Hyped up lemonade at The Citrus Farm, SM East Ortigas

Did you know that lemonade appeared in written history through Egyptian accounts dated around 1000 AD? It was believed that lemons were introduced in this region through trade with Asia. The drink was made with lemons, dates and honey and was widely popular with the common folk.

Together with other citrus-based food and drinks, lemonade is touted as healthy due to its high concentration of vitamin C.

Today, it remains a popular drink with many restaurants offering it as part of their beverage menu.

Well, personally, I sometimes find lemonade a little too basic, you know?

Fortunately, there are lemonade bars such as The Citrus Farm that hypes up the humble lemonade into creatively appetizing concoctions. This store located in my neck of the woods, inside SM City East Ortigas, makes its lemonade drinks from freshly squeezed lemons everyday, giving thirsty mall-goers exciting twists to try. It even has some seats where customer can take a load off while they enjoy their drinks.

The Citrus Farm, SM East Ortigas

The Citrus Farm, SM East Ortigas

The Citrus Farm, SM East Ortigas

During a last-minute errand run at the mall one evening, my daughter #ExhibitA and I decided to pop by for dessert and a drink. My baby girl got a Mango Graham (Php95) while I ordered a Lemon Cheesecake (Php95), two drinks based on popular desserts.

The Citrus Farm, SM East Ortigas

The Citrus Farm, SM East Ortigas

We shared a slice of my baby girl’s favorite cake, Red Velvet, which is among the store’s non-drink offerings.

The Citrus Farm, SM East Ortigas

So if you find yourself thirsty after a bout of shopping, why not get yourself a refreshing lemonade drink? (Especially since you can have it hyped up into a dessert drink at The Citrus Farm.)

The Citrus Farm, SM East Ortigas

The Citrus Farm, SM East Ortigas

The Citrus Farm, SM East Ortigas

This branch of The Citrus Farm is located at Second Floor, SM City East Ortigas, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Bgy. Sta. Lucia, Pasig City, open daily from 10am to 9pm.

Other branches may be found at:

  • SM City Sta. Mesa, Quezon City
  • The Annex, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City
  • Entertainment Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
  • ScienceHub Tower 1, McKinley Hill, Taguig
  • One Corporate Center, Ortigas Center Pasig

The Citrus Farm Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Korean BBQ Lunch at Geonbae, Tomas Morato

The battle for supremacy among Korean barbecue joints rages on and Geonbae Modern Korean Bar and Grill puts up quite a fight.

Considering my affinity towards K-BBQ, it’s ironic that my foray here was by accident. My coworkers and I were planning to go to another restaurant nearby which happened to be closed for lunch on that day.

We scouted the area for another place to eat and found ourselves walking to Geonbae.

The restaurant’s name was coined from the Korean term for “cheers” or “bottom’s up.” From its dimly lit interiors with spotlights on the grill and the vibrantly colorful accent decor, Geonbae presents itself as a hip n’ happenin’ place for friends to hang out together while indulging their cravings for Korean barbecue.

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Given our brief lunch hour, we decided to just go for Geonbae’s Php499 package which include unlimited refills of meats such as samgyeopsal (plain, spicy yakiniku, ginger, gochujang), smoked pork belly, spicy yakiniku pork ribs, spicy yakiniku moksal, herb pork jowl, pork bulgogi, pork intestine, sausage, woosamgyeop (plain, oyster, gochujang) and ginger chicken breast. To be honest, the sheer number of meats was already quite overwhelming and we found ourselves gravitating towards tried-and-true variants such as plain samgyeopsal and woosamgyeop.

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

The package also includes unlimited refills of banchans such as fried and steamed mandu, fried takoyaki and kimchi, as well as soup, rice and cheese.

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

I just have to say: Geonbae really holds up well in comparison to other Korean barbecue joints in the area in terms of ambiance, variety of offerings and value for money. It also does well when it comes to service: the dishes are served and refill requests are seen to quite promptly.

And since my coworkers and I availed of a Booky Prime privilege that gave us a Buy 3 Get 1 deal on our meal, we ended up paying leas than Php420 each for our meal. Not bad, huh?

Geonbae, Tomas Morato

This Geonbae Modern Korean Bar and Grill branch is located at 115 Scout Delgado Street, Bgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 4298549.

