Tag: What to eat

BODEGA CASA VILLA: A Warm and Inviting Home

BODEGA CASA VILLA: A Warm and Inviting Home

The Marikina neighborhood still has that laid-back relax vibe and open street character and I’m happy that it stayed that way, despite its popularity. Bodega CASA Villa is a great addition to this area’s battle card of restaurants.

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.

DA GIANNI CUCINA : Where Family and Food are Taken Very Seriously.

DA GIANNI CUCINA : Where Family and Food are Taken Very Seriously.

In Westgate Alabang, there’s a relatively new Italian restaurant called Da Gianni Cucina Italia. You’ve probably heard or read about this from the local show business and celebrity social media feeds that a local A-celebrity owns this restaurant. By celebrity we mean, Matteo Guidicelli. As skeptics that we are, we already have set our own subjective bias that most celebrity-owned restaurants are just mere hypes and are just capitalizing on their fame to lure in customers. Da Gianni proved us wrong. We dropped all our notions, savored each dishes with an open mind, and listened to the Guidecelli’s family back stories on how they curated each menu selections.

Da Gianni is everything you want in a casual neighborhood Italian restaurant —flattering lighting, plenty of exposed brick, terra-cotta floors, and wood tables with just the right amount of space between one another. The best part, though, Alabang’s laidback ambiance perfectly compliments this restaurant’s character. You are expected to stay long, enjoy a hearty meal, and save some space for dessert.

 

A Story Worth Telling

Da Gianni is named after the Guidecelli’s most loved grandfather who always expressed his wish to put up his own restaurant.  This is actually their second, the first one being Trattoria Da Gianni in Cebu. Born in Northern Italy, Gianni grandfather to Giorgia, Matteo, and Paolo, moved to the Philippines in the 1970’s, fell in love with the country, and never left. A family who’s fond of home cooking from their own kitchen instead of eating out.

Gianni a few years later, leaving two of his helpers, Antonia and Jean, with no one to attend to any longer.  The idea to put up a family restaurant has always hung over the head of Gianluca. Hence, Trattoria da Gianni (Cebu) was created. Puttin up this first restaurant gave Antonia and Jean something to look after now as they are the head chefs of the Cebu and Alabang restaurants.

 

FGDO Favourite Dishes

Freshly made kinds of pasta, from scratch sauces, premium Italian cheese and cold cuts, hearty soups, and probably the best dessert selections.

 

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Formaggio Tomino 

Grilled Tomino cheese wrapped in prosciutto and served with arugula and cherry tomatoes. A perfectly balanced bite of melted cheese, salty prosciutto, earthy meaty arugula, and the acidic cherry tomato.

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Quattro Formaggi with Truffle Paste Thin crust topped with four types of cheese topped with truffle paste. 
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Bolzico Beef

Organic, grass-fed and 21 days wet-aged beef served with grilled vegetables. Take a slice then sprinkle a bit of  Himalayan pink sea salt and fresh pepper.

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Tiramisu Alla Nonna Savoyards ladyfingers, coffee, mascarpone cream, and cocao powder. Each bite starts at the bitter cacao powder and cream then you get hit by the strong coffee taste and finish with the tangy orange peel.
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Italian Lemon Sorbet Smooth iced lemon with a nice ta guy taste served inside a lemon fruit.

 

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Why Go?

This casual Italian restaurant is cozy, straightforward, and unpretentious. Their dishes are comforting and the most important part of all is the taste. Come for a strong offering of classics executed really well, with one of the city’s best Caprese salads. No shortcuts and no substitutions. A true Italian home cooking passed on through generations.

 

 

Their food is worth the splurge. It’s a great place to treat yourself for a hearty meal, impress your family & friends by treating them for brunch, and dinner dates.

 

Da Gianni Cucina Italiana Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 


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

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

Chaplin serves authentic Israeli cuisine, pastries, fine coffee and curated cocktails.

Bistro Remedios: Comfort Food Since 1984

Bistro Remedios: Comfort Food Since 1984

Ang Bistro sa Remedios is the perfect place to visit if you want no-frills honest to goodness traditional Filipino fare. From the moment you step in, until the end of your meal, you get to experience Filipino hospit

Skewered: Your Next Pan-Asian Gastronimic Destination

Skewered: Your Next Pan-Asian Gastronimic Destination

From all over the world, we all have our different versions of grilled meats. For Americans, they have their ribs and brisket, for Latin Americana, they have churrasco, for the middle east, they have their kebabs, and for Asians, they have their rich array of satay, yakitori, and barbecue.

 

What is a skewer? To most of us, that is simply a barbecue stick. But further research points it is a metal rod that is used to fasten meat for cooking. What we don’t usually talk about it is how each other Asian nations actually has some sort of version of it.

 

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Here in Skewered, they bring all these difference skewered meats from different countries into just one table.

 

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Upon entry, we notice the theme of the restaurant, the entire place is a replica of a shipwreck. Low hanging wooden fixtures, rustic lamps, moss-covered walls, and ceiling. A variety of elements can be found all around the floor if you look close enough.

 

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What is interesting is the mural they have on the back side of the restaurant, it tells the story of how spice traders landed in Asia and eventually influenced them by using the spices on the ship eventually helping to create the different kinds of skewered meats each Asian country had. That same ship is represented by the Skewered restaurant itself, is a mixture of Asian flavors.  Here are our top picks on your next order.

STARTERS

JAPANESE MISO SOUP

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Their miso soup is served with a skewered tempura. There is a hint of sweetness to the broth, but it’s a nice contrast when you grab a spoonful after a bite of tempura.

