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IN MY OPINION. Heaven & Eggs

by on Dec.31, 2014, under Food/Restaurant Review, In My Opinion, Me, School

December 29, 2014: Triple Threat’s (TT) first ever Brunch, yes. We usually go for Lunch or Dinner, this time we had to go for Brunch. Ema has a boxing date at 2pm and Rosh has a family late lunch, as for me I have to finish my Holiday shopping and I have a movie date at 330pm.

Triple Threat

Triple Threat

So anyway, for the first ever brunch of TT I’ve suggested to have it at Heaven and Eggs (H&E). And yes, I haven’t tried this restaurant and its been there for the longest time.

The location

It is located at Ground Floor, Glorietta 4 (G4), Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City.

Their location has its positive and and negative side. For the negative, like Tenka (see previous post here), their location is quite off – its outside the mall, which means you won’t be able to see, pass by or even think of their restaurant, its secluded from the other restaurants inside the mall, not unless of course if you plan your meal here before hand. For the positive side, its open from 7am and it has its own door so people can actually eat their breakfast here without waiting for the mall to open. Also, you’ll be able to see this once you get off your car or cab because its fronting the drop off point of G4.

Once inside the its warm but for me, its not that cozy. The use of the space inside is kind of tight, they placed tables everywhere. I also noticed that they have a closed area for, I think, 15-20 pax – which for me is a nice idea, people can host brunch parties here.

I’d give the location 2.5/5.

The food

H&E serves breakfast all day, its something different in the Ayala compound, I mean there are others but in The Fort area in Katipunan area, H&E kind of “monopolised” the area. The taste was awesome, I mean, I loved my Fried Chicken Fillet with Java Rice, the chicken was moist and the gravy was good, the rice was just good, it reminded me of Aristocrat’s java rice. Rosh had Two Eggs any Style, I tasted the Bacon and the Breakfast Sausage and it was awesome. The bacon was crispy and the sausage have this spicy kick on it. Ema made me try her Roast Beef Platter, the beef was tender and it was cooked to perfection. Then we all had Oreo Pancakes, nothing really fancy here, I was expecting more, actually, they just added Oreo bits in the pancake mixture that’s it, I thought the whole pancake would be made out Oreo.

 

Oreo Pancakes

Oreo Pancakes

Fried Chicken Fillet

Fried Chicken Fillet

Two Eggs any Style

Two Eggs any Style

Roast Beef Platter

Roast Beef Platter

I’d give the food 5/5.

The experience

I think there is the part where H&E will fail. Let me go through with my experience when I entered the place.

There’s no host/hostess outside to assist the customers. So when I entered the place I didn’t know where to go, I mean yeah there are tables but its not yet clean, which is a turn off, of course. They have wifi connection but its limited to a certain number of people, this is the reason why I wasn’t able to connect to their wifi. Their service is kind of slow, whenever we ask for water, it would take them at least 5 minutes to give us the water. They are lack in manpower, I mean its the busiest time of the day, for their kind of restaurant, and they are lacking manpower. Lastly, Rosh, found a hair on one of the Oreo Pancakes – major turnoff.

I’d rate the experience 1/5.

The price

For a total of PHP1200 for the three of us, I believe it is over-priced, and we certainly didn’t expect it.

 

Will I recommend others to try this place? Undecided.

Will I be back here? Maybe.

Overall, I’d give Heaven & Eggs a 2.5/5

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IN MY OPINION. Tenka

by on Dec.28, 2014, under Food/Restaurant Review, In My Opinion, Me

December 27, 2014: TBC’s annual Christmas get-together. Sadly, one of my friends couldn’t make it because of a family reunion. But TBC had to push-through with the lunch, plus, I made reservation in Tenka – sayang naman the reservation if we’ll cancel.

TBC

TBC

And here I am, again, trying my very best to write a review on the new restaurant I’ve tried, plus the restaurant is relatively new – it just opened during the late part of the year.

The Location

It is situated in 2nd floor, Glorietta 4 (G4), East Drive, Ayala Avenue, Makati City. Although, its in G4, I mean this is supposedly the part where a lot of people to go to – the cinemas, timezone, and food court are here and when coming from the parking of G4 you can pass by the restaurant – their location is quite “off the location”. When you’re inside the mall already you won’t be able to see, pass by or even think of their restaurant, its secluded from the other restaurants inside the mall.

