North Park delivers via GrabFood Signatures

With many of us still having qualms about dining outside, it’s no wonder that food delivery services have been our lifeline, not just to good food, but also towards supporting our favorite restaurants in this time of pandemic.

In its bid to bring good food to people staying at home, leading super app Grab launched its GrabFood Signatures Program, wherein it partnered with leading food brands. These popular establishments then deliver their famous dishes plus offer irresistible discounts and other promos via GrabFood.

North Park via GrabFood Signatures
North Park via GrabFood Signatures

Among GrabFood Signatures’ partner restaurants is North Park, a homegrown Chinese restaurant which brings old fashioned and well-loved Chinese food that have found a place in the hearts and palates of Pinoys.

Wanting to give my fam a break from out usual lutong-bahay fare, and to also give my yaya a break from the stress of cooking and preparing the family’s lunch, I decided to order in via my Grab app and I chanced upon a Grab Signatures promo granting Php150 off my order.

Well, I lost no time ordering my family’s faves from North Park:

Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php228). Delicious egg fried rice with shrimps, chopped BBQ pork, carrots, and green peas.

North Park via GrabFood Signatures
North Park via GrabFood Signatures

Pork Sionai (Php348/12pcs). Steamed dumplings made with ground pork, vegetables and aromatics.

North Park via GrabFood Signatures
North Park via GrabFood Signatures

Boneless Honey Lemon Chicken (Php263). Boneless chicken marinated in freshly squeezed lemon juice and seasonings, thickly coated with a sticky sauce made with honey and lemon.

North Park via GrabFood Signatures
North Park via GrabFood Signatures

Braised Noodles with Wanton (Php218). Wanton made with paper thin flour skin filled with diced pork and shrimp generously poured with premium oyster sauce over Hongkong Noodles.

North Park via GrabFood Signatures
North Park via GrabFood Signatures

The fam had wonderful meal with such a delicious and hearty fare from one of our favorite restaurants.

North Park via GrabFood Signatures
North Park via GrabFood Signatures

North Park branches in Metro Manila include:

  • Pasig: The Strip Commercial Complex Ortigas
  • Mandaluyong: Greenfield District
  • Quezon City: SM Hypermarket Cubao, Tomas Morato, G. Araneta Avenue, Trinoma Mall, Banawe, Tandang Sora, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Eton Centris
  • Taguig: Market! Market!, SM Hypermarket FTI
  • San Juan: P. Guevarra Street (opposite Petron)
  • Makati: Makati corner Kalayaan Avenue, Glorietta 3, Salcedo Village, Legaspi Village, SM Hypermarket Market
  • Paranaque: SM City Bicutan, ASEANA Square
  • Manila: Manila Ocean Park
  • Pasay: Mall of Asia Arena Parking Building
  • Valenzuela: South Supermarket
  • Alabang: Alabang Town Center, South Supermarket
  • Muntinlupa: SM Center Muntinlupa

Want to enjoy similar offers? Just check the Messages tab in your Grab App for promo notifications.

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

K-snack time with Nineteen Degrees

Those Youtube videos on Korean egg toasts are sure working on me!

These popular egg drop sandwiches have been making their presence felt in social media, thanks in large part to their highly Instagrammable presentation, and, of course, the buzz on how tasty they are!

My daughter (who’s so into K-culture) almost despaired of never getting to taste these bread snack creations, until we found out that they’re available at a shop in nearby Eastwood City in Libis called Nineteen Degrees.

Nineteen Degrees
Nineteen Degrees

Plus, there’s no need for us to leave the house and brave the outside world just to get a taste of egg drop sandwiches as Nineteen Degrees conveniently delivers via GrabFood!

So I immediately took out my phone and got to tapping on my Grab app, and soon, my daughter and I were enjoying our egg drop sandwiches and other snackables from Nineteen Degrees, which included:

K1 Egg and Cheese (Php120). Made with buttered and toasted brioche stuffed with fluffy scrambled egg, cheese, coleslaw and Signature Sauce.

Nineteen Degrees
Nineteen Degrees

K2 Ham and Cheese (Php120). Has the same ingredients as the K1 Egg and Cheese with the tasty addition of ham slices.

Nineteen Degrees
Nineteen Degrees

P3 Crabivating Corn (Php80). A handmade scallion pancake wrapped around crabmeat, corn kernels, caramelized onion and lettuce.

Nineteen Degrees
Nineteen Degrees

Drinks. We washed down our Korean-inspired snack with refreshing 700ml drinks from Nineteen Degrees.

Nineteen Degrees
T4 Four Seasons Tea (Php100)
Nineteen Degrees
M1 Boba Milk Tea (Php120)

We’re just so glad that we no longer have to stare enviously at the TV as Youtubers get to enjoy their Korean egg drop sandwiches!

Nineteen Degrees
Nineteen Degrees

You too can get to enjoy Nineteen Degrees’ snacks and drinks by dropping by its store at Eastwood Citywalk 2, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City, open dine in, takeout or delivery from 10am to 9pm. It also has sells its signature food through the Cloud Kitchen in Binondo, open for takeout or delivery from 11am to 9pm.

You may also order from GrabFood and FoodPanda or send a message on Facebook Messenger.

