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gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Seven Corners Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila

Overrated and Disappointing

2

Location: 2nd Floor, Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Ortigas Avenue corner Asian Dev. Bank Avenue
Ortigas Pasig City, Philippines
Website: http://www.crowneplaza.com/
Hours: Lunch 12:00 nn - 2:30 pm / Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Price per Person:
Lunch - Php 1450.00 +
Dinner - Php 1650.00 +
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I was intending to write a review entitled "Seven Reasons to Love Seven Corners" after having lunch with my husband there last week. Sadly, I could not come up with my seven reasons. Sorry, I could only think of enough reasons to count on one hand. :-(

I was really excited to go on a hotel buffet lunch again as it has been ages since we last did. I've decided this June that I wanted try all the Hotel Buffets again so I could write updated reviews on them. We've already planned our hotel buffet-hops for the year, and we chose Seven Corners at the Crowne Plaza to be first as it was the nearest to us.

If I had to chose just one word to describe our buffet-lunch experience at Seven Corners, here's what I have to say: DISAPPOINTING. Perhaps the main reason why my husband and I were both disappointed, was because of all the good things we read. That the buffet spread was just awesome, yadda, yadda. Yeah sure, there were good points and a few tasty buffet offerings; but the negative points outnumber the positive ones. We both had such high expectations, so naturally, if those expectations are not met... then... oh well.

Oh my, where should I start... Ok, I'll start with the good things.

Good point number 1: The Small Assortment of Cheese at the Create Your Own Pizza Corner.
I just happen to like all sorts of cheese, period. I ate the slices of cheese alone, didn't have them on my pizza.

Good point number 2: Freshly Grilled Lamb Chops.
Again, I love Lamb Chops... so you can't really go wrong with grilled Lamb Chops right?
Ok, they were good, had them done medium-well, but should've had them well-done.
Nevertheless, they were still yummy :-) I had 5 chops!

Good point number 3: Freshly Grilled Rib Eye Steak.
Wowie and I both love steak, so any place offering eat-all-you-can-steak is a plus for us.
The steak was yummy, in fact, it tasted like the steak I cook at home.
We probably use the same spices for our rub.
Well-done prime rib goodness... Mmmm :-)

and last, but definitely not the least...
Good point number 4: The Spicy Grilled Indian Shrimp
and
Good point number 5: The Spicy Chicken Tandoori

The Spicy Shrimp was seasoned perfectly and had the right amount of spiciness to give me the kick I look for in a spicy dish. The shrimp would have to be tied with the Lamb Chops as my 2 Faves at Seven Corners. Both were really yummy! The Chicken Tandoori was also a hit with us... Delish!

So there, 5 things we like about Seven Corners.

Now, let me just enumerate the things that didn't really leave a good impression.

1. Prawn Tempura was nowhere to be found
2. No dumplings or Peking Duck, despite the "China" corner. A lot of popular Chinese Dishes were missing too. How can you even call it a "China" corner.
3. The Dessert Station was literally EMPTY by 1:15 pm... and was just refilled with a few items 15 minutes before they close the buffet.
4. The Teppanyaki Ice Cream was overrated, and RAN OUT of flavors by 1:30 pm. The only flavors left for us to choose from was Coffee, Mocha, and Pistachio. Great.
5. The cooks, chefs, and servers manning the buffet line were UNFRIENDLY and SLOW. I swear.. of all the servers I asked and spoke to, NOT ONE managed to answer with a smile.
6. The server assigned to the Teppanyaki Ice Cream DID NOT LISTEN to what I wanted, as he was too busy chatting with someone else.
7. There was NOBODY at the Pizza Station... or at least, whenever I checked... so how in the world could I have my Pizza made?
8. The lobsters were not that fresh, they had a strong ammonia taste and scent, even after I had them grilled with butter.
9. Half of the menu items did not have any labels... too bad for first-timers like us at their buffet spread.
10. The staff was not able to monitor the refilling of their chaffing dishes. I had to ask several attendants if they were still refilling it; and this was just at 1:30 pm.
11. There weren't any Filipino Dishes, except for the Lechon de Leche. Seriously, I checked.

