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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
GEN KOREAN BBQ HOUSE NOW OPEN IN MANILA

 Inhale exhale. Imagine the smell of meat being grilled. Each with their own distinct aroma and flavor. That is what GEN KOREAN BBQ HOUSE is all about. Serving different types of premium meat that is best cooked with the grill and eaten KOREAN STYLE.
 Located along SM BY THE WAY and just in front of CONRAD HOTEL, this has got to be the biggest Korean Grill Buffet I have ever been to. With almost 500 seating capacity, it's no joke to keep the place in tip top shape. Hailing from the United States, GEN KOREAN BBQ HOUSE is a classic example of a restaurant that mixes and creates a fusion between culture.
 Right from the get go, guests are given the chance to choose different types of meat. To avoid cross contamination, you could only get a few at a time. It's also to ensure that everyone gets to maximize the food without spoilage. Don't worry though as you could ask for as many refills as you want. Around lunch, 25 dishes are available with a rate of 798++ Php per person. Weekends, holidays, and dinner would have 35 dishes available but at a cost of 1288++ Php.
 Some might argue that it's a bit too much but with all the premium meat that they offer, it's a bargain.
 
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The staff would gladly help and even recommend on how to cook the dishes and what the best sellers are. In all honesty, it was quite a mouthful pronouncing all the dishes. Thankfully, the menu has a description of each. The marinated pork belly and even the premium steak are a hit with the patrons. If you're more adventurous, you could go for the intestine and a pork belly marinated in red wine. Furthermore, they even have some cooked dishes for you try out.
To maximize the flavor of the meat, it's best to mix it with all the unlimited banchan or Korean appetizers served around the table. Going with the lettuce salad and the kimchi works pretty well. A couple of things to keep in mind though: bring an extra shirt just because you might smell a bit from all of the cooking; bring an empty stomach.





GEN KOREAN BBQ HOUSE
BUILDING J. SM BY THE BAY,
Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex,
Pasay City, Metro Manila.

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SUNDAY LUNCH BUFFET AT OAKWOOD PREMIER HOTEL IN ORTIGAS

 
 Sometimes it's the ambiance or it's nothing at all. If there was one quiet place in Ortigas that was pleasant to the eyes, it would be NOSTALGIA. Located in Oakwood Premier Hotel, this quaint and homey dining lounge now offers a Sunday Lunch Buffet.
 Priced at 999Php, guests are welcomed with a number of dishes to choose from. Aside from the make your own salad, one could have a go at their pasta section for your DIY noodles.
The Seafood Paella was the first thing that would greet you as you enter the buffet area. To accompany this, main dishes offered were quite filling.
Going around the middle table, different cooked items such as the sweet and sour pork, crispy chicken skin, and even pork cracklings would entice you. There was also a number of chicken and meat viands available.
Another must try would be this huge slab of meat. Although one could say that it seemed a little overcooked, it has absorbed the flavors from the seasoning very well.
Seafood lovers would also enjoy the salt and pepper prawns. 
 The dessert section would be one of the things that the Sunday Lunch Buffet could be commended on. Different pastries, fruits, ice cream, and even bread pudding lined up one whole wall of the room. You can even make your own mixed dessert by adding different toppings while having a feast of traditional Filipino sticky rice on one side while short cakes on the other.




Granted that there is always room for improvement, the Sunday Lunch Buffet at NOSTALGIA is a nice way to keep it simple. Dishes may not be as many as other buffet places but the ambiance and the service makes up for it.


NOSTALGIA
Oakwood Premier Manila
17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, 
Metro Manila

Protip: Remember to have your parking validated.
They only shoulder 2 hours of your stay so budget your time wisely.