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal from Pancake House

Ah, the holidays are comin’!

Along with tidings of comfort and joy are also news of great eating and feasting as Pancake House brings its famous Pan Chicken in a new and exciting GrabFood Exclusive offer: the Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal!

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal

Pancake House has been a mainstay in the local food scene since the 1970 when it opened its first store in Magallanes, Makati. Today, its menu has expanded to include, not just pancakes and waffles, but also classic Pinoy breakfast fare and American diner favorites.

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal

One of its most celebrated offerings is the Classic Pan Chicken. Juicy chicken pieces are fried to a beautiful golden-brown with a satisfying crunch with every bite. Accompanied by its unique savory and buttery gravy, the Pan Chicken will always remain a go-to order for many of Pancakes House’s customers.

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal

Available until December 31, Pancake House’s Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal gives fried chicken fans more reasons to celebrate. Eight crunchy and juicy chicken pieces are paired with a free one-liter of Coke for just Php795, resulting to Php93 in savings.

For my family’s Sunday lunch, I ordered a Ceasar Salad (Php284) to go with our Pan Chicken. Bacon bits and croutons tossed with crisp salad greens in Caesar Salad dressing and sprinkled with parmesan make for a tasty and interesting contrast to the Pan Chicken.

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal

Well, it sure looks like ‘tis the season for good eats for fried chicken lovers!

Order your Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal from Pancake House via GrabFood!

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

Underrated yet must-try Korean food from Soban K-Town Grill

Sure, Korean culture has infiltrated the Pinoy consciousness with all the K-dramas, K-idols and K-variety shows almost constantly streaming on our TV screens.

However, there’s one aspect of Korean culture that appeals to me the most: Korean food!

Despite its penchant for pungent fermented condiments and spices, Korean food is known for creating a delicious harmony of flavors.

For years now, Korean food, particularly the samgyeopsal or the Korean pork barbecue, has been capturing hearts and palates of Pinoy diners, with restaurants such as Soban K-Town Grill serving up diverse meats and side dishes such as the ones I enjoyed during a previous visit with the fam.

Soban K-Town, Eastwood
Classic BBQ Combo Set
Soban K-Town, Eastwood
Banchan

However, today, I’ll be featuring some of the lesser known Korean dishes which I think also deserves some attention.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Hubby decided to order some dishes via GrabFood to go with the Korean barbecue I’m cooking at home so these delectable dishes arrived to grace our dinner table.

Gimbap (Php110/6 pcs | Php195/12 pcs). Lightly seasoned steamed rice, scrambled egg, chopped vegetables and meat rolled in gim – dried seaweed sheets – then cut up into thin slices prior to serving. Although highly snackable, it’s also a good side dish in any Korean meal.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Jeyuk Bokkeum (Php405). Thinly sliced pork pieces are marinated in spicy gochujang paste along with fresh garlic and ginger, then stir-fried along with vegetables. I like wrapping up the pork in lettuce leaves along with rice and sliced garlic and ssamjang, essentially treating this dish as another form of samgyeopsal.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Banchan Set (Php140 | free with our order). For me, much of celebrated harmony of flavors that Korean cuisine is known for is attributable to its wide array of side dishes also known as banchan. With Soban’s Banchan Set, diners can enjoy six side dishes such as kimchi, scrambled eggs and stir-fried or pickled vegetables that can be mixed and matched with other dishes.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

These dishes sure added a lot of interest (and flavor!) to the fam’s dinner, and further strengthened Korean food’s position in our hearts.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Craving for your Korean food faves or want to try something new? Order now from Soban K-Town Grill via GrabFood!

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

Kabab delivery from Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub

It’s no secret that Middle Eastern food holds a certain appeal to my fam.

Even my youngest couldn’t resist beef kabab, and has been known to demolish several helpings of this dish in one sitting.

With the pandemic still raging outside the safety of our home, the family can’t go out to dine at our usual kabab haunts. Fortunately, Hubby has discovered a resto that can not only cater to our kabab cravings but can supply the side dishes we love so well.

What’s more, its Middle Eastern food offerings are quite affordable and easily accessible.

Cheers to Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub, now available for long distance delivery on GrabGood!

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

First established at Ortigas Home Depot in 2006, Uncle Moe‘s Shawarma Hub focused its offerings towards premium yet affordable Middle Eastern food.

Since then, it has branched out to fifteeb locations across the metro, serving a carefully curated menu stripped down to what its clientele keeps coming back to.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

For several weeks now, Hubby would oftentimes order some kababs from Uncle Moe’s via GrabFood for his midnight snack (which he is obligated to share with whoever among us is still awake, hehehe!). The fam grew to love Uncle Moe’s offerings and we started to look forward to it more and more.

At the tail end of a particularly hectic weekend, I decided to heed Hubby’s request and ordered our faves from Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub for our Sunday dinner.

