Dining indulgence at Cowrie Grill

Sometimes, the occasion calls for you to indulge in the finer things in life – and what better to splurge on than an unforgettable meal? Paying homage to its former home with old world opulence, The Manila Hotel-managed Cowrie Grill delights guests by offering the choicest selection of meats and seafood.

Fine dining goes one step further at Cowrie Grill. It is a gem of a restaurant located at Promenade 3 Mall, Greenhills on Missouri Street. It is upscale and impressive, coupled with warm service reserved for VIP guests like you. Explore our distinctively flavored steaks handcrafted by our chefs, as well as tantalizing menu that includes main entrees, appetizers, healthy greens, and desserts!

As a start, go for the French Onion Soup, or try the Maitre D’ Caesar Salad – freshly prepared greens with crunch from romaine lettuce, croutons, generously drizzled in olive oil, cheese and bacon complemented by the sweet and zesty Caesar salad dressing. Pair it with the flavorful pan-seared scallops on mushroom risotto.

Cowrie Grill, Greenhills

Menu standouts here are the Surf and Turf set duo of Pitik Lobster Thermidor [fresh slipper lobster] and US Angus Beef Tenderloin with baked garlic and garden vegetables. Go for US Angus Beef Rib or the US Angus Chateaubriand that are seasoned and grilled to perfection. Complement this with any of Cowrie Grill’s fine selection of red wines. You also have a choice of a generous serving of certified Angus Beef Tomahawk [best shared by two].

Cowrie Grill, Greenhills

When it comes to the food, Cowrie Grill is a great place to go for variety. Aside from meat cooked to perfection, the seafood is much more than an afterthought. Pescatarians will enjoy our mouth-watering sweet and silky Chilean Sea Bass, or the Grilled Norwegian Salmon Steak.

Cowrie Grill, Greenhills

You must also try other good choices like the Symphony of Scallops, Baked Oysters, Iberico pork loin, and Angus Beef Burger.
An excellent ending to your hearty meal is our Chuao Chocolate Gateau, a rich four-layered cake served with Crème Anglaise.

Then, there’s the crowd favorite, Baked Alaska, with its perfectly browned meringue, flambéed with brandy, mouthwatering moist sponge cake with strawberry ice cream in the middle, and layers of different textures and flavors all in one bite.

Cowrie Grill, Greenhills

With scrumptious food and impeccable service, Cowrie Grill’s guaranteed to impress. For table reservations, please call (02) 84631993 or email r.cowriegrill@themanilahotel.com.
Cowrie Grill may also be booked for exclusive functions for up to 30 guests.

About Cowrie Grill

Cowrie Grill used to be an in-house restaurant in The Manila Hotel but had to be transferred to San Juan in 1993 to give way to the famed Café Ilang-Ilang. With its classic and elegant interior, Cowrie Grill is perfect for celebrating special occasions like Father’s Day. It caters best to families and friends looking for a good intimate fine-dining place to relax and have a good meal after work or shopping. Guests can book the entire restaurant for an exclusive small function in strict compliance to the heath and safety protocols in the guidelines of the IATF.

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Are you a steak lover? I know I am!

A big hunk of beefy steak, grilled to tender and juicy perfection, can do wonders for my mood.

A place to be for good steaks is Outback Steakhouse.

Outback Steakhouse is an Australian-inspired steakhouse with a global presence. True to its inspiration from Down Under, it has a casual and easy-going vibe which translate to boisterous fun while enjoying great-tasting and hearty fare with family and friends.

Prior to the lockdowns brought on by the pandemic, I was able to have a lunch date with Hubby at the Outback Steakhouse branch in the Mall of Asia Complex.

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

First, we were served a loaf of freshly baked brown bread and butter to nibble on while waiting for our orders.

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Then, we gave in to out steak cravings with:

Appetizer Platter (Php649). An appetizing combo of Kookaburra Wings, Crispy Fried Calamari and Crispy Volcano Shrimp. The variety of flavors and textures will whet your appetite for more!

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

New York Strip (Php1,499). A 284g cut of New York strip steak flavored with Outback’s special blend of seasonings then grilled to medium doneness. To go with this, we ordered freshly made sides Coleslaw (Php99) and Aussie Fries (Php129).

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

Outback Steakhouse halted its operations during the enhanced community quarantine but re-opened in May for takeout and delivery, and, by June, started accepting dine-in guests to sate the steak cravings of the metro’s denizens.

So if you feel like having a hearty hunk of perfectly grilled beef for your meal, do drop by a branch.

Outback Steakhouse, MOA Complex

This Outback Steakhouse branch is located at Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue Corner EDSA, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City, open daily from 11am to 8pm for dine-in, takeout and delivery. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 88931026.

Other branches in the metro are located at:

  • Eastwood Citywalk 1, Libis, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
  • Ground Floor, ATC Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Outback Steakhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Japanese dining for the fam at Teriyaki Boy

For years now, my family has been getting our Japanese food craving satisfied by Teriyaki Boy.

This local chain under the Max’s Group occupies the space between fast-food and high-end Japanese restaurants by offering the fam’s Japanese food faves at reasonable prices.