Other branches will open at Maria Clara Street, Bgy. Sto. Domingo, Banawe, Quezon City and at Third Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

Geonbae Modern Korean Bar & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Japanese food faves at Hanako, SM Pasig

Japanese restaurant Hanako got its name from a popular female given name in Japan which translates to “flower girl.”

Coincidentally, I recently dined at its SM Pasig branch after an all-girl’s outing with my mom and my daughter #ExhibitA. At this restaurant, we were able to sample tasty and authentic Japanese dishes which are also easy on the pocket (and made even easier by Zomato Gold… more on that later).

This outlet brings the color and vibrancy of Japanese street eateries inside the mall, attracting diners with its boldly colored banners and food posters.

Hanako, SM Pasig

Hanako, SM Pasig

Hanako, SM Pasig

Hanako, SM Pasig

Hanako, SM Pasig

Japanese food remains among my family’s favorite cuisines. We love the simple yet strong flavors and the contrast in textures that make each bite tasty and interesting.

Take our lunch orders for example:

Salmon Tartare (Php224). Small pieces of salmon mixed in mayonnaise, togarashi (Japanese chili pepper), tempura flakes and chopped scallions. A delicious start to the meal!

Hanako, SM Pasig

Hanako, SM Pasig

Ebi Tempura (Php279). Five large prawns battered then deep fried to a beautiful golden brown, then served with tempura dipping sauce. A mainstay in many of the fam’s Japanese meals!

(Trivia: Did you know that the method of preparing tempura was introduced in Japan by Portuguese Jesuits in the mid-16th century?)

Hanako, SM Pasig

Hanako, SM Pasig

Chicken Karaage (Php199). Boneless chicken thigh pieces are marinated in a mixture of ginger and soy sauce, then coated with starch and deep fried before being served with a side of Japanese mayo for its dipping sauce.

(Trivia: Did you know that in the US, chicken karaage is sometimes called JFC, or Japanese Fried Chicken?)

Hanako, SM Pasig

Hanako, SM Pasig

Tonkatsu (Php219). A juicy piece of pork cutlet, seasoned then panko-coated and deep-fried, then served with a salad of shredded cabbage and katsu sauce. How can you go wrong with this dish?

(Trivia: Did you know that ton translates to “pork” and katsu – a shortened form of katsuretsu – is a transliteration of the word “cutlet?”)

Hanako, SM Pasig

Hanako, SM Pasig

Chahan (Php79). Flavorful dish of rice stir-fried in a wok with some minced meat and chopped vegetables.

Hanako, SM Pasig

Hanako, SM Pasig

Our lunch of our favorite Japanese food is a happy cap to an outing of three generations!

Hanako, SM Pasig

Hanako, SM Pasig

And since both #ExhibitA and I are Zomato Gold members, we got two of these dishes for free!

Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 (Buy 1 Get 1) deals on food or 2+2 (Buy 2 Get 2) deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use my code JELLYB to get additional 20% off the membership fee.

This Hanako branch is located at SM Center Pasig, Frontera Drive, Bgy. Ugong, Pasig, open daily from 10am to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 5848708.

Other branches are located at:

  • Second Floor, Regis Center, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
  • Second Floor, The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive, Bgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City
  • 131 C. Armstrong Avenue, Moonwalk Village Phase 1, Paranaque
  • 30-C Dona Soledad Avenue, Don Bosco, Paranaque

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

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Classic Negrense cuisine at JT’s Manukan Grille, Tomas Morato

One particularly rainy day, a coworker was craving for barbecue for lunch. Well, for me, barbecue as the main highlight of the lunch meal would be too basic (Yes, sometimes, I’m a diva like that!)

After much debate, our group decided to have lunch at the nearby JT’s Manukan Grille to get the best of both worlds.  She can have the pork barbecue she has been craving for while I get to experience authentic Bacolod chicken inasal.

The restaurant was started by award-winning character actor Joel Torre (hence the name “JT”) and his wife, Cristy.  From its humble beginnings as a takeout counter, the brand has grown to eighteen outlets all over the metro.

The restaurant operates on four principles: masarap (delicious), mura (affordable), malinis (clean) and masaya (happy).  All of these principles came into play during our meal.

