Feasts with a vintage feel at 1950 Restaurant, Valencia

The 1950s were a simpler time, a peaceful and prosperous decade wherein family, friendship and food were intertwined. During this time, tasty home-cooked meals were the paramount expression of love, with heirloom dishes taking center-stage at the family’s hapag-kainan during special dinners, get-togethers and holiday feasts.

It was during this time when the two-storey American contemporary-style home in Valencia, Quezon City was built by the Santaromana family, fruit of their matriarch’s ingenuous enterprise selling garments in the local market and the eldest son’s generous contribution.

Today, that Big House has been transformed into 1950 Restaurant which makes full use of the house’s vintage homey and welcoming ambiance while upgrading home-cooked meals into modern interpretations of classic and international dishes by the restaurant’s celebrated chefs headlined by Chef Robby Goco and Chef Chester Velas.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Together with fellow Zomato foodies and food bloggers from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended 1950 Restaurant’s Media Event wherein we were treated to a sampling of its signature dishes, which include:

Soups

Lobster Bisque (Php600). Maine lobster and crab meat cooked into a soup flavored with terragon cream and brandy.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Seafood Chowder (Php240). Thick and creamy chowder served with double smoked bacon inside a sourdough bread bowl.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Sinigang na Lechon (Php375). Pork belly roulade and tomato sofrito in a caramelized pineapple and tamarind broth.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Salads.

Ceasar Salad (Php400). Grilled romaine lettuce, Ceasar dressing with cured egg yolk and crispy bacon bits.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Fennel Confit (Php340). Burrata cheese, aburi orange, watercress and torn bread.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Appetizers.

Roasted Bone Marrow (Php380). Onion jam, portobello and sourdough toast.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Roasted Cauliflower (Php260). Cauliflower heads coated with whipped cheese, honey butter emulsion and black olives.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Gambas na Hipon (Php375). White leg shrimp in garlic confit flavored with smoked paprika.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Foie Gras Brulee (Php430). Pieces of tuile wafer to be dipped into goose liver in blackberry compote and candied beets.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Grilled Octopus (Php320). Tender grilled octopus served with purple potato confit, pomegranates, foam and squid ink tuile wafers.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Mains.

Angus Prime Ribeye Burnt Ends (Php400). Rice bowl topped with sauteed pieces of Angus prime ribeye in housemade barbecue sauce accompanied by seasonal pickles and a sunny-side-up egg.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Roasted Duck Breast (Php600). Slices of roasted duck breast in a berry reduction served with squash and kale, drizzled with Bordelaise sauce.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Adobo Classics (Php350). Four interpretations of adobo – adobo strips, bangus belly adobo sa gata, chicken adobo Tagalog and we pork belly adobo sa dilaw

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Shellfish Curry (Php650). Clams, mussels, scallops and crispy egg in burnt coconut cream flavored with curry.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Tori Kuwayaki (Php250). Rice bowl topped with Japanese-style fried chicken in kansai sauce.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Prime Rib Au Jus (Php1,500 for 200g | Php2,300 for 300g | Php3,500 for 500g). Prime rib served in light gravy made from its own drippings along with creamy mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Kale Soba Noodles (Php400). Green tea soba, cashew cream alfredo sauce and wild mushroom.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Baked Hipon and Laing (Php280). Garlic roasted shrimp in taro and toasted coconut cream.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Sablefish Aburi (Php725). Soft-textured and mildly flavored flame-seared white fish served with roasted cauliflower puree, fennel confit and crispy bacon.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Desserts.

Molten Chocolate Cake (Php280). Chocolate soil with molten chocolate lava topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel popcorn on the side.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Toasted Ensaymada (Php280). The Pinoy version of the Mallorcan ensaimada, lightly toasted and served with hot chocolate and candied bacon.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Baked Alaska (Php280). Cream and cake topped with browned meringue and served with strawberry ice cream and chocolate crumble.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Bavarian Cake (Php280). Chiffon cake covered in icing made of thickened milk and accompanied by milk crumbs, peanut brittle and strawberry ice cream.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

White Chocolate Blondie (Php280). Freshly baked chocolate chip cookie topped with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream and creamy milk sauce.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Cocktails.