Teriyaki Boy, SM City East Ortigas

Our go-to branch is the one nearest our home located at SM City East Ortigas. Here, we feast on classic such as:

Tonkatsu (Php289). My son’s favorite Japanese dish consisting of a tender piece of pork cutlet that’s been breaded and deep-fried to a crispy golden brown and served with shredded cabbage and drizzled with sesame dressing along with a tangy-sweet katsu sauce.

Teriyaki Boy, SM City East Ortigas

Teriyaki Boy, SM City East Ortigas

Katsu Ju (Php355). My daughter’s go-to order consisting of breaded and deep-fried pork cutlet which is simmered in sweet soy sauce with leeks, onions and a beaten egg and then served on top warm rice.

Teriyaki Boy, SM City East Ortigas

Teriyaki Boy, SM City East Ortigas

Dynamite Sushi (Php114/4 pcs | Php210/8pcs). This sushi roll made with fresh tuna, chili oil, togarashi and Japanese mayo is one of the ploys employed by Hubby to stimulate my appreciation for spicy food.

Teriyaki Boy, SM City East Ortigas

Teriyaki Boy, SM City East Ortigas

Another bonus of dining at this particular branch is that it shares the space with another Max’s Group brand, Sizzlin’ Steak, enabling Hubby and me to also sate our craving for steak by cross-ordering an Australian Marbled Steak (Php699) for each of us. This tender and juicy piece of imported meat, grilled to our preference (medium to medium-well) and served with rice, French beans, cherry tomatoes and herb butter on a sizzling plate, ready for the satisfying sight, sound and smell of flavorful gravy being poured over it.

Teriyaki Boy, SM City East Ortigas

Teriyaki Boy, SM City East Ortigas

During the enhanced community quarantine, Teriyaki Boy paused its operations but has since re-opened for for dine-in, takeout and delivery.

Teriyaki Boy, SM City East Ortigas

So if the quarantine has you missing those tasty Japanese dishes you so love, check if there’s a Teriyaki Boy outlet near you.

This Teriyaki Boy branch is located at Second Floor, SM City East Ortigas, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Santa Lucia, Pasig City, open daily from 10am to 7pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 96381817 or +63 2 88879000.

Teriyaki Boy also delivers via its website, GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Teriyaki Boy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Feasts for the Man of the Hour from The Bistro Group

Dad can’t say no to meaty, fall-off-the-bone ribs  and steaks any time of the year, especially on his special day this Sunday, June 21.  Treat him to the delicious goodness of juicy, luscious steaks and slow-cooked, tender ribs that are perfectly glazed, they glisten!

At TGIFridays, Italianni’s and Denny’s, place an order of their bestselling ribs and take home another one for FREE at the following select branches: 

ITALIANNI’S Bonifacio High Street, Ayala North Exchange, Greenbelt 2, Glorietta 4, Eastwood City, Evia Lifestyle Center, Alabang Town Center, Midtown and Vista Mall Sta. Rosa Dine-in store hours are from 11am to 6pm

The Bistro Group Father’s Day

TGIFRIDAY’S  at Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta 3 and Evia Lifestyle Center. Dine-in store hours are from 11am to 6:30pm

The Bistro Group Father’s Day

DENNY’S at Uptown Parade, Midtown, Eastwood City and Vista Mall Sta. Rosa. Dine-in store hours are from 8am to 8pm

The Bistro Group Father’s Day

Meanwhile, steak-loving Dads will be happy to sink their teeth into Texas Roadhouse’s legeandary Ft. Worth 10 oz Ribeye Steak, an order of which entitles guests to half ribs for FREE to take home.

The Bistro Group Father’s Day

Dads who are partial to Asian cuisine will love the dishes of Watami and Modern Shanghai.  As a Father’s Day treat, order Xiao Long Bao at Modern Shanghai and get one FREE to go. At Watami, an order of Tokyo Beef Rice Bowl entitles guests to another one FREE to go.

The Bistro Group Father’s Day

The Bistro Group Father’s Day

At Buffalo Wild Wings, Buy 1 Get 1 Platter 2 (Liempo, Ribs, Traditional Wings and Rice) available for Take-Out/Delivery only at these branches inside Denny’s Vista and Uptown, BGC.

The Bistro Group Father’s Day

Of course, there are a lot more on the menu, so get ahead and spoil Dad!

Promo details and images provided by The Bistro Group in a recent press release.

The Jelly List: Father’s Day gift ideas for your foodie dad

They say a dad is a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love.

There’s no doubt that our fathers play a very important role in our lives. With Father’s Day coming in a few days, it’s time to think about what to give our dads as little tokens of our love and appreciation for all they have done and continue to do for us.

This task is even easier if our dads have a great love and regard for good food. Luckily, we have an abundance of great food choices that can be delivered straight to Dad’s doorstep to delight him come Father’s Day.

Let me share with you my top picks:

Pampanga’s Famous Cheesebread from LBS Bakeshop

If Daddy ever tasted Pampanga’s famous cheese bread, I’ll bet that he will be craving for more. As luck would have it, this delicacy is now easily available in the metro. At just Php299 for a box of thirty pieces of cheese bread, he can eat his fill of this yummy pastry from Pampanga’s LBS Bakeshop.

LBS Bakeshop

To order, just send a message through Facebook or Viber +63 999 8233340.

More on Pampanga’s Cheesebread here.