I could go on, and on... it also seemed as though they didn't have a whole lot of popular buffet items... and can you imagine a buffet without Prawn Tempura? I know, Tempura... how commonplace, when I can have all the fresh prawns I want... but still... Wow.

I'm not sure why the buffet at Seven Corners did not seem to be the awesome hotel buffet resto everyone was raving about... was it because we went there on a weekday... lunchtime? I really don't know. Maybe someone could enlighten me this one.

I will keep saying this each time a write a negative review about a dining spot. This is, again, based on OUR experience. I know that most of you have only good things to say about Seven Corners, wish I could say the same, but I really can't. The prime rib, lamb chops, and spicy shrimp aren't enough to make me visit Seven Corners anytime soon.

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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Aresi Restaurant Subic

Yummy Breakfast and Good Italian Food!

3

Waking up on a Monday morning in Subic, we had breakfast at Aresi since it came with our room reservation at the Court Meridian Hotel. Wowie ordered the Filipino Breakfast of Chicken Pork Adobo, and I had the American Breakfast with Bacon, Eggs, and Fried potatoes. They're known for serving really scrumptious Italian food, so I wasn't really intending to write a review about our simple plated breakfast there.

When our orders came, Ok... the usual. Let's eat. Starving really. When I took a bite of my fried potatoes.. yum! I know it was just simple fried potatoes, but it was cooked and seasoned to perfection! As you can see in the photo, there were only a few pieces on the plate... but it was so delicious promise! Hehehe... so much fuss over fried potatoes.

The eggs were also cooked properly... yum... bacon... it would've been nice if I had more, but the serving size was in fact, just right. Even the fried tomato was good. Weird of me, but I found it really good. I've had way too many plated breakfasts, none memorable or worth writing a review on, same old, same old. I know it looks ordinary but in terms of flavor, this one definitely stands out :-)

I took a bite of Wowie's Chicken Pork Adobo... Yum-O as well! I know the chef or cook whips up way fancier dishes for the restaurant, but I'm happy that they can get the basics spot-on :-) Chicken Pork Adobo and Fried Potatoes are just so commonplace that it is overlooked most of the time and not given that much attention. I salute Aresi for being a restaurant that serves yummy basic meals from breakfast to dinner, to late night chows!


MY VERDICT

What I Like:
> Food! Aside from serving yummy Italian food, they seem to be great with simple dishes too!

Will I Go Back?:
> Yes!

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes! Great place to eat from morning to late night!

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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Agave Mexican Cantina Eastwood City Walk 1

Baby Back Ribs and Bottomless Margaritas!

4

Telephone: (63) - 2 -912989 / (63) - 2 - 4145911
Website: http://www.agavecantina.com/
Hours:
M-T-W-Th-Sun / 11:00 am - 12:00 mn
F-Sat / 11:00 am - 3:00 am
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The first time I ate at Agave Mexican Cantina was at their branch in Bonifacio High Street (but just for their Nachos and Bottomless Margarita). I was there on a nightcap with a girl friend after a wedding so I really didn't get the chance to try their other dishes... but I did get a good look at their menu. Since then I've been wanting to have dinner with Wowie there as they had a lot of yummy choices I was extremely interested in.

I was both happy and excited to know that we wouldn't have to go all the way to Makati to have a taste of their yummy-looking dishes since they also had branches in Eastwood Libis and Tomas Morato. We finally got around to going on a movie-dinner-date at their Eastwood spot.

I already knew I was having their Bottomless House Margaritas... a bang for your buck at Php 295.00 especially if you can drink more than 2 glasses like me (since a glass costs Php 175.00)... Score!!! I love their bottomless margaritas... just the right mix in my opinion. You can also to choose to have your bottomless margaritas in a flavor-of-the-day like strawberry at Php 395.00.

