Kyochon Ortigas, Mandaluyong

[2019-Oct-23] Has anyone ever counted how many chicken restaurants we have in the country? Chicken is so ubiquitous in almost all restaurants that even some international brands that normally do not serve chicken outside the country does here. Kyochon is one among several restaurants that specialize in chicken, specifically korean style fried chicken. We were…

VBQ Vietnamese Barbeque Poblacion, Makati

[2019-Sep-14] This is the first stop of a mini-crawl in one building and my 3rd stop for the day.  VBQ was still on their soft opening when we visited.   I liked their cute condiment containers, hehe When we were asked to order our drinks, I ordered guyabano lychee. After tasting it, I mentioned that…

Chef Jessie Rockwell, Makati

[2019-Oct-13] 1st Stop of the mini food crawl with my daughter @thegastronomersdiary First time to go and eat here. I have been wanting to use the voucher for lunch or dinner set for two but the ones I have asked were not available (or don’t want to go?). Thankfully my daughter @thegastronomersdiary became willing and…

The 1950 Restaurant

The 1950 Restaurant, a new bar and restaurant concept, by Chefs Robby Goco (of Cyma), Chester Villas (of Akulturado Vancouver), and Jon Balanagay (of Le Monet Hotel), is getting ready to welcome guests soon! Built in 1950, the Santaromana ancestral home was lovingly referred to as The Big House by the Santaromana children. Showcasing the…

Southbank Cafe + Lounge Filinvest City, Alabang

[2019-10-08] This was one of the down-the-wire invite that I went to. Invite was posted at around 7am and I was lucky enough to be awake and able to see it. The target meetup/pickup is 9am in Makati and the cafe is located in Alabang so it was quite tight. This maybe anti-climactic but I…

Sha Tin Courtyard Chinese Bistro Banawe , QC

[2019-Sep-20] I was expecting some sort of compound and/or ‘food park’ because of the ‘courtyard’ in the name of this place and did not expect such an imposing facade. The interiors looked quite good too! The list of food to be served. I am one among those whose primary concern/criteria about places to eat (assuming…

Pastarrifico Legaspi Village, Makati

[2019-Sep-26] When I first heard that it is located at “Ayala North Exchange” I thought this mall was located somewhere in North EDSA or Monumento. I haven’t been updating myself with the new malls that have sprouted in the Metro. One thing that this place has going against it is its location. The best description/direction…

Kartel Rooftop Bar Poblacion, Makati

[2019-Oct-03] Trying to find this rooftop bar even in these times of Waze, Googlemaps, etc. can be a challenge. Unless I missed it, there was no other more visible signage except for these ‘posters’ on a wall perpendicular to the road and it is even partially obscured from the road. You can’t even read ‘Kartel’…

Abbiocco Alternative Filipino Tomas Morato, QC

[2019-July-24] Soft opening operations is a tricky thing. It allows you to operate ASAP but some unwanted compromise might arise. The place looks nice and clean. It is located on the ground floor of Metro Stonerich Corporate Center Building at Tomas Morato. It is spacious and tasteful. Lets start with what I liked most. My…