Monthly Archives: September 2013

Misohana

This is a rather peculiar Japanese restaurant located in Robinson’s Magnolia. For the longest time, I’ve been quietly hoping that I get the chance to try out this place, but I can’t seem to find the opportunity, since usually, my companions prefer to dine at places with dishes that are familiar to their tastebuds (like Filipino food). So earlier today, I grabbed the opportunity to finally invite my parents to lunch here.

Interior!

Menu: Bento meals, Wrap and roll, Onigiri-sistible (Salmon, tuna), Kawa-eats (Daruma roll, maneki roll, kokeshi roll, misohana roll), Side-dish wonder (Asparagus bacon maki, tofu agadeshi), Salad madness (Kani mango salad, spicy tuna and salmon salad, chicken teriyaki salad, mango & chicken salad), Simply superb (Tofu miso), Noodle craze (Curry udon, ten zaru soba, beef sukiyaki), Reminiscing Japan (Misohana tantan ramen, chili pork ramen, gyuniku beef ramen), Ippin-ryori hits (Maguro steak, gyu tenderloin steak, tori teriyaki), Teppen remixes, Turning Japarice (Katsudon, gyudon, tori teriyaki don), Ooh ra-rice (Chasyu chahan, tori chahan, gyu chahan), Drinkredible choices (Sakura lemon cha, ninja jinjaeru), and Dezato arigato.

Tori Karaage. A bit bony, plus it had too much breading. So glad this came with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce, or else I would’ve stayed far from this dish because of queasiness.

Gyoza soup. My only complaint is that the serving was too small. The gyoza pieces were huge, though!

Crispy ebi tempura and Chasyu chahan. The chahan’s perfectly sticky rice, and yummy mixture of egg and carrots are all amazing. The tempura was slightly bland.

Salmon Onigiri. It was my first time eating an onigiri, so I enjoyed it very much. The salmon could use a little bit more salt, but the combination of the onigiri’s sweet sauce, the crispiness of the nori (seaweed) and sticky rice (I’m guessing this is also the same rice used in their chahan) create a harmonious combination.

Their food wasn’t that bad, but I wonder why it doesn’t attract a lot of customers. I guess it’s because the dark interiors of the place seem daunting. They need to liven up the place with bright, inviting shades to draw hungry diners in. Still, I enjoyed my lunch there ^^

Misohana is located at the 3rd Level of Robinsons Magnolia, Aurora Blvd. cor. Dona Hemady St., Quezon City. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Mama Chit’s

My parents braved the heavy rain and the hungry crowds and finally decided to push through with our trip to Mama Chit’s. This place was almost unnoticeable whenever we would pass by this coffee shop after attending Saturday mass at the church nearby. But thanks to the endorsement of a certain VERY influential TV personality, Mama Chit’s business boomed and the people started pouring in.

You can’t really see it, but the place gets packed at any time of the day, even on weekdays. It doesn’t help that the interior is quite cramped and tiny. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long.

From the wall decors to the Beatles music playing in the background… Vintage. Vintage everywhere.

Menu. Nothing much…. Just burgers, sandwiches, and pasta.

Their fridge filled with imported sodas definitely caught my attention. According to Mama Chit herself, this soda collection started out as a hobby, until they decided to sell them to their customers. This strawberry soda is my favorite! I wanted to buy another one to bring home with me… Too bad one soda costs PhP 50.00.

Pepper Steak Sandwich. It wasn’t what I expected, but… Eh, it was alright.

Mama Chit’s burger and cheeseburger. I honestly liked these two better than my steak sandwich. Dee-licious! The patty is all-meat, unlike those frozen patties that they use in fast-food restaurants. The toasted buns that they used were nice too.

Creamy Pesto pasta. Very tasty, but they need to increase the size of the serving.

Admittedly, Mama Chit’s food isn’t as fancy as some of the more upscale burger joints. But if you’re looking for homemade, flame-grilled goodness then Mama Chit’s is the place to be.

Mama Chit’s is located at 278 J.P. Rizal St., San Roque, Marikina City.

Recovery Food

Imagine this: It’s 3:00 in the morning. You’re super exhausted from dancing the night away with your friends at one of BGC’s hippest hotspots, and all you want to do is just go home and eat warm and delicious comfort food. But what if you still need to drive a couple of miles to get to your house?

… Never fear, because Recovery Food is here! This diner is open 24/7, so people who are certified night-owls: call center agents, partyphiles, workaholics, and the like—Can indulge in their dishes.

I myself am not the type of person who likes to party and get wasted, soooooo I just visited the place at noon to have lunch. Hehe.

Interior. It’s designed like a spruced-up neighborhood eatery. Also, I really like it when you can see what goes on behind the scenes at a restaurant’s kitchen. It assures you that the food that they make is 100% fresh, with no kooky stuff added.

Menu: Start ‘em up (Barcia’s strips), Noodles (Rau men, Joe pho, My mami), Rice-a-bowls (Hey Jude’s paksig, SST, Alfonsorizo), Sandwiches (Amadobo sandwich), Sweets, and Extras.

Happy Pork Rice. All I can say is… Lovely. Absolutely lovely. The chunks of pork melted in my mouth right after I took a bite. The rice compliments the pork really well, and the coriander/garlic bits spice it up. So much flavor in a tiny bowl!

