Sushi Nori is one of the best sushi joints out there. You can choose how you want your sushi prepared, either Temaki Handroll or Maki Rolls.
Sushi Dreams is my favorite among all their special sushis. For Php229.00, I get six rolls of this high quality, carefully crafted sushi. It has Salmon, Kani, Cream Cheese, and Crunchy Tempura Flakes. The rice they use has a really good texture and the rolls are very intact. In every bite, I taste how all the flavors come together with a sweet kick. Also, the tempura flakes adds more experience and sensation.
Pork & Potato Strips (Php 389.00). Indulge in this crispy potato goodness!
Buttermilk Fried Chicken (Php 559.00). This two generous pieces of friend chicken is served with honey glazed cornbread, country gravy and cajun honey.
Gab’s Good Grubs is a hidden gem along Mabini Street in Poblacion, Makati City. The place is a very simple mom and pop restaurant. It is not an air-conditioned place and definitely nothing too fancy apart from their food.
Love cheese? For just Php 99.0, this Burger Fries is a total winner. It has generous amount of cheese and big slices of onion rings.
Akamaru Special (Php 490.00)
IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Served with thin noodles, pork belly, kikurage and spring onions. A refined, modern-style ramen.
Finally! The best ramen I tasted in the Philippines ever! A friend of mine brought me here recently and brief me with the available choices.
They have three kinds of ramen: Shiromaru Motoaji, Akamaru Shinaji & Karaka-men – from non-spicy to spicy. There is an option to upgrade these to Tamago (with soft-boiled egg), Chashu (with simmered pork belly), or Special (with soft-boiled egg, pork belly and seaweed). Also, you can choose the hardness of noodles from soft to very hard.
Looking for some Filipino cuisine? You’ll never go wrong with Sarsa Kitchen + Bar which you can find in SM Mall of Asia. My entire experience was exquisite. The place was wonderfully designed and menu was well-curated. My hat is off to Chef JP Anglo for putting up such a lovely place.
Crispy Squid in Milk (Php 360.00). Way more than just your typical calamares. My first bite – even without the dip – was sensational. The seasoning was perfect for fried squid. The coating was crispy and the squid was tender. I chewed it effortlessly. My colleague, who dined with me here, would confirm that to you.
Sarsa Kare-Kare (Php 360.00). Kare-kare is a classic Filipino dish. Shame on Filipino restaurants who mess up with it. Sarsa Kare-Kare was one of a kind. The sauce was separated for the beef and vegetables. What I like about this style of serving Kare-kare is the appreciation that you will have in every portion of the dish. The beef was so tender and tasty, the vegetables were fresh and crunchy, and the sauce was thick and full of flavors. Combining everything was an adventure in my mouth.
Tortang Talong with Crispy Sardines and Kesong Puti (Php 210.00). This was a leveled-up version of Tortang Talong. The Kesong Puti gave an interesting blend to this. However, I barely recognized the crispy sardines. If I have not reviewed the name of the dish, I would not even know that there was sardines on it. Nonetheless, this was still a good pick. Next time I visit, I would probably try their Bugtaw-Bugtaw (Gising-Gising) instead.
8 Cuts Burger Blends is definitely one of my favorite burger places. I usually get their classics but I thought of trying something else this time – Bar Burger. It cost me Php315.00 for a quarter pound of patty. What made it different is obviously the onion tanglers that crowns the patty. That crunchiness added some exciting texture to the burger.
I am adding this on my recommended list for 8 Cuts Burger Blends. However, I noticed that their patty was less juicy than the previous ones that I had. It’s probably healthier this way but it affects the taste and texture of the patty – and the looks, too. I missed the juiciness that drips from the patty to the buns to the plate in every slice I had. Perhaps I forgot to tell them to have it done medium rare.
This restaurant captured my attention because it is just across Fitness First in SM Megamall. It also had advertisements hanging inside and outside the mall. Tenya, obviously, is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in Japanese cuisine and prides itself with its tempura. Since I generally like tempura, I decided to give it a shot one random night after working out.
All-star Tendon (Php 325.00) – black tiger prawn, squid, salmon, kani stick, green beans, mushroom. This dish was about putting together different kinds of tempura in a single rice bowl. The best picks for me were the black tiger prawn and squid. They were just perfectly cooked and seasoned.
Now that I know that they serve these pieces well, I might as well drop the kani stick, salmon, and mushroom then get Asakusa Special Tendon (Php 315.00) on my next visit. This dish has three pieces of black tiger prawns and some green beans. Just exactly what I want on my rice bowl.
Their Karaage (Php 175.00) is a must try! The crunch, the appeal to the palate, the tang of the lemon, I just can’t get enough of that experience! I would absolutely get this side order again.
Angus Beef Sisig (Php 400.00) & Cheese, Cheese, Cheese Pizza (Php 420.00)
Angus Beef Sisig brought our very own dish to the next level. It was just so rich in flavor, taste and texture. I will surely have it again on my next visit.
Lad’s Brekky Burger (Php 450.00)
This was a shame of a burger lover like me. The patty did not have enough taste and juiciness. The buns were burnt to bitterness. The fries was cold like it was served yesterday. It looked good but it was the worst choice to get. Definitely was not worth the price.
DIY S’mores (Php 190.00)
I fancied how creative this setup was. That tin can was actually a little bonfire to roast the mallow. While this was just mallows, crackers and bits of chocolates, it was very enjoyable.
A friend and I planned a catch up night in 8 Cuts – Mall of Asia. I did not have any idea that it is a sister company of Burger Bar (which by far, is my favorite burger place) until we reached the place. Everything looks and feels similar with its sister company from the interiors, to the plating, and even to the menu. We both had The Cheese Burger (Php 195.00) which had 1/4lbs of beef patty and BurgerBar’s original house dressing. We upgraded our meals to throw in a can of Coke Zero and Skinny Fries for Php 90.00. The service was quite fast and the staff were very pleasant, too. Though almost everyone says that it is just similar to Burger Bar, I have to disagree. The patty I had was too oily to the point that oil overpowers the taste of the beef. I don’t remember having the same extreme oily feeling while dining in Burger Bar. Nonetheless, I still recommend this burger place. It’s worth the try!
Checked out one of the newly opened malls and saw Brooklyn’s. It was one of my sought after pizza place. Too bad their service was really slow and had to cancel our order of White Pizza – their bestseller.
White Shrimp (PHP 275.00). This one was really good. I thought of having it as a staple order every time I go to Brooklyn’s. The creamy + salty + seafoody taste was exquisite!