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Food Review: Izakaya Kenta

Izakaya Kenta signage
Izakaya Kenta signage

New year, new dish to try at an authentic restaurant which serves Japanese cuisine – Izakaya Kenta. This authentic Japanese restaurant’s cuisine is more on Japanese foods and sushi bars where Japanese food lovers usually visit or dine. They also serve lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks that guests could enjoy.

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Izakaya Kenta’s ambience is nice and I love their wall painting (wasn’t able to take a picture of it though). I also love the comfy space and the restaurant’s accommodation.

Two of the foods I’ve tried during my visit there with my school friends were the Spicy Tuna Maki as my main dish followed by their Coffee Jelly which was my dessert, as well some as my friends’.

Spicy Tuna Maki
Spicy Tuna Maki

Spicy Tuna Maki (Php 180) 

This authentic Japanese dish is made from a fresh tuna with spicy sauce which comes along a wasabi paste and ginger as its garnish. What I like about this dish is its right amount of spicy taste.

Coffee Jelly
Coffee Jelly

Coffee Jelly

One of my favorite desserts here in Izakaya Kenta. I love the taste of their coffee flavored gelatin topped with vanilla ice cream which goes perfectly after eating something spicy.

 

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Food Review – Din Tai Fung

Hi, Bellas! It’s time to tickle your taste buds once again with another type of cuisine, which is from Din Tai Fung.

About Din Tai Fung
This restaurant was founded in Taipei , Taiwan in the year 1958 and known as a cooking retail shop. 14 years later, Din Tai Fung transitioned into a full-fledged restaurant specializing in soup dumplings and noodles, soon winning rave reviews from all over the world. This restaurant’s tradition continues today in its locations from various countries like United States, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand and now even here in Philippines.

Specialties

As mentioned above, Din Tai Fung specializes in soup dumplings and noodles. However, Din Tai Fung serves more than just their signature dish. They also serve appetizers (Seaweed & Beancurd in a Vinegar Dressing, Cucumber Salad, Soy Noodle Salad, Wood Ear Mushrooms in A Vinegar Dressing, Sticky Rice Wrap with Pork, Fried Pork Chop and Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs), Soup Dumplings (Pork Xiao Long Bao, Pork & Crab Xiao Long Bao, Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao, Small Dumplings w/ Soup –served only during weekend mornings), Soups (House Beef Soup, House Chicken Soup, Braised Beef Soup, Hot & Sour Soup, Vegetable & Pork Wonton Soup and Shrimp & Pork Wonton Soup), Noodle Soup (Noodle Soup with Pickled Mustard Greens & Shredded Pork, Braised Beef Noodle Soup, House Chicken Noodle Soup, House Beef Noodle Soup, Shrimp Noodle Soup, Sliced Chicken Noodle Soup, Vegetarian Noodle Soup, Pork Chop Noodle Soup, Tofu Puff & Glass Noodle Soup) and many other dishes.

 

Here’s what I and my family tried out:

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What I liked best from their dish is their noodle soup. It had just the right amount of spiciness in it.

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Food Tripping at Neighborhood Game Cafe

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There’s a new favorite hidden hangout in the city where board game lovers can chill out by playing board games while eating their comfort food and enjoying their specialty coffee.

This place is good for groups of friends and kids who love playing board games as one of their hobbies. Neighborhood Game Café is good for groups and they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and even evening snack.

Sweet & Spicy Crispy Chicken Burger

One of the dishes that I tried is the Sweet & Spicy Crispy Chicken Burger. What I love about this burger is that it has a perfect blend of sweetness and spicy-ness.

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My favorite from their signature-blended beverage is the Butterbeer Blended Coffee, inspired from the Harry Potter movie’s Butterbeer. I’ll be trying another one of their signature blended beverage , though on my next visit.

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My friends and I had a great time playing board games while munching on our dinner. One of their games we played as the cards against humanity (no pun intended). Each of us gets a chance to pick a card with a question (black card) then others will lay down a card with an answer (try not to laugh as each card contains weird answers.We had fun until almost the closing time of the café.

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We had our picture taken just before leaving the venue.

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Food Tripping at Ramen Nagi

Ramen Nagi
Ramen Nagi

Hey guys, thinking of where to spend your next birthday celebration? Craving for a Japanese cuisine for a change? You may want to try Ramen Nagi to satisfy your cravings for ramen noodles.

Here’s a brief background of a Japanese restaurant.