This included:

Hummus (Php185). A popular Middle Eastern dip, spread or dish in itself made from cooked chickpeas (garbanzos), tahini, lemon juice and garlic. It is best enjoyed with fresh pita bread.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Moutabal (Php185). A version of the baba ghanoush made with mashed broiled eggplant, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini and various seasonings. It has a yummy savory and smokey flavor which complements many Mediterranean dishes.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Ox Brain (Php195). Made with fried ox brain sprinkled with a bit of citrus juice, it adds a lot of richness to any Mediterranean dish it accompanies.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Beef Kabab Tray (Php510). Eight pieces of juicy beef kababs accompanied by four pieces of pita bread, garlic and red chili sauce as well as tomato-onion salsa.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Given my fam’s huge appetites and our love for kababs, it’s no wonder that we were able to finish off two orders of Beef Kabab Tray, three orders of Ox Brain, two orders of Hummus and an order of Moutabal, all in a single meal!

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

So if you’re on the lookout for delicious yet affordable Middle Eastern food, grab your phone and order from Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub via GrabFood!

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

Virtual resto-hopping at GrabKitchen in Pasig

Do you sometimes miss those times when you can just hang out at a mall and go restaurant-hopping?

Being able to try various cuisines is heaven for a foodie like me.

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

However, with lockdowns and restrictions brought about by the pandemic, restaurant hopping is nigh impossible.

Even if you try to order food from different establishments for delivery, the delivery fees would also multiply.

Unless, of course, you get your food orders from GrabKitchen.

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchens are designed to greatly expand the food choices available in a particular locale by serving a varied curation of food selections from restaurants with no physical presence in the area all served from one central kitchen. It also offers customers the ability to mix-and-match – ordering from different restaurants hosted by the GrabKitchen for a single checkout and delivery fee.

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

That’s a load of convenience and savings, right?

GrabKitchens have already set up branches in Glorietta, Malate and Paranaque, and now, finally, right in my neck of the woods: Pasig City!

Through this GrabKitchen, I was able to able to treat the fam to a wide array of dishes and cuisines from different restaurants for our weekend lunch. These include:

Dimsum and noodles from King Chef such as Hakaw (Php190/4pcs), Pork & Shrimp Siomai (Php130/4pcs) and Beef Brisket Noodles (Php280).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Korean-style boneless fried chicken from 24 Chicken such as a Half Half order of Original and Yangnyeon (Php545/7pcs each) and a Half order of Snow Cheese (Php299).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Solo (100ml) cups of artisanal ice cream from Merry Moo such as Honey Comb (Php135), Milo (Php135) and Strawberry Shortcake (Php135).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Refreshing drinks from CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice such as CoCo Milk Tea (Php85/regular), Pearl Milk Tea (Php90/regular), Strawberry Au Lait (Php150/regular with pudding) and Chocolate with Pudding & Pearl (Php100/regular).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Thanks to GrabKitchen, the fam and I had a virtual resto-hopping experience right at home!

But that’s not all!

A few months ago, driven by our K-drama triggered cravings, we also ordered our Korean meal from Happilee Korean Kitchen which included Pork Mandu (Php99/4pcs), Mini Kimbap (Php150/5pcs), Kimchi (Php30) and Soy Glazed Chicken Tray (Php600/10pcs).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Other restaurants hosted by GrabKitchen Pasig include Omakase, Conti’s, Las Titas MNL and Merienda by Pan de Manila.

With the mix-and-matching options available, ordering from GrabKitchen Pasig is well-suited for families whose members have varied food preferences.

GrabKitchen Pasig

So, fellow Pasiguenos, when you feel like having some variety in your meals or want to explore new food options, download the Grab app and order from GrabKitchen Pasig!

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig is located at 172 C. Raymundo Avenue, Maybunga, Pasig City, open daily for delivery orders from 9am to 10pm.

Disclosure: A gift voucher was provided to facilitate the order experience.

Celebrate World Ice Cream Day with The Lost Bread x Arce’s TRIO Pack

Hooray, hooray for World Ice Cream Day!

On July 18, ice cream lovers around the world will celebrate our favorite frozen dessert.

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

This is especially timely here in the metro because as summer gives way to the rainy season, the heat and humidity can be quite oppressive and a few dollops of cold and creamy ice cream can do so much to improve our mood.

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

If you’re on the lookout for fun and fresh ice cream flavors to try, how about the product of the collaboration between dessert shop The Lost Bread and local ice cream producer Arce Dairy: the Trio Pack?

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

At Php950, it is comprised of pints of three ice cream flavors that should spark some happy memories for us 90s kids.

Check them out:

Blue Vanilla. The rich and comforting vanilla flavor we love that comes in a fun shade of blue. A treat for ice cream lovers who love a fresh twist on a classic fave.

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

Choc Nut. The nutty candy that we seemed to carry around all the time way back when is now in ice cream form. It’s definitely a flavor we will enjoy revisiting again and again.

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

Haw Haw Milk. We 90s kids love milk and it was evident in our love for Haw Haw Milk Candy. With its ice cream iteration, we have a new way to enjoy this milky treat!

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

These flavors are also available in individual tubs or pints.

Did you know that The Lost Bread has been awarded by Big 7 Travel as the 3rd BEST ice cream brand in Asia and the 13th BEST ice cream brand in the world? So if you’re craving for affordable craft ice cream visit a store or grab your phone to order now!

