Indulge in delicious comfort food at Mom & Tina’s

During a #ReturnToOffice day when our boss (also known as #FearlessLeader) was on leave, my coworkers and I consoled ourselves by having lunch at the Mom & Tina’s branch located a short walking distance from our building.

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe is a popular restaurant concept named after the mother-daughter duo who founded it a few years ago. Its branches have since become beloved destinations for those looking for delicious baked goods and hearty comfort food.

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe

These establishments are marked by their cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and mouthwatering menu comfort food that includes breakfast items, main dishes, sandwiches, pasta dishes, salads, and cakes, pies, and other baked goods. Mom & Tina’s takes pride in its heirloom dishes, all made from scratch using fresh and locally sourced ingredients.

During our lunch time foray, we feasted on Mom & Tina’s savory viands such as:

US Roast Beef (Php645). Tender slices of beef slow-roasted to perfection, served with gravy, mixed vegetables and fluffy mashed potatoes, definitely a must-try for meat lovers.

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe

Paella Valenciana (Php495). Mom & Tina’s take on the classic Spanish dish, featuring saffron-infused rice cooked with chicken, seafood, and vegetables sautéed in oil with garlic, tomatoes and chorizo. This hearty and flavorful dish is perfect for sharing, which is what I did with one of my officemate.

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe

Barbecued Chicken Fillet (Php395). Juicy and succulent deboned chicken leg quarter marinated in a special barbecue sauce and grilled to perfection and served with java rice and atchara.

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe

Barbecued Pork Belly (Php395). A Filipino favorite, Mom & Tina’s version of this dish features pork belly marinated in a sweet and savory sauce and grilled to perfection. It’s served with rice and your choice of sides.

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe

Pasta Carbonara (Php365). A classic pasta dish that’s creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-delicious. Mom & Tina’s version features al dente spaghetti tossed in a creamy sauce with bacon and grated Parmesan cheese and served with freshly baked rolls.

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe

Thanks to our #HappyLunch at Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe, we cheerfully faced the rest of our workday, even if #FearlessLeader was not with us. (Well, we made sure to share our lunch pics to make her miss us all the more, hehehehe!)

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe

This Mom & Tina’s branch is located at Across ABS-CBN Main Building, 58 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City, open for dine-in, takeout and delivery weekdays from 8am to 10pm and weekends from 7am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, contact +63 2 83323579 or 63 999 8859254.

Other branches are located at:

  • S&R Libis, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue corner Calle Industria, Bagumbayan, Quezon City (Tel: +63 2 82568611 or +63 999 8850092)
  • Tropical Palms Condominium, 103 De la Rosa Street corner Perea Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City (Tel: +63 2 88943598 or +63 999 8859252)

Know more about Mom & Tina’s by visiting its website or following it on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my previous posts about Mom & Tina’s:

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Workday lunch spot: Gerry’s Grill, Tomas Morato

Did you know that the well-loved Filipino restaurant chain Gerry’s Grill was founded in 1997 by Gerry Apolinario? The first branch was located in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines, and quickly gained popularity among locals and tourists alike. Its menu features a wide range of Filipino dishes, including grilled items, seafood, and traditional dishes such as adobo and sinigang. Over the years, Gerry’s Grill has expanded to numerous locations throughout the Philippines and has even opened branches in other countries, including the United States, Singapore, and Qatar. The restaurant chain is known for its casual and laid-back atmosphere, as well as its affordable prices and generous portions.

Its OG branch in Tomas Morato, in particular, provided the perfect spot for lunch for my officemates and myself who were looking for a satisfying and delicious meal in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Located within a stone’s thrown from our workplace, Gerry’s Grill has been our go-to spot for casual lunches or after-office drinks.

Gerry’s Grill
Gerry’s Grill
Gerry’s Grill
Gerry’s Grill

Thanks to some recent renovations, the restaurant’s interiors are now more tastefully designed, featuring comfortable seating, warm lighting, and vibrant decor that exudes a distinctly Filipino yet modern vibe. The attentive and friendly staff also adds to the welcoming ambiance, making us feel at home as soon as we stepped inside.

There’s little wonder then, that during one of our #ReturnToOffice days, our boss treated us at Gerry’s Grill for her belated birthday celebration. There, we feasted on tasty Pinoy dishes such as:

Sugba Kilaw (Php485). This is one of Gerry’s Grill’s signature dishes that features grilled liempo and fresh tuna cubes marinated in vinegar and spices, topped with sliced onions, ginger, and chilies. The dish has a refreshing tangy flavor that goes perfectly as an appetizer leading up to the other dishes.

