Yummy and healthy eats at Nomi Cafe, BGC

Being a foodie, I find that when given a choice between what is flavorful and what is healthy, I would usually go for flavor. For me, eating is not just something I do to nourish my body; it is also something I do to calm my mind, soothe my soul or warm my heart.

The thing is: sometimes, there doesn’t have to be a line between flavor and health. At Nomi Cafe, for instance, Japanese food are prepared using fresh produce and premium ingredients to present diners with a meal that whets their appetite while helping them keep themselves healthy.

On our way to our staycation, I took my mom and my daughter to Nomi Cafe in Bonifacio Global City. (Yes, we’re three generations of women out for good food and good vibes!)

We liked the chill, casual and relaxing vibe of the place, from the use of pastel colors, the fun sayings on the walls, to the faux greens under the glass tables that give diners a feeling of nature and freshness.

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

One of Nomi’s founding partners, Take, was there to tell us more about the cafe’s origins. Take and his friends synergized what they like about their favorite modern Japanese cafes in Kyoto, Osaka and Kyoto, and brought about Nomi Cafe in Bonifacio Global City to a receptive Filipino dining public.

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Caf, BGC

We were able to enjoy some of Nomi Cafe’s yummy and healthy offerings such as:

Beef Me Up (Php350). A balanced bowl of sauteed beef tenderloin, roasted garlic, broccoli, bell peppers, mixed greens, olives and soy garlic dressing on top of steamed Japanese rice, this is perfect for my mom who’s into getting more veggies in her meals. If she wanted to, she could have opted to replace the rice with brown rice or cauliflower rice.

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

My mom paired this rice bowl with a Berry Power Up (Php180), one of Nomi Cafe’s low-fat smoothies. This drink is made of strawberry, blueberry and acai shipped from Brazil which are then blended with coconut water and yoghurt. This, and the other drinks we ordered, also make use of earth-friendly bamboo straws which makes my environmentally aware daughter very happy.

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Pork Katsu Curry Rice (Php330). My daughter has been craving for Japanese curry for some time now, so it’s fortunate that she chanced upon this dish. The katsu pieces were tender and tasty and well complemented by the potato, carrots and curry sauce.

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

My baby girl, who also happens to be a matcha connoisseur, opted for a Matcha Weight Loss Smoothie (Php190), a banana smoothie infused with organic match flown in from Japan, to enjoy with her rice meal.

Nomi Caf, BGC

Tantanmen (Php395). In yet another instance that proves my #RamenPhase is here to stay, I opted for this spicy and hearty ramen given the day’s sudden burst of rainfall (which, thanks to the inconstant weather deities, dried up by the end of our meal). Tantanmen gets its richness from the sesame seeds and paste incorporated in the soup flavored with ginger, spring onions and other aromatics. Together with the bits of ground pork and tamago, it presents a complex flavor that I just can’t resist.

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

I got myself a Mango Madness (Php180), made with fresh mangoes mixed with bananas, coconut water and cinnamon to cool and refresh my palate after the Tantanmen.

Nomi Caf, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Style Cheesecake (Php250/slice). For dessert, we treated ourselves with this confection composed of matcha cheesecake on a graham cracker crust topped with a rich matcha-flavored mousse.

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Thanks to the wonderful folks of Nomi Cafe for this fun foodie adventure with my favorite girls!

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe, BGC

Nomi Cafe is located at Ground Floor, W City Center, 30th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 12 midnight and Sundays from 12 noon to 8pm.

Did you know that if you and a friend dined at Nomi Cafe, you can get some dishes free via Zomato Gold? Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 (Buy 1 Get 1) deals on food or 2+2 (Buy 2 Get 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.

Nomi - Modern Japanese Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Our meal was sponsored by Nomi Cafe as a way for us to sample the fare in exchange for an honest review.

Check out my reviews of other Japanese restaurants:

Energizing smoothies at Jamba Juice, Greenbelt

My daughter #ExhibitA and I had a busy Saturday planned out exploring the Ayala Museum and the Greenbelt area in Makati so we decided to refuel ourselves at Jamba Juice.

From the time this fruit shake store had its beginnings in California in 1990 to the opening of its first store in the Philippines in 2011, it has established itself as the go-to place for food and drinks that are “better-for-you.”

The Greenbelt store is best-suited for take-outs as it has limited seating. It has a bright, colorful and cheery decor that call to mind the fresh fruits the store uses for its offerings. Despite the limited space, the Jamba Juice merchandise are well-displayed.

Jamba Juice, Greenbelt

Jamba Juice, Greenbelt

#ExhibitA ordered a Banana Berry Smoothie, a concoction of bananas, blueberries, frozen yoghurt, raspberry sherbet and apple-juice that has no gluten, artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup nor trans fat.

On the other hand, I got myself a Banana Brew Blast Smoothie, a blend of cold brew coffee, vanilla, chocolate, frozen yoghurt and frozen banana. It’s a great source of calcium and protein.

Jamba Juice, Greenbelt

Jamba Juice, Greenbelt

By the way, in the interest of the environment, #ExhibitA suggests asking the barista to hold off on providing you with straws. You can just sip on your smoothie directly. Sure, your lippies might thin out or get smudged as you drink your smoothie but there would be less plastic stuff thrown in the trash and polluting the environment. Every little thing we can do counts. 🙂

Visit this Jamba Juice branch at Level 3, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City.

Other Jamba Juice outlets are located at:

    • C2, Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    • Lower Ground Floor, SM Aura Premier, C5 Road Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    • Fourth Floor, Uptown Place Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    • Burgos Eats, Rizal Drive Corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    • Ground Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
    • Fourth Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
    • Eastwood City Walk Corner Eastwood Avenue, Libis, Quezon City
    • Tomas Morato Avenue Corner Scout Fuentebella Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City
    • Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Upper Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
    • Level 1, North Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
    • Ground Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
    • Ground Floor, Hanston Building, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City
    • Third Floor, The Enterprise Center, Ayala Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City
    • Eco Eats, Ground Floor, Ecoplaza Building, 2305 Chino Roces Avenue, Magallanes, Makati City
    • Ground Floor, Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City

Jamba Juice Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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The Max’s Group brings All You Can Wednesdays this June

Take your fill of all your favorite food this June with the Max’s Group’s All You Can Wednesdays promo.

The largest casual dining restaurant group in the Philippines, the Max’s Group will have eight of its well-known brands offer their best-selling products which you can eat all you want for only Php349 per brand, such as:

Click on the links above for more details.

This promo is available across 600 stores nationwide.

For tips on how to survive and make the most out of an eat-all-you-can scenario, check out my blog post here.

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