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Friday, August 18, 2017
ADDICTION AQUATIC DEVELOPMENT: Taipei's Answer To Seafood Cravings

"Take your pick". Those were the words that came out of my mouth when my brother and I arrived inside the huge supermarket like establishment, THE ADDICTION AQUATIC DEVELOPMENT. What used to be a wet market, it was transformed into a super store slash restaurant cove slash a foodie destination in Taipei.  
There's a sense of panic once you enter the place. Different items on display with lots to choose from. There's basically a path that they want you to follow just so as to maximize the visibility of everything that they offer. As you enter, there are fish cages and pools of water that houses the different crabs, fishes, and other sea creatures. Known as the Aquamarine area, you could have these babies cooked as well.
Then the COOKED GOURMET AREA is where you will find sushis, sashimis, and a whole lot more. There's even a sushi bar that could cater to you if you wish to order certain dishes right there and then. Take note though, it might take a while for you to get it as this is a favorite spot in the area. Aside from these, they have an oyster bar, grilled dishes and other cooked items that you may want to partake off.
Personally, we just went crazy and grabbed whatever we want. The first being would be this Chirashi. Topped with sweet and fresh shrimps, each piece is fresh and delicious.
Of course, we also had some slices of salmon. You won't go wrong with this.
My brother went for the mackarel just because he wanted to try it out.
Because rice is life, I had this bento-ish like mix of salmon, maki, and even tamago. The eggs though were just phenomenal.
We were actually contemplating on going for more but we both knew we already over ordered. So for our last pick, we went for creamy baked oysters. Darn good and worth it.
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Going to ADDICTION AQUATIC DEVELOPMENT might be a bit of a problem if you don't have your own car. I would suggest stopping over the nearest train station and just take a taxi going there. The walk might be a bit far as my brother and I took more than 20 minutes just to get there.


RELATED LINKS:
THINGS TO DO IN TAIWAN: Back for a Second Time
TAIPEI M HOTEL and DIARY OF TAIPEI: Where to Stay in Taiwan
TOURING TAIWAN: Where Else To Go?

ADDICTION AQUATIC DEVELOPMENT
No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491

PRO TIP#1: Have someone get a table for you when you guys are already lining up to pay for the food. The tables and chairs and benches are all outside. 

PRO TIP#2: Take the Train to Xingtian Temple Station then take a cab going there. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
MIREIO: TO HAVE LUNCH AT RAFFLES HOTEL MAKATI

To have lunch. A simple phrase that let's you think about what happened just after breakfast and what's next up until dinner. It's simple as having a break. You realize how hectic it was and yet you still need something to keep you going. At MIREIO, it might seem a bit too much just for a quick lunch, but it does take your mind away from all the things you have to do even just for a while.
Mireio replenishes your body and energy. It let's you take a breather and freezes time. It's that kind of a restaurant. Yes, you could still talk business here but the view and the vibe spells relax.
No need to worry about choices. They have a MENU DEJEUNER that gives guests options to enjoy a 3 course or a 2 course meal. Pegged at 1,100++ or 988 ++ Php respectively, you could have dessert as well.
Appetizers are curated to give you something light. It could be a cherry tomato compote tart with clams and snails inside or even a Tuna carpaccio with peas to keep it together.
 Chicken Liver mousse might also do the trick if you're into that sort of thing.
Although not part of the LUNCH SET MENU, the tartare is fresh, seasoned correctly, and devilish done. This might be a great alternative just in case the appetizers aren't to your liking.
Going back, the main courses are treated in a way to give you fresh and straight to the point flavors.
For something healthy, the baby squid with creamy polenta could give you that boost. No need to worry as the ingredients are given the respect it deserves. The squid is not the rubbery version you might expect from other restaurants rather it gives off a bite. This shows off the skill and the quality of the cooking.
On the other hand, if you want something hefty, the BEEF TONGUE with mushroom sauce or the SIRLOIN might make you one happy camper. It actually surprised me to see such a huge cut of meat to be included in the lunch set at MIREIO. It's quite flavorful and it's high quality meat. No worries there.
One can't really end a meal without dessert. It's usually a toss up between a CATALANE CREAM with berries on top or a freshly baked Tart.