Gerry’s Grill
Gerry’s Grill

Pinakbet (Php285). A classic Filipino vegetable dish that features mixed vegetables sautéed in shrimp paste, garlic, and onions. Gerry’s Grill’s version includes eggplant, squash, string beans, and bitter gourd, creating a flavorful and healthy side dish that pairs well with grilled meat.

Gerry’s Grill
Gerry’s Grill

Inihaw na Pusit (Php545). Grilled squid marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and calamansi juice, giving it a smoky and savory flavor. It is then filled with chopped tomatoes and other aromatics, then perfectly grilled, resulting in a tender and juicy texture and an explosion of flavors that is sure to satisfy any seafood lover’s cravings.

Gerry’s Grill
Gerry’s Grill

Nilagang Bulalo (Php515). A hearty beef soup made of tender beef shanks and bone marrow cooked with vegetables such as corn, cabbage, and potatoes, resulting in a savory and flavorful broth that warms the soul. (Yes, the bone marrow that we fish out from the bone is the piece de resistance!)

Gerry’s Grill
Gerry’s Grill

Crispy Pata (Php715 regular | Php895 family). A classic Filipino dish that features deep-fried pork leg with crispy skin and tender meat. Gerry’s Grill’s version is marinated in spices and served with a vinegar dipping sauce, making it the perfect indulgence for those who love meaty and crispy dishes.

Gerry’s Grill
Gerry’s Grill

Gerry’s Grill is a restaurant that embodies the Filipino spirit of hospitality, warmth, and generosity. It’s a place where families and friends can come together to enjoy a meal, create memories, and celebrate life’s little moments.

So, the next time you’re looking for a great meal in a welcoming atmosphere, head to Gerry’s Grill and experience the best of Filipino cuisine.

Gerry’s Grill
Gerry’s Grill

This Gerry’s Grill branch is located at Tomas Morato corner Eugenio Lopez Avenue, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 10am to 12mn and Fridays to Saturdays from 10am to 2am. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 83326353, +63 2 83732529 or +63 998 8467472.

Stay updated on Gerry’s Grill menu and offers by visiting its website or following it on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my previous posts on Gerry’s Grill:

9 reasons why Hashi Donburi is a must-try restaurant for Japanese food lovers

If you’re a Japanese food lover and you’re looking for a new restaurant to try, you can hie yourself off to this hidden gem along Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City.

Here are nine reasons why you should dine at Hashi Donburi:

1. Japanese flavors made accessible

Hashi Donburi offers an extensive menu of Japanese dishes including rice bowls, sushi, sashimi, tempura, ramen, and more, all of which are prepared using traditional techniques and ingredients that the owner – ex-OFW Aldy Mancio – learned from Japanese mentor during his overseas stint setting up one of the first Japanese restaurants in the Middle East back in the 80s.

Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi

He parlayed his kitchen prowess into a thriving business back home when he opened a ramen and donburi shop in Dapitan, Manila, catering to the students in the area.

The restaurant’s name is a combination of two Japanese words. “Hashi” means chopsticks, which are a common utensil for eating Japanese food, while “donburi” refers to a bowl of rice topped with various ingredients.

Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi

Soon, another branch opened along Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City to cater to the professionals and families in the area. Despite going through a rough patch during the lockdowns brought about by the pandemic, Andy and his team kept Hashi Donburi open, ready to serve their loyal clientele and new foodie fans with the restaurant’s takes on Japanese food.

2. Cozy and inviting atmosphere

The restaurant has a cozy and inviting atmosphere, with wooden furniture, Japanese-inspired decor, and warm lighting that exudes a minimalist-industrial ambiance but also creates a comfortable and relaxing dining experience. It’s the perfect spot for a casual lunch or dinner.

Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi

3. Friendly and attentive service

The staff at Hashi Donburi are friendly and attentive, making sure that every customer feels welcome and satisfied. They are always happy to answer any questions about the menu and offer recommendations based on your preferences. Plus, the restaurant recently migrated to a digital ordering system, allowing guests to scan a QR code browse through and order from an online menu and which also totals their bill.

Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi

4. Wide variety of rice bowls

Rice bowls, or donburi, are a staple in Japanese cuisine, and Hashi Donburi specializes in a wide variety of flavorful and satisfying rice bowls. Whether you prefer meat, seafood, or vegetables, there is a donburi for everyone on their menu.

Hashi Donburi
Katsudon
Hashi Donburi
Oyakodon
Hashi Donburi
Katsu Curry
Hashi Donburi

5. Fresh handmade sushi

If you’re a fan of sushi you won’t be disappointed at Hashi Donburi. They use fresh and high-quality ingredients to create their beautifully plated handmade rolls.

Here are some tips for sushi lovers at Hashi Donburi: If you’re dining solo, treat yourself to an Onigiri, an Okinawan nori sandwich filled with katsu, Spam and tamago. On the other hand. if you’re dining with a group, go all-out on the sushi and order a Maki Boat which already features a delicious combo of mixed maki and sushi rolls great for sharing.

Hashi Donburi
Maki Boat
Hashi Donburi
Onigiri

6. Comforting ramen bowls

Ramen is a popular Japanese dish that consists of noodles served in a savory broth with various toppings. At Hashi Donburi, the ramen bowls are made with care and attention to detail, resulting in a rich and flavorful bowl of comfort.

Hashi Donburi
Tonkotsu Ramen
Hashi Donburi
Tatanmen

7. The classic faves

Pinoys have quite a special affinity for Tonkatsu and Ebi Tempura. After all, these are dishes that are easy to appreciate and enjoy, and they go so well with that Pinoy staple: steamed rice. Additionally, they are versatile dishes that can be served as a simple snack or as a more substantial meal, making them perfect for practically any occasion.

Hashi Donburi
Ebi Tempura
Hashi Donburi
Tonkatsu

8. Refreshing drinks

Whether you’re up for something to help you cool down on a hot day, or want a drink to complement your meal, Hashi Donburi has the beverage you want, available by glass or by pitcher.

Hashi Donburi
Cucumber Lemonade
Hashi Donburi
Calamansi Juice

9. Your just desserts

For sweet-tooths, there’s no better way than to end a meal on a high note with something sweet. Hashi Donburi’s got them covered with its Tempura Ice Cream.

Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi

Japanese food lovers in the Quezon City area who are looking for a satisfying dining experience should definitely add Hashi Donburi to their list of must-visit restaurants. Its wide variety of Japanese dishes, fresh sushi, comforting ramen bowls, refreshing drinks and a cozy and inviting atmosphere as well as its friendly and attentive service make it a welcoming haven to any Japanese food aficionado.

Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi
Hashi Donburi

Hashi Donburi is located 139 Mother Ignacia Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 11pm for dine-in, takeout and delivery. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 77206040.

Hashi Donburi also delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Stay updated on its promos and offers by following Hashi Donburi on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my previous post about Hashi Donburi:

Revitalizing the #ReturnToOffice day with lunch at Ombu Kusina

I’ve finally (and with quite a bit of resistance) returned to the office.

While I may gripe about the traffic and the long commute from my home to my workplace near Tomas Morato in Quezon City, I honestly can’t complain about the expanded variety of dining choices come lunchtime.

So when the lunch hour came, my officemates and I trooped to our go-to place for modern Filipino cuisine to revitalize ourselves for the rest of our workday with good food and good vibes.

Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina

Modern Filipino cuisine is a contemporary take on traditional Filipino food, fusing together traditional Filipino dishes with modern cooking techniques and ingredients, resulting in new and exciting flavors and presentations.

Modern Filipino cuisine is characterized by its use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, innovative cooking techniques, and creative plating.

All these and more can be found at Ombu Kusina.

With its warm and inviting ambiance, it has the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the meal with my coworkers. Plus, the interiors are tastefully decorated, creating a cozy and welcoming environment that made us feel right at home.

Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina

The staff are also friendly and attentive, providing us with updates on the restaurant’s menu and even gamely snapping some photos of our #HappyLunch experience.

But, of course, Ombu Kusina’s main draw is its food and we lost no time in satisfying our taste buds with its tasty and comforting offerings:

Binakol (₱390). Chicken soup flavored with ginger, lemongrass and coconut water.

Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina

Gising-gising (₱300). Sauteed green beans and ground pork in spicy coconut sauce.

Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina

Crispy Tilapia Fillet (₱460). Crispy breaded tilapia fillet served with soy vinegar dipping sauce.

Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina

Thrice-Cooked Crispy Pata (₱895). Deep-fried pork leg served with soy vinegar dipping sauce. A true Pinoy fave!

Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina

Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (₱220). Layers of frozen soft meringue, custard filling and ice cream on a crumbly graham cracker crust.

Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina

Tres Leches Halo-Halo (₱180). TBH, this is what I came here for: a refreshing dessert made with sweetened beans, fruits, ube halaya and leche flan covered with a milk-flavored finely shaved ice.

Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina

Having our happy lunch Ombu Kusina is a superb experience, thanks to the restaurant’s fresh takes on Filipino cuisine, warm and inviting ambiance and excellent service.

My coworkers and I might not all be in favor of returning to the office, but at least, we have delicious moments like this to savor with each other and give us some new vigor for the rest of our office day.

Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina

Ombu Kusina is located at Ground Floor, Sequioa Hotel, Mother Ignacia Street, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City, open daily for dine-in, delivery and pickup from 6.30am to 9pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 84410518or +63 969 5972249.

Stay updated on its menu and offers by following Ombu Kusina on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my previous posts about Ombu Kusina:

Affordable and fuss-free lunch at Chic-Boy, Tomas Morato

Ever since my coworkers and I were required to #ReturnToOffice, the highlight of our working day is our mid-day meal together: our so-called #HappyLunch.

One fine day, our lunch break forays took us to the recently re-opened Chic-Boy nearby.

Chic-Boy serves a variety of Filipino comfort food, notable for its delicious and affordable menu items that cater to a broad range of customers, and to our petsa de peligro-prone group in particular.

Chic-Boy
Chic-Boy

The name “Chic-Boy” is a combination of two words, “chicken” and “baboy” (Filipino for pork), which are the two main ingredients used in most of the dishes. The restaurant chain’s concept revolves around serving tasty and budget-friendly Filipino food in a casual and welcoming environment.

The restaurant has a casual, no-frills ambiance, making it a perfect spot for a quick and fuss-free lunch. As it is conveniently located in a strip of eateries a mere walking distance from our workplace, we had no trouble getting here and sating our lunch cravings.

Chic-Boy
Chic-Boy
Chic-Boy
Chic-Boy

The service is fast and efficient, ensuring that we got our food in no time; the server even gamely took our photos for those requisite group photo opps.

Of course, the highlights of our dining experience here are Chi-Boy’s affordably priced yet deliciously filling dishes, all served with steamed rice and a bowl of hot soup, such as:

Cebu Lechon Liempo (Php190). This is Chic-Boy’s best-selling dish, and for a good reason! The tender and juicy pork belly is roasted Cebu Lechon-style, giving it a crispy skin and mouth-watering flavor. It’s served with a side of vinegar dipping sauce that perfectly complements the meat.

Chic-Boy
Chic-Boy

Lechon Sisig (Php170). The crispy, savory, and spicy chopped pork belly is a must-try for anyone who loves sisig. The dish is perfect as a pulutan or a main dish that goes well with rice.

Chic-Boy
Chic-Boy

Chicken Inasal Paa (Php155). Chic-Boy’s version of Chicken Inasal is a crowd favorite. The grilled chicken is marinated in a blend of spices, giving it a deliciously smoky flavor. It’s served with a side of sinamak (spiced vinegar) dipping sauce that enhances the taste of the chicken.

Chic-Boy
Chic-Boy

So if you’re on the lookout for an affordable and fuss-free lunch, Chic-Boy in Tomas Morato is the perfect destination for you . With its wide range of tasty yet budget-friendly Filipino dishes, including the best-selling Cebu Lechon Liempo, Lechon Sisig, and Chicken Inasal, Chic-Boy offers a deliciously Filipino dining experience that won’t disappoint.

This Chi-Boy branch is located at The Terraces, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Borromeo Street, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City, open for dine-in, delivery and pick up from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 86316213 or 63 929 2323237.

Know more about its menu and offers by visiting its website or following Chic-Boy on Facebook and Instagram.

3 reasons to treat your Valentine to a meal at Silverspoon, Tomas Morato

The #DayOfHearts is fast approaching and if you’re tired of your usual foodie haunts, let me present you with someplace new for your Valentine date: Silverspoon Kitchenette in Quezon City.

Here are three reasons why this newly opened restaurant is the perfect venue for a romantic outing with your special someone.

