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Thursday, June 22, 2017

There's nothing like having the best of both worlds in one restaurant. At WATAMI GRILL and SUSHI BAR, they expect you to have one heck of a Japalicious time by getting access to different skewered meats and fresh sushi and sashimi rolls all under one roof.
 WATAMI GRILL and SUSHI BAR has a number of outlets around the metro. One of their newest branch would be located in Greenbelt 2. Under the helms of the BISTRO GROUP, you get to see their hands on approach when it comes to serving the needs and wants of their guests. New dishes are added ever so often that sometimes, you tend to loose track.
One could start out with the ASSORTED SASHIMI SALAD. Here, cuts of salmon and tuna are mixed with various greens and vinaigrette to whet the appetite.
Another new dish would be the HOMEMADE ROLLED OMELETTE. It's quite similar to tamago yet has a distinct difference. This one was quickly cooked in a pan to give it a slight burnt edge. A variant of this has mentai and cheese as fillings.
Of course, rolls are a big part of Filipino Dining in Japanese Restaurants. Here, they created the ANGEL ROLL. An ebi tempura is used as the main ingredient while it is then topped with kani and Japanese Mayo.
For grilled items, they have a lot to choose from. Different skewers are there for you to indulge in. One should definitely get the BEEF WAGYU and the SALMON BELLY. The wagyu is perfectly cooked that it is tremendously tender and juicy. Lightly topped with salt, flavors greet you with each mouthful. Healthy eaters would enjoy the SALMON BELLY. Grilled, the meat is not overly flaky. There's the right amount of seasoning that makes you want to order more rice just to eat with it.
RICE BOXES would be perfect for a quick lunch. One could check out the BEEF SUKIYAKI and the SKEWER RICE BOX. The beef sukiyaki has glazed meat partnered with noodles, mushrooms and some green leafy vegetables. Each bite would give a sweet surprise. For someone more into bbqs, the SKEWER RICE BOX would be perfect. Topped with different chicken parts, meatballs and even a flavored egg, you'll definitely have a great time devouring this meal.
WATAMI GRILL and SUSHI BAR is a welcome addition to the Japanese Dining Scene in the Greenbelt area. Being able to offer tons of variety and choices for its guests, it's no wonder why people keep going back for more.


Greenbelt 2
Makati City, Metro Manila

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  When one talks about beers, it's usually about a night out and with good friends and family. At PERFECT PINT, they create more of these liquid gold just to give you a good time. With a few branches around the metro, one can't help but wonder what is there to enjoy in PERFECT PINT.
 To have a great idea of what they are, visit one of their bigger branches in GREENBELT 2. Here, we could see that they have a nano brewery on the 2nd floor that creates different mixtures and concoctions that they put on tap. Not just one or two or three but as much as 20.
For the uninitiated, they could get a flight or a sampler of sorts. Picking 4 different beer flavors, you are given a lot of leeway. From there, one could order more of what they like with full sized glasses.
Fries are a different matter when it comes to PERFECT PINT. Here, you could try go for their POUTINE. Not your traditional version but it does the trick with its huge serving of cheese and gravy smothered on top of the fries.
Aside from their PIZZAS (which are a sure hit between drinkers and foodies), you would never go wrong with the KAPAL FACE. Thick cuts of pork face is deep fried to give you that crunchy yet juicy beer partner. It's like crispy pata on steroids.
If that isn't enough for you, the HEAP OF BACON would do the trick as well. This home made version was marinated and given a lot of tender, love, and care to get that amazing bite. It isn't too salty and had the right texture and ratio of fat to meat. Something like 50:50.
PERFECT PINT also have something "healthy" for seafood lovers. Aside from the surf and turf, which has ribs and huge shrimps, they have this sizzling OYSTER SISIG. Crunchy oysters that is given the sisig makeover. Oily and deadly but still somewhat perfect for everybody.
Not to be missed would be these TUNA TENDERS. Grilled tuna that are delightful on their own. Try to eat them first and judge the texture and flavor before you ask which part of the fish they are. Believe me, it's worth it.

PERFECT PINT started in a small place in BGC and now has grown into multiple branches and with its own brewery. There is no other way to go but up.


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Friday, June 16, 2017

It seems normal but it wasn't. It was a special experience only you could have at RESORTS WORLD GENTING. Stepping out of the limo, dropping the bags at the hotel and being escorted straight into to a packed restaurant with a long line seems too good to be true. But, it was! It was the start of my MALAYSIAN RESORTS WORLD GENTING ADVENTURE.