Sous Vide Steak from The Manila Hotel

If Dad is a certified carnivore, he will love the Sous Vide Steaks from The Manila Hotel.  “Sous vide” – or “under vacuum” in French – refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag then cooking it in a very precise temperature in a water bath. Cooking steaks sous vide results in a tender and juicy meat, evenly cooked from edge to edge. Daddy will surely delight in the premium cuts of imported meats, prepared by The Manila Hotel’s expert chefs.

The Manila Hotel’s Sous Vide Steak

Pre-order now to get 20% off on a minimum food bill of Php2,500 for pickup or delivery on Father’s Day by calling +63 2 85270011 or sending an SMS/Viber at +63 998 9501912.

More on The Manila Hotel here.

Choco Lovin Ice Cream Cake from Papa Diddi’s

Give Daddy a break from the heat with the all-new Choco Lovin ice cream cake from Papa Diddi’s. Made with Batangas tablea punctuated with choco chips, matched with chocolate cake, giving Daddy a rich dark chocolate experience.

Papa Diddi’s Choco Lovin

Course your order through Papa Diddi’s Facebook and Instagram accounts or have it delivered via FoodPanda.

More on Papa Diddi’s here.

Tableya Filipina from Theo & Brom

If Daddy is a hard-core chocolate fan, gift him with a bag of Tableya Filipina. Made as an homage to the country’s traditional tablea tsokolate, it can be made into a rich hot chocolate for his morning drink or added to baked goods to get that rich chocolate flavor.

Theo&Brohm Tableya Filipina

Order your Theo & Brom’s Tableya Filipina here.

Jams from The Fruit Garden

Speaking of Daddy’s morning chocolate drink, how about the rest of his agahan? Sweeten his pan de sal with some fruity jams from The Fruit Garden. These artisanal jams are cooked in small batches using copper cauldrons to bring about a burst of fruity flavors.

The Fruit Garden Jams

Order your jars of The Fruit Garden’s jams at SpeedRegalo.

Ube Pandan Premium Flantasy Cake from What’s Your Flan

This creamy cake flan combines the flavor of ube (purple yam) with the appetizing aroma of pandan. If my Hubby’s reaction to this dessert is any indication, it’s sure to be a hit with Dad!

What’s Your Flan?

Order your Ube Pandan Premium Flantasy Cake from What’s Your Flan?’s Facebook or Instagram account or call +63 916 497 8876.

More on What’s Your Flan here.

Bottled Cocktails from After Hours Bar

Celebrate the weekend with Dad by gifting After Hours Bar’s Gin Basil Smash cocktail in a bottle. Minors and non-tipplers in the family can join in the fun with After Hours Bar’s refreshing Handcrafted Iced Tea.

After Hours Bar Bottled Cocktails

Order your After Hours Bar bottled cocktails here.

More on After Hours Bar here.

So check out these yummy gift ideas for your foodie dad and show him how much you love him this Father’s Day!

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Photos for Sous Vide Steak, Choco Lovin and Tableya Filipina provided by The Manila Hotel, Papa Diddi’s and Theo & Brom, respectively.

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L’entrecote opens for take out and delivery

Your favorite steak is only a call away! L’entrecote Corner Bistro is now open for takeaway and delivery daily from 11am to 5pm.

Have your favorite l’entrecote cuts of 8oz US Angus Choice Sirloin Steak and 12oz US Certified Angus Beef Sirloin Steak both with the famous secret herbed butter sauce, hand cut fries and house salad. You can also have the 21oz US CAB Tomahawk Rib Bone Steak good for two people or the 6oz US CAB Tenderloin. You choose sides and sauces.

The popular Big Adlez Niçoise Salad of mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, potato, hard boiled egg and anchovies with Dijon mustard, olive oil and lime dressing comes with either Grilled Salmon or Shrimps is also available as well as pastas, appetizers and mains like Grilled Salmon, Lamb Shank and Grilled Chicken.

L'entrecote

L’entrecote is at Unit A Bellagio II Burgos Circle at Forbes Town Center Bonifacio Global City. For pick up and delivery, call 8856-4856 or 0915-885-7622.

L'entrecote

Payment is cash, credit card and bank transfer.

Product images and details provided in a recent press release.

Steakin’ it easy at Meat Depot

Truth be told: I came from a family of true-blue steak-lovin’ carnivores and so did my Hubby. Apparently, through the interplay of “nature” and “nurture”, our kiddoes turned out to be just like us.

Little wonder, then, that the thought of indulging our inner carnivores by having a steak lunch at Meat Depot after a bout of shopping in Greenhills was enough to have us practically salivating with excitement for the upcoming meal.

Meat Depot, Greenhills

Meat Depot has the unique quality of being both a butcher shop and a kitchen at the same time. First established in 2014, it aimed to provide consumers with quality meats for home or institutional consumption, and to bring excellently cooked meats to hungry diners.

At any of its branches, diners can browse through and select their choice from a wide selection of premium cuts which they can bring home, or turn over to Meat Depot’s master grillers for cooking those meats to bring out all of its possibilities in flavor, tenderness and juiciness.

Meat Depot, Greenhills

Meat Depot, Greenhills

Meat Depot, Greenhills

Meat Depot, Greenhills

Meat Depot, Greenhills

Meat Depot, Greenhills

So that’s how we ended up gorging ourselves with our tender and juicy medium-cooked AB Rib-Eye Steaks (Php2,410/kg with Php125 cooking charge per piece which already includes mushroom gravy and choice of rice or mashed potato).

