Sarsa Kitchen + Bar

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.

The Seventh Hero - Crispy Squid in Milk

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.

The Seventh Hero - Sarsa Kare-kare

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.

The Seventh Hero - Tortang Talong with Crispy Sardines and Kesong Puti

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.

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8 Cuts Burger Blends – Bar Burger

The Seventh Hero - 8cut Bar Burger

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.

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8 Cuts – Mall of Asia

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. 8 Cuts - Mall of Asia   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!

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Sumibi Yakiniku Tajimaya

Yakiniku has been around the country for quite some time already and the fad has not died a bit. People who goes to these smokeless grills have their own reasons. Some fancy the act of grilling food on the table while some are attracted to this healthier option. The popular yakiniku restaurants usually have eat-all-you-can buffet setup.

Sumibi Yakiniku Tajimaya

Last weekend I found out of the quality yakiniku in the Metro – Sumibi Yakiniku Tajimaya. This one is located at the second level of Mall of Asia, facing the sea.

They have a wide variety of choices from different kinds of meat to all sorts of flavors. As I go through their heavy menu, I saw that they actually offer eat-all-you-can, too. That is Php 599.00 per person and it comes with bottomless iced tea. Since it was my first time there and I am not particularly familiar with everything else in their menu, I gave it a shot.

Sumibi Yakiniku Tajimaya 2

The offer comes with a platter of beef, pork, chicken, cuttle fish, squid rolls, sausage, shrimp, salad, sancyu, kimuchi, namuru, and rice. Upon ordering, the server notified us that they have time limit for the eat-all-you-can offer. They give their customers one hour and thirty minutes which is a pretty reasonable time.

This restaurant isn’t buffet-style. When you finish a platter, you just get their attention and ask for another platter. Just make sure to specify how much you want. Of course, just like any other eat-all-you-can, they have the no leftovers policy on the second and succeeding platter that you request for. For the first platter, you can just let them be especially if you don’t like it. They won’t charge you for it. I remember not finishing the cuttlefish and squid rolls but was able to ask for more beef.

Sumibi Yakiniku Tajimaya 3

This yakiniku is a good find. The only negative comment I could give is the poor ventilation. I have not checked the other areas, but the area were at stayed was warm to the point that it made me sweat. Value for money is awesome and the staff are pleasant.

They have another branch in One Rockwell. I hope they put up more branches since Mall of Asia is always crowded and finding a cab in this area is stressful.

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