Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tomahawk Chops

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Tomahawk Chops is a restaurant and grill whose doors first opened up back in June 2014. This place was originally supposed to be a Mexican restaurant, but eventually it became a resto that serves delicious Southern food – And barbecue, of course. The owners first thought of opening up the resto in Paranaque, but instead settled in Kapitolyo (thank goodness!)

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Interior. It may look cramped, but there’s actually a second floor which can accommodate more people.

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Menu: Appetizers (chili cheese fries, buffalo wings, Johnny crockets), Pastas, Mains (country fried chicken, chicharon crusted tomahawk chops, country fried steak, grilled baby back ribs, pulled pork wafflewich, chicken and waffles, smoky shrimp creole), Sides, Desserts (the wookie)

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Grilled Tomahawk Chops – Inch-thick, bone-in porkloin chops with the resto’s signature sauce. Served with clean rice, coleslaw, and an extra side. We had our clean rice changed to dirty rice, with mac and cheese for our side. The tomahawk chop just had the right amount of thickness and the rice + barbecue sauce just gives it more life.

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Grilled Rosemary Chicken – Chicken breasts perfectly seasoned with rosemary leaves, grilled to awesomeness. Served with clean rice, coleslaw, and an extra side. For this dish, we also had it with dirty rice, and some garlic mushrooms.

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B.A.M (Brownie Ala Mode) – Tomahawk’s classic rich and fudgy brownie topped with vanilla ice cream drizzled with their homemade spiced chocolate syrup. The brownie was a bit dry and crumbly, but other than that, it was still a pretty good dessert.

Just like most of the other Kapitolyo restaurants that I’ve been to, Tomahawk Chops is highly recommended because of its low price, yet good food.

Ambiance/Interior: 2.5/5
Staff/Service: 4/5
Food: 4.5/5 (taste), 4.5/5 (presentation)

Tomahawk Chops & Grill is located at 56-A East Capitol Dr Kapitolyo, Pasig. Tel no: (0915) 513-5908. Links: Facebook.

Poetry & Prose

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Poetry and Prose is a quaint, elegant-looking French patisserie located at Shangri-La Mall. The spot that they’re currently occupying used to be the location of one of my favorite restaurants, Fish & Co. I read somewhere that Poetry and Prose is owned by the same people behind Nomama, so I assumed that this place would serve some good quality meals and desserts.

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Interior. Very cozy, highly appropriate for dates, hehe. The walls are also decorated with several quotes about food and baking.

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Menu: Petit Dejuner, Pasta, Verts Grais, Les Quiches, Soupes, Pain Perdu, Les Crepes, Les Croques et les Oeufs Benedictines, The Anglaise, De la Patisseries.

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Beignets – Puffy French donuts served with a side of chocolate and vanilla sauces. It’s my first time to try this classic French pastry, and I have to say that the donuts could use a little more puffiness. Still delicious and filling, though.

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Truffled Egg Toast – Egg yolk embedded in a thick cheese toast, drizzled with truffle oil. Hmmm. It was… Decent? This looks like a dish that I could easily make at home. The toast was a bit burnt too.

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Beef Stroganoff – Tender strips of beef sautéed in butter and whisked with sour cream and herbed sauce, served with al dente pasta. The beef was alright, and for some reason I’m glad that it was served warm to our table.

I’m sorry, but I have to say that the food here is ridiculously overpriced. The dishes that we tried weren’t even that special to begin with, honestly speaking. I guess if I were to come here again, it would be for the cakes or pastries.

Ambiance/Interior: 4.5/5
Staff/Service: 4/5
Food: 4/5 (taste), 3.5/5 (presentation)

Poetry & Prose Patisserie is located at Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Shaw Blvd Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Links: Facebook.

Ba Noi’s

Okay, first of all… Sorry for the unexpected long hiatus! The family and I went on a five-day trip to Vigan (food was amazing, but no reviews from me, though)… Plus I had to deal with piles and piles of work, as usual. But now I’m back – Although TBH I can’t promise that I’ll be able to update this blog as frequently as I used to do T_T

… So anyway, we went to Estancia after church to purchase a few things, and have dinner too. Since none of us were in the mood to eat sandwiches that day, we decided to have some Vietnamese food instead, something that we haven’t had for a long time.

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I have honestly been putting off Ba Noi’s for a while now, as I’ve always intended to visit their first branch in Kapitolyo. That particular branch has since been converted to a café (Ba Noi’s Caphe), so it was a choice between the one in UP Town and Estancia – And obviously, in the end, Estancia won.

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Interior.

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Menu: Xa Lach + Khai Vi (goi cuon, goi buon tom thit), Pho (pho ga), Bun (bun cha gio thit), Nuong (bun ga nuong xa), Cac Mon Chinh (chao tom, banh xeo, suon nuong xa, thit heo kho trung, ga nuong, ca ri ga, ca tre chien gion mam gung), Rau Cai Xao, Trang Mieng & Ice-blended drinks

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Pho Bo – A perfect homemade beef noodle served with fresh herbs and spices. This bowl could easily feed three people – We didn’t even get to finish the whole thing. The soup is still good though, and the rice noodles were firm too.

