Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Qoola (Greenbelt)

After dinner, beloved and I had dessert at Qoola. This was a yogurt store with a twist. If you've read my review on Red Mango, you'll know how beloved didn't like her first yogurt experience. Well, after quite some time, she's ready to try again. Our choices here was either this one or Red Mango. Because we already know the latter would turn out to be, we risked it with the new one.

I mentioned above that there's a twist in this store. It was that their yogurt was priced at 75 Php per 100 grams. That's pretty cheap considering how the usual yogurt was priced. However, you're the one to put how much yogurt you want. Basically, if you don't know how to estimate weight, you can be screwed out of your money. As an additional challenge, you can put as whatever and as many toppings as you want, which varies from fruits, to chocolate chips, to candies, to marshmallows, to cereals, to different syrups, and even to wafers. Their yogurt also comes in four varieties: original, green tea, wild berry, and white chocolate macadamia. All of this is self-service and you pay based on weight.

Mesa (Greenbelt)

Last night, beloved and I had dinner at Mesa. We were in Greenbelt, and had pretty much little choice as most of the restaurants there were out of our budget's reach. Not that Mesa is for the impoverished, no, but we could afford it. We also don't usually eat Filipino food, which is what Mesa specializes in. Filipino food for me is composed of either stews or not-so-tender fried/grilled meat or soupy veggies that I don't really fancy. Not that I don't eat them, but when given a choice, I don't pick them. Although we did have a choice today, beloved read a good review on this and also saw that they serve ostrich, so we went ahead.

As I've said, Mesa specializes in Filipino food. I guessed that their menu items are good for two to three people considering the prices and how that's usually the way Filipino restaurants are. As expected, it's filled with the usual Filipino favorites—stews like sinigang and kare-kare, sisig, grilled meat and seafood, et cetera. It's also pretty much a bar so they serve a lot of cocktails as well. Anyway, as I've mentioned above, beloved saw that they serve ostrich, so she got herself their Salpicao Ostrich (320 Php). I was torn between crispy pata and inihaw na liempo, but saw that their pata had a twist, so I ordered their Crispy Boneless Pata (440 Php). Even though they also serve different kinds of rice good for many, we just ordered ourselves a couple of cups of plain ones priced at 30 Php each. We also ordered their bottomless iced tea at 65 Php each for our drinks.

The drinks came first, but that's negligible as it's your usual instant one, nothing interesting there. We had to wait for quite some time before our order came, and they came in all at once.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bubble Tea (Tomas Morato)

Last night, beloved and I ate at Bubble Tea. If you've read my last review on this resto, you'll know that we're pretty much regulars. However, the Bubble Tea we visited was the newly-opened one at Tomas Morato. It's been a while since our last visit to this chain, so why not?

Unlike the serving style at SM North EDSA, this Bubble Tea had waitresses getting your order and you pay your bill after eating, pretty much like your conventional restaurant. They also have a slightly different menu with better pictures and more choices. Of course, I'm not sure if the SM North branch we frequent has also changed their style and menu. A particular change we saw was that they started serving a generous selection of maki. We were pretty hungry, so we tried one out and ordered their Texas Roll (245 Php). Beloved ordered Beef Stew Curry (276 Php) for herself. I was also craving for curry after having a manga-marathon of Addicted to Curry, so I ordered their Pork Katsudon Curry (195 Php). There's no change in their bubble-drink menu, so we ordered our usuals: Royal Milk Tea for beloved and Japanese Green Milk Tea for me both priced at 125 Php for large servings.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Kozui Green Tea - Revisited (Tomas Morato)

Before I start, I'll apologize since my previous post was long as it is. I do hope you read it though. To compensate, and since this was a pretty short stay anyway, this one will be short.

As I've mentioned in my previous post, we went to Kozui Green Tea while waiting for our turn in YakiMIX. We've been here before, so I'll let you read about that. The primary objective was to kill time, but since we didn't want to be rude and stay here without ordering anything, we tried out their takoyaki which seemed popular from our last time here.

