Garden Dining by Whitemoon Bar

It’s been more than a year into the quarantine, and while we have gone back to less stringent restrictions, there are many of our life’s former pleasures that some of us still can’t enjoy.

One of these is dining out, isn’t it?

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

The excitement of venturing outside our home, discovering a new place to try or a new dish to enjoy, and hanging out with our friends – all these and more make up the experience of dining out that we used to take for granted.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Thankfully, more of our favorite haunts are re-opening, albeit while adopting new ways to operate so that they could keep us, the dining public, as well as their staff safe from the still present threat of pandemic.

One of these pivoted but still very welcome returns to the local food scene is Manila Ocean Park’s Whitemoon Bar which recently launched its Garden Dining.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Situated in The Barnyard, Garden Dining by Whitemoon Bar offers a delectable array of Asian fusion dishes that can be enjoyed in a relaxing al fresco setting.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Here, diners can take a brief escape into the outdoors, surrounded by greenery and interesting bric-a-bracs, while they enjoy their meal amidst the gentle breeze from Manila Bay and chirping birds from the aviary.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Sri Lankan Chef Ranuka Hettiarachchi brought his considerable skill sets to bear in whipping up dishes for Garden Dining’s refreshed menu using just a griddle and a stove in The Barnyard’s recently converted kitchen.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Safely served in to-go containers yet still retaining the visual appeal of gourmet food, these dishes put a fresh spin on our old favorites. Together with fellow food, bloggers Jen of sandundermyfeet.com, Anj of anjcolumna.com and Nix of ieatandiwander.com, I was able to check out samples of Garden Dining’s offerings such as:

Onion Rings (Php120). Large slices of onions battered and deep-fried for an appetizing start to the meal.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Corned Beef and Cheese Toast (Php140). Truth be told: I’m not a fan of corned beef sandwiches but this made me change my mind. The combination of grilled cheese and corned beef is a highly snackable treat.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Kimchi Fried Rice (Php190). A blend of tangy and spicy flavors, this fragrant rice complements the viands served.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Pork Satay (Php180) and Chicken Satay (Php160). Seasoned meats grilled to smoky deliciousness and served on skewers with sauce on the side.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Pineapple Glazed Pork Liempo (Php190). Tangy pineapple tidbits complement the savory grilled pork belly.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Spicy Asian-Style Seafood Spaghetti (Php250). A hearty and delicious taste of the sea with loads of seafood and noodles tossed in a slightly spicy sauce.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Whether you’re looking for refreshments or in the mood to imbibe, Garden Dining by Whitemoon Bar also has a great selection of drinks for you, such as:

Watermelon Shake (Php130).

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Pineapple Shake (Php120).

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Ginger Honey and Citrus Immune Booster (Php100).

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

A variety of red and white wines from its wine list such as this 2014 Elfo Salento Negroamaro from Italy (Php230/glass).

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

We’re still a long way from enjoying everything we used to enjoy before the pandemic, but with places such as Garden Dining by Whitemoon Bar, we can recreate those experience we look back on so fondly and even make new memories to cherish.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by Whitemoon Bar is located at The Barnyard, Manila Ocean Park, Luneta, Manila, open for outdoor dining Thursdays to Sundays from 3pm to 9pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 85677777.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

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Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I attended a food tasting held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to facilitate this feature article

Bai’s Boneless Lechon Cebu, Pasig

The holiday season brings with it all manner of parties and gatherings. And you know what that means: lots and lots of eating!

The staple for many Pinoy celebrations is, of course, the lechon. The Filipino take on the roasted pig is also considered that national dish. The communal and oftentimes merry manner of eating the lechon make it a symbol of community and joy.

The lechon Cebu, in particular, is growing in prominence among many foodies. It is prepared by stuffing a slab or pork belly with spices such as garlic, onions, pepper, laurel leaves and lemon grass, and applying salt to the skin prior to roasting. This process results to a crispy skin and flavorful meat: so flavorful, in fact, that the lechon Cebu has no need for condiments and sauces.

Bai’s Boneless Lechon Cebu, which began its operations as a takeout counter in Alabang for its lechon offerings, recently opened its newest branch along Market Avenue in Pasig City. This is the first among its branches to have a sit down area where diners can enjoy, not just its much-celebrated lechon made fresh everyday, but budget-friendly rice meals as well.

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Owner Dexter Ding actually hails from Carcar, a munipality in Cebu known for its lechon.

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Together with fellow foodies, I attended the store’s grand opening where I was able to sample some of its menu items:

Cebuano Breakfast. Diners can take their pick of rice meals served with fried egg featuring classic Cebuano breakfast items: Danggit Silog (Php49), Squid Silog (Php49) and Bacon Silog (Php49).

