Enjoy a sunset feast at Padi’s Point, Antipolo

“Sunsets are proof that, no matter what happens, everyday can end beautifully.”

– Kristen Butler

The original Padi’s Point along Sumulong Highway in Antipolo is known for its magnificent sunset views. It has long been considered a landmark in the area, with families, barkadas or even couples, making the trek up from all over the city to this restaurant to enjoy the chill ambiance, the homegrown food served here and, of course, the amazing scenery.

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Recently, my friends from #WeLoveToEatPH visited this restaurant to sate our hunger after a rousing game at Lazer Maxx. After shedding our battle mode, we were in the mood to chill and eat our fill.

So how did we chill?

We amused ourselves by taking in the amazing view. Lit by bright sunlight, the greens and colors from nearby vegetation were made more intense against the wide vista of the metro. Lit by a softer light at the golden hour, however, the same view became gorgeous silhouettes of trees against a gorgeous sunset.

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

And with what did we eat our fill?

Well, Padi’s Point offers a wide array of homegrown dishes that are best enjoyed family style. These include appetizers like Cheesy Cheese Sticks (Php190) and Nacho Grande (Php399), merienda staples such as Pancit Canton (Php160) and Mexican Pizza (Php310), and classic main dishes such as Padi’s Original Sisig (Php299) , Sinigang na Baboy (Php270) and Crispy Pata (Php699).

And since we’re a big group with jumbo-sized appetites after our adventures earlier in the day, you better believe we went for jumbo-sized bundle meals such as the Barkada Supreme (Php850) – classic finger-foods such as onion rings, cheese sticks, french fries, chicken nuggets and mushroom poppers – and the Barrio Feast (Php1,150) – fried and grilled dishes that include tilapia, chicken, pork, bangus, liempo and squid.

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Also taking center stage are the Tropical Threesome: Boracay Chill, Palawan Chill and Miami Chill, cocktail drinks at Php150 each that combine icy fruitiness with a slight kick of alcohol. As their names imply, these drinks are great for chilling and relaxing.

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Padi’s Point, Sumulong Highway

Want to have a chill sesh with the fam or your buddies? Do chase the sunset at Padi’s Point and feast on great Pinoy food. It will surely be worth the trip.

This Padi’s Point branch is located at Alpha D Compound, Sumulong Highway, Santa Cruz, Lower Antipolo, Rizal, open daily for 24 hours. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 3443028.

Other branches are located at:

  • Ground Floor, Century Imperial Suites, South Triangle, Quezon City
  • Second Floor, SKY Garden, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Coliseum Center, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
  • Third Floor, Femar Arcade Philcoa, 34 Masaya Street, Diliman, Quezon City
  • 375 Quirino Highway corner Tandang Sora Avenue, Sangandaan, Quezon City
  • Robinsons Nova Market, Quirono Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City
  • Exterior Second Floor, Star Mall EDSA-Shaw Boulevard, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
  • Gil Puyat Avenue, Libertad, Pasay City
  • Second Floor, Empire Center EDSA Mall, Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, Libertad, Pasay
  • 463 Remedios Street, Malate, Manila
  • A.H. Lacson Avenue across SM San Lazaro, Santa Cruz, Manila
  • Second Floor, The Grandz Commercial Center, MacArthur Highway, South Caloocan, Caloocan City
  • The Grills, Yellow Building Filinvest, South Station, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa
  • Alabang-Zapote Road, Pamplona, Las Pinas

Padi's Point Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at 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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The Tita’s Guide to having a blast at Walrus, Katipunan

Admit it: we women past a certain age do have some limitations on what we can subject our body and our consciousness to on a typical night out.

Gone are the days when we can party until dawn, dance to reverberating music, drink until we’re wasted or whatever the young ‘uns are doing nowadays.

Nope, we #TitasOfManila are happy to sit in comfort in well-lit, well-ventilated restos, sipping our favorite teas or even wines, animatedly chatting with our girls.

