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I walked past D’mall, saw Hukad and found the vibe of the restaurant attractive. Their menu board was out and had reasonably priced Filipino food. I was attracted mainly to the PHOTO of their baked scallops slathered in butter as well as the freshly roasted Cebu lechon belly right by the entrance. I was so wrong and wasted both time and money eating here.

It was 11pm when we were there for dinner and there was just one other occupied table next to our party of 3. The service was terrible. The staff didn’t greet us when we entered and I had to call their attention to hand me a menu.

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When the food arrived, I felt totally ripped off. The baked scallops were so far from how they looked in the menu photo. What they served us were 8 pieces of pathetically tiny scallops – my thumbnail was bigger than the meat on those things. At Php 280 for a plate of 8, they came out to be Php 35 each. Yuck!!! It was absolute highway robbery!

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Here’s a photo of it next to a regular sized spoon for comparison.

Both the garlic rice and Cebu lechon arrived not hot, not even warm but just room temp like it had been left out for the last 30 minutes.

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Good thing we ordered the smallest order of Cebu lechon belly at 1/4th a kilo because this was basically a plate of fat with some bits of skin. This would’ve been fine if I wanted leftovers for some stray Boracay dogs but nope, I was expecting to eat this food. HELLO, what happened to the freshly roasting meat up front. This place is a joke. I know it’s a franchise from Cebu so whoever owns this should really manage quality control because it flat out sucks.

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The laing was the only decent part of the entire spread since it arrived warm (again, not hot). It was mediocre at best lacking in flavor. The next morning though, my friend got food poisoning the next day from this – she was all puke and diarrhea. Probably from the coconut milk they used, maybe this was old.

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I couldn’t take it anymore so I called one of the waitresses to complain. They heated up my lechon because they couldn’t replace it (I guess that’s the norm there. To serve a relatively cold plate of fat after baiting them with roasted meat out front). They replaced my garlic rice. I also asked if the scallops were really served that way to which she said yes. I guess they are aware they rip people off and this is how their business model works. Attract people with decent, modern branding and a nice, laid back, beach front ambience then rip them off by serving shit quality food.

If you find yourself in Boracay, avoid Hukad like the plague. I haven’t eaten in their other branches but since the restaurant scene is booming in the Philippines, there’s really no reason to waste your time in places like this. I should’ve searched for reviews online before even considering eating here. I hope those who read my review don’t make the same mistake I did. There are so many options to choose from in Boracay, don’t be fooled by the looks of this place.

Dotonburi Sushi
I’ll be posting a lot of backlog from my last Osaka trip so this is just a heads up. I get a lot of messages from family and friends asking me what my favorite Osaka food finds are so I thought it’d be convenient to just post them all here for everyone to see.

Dotonburi Sushi
I have no idea what this restaurant is called but we found it when as we were walking around Dotonburi for brunch. It was a brightly lit take-out sushi and sashimi joint where all the fish is freshly packed and refrigerated, just like in the grocery aisles. What sets this place apart from a grocery is that there are stools and high tables on one side where diners who buy their fish can dine. The tables have soy sauce, tissue and chopsticks and the place sells drinks as well.

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It’s a pay at the counter kind of place. I can’t say it’s a restaurant cause it’s a lot more like a deli with rows and rows of pre-packed sushi and sashimi.

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There was even a booth where they were selling fresh and grilled oysters for ¥400 a piece.

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We had grilled oysters topped with soy sauce, butter and lemon.

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Then we looked through the different rows of fish and picked out the stuff we wanted to try. There was a wide array of sorts, from the affordable to premium.

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I was happy to see fresh slabs of otoro in the mix. It’s the fattiest best part of any tuna and comes straight from the belly. It’s usually pricey but in this fine establishment, Otoro Sashimi was ¥1500 which at Php 550 is affordable.

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Of course, I ordered it. After paying, you can have it sliced by any of the chefs on-hand. If they’re not prepping stuff for customers, you’ll find them slicing and packing more fish and putting them in more take-out containers.

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Sake Nigiri and Rolls for ¥500 / Unagi Nigiri for ¥200 / Tamago for ¥100

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Look at the stripes on the salmon slabs, absolutely gorgeous. Tasted great and fresh as ever.

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The Otoro was served with hot, seafood miso soup with baby clams. It was the best sashmi I ever tasted. It melts in your mouth just like butter and it’s rich, creamy and just such a dream to eat. I savored every second I had it in my mouth. It’s best eaten with your eyes closed.