Aperol Spritz (Php350). Made with cava, vodka and orange.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Classico Mojito (Php200). Made with white rhum, sugar, lime, mint and soda water.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Mocktails.

Red Carpet (Php150). Made with apple juice, sour mix, honey, muddled fresh strawberries and topped with thin apple slices.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Dreaming Apple (Php150). Made with apple juice lime and cinnamon, topped with thin apple slices.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Pina Colada (Php150). Made with pineapple juice and coconut cream, garnished with pineapple chunks.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

With such novel and imaginative takes on familiar dishes, dining here feels like both an adventure and a homecoming. I can imagine families and friends coming together at 1950 Restaurant for grand celebrations or intimate gatherings.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Many thanks to Chef Robby, Chef Chester and the crew of 1950 Restaurant for the warm welcome and the tasty dishes, and to EJ Bunag of I Love to Eat PH for extending the invitation!

1950 Restaurant is located at 14 Castilla Street, Bgy. Valencia, Quezon City.

1950 Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I attended this restaurant’s media event. Food items mentioned here were served to enable us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

An authentic taste of Japanese cuisine in Cainta: Fukurou Nihonryori

I have lived in the East for most of my life… in the Far East, it sometimes feels like, because of all these horrendous traffic jams! Sometimes, the hassle of going to places far north to Quezon City or down south to Muntinlupa, for instance, can be quite daunting.

Well, it’s a good thing then that the East is starting to become even more interesting with all the food destinations it offers. That way, Eastern foodies like me won’t have to travel far for gastronomic adventures.

One such destination is Fukurou Nihonryori, located along Marcos Highway in Barangay San Isidro, Cainta. I admit: I have often overlooked this area when I go looking for new food places. I usually gravitate towards the places nearer my home in Pasig, or skip on to Marikina or Antipolo.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

This just makes my first dining experience here even more special. Imagine: a treasure trove of Japanese dishes available all this time, right under my nose!

Together with fellow food bloggers from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended a foodie meetup here and quickly got myself acquainted to a new favorite place for Japanese cuisine in my neck of the woods.

In Japanese, “fukurou” translates to “owl,” while “nihonryori” translates to “from Japan.” The Japanese regard the owl symbol as a lucky charm; in the restaurant, the owl emblem can be seen in the menus and paper placemats.

Inside, the place is simple and welcoming yet elegantly designed, perfect for gatherings of small groups or intimate dinners for two. Pinewood furniture complement the beige interiors highlighted with Japanese watercolors of nature. Light installations add some warm illumination to the room for a relaxing atmosphere and to showcase the meticulously prepared and beautifully presented food. The resto also has a well-stocked bar for those who also want to indulge in some spirits along with their meal.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Our meal of tasty and authentic Japanese dishes consisted of:

