Crispy Pata for Php133 at TRES

For every single-receipt transaction of P2,300, get a whole Crispy Pata for only Php133 from the regular menu price of Php753 at TRES. The offering runs whole day, everyday at TRES on the 2nd floor of SM City North Annex and TRES along Rufino Street near corner Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati.

Crispy Pata, one of the bestsellers of TRES, is soaked in a secret marinade and fried twice for that double delicious crispy crackling goodness. The meat is tender and steeped with flavor. It is served with thinly sliced sweet potato crisps and a sweet and spicy soy sauce and vinegar dip.

TRES is also known for its signature Kare-Kare-Kare that comes in Classic Beef with flank steak and tripe; Seafood with prawns, squid, fish, shellfish, and clams; Crispy Beef Tadyang and Crispy Pata.

The Kare-Kare-Kare tag refers to the restaurant giving patrons three signature condiments to pair with the dish – extra sauce to pour, diced peanuts to top and the famous TRES bagoong guisado as a dip. All three are on tabletops so patrons can even use them on any dish.

The extensive menu also offers Bagnet, Roast Iberian Chicken, Lamb Adobo, Lengua con Setas, Bulalo, Sinigang na Salmon sa Miso, Binagoongang Lechon Kawali, Crispy Sisig, Gising-Gising and more plus appetizers and desserts.

TRES along with M Catering are the last culinary projects of the late Chef Ed Quimzon. A number of the menu offerings are either his original creations or inspired by his initial concepts.

For reservations, catering and other inquiries, visit TRES on the 2nd floor, The Annex, SM City North EDSA or call +63 2 3527032 or +63 917 5290837; and TRES on the ground floor of Keyland Ayala SLC Building, Rufino near the corner of Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati or call +63 927 7915489. You may also visit Facebook. TRES is also available through Food Panda.

Restaurant and menu details as well as product image provided by TRES in a recent press release.

Not your ordinary Filipino food at Locavore, BGC

Hubby wanted to celebrate his birthday with me and his office buddies and so looked for a special place where we can all spend time together over good food.

Having eaten several times before at Locavore’s branch in Kapitolyo, we set upon the resto’s branch in Burgos Circle, BGC as the venue for his celebration.

Locavore is known for applying unique twists to classic Filipino dishes, influenced no doubt by Chef Mikel Zaguirre’s background in French cooking and his preference for fresh ingredients from around the country.

This branch has more of a “pub” kind of feel to it: dim lights, chill sounds and the smell of sizzling food wafting to your nose.

Locavore, BGC

Locavore, BGC

Hubby’s birthday feast consisted of several orders of the resto’s best sellers:

Boneless Lechon Belly (Php650). Prepared Cebu-lechon style, it is served with Pinakurat vinegar, bagoong dipping sauce, and pickled red onion and cucumber.

Locavore, BGC

Mac’s Boneless Fried Chicken (Php270). The resto’s own recipe of the glazed boneless fried chicken.

Locavore, BGC

Gising Gising (Php275). The traditional Pampanga dish made of finely chopped sigarilyas (winged beans), French beans, garlic and shallot confit, gata (coconut milk) and spring onions.

Locavore, BGC

Sizzling Sinigang (Php550). Usually the highlight of our meals at Locavore, this is made of beef short ribs, served with sauteed French beans in a sampaloc (tamarind) gravy with garlic confit. This time, however, it was initially served quite cold and, after several bites, I had to request for it to be reheated so that the full potential of the dish can be tasted.

Locavore, BGC

These viands were accompanied by Locavore’s Roasted Garlic Organic White Rice (Php70).

Locavore, BGC

Plus, since both Hubby and I unlocked our Zomato Gold Privilege, we got several free glasses of refreshing ice-blended mocktails for the ladies in the group: the Cucumber Lime Cooler (Php150) and the Apple Lime Cooler (Php150).

Locavore, BGC

I usually fully enjoy my meals at Locavore, but in this branch, some executions have gone awry such as serving the sinigang as anything less than sizzling hot.

Still, Hubby’s birthday celebration was an enjoyable time spent among his friends.

Locavore, BGC

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This Locavore branch is located at Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, open daily from 10am to 2am. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 917 5742017.

Other branches are located at:

  • Brixton Technology Center, 10 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11.30am to 1am and Sundays from 11am to 1am.
  • S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City, open daily from 11am to 1am.
  • Ground Floor, Three Central Building, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, open daily from 10am to 12 midnight
  • Ground Floor, 1880 Building, Eastwood Avenue, Libis, Quezon City

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

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Zomato Tagaytay Food Crawl Third Stop: Siglo Modern Filipino

The last and final stop of our Zomato Tagaytay Food Crawl was held at Siglo Modern Filipino. Located along the Tagaytay – Calamba Road beside the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) and right across Picnic Grove, Siglo is the restaurant attached to the View Park Hotel Tagaytay.