You wouldn’t think that us titas will be caught dead hanging out at Walrus, would you?

Walrus Fil-Mex Cantina, that mecca where young college girls and boys can congregate and enjoy affordably priced and imaginatively prepared Mexican-Filipino dishes, is something outside the tita‘s comfort zone.

Walrus, Katipunan

Walrus, Katipunan

Or is it?

Read on, dearies. Here’s how you can survive, nay, own a night out at Walrus:

One: Dress light and stay cool.

Leave the blazers at the office and the wool scarves at home. There’s no air-conditioning here so it would be best to dress as light as possible and order a cool drink as soon as you arrive.

Two: Leave the car at home.

Parking is at a premium so save yourself the stress of driving and looking for parking space. Just book yourself a Grab Car going to and from the place. This way, you can indulge in some beers or cocktails with no worries.

Three: Let them hear the song of our people.

Don’t be afraid to request for your favorite songs from the DJ. Whether it be the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” Los Lobos’ “Macarena,” or Next’s “Too Close,” feel free to sing or dance along.

Who knows? You might catch some of the young ‘uns singing and dancing along, too. (A testament to remarkable taste in music, if so.)

Four: Forget counting calories.

Both Mexican and Filipino food are heavily influenced by Spanish cuisine, and are known for heartiness and flavor. It would be a shame if your diet will make you miss out on these affordable and tasty treats:

Sisig Nachos Locos (Php130). Heated tortilla chips smothered in melted cheese and spicy sisig.

Walrus, Katipunan

Walrus Famous Chicken Skin (Php80). Crunchy and savory deep-fried chicken skin. You’ll keep reaching for more.

Walrus, Katipunan

Chicken and Sisig Thrilla in Quesadilla (Php130 and Php120, respectively). Craving for cheese? Satisfy that hunger with these quesadillas.

Walrus, Katipunan

Walrus, Katipunan

Beef and Chicken Tacos of the Town (Php140 and Php130, respectively). Warm tortilla folded over cheese and sauteed beef or chicken.

Walrus, Katipunan

Kare-Kare Fab-burrito (Php170). This hearty Mexican roll with that meaty and peanut-ty rice filling is all you need to satisfy your hunger.

Walrus, Katipunan

Five: Quench your thirst.

With these sultry summer nights, you’ll need ice-cold drinks to cool you down. Check out Walrus’ beverage options:

Mad Amigo (Php80). Fruity apple plus rum. How could you go wrong with that?

Walrus, Katipunan

Strawberry Fields Forever (Php250). A tall pitcher of strawberry and basil with a slight kick.

Walrus, Katipunan

Walrus, Katipunan

Horchata (Php60). Not feeling like imbibing alcohol? Try this intriguing concoction made of rice milk and flavored by vanilla and cinnamon.

Walrus, Katipunan

Six: Have fun with your friends.

Aside from good food, a great time is assured by great company. So make Walrus the venue of your next #TitaConference. Show them young ‘uns how titas get down!

Walrus, Katipunan

Walrus, Katipunan

Walrus, Katipunan

Walrus Fil-Mex Cantina is located at 3rd Floor, 318-A Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 2am. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 917 5931630.

Did you know you can buy two drinks and get the same two drinks for free at Walrus through Zomato Gold? Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 deals on food or 2+2 deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use my code JELLYB to get 20% off the membership fee.

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

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I was invited to attend a foodie meetup 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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Ramsbury Single Estate holds cocktail competition at Brewery at the Palace

Eight bespoke cocktails, four mixologists from the metro’s top bars, two signature spirits.

Last Wednesday, April 3, it all came down to this as Ramsbury Single Estate held a cocktail competition among four finalists, the winner of which will become the next Ramsbury Filipino Ambassador.

Together with my fellow foodies from #WeLoveToEatPH, I joined in on the fun and sampled the featured drinks.

