pure.
BROTZEIT Exclusive Menu Roster. Served from September 15 to October 31, 2018, in all Brotzeit branches:
Mixed board of assorted cold cuts and cheese with Obatzda served with breadsticks and radishes
One meter long paprika-cheese sausage (500g) served with spicy potato wedges, sauerkraut and
Oven roasted pork knuckle, beer-infused Bavarian honey ribs, juicy and tender whole roasted
chicken, meter sausage served with spicy potato wedges and sauerkraut. This is the star of the overall Octoberfest Menu.
Geffulter Schweinebauch mit Sosse 980
Oven roasted for a crisp crackling skin, the succulent pork belly is filled with a deliciously moist
bread stuffing that is packed full of flavor a signature Oktoberfest dish.
Gebratener Rinderbauch 950hphp
Slow roasted Angus beef belly with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes served with beer gravy
Traditional German bread pudding with rum & raisins and vanilla sauce
OKTOBERFEST THE BROTZEIT WAY!
- SEP 15: Oktoberfest Celebration Kick Off with a ceremonial Keg Tapping by German Club Manila President, Mr. Tobias Rast
- SEP 29: Oktoberfest Celebration featuring KO Jones Band, DJ Allan Corpus, and Aussie DJ Brock Donald, hosted by Tina Ryan.
Shangri-La Fort (BGC)
- OCT 13: Oktoberfest Celebration featuring Kudos Loves Eighties Band
- All Fridays of September and October: Beer-centric games and challenges
- SEP 15 onwards: Dine & Spin to win premium sponsored items!
Brotzeit has been hosting 5 years of memorable Octoberfest shindigs and based on our friend’s stories it had been anything but epic. Their kitchen working overtime to prepare not just a fantastic Bavarian spread, but with their outmost commitment to authenticity.
Oktoberfest is a period of conviviality, and the perfect time to get together with friends, colleagues, and families. You are definitely encouraged to indulge.
*Oktoberfest 2018 beer and food menus are available at all Brotzeit outlets from September 15 to
Brotzeit (Shangri-La Plaza)
- Mandaluyong: Level 1, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
- Taguig: 11am – 12midnight
- Contact: +6326311489
- Official Facebook Page
- Official Instagram Page
- Official YouTube Page
- Official Spotify Page- Curated MixTapes/Playlist
- Zomato Reviewer Profile
- TripAdvisor Top 3% Contributor
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.
A Fat Girls Day Out Feature: Best of Comfort Food Series with guest star Mariel Rodriguez Padilla. Removing all brand subjective bias. Where only taste Matters. A blind tasting of the top 5 Buffalo Wings in Metro Manila
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 look for a place that sells good grubs and open til’ late.
Named after the legendary cryptid El Chupacabra which accurately means Sucker (Chupa) and Goat (Cabra) that sucks the blood out of livestock, particularly goats.
This Mexican concept restaurant is the brainchild of Dixie Mabanta of Mexicali. The still current location is the commissary of Mexicali, which they thought of turning into a “street taco” dining place just like those that are in San Diego and San Francisco are in the States.
El Chupacabra’s Role in the Poblacion Scene
Before Gen Z’s call this Poblacion “Poblah” (Please kids it doesn’t really sound cool) Poblacion was the hidden outskirt location in Makati for most of us when people started realizing that Ayala centers don’t give that much experience value rather than generic and overrated international franchises. The Poblacion dining scene is its backdoor hipster counterpart offering an unparalleled haven for those seeking to peek into another world.
Traditionally, it was known for years as a red-light district, Poblacion is trading its spunky reputation for seediness and skewing itself to be a place where cool is redefined. Heavily wheeled by white-collar Filipinos and expats, they infiltrate the mushrooming dining and drinking scene. Burgos is humid, has sketchy roads, one to none parking space yet its community kept on growing progressively. El Chupacabra is one of the very few who silently ignited that fire.
Infiltrated initially by foreigners due to the surrounding cheap backpacker hostels around the area. As it started to pick up a local dive bar called Heckle & Jeckle transferred from Polaris and rooted its place also in Felipe street right in front of El Chupacabra. The two started complimenting each other ever since.
El Chupacabra remains dimly lit, cheap light bulbs peppered at its open dining area. Its vandalized wall and loud Latino reggaeton give much character to the place.
As much as I missed the open air with no air-condition humid/smoke infused vibe the recently renovated La Cueva del Chupacabra (cave of Chupacabra) is a solid good addition to us patrons who still love their menu roster yet seeks the comfort of being the closest to becoming the next Tita and Tito’s of Manila.
New facilities, perfect air-conditioning. and not too loud reggaeton (of course, the playlist should still compliment the place)
Our dearly love street tacos. Cheap Tacos.
