Monthly Archives: March 2013

Umami Hambaaga House

Finally gave Umami a try today.

If I had not given in to the temptation of the Sunrise Buckets next door, then I would’ve given this post the ‘revisit’ tag. (BTW I’ll be doing a review on Sunrise Buckets too, hopefully soon ^^)

But this is technically not the first time I’ve entered Umami and seen its menu–I came in when the restaurant was still newly-opened, and didn’t have a lot of items. I took a brief glance at the menu, which at that time, only had hambaaga steaks and cheesecake, and left the restaurant.

Haha!

Umami has a really funky interior, with shelves filled with quirky Japanese items like Naruto plushies and a HUUUUUUUUUUGE box of Pocky. They also have a TV screen that showed all these weird Japanese game shows.

Separate menus for burgers and drinks.

As the name suggests, Umami Hambaaga House serves hamburgers. But not with ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles, and cheese, sandwiched between two sesame seed buns. These burgers are served Japanese-style, meaning you have to eat these guys with curry sauce, or rice–in Umami’s case, with Japanese rice, salted edamame beans, sesame mayonnaise salad, and thick well-seasoned fries. For Php 20, you can replace your beef/pork patty with chicken.

These burgers have some really quirky names, with most of them Japanese-themed. There’s the Pikachu (with grilled pineapples), Roppongi Hills (with truffle cream sauce), Maison du Japon (with melted gruyere cheese & caramelized onions), Battousai (with bell pepper sauce & tomatoes), Spirited Away (with foie gras). There’s also The Naked One, if you like your burger plain.

Aside from the burgers, they also have curry plates, small orders (including sweet potato fries, french fries, edamame and karaage), gohan, chahan, and curry chahan.

… Alrighty, then.

Their drinks include cold chocolate, hot tea, cold tea, regular hot coffee, regular cold coffee. But they have hot chocolate and hot specialty coffee too–For the hot chocolate, they have the strawberry belgian classic, choco cheese cream gratin, and the white chocolate latte, and for the hot specialty coffee, they have the sweet potato latte w/ potato soil (Which, I’m sure, is definitely not made from actual soil o_O), sea salt caramel latte, and the rocky road latte with s’mores. *heavy sigh* If only I knew that the drinks would be like this, then I wouldn’t have bought a raspberry-blackcurrant cooler from Starbucks T_T

Oh, and did I mention that they have deconstructed tiramisu & vanilla rice pudding for dessert?

Corn soup!

We ordered the Yakuza’s Choice (with roasted garlic and wasabi mayo). No matter how many bites I took, I could not taste the wasabi mayo at all. u_u

By the way, I totally did not expect these burgers to be this thick! o_o It reminded me of those flame-grilled patties served at Hotshots, Brothers Burger, Wham, etc.

Our other order is the Takeshi’s Castle (with Japanese mayo, bonito flakes, sweet sauce, and nori). This one is a bit better. I chose this one since the menu described this as a burger “for okonomiyaki lovers”, and I’ve always wanted to try okonomiyaki. It was really filling because of the amount of toppings.

Our receipt was handed to us in a little yellow trashcan–And we gave it back by placing it in an adorable little shopping cart.

We left the restaurant with full stomachs and contented smiles on our faces. ^^ I think it’s quite obvious from this entry that I would come back ^_~ Besides, I still need to try those drinks…

Umami Hambaaga House is located at The Grove by Rockwell, 117 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Brgy. Ugong, Pasig, Metro Manila.

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Bulgogi Brothers

Yesterday, the family and I traveled all the way to Subic for a small vacation. On our way to the hotel, we decided to stop by Harbor Point mall to have lunch at Bulgogi Brothers. It’s my first time stepping inside Harbor Point–The place is still relatively new, and I’m guessing that this place is quite popular with students.

Bulgogi Brothers has a really classy interior, with spiffy-looking waitresses and a TV that plays K-Pop videos. This branch in particular had a playground at the back of the restaurant… I thought it looked a bit out of place.

Our banchan consisted of corn, quail eggs, kimchi, and veggies.

Menu: Ala Carte (Hanbang suyok, haemul gungjung mandu, bulgogi burger, galbi jim, haemul pajeon), Barbecue (Bulgogi bros. special, unyang-style bulgogi, gwangyong style bulgogi) Rice & Noodles (Janchi guksu), Soups & Stews (Kimchi jjigae, jjigae brothers, yukgaejang, galbi tang), Drinks (Fruit shakes, specialty drinks, hot drinks, soju, makgeolli, wine).

Before…

… And after ^^

Seoul Style Bulgogi. The meat melts in your mouth, but I think there’s too much onion, and too little beef stock.

We had a glass of iced tea and a tall watermelon shake for our drinks, but we couldn’t finish it, since our waitress kept giving us complimentary cups of warm corn tea. She informed us that corn tea can reduce your chances of having diabetes, kidney failure, and decrease high blood pressure. Was not able to get a picture of the tea itself, unfortunately T_T

Okay, you have no idea how happy I was when my dad ordered bibimbap coz I’ve been having bibimbap cravings for the longest time now. Too bad we only shared one bowl, so I didn’t get to eat that much. I looooove it when my bibimbap gets served in a hot stone bowl, coz the rice at the bottom gets all toasted and crispy. ^^

Dubu steak. The tofu was coated with a sweet sauce, and its skin had a crisp texture too.