Ramsbury Single Estate spirits hail from the open country and expansive rolling fields of the Northeast Wilshire, West Berkshire and North Hampshire in England. It is a land blessed with fertile wheat fields and chalk-filtered stream waters which are essential to distilling Ramsbury’s gin and vodka, an offshoot of its expertise in brewing beer and ale. Ramsbury also boasts of sustainable practices which include using a biomass boiler fed its own forest to produce heat for its distillery, filtering its waste water through a reed bed system that protect wildlife habitats and feeding its livestock with bi-products from its distillery.

Aside from showcasing the talent and artistry of the participating mixologists, the competition also displayed the flavors and versatility of Ramsbury Single Estate spirits. Each mixologist was tasked to create two drinks: one that incorporates Ramsbury Gin and another that incorporates Ramsbury Vodka.

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

These resulted to wondrous combinations of flavors and surprising ingredients as the mixologists presented their cocktail ouvres:

Ralph Allen Santos of Nokal

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Martina, made with Ramsbury Vodka, pineapple vermouth, chocolate bitters and smoke with sun-dried pineapple leaves

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Pharmaceutical Gimlet, made with Ramsbury Gin, Moringa pineapple cordial, fresh lime juice and malunggay leaves

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ian James Osillo of Mandalay

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Julieta, made with Ramsbury Gin, white wine, freh lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, agave syrup, olive brine and (would you believe!) CO2.

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Romeo, made with Ramsbury Vodka, cold brew syrup, Kahlua, cynar, orange-infused whipped cream float and grated dark peppermint chocolate

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Claude Ansell Delima of The Gilarmi Lounge

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Paraiso, made with Ramsbury Gin, dill syrup, red bell pepper infused vodka, sonic water and rose aromatic air

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ayala Martini, made with Ramsbury Vodka, Chamboro, roast pork pan drippings dry vermouth fat wash and chocolate bitters

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ruwi Buenaventura of Versus Barcade

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Sip and Tell, made with Ramsbury Gin, juices of lemon and passionfruit, mango puree, Bianco Ambrato and mango tinture, garnished with a dehydrated lemon and with the glass rimmed with green mango peel and bagoong salt

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Natsu, made with Ramsbury Vodka, lime juice, pipe syrup, pineapple reduction, Aperol and chocolate bitters and garnished with a dehydrated pineapple peanut

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Among the vodka-based drinks, my favorite was Ian James Osillo’s Romeo. It is the closest to a dessert cocktail among the drinks and incorporates cream, chocolates and coffee flavors.

Among the gin-based drinks, I was leaning towards Ruwi Buenaventura’s Sip and Tell: I found the fruity drink flavors’ contrast with the Bagoong Salt garnish surprising and memorable.

However, the public has spoken that night and Nokal’s Ralph Allen Santos emerged the winner and the new Ramsbury Filipino Ambassador.

Congratulations to Ralph and other other participating mixologists for their display of creativity and fun while preparing the drinks.

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Before I forget: you do know you shouldn’t drink alcohol on an empty stomach, right? Fortunately, we were served with yummy and filling finger-foods – pizza slices, sausages and meat skewers – catered by The Brewery at the Palace prior to the start of the competition.

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

The event was fun and exciting, a great way for lovers of food and drink to come together.

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Thanks to Ms. Alma Cala of BC Marketing Concepts, Boozy.PH and #WeLoveToEatPH for the invite.

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

Ramsbury Single Estate Cocktail Competition, Brewery at the Palace

The Brewery at the Palace is located at 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, open Mondays to Thursdays from 3pm to 2am and Fridays to Saturdays from 3pm to 4am. For inquiries, call +63 917 5073442.

The Brewery at The Palace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Did You Know: When you dine in at The Brewery at the Palace, you can actually get some of the dishes for free because it is a Zomato Gold partner restaurant.

Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 deals on food or 2+2 deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use my code JELLYB to get 20% off the membership fee.

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at 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.

