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bornfree

wrote a review for Kitchen Greenbelt 3

Going Back for More

4

Had dinner here with my friends last weekend. We ordered the Head Master (deep fried squid head), Too Good, It's True (salmon cooked in beef steak sauce) with rice pilaff, Under the Sun (seafood combination with chili cream sauce), sweet serenade (pandan juice) and grand slam (dessert). The Head Master is yummy; not the usual calamari served in other restos. It has an orange batter and the squid is very tender. The salmon is also delicious but i particularly liked the rice pilaff which was served witht the salmon. But the winner for me is the pasta dish (Under the Sun). The combination of the chili and cream sauce is just right, not spicy at all. The pasta was al dente and the seafood was good. Ambiance was quite different from the usual restaurant setting. Lighting was quite dim. Service was attentive. Definitely going back to try the other items on the menu.

6 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Alabang Town Center

Yummy Chicken Rice

3

We tried this new resto at the Alabang Town Center. We ordered the combination of roasted and steamed chicken (half order), crispy lemon fish fillet, crispy honey baby squid, Wee Nam Kee fried rice. We ordered an additional Wee Nam Kee chicken rice (by the cup). Thumbs up for the steamed and roasted chicken combination and the chicken rice...so flavorful. Next time, we won't order the fried rice anymore.

6 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for People's Palace Greenbelt 3

Bigger Servings Please!!!!

4

My friend and I went to People's Palace last Thursday. We ordered Tom Yum soup, green chicken curry and fried Vietnamese spring rolls. We didn't have to order rice since they serve unlimited steamed rice for their patrons. I would have to agree with the previous reviews that the food are great. I especially liked the green chicken curry. I can savor the thick coconut milk with a hint of mint. However, the servings in this resto were really small for the price. Since my friend and I shared the all the dishes we ordered, we felt "bitin" as if we didn't get contented of our fill. The wait staff was too attentive to the point that every time anyone of them would pass by, he/she would offer to take our plates (considering there were still some food left on our plates).

9 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for Poquito Mas Westgate

Value for Money Buffet

4

I've been wanting to have dinner at Poquito Mas which offers Splatino (Spanish, Latin and Filipino) food. Finally, we ate here last Saturday with my family. Although they serve ala carte meals, we opted to try their tapas buffet at P199.00 per person. This is, of course, exclusive of drinks and service charge. We observed that all the patrons also opted for the buffet. From what I remember, they offered vegetable gratin, moorish kebabs, bread slices with pate/garlic mayo dip, canapes, croquetta de patata, empanadita, chicken fingers, stuffed button mushrooms, fish fillet with fresh tomato sauce, and penne aglio olio. Overall, the dishes were good and filling. The vegetable gratin, pasta and fish fillet were quite bland for my taste but not bad. I also found the empanadita sweet for my taste. The buffet is a good value-for-money option considering its price. We learned that they also have a lunch buffet for P299 per person. The service was also warm and pleasant. We will definitely come back to try their other dishes.

9 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review

Great Concept

3

I've been wanting to try this resto because of the good reviews. It claims to be a Hawaiian restaurant because of the name itself although the food offerings seem to be a fusion of American, Asian and Hawaiian cuisine. The only thing Hawaiian are the servers in grass skirts wearing leis and the paintings on the wall depicting the Hawaiian motif. It is kinda confusing because the resto had a piped in Carribean/Latin music. The place is somewhat small and cramped since a much bigger area is occupied by the circular steel staircase going to the kitchen and the upper levels. Menu presentation and concept are, however, excellent. For example, the Japanese Hawaiian luau which we ordered was served in a huge square wooden board covered by banana leaves. The food is spread throughout the banana leaves, thus, no plates for eating (we have to eat at the sides of the board). That's the exciting part. The luau spread we ordered consisted of fried kani maki, kani and cucumber salad, beef yakiniku, island belly chops, crispy dory fillet, grilled eggplant and pineapple rice. The one good for 3-4 people costs P1,069.00 and the one for 5-6 people costs P1,625.00. Since there are only 4 of us, we ordered the former. It is good enough for us but for those with big appetities, I suggest you order more viands. In fact, we ordered another one called Jojo's chicken wings (chicken wings coated with Hawaiian sweet pepper soy sauce) for P218. We all liked the food. The resto do not offer refillable drinks although it has wines and spirits. Service was also fast. We will definitely comeback to try the other luaus (there are 4 luaus to choose from--Davao Gulf, Bora Bora, Balinese and the one we ordered, Japanese Hawaiian).