Once inside, its actually cozy and warm. You’ll feel the “high-end” vibe type of restaurant but you won’t be intimidated by it, and its very casual. Kudos to the architect/s of the restaurant for combining the “high-end” vibe and the casual vibe of the place. Plus, the place is very spacious – considering the fact that the place is “served buffet”. If I’m not mistaken, I believe the place can hold up to at least 80pax.

I’d give the location 2.5/5.

The food

Well, its Shabu-Shabu so you’ll have to cook the fresh meat/seafood/vegetables and others you’ll order. Their menu selection is quite big compared to other Shabu-Shabu I’ve tried. Did I mention that this restaurant offers “served buffet”, except for the salad and the dessert, they have a separate buffet table for these two? Yes, you’ll have the menu on your table and you can just call the servers and order what ever you want.

Before you order the meat/seafood/vegetable and others, you have to choose the two soup you’ll be having. We had the Japanese Spicy and Japanese Miso – one spicy and kind of sweet, just to counter the spiciness of the other. And the server will ask for your side order, the side order is free per person. The menu for the side order is basically cold cuts, and tempura – we had salmon sashimi, tuna sashimi and tempura. Its sad though, you can’t have additional order of the side order, we were willing to pay additional for this, but they don’t do it.

Tuna Sashimi

Tuna Sashimi

Salmon Sashimi

Salmon Sashimi

Tempura

Tempura

While waiting for the soup and the side order, you can get salad/fruits on the buffet table. The salad buffet table is quite disappointing, though. The selection is limited, plus, I was surprised when I asked one of the servers what is this one thing there, he said – kimchi. I mean the place is a Japanese restaurant then they are serving kimchi. I’m not sure if they meant it that way or is it supposedly for the salad – to add spice? If it is so, I just hope that the server said it to me.

Salad

Salad

Here’s our two soup.

Japanese Spicy and Japanese Miso

Japanese Spicy and Japanese Miso

We had lamb, beef slices, ramen noodles, egg noodles, fish fillet, chicken strips, vegetable dumpling, shrimp wanton and list just goes on and on.

Their dessert table it limited to mini cakes and ice cream. We had ice cream, I had 4 servings of it. They had ube, mango, cheese, green tea, sesame seed, mocha. And their ice cream was just divine. We loved it. I personally loved their mocha. I’m not sure if they made this or they ordered it, what ever it is, it was just yummy!

First of Four servings

First of Four servings

I’d give the food 4/5.

The experience

I’m torn if I liked it or not. The ambiance is commendable. But their service is quite bad. I ordered for mussels and oysters but it never reached our table – I’d like to think this is a blessing in disguise because I might have an upset stomach, but I wanted to try their mussels and oysters. Also, they are lacking manpower in the floor, I mean they are serving buffet and the number of their servers doesn’t compensate the number of their customers. We had to raise our hands at least three times before someone can actually acknowledge us.

One more thing, they didn’t have wifi connection, which I think is one of the things people are looking for in a restaurant. I mean not all can have mobile data, plus with the new plan of the mobile carriers here in the Philippines, I think one would really appreciate a wifi connection on a restaurant.

I’d give the experience 3/5.

The price

For the price of PHP550 for lunch from Monday-Saturday, it is reasonable enough for one to try this restaurant; and just like any other buffet restaurants in the metro, the price will depend on the time and day you’ll dine in.

I’d give the price a 4/5.

 

Will I recommend others to try this place? Yes.

Will I be back here? Definitely.

Overall, I’d give Tenka Japanese Shabu Shabu a 3.5/5

 

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IN MY OPINION. La Fiesta

by on Nov.18, 2014, under Family, Food/Restaurant Review, In My Opinion, Mom

November 15, 2014: Mom’s 5th death anniversary. Aunt’s Birthday celebration.

Early part of the morning was a breeze: mass, light breakfast, some cleaning chores, shower, then we went to MOA for my aunt’s birthday treat which was supposedly at Yakimix. Good thing they didn’t give us table for 16, we were able to try out La Fiesta at SM by the Bay.

So okay, let me start with the location. It has its advantages and disadvantages. For the advantages, its outside the mall so it has its own parking; it has its own building so their seating capacity is bigger than that of the ones within the mall. For the disadvantages, if you’re coming in from the mall, you have to walk to the walkway, go down from it and endure the heat (if you’re eating lunch there) because you’ll be walking under the heat of the sun, and yes, there’s no shade available.