Check out my reviews of other bars and watering holes in the Metro:

 

Breakfast treats 24/7 at Cafe Tribu, Kamuning

We keep hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The wholesome meals and that morning cup of coffee that our moms prepare every morning fills us with energy and good vibes for the rest of the day.

Now, imagine that you can enjoy your favorite breakfast food any day, any time you want to.

At Cafe Tribu in Tomas Morato, that’s exactly what you can do.

In this recently opened 24-hour cafe (well, it’s a cafe during daytime and a resto-bar at night), you can enjoy affordably priced All-Day breakfast and coffee drinks (like its Unli Macchiato which can be served hot or iced at only Php200 and its Unli Brewed Coffee at only Php90) any time of the day while enjoying the store’s chill and relaxing vibe.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

One Saturday afternoon, I visited this cafe together with my foodie friends from #SaanSaPH to check it out.

While the cafe’s interiors are designed for comfort, it still has a lot of personality. Artworks by local artist @mayanneaise adorn the walls, depicting iconic local scenes such as a tribal woman from Benguet holding a cup of the region’s famous coffee and a relaxing tropical beach landscape. There’s a child-proofed play area under the stairs where the little ones can amuse themselves while the adults take a break and dine with ease.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Our meal consisted of freshly made All-Day breakfast items (served with rice and fried egg) and a selection of pasta dishes developed specifically for the store, which include:

Adobo Flakes (Php145).

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Home-made Tapa (Php150).

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Tocilog (Php135).

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Creamy Seafood (Php230).

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Chicken Pesto (Php230).

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

House Special Pizza (Php55 for slice | Php180 for solo | Php420 for whole).

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

The real stars of the show here are the drinks which were developed by the house barista and co-owner. These include:

Iced Caramel Macchiato (Php200 unli). Made with the barista’s own macchiato recipe.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Sea Salt Caramel Chip Blend (Php160). A java-based caramel frappe with salted caramel chips and caramel milk sauce.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Mango Graham (Php120). Mango slices worked into a creamy drink with crushed grahams and your choice between chocolate or caramel sauce.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Barista Blend Iced Coffee (Php130). An energizing shot of espresso blended into creamy sweetened milk.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Green Tea Matcha Freezee Blend (Php130). A cream-based blended iced drink incorporating green tea matcha powder.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Peach Lychee Tea Cooler (Php100). A refreshing blend of fruity lychee flavors in an ice-cold tea drink.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

For diners seeking a little bit of alcohol to unwind after a hard day’s work, Cafe Tribu has developed refreshing or energizing cocktails just for you, such as:

Flaming Lamborghini.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Mojito.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

With its delectable menu of comfort food and energizing drinks available at all hours, Cafe Tribu is sure to be a hot destination in Quezon City.

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

Cafe Tribu, Tomas Morato

This Cafe Tribu outlet is located at E. Rodriguez corner Tomas Morato Avenue, Kamuning, Quezon City, open 24/7.

Cafe Tribu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Grilled meats from all over the world at Skewered, Festival Mall Alabang

Grilling has long been associated with breezy summer nights and friends gathered to feast on good food while making new memories together.

That’s how I found myself spending a sultry Sunday afternoon down South in Alabang together with my fellow foodies.

The host of this lively gathering is Skewered, the nautical-inspired eatery that brings together grilling traditions from many parts of the world.

Skewered, Alabang

Skewered, Alabang

Skewered, Alabang

Skewered, Alabang

Skewered, Alabang

These traditions were exemplified in the feast they laid out for us, which include:

Shrimp Tacos (Php229). Marinated and grilled shrimp served in soft taco shells.

Skewered, Alabang

Oyster Gratin (Php229). Three large fresh oysters, grilled and topped with house-made aioli gratin.

Skewered, Alabang

Garlic Enoki Mushroom (Php149). Baked enoki mushroom served with house-made garlic sauce.