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We also saw that they were filleting a huge tuna by the time we were done eating. It’s some sort of tourist attraction there. There are guys gutting and cutting this huge fish and showing the different parts of meat inside.

Maybe you’ll all laugh at me when I say this was one of the best sushi/sashimi meals I had in my life. Never cared much for ambience and I find that the most unassuming places end up surprising you. What makes this place so special to me is how fresh everything is and the quality of the products and the prices all just don’t add up! It’s too good to be this cheap but I’m glad. Thank you Japan for going above and beyond my expectations every single meal.

La Cabrera 6750

I heard a lot of mixed reviews about La Cabrera when it opened, a lot of which were on the negative side so I wasn’t so bent on trying it. For Father’s Day though my dad really wanted to eat there so I went along with the plans and finally got to try their Argentinian steaks.

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For starters, we ordered the Beef Chicharon Salad because my dad insisted on getting salad and my brother was curious about trying beef chicharon. The dressing had a vinagrette base and I do not like vinegar at all so I didn’t enjoy the salad. To be fair, I sampled the beef chicharon finger food style and was disappointed as well. It just tasted like old oil and flour, nothing beefy about it at all. I think it was fried earlier in the day and left to sit on a wire rack. It wasn’t even hot when it was served to us.

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Any steak order at La Cabrera comes with unlimited side dishes. Here’s the lot of them and how they’re presented. I loved the idea. I mean, who doesn’t love unlimited sides? The sad reality is, RICE isn’t one of the unlimited side dishes served in this restaurant. Maybe that’s not how it works in Argentina but Filipino me immediately looks for rice at the mention of sides and steak.

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Off the menu, they offer Plain Rice, Garlic Rice and Steak Rice. The steak and Steak Rice combo seemed to be the obvious choice and we had no regrets.

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We ordered two huge steaks but I just have one bad photo of them so hear me out. The steak on the left side is the Bife de Chorizo Striploin in 800 grams (Php 2,980) and the one on the right is the Ojo de Bife Ribeye in 800 grams (Php 4480). We ordered both in Medium which might not have been so wise given that they’re served on a hot plate.

Ribeye the cut I always order. I think being so thick, the grilling then hot plate method didn’t work wonders for the steaks. This certainly came out more tender than the Striploin but I’m being generous when I say tender. The Striploin had a particularly tough and chewy consistency. I had to slice them small and thinly to be able to eat to my liking. In terms of flavor, there’s really nothing unique about it. Overall, it’s not terrible but if we’re spending this much I’d rather have steak at Mamou.

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Among all the sidings though, I did discover three that I really liked – I made up names but I think the photos and description will be enough to identify them if you do end up eating there. The best of the bunch was the Carrot and Honey puree, coming from someone who doesn’t really like carrots this was spectacular. I thought the mash was balanced and both the honey and carrots gave it this subtly sweet flavor I couldn’t get enough off. I had 3 to myself that night. I’m not hot on corn either but I kept munching on that one cause it tasted so much like Pork & Beans but better.

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My carnivorous dining companions that night. I think it’s mildly embarrassing that I eat more than my dad. He knows this so he orders a lot when my brother and I are with him. I think the unlimited sides were a big part of why he wanted to eat here in the first place.

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Here’s a photo of me, pre-food. I may look OK but inside I was starving.

I won’t be finding myself back at La Cabrera anytime soon unless my appearance to a social function that requires to be there is mandatory. Don’t think the food is worth the price quite frankly. If steaks the highlight of the restaurant and we ordered the biggest priciest ones, then I expect better – better quality meat that’s cooked to perfection. There were some hits with the sides but the main event was kind of a flop.

La Cabrera Manila
6750 Ayala Ave Business Tower,
Glorietta Complex, Ayala Ave,
Makati City
(63) 905 290 0703
Operating Hours: 11am-3pm and 530pm-1030pm

Universe Gastrolounge
I haven’t been too present in the blogosphere but once in a while, I get to sneak out of work and try new places with fellow blog-folk. When Aldous invited me to join and sample the dishes Universe Gastrolounge, I just had to be there.