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

You can order these treats from The Lost Bread’s website for delivery or have them picked up from these Metro Manila branches:

  • Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
  • Maginhawa Street, Quezon City
  • Green Meadows Subdivision, Quezon City
  • Regalado Highway, Fairview, Quezon City
  • SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
  • Marcos Highway, Antipolo City
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • SM Bicutan, Paranaque City
  • Evia Lifestyle Center, Las Pinas

The Lost Bread Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rise and shine with Sinangag Express

We hear it all the time: it’s best to start our day with a hearty meal. After all, we need to have nourishment to fuel us for the day.

While some would go for breads or cereals as their starter meal, we Pinoys gravitate towards silogs.

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Silogs are made with sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (fried egg) partnered with the ulam (viand) of choice. There’s something about day-old-rice that’s been sauteed with garlic and sunny-side-up fried eggs that perfectly frames the flavors of classic Pinoy breakfasts.

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Take the items on offer at Sinangag Express, for example.

Adsilog (Php120). Silog paired with the sweet-sour-savory pork adobo flakes.

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Lucbansilog Solo (Php160). Silog paired with garlicky links of authentic Lucban longganisa.

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Ilocos Bagnet Meal (Php180). Silog paired with slices of authentic bagnet, an Ilocano dish made of pork belly seasoned with garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves and salt then deep-fried until crispy.

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Sinangag Express Eastwood

With these hearty morning meals, we’ll definitely have reasons to rise and shine, don’t we?

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Fortunately, we can have these breakfast joys delivered to our homes via GrabFood. Plus, until June 15, we get Php100 off our Php550 minimum order from Sinangag Express since this is a GrabFood Signatures restaurant (code: SIGNATURES).

So order now and wake up to deliciousness!

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Sinangag Express Eastwood

This Sinangag Express branch is located at Food Court, Third Floor, Eastwood Cybermall, Libis, Quezon City.

Other branches are located at:

  • Pasig: Ortigas Technopoint
  • Mandaluyong: Worldwide Corporate Center
  • Taguig: Intellectual Property Center
  • Makati: San Antonio Village
  • Manila: Nakpil Street corner Taft Avenue, Dagonoy Street
  • Paranaque: Betterliving Subdivision, BF Homes
  • Muntinlupa: Northgate Cyberzone
  • Las Pinas: Alabang-Zapote Road

Sinangag Express Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Jelly List: Yummy national flavors to stoke your Pinoy Pride via GrabFood

With the Philippine Independence Day just around the corner, it’s definitely time to look back on some of the things that we can be proud of as a nation.

Being a foodie, I consider the sheer wondrous variety and flavor of Filipino cuisine as a definite achievement. Using our local ingredients and culinary traditions from our forbears as well as influences from foreigners and we produced a highly diverse, down-home yet flavorful array of dishes that are close to our hearts and appeal to our tastebuds.

Despite enjoying Filipino food in our hapag-kainan at home, we also go out and dine at Filipino restaurants because we simply can’t get enough of these flavors and we appreciate the unique spins that local chefs apply to our classic dishes.

And with the restrictions on dining out still in effect because of the pandemic, we are lucky that we can still have our Pinoy food cravings satisfied by our suking Filipino restaurants by having our favorite dishes delivered via GrabFood.

Check out latest #JellyList of Filipino dishes that you can enjoy at home:

Bulalong Lugaw by Soleras

Soleras, Banawe

The hearty rice porridge which serves as our go-to comfort food during rainy days just got a decadent makeover with the addition of hefty pieces of beef shanks (complete with bone marrow!).

More on Soleras here.

Pancit Lucban by Buddy’s

Buddy’s Mother’s Day

I’m ever so glad that Lucban, Quezon’s famous pancit habhab is readily available for us Metro Manila denizens to enjoy.

More on Buddy’s here.

Pares Tendon by Pares Retiro

Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato

The flavorful slow-braised beef dish paired with garlic fried rice made even more awesome with the addition of melt-in-your-mouth pieces of litid (tendon).

More on Pares Retiro here.

Tomarrow Never Dies by Recovery Food

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Feeling fearless? Then check out this dish made with roasted bone marrow topped with roasted garlic and served sizzling with rice and juicy morsels of beef.

More on Recovery Food here.

Kesong Puti Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Almusal Cafe

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

This is a fancy take on the kesong puti (soft and un-aged white cheese made from carabao’s milk) which is partnered with sundried tomato pesto on sourdough bread and served with potato crisps on the side.

More on Almusal Cafe here.

Tres Leches Halo Halo by Ombu Kusina

Ombu Kusina, Tomas Morato

Cool down and chill out with this refreshing summer fave: crushed ice flavored with three kinds if milk and topped with a rich and creamy slice of leche flan.

More on Ombu Kusina here.

Looking for more reasons to order in?

With its GrabFood Signatures program, Grab users can enjoy Php100 off for every minumum order of Php550 from its partners such as these Filipino restaurants:

Adsilog by Sinangag Express

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Waking up to the smell of garlic rice partnered with flaked pork adobo and fried egg will surely give you a great start for the day.

More on Sinangag Express here.

Litson Manok by Andoks

Andok’s, Tagaytay

Whether as ulam or pulutan, the tender, juicy and smokey goodness of litson manok is a welcome addition to the dinner table.

