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Quezon City: Via Antonella

Finally, a place that serves below zero beer along Maginhawa St. in Sikatuna, Quezon City. (Sorry, the ice cold beer “blinded” me to the food story….)
Via Antonella, Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Found at the corner of Maginhawa Street and Makadios Street, Via Antonella is at the ground floor of a new commercial building in what is now a bona fide foodie street. Relatively simple interiors, the food is the highlight in this place.
Cream of Shitake and Leeks soup. At Via Antonella, Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Via Antonella, Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
They serve below zero beer – did I mention that already? Go after 6pm…. they’re still “cooking” the beers in the freezer in the early PM.
Ice cold beer at Via Antonella, Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Tried the Cream of Shiitake and Leeks (P125). Shiitake mushroom purée and onion leeks sautéed in butter and olive oil, simmered in chicken stock then thickened with bechamel, served with garlic bread. Very good!
Cream of Shitake and Leeks soup. At Via Antonella, Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Hanger Steak Sandwich (P195). Thinly sliced grilled US hanger steak and bell peppers, caramelized onion, roasted garlic-chipotle dressing, burnt cheese in flat ciabatta bread, served with potato chips. Loved this as well!
Hanger Steak Sandwich. At Via Antonella, Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Baked Penne with Sausage and Pepper (P225). Choice of Hungarian sausage or German frankfurters, chopped bell peppers and onion, sautéed with tomato-basil sauce then baked with thick and creamy cheese sauce on top. Again, another winner. :)
Baked Penne. At Via Antonella, Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Quezon City

 

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Pasay: Menya Genki Tonkotsu Ramen

With the number of ramen houses sprouting all over Metro Manila, it’s easy to eventually have a favorite. Although I like Santouka, there’s another ramen house that is my go-to-place when a ramen craving hits. Menya Genki Tonkotsu Ramen. Found along Macapagal Blvd. in Pasay City, this restaurant is among a number you find just across the Philippine National Bank’s headquarters.

Menya Genki Tonkotsu Ramen (Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City)

 

Menya Genki Tonkotsu Ramen (Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City) - Japanese Food

 

Menya Genki Tonkotsu Ramen (Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City)

 

 

Nice, simple, surroundings. The star of the show is the food – Tonkotsu Ramen. To the uninitiated Tonkotsu (not the more commonly known TonKATsu – fried pork cutlet) is a soup base for ramen. The cooking method boils pork bones for several hours (8 hours is not unheard of…) until a creamy milky pork soup base is produced. It’s a totally different taste from regular shoyu (soy sauce) based ramen or other quick-to-make versions.

 

Menya Genki Tonkotsu Ramen (Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City)

 

 

One of the things I like about Menya is the price for the ramen. I think they have the correct pricing compared to Santouka, Ramen Nagi, etc.

Menya Genki Tonkotsu Ramen (Macapagal, Pasay City) - Menu for Ramen

 

 

The best way to experience Tonkotsu ramen is to try the most basic flavor – salted. Or Shio. Then graduate to Shoyu (soy sauce), etc. This is the Shio Special (P280). Notice the “milkiness” of the broth? That’s Tonkotsu broth. A MUST TRY! Enjoy!

 

Menya Genki Tonkotsu Ramen (Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City) - Shio or Salt-based Tonkotsu Ramen

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Pasay

 

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Quezon City: Meshwe Authentic Lebanese Shawarma

Inside a compound along Malingap Street in Teachers Village, Quezon City, just a stone’s throw away from Pino and Donday restaurants, is a group of food stalls run by young entrepreneurs. One of which is Meshwe which touts itself as having Authentic Lebanese Shawarma.

Meshwe Authentic Lebanese Shawarma - found along Malingap Street in Teacher's Village, Quezon City

 

The compound has a nice relaxed unassuming feel. Like you’ll bump to a neighbor anytime. The second time I went the place was more packed with a lot of college-age 20-somethings and families with kids in tow.

Entrance to the BBQ Zone compound - found along Malingap Street in Teacher's Village, Quezon City

 

This is the stall of Meshwe inside the compound. There’s sitting available in front of the stall but you can generally sit anywhere inside the compound. Tip: Just buy something from the food stall. Get a beer from BBQ Zone or get fried mushrooms from Ping Gu.

Meshwe Authentic Lebanese Shawarma - found along Malingap Street in Teacher's Village, Quezon City

 

This is the Chicken Lebanese Shawarma (P85). Enjoyed this one a lot. You know when you go to other shawarma places and the meat on the shawarma roaster looks too dried already since its been sitting there for so long? Not this one. The meat in the roaster looked great – probably since the turn around of customers was fast – it doesn’t have time to dry out. The difference with the Persian type shawarma? I can’t recall biting in to lettuce. I heard what goes inside is french fries! Plus I think there’s a hint of parsley in it. And the sauce is inside the shawarma already. You don’t need to add it on.

[I think I need to go back and reverse engineer one. Good excuse.]