Meat Depot, Greenhills

Meat Depot, Greenhills

Meat Depot, Greenhills

Meat Depot, Greenhills

Well, what can I say? We really are a family of steak lovers!

Meat Depot, Greenhills

This Meat Depot branch is located at Second Floor. O Square Building 2, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan.

Steak lovers in the metro will be happy to know that although this branch is closed for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine, selected Meat Depot branches are still open for pick-up and take-out.

Available products in these branches include:

  • Pork: lean ground (Php268/kg), menudo cut (Php304/kg), pork cubes (Php288/kg), pork chop (Php278/kg), country style (Php380/kg) and baby back ribs (Php330/kg)
  • Beef: ground (Php275/kg), shank (Php400)
  • Angus Beef; T-bone (Php2,070/kg), Striploin (Php2,130/kg), Rib-Eye (Php2,410/kg), Tomahawk (Php2,535/kg) and Tenderloin (Php3,920/kg)
  • Wagyu: Japanese Wagyu Striploin (Php10,070/kg) and Japanese Rib-Eye A4 (Php11,130/kg)

Just call or message the branch closest to you, indicate your name, order and time of pick up, make your payment via BDO and pick up your order or have it delivered to you through Grab Express or Lalamove.

  • Banawe, Quezon City: +63 966 7444366
  • Paseo de Magallanes, Makati: +63 926 0755187
  • BF Homes, Paranaque: +63 926 6474778

Meat Depot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Nanka brings fresh and natural flavors to your party with its catering service

Parties bring together people and food. It is a time for the enjoyment of other people’s company, hopefully over delightful repasts.

And to help bring in the good food that will fuel great party experiences, Nanka Japanese Steakhouse offers in-house and outside catering.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

I experienced it myself last December when my division held our office Christmas Party at Nanka.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

From my previous dining experience here with my fellow foodies, I already know that Chef Mike Santos and his team pride themselves in bringing out the natural flavors of food. Everything starts with the finest ingredients – fresh produce, meats and seafood – all painstakingly prepared and cooked to accentuate their natural tastes and textures.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Recently, I had another taste of Nanka’s catered dishes when foodie pioneer Spanky Enriquez hosted a food-tasting buffet which featured these delicious viands:

Mushroom and Tofu Soup.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Shiitake Pasta.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Baked Salmon.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Teppanyaki Shrimp.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Pork Belly with Spicy Miso.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Roasted Chicken.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Salmon Sashimi and Assorted Sushi Rolls.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Kani Salad.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Assorted Sweets which include eclairs, carrot cake bars, cream puffs and brownies.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka’s buffet packages start at Php825 per person.

But the real stars of the show are what we had for “dessert:” Nanka’s famous premium steaks which included the Wagyu A5, the highest grade among Japanese Wagyu; WagyuX by Rangers Valley and the Black Onyx Bone-in Rib-Eye and Black Onyx Tomahawk. All of Nanka’s steaks are priced at Php500/100 grams.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

These steaks are seared cast-iron grill before oven-roasted to a medium doneness. Served with togarashi salt, wasabi sea salt, housemade demiglasse, chipotle miso and chimichurri sauces, each bite is buttery and beefy that we found ourselves going for more. (Too bad I had to leave before the Tomahawk was served but, fortunately, I was able to taste it during my previous visit.)

Naka, Paligsahan

So if whether you’re planning a party for the fam or an office shindig, do check out Nanka’s catering services.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Many thanks Spanky for the invitation!

Nanka is located at 1810 Mother Ignacia corner Chino Roces Avenue, Paligsahan, Quezon City, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 85179677, +63 977 6218472, or +63 917 6734917.

Nanka 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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Get the romance burnin’ this February at 390 Degrees, Entertainment City

At last January is over and done with. Now, let’s get ourselves in gear for the month of hearts – February!

And what better way to celebrate this month than to spend time with our Significant Other in a special place, one that can provide not only a venue for a romantic outing but also good food that can make the experience truly memorable?

Well, venture into the still seemingly uncharted Aseana City Business Park in Paranaque and there you will find the newly opened 390 Degrees.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Enterainment City

390 Degrees, Enterainment City

390 Degrees, Enterainment City

390 Degrees, Enterainment City

Operated by the same team that brought about Ombu Kusina in Quezon City, 390 Degrees brings the same hearty servings and imaginative takes on comfort food in an elegantly well-appointed setting that Ombu Kusina does.

Here, though, the restaurant’s concept centers around its charcoal brick oven which influences all of its dishes. In fact, the resto’s name 390 Degrees refers to the temperature that restaurant’s oven must maintain to produce its delectable dishes.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

In a special foodie meetup hosted by 390 Degrees’ head chef Mark Griffin Oraiz and marketing head Tammy Lim, my fellow food bloggers and I were treated to a sneak peek into the resto’s exciting Valentine’s offering.

