Fresh changes at BOA Kitchen + Socials

Always changing is so integral to BOA Kitchen + Socials’ concept, it’s actually written on the wall.

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

Well, the collaborators behind this resto decided to change things up yet again by focusing on Southeast Asian cuisine.

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

“We decided to take a space,” says owner Joey Manuel. “We decided to niche down where we are strongest. Our chef, Julius Necor, is really good in regional Southeast Asian, so we positioned ourselves as comfort Asian.”

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

Comfort Asian, as Joey defined it, is the traditional regional favorites with some modern twists.

“For example, the authentic Beef Rendang would be really dry. But we (Filipinos) don’t like dry Beef Rendang here so we made ours a little saucy.”

Along with the change in menu, they also decided to cater to women, to give these titas a place to have fresh gastronomic adventures and enjoy chill time with their friends, whether as a brunch get-together or a night out drinking.

These decisions did bode well for Joey and Julius, with BOA Kitchen + Socials being recently hailed by Spot.PH as one of Metro Manila’s Top 50 New Restaurants.

Want a preview of BOA’s new menu? Check these out:

Laksa (Php425). A Peranakan dish made of shrimp, boiled egg, tofu, bean sprouts and fish cakea in a spicy curry coconut milk soup. I split this order with a friend so this is actually good for two.

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

Chicken Rice (Php325). Inspired by the Singaporean dish, this consist of Sous-vide ginger chicken, chicken rice, served with cucumber slices and sprinkled with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), ginger-scallion oil and chili sauce.

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

Nasi Lemak Rice Bowl (Php245). The fragrant Malaysian rice dish cooked in coconut cream and pandan leaves, served with sambal (Indonesian chili sauce), dilis (dried anchovies), peanuts and soft-boiled or fried egg. You can opt for either Beef Rendang or Thai Fried Chicken to accompany this rice dish.

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

Deconstructed Banana Pie (Php175). A fresh take on the banana pie, this dish is made with caramelized banana strewn with streusel crumbs and served with vanilla ice cream.

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

House Blend Iced Tea (Php80). BOA has its own blend of iced teas which you can have as the classic or infused with mango or peach.

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

So, if you feel up for a change, drop by BOA Kitchen + Socials, and feel right at home.

Did you know that if you and a friend ordered 2 drinks at BOA Kitchen + Socials, you can get the same 2 drinks free via Zomato Gold?

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

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 the code JELLYB to get 45% off the membership fee.

BOA Kitchen + Socials is located at Mezzanine Floor, 45 ABDC Building, Scout Rallos corner Scout Tuazon, Bgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 11pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 1am.

BOA Kitchen + Socials Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my reviews of other restaurants serving Asian cuisines:

A delicious taste of Asia at KopiChan, Cubao

Cubao in Quezon City is a hustlin’ and bustlin’ place with various malls, shopping centers and bus stations in the vicinity.

Well, there’s a piece of good news for the hungry shopper or commuter in this area as a new and exciting restaurant just opened last month.

KopiChan translates to “coffee eatery.” It’s a place to have a sip of coffee while munching on some tasty and affordable Asian dishes.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

The restaurant is styled after the old-timey Chinese restaurants in Binondo which are near and dear to us Pinoys, albeit with a few modern and colorful touches.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Together with my fellow foodies, I got a taste of its food offerings crafted by Chef Isaac Bravo and his team, which include:

Kung Pao Chicken (Php218 for solo | Php398 for sharing). Tender fried chicken fillets tossed with peanuts in a sauce made of sweet chili and soy sauce.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Soy Chicken (Php178 for solo | Php335 for sharing). Poached chicken leg in soy sauce with steamed bokchoy.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Tausi Beef Ribs (Php278 for solo | Php518 for sharing). Beef ribs with tofu cubes in tausi sauce.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Shrimp Paste Pork Ribs (Php248 for solo | Php458 for sharing). Pork spare ribs marinated in shrimp paste.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Beef Rendang (Php258 for solo | Php498 for sharing). Mildly spicy Indonesian-style beef stew in which the ribs are coconut milk.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Beef Noodle Soup (Php198 for solo | Php378 for sharing). Tender braised beef pieces in beef broth together egg noodles and bokchoy.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