Background of Ramen Nagi

This Japanese restaurant offers a gourmet version of ramen noodles that is hailed as the best in Tokyo. Ramen Nagi has been awarded as the top spot in the National Ramen of the Year Competitions for the last two years (2011 and 2012). Hong Kong also has its franchise of this restaurant which is Butao, named after its popular signature ramen in which Filipinos line up for hours just go get a taste.

Ramen Nagi finally opened in Manila at the 5th floor of SM Aura Premier where its franchise is owned by Plains & Prints couple founders Roxanne and Erickson Farillas together with Michael James Chua, Carissa Coscolluela, Enti Coscolluela and Avi Siy-Chua.

As every Filipino foodie’s taste for ramen matures, one would prefer more rich and bolder flavors compared to that of a lighter variety. Once you get to taste the richer gourmet version of Ramen Nagi, there’s no going back a light and lesser quality ramen.

What’s best about this restaurant is that it’s designed as a modern ramen shop with different infographics and illustrations and their mascot is a caricature of Ramen Master Ikuta Satoshi. They have comfortable leather seats enough to make their guests feel at home and at ease.

Also, guests can customize their ramen bowl or the chef’s recommendation. You can also customize the richness of taste (light, normal, rich) , special sauce (none, light, normal, heavy, extra heavy), garlic (none, light, normal, heavy, extra heavy),  pork (none, pork shoulder or pork belly), vegetable (none, green onion or cabbage), butao (none, 1 as standard ramen, 2 for double spicy and so on) and if you want to make it extra hard. You may also choose to add extras if you prefer to do so.

Lastly, guests write their name below their order.

Ramen Nagi has their four standard ramen: Butao King, Black King (with garlic and squid ink), Red King (spicy) , Green King (with basil and cheese), plus a limited ramen which rotates through their other ramen flavors such as the Ebi King (shrimp).

Here’s what I and my family ordered yesterday at Ramen Nagi (Robinson’s Magnolia branch):

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Chicken Karaage (Php 250) and Pork Katsu Roll (Php 295)

Chicken Karaage (Php 250) and Pork Katsu Roll (Php 295)

Their chicken karaage is a Japanese fried chicken that’s perfectly marinated in a special sauce. It is deep fried in a special breading and served with a dip of mayo mustard. Chicken karaage is available in other flavors such as: Curry – Php 270, Matcha – Php 290 and 7 Spice – Php 300.

Ramen Nagi’s Pork Katsu Roll is a thinly sliced pork belly rolled with cheese and served with Nagi’s original sauce.

Red King (Akao)
Red King (Akao)

Red King/Akao (Php 410)

This ramen noodle is an ultimate in savory spiciness. Try if you dare.

Nagi Chips (Php 95)
Nagi Chips (Php 95)

Nagi Chips (Php 95)

Nagi Chips are made of special dough, fried to perfection and flavored in special Japanese seasoning. They are available in different flavors.

Try visiting any of Ramen Nagi’s branches (SM Aura Premier, Greenbelt 3, SM Mall of Asia, SM City North Edsa, UP Town Center, Robinson’s Magnolia, Robinson’s Place Manila, The Podium, Robinson’s Galleria, Ayala Malls the 30th, Trinoma Mall, Salcedo Village and Ninoy Aquino Airport Area.)

Happy food tripping, everyone!

Image Sources:

 

Ramen Nagi (Robinson’s Magnolia)
https://www.vigattintourism.com/tourism/articles/Ramen-Nagi-Manila

Nagi Chips
http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2017/01/perfect-pair-ebi-king-ramen-nagis.html

 

 

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Food Review: Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters

Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters (Viridian, Greenhills San Juan)
Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters (Viridian, Greenhills San Juan)

Looking for a high end coffee shop where you could dine or wind up with your family and friends? Trying out something that’s classy that’s still within your budget? There’s Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters for you.

About Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters

Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters was founded over 15 years ago by Toby Smith after giving up his career as a lawyer and venturing into some of the world’s remote regions for him to learn everything he could about coffee from seed to harvest. Soon after, Toby Smith returns to his homeland after his stints with plantations in Brazil and Guatemala and began roasting beans in his mom’s garage in Sydney, hence becoming the backbone  of specialty coffee and direct trade in Australia. He then opens his first café in Sydney after a decade and continues to push boundaries and devotes his efforts in roasting and serving the best coffee possible.

Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters believes in serving the best coffee as well as travelling the world to meet growers and cooperatives and working with them to improve the production. They also believe in investing time and energy needed to choose products which demonstrate the best of their unique origins.