Vegetable Fried Rice (Php110). A type of yakimeshi (Japanese fried rice) that complements the other Japanese dishes.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Saba Shioyaki (Php325). Grilled mackerel with a crispy skin and tender meat that’s just so flavorful.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Tebasaki (Php125). A yakitori (skewered meat dish) made of bone-in chicken wings (“tebasaki” translates to “wing tips”) which is seasoned after frying.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Sashimi Moriawase (Php695). A sampler of various sashimi (fresh and thinly sliced fish) which include yummy morsels of salmon, tuna, mackerel and squid.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Tempura Moriawase (Php398). A basket of shrimp and vegetables all coated in light batter and deep-fried, accompanied by a tempura dipping sauce.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Yaki Samon Mayo (Php135). Two hefty slices of salmon draped over balls of Japanese rice and complemented with Japanese mayo and fish roe.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fried Maki (Php265). Rolled sushi of mango, kani (crabstick) and ebi (shrimp) which is also deep-fried before slicing which gives each piece a crispy texture unlike other maki.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Sukiyaki (Php350 for half | Php650 for full). One of the resto’s nabemono (hot pot dishes), it is made of beef slices, tofu, noodles and veggies cooked in shoyu and Japanese wine giving the broth a sweet-savory taste.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Miso Ramen (Php328). Chashu pork slices, tamago (soft-boiled egg), carrots, wakame (seaweed), leeks and nori in a bowl of slightly spicy miso-based broth.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Zaru Soba (Php220). Chilled buckwheat noodles served with mentsuyu (sauce made from sake, mirin, soy sauce, kombi and dried bonito flakes) for dipping.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Japanese Cheesecake (Php198). Fluffy cheesecake made in the traditional Japanese way drizzled with dulce de leche.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Kinako Korumitsu Mochi Ice Cream (Php158). Vanilla-flavored mochi ice cream topped with soybean powder and syrup.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

We also chased our thirst away with some house-brewed iced tea.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

These dishes – some already familiar to me and my companions, some not – served as a sampling of the sheer breadth and variety inherent in Japanese cuisine.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

I’d love to come back and discover more of it. But that’s an adventure for anothef day.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Thanks to Chelsea Tuazon and the staff of Fukurou Nihonryori for the warm welcome and the fabulous Japanese food feast, and to Alfred Pineda for extending the invitation.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukurou Nihonryori is located at Ground Floor, The Pinnacle Plaza, Marikina-Infanta Highway, Bgy. San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 10pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 917 1336302.

Fukurou Nihonryori Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the 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 Japanese restaurants:

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

Check out my reviews of other lemonade stores:

Gelato break at Cara Mia, Robinsons Galleria

It seems that no matter the weather, frozen treats are a sure bet. Whether your find yourself in the midst of a sweltering summer or wet monsoon season, you can always take comfort in something cold and sweet.

Take gelato, for example.

This dessert which originated from Italy has become a mainstay in the Pinoy dessert scene.  And why shouldn’t it?  Made with a base of milk, gelato uses a lot less cream than ice cream, resulting in a denser and creamier dessert.

Premium gelato brand Cara Mia (“my dear” in Italian) got its start when  Fr. Gianluigi Colombo, the Salesian Priest who started Amici di Don Bosco in Makati started selling gelato in one of the sections of the cafeteria style restaurant when it opened in 2001, in effect making it among the first to offer this kind of dessert to Pinoys.

Years later, Cara Mia was spun off into a separate brand with its own stores all over the metro, such as the kiosk in Robinsons Galleria that my son and I visited when we were in the mood for dessert after our steak lunch.

We gave up trying to walk off the calories and just opted to sit down at the kiosk and relax with our chosen cup of gelato.

Cara Mia, Robinsons Galleria

Cara Mia, Robinsons Galleria

Cara Mia, Robinsons Galleria

Cara Mia, Robinsons Galleria

I got myself a Coffee Mudslide (Php95), a sweet treat fortified by espresso shots incorporated in the gelato.

Cara Mia, Robinsons Galleria

Cara Mia, Robinsons Galleria

My son got a cup of Cookies and Cream (Php95), rich vanilla gelato interspersed with Oreo crumbs, definitely one of his favorites!

Cara Mia, Robinsons Galleria

Cara Mia, Robinsons Galleria

What a lovely end to meal and a way for mom-and-son to spend some quiet time together!

Cara Mia, Robinsons Galleria

This Cara Mia branch is located at Level 2 Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Center, Quezon City.

Other branches include: Ayala Malls Feliz, Greenhills, Don Bosco, Tomas Morato, Ayala Triangle, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Manila, Estancia Mall, Trinoma, Fairview Terraces, SM Megamall, SM Fairview, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Greenhills Promenade, Festival Mall, Gateway Mall, Venice Grand Mall and Uptown Bonifacio

Cara Mia products can also be enjoyed inside Amici stores such as UP Ayala Technohub, SM Mega Atrium, SM North EDSA The Block and Katipunan Avenue.

