this will be a two part tip with more pictures
the spanking new fairmont and raffles hotel in makati city had a soft opening in december 2012 and the star attraction of the two in one hotel is their cobmined luxew buffet restaurant called Spectrum.
They have several cooking stations for assorted cuisines like an asian station with dimsum and stir fried counters, a bakery section with assorted fresh breads like croissants or danish rolls and more plus a real beehive and honey. a philippine roast pig (lechon) carving station, a seafood station and more, plus a separate champagne station of you are partaking of the champagne lunch or dinner buffet.
Price of a regular breakfast buffet is 1400 pesos, a regular lunch or dinner buffet at 1,800 pesos and a chamgpagne lunch or dinner buffet at 4,500 pesos.
according to their website:
Modern surroundings and clean design have been combined to create a harmonious dining experience.
Introducing an innovative dining concept of "Simply Life", this all-day-dining restaurant brings to you an array of cuisine from China, Middle East, India, Europe and local dishes from Philippines. Cooked to perfection with the finest ingredients using simple and healthy cooking styles, indulge in the concept through an interactive culinary theatre. Exquisite flavours can be paired with an exclusive selection of fine wines from our restaurant sommelier’s cellar.
Favorite Dish: the assorted stations offer such a huge variety of choices but my favorite will be the carving station where you can have USDA Prime rib eyr steaks and other cuts and roast pork ribs and turkey and more plus the free flowing luxe maison veuve cligout chamgpagne.
Breakfast 6:30am – 10:30am Monday to Friday; 6:30am – 11:00am Weekends and Holidays
Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm daily
Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm daily
finally, a garlic inspired restaurant is now available in the philippines and this is operated by the bistro restaurant group of which it has two banches, one at greenbelt and one at resortsworld in Pasay City. This joint is owned by the owners of the bistro group, who also brought the famous international franchises of TGI Friday's, Italliani's and fish & co.
Favorite Dish: they have a wide variety of selections and the servings are moderate.
Hours M, T, W, Th, F, Sa, Su: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Marciano's (named after Rocky Marciano) is owned by young matinee idol, Marvin Agustin (and partners), under his company: SumosamFoods, Inc. It is the brother company of SumoSam, Cafe Tentitas (I have a review about this place at my Cubao page/s), John & Yoko and Smairu.
At first glance, the place looks a little bit dark for a lunch crowd, but once you get it, you would feel the warmth of most of the service crew.
You would get to meet "Donnie Brasco and other famous (& infamous) peoplel" through their menu. Ahhhhh...and I found it amusing that their service crew were "named" after famous New Yorkers.
It was our first time there last September and our 2nd time today (November 5, 2008). There were some kinks, but we will be back for sure to try the other delectable dishes.
They have big servings and some of their meals are good for four (4)....palatable and pleasing to the eyes.
Their prices are reasonable and major credit cards are accepted.
Favorite Dish: What we've tried so far...
Coppola Potato Jackets
Pan-seared Tuna Spaghetti (Serendipity)
Lemon/Herb Roast Chicken embedded in mashed potato
Potato Pockets with Artichoke and Spinach Cream
Homemade open apple pie a la mode
plus the juices/shakes
Our First Visit (Click to view Online Photo Album)
Our Second Visit (Click to view Online Photo Album)
WATAMI is a famous restaurant chain all over the world, but I didn't have an idea that it now has two branches in Metro Manila. The first one is at the Mall of Asia above TGI Fridays and the second one is at The New Glorietta Mall, beside Holiday Inn and very near Raffles' Fairmont Hotel.
I "discovered" the second branch because lately, I've been addicted to FOODSPOTTING. One of the people I've been following posted super duper appetizing pictures.
This made me curious. I love Japanese cuisine so I definitely had to try this place the soonest.
Since it was our first time to go to The New Glorietta Mall, we made a mistake by passing through Dusit Thani instead of the street parallel to it. We were "forced" to go down in front of SM, making two senior citizens walk a long way.
It's a good thing that they enjoyed their walk and was fascinated with the new interior of the mall.
We exited near Fairmont and walked past Holiday Inn. Upon arriving to WATAMI Japanese Casual Restaurant, we were greeted by Chin with such warmth that made my dad forget I let him walk "far".