We decided to order their Agave Baby Back Ribs - Half Slab (Php 510.00)... Awww... we were disappointed... 'coz we should've ordered a FULL SLAB! Their Baby Back Ribs were so delectable! It went well with the Mexican Red Rice which came with the dish. Yum-O! At first I didn't want to force Wowie to order a full slab for us to share, afraid it might not be delicious. Well, there's always a next time right? And NEXT TIME... we'll surely order a Full Slab of Agave Baby Back Ribs (Php 825.00)!

We wanted to try a lot of dishes since their menu is quite extensive... another plus point for Agave. I just love their menu choices... unlike most of the Mexican restaurants in town just serve burritos, tacos, nachos, and enchiladas. Too bad we had a little too much to eat during the movie that we couldn't possible handle more food.

We settled on ordering the Camaron al Diabla (Php 280.00) and a Grande-sized Steak Burrito to share (Php 330.00). Both were really delicious! I must remember to go here hungry next time so I can order more of their tasty Mexican fare!

The Camaron al Diabla dish was perfectly seasoned and cooked... It's good to eat it alone as an appetizer, and seems also yummy with the Mexican Red Rice. Wowie and I were also very pleased with their Grande Steak Burrito. It had perfect slices of steak inside, not too tiny or shredded... sized just right to get the taste of beef in your mouth.

Overall, we had and extremely satisfying dinner experience at Agave Mexican Cantina. I'm really excited for our next meal here... and we're definitely looking forward to tasting their other dishes! We'll be ready with our big and hungry appetites next time!

MY VERDICT

What I Liked:
> Bottomless Margaritas!!! Woot, woot!
> Menu - extensive choices, perfect (not only for groups on a nightcap), but for families and couples as well!
> Food - delectable!
> Ambiance - cozy and nicely decorated

Will I Go Back?:
> Definitely! We still have a lot of dishes to try and enjoy!

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes! Especially when you want yummy bottomless Margaritas as well as delicious Mexican dishes!

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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Rose Bowl Restaurant Baguio

Really Good Chinese Food

3

When in Baguio, one must definitely go to Rose Bowl Restaurant across Burnham Park beside the Tiong San department store for a a meal of delicious Chines food. This has been one of the popular, well-loved places to go to for lunch and dinner in Baguio City, and to this day, their dishes never fail to leave you happy, satisfied, and full!

Rose Bowl serves all your favorite Chinese food, so you're in for a treat! Everything we order here never disappoints us. Make sure you try the Crunchy Pancit... I just forgot the exact name of the dish as we were extremely hungry when we went there... was only able to snap a few photos, and didn't exactly have time to study the menu. Tsk, tsk... bad blogger... next time promise! :-)

Just be ready to spend a little more on your meal here, especially when you plan on ordering several dishes. Their menu items are priced slightly higher than the usual Chinese restaurants in Manila, but it's all worth it :-)

Their fruit shakes are pretty yummy too with just the right blend and sweetness.

MY VERDICT

What I Liked:
> Food - everything was delish!

Will I Go Back?:
> Yes, for yummy Chinese dishes in Baguio

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes! Another must-try restaurant in Baguio City, Philippines

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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for O'Mai Khan Baguio

MMM... Mongolian!

4

Wowie introduced me to Mongolian Eat-All-You-Can Bowls back when we were still dating... and I can't seem to get enough of it. To this day, I continuously scour a town or place for a restaurant offering Mongolian Buffet... Whether we're at Boracay, Subic, or just about anywhere... I always have to get my fill of Mongolian Rice Bowls.

That's why I was extremely pleased that the "summer capital" of the Philippines had one... O' Mai Khan! After doing a bit of research online, and having read several good reviews about the place, I definitely had to give it a try.

We arrived just in time for dinner, the staff were accommodating and very nice to our boys. Of course, I'd be having their Eat-All-You-Can Mongolian Bowl... no question about that! Haha! :-) After checking the menu, I was also happy to see that there were items that are kid-friendly... as well as other dishes for those who want to order something other than their Mongolian Bowl.

Their pasta dishes are surprisingly delicious too!