Cara Mia Cakes & Gelato Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my reviews of other dessert shops in the metro:

A tita brunch at Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

I heard someone say that Cafe Mary Grace is the go-to place of “titas.”

Well, based on a brunch experience I had here (prior to a bowling game with my officemates!), I would have to agree.

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

As a newly-minted #TitaOfManila (or having just accepted that yes, I am already a tita), I would say that Cafe Mary Grace’s Eastwood Mall branch does qualify for top three criteria of a tita brunch place, which include:

One: Comfortable and IG-worthy surroundings

Cafe Mary Grace grew out of the baking business of the cafe’s namesake, which started from joining Christmas bazaars to establishing mall-based kiosks to finally setting up full-service cafes.

This Mary Grace Cafe branch in Eastwood Mall has the homey and welcoming atmosphere that exemplifies Mary Grace’s essence: the Goodness of Home.

It premises look like an extension of a sprawling and idealized country-style kitchen where wooden chairs and tables provide ample and comfortable seating, personal bric-a-bracs are artfully arranged on shelves and personalized notes are inserted on tabletops.

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Furthermore, an IG-conscious tita like me can take her pick among the various photogenic backdrops for her #CoffeeIsLife or #EatingForTheGram post of the day.

Two: Tasty well-loved dishes

You can’t go wrong with the classics and Cafe Mary Grace has classics a-plenty.

Take the Toasted Vigan Longganisa (Php442), for example. Rising and shining won’t be a problem with this all-day breakfast item which consist of links of garlicky Vigan longganisa, two sunny-side up eggs and garlic fried rice, with homemade pickled mangoes, tomato-wansoy salsa and vinegar available upon request.

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

In the Spanish Sardines and Olives Pasta (Php378), on the other hand, an aglio e olio infusion is enriched with Spanish-style sardines and topped with olives and tomatoes.

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Titas often crave for something sweet after (or before, or during or within 24 hours of) a meal. Fortunately, Mary Grace’s all-time favorite Lemon Bar (Php58/bar) sates the sweet tooth with its moist, buttery texture and slightly tangy sweetness.

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Lastly, the Mary Grace Hot Chocolate (Php184), made with premium Belgian chocolate, is a rich and comforting end to the meal.

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

Three: Prompt and friendly service.

Words to the wise restaurateurs: don’t keep a tita waiting. Show some good ole’ fashioned friendliness, a willingness to help and some initiative, you might have just won a loyal customer who wouldn’t hesitate to nominate your place for the next #TitaConvention with her friends.

Cafe Mary Grace seems to keep this adage to heart with its crew of well-trained and accommodating staff who are quick to assist with inquiries and requests.

So fellow titas, the next brunch time is at Cafe Mary Grace, yes?

Cafe Mary Grace, Eastwood Mall

This Cafe Mary Grace branch is located at Ground Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 11pm and Sundays from 10am to 11am.

Other branches are located at:

  • Pasig: SM City East Ortigas, Rockwell Business Center, Ayala Malls Feliz, Estancia Mall
  • Quezon City: Robinsons Galleria, Gateway Mall, UP Town Center, Trinoma Mall, SM City North EDSA, SM City Fairview, Ayala Fairview Terraces
  • Marikina: SM City Marikina
  • Mandaluyong: Shangri-la Plaza
  • San Juan: Unimart Greenhills
  • Taguig: Uptown Place Mall, Serendra, St. Luke’s Medical Center, One Bonifacio High Street, Venice Grand Canal Mall
  • Makati: Powerplant Mall, Steps Dance Studio, Century City Mall, The Enterprise Center, Greenbelt 2
  • Manila: SM City Manila, SM City San Lazaro, Lucky Chinatown Mall
  • Pasay: Mall of Asia Arena Annex, SM Mall of Asia
  • Paranaque: SM City BF
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall

Cafe Mary Grace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

3 reasons for titas to have a deluxe brunch at Chef Jessie, Rockwell Club

It was a sunny Sunday and two intrepid titas – Jen of Sand Under My Feet and myself – are out for brunch.