10 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review

Great Concept

3

I've been wanting to try this resto because of the good reviews. It claims to be a Hawaiian restaurant because of the name itself althoug the food offerings seem to be a fusion of American, Asian and Hawaiian cuisine. The only thing Hawaiian are the servers in grass skirts wearing leis and the paintings on the wall depicting the Hawaiian motif. It is kinda confusing because the resto had a piped in Carribean/Latin music. The place is somewhat small and cramped since a much bigger area is occupied by the circular steel staircase going to the kitchen and the upper levels. Menu presentation and concept are, however, excellent. For example, the Japanese Hawaiian luau which we ordered was served in a huge square wooden board covered by banana leaves. The food is spread throughout the banana leaves, thus, no plates for eating (we have to eat at the sides of the board). That's the exciting part. The luau spread we ordered consisted of fried kani maki, kani and cucumber salad, beef yakiniku, island belly chops, crispy dory fillet, grilled eggplant and pineapple rice. The one good for 3-4 people costs P1,069.00 and the one for 5-6 people costs P1,625.00. Since there are only 4 of us, we ordered the former. It is good enough for us but for those with big appetities, I suggest you order more viands. In fact, we ordered another one called Jojo's chicken wings (chicken wings coated with Hawaiian sweet pepper soy sauce) for P218. We all liked the food. The resto do not offer refillable drinks although it has wines and spirits. Service was also fast. We will definitely comeback to try the other luaus (there are 4 luaus to choose from--Davao Gulf, Bora Bora, Balinese and the one we ordered, Japanese Hawaiian).

10 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for Oki Oki SM Mall of Asia

Thumbs Up

4

We have sampled Japanese cuisine these past few weeks. By far, this resto has exceeded our expectations in terms of menu selection and service. They offer various Japanese dishes including the sushi and sashimi. We particularly liked their version of the California maki which they call as Mango Kani Maki; 8 huge pieces in one serving. They also offer complete meals with soup and drink. We tried their Gyudon (Japanese rice, beef strips with an optional raw egg). This came with a bowl of Miso soup and iced tea. Only P195.00 per set. The meal was very filling; lots of rice and beef (the bowl was huge, by the way). We also tried the oyster cluster. Different texture and presentation. The oysters were coated in julienned vegetables and deep fried. We noticed that the resto has only 3 waitresses. It is good to note that it is not the number of servers that determine the quality of service but the efficiency of the servers, even if they are only a few. The resto is spacious and has a good number of tables but the waitresses have worked their way without hassle. The waitress assigned to our table was very friendly, pleasant and accomodating. She answered our queries regarding the different dishes offered, ever patient to wait on us. The food orders were promptly delivered to us. Prices were reasonable. We will definitely come back.

10 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for Oki Oki SM Mall of Asia

Thumbs Up

4

We have sampled Japanese cuisine these past few weeks. By far, this resto has exceeded our expectations in terms of menu selection and service. They offer various Japanese dishes including the sushi and sashimi. We particularly liked their version of the California maki which they call as Mango Kani Maki; 8 huge pieces in one serving. They also offer complete meals with soup and drink. We tried their Gyudon (Japanese rice, beef strips with an optional raw egg). This came with a bowl of Miso soup and iced tea. Only P195.00 per set. The meal was very filling; lots of rice and beef (the bowl was huge, by the way). We also tried the oyster cluster. Different texture and presentation. The oysters were coated in julienned vegetables and deep fried. We noticed that the resto has only 3 waitresses. It is good to note that it is not the number of servers that determine the quality of service but the efficiency of the servers, even if they are only a few. The resto is spacious and has a good number of tables but the waitresses have worked their way without hassle. The waitress assigned to our table was very friendly, pleasant and accomodating. She answered our queries regarding the different dishes offered, ever patient to wait on us. The food orders were promptly delivered to us. Prices were reasonable. We will definitely come back.

