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Food Delivery: The new Dine-In in the time of COVID 19

Food Delivery: The new Dine-In in the time of COVID 19

What to do when Dine-in is prohibited? The FGDO Team listed down all the restaurants that have food delivery or take out that you can avail of during lockdown!

Discovery Primea: Five Dishes, Five Chefs. One Cause.

Discovery Primea: Five Dishes, Five Chefs. One Cause.

Discovery Hospitality together with Philippine Red Cross comes together for one night to Eat, Drink, and Bid for Taal. Five Dishes, five chefs. One cause.

New Moon: Popup at Boa Kitchen and Socials

New Moon: Popup at Boa Kitchen and Socials

The team behind BOA Kitchen & Socials invited us to experience their new pop-up concept the use of various local ingredients with a southeast Asian flair.

In this pop-up, Chef Julius Necor and Joey Marcelo introduce their new concept called “New Moon”, where they elevate southeast Asian dishes into a degustation style serving for those thoughtful eaters. The name itself new moon is because they plan to have a special menu every time there is a special phase of the lunar calendar, such as blood moon, harvest moon, or blue moon, that will only be available on that particular night.
Pretty sure that we’re in for a lot more of this strong flavor. As an array of short-eats were placed before us, as our eyes fell upon each plate that was served to us — it was combinations of dishes that had contrasting textures, colors, and temperatures.

Food Experience

 

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This five course degustation starts you off with something familiar and ends with something unexpected.

 

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The Mock Chicken Spicy

This is Necor’s take on the crowd favorite McSpicy chicken sandwich. Only healthier and more refined. The enoki mushrooms were deep-fried until crispy, the sambal aioli gives the much-needed kick, and the pickled cucumber tempered spiciness of each bite.

 

 

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Oyster

Served on a bed of tomato juice and salt, this oyster course has a modern take on how we typically have oysters. They serve the oysters with a kinilaw na gata granita that uses fermented tomato as the acidic factor that binds the dish together. They also add a few pieces of grilled pork belly to add smokiness to the dish.

We suggest taking it all in one or two bites for the full experience. The briny taste of the fresh oysters provides notes of sweetness that is balanced with the creamy and tarty granita which is completed by the smokiness of the grilled pork belly.

 

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Coconut

The name coconut is rightfully used in this dish, aside from the obvious bowl used as a serving bowl. Chef Necor gets creative and uses shredded coconut as noodles in this classic thai staple dish the pad thai. Instead of using meat as the protein component, he uses oyster mushrooms and tofu mixed in with eggs and beansprouts. Drizzle a bit of lime and take a bite and taste each of the vibrant flavors and contrast to this version of pad thai.

 

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Laksa Risotto

The Laksa Risotto is another variation of the classic laksa noodle dish that originates from Malaysia and Singapore, this dish infuses seafood flavor, coconut milk, and laksa paste into adlai rice. This dish is the richest and most hearty in the set. Once you take a bite, you get a strong rich flavor of a laksa soup that comes complete with a kick of heat. The grilled shrimp provides a nice contrast to the strong distinct taste of the rice. It’s sweet, light, and smoky.

Note: Another word of caution, if you’re allergic to peanuts or any other foods, please mention it to the staff beforehand because most elements eventually contain a generous portion of peanuts.

 

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Laing

For those of you who are not familiar with the dish Laing. Laing is a dish that uses shredded or whole taro leaves cooked with thick coconut milk that originates from Bicol. In Chef Necor’s version, he serves his version as a thick sauce that acts as the base of the dish, he then adds a piece of sous-vide pork belly that’s deep-fried. He then garnishes this with sambal shrimp sauce that adds texture and heat to the dish. Don’t say we never told you but it’s best paired with white rice.

 

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Cardamom & Rose Cheesecake

This deconstructed cheesecake is made of cream cheese and rose essence on a bed of crumbs infused with cardamom, ginger. It’s light and refreshing, and you can definitely taste the rose flavor.

 

Be one of the first to try this degustation menu for only PHP 1,400 ++ per head at Boa Kitchen and Socials.

 

New Moon at Boa Kitchen and Socials 

  • Address: Mezzanine Floor, 45 ABDC Building, Scout Rallos Corner Scout Tuazon, Laging Handa, Quezon City 1103
  • Contact No.: 02 82903103, +63 9153064173
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boakitchen/

 


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Valentines 2020: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Valentines 2020: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Play your cards right this Valentines season as the Fat Girls Day Out shows you Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO. A Curated Guide.

Nanka Japanese Steakhouse: Back to Basics

Nanka Japanese Steakhouse: Back to Basics

Simply respectful and enthusiastic, Chef Mike Santos brings Japanese approach to food to Nanka Japanese Steakhouse. 