Siglo (which translates to “century”) is so-named in honor of 100 years of evolution of Philippine food, from the Spanish and Latin influences brought by the colonizers, as well as flavors from China, America and Southeast Asia which found their way here via trade.

Siglo synthesizes a century’s worth of Filipino culture and cuisine from all over the country,  and supports the local economy by using ingredients sourced from local farmers.

It also seeks to preserve heirloom recipes – dishes that your great-grandmother might have cooked and using ingredients like adlai and siling labuyo that she might have used – while still innovating on the classic Filipino dishes through modern techniques and added creativity.

The restaurant is quite small (can seat at most 50 diners) but it has a lot of charm. Ethnic-inspired furniture and decor abound, and its advocacy for the appreciation of Filipino cuisine is apparent in the use of traditional materials and design.  When you sit down and wait for your order, you can amuse yourself in puzzles and trivia that feature Filipino food courtesy of the placemats used.

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

My fellow foodies and I were served the Blockbuster Bilaos, hefty servings of themed Pinoy delicacies with dishes representing different locales in the country.  These are best shared among a group of 4 to 6 people.  Bilaos are flat and round-shaped implement used in separating rice grains from other particles like chaff, dirt and small pebbles.  When I was young, the rice that was delivered to us had a lot of impurities so my yaya and I oftentimes had to pick the impurities from the rice (hence the term “nagpipili ng bigas“) that was laid in a bilao.

Siglo Bilao (Php1,800)

This bilao features native Tinola, classic Kare-Kare, Crispy Tawilis, Pancit Pusit and Siglo Salad.  These are all heirloom recipes of Filipino dishes collated by Siglo’s team during their travels.  For me, the standout among these dishes is the Pancit Pusit; it had the distinctive salty-sour garlicky taste of Adobong Pusit which I absolutely love.  I would have eaten more of this were I not afraid of going home with black teeth (it would have been worth it, though!)

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

Barkada Bilao (Php2,200)

This bilao boasts of timeless classics that barkadas (groups of friends) crave for when they’re hanging out such as Regular Bulalo (a staple in Tagaytay), Crispy Sisig, Calamares Frito, Himagsikan Wings (Siglo’s version of spicy buffalo wings in which the chicken pieces are glazed in shrimp paste and honey sriracha sauce) and gising-gising.

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

Luzviminda Bilao (Php2,400)

Named after the portmanteu of the Philippines’ three major island groups – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – this bilao features dishes representing bestsellers from north to south, serving as a quick culinary tour of the country.  It includes Bagnet Ilocos, Chicken Binakol, Seafood Kare-Kare, Lumpiang Shanghai and Ubod Salad.  The standout in this bilao is the bagnet with its savory tender meat and crispy crackling skin.

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

All the bilaos come with steamed rice and fresh fruits.

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

We washed down our food with a refreshing Pomelo Amaranth Juice which is not part of Siglo’s menu but is actually the welcome drink of View Park Hotel.

Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay

Siglo Modern Filipino is located at the Ground Floor of View Park Hotel, 3500 Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Sungay East, Tagaytay City. It is open Sundays to Fridays at 7am to 10pm and Saturdays from 7am to 12mn.

Siglo Modern Filipino Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other Zomato foodies, I was invited to attend 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.

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Zomato Tagaytay Food Crawl First Stop: Mozu at Ming’s Garden

On the way to Tagaytay proper from Sta. Rosa, you would come across this beautiful oasis of blooms and greenery. Ming’s Garden began as the private plant collection of the former Philippine First Lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos, whom the locals call Lola Ming. It has since grown into a thriving business that sells ornamental plants, herbs, vegetables and other gardening essentials.

With 3 hectares of sprawling and verdant space, the place also serves as a venue for events ranging from intimate get-togethers to weddings, ceremonies and full-scale celebrations, with many possible backdrops for that Instagram shot or wedding photo.

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Driving the place’s gustatory endeavors is Chef Enzo of its award-winning restaurant and in-house caterer, Mozu at Ming’s. His philosophy when it comes to the Filipino food that his restaurant serves is to not deviate too much from the classic dishes, letting the comfort food remind the diners of home.

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Ming’s was the first stop in the Zomato Food Crawl in Tagaytay. While surrounded by the lush beauty of the restaurant’s garden setting, my fellow foodies and I were treated to a delectable array of home-grown dishes, which include:

Gambas Al Ajillo (Php310)

Mozu at Ming’s 2

In this seafood dish originating from Spain, fresh market shrimps are sauteed in olive oil, garlic and paprika.