The Chicken Shawarma of Meshwe Authentic Lebanese Shawarma - found along Malingap Street in Teacher's Village, Quezon City

 

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2014 in Quezon City

 

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Taguig: A Taste of Slice

Found at the food court of SM Aura, A Taste of Slice features the heavenly Double Choco Yema. (P240 for a slice). It is a chocolate cake with yema in between.
A Taste of Slice at SM Aura
A Taste of Slice at SM Aura - cakes
This is the Double Choco Yema. Deadly, in a good way. :)
A Taste of Slice at SM Aura - Double Choco Yema
They also have the Turtle Pie (P220 for a slice). Chocolate mouse with pecans. Why is it called Turtle??
A Taste of Slice at SM Aura - Turtle Pie
Lastly, we tried the Caramel Yema Chiffon (P150 for a slice). Which turned out a crowd pleaser as well. Chiffon cake with yema and caramel butter icing.
A Taste of Slice at SM Aura - Caramel Chiffon
For a sweet tooth craving, you can’t beat A Taste of Slice. Enjoy!
 
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Posted by on January 11, 2014 in Taguig

 

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Quezon City: Leona Art Restaurant

Visited Leona Art Restaurant in Quezon City a few weeks back during the Christmas break. It’s a nice cozy place tucked at the corner of Magiting Street and Matimtiman Street in Teacher’s Village.

Leona Art Restaurant (Quezon City)

Leona Art Restaurant (Quezon City)

Leona Art Restaurant (Quezon City)

Leona Art Restaurant (Quezon City)

Sausage and Mushroom Grilled Pizza. This is the 10 inch version at P300. With shittake, button and oyster mushrooms, Italian sausage, mozzarella and basil. Enjoyed this one! :)

Leona Art Restaurant (Quezon City) - Sausage and Mushroom Grilled Pizza

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Quezon City

 

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Makati: NamNam Comfort Filipino

Tried NamNam Comfort Filipino at Greenbelt 3 in Makati. The restaurant features a new take on traditional Filipino food. Very good execution. Add to your list when you go restaurant hopping in Makati. :)
Namnam Comfort Filipino Food (Greenbelt 3, Makati)
Namnam Comfort Filipino Food (Greenbelt 3, Makati) - inner seating
The place can get filled up quickly so come early. There’s also outdoor seating available.
Namnam Comfort Filipino food - outdoor seating
A visit to a Pinoy food restaurant will not be complete without sampling their version of Sisig. It’s one of the ways to distinguish establishments from each other. This is Namnam’s House Crispy Sisig. Pork jowls, cheek & ears, finely chopped, grilled & served on a sizzling plate. P205 for a medium order.
Namnam's House Crispy Sisig (Greenbelt 3, Makati)
Pinakbet. Okra, sitaw, eggplant, pumpkin, tomatoes, pork bits, bagoong, stir-fried. P195 for a medium order.
Namnam's Pinakbet (Greenbelt 3, Makati)
Ensaladang Pako. A new favorite from a recent food trip in Pampanga. Pako fern has nice refreshing taste and texture. Fern, salted egg, tomatoes & tinapa flakes, house vinaigrette, tossed. P175 for the medium.
Namnam's Ensaladang Pako (Greenbelt 3, Makati)
Sinigang na Prawns sa Green Mango. P435 for the medium.
Namnam's Sinigang na Prawns sa Green Mango (Greenbelt 3, Makati)
Dynamite Lumpia of Cheddar-Filled Green Finger Chilies. P80 for the small order.
Namnam's Dynamite Lumpia (Greenbelt 3, Makati)
Crunchy Salt and Pepper Squid Rings with a Sweet Chili Sauce.
Namnam's Crunchy Salt & Pepper Squid Rings (Greenbelt 3, Makati)
Located at the ground floor of Greenbelt 3. Enjoy!
 
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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Makati

 

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Taguig: Ramen Nagi

Had the chance to visit Ramen Nagi at SM Aura on its opening day. I was expecting the typical “soft-opening” snafus you’d associate with a newly opened restaurant but Ramen Nagi was fully operational on Day 1. :)

The interiors of Ramen Nagi at SM Aura. The newest Japanese Ramen restaurant to open in Manila.

Ramen Nagi’s selection is famous for its Black, Red and Original ramen versions. Being a Tonkotsu fanatic, I thought it would be best to stick to the basic original ramen for a first visit. Price-wise I find Ramen Nagi to be a bit pricier compared to the other ramen houses. P390 for a tonkotsu-based ramen – what they call the Original King.

The menu of Ramen Nagi (SM Aura). P390 for a tonkotsu-based ramen.

This is the Original King (Butao) P390. The tonkotsu broth, for me, is the main distinguishing mark between ramen houses – next to the ramen noodle itself. I find Ramen Nagi’s to be excellent but I think at par with Santouka’s.

Original King (Butao) tonkotsu ramen of Ramen Nagi (SM Aura).

If you want the traditional soft-boiled egg, you’ll have to order for it separately.

Ramen Nagi's soft-boiled egg. The perfect garnish to tonkotsu ramen.

Overall a very good ramen experience except for the price.  I can think of other ramen places in Metro Manila where you can enjoy excellent ramen at a much lower cost. Still, worth a visit. :)

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Taguig

 

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