Hapag: This Dining Review Begs To Differ From The Rest

Hapag: This Dining Review Begs To Differ From The Rest

I’ve been meaning to write about this piece mid of September, but things have been busy since I took on a new corporate role and had to travel to Ho Chi Minh City for a month.  It is my 2nd week here and I’m stuck here in my hotel room since this morning. It is a Saturday anyway. I don’t feel like going out because I am missing Manila. I miss its energy and it got me thinking about how much I miss our food back home.  A good bowl of piping Sinigang and that nutty Kare-Kare. I browse through my phone and I saw photos from the last restaurant that I’ve visited last time with my friends from the food enthusiast community.  Here’s my recollection of what had happened;

[September 2019] Excited to try this new nook in Katipunan which I’ve been hearing a lot of positive raves from these food writers that I’ve been following. Hapag is the name of this private dining restaurant behind a McDonald’s drive-thru.

Bianca and I drove all the way from Calatagan, Batangas braved the 4-hour traffic on a Tuesday evening just to push thru having my final Pinoy dinner at this place. Expectations were high. The reviews, the raves, and the price point of the dishes – all points towards an out-of-the-box interpretation of the common Filipino cuisine that we grew up eating.

We parked our car towards its steep parking space. The super fire of excitement is in the air as we draw towards Hapag’s door. We were seatedd immediately and browsed through their menu. An 8-course tasting menu will set you around 2,900php. We opted to order ala carte to share amongst one another.

 

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The interior reminded me of a smaller Toyo Eatery. Hard wooden tables, bare brick & mortar wall finish, an open kitchen. The space is intimate but lacks luster

“It’s Filipino,” replies chef Thirdy Dolatre, when asked to describe the concept of Hapag. It doesn’t claim to be modern. It doesn’t promise classics with twists. It doesn’t even aim to redefine anything. It’s simple, humbly, proudly Filipino.

 

Quick Backstory

Grade school friends who all went to culinary school and then went to find their own adventure path separately. Thirdy Javier studied French techniques. Kevin Villarica went to Singapore to practice Indian cuisine. While John Navoa hustled his skills in Malaysia.

 

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The initial concept of offering private dining in Manila was conceived while Garcia was writing down his inspirations to his journal. Soon, this group of friends got back together and started servicing homes in Metro Manila for the past 2 years.

 

What We Ordered

 

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Visually appealing and creative in execution, start your meal with their butter from Bukidnon that’s been topped with honey. It creates a creamy bite with a sweet finish on your tongue.

 

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Kwek Kwek na Hipon

Think scotch eggs that use the shrimp and a quail egg that is cooked with a perfect yolk. They add some texture to it by laying the eggs in a bed of potato crisps. The presentation itself is like a birds nest and is pretty appealing that you can everything in the bowl since it complements each element together.

 

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Oyster Bonete

The Oyster Bonete is a buttery bonete bun that envelopes a single piece of Aklan oyster and a fried kang kong mixed in with an aioli sauce. Lots of texture here, but could use more oyster flavor.

 

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Pares Toast

Hapag’s Pares shies away from the typical beef and uses oxtail that they serve on top of toast with calamansi aioli. The meat itself was very soft, but we found it to be too sweet overall and need a bit of heat.

 

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The Ginataang Alimasag

The Ginataang Alimasag was a filipino take on the japanese dish chawan mushi. It had notes of sweetness from the coconut squash, and the brine from the alimasag and the shrimps.

 

 

Laing Stones

The Laing Stones which arrived in a palayok. We saw the playfulness, but we didn’t really understand the point of having greens and flora. The laing flavor itself was a bit lost in the dish.

 

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Squid ink balls filled with laing. Imagine the texture of a brownie then imagine biting into it and having hints of laing flavors We tried eating these laing stones with the greens, but it didn’t make sense at all.

And also…

 

 

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Pato at Adlai

This must have been the most interesting dish out of the menu. Thoughtfully executed, the pato itself was cooked medium rare while keeping the skin crispy. They place it on top of blanched greens with a sampinit reduction and served with a side of adlai.

 

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Bistek Tagalog 

Ribeye steak, onion puree, and crispy onions, on a bed of mashed potatoes.  The steak itself was medium rare but felt like it could be better with more of a citrus flavor instead of sweet. Textures were there though, as the crispy onions added a nice bite.

 

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Litson Binagoongan 

Slow cooked pork belly on a bed of coconut binagoongan sauce and a side of mango and eggplant ensalada. The pork belly itself was lacking in flavor and needed more salt. The sauce itself which its creative that they added coconut milk to the classic binagoongan it hightens the sweetness of the sauce.