The food

I started my meal with Japanese food. Tuna and salmon sashimi: my favorite, Chicken Karrage, sushi rolls and (they call it) special tofu. It was good, I must say plus they have a wide selection of Japanese food.

La Fiesta_Jap

Plate #1

Next to the Jap plate, I had some Seafood and Corn Soup, sorry no photo available. It was so-so, I wasn’t able to taste the Seafood-ness of it. Maybe a little more of the seafood, then it would have been great.

After the soup, I had Arroz Caldo, Chicharon Bulaklak, Chicken Skin and Potato Strips. I have to recommend the Arroz Caldo, it was awesome! They’ll give it to you in a small pot complete with everything, you might want to add a little more of the toasted garlic to have a right amount of crunchiness in it. Nothing fancy in the Chicharon Bulaklak, you can just buy it outside because it tastes the same – this goes as well for the chicken skin. For the potato strips, it was a little hard and dry – yeah, its overcooked.

Plate #2

Plate #2

After, I had some Native Chicken Tinola, Buttered Chicken, Fried Chicken and Spicy Salmon, and some Adobo Fried Rice. And yes, I don’t eat much pork and beef so I had to get chicken and fish. Good thing, they have a wide array of chicken and fish dishes. In this batch, I’d recommend the Buttered Chicken. It was something new, for me at least, although it was too buttery, good thing there’s the Adobo Fried Rice to contrast the buttery-ness of the Chicken. The Spicy Salmon was too spicy, I was thinking that it would just have a kick of spicyness in it. The Fried Chicken is just the normal chicken. I was a bit disappointed in the Native Chicken Tinola. I was expecting more of the native-ness of it but I didn’t it was just the same tinola my dad cooks back home.

Plate #3

Plate #3

Then, I ordered Chicken Steak, and I had 2 of it. The first one I ordered was slow so I had to re-order, when I came back the first order I had was there in our table then after 3 minutes, the second order is coming. It was good, actually. The thing that turned my off was my second steak, it was RAW. So I didn’t eat it.

Plate #4

Plate #4

Then I had my dessert, ice cream and crepe. For the ice cream, they are serving Nestle, so nothing fancy. The crepe was OK, just the plain crepe.

Plate #5

Plate #5

The experience

Food service was slow. I ordered for the chicken steak, I had to re-order because it was slow, then I all know, I have to steaks seating in our table. I also order Chicken Sisig, but it never reached our table.

The ambiance was commendable. When we arrived there’s a live band performing and they are accepting requests. After the band, dancers graced the stage and danced native dance routines from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The price

For the price of PHP839 for adults during Sundays, it was reasonable enough for one to try this place out; and just like any other buffet restaurants in the metro, the price will depend on the time and date you’ll dine in. One thing that I loved about this place is that if its your birthday, you get to eat for free for the next 7 days! One thing that I won’t expect from a buffet restaurant.

One set back of La Fiesta, for me, is its name, its name is La Fiesta Filipino cuisine, so one will expect that the cuisine is all-filipino, but it also, offered other cuisine. I just hoped that they omit the Filipino cuisine part.

Overall, I’d rate La Fiesta 4 out of 5.

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IN MY OPINION. Italianni’s

by on Nov.06, 2014, under Food/Restaurant Review, In My Opinion

If you have read my previous post, this probably somehow is related to that. I had dinner date with Mia, my high school friend, and yes, we have been spending and talking a lot of time lately. Just like when we were in our sophomore year. Anyway, going back to the main topic of this blog post.

We ate at Italianni’s in Glorietta 2, with Jec as our server. Its been months, or I think a year, since I last ate here, and I’ve missed it.

Unlike the other bistro restaurants, Italianni’s serves some kind of an appetizer – bread which you dip in this mixture of oil and some kind of soy sauce – and yes I don’t know their names.

We ordered Sicilian Chicken for our appetizer. It comes with chicken breast, crispy romaine, mangoes, red grapes and walnuts tossed in a creamy anchovy dressing. For me this is their best seller and it is the only salad with fruits in it. The price of the regular size is at around PHP495 while the size for sharing is around PHP650.

Sicilian Chicken

Sicilian Chicken

Mia ordered Chicken Milanese, I believe they’ve added this in their menu. It comes with grilled chicken breasts topped with tomato balsamic relish served in spinach gorgonzola cream sauce. Wasn’t able to taste it, but according to Mia it was good. So I guess I have to go back and try this one. The price is at around PHP535 and I believe the serving size can be shared by two.