As for their Mongolian Buffet... Mmmm! It was good... of course, the seasoning and combining of the ingredients was all ME... but I could say that their spread and choices of Sauces, Meat, Chicken, Seafood, and Fresh Vegetables was perfect and makes for a yummy Mongolian rice bowl. :-)

MY VERDICT

What I Liked:
> Mongolian Spread was good... and their other dishes are delicious too!
> The ambiance - cozy. Nothing beats dining Al Fresco in Baguio City

Will I Go Back?:
> Yes, when in Baguio

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes! This is a place to definitely put on your list of dining choices in Baguio City, Philippines

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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Rose Bowl Restaurant Baguio

Really Good Chinese Food

3

When in Baguio, one must definitely go to Rose Bowl Restaurant across Burnham Park beside the Tiong San department store for a a meal of delicious Chines food. This has been one of the popular, well-loved places to go to for lunch and dinner in Baguio City, and to this day, their dishes never fail to leave you happy, satisfied, and full!

Rose Bowl serves all your favorite Chinese food, so you're in for a treat! Everything we order here never disappoints us. Make sure you try the Crunchy Pancit... I just forgot the exact name of the dish as we were extremely hungry when we went there... was only able to snap a few photos, and didn't exactly have time to study the menu. Tsk, tsk... bad blogger... next time promise! :-)

Just be ready to spend a little more on your meal here, especially when you plan on ordering several dishes. Their menu items are priced slightly higher than the usual Chinese restaurants in Manila, but it's all worth it :-)

Their fruit shakes are pretty yummy too with just the right blend and sweetness.

MY VERDICT

What I Liked:
> Food - everything was delish!

Will I Go Back?:
> Yes, for yummy Chinese dishes in Baguio

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes! Another must-try restaurant in Baguio City, Philippines

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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Mister Kabab West Ave.

Affordable Mediterranean Meals

3

If you're on a budget and want to try Mediterranean Food, then set a date to check out Mister Kabab at Tomas Morato, Quezon City or head to their other branches in UP-Ayala Technohub and Ortigas. Your Php 100.00 - 250.00 will surely make you one satisfied camper here with a yummy meal, drinks, and perhaps a dessert (depending on the main dish you order). You can choose from several vegetable, beef, lamb, and seafood dishes here. There's also the all-time favorite Shawarma served on a plate as well as Kababs :-)

My personal favorite is their Chicken Korma
paired with their yummy Yogurt Shake

Mister Kabab's Shawarma (on a plate) is pretty good too... Be sure to add hot sauce and garlic sauce!

They also offer other dishes if you're not a big fan of spices...
but what's the use of going to Mister Kabab if you'll be afraid to try their best-sellers right?

MY VERDICT

Tip: This place gets packed on weekends, especially during the peak hours of dinner... Try to get there early if you're not a fan of loooooong waits.

Must-try: Chicken Korma, Yogurt Shake, Lamb Korma... Mmmm! :-)

Will I Go Back?:
> Would love to! Will probably go back on a weekday for lunch... weekend dinners here are way too stressful for me.. haha :-)

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes.. if you want affordable and averagely-good, simple Mediterranean fare, this is the place to try...

Don't Expect:
> ... an airconditioned restaurant - they have lots of ceiling fans though...
> ... the really fancy, perfectly exotic and strong flavors you find in dishes offered by more expensive Mediterranean restaurants. Remember, the dishes here are pretty affordable, so don't demand fancy-shmansy or really authentic spices in your meal.

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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Alfredo's Steaks Tomas Morato

Average Tasting Steaks... overrated

3

Location: Tomas Morato Avenue
corner Sct. De Guia and Dr. Lascano Sts.
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (63) - 2 - 7829862
Hours: Daily / 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Alfredo's Steaks in Tomas Morato is an OK place to satisfy your steak cravings. Like I said, it is an "OK" place... but not exactly our favorite, definitely not the best (in our opinion)... and if I may say, I find it quite overrated. So my apologies to all their fans. I'm just giving my truthful opinion.