More on Andoks here.

Ensaimada by Cafe Mary Grace

Cafe Mary Grace, SM East Ortigas

Made with 100% real butter and eggs as well as topped with grated Edam cheese, these soft and fluffy pastries have that combination of sweet and salty flavors we Pinoys so adore with a premium and delicate mouthfeel.

More on Cafe Mary Grace here.

So let’s all dig in to our rich culinary heritage and show our pride for lutong-Pinoy by ordering our faves and fresh finds via GrabFood!

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

A taste of Spain with Alba and GrabFood

Considering how Spanish cuisine has been a huge influence on Pinoy food, it’s a wonder that I didn’t get to eat often at Spanish restaurants, even during pre-pandemic times.

From Spain’s richly storied culinary heritage as well as the influx of new ingredients courtesy of the galleon trade, we get the rich and colorful dishes that we have adapted and oftentimes reserve for special occasions.

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Since the 1950s, Alba Restaurante Espanol has been the go-to place for authentic Spanish food. Established by Don Anastacio Alba over sixty-five years ago, this restaurant has been satisfying the Filipino palate with tasty Spanish comfort food.

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

A few years ago, before the lockdowns which arose because of the pandemic, my officemates and I were able to expand our culinary horizons by having one of our happy lunches at Alba’s Tomas Morato branch.

Alba, Tomas Morato

Alba, Tomas Morato

Alba, Tomas Morato

Recently, I was able to revisit Alba’s cuisine for my second quarantine birthday, when my boss had a Paella Valenciana (Php580) delivered to my home as a birthday treat. It’s a show-stopping rice dish made with chicken, pork, seafood and veggies that’s hearty enough to satisfy the whole family, but whetted my appetite for more of Alba’s offerings.

Alba Estancia

Alba Estancia

Fortunately, with GrabFood’s Taste the World campaign, I was able to sate my craving for Spanish comfort food. The campaign’s last leg featured European food and granted 50% discount (maximum of Php150), for orders made from 10am to 2pm.

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

With Alba’s Eatancia branch available for long-distance delivery via GrabFood, I was able to treat the fam to a delicious taste of Spain right in our home, which included:

Salchichas con Champignon (Php250). A tapas caliente (hot appetizer) made with slices of Spanish sausage sautéed with mushroom, garlic and chili.

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Gambas Al Ajillo (Php370). Another tapas caliente made with shrimps sauteed in olive oil, garlic and chili, which is definitely becoming a family favorite, especially when paired with hot crusty bread.

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Callos ala Madrilena (Php420). Stewed ox-tripe in a rich tomato sauce.

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Lengua Sevillana (Php500). Stewed ox tongue with mushroom and olives in a rich sherry brown sauce.

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Paella Negra (Php650). Paella given its distinctive dark hue and rich umami flavor by squid ink, stuffed squid and shrimps.

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

There’s a reason why most of these dishes are only served during special occasions: it’s the sheer amount of time, effort and expertise that go into preparing these dishes. But simply by coursing your order from Alba via GrabFood, you can enjoy these delectable viands in the comfort of your home.

Alba, Estancia

Alba, Estancia

Plus, be sure to take advantage of amazing offers such as Taste the World and GrabFood Signatures to get amazing deals on your food delivery orders from your favorite restaurants.

So go ahead and take your tastebuds on a gastronomic adventure just by ordering via GrabFood!

This Alba branch is located at Level 2, North Wing, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig City.

Other branches are located at:

  • 38 Polaris St. Bel-Air Makati City
  • Tomas Morato corner Scout Lozano, Quezon City
  • Westgate Center, Commerce Ave., Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • 4th Level, Prism Plaza, TwoEcom Center Building, Bayshore Avenue cor Harbor Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

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

About Grab

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About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

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Disclosure: A gift voucher was provided to facilitate the order experience.

Mix-and-match your food faves via new GrabKitchens in Malate and Paranaque

Don’t you sometimes get those really intense cravings for your favorite dishes from your go-to restaurants but you’re stuck at home in an area where the restos have no branch?

Doesn’t that make you long for the pre-pandemic days when you can freely wander around the metro and dine where you wish?

Well, take heart, dear foodie! Your prayers have been answered, especially if you live in the boroughs of Malate or Paranaque because a GrabKitchen has opened in your area!

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

You can expect the GrabKitchen in your area to greatly expand the number of excellent food options in your community, available for takeout or delivery. For true-blue foodies stuck at home, this means a wider selection of gastronomic adventures are just a few phone taps away!

Plus, we can now mix and match our favorite dishes by cross-ordering from GrabKitchen’s partner restaurants, all with just one delivery fee!

Take my fam’s totally Japanese meal today, for instance. By ordering from GrabKitchen Paranaque, I was able to grab my favorite Japanese dishes from two different restaurants: Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase!

Kyoto Sushi Bake

Kyoto Sushi Bake built on the sushi bake craze at the start of the pandemic and made its mark on this quarantine food trend by offering gourmet variants such as Unagi, Cream Cheese Tuna and Baked Kani with Sweet Corn.