YakiMIX (Tomas Morato)

Beloved and I went to YakiMIX for dinner a while ago. I've been clamoring to go here ever since I saw some pictures posted by some of my contacts of food from the place. We had knowledge that this was a Japanese buffet specializing in sushi and barbecue (yakiniku). We also had knowledge of how much we'd be spending, which is a little over 600 for the unlimited food and drinks. We also had knowledge of what time it opens, which was from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner. What we didn't have knowledge of was how popular this place was and that the queue time would be an hour at least. After going to the nearby Kozui and Baang coffee shop to kill some time and a bit of our starvation, we went back to find out the queue was extended. There were many other patrons waiting besides us, but luckily, since there was only two of us, we got accommodated for at 8 p.m.—almost two hours from the time we came. Was it worth the wait?

There was no menus, of course. The buffet costs 580 php per head for adults and unlimited drinks costs 55 php, which you'll probably want to get if you're going here anyway. What differs from your usual Saisak.. er... Japanese buffet is that every table comes with a smokeless grill where you can cook stuff yourself. Extremely hungry, we dove in immediately.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sumo Sam (Trinoma)

Last night, beloved and I ate at Sumo Sam. Beloved was craving for sashimi and sukiyaki last night, and our choice was this or another somewhat-newly opened restaurant called Kimpura. We decided to go here because the latter was a bit intimidating with most of their patrons wearing a formal attire. This newly-opened Japanese restaurant apparently specializes in "steak, seafood, and sushi". We did manage to get a peek of their menu, and saw that their prices was way steeper than the usual Japanese resto. However, hoping quality and quantity was better, perhaps on par with that of Sakura, we went in.

Their menu was heavy, literally and figuratively. Nothing's cheap, but there's a lot of stuff you don't usually find in other Japanese restaurants. What caught my attention the most was the fact that they serve Wagyu beef. It doesn't come cheap, though—around a thousand per hundred grams. The first and last time I ate Wagyu beef was in my childhood, but I still remember that heavenly sweet taste, and divine melt-in-your-mouth texture. Since I didn't plan on going back here after seeing their menu in its entirety, I decided to order their Wagyu beef in burger form—Wagyu Burger (528 Php) whith three kinds of mushrooms and onion rings on the side. Beloved, as she was craving for sashimi and sukiyaki, ordered them, which happens to be in the menu. Their Sukiyaki was 369 Php and the Assorted Sashimi was priced 378 Php. We also ordered green and red iced tea for ourselves (98 Php each).

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Breakfast Club (Katipunan)

A couple of days ago, beloved and I had breakfast at The Breakfast Club. Contrary to its name, it's not really a club where membership is required to enter. We just randomly Googled this one up since we were hungry, it was morning, and we didn't want to eat at McDonald's. We also had no idea of its location, but it was somewhere at Katipunan Ave.. We thought it was in the inner streets, since I've never seen it before even though I pass by the avenue pretty often. Apparently, it's located at the former place of Racks, nearby Bo's Coffee. We had doubts at first, since the hallway leading to it was pretty obscured. Also, when we got up, the sign said it was an Xbox rental place. However, upon entering, we realized The Breakfast Club was just a part of this.

Their menu is filled with breakfast favorites, both Western and Filipino. Aside from their waffles, everything basically had egg in them. However, none of their items come cheap, as in below 100 Php which is perhaps a threshold of what I'll pay for breakfast. But we tried it out anyway, seeing that the only other table that ordered had huge plates and servings. I already knew what I was ordering when I saw the menu, and that was their Gamer's Special (140 Php). It comes with your choice of ham, sausage, or bacon. If you still need to ask what kind I ordered, I suggest reading my other posts. Beloved wanted to order their steak, but apparently they were out of it. Instead, she ordered their Cheesy Mushroom Omelette (140 Php). We also ordered their Waffle (120 Php), without any fruits on top. Our drinks were Sola Iced Tea (40 Php).