Their steak dishes are also priced a bit higher even if the size of the steak itself is just about the same as compared to other steak places... and when it comes to flavor, I would have to say that there are other steakhouses with better tasting steaks at a more reasonable price.

My husband and I prefer going to House of Minis. Not only are their steaks more tender, juicier, and tastier... they're also more reasonably priced. See, Php 595.00 for a Tenderloin Steak Meal at Alfredo's, and just Php 330.00 for a Tenderloin Steak Meal with dessert at the House of Minis.

We're actually willing to shell-out more for a great tasting steak, and paying Php 990.00 for a Tenderloin & Ribs Duo Meal was fine with us... it's just that we didn't really find it delicious. Really, we found it just average.

We've had several meals at Alfredo's already, but the last time we ate here (May 2011) the Tenderloin Steak we ordered was terribly dry and bland. The Ribs, well, Wowie was never really a fan of it since he likes his Ribs plain and not smothered with sauce. We just order the Steak Duo with Ribs since it seemed like a better deal. That's when we figured that we were just going there because of the proximity to our place... and not really because the steaks were great-tasting.

For now, we finally decided to just head to the House of Minis (in Pasig) whenever we want a yummy piece of steak... or try other steakhouses instead. It'll probably be a long time before we go back to Alfredo's again for their steaks. Unless somebody treats us to a meal there, or we get an awesome deal on those popular new deal-sites, maybe then, we'll give it another try :-)

MY VERDICT

What I Liked:
> The ambiance - nice, cozy.. makes for a good place to bring your date :-)

Will I Go Back?:
> No, not in the future. Again, this is just me... I know a lot of people go back here every weekend for their Steak fix.

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Sure, like what I said above, this is a nice place to bring your date for a steak dinner in the Quezon City area.

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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for New Toho Food Center Binondo

The Best Pancit Guisado Ever!!!

3

Location: 422-424 T. Pinpin Street
Binondo, Manila Philippines
Telephone: (63) - 2 - 2414208 / (62) - 2 - 2420294
Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed on Sundays
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Pancit or "Pansit" is a Philippine stir-fried noodle dish of Chinese origin. There is a great number of varieties of this dish, using different noodles, recipes, and toppings.

The word pancit is derived from the Hokkien word pian i sit, which literally means "something conveniently cooked fast."

* Source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/
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As you might've read in my brief profile, I'm addicted to Pancit (noodles with vegetables, meat/seafood)... and as far as ALL the Pancit Guisado dishes I've tried (in Metro Manila and in the provinces), Toho's version has got to be the best I've ever tasted.

This is, again, based on my own personal opinion and taste... so if there's anyone out there who thinks they know another place serving better tasting pancit guisado, please do send me a message or comment on this entry. I would love to give it a try. But believe me, I've tried a lot of pancit places, so I hope you'd be suggesting a place I haven't tried yet :-) Hehe :-)

Prices:
* Miki Bihon Guisado
(small - Php 75.00 / medium - Php 150.00 / large - Php 225.00)
* Spicy Squid
(small - Php 115.00 / medium - Php 230.00 / large -Php 345.00)
* Yang Chow Fried Rice
( small - Php 100.00 / medium - Php 150.00 / large - Php 200.00)


Their Pancit Guisado (all versions - Miki Bihon Guisado, Pancit Canton) are all cooked the way our grandparents cooked pancit. I believe, from what I tasted, they did use the juice from crushed shrimp heads to add that special flavor to the pancit. The pancit might not seem appetizing in my photo, and I know it doesn't look fancy or loaded with veggies and meat... but looks are deceiving, it really is scrumptious!

As for the other dishes, they were OK... just average. The Spicy Squid looks more delicious than how it actually tasted. I found it a bit bland. Yeah sure it had just the right amount of spice, but wasn't really able get the squid flavor I was looking for. The seasoning and condiments they used for the dish didn't really bring out the full potential of the squid.

The Yang Chow Fried Rice was also OK, average tasting. I still find Panciteria San Jacinto's version better.