Gising Gising (Php240)

Mozu at Ming’s 2

Apparently, the origin of this dish is still not clear with some claims placing it in Pampanga while others in Nueva Ecija. In this dish, crisp wing beans are sauteed in coconut milk, bagoong (shrimp paste) and labuyo (small chili peppers).

Bagnet Salad (Php300)

Mozu at Ming’s 2

Air-dried pork belly, a popular delicacy in North Luzon, is sliced and served with slivers of green mango, tomato and homemade

Bangus Ala Pobre (Php340)

Mozu at Ming’s 2

Boneless milkfish belly, cooked in butter, garlic and aligue (crab fat).

Ox Tail Kare Kare (Php290)

Mozu at Ming’s 2

A stew of oxtail, tripe and beef short ribs in a rich peanut sauce and served with bagoong.

Frozen Brasso de Mercedes (Php165)

Mozu at Ming’s 2

Meringue, yema (sweet custard candy) and mantecado ice cream layered on top of each other and served frozen.

Turon Ala Mode (Php200)

Saba bananas, jackfruit and mango rolled in crispy lumpia wrapper and served with a sweet apple sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Our meal was accompanied by refreshments such as local kapeng barako and fresh fruit juice.

Mozu at Ming’s 2

Mozu at Ming’s 2

Our sumptious meal at Mozu at Ming’s made for a memorable time with both old friends and new.

Mozu at Ming’s 2

By the way, Mozu at Ming’s also considers sustainability and support for its local community. All ingredients used are locally sourced (from nearby Tagaytay and Mahogany Markets) and staff are housed in dwellings right on the property.

Mozu at Ming’s is located along Santa Rosa – Tagaytay Road, Silang, Cavite. For reservations and queries, email mingsgarden@gmail.com or call +63 927 6957077 or +63 921 7295462.

Mozu at Ming's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other Zomato foodies, I was invited to attend 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.

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Happy lunch at Recipes, Tomas Morato

One particularly busy Wednesday, my officemates and I had a hankering to eat out.  The desire to leave the office for an hour with good food and good friends was so strong that I decided to donate my packed lunch (which was supposed to help me save on lunch money) to someone else.

Realizing that the restaurant we initially intended to eat in is closed, and luckily spying the resto right across the street which just happen to be Recipes, we decided to eat there instead.

Situated in a converted house along Scout Gandia in the foodie-friendly Tomas Morato area, this relatively newly opened Recipes branch (opened just in September last year) boasts of bright and airy interiors in a dining area that can seat around 40 people, and accented by tastefully placed posters of its signature dishes.

For lunch, we ordered a combination of old favorites and new discoveries, such as:

Gising-gising (Php210).  Chopped Baguio beans with ground pork in a (thankfully!) mildly spicy coconut milk sauce.

Crispy Tilapia (Php240). Crispy fillet strips served with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Regular Kare-Kare (Php435). Classic dish of stewed ox tail and ox tripe with vegetables and the restaurant’s own special peanut sauce, served with a side of bagoong (shrimp paste).

General’s Chicken (Php240). Sweet and spicy sauce-covered pieces of crispy thigh fillet chunks with eggplant slices.

Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw with Lechon (Php270).  Kalabasa (squash) and sitaw (string beans) sauteed in coconut milk and topped with lechong kawali (crispy roasted pork belly).

The flavors of these dishes went very well together.  I originally intended to just eat half a cup of rice but I ended up finishing it off.  The service staff were friendly and accommodating, quick to refill our water, take away the used dishes and even took our picture.

Lunch was extra-happy with all the good food and good company and I look forward to having more happy lunches here.

This branch of Recipes is located at 86 Sct. Gandia, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City. It is open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 10pm.  For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 6210225 and recipessctgandia@gmail.com.

Other branches of Recipes are located at:

  • Level 1, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City (Tel: +63 2 7539163)
  • 4th Floor, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, 100 Andrews Avenue, Pasay City (Tel: +63 2 8221547)
  • 5th Level, Shangri-La Plaza EDSA corner Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City (Tel: +63 2 6374050)
  • 2nd Level Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila (Tel: +63 2 5671912)
  • 2nd Level Garden Restaurants, TriNoma, EDSA cor. North Avenue, Quezon City (Tel: +63 2 9013686)
  • 2nd Level Corte de Las Palmas, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City (Tel: +63 2 7722216)
  • 2nd Level, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City (Tel: +63 2 7280920)

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

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