Curious yet? Imagine dining with your special someone on a special meal for two which consist of:

Tomato Soup with Ravioli. Thick soup of pureed tomatoes topped with spinach-cheese ravioli to warm your tummies and your hearts.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Chicken Ceasar Salad. Get your taste buds ready with this hearty salad made with lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers and sliced hard-boiled egg tossed in a creamy Ceasar salad dressing topped with a dash of paprika and topped with sliced charcoal-grilled chicken.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Pepper Crusted Steak. Juicy steak with peppery seasoning charcoal grilled to a medium doneness. You can choose two side dishes to go with this dish (and the chef recommends Sweet Potato Mash and Cauliflower and Cheese.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Two Mini Salted Caramel Cream Puffs. Finish off the meal with these cute and not-too-sweet pastries.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Two Glasses of Shiraz Red Wine. All the better to drink to more wonderful times ahead!

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

This special Valentine’s meal is available from February 3 to 29 for only Php2000! So what are you waiting for? Book your Valentine’s date today!

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

The tasty eats don’t stop at Valentine’s, though. Check out the other yummy viands you can enjoy with your family and friends:

Vegetable Chowder (Php200). A cream-based soup with mixed vegetables served inside a charcoal-baked bread bowl.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Seafood Marinara (Php270). Mixed seafood tossed with fusili pasta in a savory tomato sauce.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Margherita Pizza (Php290). Tomato, basil and mozarella top a hand-stretched charcoal-baked pizza.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

The Black Burger (Php530). A hefty and juicy charcoal-grilled burger patty sandwiched in charcoal activated burger bun with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, caramelized onions and cheese.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Blackened Salmon (Php880). A charcoal-baked salmon fillet with creamy dill sauce which go so well with Rice Pilaf as a side dish. I usually look for a cream cheese topping for baked salmon but this dish has no need for it.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Tiramisu. 390 Degrees’ take on the coffee-based Italian dessert.

390 Degrees, Enterainment City

All those good food will work up quite a thirst. Fortunately, 390 Degrees has a bevy of refreshing drinks to quench your thirst:

390 Signature Iced Tea (Php120). House-brewed black tea given some zest by the addition of lemon and pineapple.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Tropical Lagoon Soda (Php120). A fun and citrusy fizzy drink made with blue curacao, orange juice and soda water.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Mountain Mojito (Php130). A herb-flavored drink made with lime, mint leaves and soda water.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

With such delish dishes and drinks, 390 Degrees is slated to be one of the hottest foodie destinations this side of the metro!

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Many thanks to Tammy, Chef Griffin and the staff of 390 Degrees for the warm and fun welcome and the delightful food and to Kaycee of Date For Two for extending the invitation!

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees is located at Ground Floor, Sequioa Hotel Manila, Aseana City Business Park, Entertainment City, Paranaque, open daily from 6.30am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 921 2446502 or +63 945 639 0724.

For the meantime, the restaurant accepts payments in cash only.

390 Degrees Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my posts on other places for your romantic date in the metro:

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

It’s great to have officemates who love to eat (not as much as I do, but still).

Before we took our holiday break, my boss decided to treat our team to dinner at The Alley by Vikings in UP Town Center.

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

What sets this buffet restaurant apart from the others is that it takes the form of a street-style food hall which incorporates concepts from around the world. Walking around the stations, you get a feel of touring the streets of the countries where the featured food items originate.

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

Instead of filling your plates yourself, you can request for small servings of the dishes from their respective stations, similar to the street food tripping experience. For example, our “food trip” here included the following stations:

  • Hao Chi – for Chinese dimsum and Peking Duck
  • Yatai – for Japanese sushi, sashimi and okonomiyaki
  • O’Sean Eleven – for seafood chowder
  • Just Steak a Minute – for freshly grilled steaks and other meats
  • Ferino’s Bibingka – for freshly made puto bumbong
  • Hunnycomb – for cakes and pastries

Buffet Rates:

  • Weekday Lunch: Php738 for adults, Php188 for kids 3ft for 4ft, Php388 for kids 4ft to 4ft 6in
  • Weekday Dinner/ Weekend or Holiday Lunch and Dinner: Php938 for adults, Php288 for kids 3ft for 4ft, Php588 for kids 4ft to 4ft 6in
  • Kids below 3ft eat for free

There are a lot of food choices, and more food stations than the ones I mentioned, which can be quite overwhelming. Refilling the more popular stations such as the sushi and the muscovado sugar for the bibingka took a long time.

I would also guess that the air-conditioning couldn’t cope with the volume of diners as it was quite warm where we were seated.

All that said, it was still a good time spent with my office buddies.

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

This branch of The Alley by Vikings is located 2nd Level, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Ayala Mall, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 2.30pm and from 5.30pm to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 82771888, +63 2 82772888, +63 917 6735888 or +63 918 9078888.

Other branches are located at:

  • 2nd Level, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, A. Bonifacio Street, Brgy. Balingasa, A. Bonifacio, Quezon City
  • C1, Upper Ground Floor, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Planning a visit to The Alley by Vikings? Here are some promos you can take advantage of:
    • 20% off Weekday Lunch for every group of 5 pax from January 2 to February 28, 2020
      Birthday celebrants eat for free on the day of their birthday if accompanied by one full paying adult, or within their birth month if accompanied by four full-paying adults
  • (Note: Terms and conditions apply for the above-mentioned promos.)
  • The Alley by Vikings Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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    Unli Steaks at Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    What is it about steak that I almost couldn’t get enough of it?

    That sizeable hunk of beef, grilled to medium wellness, juicy and buttery to the bite… yes, I could sing its praises all day.

    Steak doesn’t come cheap, though. Getting good cuts of meat that will produce the right flavor and texture in the cooked steak are not easy to come by.