My husband liked the Beef in Oyster Sauce (small - Php 110.00 / medium - Php 220.00 / large - Php 330.00). I agree, it is good, but nothing spectacular.

MY VERDICT

Must-try:
> Miki Bihon Guisado!!! Super Scrumptious!

Tip:
> Be sure to eat your Miki Bihon Guisado as soon as it is served so you can savor the full goodness of the dish! Yummy!

What I Like
Aside from their Miki Bihon Guisado...
> Price - Quite affordable. They also have single but large servings of rice toppings for just a mere Php 70.00 - Php 90.00.

What I Didn't Like:

> Ambiance - Not a fan of the ambiance, sometimes the place reeks of "dirty kitchen" smell... but then again, like what Anthony Bourdain said... the bad smell of the surroundings somehow adds to the authenticity of the experience :-) Just don't expect much from the place in terms of the way it looks from the outside and inside... it is actually an old-school place in Binondo. Adds to the charm doesn't it? Hehe :-)

Will I Go Back?:
> Definitely! Especially for their pancit. Too bad they're closed on Sundays.

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes! Especially if you're in the lookout for great tasting Pancit Guisado!

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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Sambo Kojin EDSA

Satisfying and Scrumptious Food @ Sambo Kojin

4

Looking for a new Eat-All-You-Can Smokeless Grill restaurant to try out? The put Sambo Kojin Yakinuku Smokeless Grill next on your list of fun smokeless grill spots in the metro! If you love YakiMix, I believe you'll have a great time at Sambo Kojin too :-) In case you didn't know, Sambo Kokin is also from the Dad's-Saisaki-Kamayan-Somethin' Fishy family... so "satisfaction guaranteed" if I may say :-)

We already had several dinners at their Eastwood Branch (but wasn't able to take photos, since we were always late, thus... overly hungry whenever we finally get seated)... so we thought of checking out their EDSA branch, right above Dad's.

Anyway, I cannot help but make a few comparisons to YakiMix since they basically offer the same type of food and dining experience. My husband says, he prefers Sambo Kojin over YakiMix... so let me give you a rundown on what we liked better.

Sambo Kojin
... has a selection of sauces and condiments each of their tables
... offers scrumptious Kamameshi Rice in a pretty wooden serving container
... has better tasting Sukiyaki (in our opinion)
... has better tasting Tempura
... has a bit more cooked dishes which are quite yummy too... love the beef curry, tofu steak and spicy wings!
... have attendants and waiters who are more helpful and friendly... they'd be glad to give you a few tips on seasoning your grill items

If they only had the same Ice Cream and Popsicle selection as YakiMix, everything would be perfect. Hahaha :-)

Wasn't able to take a photo of their yummy Kamameshi Rice, so here's a photo I borrowed from their Facebook page... Just had to post it 'coz it's one of the highlights for me there... hehe :-)

MY VERDICT

Tip: Sambo Kojin also gets packed during the peak hours of lunch and dinner... especially on weekends, holidays, and special occasions... so try to come early if you don't like waiting :-)

Must-try: Kamameshi Rice, Beef Curry, Sukiyaki, and Tofu Steak... and have a short lesson from one of their attendants on how to season your grill items :-)

Will I Go Back?:
> Definitely!

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes! We've also tried other Smokeless Grill places like YakiMix and BonoYaki... they're all good, but I would have to say that this is our fave place in terms of Smokeless Grill Restaurants.

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7 years ago

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wrote a review for Pancake House Eastwood City Walk 1

Family and Kid-Friendly Fare @Pancake House

4

Ask my 3 boys where they want to go for lunch or dinner, and they'll all say Pancake House!

This place is such an easy choice for my boys because all their favorite food are in the menu. Waffles, Pancakes, Milkshakes, Ice Cream, Fried Chicken, Spaghetti, Fish N Chips, and Fries! Whew!

Plus, our family loves it here 'coz we don't have to order separately for our kids' food and go to a restaurant we like since there are a lot of yummy choices for Wowie and I too.