MIREIO
9th Floor of RAFFLES MAKATI
Makati Avenue, Makati City,
Metro Manila 

RELATED LINKS:

MIREIO WEEKEND BRUNCH
MIREIO CLASSIC TAKE ON FRENCH CUISINE
MIREIO TERRACE: SUNSETS and DRINKS
Rain or Shine at Long Bar in Raffles Makati
Mireio: More than just French Cuisine.
TAPAS at FAIRMONT LOUNGE
Raffles: Afternoon Tea
Raffles and Fairmont: Happy Hour and Oysters
Spectrum Sunday Seafood Brunch
Spectrum Sunday Brunch at The Ranch








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Monday, August 14, 2017
ARUGA CAFE BY MESCLUN: Your Quiet Spot in Rockwell

 Rockwell seems to be a bit crowded nowadays when it comes to dining. It tends to be difficult to look for a spot that you could take your time and enjoy your meal. At ARUGA CAFE BY MESCLUN, you could stay away from the crowd and still feel at ease with your companions while having a hearty breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner.
 Located on the ground floor of ARUGA BY ROCKWELL and just across Rockwell Mall, this small cafe-ish like restaurant has the perfect amenities you and your friends might want. Good food, relaxed ambiance, and a small private room perfect for your needs.
 When visiting for a snack, you and friends would definitely enjoy the MUSHROOM and SPINACH EMPANADITAS. These babies are filled with a mushroom and spinach concoction and a hint of truffle and cream. Each piece would stimulate your taste buds to ordering more.
Another must try small dish would be the BUFFALO BALLS. Avoiding all the fuss of removing the bones, this dish would be just right for getting all the good stuff without the mess. The flavors are all present and it goes well with the blue cheese sauce.
IF something light and healthy is desired, the GOAT CHEESE SALAD might help you. Arugula would be the base alongside the walnuts and cherry tomatoes. A basil vinaigrette is used to put everything together.
 Afternoon snacks are just as important as everything else. At ARUGA CAFE BY MESCLUN, they can offer a variety of flatbreads and sandwiches as well.
 A mix of sweet and salty, the SHRIMPS and ANCHOVIES flatbread would be best for sharing. The CLUB HOUSE though is another dish for someone with a big appetite.
 Pasta wise, you can't go wrong with the black spaghettini. With squid ink being the main ingredient, you get to taste the sea with each bite. Just don't forget to wipe your lips after.

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 But if a whole meal is a must, the FRENCH ONION SOUP with be the soup to go to first. Caramelized onions and melted cheese layer on top, you get a gooey and sweet flavor with every mouthful.
 Two highly recommended main dish would be the GUAVA PORK ADOBO and the CHICKEN TIKKA. A favorite among guests, the use of the guava on the adobo gave it a spark. The flavor stood out, though, I would have wanted the meat to be more tender. On the other hand, I have no qualms with the CHICKEN TIKKA. The chicken meat has absorbed all the right seasoning. Partnered with the fresh yogurt and papadum, it's like having Indian flavors play in the mouth.
 If you're into something heavy, the steak would be a wise choice. Cooked to your preference, you have a pinkish center. Accompanied by a mushy mashed potato, this meat just makes everything work.
Originally located in LINDEN SUITES, MESCLUN is now handling ARUGA CAFE. Old and new dishes have been placed into the menu to entice patrons to come on over and have fun.

ARUGA CAFE BY MESCLUN
Ground Floor of Aruga By Rockwell
Waterfront Drive, Rockwell, Makati City,
Metro Manila

Parking is available but somewhat complex.
One would need to get a gate pass from the guard manning the main entrance to the lobby of the hotel.
The Main elevated drive entrance is on the side near Dean and Deluca.
From there, you will be able to use the parking slots reserved for ARUGA BY ROCKWELL
in basement 1 by entering the other side of the complex near Single Origin.
Flat rate of 50Php to be settled at the front desk.
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