    However, as Hubby and I recently discovered, there is a way to eat your fill of good quality steaks.

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    We let loose our ravenous inner carnivores and took advantage of the Unli Steaks offer available at Prime Steakhouse in SM City North EDSA. For just Php699 per person, we get to eat as many steaks as we want (or could!). We selected our preferred steak from among Rib-eye, New York Strip, Flat Iron, Hickory Pork Ribs, Salisbury Steak and Beef Salpicao. This unli steak set also includes unli refills of house-made gravy, rice and side dishes which include coleslaw, buttered corn and carrots and mashed potatoes.

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    For our meal, we selected:

    Rib-Eye. Considered both flavorful and tender as it came from the lightly worked upper rib cage area, with a good marbling of fat makes it very good for fast and hot cooking.

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    New York Strip. Taken from the part of the beef short loin that remains after the tenderloin is removed. Though not the most tender steak, it is known for having intense flavor from its rich marbling.

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    Our steaks were grilled to medium doneness, tender and juicy with nice grill marks, just the way we like it.

    Hubby and I shared our respective steak cuts with each other, and with 3 refills of those sizeable servings, we got pretty good tastes of those steaks as well as really full tummies.

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    Prime Steakhouse is located at Ground Floor, The Block, SM City North EDSA, Barangay Bago Bantay, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 967 297 1916.

    Prime Steakhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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    Meat All You Can at Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy cow! That’s a lot of meat!

    That’s what you will exclaim when you treat yourself and your friends to Holy Cow Sizzlers’ Meat All You Can promo.

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Well, what is it anyway?

    The Meat All You Can promo is Holy Cow Sizzlers’ answer to the unli samgyeopsal places sprouting all over the metro.

    If you’re wondering what a casual dining resto with an American West theme has to do with the current K-BBQ craze, here are some points for comparison:

    Similarities:

    Unlimited meat. Yes, for just Php399, you can indulge your inner carnivore and eat your fill of grilled beef, pork and chicken dishes available.

    Refillable sides. You can have as much of the rice, veggies and salads on the side as you like.

    Differences.

    Flavors of the West. Holy Cow Sizzlers first made a name for itself for serving American West-style steaks. Those flavors will still come into play in its Meat All You Can Offer which include Chicken Chinitos and Chicken Fillet, Beef (my fave!), Pork Belly and Fish Fingers, along with your choice of sauce among spicy barbecue, peppercorn gravy, trio mushroom gravy and soy garlic.

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Choose from ten tasty side dishes as well: coleslaw, cheese croquettes, macaroni salad, corn and carrots, fries, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, mojos, buttered veggies and garlic rice.

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    No grilling! Yep, you don’t need to worry about cooking the meat yourself. Just order or ask for refills as you like and your meats will arrive on your table already grilled to perfection and served on sizzling plates.

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    So be sure to bring your appetite when you and your gang visit Holy Cow Sizzlers!

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Thanks to the crew of Holy Cow Sizzlers for the warm welcome and the delicious meal and to Jen of Sand Under My Feet for extending the invitation!

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma

    This Holy Cow Sizzlers branch is located at Garden Wing Area, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 10am to 9pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 10pm.

    Other branches are located at:

    • Ground Floor, Park & Shop, 8300 Dr. A. Santos Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque
    • Ground Floor, South Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

    Holy Cow! Sizzlers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

    Check out my reviews of other restos that cater to meat lovers:

    Japanese-influenced Latin flavors at Nanka Japanese Steakhouse, Paligsahan

    Did you know that Japanese culture has a profound influence in South America? Currently, Brazil has the largest population of Japanese immigrants while Peru has the second largest. This mixing of people and backgrounds surely produce wondrous variety in culture and society, especially in the food.

    That came into play when my foodie friends and I recently visited Nanka Japanese Steakhouse. Located at the nook of Mother Ignacia and Chino Roces Avenues in Quezon City, the place has an elegant yet homey vibe, a welcome respite from my workday’s stresses. It is a perfect place for intimate date nights, chill barkada get-togethers or quiet family dinners.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka’s executive chef Michael Santos takes pride in the work his team (which includes executive sous chef Rogel Rogel Pagtalunan, executive pastry chef Joel Gonzales and chef de cuisine Kenneth Afable) does in accentuating the natural flavors of food, made with the finest locally and internationally sourced ingredients. These include Black Onyx Angus and WagyuX steaks and tuna flown in from GenSan twice a week.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    “I like clean flavors,” shares Chef Mike. “I like to emphasize the protein. I was taught to give respect to the animal being served and I feel the best way to do that is to not lose its soul – its flavor.”