Skewered, Alabang

Grilled Talong (Php129). A whole eggplant, grilled then coated with house-made garlic sauce.

Skewered, Alabang

Singaporean Shrimp Satay (Php199). Skewered shrimps, marinated and grilled, then served with the traditional peanut sauce.

Skewered, Alabang

Torched Beef Salpicao (Php349). Beef salpicao served hanging, torched at the table and drizzled with butter sauce.

Skewered, Alabang

Veggies Skewer (Php169). Two sticks of mixed marinated and roasted vegetables.

Skewered, Alabang

Skewers: Chinese Beef (Php41), Chinese Lamb Php45), Chinese Pork (Php36), Chinese Chicken (Php36), Meat Balls (Php36).

Skewered, Alabang

Meat Platter (Php1,299). A carnivore’s dream come true: 200g Wagyu beef brisket, half of a roasted chicken, 150g Lechon Pork Belly, 3 pcs of Taiwanese sausages, and choice of 2 sides from among coleslaw, buttered corn, house salad, fries, mac n’ cheese and steak rice.

Skewered, Alabang

Skewered also laid out home-grown dishes served with international flair, such as:

Tapa Rice (Php299). Savory rice flavored by beef tapa topped with fried eggs and tomatoes.

Skewered, Alabang

Seafood Paella (Php439). The offshoot of the Spanish rice dish made with a creamy tomato base, fresh shrimp and clams, drizzled with aioli and served in a traditional shallow pan.

Skewered, Alabang

Sizzling Lechon Sisig (Php279). Classic Pinoy roasted pork cooked and served as a crunchy and spicy sisig.

Skewered, Alabang

Gambas al Ajillo (Php239). Plump shrimps sauteed in garlic and served sizzling.

Skewered, Alabang

Sinigang na Hipon (Php319). The sour soup dish of shrimp in a tamarind-flavored broth.

Skewered, Alabang

Beef Brisket Nilaga (Php329). Smoked wagyu brisket cubes served in a flavorful nilaga broth.

Skewered, Alabang

Kare-Kareng Lechon (Php399). Roasted pork served in a rich peanut sauce together with crisp vegetables.

Skewered, Alabang

Wagyu Corned Beef Kaldereta (Php409). The house-made wagyu corned beef prepared as flavorful caldereta with veggies.

Skewered, Alabang

Beef Hofan (Php239). Stir-fried and flambeed rice noodles mixed with beef bits and chopped vegetables.

Skewered, Alabang

Pad Thai (Php349). The classic stir-fried rice noodle dish served wrapped in a delicate egg omelette.

Skewered, Alabang

Spaghetti Aligue (Php319). Spaghetti noodles tossed in a rich crab fat sauce and served with a freshly grilled shrimp.

Skewered, Alabang

To cap our meal, cater to our craving for sweets and to quench our thirst, prettily designed dessert drinks were served (with reusable metal straws at that!).

Frappes (Php159 each): Caramel, Cookies and Cream Frappe and Chocolate

Skewered, Filinvest

Strawberry Shake Special (Php189). Strawberry milkshake overloaded with a strawberry Pocky stick, marshmallows, strawberry pretzels and a scoop of strawberry ice cream.

Skewered, Filinvest

Choko Shake Special (Php199). Chocolate milkshake overloaded with a chocolate Pocky stick, M&Ms, mini marshmallows, KitKat stick and a scoop of chocolate ice cream.

Skewered, Filinvest

Halo-Halo Frappe (Php199). The all-time Pinoy favorite shaved ice dessert given a fresh twist.

Skewered, Filinvest

Skewered does a good job in curating and putting its fresh takes in various dishes. While the pork dishes tend to be salty, the beef dishes are marked by juiciness and flavorfully tender texture.

Despite the plethora of food it served during this foodie meetup, there are more waiting to be discovered and tasted. I won’t mind coming back here for more foodie adventures with my friends.