I would have to say that Pancake House together with Shakey's and Xtremely Xpresso (in Subic) are the only 3 places we know so far where everyone in our family has something good to order... seriously... hahaha :-)

My husband and I have a lot of other favorite restaurants, but then again, when we're eating out with our kids, we always have to compromise so we won't have hungry, grumpy, and restless boys at the end of the meal :-)

Their new menu allows us to choose from a lot of new dishes from the basic Pan Chicken, to USDA "Choice" or Angus Ribe-eye steaks... and tasty pasta dishes like their new All-meat Rigatoni (Php 180.00), Sauteed Beef on Tagliatelle with Tomato Cream Sauce (Php 195.00), and more!

I just love Pancake House's Classic Pan Chicken! Definitely on my top-5 list of Best Tasting Fried Chicken. Always tasty and juicy!

Their Best Taco in Town is pretty yummy too! Quite small for me though, size is ok as an appetizer... but if I'm having this as a snack, I'd probably order 2 pieces :-)
Best Taco in Town - 1pc (Php 82.00)

MY VERDICT

What I Like:
> Menu/Dishes - a lot of yummy choices for kids and adults

Suggestion (in my opinion):
> We always order their Extra Thick Milkshakes (Php 113.00)... tastes great... but it would be waaay better if it were served a bit more chilled or frozen than the usual... :-)

Will I Go Back?:
> Yes... we always do :-)

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes... great for dining out with children :-)
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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Xtremely Xpresso Café Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Yummy 22-inch Pizza @ Xtremely Xpresso - Subic

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Will you be going to Subic (anytime soon or in the future)? Do you love pizza? Are you a fan of ginormous food servings? If you answered "YES" to all my questions, then the Xtremely Xpresso Cafe in Subic is the place for you to go to satisfy your ginormical pizza cravings!

Check out their Xtreme Big Ben Pizza beside Wowie below! A whopping 22-inches of pure deliciousness! Loaded with pepperoni, sausage, bacon and beef, garlic, onions, peppers, mushrooms, black olives and two kinds of cheese. Whew! Xtremely loaded making it Xtremely yummy!

It was only Wowie & I that day, so we decided on just ordering the Xtreme Big Ben Pizza (which is actually enough for 4-6 hungry people to share) and the Baby Back Ribs. Subic's our favorite place to go to for an easy weekend escapade so we'll order the other tempting dishes the next time ;-)

Another thing we love about this cafe is their cozy setting... I like the way the interior of their restaurant is decorated, as well as the area where they have a large glass window where you can see the pizzas being assembled and baked.

We'll be going back to Subic in a week or so... I'll make sure we try the other dishes so I can post photos and reviews of them as well :-)


MY VERDICT

Tip: Since Xtremely Xpresso is one of the popular dining places in Subic, there are always a lot of people, especially during the peak hours of lunch and dinner. Be sure to head there early if you want to get a good
seat inside the restaurant.

Must-try:

> Their 22-inch Xtreme Big Ben Pizza and Baby Back Ribs

Will I Go Back?:
> Yes, definitely!

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes! When you're in Subic, you must definitely have 1 or 2 meals here! :-)

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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Casa Reyes Greenhills

Hum-drum Food at Casa Reyes

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If you want to have your fill of delicious and juicy Chicken Barbecue and Java Rice, Casa Reyes in Greenhills is NOT the place to go. If I were you, just head to Aristocrat. I honestly found their Sizzling Sisig better (but still average) than their claim to fame Barbecue.

My gut-feeling was right... I never had good vibes with this place. Nothing really seemed to entice me to eat here, until my sister had this sudden craving for Chicken Barbecue and Atsara. We should've eaten somewhere else for lunch.




Chicken Barbecue on the Bone (Php 194.00)


Their Pancit Canton Guisado was also... ummm.. plain. It needed more seasoning and more of everything for that matter. For Pancit to be served with this much (or little) meat and vegetables, the noodles should be able to amazing on it's own... which is not the case here.