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Lunch Meals. For those seeking heartier fare, Bai’s has lunch meals made of Java rice and soup paired with classic viands: Siomai Meal (Php49), Shanghai Meal (Php59) and Humba Meal (Php79).

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

However, the centerpiece for this store is still its mouthwatering Boneless Lechon Cebu.

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Available in regular and spicy flavors, it is it can be ordered for takeout or delivery in these packs which are great for sharing:

  • Family (Php820). Good for 4 to 5 persons.
  • Barkada (Php1,950). Good for 10 to 15 persons.
  • Party (Php3,200). Good for 20 to 25 persons.

It is also available as a Lunch Meal with Java rice and soup for Php120.

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

If you want additional fingerfoods for your party, check out Bai’s Pungko Pungko Set, which brings together more Cebuano favorites: chicharon bulaklak, hamonado, ngiohong, fried chicken and lumpia.

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

It can be ordered for takeout or delivery in these sizes:

  • Small (Php449). Good for 4-5 persons.
  • Medium (Php799). Good for 7-10 persons.
  • Large (Php1,199). Good for 15-20 persons.

So whatever the celebration is, whether a solo one to splurge on yourself on a paydays or a large gathering of family and friends, Bai’s Boneless Lechon Cebu is a good bet.

Thanks to Derek, the management and staff of Bai’s Boneless Lechon Cebu for having us and to Natacia of TigaSouth Ka Ba for extending the invitation!

Bai’s Boneless Lechon, Pasig

This branch of Bai’s Boneless Lechon Cebu is located at 22, Market Avenue, Bgy. San Miguel, Pasig City. For inquiries and delivery orders within Pasig, Antipolo, BGC, Mandaluyong, Ortigas and Marikina, call +63 917 8341010. COD, online transfer, GCash and credit card payments accepted.

For delivery in other areas within the metro, contact these branches:

  • Alabang: covering Muntinlupa-Sta.Rosa, Paranaque, Makati, Manila, Binondo and Pasay (+63 917 5825333)
  • Binangonan: covering the whole Rizal area (+63 977 4939825)
  • Malabon: covering the whole CAMANAVA area (+63 966 4658348)
  • Quezon City: covering Quezon City and Manila

Bai's Boneless Lechon Cebu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a food tasting event held here wherein food and drink items were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews. These were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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Salud to the weekend at Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

What to do after a hectic week of meetings, reports and presentations?

If you find yourself in the Poblacion area, you might want to check out the newly opened Latino Cocktail Bar along P. Burgos.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bat, Poblacion

Here, you can bid goodbye to the workweek partying the night away enjoying the hot Latin vibes from the music, the drinks and the people (mostly from the local Latino community) who are sure to frequent the place.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Together with my foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attendee its Grand Opening, where we enjoyed some of its celebrated cocktails:

Mojito. A traditional Cuban highball of white rhum, lime juice, sugar, mint, ice and soda water which makes for a sweet, herby and citrusy drink.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Amaretto Sour. A drink made with the Italian almond-based liqueur amaretto as well as citrusy juices, simple syrup and orange liqeuer.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Cosmopolitan. Popularized in the TV series Sex and the City as Carrie Bradshaw’s drink of choice, this concoction is made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and sweetened lime juice.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Frozen margarita. A cocktail made with tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice shaken then frozen to create flavored shaved ice served in a salt-rimmed glass.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Together with these cocktails, we also nibbled on some of Latino’s bar chow:

Empanadas. A baked pastry turnover filled with beef, chicken on cheese.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Desitos de Queso. A popular Venezuelan snack made of fried and breaded cheese sticks.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Nuggets and Fries. If you’re wondering what these fun-shaped chicken nuggets and stick fries are doing in a Latin-American style bar, well, I’m wondering about that myself.

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

So go ahead and add Latino Cocktail Bar among your Poblacion haunts when you want to say salud to the weekend!

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Thanks to the owner and crew of Latino Cocktail Bar and to Jonylle Pineda of #WeLoveToEatPH for extending the invite!

Latino Cocktail Bar, Poblacion

Latino Cocktail Bar is located at 5739 P. Burgos corner San Lucas Street, Poblacion Makati (beside Gogi Korean Barbecue and Gangnam Style). For inquiries and reservations, call +63 956 4630866.

Latino Cocktail Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with fellow foodies from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended the restaurant’s grand opening wherein the food items mentioned above were served to allow us to sample the fare in exchange for honest reviews.

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