10 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for Mongolian Stop Festival Supermall

Good Deal

3

We have eaten here several times already due to the quick and value-for-money meals available. The resto now offers Value Meals. A single serving of Mongolian bowl with drink is priced at P150.00. That's a good deal considering that the food is really filling depending on the food (vegetables and rice/noodles only)you put on the bowl. The meat and seafood are placed on the bowl by the waiters. The meals even come with a complimentary small bowl of clear soup. My only observation here is that the cooking is not consistent. Sometimes the food is salty, sometimes too oily. The oily part comes when you are already on your 2nd bowl (for Eat All You Can diners) so that you will not have the guts to have a 3rd bowl due to the "umay" factor.

10 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for Hai Shin Lou Seafood King Restaurant Pasay Rd.

No Complaints Until..........

We were invited to my uncle's birthday bash last Sunday. It was his second year to celebrate his birthday there. Food was great......corn soup, suckling pig, Peking duck (duck skin to be wrapped in thin burrito-like wrappers with hoisin sauce & green vegetable sticks and duck meat chopped in small portions with chopped turnips to be wrapped in lettuce leaves), brocolli stem/leaves with mushrooms, steamed fish, fried crispy chicken, birthday noodles, yang chow fried rice, beef with brocolli stem/leaves and buchi/almond with pineapples for dessert. Ambiance was OK, not too grand but qualifies as fine dining. Service was great. Waiters were quick to change our plates as requested. The only downfall was when we left the place, the driver told his story. He went to the bathroom. He was made to use another entrance to the resto not used by customers. He passed by the kitchen. He said that the kitchen is very, very dirty and yucky. In his own words, he said that the resto would qualify as those places featured in either XXX (of ABS-CBN) or Imbestigador (of GMA). To think that our driver is not the pintasero type and has no high standards, the place might really have a YUCKY kitchen. That being told, I wanted to vomit what I ate and swore never to come back again. I waive rating this place.

10 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for Tempura Japanese Grill Alabang Town Center

Improving......but not Quite!

3

Service definitely improved from the previous review. The wait was reasonable, the waiters were quick to refill the refillable drinks and the service was pleasant. However, 2 of us ordered canned soda instead of the refillable drinks. The glass given to us have brownish residue amidst the ice. Upon close scrutiny, it would seem that they were Coke residue from the previous customers. We saw the next table had that same residue in the glass. When I pointed it out to the waiter, they just cleared the liquid and added more ice. Thus, we opted to put the straws inside the canned soda instead. We ordered Gomoku Chahan, Mixed Seafood Teppanyaki, Gyuniku Teppanyaki, California Maki and miso soup. No complaints about the food. Special mention regarding the beef tenderloin (gyuniku teppanyaki)...very tender and flavorful. We spent around P1,500.00 for 4 people. By the way, according to my companions, the comfort room was "icky".

10 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for Rai Rai Ken SM Mall of Asia

The Worst Service Ever

1

It was my husband who suggested this place for dinner last Friday. When we entered the resto, we got a feeling that we were not welcome. After choosing our table, we were given the menu and left to rot out. We were practically invisible to the waiters. After around twenty minutes and no one seems to want to take our order, we called for a waiter. The said waiter signalled for us to wait since he is assisting another waiter in getting the order of another table (Where in the world can you imagine two waiters necessary to get the order of a customer?). When finally the waiter went to us, his face was literally drenched in sweat and no ballpen nor paper in sight. I even prompted, "Ready ka na? Asan ang pansulat mo?" We ordered California Maki, tuna sashimi, miso soup, Gomoku Chahan Platter (seafood fried rice), Mix Seafood Teppan, and the Sauteed Liver with Kutchay & Beansprout, and drinks. They first served the California Maki then the miso soup. We called the attention of the waiter that we still have the tuna sashimi. They served the Liver with Kutchay & Beansprout then the Mix Seafood Teppan. Thereafter, the tuna sashimi came. To make matters worse, the tuna was not totally thawed. The liver and kutchay looked dark and dry. The presentation was really unappetizing. After eternally waiting for the Gomoku Chahan Platter, my husband already ate his share of the viands. We followed-up the fried rice. I suspected that they totally forgot the rice and it was only after we followed-up that they cooked it. We were really bent on cancelling the order had it not been the rice. The table near us cancelled some of their orders. That's how bad the service in this place. When the rice finally came, my husband gave the waiter a mouthful of advice saying that the rice should be the first to be served. In fairness, the fried rice was the best in taste among the food served. Service here is really the worst. I even commented to my husband that the waiters looked like they were "stoned" (the type where reddish, glossy and shifty eyes are in front of you). They looked like they were just gotten from some streetcorner and asked to wear the black shirt outfit they have as uniform. Definitely no manners, unpleasant and unfriendly. We have banned this resto from our list. The service here is opposite the SM Cebu branch. I have twice eaten there alone on my business trip and I had a pleasant experience in terms of service.