KC Spaghetti (Php138 for solo | Php248 for sharing). Spaghetti noodles topped with Asian spaghetti sauce and curry cheese sauce.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Salt and Pepper Squid (Php268 for solo | Php518 for sharing). Lightly battered pieces of fried squid tossed in salt and pepper.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

KC Chopsuey (Php188 for solo | Php368 for sharing). Stir-fried mixed vegetables with shrimp, chicken, Chinese sausage and quail eggs in oyster sauce.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Gravy Eggs (Php48 for solo | Php118 for sharing). Hard-boiled eggs in Asian gravy.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Rendang Eggs (Php48 for solo | Php118 for sharing). Soft-boiled eggs in spicy Rendang sauce.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

KC Clubhouse (Php218). KopiChan’s take on the clubhouse sandwich with bacon, egg, ham and special KC spread.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kaya French Toast (Php198). Milk-soaked loaf bread toast topped with kaya spread, condensed milk and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Banana Pancakes (Php258). Pancakes with caramelized bananas and crunchy peanut butter.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Salted Egg Pao (Php98). Steamed salted egg custard bun.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Fried Kaya Buns (Php88). Fried mantou stuffed with kaya custard and served with vanilla ice cream.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

KC Sundae (Php178). Three ice cream flavors – salted caramel, cookied and cream and vanilla – topped with crunchy cornflakes.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

KopiChan will also launch new items on the menu soon so be on the lookout out for:

Yang Chow with Egg. A sunny side up egg is added to stir-fried rice with Chinese sausage, ham, egg and vegetable.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang and Boiled Egg. A rice meal featuring the fragrant Malaysian rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, accompanied by beef rendang and boiled egg.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Nasi Lemak with Charsiu Belly and Fried Egg. Another take on the nasi lemak, this time as KopiChan’s approximation of the Pinoy tocilog with charsiu pork belly and a sunny side up egg.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Soy Chicken Congee. The Asian style of rice porridge (similar to the Pinoy lugaw) served with a piece of soy chicken.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Enjoy your meal with tasty drinks that the kitchen can whip up for you:

Coffee with Condensed Milk (Php100). KopiChan’s take on the Vietnamese ca phe sua nong but this time, the condensed milk is poured into hot freshly brewed coffee.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Teh Tarik (Php100). The national drink of Malaysia, it is made from strong black tea blended with condensed milk.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Milo Dinosaur (Php135). Also known as Milo Tabur, it is a popular drink in Malaysia and Singapore wherein undissolved Milo powder is added on top of an already prepared iced Milo drink.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Horlicks (Php195). A cold drink flavored with horlicks powder primarily made of malted wheat and malted barley.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

With Kopi Chan’s extensive array of affordable Asian food choices, Cubao just got itself a new foodie destination that opens of new worlds of dining for its locals and visitors!

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Many thanks to Chef Isaac and team for the delightful meal and the warm welcome and to Harvard of AlwaysHungryPH for extending the invitation.

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

KopiChan is located at Shopwise Arcade, General Romulo Street, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, open 24/7. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 82515863 or +63 977 7486064.

Kopi Chan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I was invited to attend a food tasting held in this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out my reviews of other Chinese restaurants:

Crema & Cream Bistro + Coffee Lab, Tomas Morato

Coffee culture is steadily gaining ground in the metro, with cafes and coffee shops offering high quality and specialty brews. Coffee has evolved from being just another beverage to a social lubricant.

In the foodie-friendly Tomas Morato area in QC, for instance, a new coffee establishment has sprung up, ready to elevate the coffee experience of local foodies while paving the way for friends and family to get together over their favorite coffee blends.

Crema & Cream Bistro + Coffee Lab started as a specialty coffee roaster not just supplying aficionados with coffee beans especially roasted to highlight their unique flavors, but also providing training and consultations to budding coffee experts.