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Apahap Mayonesa

Assorted seafood on a bed of squid ink rice. Each of the various seafood was cooked perfectly but did not really make a mark in terms of taste.

 

Our Collected Experience

The execution was close to perfection. The duck was sublime and you can see the technique that went behind each element of the dish. Almost all of the dishes taste exactly as the classic Filipino staple familiar food. Then again, everything was too familiar to a fault.

We once read from an article from Esquire Philippines;

“It’s Filipino,” replies chef Thirdy Dolatre, when asked to describe the concept of Hapag. It doesn’t claim to be modern. It doesn’t promise classics with twists. It doesn’t even aim to redefine anything. It’s simply, humbly, proudly Filipino.”

Respectfully, we beg to differ from this statement. The execution itself when they’ve incorporated these different culinary techniques (i.e French discipline) whilst using local produce was already a ‘twist’. Hapag does try to re-define Filipino food with every obvious element; Food variation, steep price point, and the modernity of these young chefs. But see, these were the things that we did expect. We wanted dishes that aren’t predictable. We wanted Filipino food to be subtly re-interpreted. We’re seeking complexity yet familiar.

Is it value for money?

No. We’d rather point you to go elsewhere. To put everything into a context; You’d rather be going to a restaurant like Manam or Locavore. Essentially the playfulness of their dishes in terms of taste is within the playground of these contemporary commercial joints presented on a gourmet plate only for aesthetic purposes.

 

Our CX Rating; 3.5 extra rice rating!

  1. Ambiance= 3/5
  2. Customer Service= 4/5
  3. Food Quality (sourced ingredients)= 5/5
  4. Food Flavor= 3/5
  5. Variety of available in the menu= 5/5
  6. Facilities, Ergonomics= 3/5
  7. Price; Does it give value to your money? Whether expensive or cheap.= 2/5

 

Hapag Private Dining Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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Mirèio: Provençal Food and All Its Essence

Mirèio: Provençal Food and All Its Essence

Mirèio goes beyond the perfect ambiance and we’re thrilled to experience much more delicious reasons to keep us coming back for more.

The Ultimate Poblacion Neighborhood Guide

The Ultimate Poblacion Neighborhood Guide

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.

 

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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.

Poblacion is the old downtown area of Makati and its second most important commercial center, after the Central Business District. It was the home to City Hall, it’s the first settlement in Makati, and has long served as the city’s center of local government

Over the years upscale developments started with the Rockwell Center where the posh and affluent do their malling and buy a few condominium units.  A-venue starting to pop out and Century City Properties starting building premium units and another mall of course. Ironically, the seediness is still there and it should be perhaps because it is part of its character.

 

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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.

 

Why stay in Poblacion 

the Poblacion area is probably the best place to stay in Manila because you are still centrally located in Makati, accommodation options from clean backpacker hostels up to upscale hotels. Most importantly the art and dining confluences in its neighborhood.

 

Here are some of the recommended accommodation options (various price points)

  • U Hotels who made their debut exactly a year ago, and today they are actually toted as the no.1 hotel in Metro Manila on TripAdvisor customer feedbacks. Average price 2,000php/40 USD
  • I’m Hotel a 5-star hotel accommodation offering impeccable service and room comforts. Average price 100USD
  • Z Hostel this Poblacion famous hip hostel offers private rooms for as low as 1,200php/ 20USD and bunk bed (hostel) accommodations. Do check out their rooftop bar.
  • Check out these rated and best-priced hotels in the area HERE.

 

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burgeoning art and food scene

The Poblacion dining scene is its backdoor hipster counterpart offering an unparalleled haven for those seeking to peek into another world. If you want to experience this neighborhood never miss out on these places.

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.

 

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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.

 

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. 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).

 

EL CHUPACABRA (FLAGSHIP)

  • Address: 5782 Felipe Street
    Operating Hours: 11AM-4AM, Mon-Sat / 11AM-12MN, Sun
    Local Beers: Approximately PHP 55 per bottle (1USD)
    Expect to Spend: Around PHP 350 per person (6-7USD)

Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli: Filipino Craft Beers and the KKK Banner

What you can expect to taste is an array of carefully combined native flavors that help you ease into the dark hours like no other place in Makati. Go for their large collection of locally produced craft beers from different makers.

 

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They have a veranda-style space with KKK banners and national flags hanged on its capiz ticketed walls. Their wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the different concoctions that they are selling so feel free to talk to them. We love going to Alamat on a random weekday night and sometimes they hold live performances from different OPM acts.

 

Alamat Deli & Pub 

  • Location: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli is at 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street Barangay Población, Makati City.
  •  Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 6PM-2AM, Sundays, 6PM-12MN
  • Contact: alamatfilipinopub@gmail.com / +63917-5302580.