They also believe in developing relationships with people dedicated to honoring the work of the specialty coffee farmers and crafting coffee with complexity and character.

What They Serve

Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters doesn’t just serve coffees, they also serve foods for their guests to enjoy, most especially foods from their seasonal menu – Salami and Cheese (Php 290), Corned Beef and Hash (Php 350), Linuine and Puttanesca (Php 350) and Braised Chicken in Wine (Php 350).

Aside from their seasonal menu, they also serve breakfast (Dutch Eggs – Php 325, Traviata – Php 315 and Scramble on Toast – Php 295), Soups (Lentil Stew – Php 180, Tomato – Php 180 and French Onion Soup – Php 250), Sandwiches (Grilled Cheese – Php 295, Patty Melt – Php 420, Mediterranean – Php 350), Shrimp Salad – Php 490, Classic Chicken Salad – Php 390, Chorizo and Egg Bun – Php 350 and Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel – Php 295) , Salads (House Arugula – Php 245 and Smoked Salmon & Greens – Php 325) , Pasta (Chorizo – Php 330 and Mushroom – Php 320) , Snacks (Hummus – Php 260, Beef Nachos – Php 295, Braised Beef Sliders – Php 390 and Spicy Chicken Wings – Php 390) and Belgian Waffles.

What I’ve tried during my visit here with my family last Sunday were: Flat White Espresso, Beef Nachos, Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel and Bucky’s.

Flat White Espresso (Php 150)
Flat White Espresso (Php 150)

Flat White Espresso

Their flat white espresso was a bit bitter but enough to keep you awake and alert to do your work. I love the heart design on top of the coffee.

Beef Nachos (Php 295)
Beef Nachos (Php 295)

Beef Nachos

Crispy yet meaty and delicious for those who are nacho lovers. Their beef nachos has this chunky beef with nacho chips, cilantro leaves , cheese sauce and onions.

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Bucky’s

Bucky’s

What’s not to love with their brownies? Just taking a bite of this chocolate brownies is enough to satisfy your food cravings and perk you up.

Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel (no image available)

A bit sour taste from the cream cheese but satisfying enough to fill our hungry stomach.

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Toby’s Estate
https://www.zomato.com/manila/tobys-estate-greenhills-san-juan-city

 

 

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Food Review: Boulangerie22

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Hi everyone! Have you tried something that’s new to your taste? If you haven’t yet, do you want to? Here’s something for you to try which is Boulangerie22.

Boulangerie22 is one of the newest store here in Philippines and has a fusion of traditional principles with a modern twist, thus bringing forth melt in your mouth breads and pastries based on its origin, with a commissary which is first here in our country. This brand or café is operated by Amado Group Corporation and features a lot of products, one of them including customized cakes (e.g. Pokemon).

Their price ranges on the products they sell which are at an affordable price. Boulangerie22 serves breads, cakes, pastries, cookies, meals, beverages, condiments and chips. Yes, they also do sell macarons.

Boulangerie22 products
Boulangerie22 products

Here’s what I ordered:

Strawberry Creme Frappe (Php 99)
Strawberry Creme Frappe (Php 99)

Their strawberry crème frappe was not that bad. It just had the right amount of sweetness. It’s not that sour as well. Plus, I love the whip cream. By the way, they have this promo of buy 1 frappe for Php 99 and get the 2nd frappe for just Php 50, , as well as the buy 1 box of macarons and get 1 for free (for regular macarons). Adding to that, they also have this smart value meal that you can choose from and you can order it at an affordable price.

Aside from their frappe, Boulangerie22 also sells juice and milk (under cold beverages).

Want to have your cakes customized? No problem! All you have to do is fill out the form with your full name, date, email address, contact number, for what occasion, the kind of cake you want to customize and quantity then you’re good to go.

 

 

 

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Food Review: Shakey’s

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Craving for pizzas? Planning a birthday celebration with your family and friends? Feel free to celebrate your special day here at Shakey’s and get a free pizza during your birth month or day, as well as a supercard.

I and my school friends celebrated my birthday at Shakey’s Hemady since it was just near Robinson’s Magnolia and my sister’s place. Their staff, Ms. Prian, was the one who served us and offered the promo. I commend her since she served us with a smile on her face and had that friendly demeanor that would surely brighten up your special day even more.