Located at the corner of Sgt. Esguerra Avenue and Scout Borromeo Street, the restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating areas.  It is marked by decor that denote its Negrense origins such as the Masskara masks painted on the walls and its association with the actor such as movie posters and that fun wall mural that offers a fresh take on The Last Supper that adorn many Filipino dining rooms.

JT’s Manukan, Tomas Morato

JT’s Manukan, Tomas Morato

JT’s Manukan, Tomas Morato

Chicken inasal is made of chicken pieces marinated in a mixture of calamansi, pepper, coconut vinegar and annatto then grilled over hot coals while being basted with the marinade. 

Our orders included Paa (chicken leg and thigh – Php120), Pecho (chicken breast and wing – Php135) and Pork Barbecue (Php35 per stick), which we enjoyed together with lots of chicken oil, the soy sauce with calamansi and chili pepper dipping sauce, flavorful garlic rice and bowl of hot broth.

JT’s Manukan, Tomas Morato

I also got myself an Allmytea Iced Tea (Php50 for single serve | Php70 bottomless) which is a good partner for the inasal.

JT’s Manukan, Tomas Morato

See? Sometimes, we can have the best of both worlds!

This JT’s Manukan Grille branch is located at Scout Borromeo corner Scout Ybardolosa Street, South Triangle, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 9288085.

Other branches in Metro Manila are located in:

  • Quezon City: Valencia, Banawe, Libis, Eton Centris, Novaliches, Project 8, Ever Gotesco Commonwealth, Blue Ridge
  • Makati City: Bel Air, Makati Central Square
  • BGC: Justice Drive, Sapphire Residence Tower
  • Pasig: Ortigas Home Depot
  • Manila: Ermita
  • Paranaque: Victory Food Market

 

JT's Manukan Grille Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Gong Cha, Tomas Morato

The name Gong Cha (“the emperor” and “contributed” in Chinese) denotes “the best tea contributed to the king from all possessions.” it now translates to the store’s central philosophy: to treats its customers as emperors and provide them with only the best products.

While the area in Tomas Morato is now teeming with milk tea shops, for the longest time, it was only Gong Cha in Il Terrazzo Mall that my officemates and I were aware of.

Gong Cha, Tomas Morato

Recently, after lunch nearby with my officemates, I opted to drop by and give in to my personal milk tea obsession: to taste each milk tea shop’s version of pearl milk tea with salted cream.

At Gong Cha, this takes the form of Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly (Php85) topped with Gong Cha House Special Milk Cream (Php42).

Gong Cha, Tomas Morato

Gong Cha, Tomas Morato

Gong Cha’s pearl milk tea is made from premium tea leaves freshly brewed every day and served with chewy tapioca pearls. The special salted cream that tops my drink is rich and frothy, definitely complementing the tea’s flavor.

I enjoyed myself with this drink as my well-deserved afternoon indulgence at work.

Gong Cha, Tomas Morato

This Gong Cha branch is located at Second Floor, Il Terrazzo Mall, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Madrinan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City.

Other branches are located at:

  • Quezon City: Eastwood Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Cyberpark Tower 1, Shopwise Araneta, Robinsons Magnolia, UP Town Center, SM Sta. Mesa, Fisher Mall, Trinoma Mall, SKY Garden and Main Building SM North EDSA, SM Sun Mall, Amoranto Street – Banawe, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, SM City Fairview, Ayala Fairview Terraces
  • Pasig: L&Y Plaza Ugong, Ortigas Technopoint, Ayala Feliz,
  • Marikina: SM City Marikina
  • San Juan: Theater Mall Greenhills Shopping Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Santolan Town Plaza
  • Mandaluyong: Greenfield District, SM Light Mall, Forum Robinsons
  • Taguig: Uptown Place Mall, SM Aura Premier, Vista Mall Taguig, Fort Victoria Building, Venice Grand Canal Mall
  • Makati: Powerplant Mall, Glorietta 1, Glorietta 4, SM Jazz Mall, SM Makati, Landmark, Greenbelt Hamilton Tower, San Lorenzo Place Condominium, Shell Magallanes
  • Pasay: Newport City, Met Live Mall, MOA Arena, Entertainment Mall MOA, SM by the Bay
  • Manila: 2 Torre Lorenzo, The One Grand Centre, SM City Manila, Robinsons Place Manila, SM City San Lazaro, G-2 Avenue of the Arts, Lucky Chinatown
  • Caloocan: SM City Sangandaan
  • Paranaque: SM City BF, SM City Sucat,
  • Valenzuela: SM City Valenzuela
  • Las Pinas: The Village Square Alabang, SM Southmall, Vista Mall Las Pinas, Evia Lifestyle Center
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall

Gong Cha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Friendly meetup at Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle Gardens

Every time my friend Tina returns to the country, we try to get together to catch up. This has long-standing has been going on for some years now.