Mom had their Tapa de Morning. The tapa was just as tender as my pork, and had a really sweet taste.

My dad had the Amadobo with a scrambled egg. The pieces of adobo look slightly huge, in my opinion. But according to him, it had the same flavor and tenderness of the two other meals.

For dessert, we had Turondots with Dulce Gatas. Crispy on the outside, warm on the inside. I also love the dulce de leche dip that came with it.

This diner is worth visiting—From sun up to sun down, from the wee hours of the morning until you get your midnight cravings, Recovery Food is there for you.

Recovery Food is located at G/F Crossroads 32nd st. corner 8th avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Tel nos: (02) 511-7312 / (02) 966-2064 / (0917) 868-2668. Visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/recoveryfood and their Twitter: https://twitter.com/RecoveryFood.

Yaku

Yaku has been around for the longest time. I distinctly remember eating here after a hectic day at school during my highschool days. It’s amazing how this restaurant has managed to survive despite multiple restaurants being opened in the same area.

Menu: Yakitori, Yakimono, Agemono, Donburi, Teppanyaki, Tempura, Yaku specials, Side orders, Sukiyaki, Desserts, Udon/soba, Sashimi, Maki, Sushi, Temaki, and Drinks.

Their menu has definitely changed… Back then they had gyoza included in their choices. Oh, and I tried their soba noodles the last time I ate here… In my opinion, the soup could use a little more salt (and garnishing). 😡

Ebi Tempura. Too much breading, but that’s how I like my tempura anyway.

Butabara. I’m guessing yakitori must be Yaku’s specialty since these three small skewers of pork pack tons of flavors. The smokiness of the meat was wonderful, and the fat melts in your mouth as well.

I’ve been really fond of Miso Soup lately.

These pieces of Tekka Maki look small, in my opinion.

We also had their tasty Yakimeshi rice, which I unfortunately didn’t get to take a picture of (Actually, I can’t remember if I did forget to take its picture, or if I deleted it from my camera without uploading it to my desktop… Hmmmm) Even though the tekka maki already served as my rice, I couldn’t help but grab a few bites since it appeared tempting.

Yaku’s food is loaded with spectacular tastes. I would recommend this restaurant to those who are huge yakitori fans or just want to eat good Japanese food.

Yaku is located at 3/F, The Podium Mall, 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. Tel no: 687-5368.

The Clubhouse

Hey, guys!! Firstly, I apologize for the sudden absence: I had a fever that lasted for two days, and right now I’m currently nursing a rather bad cold T_T Good thing my sense of taste/smell is still working fine, at least (but it’s not in tip-top shape.)

We had a quick stopover at Robinson’s Magnolia earlier today and had our early dinner at The Clubhouse. It’s a quaint little diner that specializes in breakfast meals, cakes, sandwiches, and pastas. You may have to keep your eyes peeled coz the entrance is quite hard to spot: It’s on the Upper-ground floor, right between Springfield and Anne Klein. They do have an entrance found outside the mall, though.

Their interior gives off a warm, comforting, homey vibe.

Menu: Breakfast, Rice & shine, Meaty mornings, Breakfast in bread, All-day dining, Soups & signature hand-tossed salads, Café sandwiches, The burger bar, Pastas, Big plates, Rice bowls, Extras, Drinks.

Appetizer: Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, of course.

Their Mushroom Soup had a rather interesting, porridge-like consistency. Delicious, but it’s best eaten while it’s still warm.

Creamy Chicken Mushroom Pesto. The penne pasta wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t al dente. The chicken pieces were small and easy to chew.

Benny’s Classic, which is their take on eggs benedict. Everything was almost perfect (including the potato wedges), except maybe for the bagel, which I had difficulty slicing.

Well that wasn’t so bad. I would try their dishes again, but they need to add some fusion to their flavors for a more appetizing meal.

The Clubhouse is located at the Upper-ground floor of Robinson’s Magnolia, Aurora Boulevard, cor Doña M Hemady Ave, Valencia, Quezon City. Tel nos: (02) 442-5571.

Madeca

Sorry if this entry is a bit different from the usual ones that I make since I wasn’t able to go out last weekend: Therefore, no restaurant review. I had to get someone else—Who, fortunately, had a lunch meeting with her friends at The Podium—To take pictures of Madeca for me.

I’ve been eyeing Madeca ever since it opened last year (or was it this year? I can’t remember…) and also when Spot.ph did a review on their fish tacos. I found their fusion of Mexican and Filipino cuisine quite interesting so I was curious about what their food would taste like.

I thought it was going to be a tiny stall but I was surprised to find out that they had an interior too.

Menu shot. Looks promising…

I only tried one of their items (which my mom ordered for takeout), and that is the Sisig burrito. Basically it’s just sisig, rice, and thin strips of egg rolled in a flour tortilla. It comes with salsa, sour cream, and yummy chips. I love burritos in general so I enjoyed eating this.

Yeah… I know this post isn’t filled with details unlike the previous entries… I apologize >_< Maybe I can do a proper review when I get the chance to dine there? T_T

Madeca is located at 5/F, The Podium, 18 ADB Ave Wack Wack, Mandaluyong City. Tel nos: (02) 234-5233.