5 reasons why you should have your date night at Sammy’s Cainta

Sure, the restrictions from the pandemic may have prevented you going out on grand dinner dates with your beloved for several months but that doesn’t mean that you have to settle for lackluster date nights, right?

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Certainly not when Sammy’s provides the perfect venue for wining and dining with your special someone. Let me tell you why:

1. It’s quite a hidden gem.

There’s a reason many romantic adventures take place in some out-of-the-way locale. Physically separating you from the normal hustle-and-bustle of your daily life will help bring your focus to just you and your partner.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s is located inside a subdivision in Cainta, but still accessible from Metro Manila, so you can easily have that quick romantic escapade with your special someone.

Sammy’s also complies with safety protocols set by its LGU so be sure to fill up the health declaration form and follow physical distancing while you’re there!

Sammy’s, Cainta

2. Its decor sets a romantic mood.

Owner Chef Sammy Isidro and his wife Dorothy converted the second floor of their house into a cozy restaurant.

Its high ceilings give it an airy feel, while rustic lamps and fixtures that glow with warm lighting make it an intimate setting.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Large windows provides a view of the lush foliage outside which as a backdrop for your romantic adventure.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

3. Its Indonesian-inspired cuisine is simply extraordinary.

Chef Sammy and Dorothy spent seventeen years in Indonesia which certainly influenced the food the Sammy’s serves.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

These include:

Beef Konro. A large cut of beef rib slow-braised for hours until tender and drizzled with a flavorful sauce made with its own drippings. This dish is good for sharing.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Mie Goreng. Also known as Bakmi Goreng, this hearty dish is made with stir-fried noodles in a sweet and savory sauce tossed with herbs and strips of scrambled egg.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Nasi Goreng. Indonesian-style fried rice flavored with the traditional sweet soy sauce called kecap manis and other seasonings, then served with fried egg, krupuk (traditional cracker) and chicken satay.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Beef Rendang. A delicious and slightly spicy dish made with beef braised and slow-cooked in coconut milk seasoned with herbs and spices until the liquids evaporate and the meat takes on its caramlizes, becoming dark brown and tender, and infused with rich flavors.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Martabak Manis. One of Indonesia’s most popular desserts which consist of a thick pancake made with condensed milk, crushed peanuts and sesame seeds. The Choco-Cheese variant has been my favorite since I tasted it two years ago, while the newly introduced Cheese-and-Corn is a delicious new discovery.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

With exotic yet flavorful dishes such as these, your dinner date is sure to become a gastronomic adventure !

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

4. You get serenaded after your meal.

Did you know that Chef Sammy is also known as The Singing Chef?

He and his wife spent seventeen years in Indonesia as singers in Hotel Mulia Senayan Jakarta, where they showcased the Pinoys’ vocal talent to an international audience.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

They treat their guests to a song or two after dessert, and their duets are so nakakakilig!

5. You can have your favorite dishes delivered to your home.

Sammy’s now delivers via Grabfood, so if you want to relive your Sammy’s experience at home, or if you’re simply craving for Indonesian flavors, you can just grab your smartphone and tap away!

Chef Sammy also operates Sammy’s Cookin’, which provides catering services as well as deliver cakes, pastries and other sweets to foodies within Metro Manila.

Sammy’s Cookin’ To order, call 0939 1483960.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

So even in the midst of a pandemic, you can still find the time and the place for a little romance, thanks to Sammy’s.

Check out my previous adventures with Sammy’s:

Sammy’s is located at 14 Raspberry Bend Street, Valley View Executive Subdivision Phase 3, San Juan, Cainta. The restaurant is open Tuesdays to Sundays for breakfast from 8am to 10.30am, lunch from 11am to 1.30pm and dinner from 6pm to 9pm.

Seating is strictly by reservation so call +63 939 1483960 to book your table. You may also use the same number to order from Sammy’s Cookin’.

You can also hold intimate gatherings such as birthday shindigs, proposal dinners, engagement parties and wedding or baptismal receptions (with a maximum guest count of twenty) at Sammy’s.

Sammy’s, Cainta

For updates on its menu and offers, follow Sammy’s on Facebook or Instagram.

Sammy's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A delicious taste of Asia at KopiChan, Cubao

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

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

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

Kopi Chan, Cubao

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

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

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

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