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    My foodie friends and I were able to sample an excellent selection of Chef Mike’s recommendations from Nanka’s recently re-launched menu, which included:

    Oysters Hollandaise (Php365 for 6 pieces). Large oysters from Aklan covered in a rich sauce made with egg, butter and lemon, then broiled until the top is starting to brown.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Deep-fried Oysters (Php375 for 8 pieces). Oyster meat lightly dredged and battered, then deep-fried to a golden brown.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Grilled Ahi Tuna (Php355). Yellowfin tuna, also known by its Hawaiian moniker ahi, is well-suited for raw sashimi dishes and for grilling. In this dish, it is served seared rare to bring out its natural flavor while adding some smokiness from the grilling and further enhanced by a dash of togarashi powder.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Grilled Togarashi Shrimp (Php495 for 9 pieces). Fresh shrimp perfectly grilled and spiced with sichimi togarashi, a Japanese powder flavoring made with seven ingredients which include red chili pepper,
    orange peel, sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, ginger and seaweed.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Garlic Crabs (market price). Two giant crabs cooked in butter and garlic. Digging into this was one of the highlights of the meal.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Prawn Garlic Noodles (Php375). Plump and fresh prawns sauteed in garlic and tossed together with al dente noodles.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Black Onyx T-bone (Php520 per 100grams) and Black Onyx Tomahawk (Php495 per 100grams). Black Onyx is a well-known Australian brand of Black Angus beef noted for its ruch flavor, juicy tenderness and fine marbling. True to his philosophy of letting the meat’s natural flavors shine through, Chef Mike and his team seared the steaks in a cast iton grill then finished cooking them to a medium doneness in the oven. These were served with togarashi salt, wasabi sea salt, housemade demiglasse, chipotle miso and chimichurri so that diners can season or add sauce to taste.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Naka, Paligsahan

    Naka, Paligsahan

    Naka, Paligsahan

    Naka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Japanese Green Tea Mousse (Php215). A delectable dessert made with layers of matcha sponge, matcha pudding and matcha whipped cream icing.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Chocolate Ganache Mountee (Php245). A play of different ways to enjoy chocolate and matcha; a matcha bowl on top of a chocolate bowl with ganache in between, all on a bed of red velvet crumbs.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    With these dishes, it is plain to see the sheer mastery and craftsmanship of Chef Mike and his team. Each dish, made of the choicest ingredients, beautifully presented and carefully crafted to enhance its natural flavors, show that the fusion of flavors between Japanese and Latin cuisines are well worth exploring.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Many thanks to Chef Mike and the staff of Nanka for the warm welcome and the wonderful meal!

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka is located at 1810 Mother Ignacia corner Chino Roces Avenue, Paligsahan, Quezon City, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 85179677, +63 977 6218472, or +63 917 6734917.

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

    Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  The food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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    A new hidden gem in Marikina: Swig & Nosh Kitchen + Bar

    Weekends are best spent close to home.

    And my home is located east of Manila, where traffic jams abound and going to the overcrowded malls is sometimes too much of a hassle to be worth the effort.

    This is why I #LookToTheEast for new destinations, foodie or otherwise. Because why brave the metro’s streets when you can find what you want right where you are?

    Recently, I discovered another reason for us Eastern foodies to not venture far to satisfy our food cravings.

    In the suburbs of foodie-friendly Marikina, away from the hustle and bustle of busy highways and malls, is a new and exciting foodie destination: Swig & Nosh Kitchen + Bar.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    A hidden gem in a quiet Marikina neighborhood

    The brainchild of Mario Mendoza, one of Marikina’s homegrown culinary talents, Swig & Nosh takes its name from the British colloquial terms for “taking a drink” and “eating a snack,” respectively.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Located in a remodeled bungalow along Mt. Pleasant street, Swig & Nosh is geared to be the place for Marikina locals and visitors to enjoy great-tasting comfort food along with their drinks of choice.

    Mario took his cues from the house’s original architect (who also happens to be his dad) and furnished the space with comfort in mind. Ceramic tile-topped hardwood tables bring splashes of color while also accommodating large groups of diners. The chairs are also ergonomically-designed; they adjust when the diner leans back, giving back support that facilitates comfort for resting or conversing with companions after eating.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    A well-stocked bar is situated in one of the inner rooms with mixologists at the ready to pour out spirits or concoct cocktails for the guests.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Diners also have the option to take their meals in the garden outside; this will become the location of choice when the cool weather sets in by December to February.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Nosh on fusion of American and Filipino cuisines

    Together with my foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH, I was able to sample some of Swig & Nosh’s signature dishes.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    These included:

    Apple Pie Salad (Php220). A healthy combination of sweet and savory flavors made withmixed greens tossed with apple compote, streusel crumbs and cheddar with a cider vinaigrette.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Pork Cubes and Watermelon (Php230). Fork-tender cubes of pork belly tossed with watermelon cubes and hoisin sauce.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Calamares sa Bawang (Php210). Garlic-flavored battered squid rings served with tarragon vinegar and lemon.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Gambas Aligue (Php305). The shrimp and garlic appetizer hyped-up with the inclusion of crab roe balanced with orange bits.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Bacon Benedict (Php335). The hyped-up version of Eggs Benedict with special pan de sal, homemade bacon jam, spinach, bacon, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Wagyu Bacon Royale Burger (Php350). Wagyu patty, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and bacon jam in a buttered brioche bun served with spiced ketchup.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Tinapa Rice. Fried rice flavored with smoked fish.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Dry Rub Chicken with Truffle Honey (Php295). Chicken leg and thigh covered with the house-recipe dry rub and truffle honey then fried to a crispy golden brown and served with cole slaw and ranch dressing.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Prime Rib (Php392/100g). Tender and perfectly grilled grilled steak made of Black Onyx Australian Angus beef.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Choco Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake (Php170). Made with vanilla ice cream and milk with balls of edible cookie dough, topped with whipped cream in a candy studded glass and served with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Brownie Mocha Milkshake (Php175). Made with chocolate ice cream and milk with bits of brownie, topped with whipped cream and chopped nuts in a candy studded glass and served with a freshly baked brownie.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    These hearty and tasty comfort food, all meticulously prepared and prettily presented, are suitable for discerning foodies in big celebrations, intimate get-togethers or even solo food adventures. The milkshakes, in particular, were a treat to both the eyes and the sweet tooth.