Skewered is located at Ground Floor, Water Garden, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa, open daily from 10am to 4am with Happy Hours at 3pm to 7pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 8216745, +63 928 1796025 or +63 945 2476249.

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

And guess what? Since this is a Zomato Gold partner establishment, you can get some of your food orders for free!

Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 deals on food or 2+2 deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use my code JELLYB to get 20% off the membership fee.

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at 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.

Relaxing Sunday brunch at Noor, BGC

The day was warm with the sun shining down brightly from blue skies unmarred by clouds as I made my way to an area of Bonifacio Global CIty I seldom find myself visiting.

Megaworld’s Lifestyle Malls Forbestown Center (also known as Burgos Circle) is home to many new concept restaurants, cafes and dessert places. It is a wonder how I’m seldom here but that can soon be rectified. 🙂

This particular Sunday morning, I was headed to one restaurant in particular: Noor Modern Mediterranean. The place may look quite posh with its well-appointed modern interiors and the tasteful display of art and wine bottles throughout the premises but the overall vibe is one of freshness and warm hospitality. Its second floor dining area features a green wall as its focal point and floor-to-ceiling windows that affords a view of Forbestown Center as well as lots of natural light which will become quite handy when we do our food photos later on.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Yep, this hip and happening resto is to be the setting of a relaxed and banter-filled gathering among myself and my fellow foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH and #SaanSaPH.

Firstly, we were warmly welcomed by Noor’s Isreali-born Chef Or Hakmimi, who brings to the table the Mediterranean culinary influences he grew up with. The chef also espouses a friendly and casual dining atmosphere for his establishment; in between his adventures in the kitchen preparing Noor’s signature dishes as well as new ones he is experimenting on, he takes the time to chat with his guests and share more about his philosophy when it comes to food.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Foremost among his rules of thumb is the preference for having at least three flavors and textures in the food he serves, “so it won’t be boring.” He is right, too. Each bite of Noor’s dishes presented us with wonderful complexities: smokeyness, tartness, a hint of spice and more.

These complexities are in evidence in the brunch feast he and his staff laid out for us, which include:

Salmon Tartare. Not yet on the menu, this dish is made of thinly sliced chilled salmon topped with roe and served on crunchy black sesame seed-studded phyllo cones, an awesome start to the meal!

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Cauliflauer (Php300). I read somewhere that this dish is life-changing and I can definitely agree! Cauliflauer are deep-fried and tossed in ceasar aoili and parsley.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Moroccan Shrimp (Php480). Succulent shrimps grilled then served on a bed of tatziki (a Greek yogurt-based side dish flavored by mashed vegetables, dill and olive oil) together with charred eggplant.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Lamb Baklava (Php470). Ground lamb sauteed in olive oil and spices encased in sheets of sheer phyllo dough baked to a lusciously crispy golden brown. Served with sesame dressing and a raspberry sauce, its combo of meaty savory and tart fruity flavors is a winner.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Chicken Skewers (Php590). Tender and flavorful chicken pieces, grilled together with onions and bell peppers and served with Syrian Basmati rice and seared tomato.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Shawarma Tacos (Php630). A triad of shawarma variants – roasted chicken with tahini, tomatoes and amba aoili; roasted fish with tsaziki, coleslaw and cilantro; and roasted mushrooms with garlic aioli, sumac onions and parsley – served open-faced on warm pita bread. These are best eaten by hand! (A bit messy but that’s part of the experience!)

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Knafe (Php390). A classic Arab desert made of shredded buttery phyllo pastry, ricotta cheese, rose water syrup and yogurt ice cream topped with chopped pistachios. That interplay of warm and cold inside my mouth, together with the sweetness and rich buttery flavor is quite decadent. My only regret is that I have gone through forty plus years in life and I’ve only tasted this heavenly dessert today.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Almond Creme Brulee (Php330). A mildly sweet, creamy almond cream custard garnished with raspberry sauce and mint.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

All of these dishes are made from scratch in the kitchen by Chef Or. Ingredients are locally sourced and the produce are organically grown in local farms.