But do note that we are not braving weekend traffic and the after-mass influx of people in the Rockwell area for just any, run-of-the-mill brunch.

Oh, no… We’re there for a special kind of dining experience that only one of the most trusted names in the metro’s culinary scene can provide.

We made our way to Chef Jessie Rockwell Club for a deluxe brunch.

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

And as to why two titas decided to spend their late Sunday morning here, well, read on…

One: It’s a beautiful place to have a meal.

Situated inside the posh Rockwell Club in Makati, Chef Jessie’s recently renovated restaurant is infused with a modern colonial design that provides a lush tropical-themed haven for food lovers.

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Floor-to-ceiling windows let in a lot of natural light, as well as a view of the goings-on in the nearby pool area. The green-grey walls, highlighted by large potted plants make it seem like the garden outside found its way into the restaurant and suffused the space with freshness and calm.

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

For us titas that already deal with office stresses during the weekdays, entering this welcoming and relaxing space is a treat.

Two: Every dish is a work of art.

Chef Jessie Sincioco is a legend among foodies. Having won the Great Maya Cookfest in 1983, she was offered a special training course at Hotel Intercontinental Manila which paved the way to her becoming the first-ever Filipina pastry chef in 1990.

Chef Jessie brings her considerable culinary expertise into play in bring dishes that provide a feast for the senses: beautifully presented and masterfully prepared to achieve the best in taste, texture and aroma.

During our Sunday brunch, Jen and I feasted on Chef Jessie’s tasty offerings which include:

Fresh Juices:

Dalandan (Php195) and Banana Shake (Php160).

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Starters:

Freshly baked breads served with butter and herb vinaigrette infused olive oil.

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Salads:

Salad ala Judy Ann (Php450). Mesclun and micro greens tossed with bits of fruits in season along with slivers of brie and bleu-cheese in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Salad ala Joe Mari Chan (Php450). Slivers of ubud (heart of palm) molded into a circle together with alugbati (local spinach) in a sampaloc (tamarind) vinaigrette.

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Soups:

Classic French Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese (Php395).

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Cream of Carrot and Pumpkin with Shrimp and Mango (Php350).

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Entremets:

Dalandan Granitas (Php195) to cleanse the palate in preparation for the main course.

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Mains:

Certified US Black Angus Beef Tenderloin (Php1,895) served with sauce bourguignonne, buttered vegetables and potato gratin.

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken (Php895) served with garlic rice and atchara.

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Desserts:

Chocolate Souffle (Php350) and Mango Jubilee Ala Mode (Php450).

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Cafe Latte (Php180).

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Truly, this was a feast that any tita would find rewarding after a hectic work week!

Three: You get treated like the queens you are.

From the time we were ushered to our table to the time we left, we were assisted by the friendly staff. Plates were efficiently cleared after every course, our water glasses immediately refilled, and our inquiries on the food items sufficiently addressed.

They even gamely agreed to our multiple requests for pictures!

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

Chef Jessie, Rockwell

So whether you’re a tita, a tito or just a foodie looking to treat yourself to an amazing meal, head on to Chef Jessie’s!

Thanks to the Chef Jessie staff for the great food and warm service during our brunch and to Jen for sharing her GC!

Chef Jessie is located at Ground Floor, Rockwell Club, Amorsolo Square, Rockwell Center, Makati, open daily from 11am to 11pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 8906543 or +63 2 8907630.

Chef Jessie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my blog posts on brunch places around the metro:

Great games and grub at Grid x Griddle, Greenfield District

Being a foodie, dining out and the discovery new and tasty dishes are synonymous to having fun.

