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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.

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

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

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

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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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

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.

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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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!