Chicken Milanese

Chicken Milanese

I ordered Tuffle Chicken and Mushroom. It comes with fettucinne pasta with black truffle cream sauce topped with grilled chicken. The sauce is not that heavy and its actually good and its not forgettable. The price is at around PHP495 and it can be shared by two.

Tuffle Chicken and Mushroom

Tuffle Chicken and Mushroom

And I ordered Carbonara Classico as to go for my dad. It comes with fetuccine with button mushrooms and smoked bacon in a parmesan cream sauce. Nothing really fancy, for me. Its just plain old carbonara, the price is at around PHP350 and it can be shared by two. *No photo available*

The food is kind of pricey but the size is big enough for two people to share one en tree; it is around PHP300-500 per person, but it was worth it.

Our total bill was almost PHP1,900 but with the powers and the full utilisation of the Bistro Premiere Card (will tell you more about this on the latter part of this blog post), our bill was lessen to around PHP1,520. This includes the VAT and the service charge.

The place was a bit small compared to the branch in Greenbelt, but it was spacious enough for the server to move, though there are tendencies that the server might hit you, of course, unintentionally, due to space constraints.

The ambiance was OK for two to four people to talk and the air conditioning was OK.

The service was so-so. There’s one incident that Jec asked us if we want more bread, we said yes. But it took I think more than 10 minutes for her to serve the bread. And we had to ask, again, from the manager for the bread. Though, he explained that the bread is still in the over, which means its freshly baked, the downfall is Jec didn’t inform us that they are still baking the bread. One more incident when I asked to house water it took them probably more then 3 minutes for them to serve the water. For dinner time, their service was kind of poor, I guess maybe there were only 3 server add 1 manager and 1 hostess in the floor that made their service poor, maybe they didn’t expect the volume of customer for the night? But they have to be prepared always, right? What if the night was jam-packed and with their so-so service, they might not get additional tips.

Overall, I’d rate my dining experience with Italianni’s Glorietta 2, 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Bistro Premiere Card 

Bistro Premiere Card

Bistro Premiere Card

If you’re a foodie and you love dining out, you’ll love this card by the Bistro Group, its basically a discount card worth PHP2,500, and its valid for a year.
It’s One Premiere Card with 11 great concepts (as the Bistro Group says it):

  1. 30% OFF your bill every Monday
  2. 20% OFF your bill from Tuesday to Sunday
  3. 25% OFF Birthday voucher on your birth month
  4. Ten PHP250 Gift vouchers
  5. And a complimentary single serving of regular coffee or hot tea with every purchase — I believe you can also go for the bottomless Iced Tea here (not sure though, just double check with them)

The Bistro Premiere Card can be used in any branch of the following restaurants:

  1. T.G.I. Fridays
  2. Italianni’s
  3. Fish & Co.
  4. FlapJacks
  5. Krazy Garlik
  6. Bulgogi Brothers
  7. Village Tavern
  8. Watami
  9. Modern Shanghai
  10. Tonkatsu
  11. Siklab

* Disclaimer: This is my first time ever to write a food/restaurant review, so please excuse the lack of knowledge in writing one. But I enjoyed writing this, will definitely write more. *

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by on Jun.23, 2014, under In My Opinion, Random Thought

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IN MY OPINION. The Fault in Our Stars

by on Jun.09, 2014, under In My Opinion

The movie started OK; introduced the characters, setting and a little bit of the problem. Then Hazel met Gus and everything else follows.

My initial reaction after the movie: it wasn’t as whoa as the book. As much as I don’t want to compare the book and movie because of different creative outlet, I just wish that John Green was part of the production, he could have been part of the screenplay team (I checked IMDB.com and he was not there besides that he wrote the book).

There were some parts that I felt sleepy and draggy this could have been avoided if they took these scenes out, for me, it was not that relevant to the story and they could have focused on the story and the relationship of Hazel to her mom, to Gus, and the part wherein they met Van Houten.

Yes, the key parts are there. The lietral heart of Jesus; Hazel meeting Gus; the dates; Always; Hazel experiencing an attack; Okay; Amsterdam; the sex; Gus experiencing an attack. But the story of the whole movie wasn’t enough, I didn’t feel it. They could have pushed it a little further. Hazel’s pain, though it was portrayed very shortly, was not enough. And it was very much stated in the book and movie, that pain demands to be felt.

Overall,  I’d give it a 6/10.

Useful tip: if you haven’t read the book and you’re planning to watch it. Don’t read the book yet. Read it after watching it.

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