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I learned that Universe was Opus re-branded, owned and managed by the same group. Never went to Opus so I have absolutely no point of reference BUT I did know that Chef Aracama handled food so I had great expectations. (This is because of the time I had a shoot at Republiq and they fed us Korean Steak Tacos which were awesome. So I asked the waiter who the chef was and he said Aracama and I was loyal forever.)

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When I stepped in I thought Universe looked pretty cool. It had a comfortable lounge vibe with exposed brick walls, those neon scripty lights and a huge chalk wall. We were about 6 bloggers there so it was an intimate event with a whole lot of food. I didn’t get to try everything and since there was just so much but so I’ll write about the stuff I particularly enjoyed in more detail.

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I don’t particularly enjoy white bread but I liked the Black Bikini. It’s a grilled sandwich with prosciutto, truffle jam and cheese. This is something I’d want to recreate at home.

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We were served other sandwiches too like the Patty Melt and the Monte Cristo Benedict. But since my bread quota was up, I just had the potato chips and garlic aioli.

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For starters, we also had Chicken Cobb Salad, Mixed Mushroom Dip and Patatas Bravas.

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I was surprised to find that they served sushi! First non-Japanese place I tried that dished out sushi.

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Featuring the Electric Eel, Futo Wacky and the Crunchy Caterpillar.

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When it comes to pizza, I feel that the ones with the fewest ingredients work best. The Italian Sausage pizza they served was topped with just crumbly Italian sausage and roasted garlic – all soft and paste-y.

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If you’re into more American flavors, the BBQ Chicken pizza was alright as well.

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We had the BLT (Bacon, Linguine & Truffle) Pasta as well as the Linguine Vongole. I don’t know why but I honestly don’t enjoy linguine noodles so I thought that the pasta was just OK.

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For mains, I thought the best thing they had was the Café Rep’s Crispy Bagnet Pork Belly which was served on a bed of kimchi rice with lechon sauce. I could eat kimchi rice with anything but honestly, the bagnet was a winner. Easily the best dish on the menu.

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Hesitant to try the Meatloaf and Gravy at first, my curiosity got the best of me. It wasn’t half bad. Paired with the mashed potatoes and gravy, it felt like eating a block shaped burger steak.

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The Boneless Beef Riblets tasted exactly like the chicken on the BBQ Chicken Pizza so like I said, if you’re really into the American BBQ taste – go for it.

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Dessert was a favorite for everyone, I think. The Trailer Park Monte Cristo is a deep fried, peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This doesn’t look like much but it was so good I had to stop myself from devouring the entire plate.

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They served us the Banana Foster Sundae as well which I didn’t get to try cause I was already guilty for having the Monte Cristo. Looked good though!

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If I found myself back at Universe or in the midst of friends who just want to go out and party, I’d take comfort sitting out and eating. They don’t call it a Gastrolounge for nothing.

Just before recently, the last time I had a meal at Wildflour was probably a good two years ago. I’ve been back twice in the last week and what can I say? The place still has it. It’s packed, has an interesting menu and serves good food. I can’t ask for more.

Excuse the photos on this, just shot with my Samsung S3 which I feel has deteriorated in terms of photo quality. Suddenly everything’s so grainy and photos are only passably nice on Instagram. But anyway, whatever! Here’s what I had for lunch last Monday.

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Baby Mixed Green Salad (Php 330) – Mango vinaigrette, candied walnuts, feta cheese, lettuce. Balanced and good if you’re fond of salad on the sweet side with a hint of salty. Thought the mango vinaigrette was sweet enough so I bailed on the walnuts and mango bits and tried to get more cheese in every forkful.

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When I get the chance to, I almost always order the Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Gruyere Tarte Flambee(Php 495). For a while, this was pretty inconsistent in the early stages of Wildflour. I remember being served an extra oily, crumbly batch a few years back. Thankfully, the guys at the Fort branch have mastered the art of the tarte flamee and do this dish justice. What I love about this is that the toppings are generous and that the crust is perfectly crisp.

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My brother ordered The Reuben and I was fortunate enough to sneak a bite. Biting into this sandwich made me miss New York a lot. Now that I’m here though this’ll have to do. My brother was pretty satisfied and from the bite I had, the meat had just the right amount of flavor.


Don’t be fooled by the name. Wildflour’s Rustichella Squid Ink Spaghetti (Php 450) is actually a tomato-based seafood pasta with squid ink noodles. I’m a sucker for squid ink pasta so when this is on the menu, I’m very likely to order this. Thought the sauce would be squid ink so I was surprised to see red. Although this wasn’t what I expected, this was far from disappointing. It proved to be a memorable dish, pasta was perfectly al dente and the black noodles added a rich squid flavor to the tomato sauce.