We recommend that you get these staples:
- Carne Asada (grilled steak taco)
- Baja California Fish Taco
- Pollo Asado (chicken)
El Chupacabra’s tacos, in their most basic form. Dry griddled corn tortilla, a grilled protein of some kind, salsa, cilantro, onion, and lime. Unlike most Tex-Mex “fusion” places you see nowadays where they totally f*** up a taco because of too much playfulness. They focused so much on the aesthetics that forget to forget the truest taste of what a street taco should be.
Their proteins are well brinned as you can taste strong flavors with every bite. Generous toppings for tacos are onion, cilantro, and Pinoy lime. Like any good taqueria they finely minced onion and chopped non-wilted cilantro. Drizzle with their housemade salsa and sour cream for added texture and tartness to each bite.
These colorful small plates always remind us of years of good times that we’ve been having with El Chupacabra. Chunky, greasy, and ever so tasty.
We want our street tacos oily, flavourful, and unapologetic. They still serve the best value for money Tex-Mex food in Metro Manila (so far).
Visit their Facebook Page for updates on their promos.
Poblacion is the new “IT Kid” of Makati with numerous new concepts sprouting randomly from its side streets. However, El Chupacabra will always be the notable to us as being one of the cheapest places to get a drink in the neighborhood with a solid promise of good no BS street taco.
Our CX Rating:
EL CHUPACABRA (Flagship)
Address: 5782 Felipe Street
Operating Hours: 11AM-4AM, Mon-Sat / 11AM-12MN, Sun
Local Beers: Approximately PHP 55 per bottle
Expect to Spend: Around PHP 350 per person
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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.
La Mère Poulard in Manila is the fourth branch of the renowned French restaurant. The original restaurant still sits in Mont Saint-Michel, while the two other branches can be found in Japan. There are only 4 La Mère Poulard in the whole world and that includes their venture here in the Philippines.
South America is a country with a cultural and culinary diversity. Comprising over 12 different countries and varying influences from their European neighbors. South America has some of the best dishes in the world, and their lasting legacy and flavors have already made an impact around the world. Right here in Manila, Chef Rj Ungko, brings various South American flavors to Manila in Yuca at the Venice Grand Canal.
What is Yuca? Unknown to most, Yuca is basically cassava. Cassava in South America is also a staple crop used in all the Latin American countries. Each having their own version of it. Yuca in Manila focuses on Argentinian and Peruvian cuisine and give the local market a taste of this fusion of flavors and why it’s so popular all over the world.
When you enter Yuca, you are welcomed by a colossal tree at the center of the room. Other parts of the restaurant are covered by hand painted murals that vibrant colors that are welcoming to the behold.
The Fat Girls Day Out crew were invited during their pre-opening to samole their menu selections. Here are a few visial snippers side notes.
Yuca’s Featured Menu Roster
Rounded balls of plantains that are served warm. Each bite has hints of sweetness inside and chunks of tasty chicken.
Insider Tip: Do yourself a favor cut it in half top it with the sauce and crunchy bits.
Tio Romy’s Nachos
Homemade Cassava chips served with a side of cheese, meat and bean sauce. Think deconstructed nachos, to keep that crunch at every bite. The cassava chips were absolutely addicting.
Crispy deep fried chicken skin with a side of fresh chimichurri and vinegar. You can actually just eat this with their side vinegar.
Area for improvement:
- The chimichurri didn’t make sense on this dish.
Three kinds of Soft Tacos
El Bigotilyo is a savory pulled beef barbacoa on a soft tortilla
Areas for improvement:
- Meat to tortilla ratio
- Additional flavor kick
Chili con carne is a rich chili con carne served on soft tacos with garlic bits. Strong flavors.
Areas for improvement:
- Meat to tortilla ratio
- Additional flavor kick
Fresh salmon sashimi with green chilies, mayo and fried onions on a purple yam tortilla. Well balanced flavors, this ones definitely a keeper.
Area for improvement:
- Meat to tortilla ratio
Arroz Con Mariscos
A Mixed seafood rice dish that uses the concept of “Al dente” to cook their rice. The texture of the rice is good, its light and fluffy.
Areas for improvement:
- Additional shellfish would’ve given this dish an extra ump of flavor and texture
- Rice to seafood ratio
Bistec El Yuca (Grilled Beef loin served on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes)
Our Overall Take
Yuca is this new player trying to enter the saturated Latin American Cusine space. We see the assertiveness from the Yuca team to share their passion for food to the Filipino market. A few minor areas for improvement – with regards to flavors and texture. We recommend that you get these dishes for your first visit;
- Get an Engkanto Beer First
- Pink Taco
- Plantanos Croquettas
- Tio Romy’s Nachos
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 Yuca 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: Ground Floor, Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
- Average Spend: 900php/2 Pax
- Store Hours: 10am-9pm
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