But what if the food was only part of the fun?

At Grid x Griddle Gastrolounge and Gaming (also known as GxG), diners can enjoy delicious Asian-Western fusion dishes while enjoying their favorite board or card games.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Together with my foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH and #SaanSaPH, I visited GxG to check out its food offerings.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Opened in 2017, the restaurant is owned by avid board gamers. Its name even gives a clue to this fact: “grid” comes from the network of squares found in boardgames, while “griddle” refers to the flat metal plate used in cooking burgers, bacon and pancakes, among others.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Step inside and you will enter a world where gamers reign supreme. (Note: By gamers, I mean analog ones who use cards and boards, rather than those who use consoles or PCs.) The first floor is dominated by the bar and a high shelf of games, while the second floor give the diners a choice between dining and gaming on the floor seated on colorful cushions, or at regular tables and chairs. Either way, you have access to an expansive array of board games and card games, some of which were part of the owners’ private collection while others were acquired specifically for the resto.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

To play, each person just has to order one dish (not including soups, salads or desserts) or pay Php250 consumable.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield District

Curious about the grub available here? Check these out:

Truffle Mushroom Soup (Php170). Sauteed mushrooms in truffle-flavored cream. Its rich truffle aroma got us salivating.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

GxG Fries (Php270). Crisp deep-fried potato fries topped with gently swaying bonita flakes, an American dish cooked and presented in a Japanese way.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Calamari (Php275). Strips of giant squid marinated in salt and pepper, lightly battered then deep-fried to a beautiful golden brown and served with GxG’s own house-made bagoong aioli and vinegar.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Longganisa All-Day Breakfast (Php290). Flavorful links of longganisa from Isabela served with two sunny-side-up, garlic rice, buttered vegetables and iced tea.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Sweet Basi Adobo Glazed Chicken (Php340). A juicy quarter leg of chicken cooked sous vide glazed in GxG’s special adobo sauce made with basi, an alcoholic beverage originating from Ilocos made from fermented sugarcane, and served with garlic rice, vegetables, demi-glace sauce and strips of mango which provide a sweet-sour counterpoint to the salty adobo.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

GxG Pasta (Php250). The pasta dish with a decidedly local flavor due to the salted egg and tinapa (smoked fish) incorporated in the sauce.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Truffle Pasta (Php290). A creamy truffle pasta topped with bacon and parmesan cheese.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

GxG Pizza (Php260). Native ensalata ingredients such as dilis, eggplant, tomatoes, onions, bagoong and ripe mango on top of a crisp thin pizza crust. This is (surprisingly!) best enjoyed when dipped in vinegar.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Durian Espresso Ice Cream (Php150). The infamously odoriferous fruit is only (thankfully!) subtly hinted at in this house-made frozen confection. What really stands out is its coffee flavor, well-complemented by a generous drizzling chocolate sauce, as well as crushed graham crackers and polvoron for added texture.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

GxG also boasts of coffee- and non-coffee-based beverages such as Chocolate Frappe (Php140), Dark Hazelnut Latte Frappe (Php160) and Cafe Mocha (Php140).

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

If you’re looking for a refreshingly cool drink to go with your meal, you can’t go wrong with the Fresh Lemonade (Php80) or Iced Tea (Php70).

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Whether you’re here for the games or the grub, you’re definitely in for a good time.

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Grid x Griddle, Greenfield

Thanks to Chef Gerard Martial and the GxG staff for the warm welcome and the good food!

Grid x Griddle Gastrolounge and Gaming is located at The Hub, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City, open daily Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11am to 12 midnight, Fridays to Saturdays from 4pm to 2am, and Sundays from 4pm to 12 midnight. For inquiries, reservations or to order food for delivery, call +63 927 8794686.

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Disclosure: Together with my fellow foodies, I attended a foodie meetup held here. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.