1. It’s a cozy nook, well-suited for an intimate meal.

Who want’s to go on a date where everyone is hanging out at? A Valentine’s Day rendezvous should be in an intimate setting far from the madding crowd that occupy malls during this holiday which also coincide with the payday rush.

Located along Scout Gandia just off the trendy restaurant row that is Tomas Morato Avenue, Silverspoon is a quiet and cozy haven from the metro’s hustle and bustle.

Al fresco seating provides diners with an open-air space where they can take in the neighborhood’s relatively more laid back pace.

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette

Inside, a minimalist yet whimsical decor serves as a cozy backdrop for a tete-a-tete between lovers as they share delicious comfort food.

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette

2. Silverspoon lovingly crafted its menu and dine-in service to give you and your date that “spoonful of happiness.”

Owner Decebelle Montefrio started Silverspoon as an online food business in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, bringing delicious comfort food to the metro’s denizens who can’t go out to eat. However, she still held on to her dream of having her own brick-and-mortar restaurant someday.

Well, dreams do come true since at the tail-end of 2021, Decie, together with her partners, head chef, line cooks and service crew, have successfully launched Silverspoon Kitchenette in the foodie-friendly Tomas Morato area.

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Owner Decebelle Montefrio
Silverspoon Kitchenette
Decie and partners Roj and Fae
Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette

The restaurant offers International-Filipino cuisine, a delectable curation of well-loved and classic dishes lovingly prepared and beautifully served by Silverspoon’s staff.

3. It’s Valentine’s Special Menu is a tasteful curation of dishes that is not to be missed.

As a treat for lovers during this season of love, Silverspoon has prepared special a special four-course set meal that will set hearts ablaze while tantalizing taste buds and sating appetites. This set meal includes:

Pumpkin Soup. A thick and creamy soup made from seasoned pumpkin puree blended with a flavorful broth and accompanied by crunchy croutons.

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette

Caesar Salad. Fresh greens, tomato slices and croutons tossed in house-made Caesar salad dressing, accompanied by crunchy breadsticks seasoned with sumac chili.

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette

Baked Salmon with Truffle Pea Sauce. Hefty salmon fillets seasoned then air-fried and baked before serving topped with arugula and fresh vegetables on a bed of grilled asparagus and green pea puree flavored with truffle oil.

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette

12oz USDA Angus Ribeye Steak. A sure hit with meat lovers, this 12oz piece of well-marbled Angus steak is grilled to the diners’ preferred doneness (mine is medium, of course), then served with steamed vegetables and creamy mash potatoes.

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette

Special Brownie Ala Mode. To end the meal on a sweet note, Silverspoon serves a fudgy brownie bar topped with vanilla ice cream, fruit slices and a chocolate heart.

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette

Glass of Wine. The meal also comes with a glass of vino (diners’ choice between red and white) to make this outing extra special.

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette

You can enjoy these dishes with these especially curated sets available from February 11 to 28:

  • Pumpkin Soup, Ceasar Salad, Baked Salmon, Brownie Ala Mode, Wine and Lemonade: Php1,599
  • Pumpkin Soup, Ceasar Salad, USDA Angus Ribeye Steak, Brownie Ala Mode, Wine and Lemonade: Php2,950

Mocktails. Not keen on ending the date? Extend your time together over Silverspoon’s refreshing specialty drinks at Php145 each such as the Blue Lagoon, a concoction made extra colorful and citrusy with the addition of blue curacao, or the Pink Sunset which gives the vibe of a leveled up Four Seasons drink.

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Silverspoon Kitchenette

Be sure to bring your special someone to SilverSpoon Kitchenette for a delicious celebration of love and good food!

Silverspoon Kitchenette
Salmon!
Silverspoon Kitchenette
Steak!

Thanks to Decie and the people behind Silverspoon for a very memorable pre-Valentine’s Day treat for me and my fellow foodies!

Silverspoon Kitchenette

Silverspoon Kitchenette is located at 81 Scout Gandia Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City, open daily for dine-in, takeout or delivery from 10am to 9pm. For inquiries, reservations or delivery orders, call +63 917 1603327. It also delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

For updates on its latest offers, follow Silverspoon on Facebook or Instagram.

Disclosure: I attended a food-tasting event held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to facilitate an honest review and were not paid for by the attendees.