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Today, I treated the fam (especially my sushi bake-loving daughter) to a Crazy Maki Sushi Bake (Php500). This tribute to the California Maki is made with sushi rice topped with a delectable combination of sliced mango and kani finished with masago (roe), Japanese mayo, nori and crunchy tempura flakes.

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

It is best enjoyed with a glass of refreshing Kraver’s house-blend Iced Tea (Php59).

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Omakase

Since 2002, Omakase has been satisfying the tastebuds of Japanese food lovers with authentic and fusion dishes.

Its name is actually a phrase used when ordering sushi in restaurants – Omakase which means “I’ll leave it up to you” – when customers leaves the selection of food up to the chef.

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Here in the metro, Omakase is the home of imaginatively crafted sushi, made by combining textures and flavors of various ingredients into a cohesively tasty dish as exemplified by my orders of Omakase Roll (Php315), made with torched salmon, crabstick and cucumber, and Dynamite Roll (Php345), made with unagi tempura and tuna.

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

To complete our Japanese meal, I also ordered the fam’s faves such as:

Kyuri Kani Salad (Php230)

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Japanese Fried Rice (Php95 cup | Php335 bowl)

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Pork Gyoza (Php230)

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Tonkatsu (Php235)

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Beef Teppanyaki (Php445)

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

The fam and I absolutely love the flexibility and the sheer number of food options that GrabKitchen makes available.

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Aside from Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase, food lovers in the South may also order from the other restaurants housed in GrabKitchen Paranaque which include: 24 Chicken, Alishan at the Alley, Army Navy, Cara Mia, La Titas MNL, El Nacho Libre, Sheikh’s Kebab, Breakfast for 2, Black Kimchi! and Dapo at Tisa.

Order fromGrabKitchen Paranaque.

Foodies near Manila can order from GrabKitchen Malate to grab their faves from Omakase, Frankie’s, Recovery Food, Paper Moon, Yogorino, Pepi Cubano, Dapo at Tisa, King Chef, La Tita, Selecta, So Mot, Blu Kouzina, Coco Fresh Tea and Juice, Merienda by Pan De Manila, and Go! Salads.

Order fromGrabKitchen Malate.

So the next time your food craving hits, my dear foodies, just look up the GrabKitchen in your area and order away!

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Disclosure: A gift voucher was provided to facilitate the order experience.

Summer at home? Grab makes it rewarding with Summer Steals: Bahaycation

Summer greetings from Grab!

Everybody looks forward to the summer season every year for all the fun memories and activities associated with it, be it for the refreshing beverages, the relaxing vacations, or lively beach trips. But while we have to stay in the safety of our homes for the meantime, Grab, Southeast Asia’s everyday superapp, gives us a chance to make this summer one to remember by bringing your summer vacation right to your doorstep with Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation!

Until May 2, 2021, grab a bite of that exciting slice of summer with the chance to win BIG prizes through the Bahaycation Deals Wheel and sulit week-long deals and daily flash sales across Grab’s different services!

Amp up your summer and create unforgettable experiences with your loved ones with exciting prizes up for grabs just from spinning the Bahaycation Deals Wheel! Who knows, you might just be one of the lucky winners to take home a Dyson Airwrap, KitchenAid Mixer, Philips Air Fryer, Samsung Air Conditioner, Nespresso Lattissima machine, iPad Pro, or even a 50″ Samsung TV, perfect for enhancing your summer at home!

While you’re getting some exciting prizes from spinning the Bahaycation Deals Wheel, get your game face on for Grab’s Bahaycation Challenge just from making some purchases on GrabMart, and stand the chance to win a P120 off voucher for GrabMart’s Mega Sale from April 29 to May 4!

Last but not least, continue treating yourself to a fun and memorable summer that you deserve through thousands of deals from GrabFood, GrabMart, and GrabPay for the best summer-at-home experience yet! Beat the heat and have your summer staples delivered from your favorite restaurants like Yellow Cab, Taco Bell, Botejyu, and Coco with UNLI FREE DELIVERY today! To top this off, select merchants are offering you 50% OFF when you order from GrabMart stores like Assi Fresh Plaza, Zagana, Lawson, and Candy Corner. And be sure to complete that summer bahaycation OOTD and earn over P1,000 in cashback when you shop at Zalora, Shein, BeautyMNL, ShopSM, and more using GrabPay!

Get a slice of that summer experience— even from home— through the Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation and make sure not to miss out on the week-long deals and exciting prizes available on the Grab app from April 26 to May 2, 2021!

For more details, check out the Grab app or visit the Grab website to learn more about Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation!

Promo details provided in a recent press release

GrabFood Signatures family dinner from Cafe Mary Grace

I admit: having been “stuck at home” for more than a year has got me a bit tired of the usual home-cooked ulam.

Every once in a while, I want to treat the fam to something special: mouthwatering viands that go beyond the usual gisasigangprito that comprise my business-as-usual cooking repertoire.

If you have the same problem, then we’re both in luck, because Grab recently launched its newest program, GrabFood Signatures. It partnered with popular restaurants to offer amazing deals on best-selling food and drink, exclusively for GrabFood users.