 

WANTUSAWA (POBLACION): MEANS SERIOUS OYSTER BUSINESS

A relatively new kid on the block. A down to earth nook along the Tambai Alley in Felipe Street. The main premise of this establishment is its glorious fresh oysters being flown in daily from Aklan.

 

A 16-seater laid-back space. Modern, noir in color temperament, reclaimed wood, industrial steel, and low-dimmed bulbs. The whole room is very narrow, and yet oddly comfortable- comfort in such sense that it felt cozy and the ambiance of the whole place is warm. They even have their own Spotify Playlist!  Play some of the tunes to get the whole vibe of the place.

 

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Come for their oysters and scallops.  You’ll see the number of oysters available for the night written on the board by the wall as supplies of oysters are limited. Come early as Wantusawa is already packed by 7-8pm.

WANTUSAWA OYSTER BAR (MAKATI)

  • Location: Tambai Alley, 5779 Felipe Street, Poblacion, Makati City
  • Open: Tuesday-Sunday 7pm-1am

Yalla Yalla: Lebanese Food Done Right

In Lebanese, Yalla Yalla means “hurry up”. Everything is meant to be eaten quickly or on the go. Lebanese food uses the Seven Spice Blend that is a mixture of equal parts of allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, nutmeg, and ginger. These ingredients together make their food tasty and full of flavor. Their menu is straight forward, order your beef or chicken in a wrap or on a bed of rice. It’s unassuming but packs a punch.

 

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Chicken Shawarma Wrap (125 PHP) Their chicken pieces were so rich in flavor that was complimented by the assortment of vegetables present in the wrap. The icing on the cake was the Toum, it is a creamy garlic lemon sauce or shawarma sauce. To add a bit of bite, you can also add Shata, their version of hot sauce.

 

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Beef Shawarma on Rice (185 PHP) The sliver of beef pieces was perfectly seasoned and strong in flavor. All the elements of the platter worked perfectly together. The best thing about this is there is absolutely no trace is preservatives in their meat. Their Toum and Shata sauce was just a perfect combination to add to this shawarma platter.

Yalla Yalla

  • 5652 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
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  • 400 Ave. Cost for 2 pax

 

A Curated & Guided Food Tour

Together with Auro Chocolate, an international award-winning, proudly Filipino bean-to-bar chocolate company that sustainably sources cacao beans from local farmers- to reintroduce the best of local chocolate not as a dessert, but as an innovative focal ingredient infused in savory dishes and craft drinks!

 

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Happening every Friday and Saturday from 4:30 – 7:30 pm, the Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl starts at 5 pm SHARP to avoid traffic AND so you can park before Poblacion gets crazy! They only accept 30 people per day so book your ticket now while spots last on www.aurochocolate.com/barcrawl for this one-of-a-kind chocolate experience!

 

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Where to Experience Art?

Ugnayan sa Poblacion (5852 Alfonso street)

 

  • We’ve come across the Ugnayan Poblacion during our wanderings in the neighborhood. It has an open house set up where everyone is welcome and encourage to just pick up a brush and just paint. The place is not “art-snooty” nor pretentions in any sense.

 

Pineapple Lab (R. Palma Street)

  • A creative hub that provides space for self-expression and gender inclusion thru diverse performances and art exhibitions. They’ve been involved in producing Fringe Manila since 2015, which is an open-access festival to a more diverse audience. Pineapple Lab Creative Director, Andrei Pamintuan adds, “What I hope is, that the LGBTQ artists see Pineapple Lab as one of the many safe spaces where their voices and artistry are seen and heard. What makes a safe space? Openness, selflessness, and honesty within the community.”

For events and listings check out their Facebook Page

DULO: A Multi-Platform Hangout in Poblacion for the Creatives

  • Inspired by gallery café in Malate, Manila in the late 70’s called Penguin Bar and Café. It was a bar for artists from all walks of life during the tail end of Martial Law. People who do not really have the money and connections put up their simple exhibit there. The owners wanted to put up a space that would address both markets in terms of their demographics and interests.

 

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Get a Tattoo at Arte Tattoo

  • Tattoo as a form of not just self-expression, but also it represents your lifestyle and beliefs. Arte Tattoo specializes in fine lines, watercolors, and mandala art.

Check out their Instagram page for their sample works.

Overall Take

Between the night clubs and bars in Poblacion are homey Korean establishments, cool hostels, great food finds, and beautiful art – an eclectic mix that perfectly reflects our country’s melting pot of cultures. Want to explore more of Manila?

 


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Solaire Celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with Special Homemade Mooncakes

Solaire Celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with Special Homemade Mooncakes

Solaire Resort & Casino celebrates the autumn equinox and the fullness of the moon with an assortment of Homemade Mooncake


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