What I had for my birthday last Saturday was a family meal deal 2 which already comes with a serving of spaghetti platter, chicken n’ mojos, a thin crust pizza (cheese) , a free pizza (pepperoni) and a pitcher of their house blend iced tea. Plus, I got a Shakey’s supercard for free.

 

 

 

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Food Review: Kettle

As an extended birthday celebration, I and my family headed to Shangri-La Plaza Mall to have our lunch right after attending a Sunday mass and we chose to eat here at Kettle.

What we had for our lunch here at Kettle were the Clam Chowder Soup which was served on a sourdough bread bowl (Php 229), Kettle House Salad (Php 339), Australian Lamb Adobo (Php 449) , Buttermilk Fried Chicken (Php 519) and Pork and Potato Strips (Php 339).  Not bad for a group meal.

Clam Chowder Soup
Clam Chowder Soup 

Clam Chowder Soup (Php 229)

This clam chowder soup tasted really great and satisfying to our hungry stomach. It’s served on a sourdough bread bowl that you can also eat right after finishing the soup.

Kettle House Salad
Kettle House Salad

Kettle House Salad (Php 339)

This Kettle House Salad is served with arugula, romaine mix, toffee walnuts, bacon, manchego cheese, berry and balsamic vinegar. It’s not just tasty, but it’s also healthy.

Australian Lamb Adobo
Australian Lamb Adobo

Australian Lamb Adobo (Php 449)

This meal is a slow cooked adobo style served  with tzaziki and truffle mushroom grown rice. Its meat tastes like the angus roast beef.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken (Php 519)

This food serving comes with a honey glazed cornbread, country gravy and Cajun honey. Best tip to make your sauce tasty for this chicken is to pour on the gravy first then the honey.

Pork and Potato Strips
Pork and Potato Strips

Pork and Potato Strips (Php 339)

This appetizer has a serving of crunch pork belly at the bottom then topped with fresh potato strips, fried herbs and red pepper aioli.

My favorite or top pick for this lunch is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Its gravy and honey sauce is the best!

My rating: 5/5

 

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Food Review: The Beef Barn

Thinking of where to spend dinner time with your family when you’re outside? Are you craving for something such as a mouth-watering Angus roast beef? You can check out The Beef Barn.

About The Beef Barn

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The Beef Barn serves the best tasting U.S. Angus Roast Beef in town, along with savory side dishes of pasta and vegetables at its very affordable prices. This business was run by Chef Ivory Yat, or famously known as “The Sultry Chef”, who started her career when she joined ABS-CBN’s Master Chef Pinoy Edition/Master Chef Philippines where she won 3rd place.

Did you know that? The Beef Barn started with food stalls offering roast U.S. Angus beef and smoked bacon in a number of malls in Metro Manila before opening up a branch in Eastwood Citywalk 2. This restaurant is periodically setting up their kiosks at monthly gourmet markets and food festivals at SM Aura, Ayala Malls and Eastwood Mall.

To ensure tender and real beef flavor, The Beef Barn only uses USDA Angus Beef.

Guests can choose from the restaurant’s set meals (BB1 – Meat + XL Rice, BB2 – Meat + XL Rice+ 1 Side Dish, BB3 – Meat + XL Rice + 2 Side Dish) which come with a choice of roast beef/smoked bacon/chicken. They also serve pita (regular/big), beef/chicken/side dishes (U.S. Roast Angus beef, U.S. Smoked Bacon, Savory chicken, side dishes, pasta a la carte) , desserts (coffee jelly/buco pandan jelly/strawberry jelly) and drinks

What I love about The Beef Barn is its juicy U.S. Angus Roast Beef, as well as the pasta marinara which I ordered for my side dish to go along with the beef. Their dessert was also good.

You can visit The Beef Barn in 2F of 2E-Citywalk2, Eastwood City, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Libis, Quezon City or you may contact 0977-850-8888.

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Food Review: Jang Ga Nae

One of the newest Korean restaurant here in Manila, Jang Ga Nae serves mouth-watering Korean dishes that guests wanted to try in Korea itself. There are salad vinaigrette, kimchi , watered down kimchi pancake, soup, beef short ribs, beef ribs soup and other Korean dish to try out.

I tried out this Korean restaurant with my school friends last Thursday night which was also one of my friends’ birthday. As a treat, she took us here to try Korean dishes and so far, they tasted good, even the soup. I also loved the strawberry smoothie I ordered. Too bad I wasn’t able to taste the kimchi pancake as my stomach was already full. If given the chance to pay another visit at this restaurant, I would love to try another one of their dishes.

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