10 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for Italianni's Restaurant Greenbelt 2

Superb Service

4

A friend and I had lunch here today. Since we didn't feel like indulging too much, we ordered the Classic Pizza and the Linguine Vongole. As in all Italianni's restaurant, the food servings here are all To Share in terms of serving size. The Classic pizza was cooked just right, thin crust. The linguine with clams was also OK although a little bland for my taste. We were seated at the Mezzanine area coz we came around 12:30 p.m. What caught my attention was our server "Elmer". He was the one assigned at the Mezzanine and a lady assistant. The were 2 big groups there and three smaller groups including ours. The server Elmer was practically working his way on all 5 tables superbly. We didn't even ask, he practically knew what to do and what to bring. Service was so friendly and pleasant as he answered all our questions on the menu. I also saw the same quality of service he did on all the other tables. I just thought why can't other restos get such kind of servers, an expert at multi-tasking.

10 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for Komoro Soba Japanese Restaurant SM Megamall

Value for Money Japanese Option

4

After the mall-wide sale in Megamall, we sort of drifted to this resto. Our original choice was Mexicali (which is beside this resto) but the place was packed with diners. We ordered the 3 bowls of Sukiyakidon, 2 bowls of miso soup, Age Tofu, California maki and drinks. The resto is Pay-as-you-Order. We were only seated for less than 10 minutes and our food orders were served. The Sukiyakidon was OK although I was only able to count 2 slices of beef. The tofu was fresh and there was no after-taste. The dish was yummy. The California maki was also delish. We only spent P584.00 for 4 people. A real value for money option.

10 years ago

bornfree

wrote a review for John and Yoko Greenbelt 5

Happy...Happy...Glad...Glad

3

John & Yoko has mixed reviews, it's either you hate it or you love it. Almost everyone who tried the resto say that it's an upscale Sumo Sam (both having the same owner). Frankly, I haven't tried Sumo Sam so I couldn't tell the difference. The experience would probably depend on the kind of choices of food from the menu. For a group of 10 (7 adults and 3 kids), we ordered the crunchy squid teriyaki, chicken teriyaki with mango pizza, beef teppan,oyster overload, the Japanese paella, wagyu rice, steamed rice (for the kids), the We Found Nemo sushi and sashimi platter, tempura platter, salmon in mild wasabi cream, and Japanese banana split and marshmallow mud cake with raspberries for dessert. They have iced tea variants in red, blue and green. They are refillable for only P88.00. You can order another color for the next refill. I recommend the blue and the red. My mom said she didn't like the green. All the food we ordered were yummy. But I can single out two dishes which I liked the most... the Japanese paella and the We Found Nemo sushi and sashimi platter. The paella was a different version from the common Spanish paella. The rice was sticky and brown in color and very tasty. The dish was topped with prawns, barbequed chicken strips and chorizo. Another thumbs up is the We Found Nemo. Its just like the regular Japanese sushi and sashimi served in a huge platter for sharing. But what made it special is that the rolls were topped with grated quickmelt cheese and diced salmon with cream. Very delicious to the palate. All the dishes we ordered are for sharing and we really had a good fill. Another excellent thing about the resto is the service; very personal and friendly indeed. For huge groups like ours, the waitress (Chelsea) was very patient and answered all our queries. Refill requests were promptly made. The kids also enjoyed the food. We will definitely come back. We paid a few pesos less than P5,000.00 so a P500 budget per person is good enough. Service charge was also factored in the bill. Ambiance is OK but quite dark. We can understand that it is part of the concept. By the way, our PR officer there (Beverly) told us that Marvin Agustin is always there every night to meet the customers.

10 years ago