There goes my capsule review!

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
G/F Net Lima Bldg., 4th Ave cor 26th St
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 856-7600
M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 8:00am – 11pm
Sundays: 8AM-4PM

The Wholesome Table
The Wholesome Table is this new-ish restaurant at Bonifacio High Street Central that serves organic, all-natural food. The general trend in eating these days is to go ethical – which basically means that we should think about the moral dimensions of what we’re consuming. Don’t eat at the earth’s expense. Carina and I decided to grab dinner there last Saturday to see what the hype was all about.

Honestly, the menu was overwhelming and there were a lot of interesting options I wanted to try. I was bent on ordering the meat loaf but Carina laughed so hard in my face so I retracted. Who orders meat loaf anyway? I know it sounds funny but the description sounded great – mashpo and all.

I decided to go all out. I thought, I’m at this organic restaurant might as well get something vegan. I got one of the two vegan options on the menu, the Vegan Burger (Php 390).

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When the order came, it was massive which is something I was really happy about. What I didn’t like though was that the patty was served to me at room temperature and that it was under-seasoned. As you probably might remember from my past entries, I’m not hot on bread so I had this burger open faced. Taste wise, I liked the onion jam a lot. I think it made the dish OK. The patty was crumbly and didn’t stay in place very well, it didn’t help that it didn’t taste like much either. Maybe I should’ve gone with the meat loaf.

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Carina didn’t feel like having meat that night either so she ordered the Vegetarian Bolognese (Php 490). I honestly wouldn’t call this bolognese, I find the name to be deceptive at best. They used tofu in place of ground beef which I felt really worked for this dish, they got the texture down perfectly so I did not miss traditional beef. What was lacking in this bolognese though was the tomato sauce… No trace of the red sauce, nope. I wish they just named this dish Cheesy Cream of Tofu Pasta since it was slathered in cheese and white sauce. This was better than the burger but also under-seasoned, some black pepper did the trick.

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All the smoothies in this restaurant come with a hefty price tag at about Php 250 on average. Carina had the Be in Bliss (Php 250) which contains carrot, orange, coconut meat, banana, mango, pineapple and lime. Sounds like a whole lot but when we tried the smoothie, we couldn’t taste the eclectic blend. It was pretty good though, blunt, not too sweet.

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I was looking forward to dessert. The first and last time I ate at Wholesome Table, I just caught up with friends and had panacotta which I liked. This time around I wanted to sample some of that organic duck egg Creme Brulee (Php 150). I was really excited too because I had the best leche flan in my life in Pampanga and it was made with duck eggs. I thought this would be at par. I was so wrong. This was the worst thing I ordered that night. The creme brulee was rough and dense like tamago, a far cry from custard. It was obviously overdone.

Overall, the Wholesome Table is still in the soft opening stage so I don’t know how much will change in the coming days. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing. I don’t know but to be honest, I enjoyed the ambiance of the place, everything it stands for and I like it in entirety conceptually – what was on my plate though begs for improvement.

The best thing about the place was that the waiting staff is commendable, they really knew their way through the menu and were so easy to deal with. I liked that they were attentive. Maybe I’ll be back when the hype is gone and see how things improve when they’re in full swing. It’s still too early to say.

The Wholesome Table
UG/F Bonifacio High Street Central, 30th St cor 7th Ave
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Phone: 867-0000

Zaffron Kitchen
I think Indian’s the kind of food I don’t have very often in Manila. My household’s attempt to cook good Indian food always ends up in dissatisfaction. Yup, my brave attempt at Lamb Rogan Josh one time resulted in utter failure and a waste of good meat. So when my Tita asked me if I wanted Indian or Din Tai Fung, I decided to take on her offer for some good Indian food. Zaffron Kitchen doesn’t look like your typical Indian restaurant, the interiors were laid-back European with a hint of NYC loft at the same time.

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Exposed red brick and a clever arrangement of desk lamps. Sorry, I thought this place looked cool. Will talk food now.

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We were welcomed with these clip-board menus. There was a short intro to Zaffron but the gem I discovered in this S$15-S$45 menu is that at the very back they serve affordable weekday lunch sets. I thought of getting either the Butter Chicken Set or the Mutton Rogan Josh but the mutton won me over.