 

THAI TOM YUM

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Tasty, tangy, and comforting.

 

ASIAN SLAW

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Generous portions of cabbage, lettuce, edamame, and peanuts drizzled with a sesame soy dressing.

 

CHICKEN TENDERS

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This was a nice take on the traditional chicken tenders. The whole bite is balanced with the fresh garlic, pickled vegetables, lettuce, chicken, and the salted egg sauce.

MAINS

 

SKEWERS

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  • Szechuan Chicken Skewer – Slightly spicy and great with the peanut or salted egg sauce
  • Chicken Tandoori – Smoky, tender, and a mild taste of Indian spices.
  • Mongolian Chicken
  • Japanese Pork Belly

Experience a roullete of flavors from all around these Asian-inspired skewered meats!

Beef Salpicao

Two layers of hanging salpicao that is torched right on your table.

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Hints of butter and garlic envelope your mouth.

These dishes are served with their three Homemade Dipping Sauce: Salted Egg, Peanut, and Lemon Fish Sauce. All made in-house.

 

PAD THAI

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The plating of their Pad Thai is beautiful, enveloped in scrambled egg and topped with char-grilled shrimps. The dish has a mild contrasting tinge of sweet-sour flavors. This has to be one of our favorite Pad Thai’s in Manila.

 

PHATCHIC RICE

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Fried rice mixed with Chinese sausage, eggs, spring onions, carrots, corn, and green peas. It’s tasty by itself and is a bit similar to pepper rice.

 

 

DESSERT

ROTI WITH BANANA MANGO

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The roti envelopes the fresh banana and mango slices. They top this with coconut cream and peanuts.

BAR

Skewered has a pretty extensive bar list and not to mention pretty strong alcohol. Perfectly goes well with their laid-back vibe and pairing dishes.

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We recommend that you try these drinks below for your ultimate liquid courage sampling for the night.

  • Cheap Lapu Lapu
  • Plains of Laguna
  • Engkanto Lager -5% Alcohol
  • Engkanto Double IPA- 8.5% Alcohol

 

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If you’re a hop head you’d be happy that Skewered serves Engkanto craft beers. Probably one of the only few who offers this craft beer in the south.  Go for their double IPA which will knack you with ABV 8.5% to get you lose and animated.

 

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Skewered takes you on a Pan-Asian Tour with flavors reminiscent of each country profile presented. Each element that they borrow from these various cuisines is authentic, flavorful, and friendly to the Filipino palate. It is not overwhelming, and bring a strong impact on their dishes.

 

 

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

Skewered

  • Ground Floor, Expansion Wing (Water Garden), Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Contact No. 02 8216745

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Wantusawa (Poblacion): Means Serious Oyster Business

Wantusawa (Poblacion): Means Serious Oyster Business

50php for freshly shucked oysters that are flown in from Aklan the same day. Get to know this new kid on the block making quite an entrance to the Poblacion scene.

Golden Estero (Makati): Dampa-Style Asian Kitchen Done Right

Golden Estero (Makati): Dampa-Style Asian Kitchen Done Right

Golden Estero (Makati) guarantees to satisfy your seafood cravings with generous family style serving and hefty value for money.

Oy! Croqueta: Bite Size Meal Bombs

Oy! Croqueta: Bite Size Meal Bombs

Croquetas is one of the more popular tapas from Spain. These creamy fritters are a staple of the Spanish tapas scene, and you’ll find them all around the country. Luckily, you don’t need to travel to Spain to get a taste of the real thing. Traditionally made with Béchamel, the boys of Oy! takes your typical expectation of this nifty snack and turns it upside down.

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Brought to you by Xavi Rovira, Julen Aierdi, and Jonas Pons. They have combined this authentic Spanish treat with Filipino flavors. The merging of these two cuisines is so evident that you won’t know where the Spanish start and where the Filipino ends.

Ironically, the theme of the kiosk and their packing of Oy! is a ship, just like how the Spaniards came to the Philippines a long time ago. It’s a nice symbolism of how our two cultures first met. But this time, they capture our hearts instead.

 

To fully appreciate, this is how you should eat it:
Chorizo -> Valenciana -> Adobong Pusit -> Lechon

To find out how the original tastes like try the Chorizo Croqueta first. The Béchamel sauce just coats your mouth with the pleasure of the rich taste and salty chorizo. Their other flavors use rice, instead of the traditional Béchamel, to highlight their love of the Philippines and they’re adapting to a rice culture. The Valenciana sits in the middle, being a Spanish dish while still using rice as the base.

Our personal favorite is the Adobong Pusit, the adobo and squid flavor burst out as you bite into it. It’s just like eating it on a plate in a much crispier package.

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The last one you must try is their Lechon flavor, the middle has a meaty piece and the rice that surrounds it is tasty just like lechon sauce. A nice twist on these classic Spanish and Filipino dishes.

 

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For their sweet treats, they offer matcha, peanut butter, and Nutella. Each bite addicting in its own right, as it burst into your mouth.

 

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The boys of Oy! was truly able to combine these two cuisines together into a tapa that everyone can relate to. You start out with something authentic and Spanish and end with something entirely Filipino. Visit the Oy! Croqueta kiosk in SM Mall of Asia, and experience it yourself.

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Special props to the Oy! Croqueta boys for sharing their passion to introduce this concept and marrying two culture influences and to Jayvee Ardona for organizing the event.

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Oy! Croqueta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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!