The restaurant to enjoy first in Malaysia's Genting Highlands would be the BURGER and LOBSTER. The first and only in Southeast Asia, this pub-like joint does things incredible good yet simple. No reservations though as they have a strict lining up policy. Hence, going at an off peak time might be best.
As you walk inside, you are greeted by huge lobsters. A gigantic cage is right by the entrance enticing guests to get one and have them cooked based on their preference. As the name of the restaurant implies, this is a place for all of your seafood dreams. LOBSTERS to be precise. First thing first though, drinks are a must.
After coming off from an almost 2 hour ride from the airport, arriving in GENTING GRAND (check out my experience of this great hotel here), one would definitely need a drink or two. Signature cocktails would definitely hit the mark but for something refreshing the SOFT SHELLS option would work. The TIME KEEPER made with black tea, calamansi lime, kafir lime leaf, and palm sugar is genius. Sweet but not overly so.
If there was only a couple of dishes that you would have to try out, it would be the BURGER and the LOBSTER ROLL. For the burger, you should go with the B and L BURGER. A combination of BEEF and LOBSTER MEAT, it is topped with lettuce, tarragon and Truffle Sauce. It may be a bit of a bite but they meat compliment each other.  Served in a toasted Brioche roll, the LOBSTER ROLLS are also their best sellers. One could go for something chilli but the ORIGINAL would work best.
A dish that was created and is served only for Malaysia would be the CHILLI LOBSTER. Served in a clay pot, the lobster is drowned in chilli sauce. Making the flavor very authentic and familiar with the local guest. Not overly spicy, you could use the brioche to scoop up the sauce.
But to properly taste the LOBSTERS you could go for them either steamed or grilled. In this instance, the GRILLED version seems more delicious. Partnered with either clarified butter of B&L's famous lemon and garlic butter sauce, you can't help but to keep on getting those meat of of those shell. Delicious.
BURGER AND LOBSTER is but one of the many food establishments inside the newly opened SKY AVENUE. It is here that you could get a chance to feel, taste, and enjoy everything to your hearts content. The lobsters are all flown in and are delivered alive and fresh.


Level 1, SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting
69000 Genting Highlands Resort, Pahang, Malaysia

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Since it seems that the rainy season has started, having something hot and steamy like noodles and soup would hit the mark. At BAWAI'S VIETNAMESE KITCHEN, they make sure you get your money's worth.

A new branch of BAWAI'S has recently opened in BGC UPTOWN PARADE. Almost infront of one of UPTOWN MALL'S Entrance and just underneath the foot bridge connecting parade and the mall, you won't be able to miss it.
One could start off with some drinks. Aside from the usual coffee, you might want to try out the lime mint shake. One sip and it would give you a jolt. A perfect wake me up if you will.
A visit to a BAWAI'S would not be complete without having the GOI CUON. The traditional Vietnamese fresh spring roll, pork and shrimp goes well together. Having it dipped in the sauce and nuts give it more texture.
When one talks about Vietnamese dishes, it would usually lead to having noodles. the PHO BO is the traditional take of Vietnamese cooking to beef noodle soup. Granted that it might taste a little too bland for some, having lime, vegetables, and sauces on the side would do the trick. Here, is the deconstructed version.
For something heavy, the COM SUON CHA would do the trick. This is grilled pork belly with a glaze of caramel and lemongrass marinade. Served with a mushroom egg pie, this goes well with a hot bowl of rice. To end the meal, you could go for their home made brownie dessert topped with ice cream or something traditional. The BAND DA LON is a yellow mung bean and pandan cake with coconut paste.
BAWAI'S in BGC'S UPTOWN PARADE has recently opened it doors to the public. Serving healthy dishes that are perfect for the weather, we get to see how VIETNAMESE cuisine has evolved over the years. From their main branch in Silang Cavite to the other one in White Plains, this expansion to BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY is a welcome treat.

Ground Floor
Uptown Parade 9th Avenue Corner 36th Street,
Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
LUZVIMINDA YEAR 5: A Day Filled with Delicious Filipino Food at F1 Hotel in BGC