One such restaurant is Cafe Mary Grace.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

While this restaurant is best known for its baked goods, particularly its ensaimada and cheese rolls, it also offers hearty comfort food good for sharing and perfect for family meals.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Together with my daughter #ExhibitA, I selected some dishes that were off-the-beaten-path for the fam:

Fried Kesong Puti & Calamansi Vinaigrette (Php393). Nuggets of kesong puti which are breaded, fried and tossed in with lettuce and grilled tomatoes, then drizzled with calamansi vinaigrette.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Smoked Salmon & Cream (Php438). Smoked salmon sauteed with garlic cream, tossed with pasta and garnished with caviar.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Dory & Saffron Cream (Php414). Linguini noodles topped with cream dory fillets and covered with a light cream sauce, subtly flavored with leeks and saffron.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Grilled Chicken Couscous (Php483). Chicken fillets marinated in rosemary and grilled before topping spicy steamed couscous, with a homemade tomato concasse and blance asparagus. This dish also has a 20% off deal, coming out at just Php368!

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Parma Ham & Arugula (Php624). Freshly made pizza dough, generously topped with premium mozarella, homemade tomato sauce, slices of parma ham and arugula.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

This meal was a welcome break from our run-of-the-mill ulam. And thanks to GrabFood Signature Deals, the total food bill for this meal amounted to just a little over Php2,000!

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

This Cafe Mary Grace branch is located at Ground Floor, SM City Marikina, Marcos Highway, Calumpang, Marikina City. Other Metro Manila outlets are located at:

  • Antipolo: SM Masinag
  • Marikina: SM Marikina
  • Mandaluyong: Shangri-La Plaza, SM Megamall
  • Pasig: Rockwell Business Center, Estancia Mall, Ayala Malls Feliz, SM East Ortigas, SM Hypermart Pasig, Ayala Malls the 30th
  • San Juan: Unimart
  • Quezon City: Trinoma, SM Fairview, Gateway Mall, Eastwood Mall, SM North EDSA, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Robinsons Galleria, UP Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Fisher Mall
  • Makati: Greenbelt 2, Century City Mall, Power Plant Mall, Steps Dance Studio, Enterprise Center, Makati Medical Center, Glorietta 4, Cash and Carry, SM Makati, Ayala Circuit, Waltermart
  • Taguig: Serendra, SM Aura, Venetian Mall, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Uptown Mall, One Bonifacio High Street, Rustans Central Square
  • Manila: Robinsons Place Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, SM Manila, SM San Lazaro
  • Pasay: NAIA Terminal 3, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Arena Annex, SM Mall of Asia Hypermarket, Resorts World Manila, Double Dragon Plaza
  • Paranaque: SM BF Paranaque, Okada, SM Sucat, SM Bicutan
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center, Fiesta Supermall

As a GrabFood Signatures restaurant, Cafe Mary Grace delivers via GrabFood and provides exclusive deals for GrabFood orders such as a Php100 discount for every minimum order of Php550.

Disclosure: A GrabFood voucher was provided to facilitate the ordering and delivery experience.

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

Check out my posts on other Cafe Mary Grace branches:

A sumptuous taste of the East at Wangfu Chinese Cafe

Chinese cuisine is so ingrained in the local food scene that I simply can’t imagine going without it.

As one of the chief culinary influences to the Pinoy cuisine, Chinese food has been a frequent feature of many a Pinoy table from simple family dinners to lavish feasts.

Wangfu, Eastwood

In pre-COVID times, my officemates and I would sometimes go to the Wangfu Chinese Cafe branch near our office for lunch. There, we would feast on tasty yet affordable Chinese dishes that would sate our midday hunger and power us for our tasks for the rest of the workday.

Wangfu, Eastwood

With the community quarantine in effect since last year, going out for Chinese food is not as easy as it once was.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Thankfully, Wangfu has made its dishes available for long distance delivery via GrabFood so I can have my Chinese food cravings satisfied with little effort.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Giving in to my daughter #ExhibitA’s request for Chinese food for lunch at home one day, I ordered some of my old faves from Wangfu, which included:

Hakaw (Php206.84). Both my daughter and I go crazy over this shrimp dumpling. When dipped in toyomansi with a little bit of chili paste, it’s irresistible!

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

Half Hainanese Chicken (Php614.25). Half of a chicken poached in sub-boiling temperatures along with ginger, garlic and pandan leaves, then sliced upon serving. It’s best eaten with the oily chicken rice accompanied by three dipping sauces – soy sauce, chili sauce and ginger sauce.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

Chicken Rice (Php84.48). The stock produced in poaching the chicken is used to boil rice, producing a flavorful oily rice (Yes, it’s oily and I don’t care! It’s yummy!) that goes so well with the chicken.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

Salted Egg Squid (Php457.55). Breaded and deep-fried squid rings flavored with mashed salted egg yolks.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

All of these flavors mesh well together. Once you’ve gotten a taste of this winning combination, I’m sure you’ll be hooked too!

Wangfu, Eastwood

Thanks to Wangfu, my daughter and I were able to satisfy our cravings for good Chinese food!

Wangfu, Eastwood

This Wangfu Chinese Cafe branch is located at Lower Ground Floor, LeGrand Tower 1, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 73734308 or +63 917 6295466. It also delivers via GrabFood.