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We had some Garlic Butter Naan before the food came along. This tasted best though when I dipped it in the rich curry sauce and when this green round of awesome came.

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Introducing Palak Paneer (SG$13), a popular vegetarian dish with square chunks of Indian cottage cheese on a generous bed of spinach gravy. Wow. This was so rich I can’t even describe how this tasted but my god, seriously order this if you haven’t tasted amazing. You could fool yourself into thinking this is healthy or whatever but it probably isn’t, the spinach was a full, creamy and good enough to eat even without the cheese.

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My Tita also ordered the Fish Tikka which consisted of 5 pieces of grilled dory and a spicy green sauce. I don’t know what the sauce is made of exactly but it felt like guac with a bit of a nasal kick. I’m accustomed to Chicken Tikka but fish is a welcome alternative if you’re a) feeling healthy or b) too lazy to chew. Yummy though, I think when eating Indian, Tikka might be the safest dish to order. Flavors aren’t ever too overpowering.

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Compared to the rest of the menu, the Mutton Rogan Josh Lunch Set was a steal at SG$13.90. It came with a drink, I picked the Iced Limau/Lemonade and plain naan bread, curry sauce, papadum, rice and the Rogan Josh.

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A closer look! I think overall, this was good but I think the Rogan Josh could’ve afforded to be more tender. I think a few minutes in the pressure cooker would’ve done the trick. The sauce was great though and it tasted like it had a bajillion spices with is always a good thing for Indian in my book. The rice was perfect and I thought the fried onions on top were a great touch. I do love my onions. Papadum, I believe, is Kropek’s slimmer and more awesome younger brother. I’d take this anorexic, super crispy version any day. The set was good and all but I feel like this review would’ve been stellar if I ordered the Butter Chicken instead, can’t ever go wrong with that.

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This restaurant was pretty huge. I mean, look, they even have a play house area thing for the kiddos.

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Zaffron Kitchen currently has one branch along East Coast Road but according to the one who served us, there are talks of it opening another in Vivo City. I wanted to check out Awfully Chocolate which was a cute boutique right next to it but I was too full for dessert. The chocolate truffles there resembled the Royce Nama so I’m curious to try some next time I’m there.

Zaffron Kitchen
137 East Coast Road,
Singapore 428822
+65 6440 6786

Sabio by the Sea
I hadn’t really been around Sentosa ever. Before this trip, the first time I visited was the last time I visited just to hit the Flowrider, a surf simulator at the Wave House. Last Sunday, I learned that apart from fake beaches and wave pools, there’s a marina there docked with all sorts of boats. December 2012 was a good month for Sentosa Cove, launching Quayside Isle, a row of restaurants over-looking the water. Since my tito and tita just got a boat, we hung out around here for a bit. Sabio by the Sea is a tapas bar and grill that just opened last month but seems to be doing very well. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to kill time sitting on their vintage chair repros and basking in the art house interiors.

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It was a bit hot out so we shared a pitcher of fresh orange juice. I don’t have the prices of the stuff here cause I didn’t pay or check out the menu.

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It’d be tough not to notice this place from outside with it’s wooden horse heads (save for one zebra) and antler chandeliers. They were all made of wood so I didn’t feel inhumane admiring them.

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And then the food arrived. These were fresh mussels sauteed in sliced almonds, garlic and white wine. Such a basic dish when you think of it but the texture the almonds added to this really gave it a whole new dimension. Definitely something worth trying at home. The chilli gave this a nice kick as well. I noticed most of the food you’ll find in Singapore really is at least a tad bit spicy.

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We also had a Frittata con Patata which I learned is basically a potato and egg omelette. I’m not particularly fond of egg so it was my first time to try the frittata con patata which was actually pretty good. It felt like pie. They also served us bread to dip in the seafood juice of our dishes.

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On the top right corner was an order of white cod with red bellpeppers and right next to it was a hot plate of gambas shrimp. Really so good. I found the servings kind of small though with the exception of the mussels but it’s fine, I guess. That’s what tapas means anyway, “snacks” and “small plates”. This really was a snack for us though, it was 4PM and we were having merienda. I really just have the appetite of a heavyweight.

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Here’s what Sabio by the Sea looks like from the outside. Easy, breezy, beautiful. I believe all the restaurants in this area are worth checking out.