Everything was worth the price! The food was amazing and the staff was very attentive and took care of us well. I’ll come back so I can give their other dishes a try.

Bulgogi Brothers is located at Level 1, Harbor Point Mall, Rizal Highway, CBD Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Tel nos. (0905) 365-4826. You can also find them at Greenbelt 5, SM Mall of Asia, and Alabang Town Center.

Chuck’s Deli

Just got home from our lunch at Chuck’s Deli! It’s a little sandwich place located in Eastwood. I wanted to go back to this place so I could try their other sandwiches, and also because I wanted to eat something light.

Interior, plus garlic sauce and bread knives for your sandwiches. The list of names found at the first pic are people who have taken on *drumroll*… THE BUFFY CHALLENGE!!!! If I remember correctly, it’s a challenge where you have to eat a Buffy sandwich in less than five minutes.

Menu:
-The slabwiches (The Vegetarian, Faking Duck, Off the Hook, California Waki, Chuckatsu, Adobo Dobol, and of course, The Buffy)
-“Oh my greens” (Martin’s Buffy & Waki salad)
-Subwiches (Italian garlic sausage, Philly cheese steak, Footlong chilli dog)
-Soups (Truffled cream of mushroom)
-Sidekicks (Chilli fries, onion rings, double fried french fries)
-Panini (Chorizo, salamanca)
-Pastas
-“Ground & Pounder” (Chorizo burger, Chuck’s half-pounder)
-Chasers & Quenchers (Drinks like floats, fruit shakes/juices/smoothies, wine & beer)

Didn’t really order a lot of food, since I was aware that the servings here are a bit large. So mom and I had the Reuben sandwich, split into two. A Reuben sandwich is basically a sandwich made from corned beef, pastrami, and Swiss cheese with dressing. The meat was tasty, and the bread was made out of fresh dough. But one part of the sandwich had way too much mustard in it, and it (literally) left a nasty taste in my mouth. There was a bit of a booboo when we ordered our sandwich, though–It was supposed to come with a small bowl of onion rings, but I guess the waiter either forgot, or didn’t hear my mom’s request T_T

Our drinks were two milkshakes made from Arce Dairy ice cream. I ordered the peanut butter chocolate, while mom had the quezo real. It tasted really creamy, and I loved that it wasn’t thick, unlike other milkshakes.

We also ordered the Fish & Chips, served with two pieces of fried pickles and potato wedges. It was alright, but the fish was a little bit cold and I had to use the knife to cut through the skin. I couldn’t even cut it with a spoon! Maybe I was just being a lil’ weakling ._. They serve fried chicken too. I’m guessing these two items were only added recently coz I didn’t see them in the menu.

The dishes and ambiance are both great, but in my opinion, they charge a little bit too much for their food. I would recommend this place if you want to hang out with your friends after work or school. ^^

Chuck’s Deli is located at the Ground Floor of Eastwood Mall, Libis Quezon City. Tels.(02) 900-0503, (02) 451-1163, (0933) 441-8622.

New Bombay

We had Indian food for the first time today, under mom’s suggestion that we try a new and different type of cuisine. Which was great, since I’ve always wanted to try Indian food too. So after my dental appointment, we headed over to New Bombay restaurant and had our lunch.

Not a lot of interior shots since the place was an open area. My camera was close to running out of batteries after taking these pics x_x Good thing I was still able to take pictures of the food…

Some menu shots. Thanks to years of watching food/travel programs on TLC, most of these items were familiar to me.

Menu: Appetizers (Pakoras, pappadums, shawarma), Vegetarian meals, Paneer & Lentils, Indo-Chinese food (chicken manchurian), Rice (biryani), Indian shorba (soups), Tandoor (vegetarian, paneer, mutton, chicken, seafood), Curry (Mutton, chicken, seafood, egg), Bread (Chapattis, Tandoori roti, Naan, Roomali special, Paratha, Kulcha) Yogurt, Salad, Dessert, and drinks. There’s like a bajillion items on the menu so I only wrote down the basic stuff o_o

It took a while for our food to arrive. ._.

Our appetizer–Samosas. According to the menu, it’s a “crispy puff pastry filled with spicy potatoes and peas.” It’s like an Indian empanada ^^ The puff pastry was crispy, and I love that these samosas were packed with flavorful filling. It came with two dipping sauces–And I found it amusing that the dark brown dip had a hint of mint, while the green dip had a bit of spiciness to it. Hehe.

The main dish was Chicken Tikka Masala (right) with Butter Roti (top) and Garlic Naan bread (left). We were supposed to have the Chicken Tandoor, but our server suggested that we try this one because it goes better with bread (And we can mop up the gravy with it). I’ve never had Chicken Tikka Masala before so I was a bit iffy about trying this dish. It was awesome!!! The tomato sauce-based gravy did not taste like tomatoes at all, which was good. And the chicken pieces were not tough to chew.

Gulab Jamun for dessert. Even though these deep-fried balls of powdered milk were drenched in syrup, the sweetness wasn’t cloying at all.

Best of all, we ended up paying only less than 700 bucks for such savory Indian food. You guys need to give this a try ^^

New Bombay is located at The Podium, 12 ADB Ave., Ortigas Center
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. Tel nos: (+63 2) 637-4367.