Early this year, it opened its flagship store along Timog Avenue where it not only serves its quality brews but also a well-curated menu of dishes that will appeal to the metro’s epicures. It also features an inviting space for coffee lovers to work or hang out in solitude or dine together with like-minded companions.

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Together with my officemates, I ventured out to Crema and Cream to experience it first-hand. Our lunch repast included:

Asian Chicken Salad (Php325). Honey-soy-and-garlic glazed fried chicken cutlets tossed into seasonal greens doused with wasabi mayo dressing and topped with fried wonton, mango, toasted almonds, corn, red radish, pickled red onion, edamame, nori, bonito flakes and toasted sesame seeds.

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Mushroom Trio Toast (Php225). Mushroom jam served over arugula, tomato, feta cheese and topped with a poached egg over a slice of sourdough toast.

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Chicken Waffle (Php325). Fried chicken cutlet served with a rosemary and cheese waffle topped with a fried egg and drizzled with a honey brown butter sauce.

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Sausage and Egg Toast (Php255). Diced sausage and scrambled eggs served with caramelized onions, tomatoes and cheese on sourdough toast.

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Pan-seared Salmon (Php565). Pan-seared salmon fillet served with French beans, cherry tomatoes, diced vegetables, herb pesto mashed potato with lemon butter cream sauce.

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

We also enjoyed some of Crema & Cream’s signature brews together with our meal.  This included:

Hot Chocolate (Php140).

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Mango and Peach Black Tea (Php120).

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Flat White (Php150).

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Cappuccino (Php140).

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

While the viands are not as hearty as we would like our lunch meal to be, the flavors presented are new and exciting.  I wouldn’t mind returning to taste more of Crema & Cream’s offerings.

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Crema & Cream, Tomas Morato

Crema and Cream Cafe Bistro + Coffee Lab is located at 116-B Timog Avenue corner 11th Jamboree Street, Bgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City, open Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays from 8am to 11pm, and Fridays to Saturdays from 8am to 12 midnight. For inquiries or reservations, call +63 2 7130662.

Crema & Cream Cafe Bistro + Coffee Lab Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my blog posts on breakfast/brunch joints around the metro:

 

Affordable Asian flavors Hainanese Delights, Eastwood

Hainan cuisine is derived from the cooking styles of the people of the Hainan Province in China which is lighter, less oily and more mildly seasoned than those of mainland China.

Hainanese Chicken Rice, in particular, is based on the well-known Hainan dish Wenchang Chicken, but has been adopted and considered the national dish in Singapore.  It is traditionally prepared by poaching a whole chicken at sub-boiling temperatures , with some of the resulting stock combined with ginger, garlic and other aromatics used to cook the accompanying rice, producing a yellowish, flavorful and oily rice. It is usually served with three dipping sauces: a spicy red chili sauce, a dark soy sauce, and freshly ground ginger.

While out shopping with Hubby in Eastwood Citywalk, we decided to have lunch at Hainanese Delights.

We eschewed the more traditional preparation of Hainanese Chicken and instead opted to each get a Hainan Fried Chicken (Php149) since we favor its crisper and more flavorful skin which we think goes better with the refillable Hainanese rice.  We also shared an order of Eat the Heat (Php190), the spicy fried squid adding some kick to our meal.

Hainanese Delights

Hainanese Delights

Hainanese Delights

It was pretty much a no-frills and no-fuss meal, with servers just prompt to serve the orders and nothing else.  The restaurant itself is quite plain and bare, not a place you would think to linger in after finishing your meal.

Still, if all you’re after is an affordable taste of Asian flavors, then drop by this store and satisfy your craving.

This Hainanese Delights branch is located at the 2nd Floor, Eastwood Citywalk 2, Libis, Quezon City.  Other branches may be found at:

  • Manila: Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita, Robinsons Otis in Paco
  • Quezon City: Robinsons Magnolia in New Manila, SM City Fairview in Novaliches, Waltermat North EDSA in Project 7, Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas, Robinsons Nova Market in Novaliches
  • Mandaluyong: Robinsons Forum along Pioneer, Starmall Asia along Shaw Boulevard
  • Las Pinas: Robinsons Las Pinas in Talon Uno

Hainanese Delights Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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