Make Mine Mami – An Ode to Classic Filipino-Chinese Noodle Soup

To many Filipinos, mami is the quintessential meal for snack or lunch. True, it was invented by Chinese immigrants in the early and mid-1900s, but it has no doubt taken on some uniquely pinoy qualities that sets it apart from other Asian noodle soups like ramen, pho, and even authentic Chinese noodle bowls. Here’s our take on this Filipino favorite. Read more

The Better Beef Sandwich Awaits at The Cheesesteak Shop Makati

Getting tired of hamburgers but can’t get enough of beef in your sandwich? Treat yourself to a Philly cheesesteak hoagie. It’s another classic American beef sandwich filled with sliced – not ground – beef, melted cheese and caramelized onion. The Cheesesteak Shop in Makati serves authentic Philadelphia Cheesesteak. It’s worth a visit. No kidding.

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Happy Hour at Benny’s Café in Rustan’s Makati (The Crispy Pla-pla Edition)

Guys like me never like grocery shopping. So, where do I attribute my seemingly startling enthusiasm to go to Rustan’s Supermarket in Makati? Well, it’s Benny’s Café. This eatery right next to the grocery area serves mean home-cooked Filipino fares and international culinary items. They have everything from crispy pata to gnocchi — perfect if you want to recharge after scouring aisle after aisle of grocery stuff. Read more

Fish Head Sinigang: Bombshell Soup Dish for a Rainy Day

Sinigang is a classic soup dish in the Philippines. It’s made with either fish or meat added with veggies and cooked in sour broth. While I love pork sinigang, I’m also easily swayed by fish head sinigang. My favorite place to get my instant sinigang fix is Sizzling Seafoods and Ihaw-Ihaw found in most mall food courts in the metro. At less than Php 200 per bowl, their no-frills maya-maya fish head sinigang is worth every peso. Read more

Aching for Italian Cuisine? You can Fugetaboutitt at Cibo!

Cibo is one of the popular Italian food chains in Metro Manila. All branches offer cosmopolitan, mid-scale and friendly Italian dining atmosphere. Most food items are prepared onsite. For foodies who crave Italian food but don’t want to bust their wallets, any of Cibo’s branches is definitely a good place to visit. In this review, we recommend a couple of items that we absolutely and positively always order whenever we find ourselves at a Cibo restaurant. Read more

Kirin Chinese Dining Has Good Food and Value, If You Know What to Order

Kirin Chinese Dining restaurant in Bonifacio High Street may seem to you as just like all the other Chinese dining places scattered all over the metro. And you may be right, except that they have good crispy chicken, spicy jelly fish salad, and savory mapo tofu. Plus, you get assisted by a snappy manager who’s ready to breach some of his restaurant’s rules (like the PhP 8,000 minimum charge for a VIP room which we did not reach, but nonetheless he allowed us to use such room) just to serve his clients the best way possible. And we’re not even Chinese.

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Lemongrass Asian Bistro: Sotanghon and Teriyaki Sandwich Edition

Lemongrass Asian Bistro, a small Asian diner in Shangri-la Plaza, serves no-frills classic sotanghon soup that can only be described as tasty and delicious. Light guilt-free meal also comes in the form of Chicken Teriyaki sandwich. But the real treat is the iced tea that’s unique and bursting with fruit Asian flavors.
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Don’t be Mad, But I Didn’t See Happiness in Heaven’s Barbecue

We’ve heard friends recommending Heaven’s Barbecue, but we really have not tried it. So, on a humid Thursday night, we braved the dark sidewalks of Malugay Street to finally taste this supposedly nirvana of pinoy grilled meats. So, what did we find? Well, let us just say that the experience wasn’t too bad… it wasn’t too good either. Read more

Friends and Neighbors Restaurant in Makati: A Legacy on Its Own

After twenty long years, I found myself in the vicinity of my grade school alma mater. I was so glad to see that the old restaurant Friends and Neighbors Restaurant at the corner of P Burgos and Valdes streets in Makati still lives on. Armed with nostalgia and the longing for home-cooked meals, I went straight in and ordered everything that made my taste buds tingle. Fortunately, I was not alone to suffer all the calories. The experience was no doubt a trip down memory lane. Read more

Feels Like Heaven with a Bowl of Batchoy

If you’re tired of the usual chicken or beef mami and yet you still want to slurp a hot bowl of noodle soup, then batchoy is your best choice. Originally made in the district of La Paz in Iloilo, this noodle soup dish has conquered national culinary consciousness with its unique briny flavor and exotic garnishes. In Manila, Ted’s Oldtimer La Paz Batchoy is a favorite go-to place for this uniquely Ilonggo fare. Read more