While we gravitate towards our favorite places in the Greenbelt and Glorietta areas for our meetups, every once in a while, we like to shake things up by trying out a new restaurant.

This time, I suggested we meet up at Camp Curry, the camping-themed restaurant in Ayala Triangle. This eatery’s interiors attempt to bring the outdoors inside through all the camping paraphernalia.

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Armed with GCs I received from a previous event, I treated Tina to tasty dinner.

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Now, as its name implies, Camp Curry specializes in dishes with curry. However, since Tina and I are not too crazy over curry, what we got ourselves for our meal instead included:

BBQ Pork Belly with Rice (Php249) and BBQ Beef and Mashed Potatoes (Php310). Tender pieces of meat freshly cooked right on the grill in the open kitchen and served with fluffy and creamy mashed potatoes (Tina had her mashed potatoes replaced with rice).

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Camp’s French Toast (Php150). Milk infused bread dipped into egg batter then toasted in a hot iron skillet, dashed with a cinnamon mix and topped with vanilla ice cream.

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Mango Lassi (Php150). Pureed mango is added to a spiced yogurt drink, resulting to a sweetly exotic drink.

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

The meal turned a habitual get-together between two friends into a gastronomic adventure!

Camp Curry, Ayala Triangle

Thanks to Camp Curry for the GCs!

This Camp Curry branch is located at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City, open daily from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 8516730.

Another branch is located at Ground Floor, Ayala Malls Feliz, Dela Paz, Pasig City, open daily from 11am to 10pm.

Camp Curry Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Our meal was sponsored by Camp Curry in the form of gift certificates I received.

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Happy lunch at Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

During a lull in an otherwise busy workweek, my officemates and I went to Trinoma Mall for lunch and to do some errands.

It’s been a while since we last had our taste of Cafe Shibuya’s offerings so we were looking forward to having them for lunch.

Cafe Shibuya got its name from the Shibuya Honey Toast, also known as the Brick Toast due to its bulk. This popular Japanese dessert is made with a thick piece of fluffy toasted bread topped with sweet ingredients such as whipped cream, honey, maple syrup, fruits and chocolate syrup, among others.

This particular branch of Shibuya Cafe is more of a kiosk located along the second floor hallway of the mall furnished with tables and chairs so that patrons can dine in. Despite the space limitations, the cafe is still featured the light and airy design of its other branches, along with frames with inspirational messages as its wall decor.

Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

Aside from the eponymous Shibuya toasts (both sweet and savory kinds), the restaurant also serves rice meals, pastas and cakes, as well as coffee- and fruit-based drinks.

For our lunch, we had:

Crispy Pork Belly with Kimchi Rice (Php355). Sweet and salty deep-fried pork belly served fried egg and nori shreds in a bowl of spicy kimchi rice.

Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

Fish Florentine (Php265). Pan-fried dory doused in a creamy and cheesy bechamel sauce accompanied by rice pilaf and a side of tomato and corn salsa.

Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

Shibuya Benedict (Php295). Shibuya Cafe’s own spin on the brunch classic, this consists of farmer’s ham, deep-fried poached egg, shiitake mushroom topped a thick toast and doused in a housemade Japanese mayo cream sauce. This is served with a side of potato chips and a Mentaiko mayo sauce.

Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

Well, it was a lovely way to get reacquainted with old faves…

Cafe Shibuya, Trinoma

This Cafe Shibuya branch is located at Second Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 10am to 9pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 10am to 10pm.

Other branches are located at

  • Second Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Third Floor, Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City

And since we booked our table at Cafe Shibuya using Eatigo, we got 30% off our lunch meal!

Eatigo is a restaurant reservation app that offers time-based discounts everyday in its 2,000 partner restaurants.

Get up to 50% off the buffet rates when you book your table via Eatigo. Use this link when you register and get rewards points that you can redeem for gift vouchers and restaurant freebies.

Cafe Shibuya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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