Other branches may be found at:

  • Ground Floor, SM City Marikina, Marcos Highway, Calumpang, Marikina City
  • Ground Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Ground Floor, Phase 1, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato Avenue Corner Scout Madrinan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City
  • Level 1, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
  • Ground Level, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, A. Bonifacio Avenue, Balintawak, Quezon City
  • Lower Ground Floor, The Parkway, SM City Fairview, Novaliches, Quezon City

Wangfu Chinese Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Bold takes on Pinoy dishes at Soleras, Banawe

Banawe is known as the go-to place for car parts and Chinese food. This newly opened Filipino restaurant is setting out to change all that.

If you ever thought that Pinoy food lack imagination and pizzaz, you are in for quite an eye-opener at Soleras.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Situated at the ground floor of hardware and construction store BuildPlus in Banawe, Soleras provides shoppers and walk-in diners another welcome dining option within the premises (the other one is the steak and pizza restaurant Megawatt). Similar to its sister restaurant, it takes its name from the solar panels that serve as its tables and provides a casual vibe among its diners as well as a convenient location within the store.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

In line with the New Normal, Soleras operates with safety protocols already in place, such as:

  • Requirement for face masks and face shields for all customers
  • Mandatory temperature check
  • Contact tracing (either via paper forms or via a QR code for an online form for greater convenience and less contact)
  • Positioning of diners one seat apart for physical distancing

What really sets Soleras apart from other Filipino restos is its fresh and bold take on classic Pinoy dishes, tweaking ingredients or presentation in ways that produce “awesome-thentic” and “gastronomically exotic-citing” viands that will excite discriminating tastebuds and sate hungry tummies, all while not breaking the bank.

Soleras, Banawe

The stars aligned and my luck held because I was able to sample them together with my fellow food bloggers – Anj of AnjColumna.com, Jen of SandUnderMyFeet.com, Nix of IEatAndIWander.com and Chryz of Chryzpontaneous.

Soleras, Banawe

Together, this intrepid group of titas feasted on Soleras’ signature dishes such as:

Espesyal na Bulalong Lugaw (Php280). Lugaw (glutinous rice porridge) has long been a Filipino comfort food, especially during chilly or rainy days. Flavored with garlic and ginger and accompanied by bits of meat, hardboiled quail eggs and chopped scallions, this offshoot of the Chinese congee is best served hot, all the better to warm our tummies during cold days. Soleras kicks the awesomeness level of this dish up a notch with the addition of bulalo (beef shanks with bone marrow), making the dish extra special indeed.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Keso Dinakdakan (Php290). Dinakdakan is an Ilocano delicacy similar to the Kapampangan sisig. Our ancestors up north are not wont to waste any food item so they grilled and finely chopped “unwanted” pig parts such as cheeks, ears, liver and tongue, then tossed them in a tangy dressing together with minced ginger, onions and chili peppers. Soleras added tiny cheese cubes to the mix which lends more richness to the dish.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Angus Pares (Php145). I was late in joining the Beef Pares Appreciation Society, having only developed a liking for this dish last year, but I sure am making up for lost time. Beef Pares is so named due to the pairing of slow-braised beef stew with sinangag (garlic fried rice). I go crazy over spoonfuls tender bits of beef and melt-in-your-mouth tendon and garlic rice. The people behind Soleras – bless them! – improved on perfection by using Angus beef in their version of this dish, including a decadent roasted bone marrow, and made the dish available to pares lovers like me for only Php145! Woah!

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Pancit Sampler (Php185 for small | Php499 for medium | Php699 for large). The pancit is another example of how we Pinoys took a Chinese influence (noodles in this instance) and made it our own. Soleras updates the usual sauteed noodles with meat bits and veggies by adding the distinct flavors of known Filipino dishes such as Sisig, Bicol Express and Pares.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Pritong Itik (Php225 for small | Php345 for medium | Php450 for large). Instead of the usual fried chicken, Soleras instead serves crispy fried itik (native duck). The bird is first simmered in water with salt, ginger and other aromatics, then properly dried before deep-frying until golden brown.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Ginumis (Php185). For dessert, we had an Ilonggo version of the halo-halo (shaved ice dessert) made with sago pearls, gulaman (cubed gelatin), pinipig (toasted pounded rice), coconut milk and sugar syrup.

Soleras, Banawe

Gulaman (Php85). Our drinks were the classic samalamig (sweet chilled coolers) made with sago pearls and gulaman topped with shaved ice and flavored with muscovado sugar and pandan leaves.

Soleras, Banawe

Thanks to our Soleras sojourn, my friends and I were able to rediscover our appreciation for Pinoy food. Thanks to Midz of GastronomidaPH.com for extending the invitation!

Soleras, Banawe

Why don’t you take a break from your usual ulam, head on to Soleras and get a fresh perspective on Filipino cuisine?

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras is located at 686 Banawe Street, Barangay Siena, Quezon City (beside Megawatt Pizza & Steak), open daily from 10am to 10pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 917 1827583 or send a message on Facebook. Soleras also delivers via Grabfood (together with Megawatt).

Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I was invited to sample Solera’s offerings.  All the food items mentioned here were served for us to taste the fare to facilitate our honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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

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