Sabio by the Sea
31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle, #01-02 ,
Singapore, Singapore 098375
+65 6690 7568

Mamou Too!
I was in Rockwell two days in a row over the past weekend and when my friend Roxy told me she wanted to get Filipino food, we headed over to Mamou. It was her idea actually and fortunately she was craving some tapa. She spotted the Lamb Tapa (Php 395) on the menu, ordered it and that was that. I ordered something else but when I had a bite of her food oh man, it was good.

I’ve been eating in Mamou since it opened its Serendra branch but I found myself only going there with my family to have their Peter Luger-esque steak. Obviously on a daily budget, I can’t have that and I realized that eating with Roxy was the first time I ate there without my mom. They have a bunch of interesting items on the menu, stuff I never even paid attention to.

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The Lamb Tapa was so good; I went back for it the next day; this time with Carina and a camera. It comes served in a bowl, which is typically how I like my breakfast food. The servings are quite generous too. When you order it, they ask you if you want it with white garlic rice or red garlic rice as well as how you like your eggs and if you want them to use duck eggs or chicken eggs.

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I had my order with red garlic rice and scrambled chicken eggs. Their tapa was on the sweet side but I liked it. I thought it tasted much better the night before though, when I was eating Roxy’s food just cause I could taste the garlic. Carina said she’d have preferred if they toasted it a bit more. Overall though, if you’re craving for tapa with a kick, this does the trick. I think the next lamb tapa I want to try is the spicy/salty variation Fifteen Bottles carries.

Mamou Too
R1/Lvl., Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 822-6218
Operating Hours: 10:30 am – 10:00 pm

Inagiku Lunch
My whole family was out on a trip to Baguio over the weekend. I didn’t go because I thought I had to keep my weekend free for a shoot (which got postponed) so I kinda felt bad. The weather here’s been really pleasant so what more up there! I heard it was 9 degrees! Anyway, the silver lining to my weekend in Manila was getting treated by my grandma to a Japanese buffet at the Shangrila Hotel. Inagiku is hands down my favorite Japanese restaurant in Manila even just for the steak and sushi.

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My first stop is always, always the sushi bar. Right when you enter the place it’s the first table you’ll bump into anyway. They have a large selection and they constantly refill it so you’ll never run out. Yup, there’s unlimited uni and sashimi as well. This photo only reveals a third of the selection.

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Here’s what my plate looked like. I got seconds for that cheesy tempura roll just cause it tasted so rich.

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When you’re there, they don’t serve any tempura at the buffet but you can ask the waiter for some and they’ll give you a full fresh plate. We usually get just the shrimp.

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Next up, I usually head for the grill table and get a full plate of steak. They serve US Angus Beef and I honestly don’t know how they do it but the meat is always top quality and ridiculously juicy and tender. It’s cooked right in front of you just for a few minutes and is literally magic in your mouth. On the other side of the fence, there’s a seafood grill area and it is often ignored by me. I was looking for cod today but they only had lapu-lapu so I didn’t bother.

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I usually alternate between steak and the different items on the buffet. Today they had chicken teriyaki, gyoza, softshell crab, hamburg steak and other things. But I just chose to stick to the staples this time.

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They have a sukiyaki station too which I enjoy when I’m there.

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And I like that here, I can get my sukiyaki customized the way I like it; just beef, soup, mushroom, tofu and onion topped with a raw egg.

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There’s a whole dessert station with a bunch of cake, fruit and coffee jelly. Wasn’t so fond of this green tea layer cake so I ditched it and got ice cream instead.

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They serve Wasabi, Red Bean, Black Sesame and Green Tea flavored ice cream for free but only if you ask for it. Pictured here is the Wasabi just cause the Black Sesame was all melted and half-eaten by the time I remembered to photograph. I usually enjoy my dessert between meals, it makes the food taste better.

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Don’t ask me how many plates of steak I had for lunch. It was not a conventionally respectable amount but at least my grandma got her money’s worth taking me and my brother there.

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Inagiku is located at the 2nd level of the Shangrila Hotel in Makati. I only ever come here for the weekend buffet so I have no idea what the prices are like ala carte. Typically lunch prices are cheaper than dinner I think its around Php 1800 per head. The buffet happens only on Saturday and Sunday and if I were you’d I’d make a reservation before I head over because the place gets pretty packed. Call 813-8888 to do that.