Chef Or and his staff also served us with the resto’s signature cocktails to complement the dishes and to add to the day’s happy vibe.

Noor, BGC

Gypsy Mango (Php380). Rum mixed with organic mango liquor, fresh mango and cilantro. A perfect drink for this summer day!

Noor, BGC

Cinnamon Fashion (Php340). A version of the Old-Fashioned cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters and adding some brandy, but here, it is garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Noor, BGC

Built to Spill (Php350). A blend of bourbon, ginger root and mint leaves.

Noor, BGC

Noor (Php390). The resto’s house-recipe cocktail made with gin, freh basil, cucumber, fresh lemon juice and tonic water.

Noor, BGC

Flavored Soda Water. Sparkling water flavored with juices of sweet fruits such as lychee, passionfruit and strawberry to quench our thirst and refresh our palates.

Noor, BGC

With such a lavish spread of good Mediterranean food, refreshing cocktails that kept us in high spirits and the company of great friends, it was a very enjoyable Sunday brunch!

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

And here’s some good news: did you know you can get free drinks at Noor, thanks to Zomato Gold? Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 deals on food or 2+2 deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use my code JELLYB to get 20% off the membership fee.

Noor is located at Unit F133, Forbeswood Heights, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, open daily from 11am to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 956 1563426.

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

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at 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.

HBO holds party for pay TV operators at Cove Manila

Every year, one of the most anticipated events during the week of the Philippine Cable Show is the party thrown by HBO for its local affiliates.

This year is no different, and HBO more than live up to expectations with the shindig it held at Cove Manila which I attended together with my coworkers and friends from SKY.

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

Cove Manila is one of the metro’s premiere party destinations. Opened in 2017, it offers a fusion of music, style and dining. The nightclub boasts of employing some of the most hi-tech sound and lighting technologies to put on spectacular shows or awesome parties.

Before entering the venue, guests have the option of having their photos taken while seated on the Iron Throne. Yes, that Iron Throne. With the most-awaited final season of the network’s monster hit original series Game of Thrones set to premiere mere weeks away, you can bet that many of the attendees lost no time in getting their Westerosi royalty mode on while pretending to survey their kingdom in all their majestic glory.

HBO Party

I know I did! 🙂

Inside, guests are treated to a lavish array of finger food and overflowing drinks, all while being entertained with rousing music from a live band. While there are fruit juices aplenty, I couldn’t resist having a taste of the wines: House Red is the Butterfly Ridge Shiraz Australia, and House White is the La Umbra Pinot Grigio Romania. Thanks to a recent wine tasting I attended, I knew enough about my preference in wines to get myself a white wine. (I didnget myself a taste of the red wine though.)

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

Then the buffet opened.

Ooh, what a thrilling feast for the eyes and the tastebuds! Stations for pasta and all sorts of meats were made available for party goers to get their fill. And, of course, what is a party in the Philippines without the quintessential lechon, huh?

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

The celebrations went on and on, especially when the guests of honor, the White Walkers, together with their Night Kin, graced the event with their chilling presence (well, thrilling for the GOT fans, that is!)

HBO Party

HBO Party

This year’s HBO Party at Cove Manila is truly one for the books. Now, if only I can wait patiently for the Game of Thrones premiere April 15!

Cove Manila is located at Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Paranaque.

Did you know that you could enjoy spectacular discounts on food in Cove Manila thanks to Zomato Gold? Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 deals on food or 2+2 deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use my code JELLYB to get 20% off the membership fee.

Cove Manila - Okada Manila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosures:

  • I was invited to a party held at this venue. Food and drinks mentioned in this post were party fare and were not paid for by the attendees including myself.
  • I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.
  • Photo Credit: Mico Marco of SKY for the White Walker shots
  • Check out my posts on SKY’s ongoing activities for Game of Thrones.