    Take swigs of refreshing drinks and cocktails

    Wash down these delicious viands with your choice of drinks – alcoholic or non-alcoholic – from Swig & Nosh’s well-stocked bar.

    House Blend Iced Tea (Php185/liter). Swig & Nosh’s own signature flavor of iced tea. A raspberry-flavored variant is also available at Php175/liter).

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Atomic Cat (Php130). A mocktail made with lemonade and grenadine.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Long Island Iced Tea (Php170). A cocktail made with rum, vodka, gin and other spirits mixed with cola and lemon juice.

    Tequila Sunrise (Php180). A cocktail made with tequila, orange juice and grenadine.

    Amaretto Sour (Php190). A cocktail made with amaretto, lemon juice, egg whites and bitters.

    Blue Lagoon (Php170). A cocktail made with vodka, blue curacao and lemonade.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    So if you find yourself in Marikina, know that you have somewhere to go for good eats and drinks.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Many thanks to the management and crew of Swig & Nosh for the warm welcome and great food, and to EJ of I Love To Eat PH for extending the invitation!

    Swig & Nosh is located at No. 6, Mt. Pleasant Street, Bgy. Santa Elena, Marikina City, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 28 2801298.

    Swig & Nosh Kitchen + Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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    3 reasons for titas to have a deluxe brunch at Chef Jessie, Rockwell Club

    It was a sunny Sunday and two intrepid titas – Jen of Sand Under My Feet and myself – are out for brunch.

    But do note that we are not braving weekend traffic and the after-mass influx of people in the Rockwell area for just any, run-of-the-mill brunch.

    Oh, no… We’re there for a special kind of dining experience that only one of the most trusted names in the metro’s culinary scene can provide.

    We made our way to Chef Jessie Rockwell Club for a deluxe brunch.

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    And as to why two titas decided to spend their late Sunday morning here, well, read on…

    One: It’s a beautiful place to have a meal.

    Situated inside the posh Rockwell Club in Makati, Chef Jessie’s recently renovated restaurant is infused with a modern colonial design that provides a lush tropical-themed haven for food lovers.

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Floor-to-ceiling windows let in a lot of natural light, as well as a view of the goings-on in the nearby pool area. The green-grey walls, highlighted by large potted plants make it seem like the garden outside found its way into the restaurant and suffused the space with freshness and calm.

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    For us titas that already deal with office stresses during the weekdays, entering this welcoming and relaxing space is a treat.

    Two: Every dish is a work of art.

    Chef Jessie Sincioco is a legend among foodies. Having won the Great Maya Cookfest in 1983, she was offered a special training course at Hotel Intercontinental Manila which paved the way to her becoming the first-ever Filipina pastry chef in 1990.

    Chef Jessie brings her considerable culinary expertise into play in bring dishes that provide a feast for the senses: beautifully presented and masterfully prepared to achieve the best in taste, texture and aroma.

    During our Sunday brunch, Jen and I feasted on Chef Jessie’s tasty offerings which include:

    Fresh Juices:

    Dalandan (Php195) and Banana Shake (Php160).

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Starters:

    Freshly baked breads served with butter and herb vinaigrette infused olive oil.

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Salads:

    Salad ala Judy Ann (Php450). Mesclun and micro greens tossed with bits of fruits in season along with slivers of brie and bleu-cheese in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Salad ala Joe Mari Chan (Php450). Slivers of ubud (heart of palm) molded into a circle together with alugbati (local spinach) in a sampaloc (tamarind) vinaigrette.

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Soups:

    Classic French Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese (Php395).

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Cream of Carrot and Pumpkin with Shrimp and Mango (Php350).

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Entremets:

    Dalandan Granitas (Php195) to cleanse the palate in preparation for the main course.

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Mains:

    Certified US Black Angus Beef Tenderloin (Php1,895) served with sauce bourguignonne, buttered vegetables and potato gratin.

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Grilled Lemongrass Chicken (Php895) served with garlic rice and atchara.

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Desserts:

    Chocolate Souffle (Php350) and Mango Jubilee Ala Mode (Php450).

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Cafe Latte (Php180).

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Truly, this was a feast that any tita would find rewarding after a hectic work week!

    Three: You get treated like the queens you are.

    From the time we were ushered to our table to the time we left, we were assisted by the friendly staff. Plates were efficiently cleared after every course, our water glasses immediately refilled, and our inquiries on the food items sufficiently addressed.

    They even gamely agreed to our multiple requests for pictures!

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    Chef Jessie, Rockwell

    So whether you’re a tita, a tito or just a foodie looking to treat yourself to an amazing meal, head on to Chef Jessie’s!

    Thanks to the Chef Jessie staff for the great food and warm service during our brunch and to Jen for sharing her GC!

    Chef Jessie is located at Ground Floor, Rockwell Club, Amorsolo Square, Rockwell Center, Makati, open daily from 11am to 11pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 8906543 or +63 2 8907630.

    Chef Jessie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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