If you want the me to recommend the Best Pancit I have ever tasted, then just go to the New TOHO Food Center in Binondo, Manila.



Pancit Canton Guisado (Php 245.00)



MY VERDICT

What I Liked:
> Nothing really

What I Didn't Like:
> Food - was expecting more flavorful Chicken Barbecue. Everything was plain tasting.
> Service - super slow... we actually had to follow-up several times for the Chicken Barbecue and other dishes

Will I Go Back?:
> Never

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> No. I'd recommend other places instead if you're craving for the food on this entry
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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for Yakimix Tomas Morato

Fun YakiMix .. but don't be late!

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I was trying to decide on whether to mention the good points or bad points first. I chose to start with their bad point. I know you've heard a lot about YakiMix and are excited to try it out, that's probably why you're reading this entry right? Hehehe :-) Anyway, my FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF ALL: Be sure to get to there EARLY is you want to get seated at once, especially on weekends, holidays, or special occasions like Valentine's Day, Mother's & Father's Day, and Easter.

Believe me, if YakiMix opens at 11:00 am for lunch and 6:00 pm for dinner, and you get even just 30 minutes later on the critical days I mentioned above... good luck... you're sure to be on the wait-list already. If you get to YakiMix an hour after it opens, be ready to wait for at least an hour. Seriously. So don't dilly-dally if you want to eat here. If you have a habit of always being late, forget about it... just go to YakiMix for lunch on weekdays when the place is not as packed as usual.

So now, let's move to the most important part... the food :-) Yeah sure, I know a lot of people would say that this place is their favorite. However, in my opinion... food is actually just OK. For me, I can't honestly say that the food at YakiMix is amazing, mouthwatering, or extremely scrumptious in terms of flavor.

In my (and my husband's) point of view, we like YakiMix not really because of how the food tastes, but because YakiMix makes for a good and fun place to go to for bonding sessions with friends or even a date. It's the novelty and fun-factor of grilling your food right in front of you. It's the fun of getting to choose all the shrimp, squid, fish, beef, pork, and poultry you want... and being able cook it on your table. I'm pretty sure that on your first try here, you'd be super excited and not notice that you got more grill items than you can actually finish (like us, when we first ate here). Haha :-)

Aside from the items for grilling, you also get to choose from a variety of cooked dishes. Not as much as the ones you have in Dad's though. You still have your Sushi, Sashimi, and Maki spread... Tempura and other breaded items, one or two pasta & noodle dishes, Sukiyaki, Crispy Pata, Pizza (1 flavor only), a couple of meat and fish dishes, and your usual cake and pastries.






Another thing I actually like about YakiMix is their Ice Cream chest. I love the fact that they actually have Selecta Ice Cream as their supplier. They not only have the usual Ice Cream in tubs, but you can also choose your favorite Selecta Ice Cream sticks and popsicles :-) Yum! I can easily finish 10 of those yummy apple and watermelon popsicles for dessert! Perfect for getting the "umay" and "busog" feeling you get after a buffet meal.

Overall, not bad for Php 580.00 right?


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7 years ago

gorgeousgrusha

wrote a review for The Sicilian Pizza Katipunan

So-so Sandwich

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Just a quick bite before heading home :-)


MY VERDICT

What I Liked: (So-so... not something I'd come back for)
> Bread was served toasty and warm. I liked the chunks of chicken and sicilian sauce... makes for a filling snack :-)
> Price - affordable for a decent-sized sandwich :-)

What I Didn't Like:
> Location - not really a fan of restos in gasoline stations for a sit-down meal with someone... in my opinion, it's more for people in a hurry... or those on road-trips... hehehe :-)

Will I Go Back?:
> Not at this branch... unless I'm in the area and want something to-go.

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Ummm.. Would recommend other Sicilian Express branches. Pizza and food are reasonably priced and are somehow ok-tasting at Php 175.00 - Php 550.00 ,,, However, it's really not on my top 3 pizza/Italian places to eat at.

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