It seems that F1 Hotel in BGC has done it again. Believe it or not, it is now their 5th year celebrating the LUZVIMINDA FILIPINO FOOD FESTIVAL. For something to reach this long, it says a lot about how awesome their celebration is year after year. Just in time for Independence Day, they brought out the best and brightest to serve their guests. Let's see how it goes.
A fusion of flavors, this time F1 HOTEL has invited three prestigious and well acclaimed chefs to spear head this endeavor. Chef Mikel Zaguirre for Luzon, Chef Dennis Uy for Visayas, and Chef Kalel Chan for Mindanao. Each of them having years of experience made sure to bring out different delicacies with a twist.
Right off the bat, they prepared a gorgeous fresh seafood and grill section. Guests are encouraged to get a couple and ask them to be cooked based on their preference. This is where the familiar buffet set up stops. Different items were laid on the spread to entice and get foodies excited about the new and innovative dishes to try out from different regions of the Philippines.
Even if oysters are supposed to be eaten with a full stomach, you must get your hands on these GRILLED BAGAYBAY on OYTERS. One quick chat with Chef Kalel and it made my curiosity squirm with delight. "Remember to swallow", he said. TO the uninitiated, the Bagaybay is basically fish sperm. Granted that it sounds weird to try this out, don't let it hinder you. The flavors and the texture goes well with each other. Believe me, you won't regret getting a couple.
Hard to describe, yet tremendously delicious would be the BALAW-BALAW. Another name for this dish would NILATIK NA HIPON. Quite weird but dastardly genius. I just caught myself getting more of this as it goes well with hot steaming rice.
Who would have thought to do this to crispy pata? The CRISPY PATA ROULADE by CHEF MIKEL made buffet lovers line up over and over again just to get these. Deep fried exterior but its meat is quite tender.
The CHICKEN INASAL is another dish from Chef Dennis. Giving a vivid surprise to taste buds, there is something special about this grilled chicken. The flavors are all absorbed properly by the meat.
Another traditional dish would be the HUMBA. A sweet pork that is quite similar to the Adobo in terms of appearance. But, it ends there as the sauce and the meat is sweeter than usual. In other regions, this is served with pineapple as a way to make it fruitier.
A block buster would be the RIBEYE RENDANG. The RIBEYE was worth the line up. Smooth and soft meat partnered with a spicy rendang flavor. This was a crowd favorite.
 Aside from these dishes, different appetizers and short plates were prepared. More so they even have GINATAANG CURACHA SA ALIGUE, KBL, a 30 Hour Sous Vide Adobo with Ginata, BULALO STATION with huge grilled bone marrow, and a PHYLLO WRAPPED SALMON served with ITLOG NA MAALAT SAUCE. Dessert was also well thought off as traditional flavors were given different interpretation.
A visit to F1 HOTEL would not be complete without a stay in one of their rooms. The CITY SUITE ROOM is perfect for a family or a group of friends wanting space, leisure, and relaxation. A divider separates the beds from a lounge that also has its own television and sofa.
Gatherings are also perfect in F1 Hotel. With huge conference space and ball rooms to use, one can't help but enjoy the stay. Very accessible and quite glamorous, these ballrooms could cater to a small group of 30 to as big as a few hundred guests.
For dinner, F1 hotel graciously prepared a number of dishes that is perfect for everyone. Aside from appetizers like the DINUGUAN VOL AU VENT and the BACON CHEESE LUMPIA, other creative dishes were served.
The CHICKEN PIYANGGANG SKEWERS were heavy favorites as they were easy to eat and filled with depth. The burnt coconut gave the chicken more flavor. Another genius creation would be the LONGGANISA STUFFED LECHON BELLY. Crispy skin and tender meat greeted each bite. The sausage gave off a little sweet surprise to the salty dish. This was just amazing.

For drinks, F1 Hotel got you covered as well. In partnership with DESTILERIA LIMTUACO, they have created different solid and devilish cocktails to make you enjoy the party more.
From GREEN MANGO flavored drink to SINIGANG and even Pineapple, these refreshing delights are just what the doctor ordered. Considered as sweet, sour, and even savory, these are great concoctions that would make your mother proud. If you have the time, I dare you to try out their INTRAMUROS. It's a sweet chocolate drink that you would enjoy.
Dessert, on the other hand, would never go wrong with AGING'S FOOD DELIGHT. Known for their sticky rice delicacies, AGING'S has been creating more and more delightful snacks to make your FILIPINO PRIDE jump with joy
It was even incredible of them to create this huge BILAO or circular basket filled with sticky and sweet rice dessert creation.
It was an independence day weekend worthy of another re-run. The dishes served made it very memorable as this has got to be an underrated foodie event. With Chef MIKEL, DENNIS and KALEL, you won't have to worry about the delightful spread they have in store for you. The LUZVIMINDA BUFFET would run up until June 30. I would suggest you order one of those limited edition cocktails as they would go well with the dishes as well.


F1 Hotel Manila
32nd Street BGC
Taguig City, Metro Manila
Call (02) 928-9888.

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