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Pho Bo Ko – Beef stew noodle soup.

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Cha Gio – Spring rolls filled with ground pork, shrimp, taro, and black fungus, wrapped and deep-fried, plus served with fresh greens and traditional nuoc mam dipping sauce. Loved the crisp-chewiness of the fillings/wrapper and the tanginess of the sauce.

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Bo Luc Lac – The house favorite stir-fried beef served with fried basil. Ba Nhoi was right when they say that this dish is ‘not to be missed’.

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Of course, I absolutely can’t skip out on their tasty freshly-baked, buttered Baguettes.

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Dad’s Trung Nguyen Vietnamese-style coffee, made with the resto’s own special blend.

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My drink was the Iced Vietnamese Blended Caramel, a thing of beauty.

We actually ended up paying a little bit more cash than usual due to taxes, but it was all worth it, I guess. The food was decent, and I can already see them opening even more branches and becoming a legitimate Vietnamese food chain.

Ambiance/Interior: 3/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 4.5/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)

Ba Noi’s CaPhe is located at Basement 1, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig City. Links: Facebook

Zark’s Burger

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Zark’s Burgers have gained a sort of following amongst college students in the Katipunan area, all thanks to their burgers and sandwiches that come in a wide variety of different flavors. The store has been featured in several TV shows too. I went to their recently renovated branch in Eastwood, to see why they’ve gained such as huge following.

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Interior. The place can get quite crowded during the weekends, so you need to come in early if you want to have dinner here.

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Menu.

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Chix ‘N Chips – Chicken covered in buffalo sauce. The sauce is available in three flavors: spicy, sweet, or sweet + spicy.

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Candy Bacon Burger – Cheeseburger topped with caramelized bacon. Two words: CANDIED! BACON! And yes, it tastes just as delightful as it sounds.

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Rock Bottom – Cheeseburger with Spam and fresh veggies.

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Dad had the Shaq – Cheeseburger topped with bacon and fried onion strings. Those definitely don’t look like onion strings to me. Oh well.

I think it’s pretty obvious why this place attracts so many customers, with most of them being college/highschool students – Not only are their burgers delicious, they’re cheap too. I can actually see myself coming back here to try their other burgers. I would also recommend this if you’re a person who’s short on cash, and still wants to experience some tasty, home-cooked, flame-grilled goodness.

Ambiance/Interior: 2.5/5
Staff/Service: 4.5/5
Food: 5/5 (taste), 4.5/5 (presentation)

Zark’s Burgers is located at Eastwood Mall, Eastwood Ave Bagumbayan, Quezon City. Tel no: (02) 570-0585. Links: Facebook || Twitter

Gyu-Kaku

Gyu-Kaku is known as the world’s number one yakiniku restaurant, in both Japan and around the world. They opened up their very first franchise in Japan back in 1997, and now have more than 500 outlets scattered across the globe. In the Philippines, they currently have two branches open – One in Shang, and one in BGC. As a fan of Japanese/Korean barbecue, I’ve always wanted to come here so I can see how great their food is.

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Menu: Appetizers, Salad, Vegetables, Warai set, Fuku set, Wagyu beef, Seafood, Rice, Noodles, Soup, Desserts.

Unfortunately we had to skip the grill because we didn’t have enough cash at that time (or maybe certain people just didn’t want to try them out even though that’s the restaurant’s main specialty <_< Sorry for ranting, but what’s the point of dining here if we won’t be able to try out their barbecue? Grrr.)

Fried Gyoza – Filled with meat and vegetables. Loved the fact that it was topped with bonito flakes.

Crispy Pork Belly – Deep-fried breaded pork belly, with a vinegar dipping sauce. I absolutely loved the combination between the pork’s crispiness and the sour, tangy flavors of the vinegar. And even though this was a deep-fried dish, I didn’t’ feel all queasy afterwards.

Spicy Karubi Ramen – Stir-fried short ribs with spicy chili oil, in beef soup. This is the only time that I got to try Gyu-Kaku’s delicious grilled beef. <_< Anyway, the dish wasn’t too bad – The noodles were firm, and I could deal with the spiciness of the soup.

Chicken Katsudon – A bowl of rice topped with a deep-fried chicken cutlet, covered with egg, vegetables, and special sauce.

Tofu Steak – Breaded fried tofu with vegetables and Japanese steak sauce. Tofu cubes were firm, and the sauce had lots of flavor.

Our experience here at Gyu-Kaku was decent, at best. The food was delicious, but the serving sizes were a little bit too small, and, as I mentioned earlier, I feel like we could’ve had an even better experience here if we ordered their beef and ended up using one of their grills instead.

Ambiance/Interior: 5/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 4/5 (taste), 4.5/5 (presentation)

Gyu-Kaku is located at Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing, Shaw Blvd Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. (02) 631-7243. Links: Official Philippine Website || Official Website || Facebook