The place has nice feel to it and we were led to our "booth" and was served by Aeza who was very, very efficient.
The manager, Angeline Yu, checked up on us and made sure we were comfortable.
The place had mixed reviews at FourSquare, so I had my qualms too, but we were served well.
We also loved the food and the refreshing Big Drinks.
Do we have favorites?
None yet, but we shall return.
These are the food and drinks that we tried:
1. Big Drinks: Passion Fruit Tea and Kiwi with Agar
2. Scallop Sushi
3. Watami Ramen
4. Soba with Mixed Tempura
5. Beef and Kimchi Rice in a stone pot.
Watami: Where "harmonious people" meet ;-)
They accept cash and major credit cards.
This is a place that we know is just there inside a 5-star hotel that is within the premises of a very popular mall in the city. The last time I've been inside that hotel was during a business meeting when it was under its old management and was still called OAKWOOD. it has been a while. We already have a different president and different heads-of-state.
My relative from the USA resided in Ascott for a while and he was able to dine at Cafe on the 6th. He was raving about it. "Great ambience!" "Great food!" "Wonderful service!" et cetera, et cetera. Still, we waited for several months.
Last Saturday we wanted to try "something new" and I don't know what came over me that I requested my folks to try Cafe on the 6th.
Wow, we love the feel of the place. It was very welcoming even if the place is fit for a king.
Thai Beef Curry The meet is very tender. OK, unlike Wagyu that melts in my mouth, this one doesn't,, but its tenderness is just right.
Half rack of Baby Back RibsThis one is very, very yummy and tender. :)
6 TapasGreat combination!
Spaghetti VongoleNot too oily and tastes wonderful.
Their freshly brewed aromatic coffee
lad and Artisan Cheese Board with fruits and nuts(refer to picture) :-)
They accept cash and major credit cards
M, T, W, Th, F, Sa, Su: 6:00am - 10:30pm
Finally, Yomenya Goemon, one of the most beloved Japanese Spaghetti and Handmade Pizza chains, is finally here. They are located at the 2nd floor, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. :)
After being disappointed with a resto with almost the same theme(no, I haven't made a review of it here because I want to give the place another chance), I was kind of antsy, but curiosity won over my apprehension.
Someone mentioned the Goemon and that it was going to take the place of Fish and Co(it turned out it was where one of my favorite restos, Big Buddha, was located before), what I didn't know was that it was Yomenya Goemon. That made a big difference.
This restaurant chain is a very popular one in Singapore, Japan, and Shanghai. There may be restaurants like them, even here, but they have things that are uniquely theirs. The spaghetti's bite is perfect, the sauces are awesome, the crust of pizzas could stand alone, but the flavors make them more wonderful.
HOW DO I DESCRIBE THE PLACE?
From the outside looking in you will see people seriously eating their food. No one was putting guns over their head for them to like what they were eating. They were savoring the pasta, the sauces, and the pizza with gusto.
Also from the outside, you would see pizza being made. It is a pretty sight.
Before you enter, you would be welcomed by pretty faces and the first thing you would notice is the kitchen.
I think I've mentioned this before. Kitchens where you can what's happening is a big plus. There is less, if not none at all, hanky-panky happening when that's the case.
The tables are well spaced. Not too cramped, but not too "snobbish" either.
Now what do I mean by that?
It just means that even if there's enough elbow room, there's no space wasted. You have your privacy, but the "neighbors" are still close enough.
WHO BROUGHT YOMENYA GOEMON(YG) TO THE PHILIPPINES?
Richie S. Yang could probably just live off his inheritance, after all, he's George T. Yang's(the man behind Mc Donald's in the Philippines) son. Yes, he could've just acted like a spoiled brat, but like his father and the rest of his closely-knit family, he is a very hardworking person.
Not everything he ventured on was successful, but that did not make him stop and stare at ceilings. He moved on and focused on his other ventures that are quite successful.
Some of his successful businesses are:
One of my favorite restaurant chains, Super Bowl of China(I think I wrote about one branch, in Gateway, Cubao), Chili's, and Big Buddha.
I love Big Buddha and I was a tad disappointed that YG was going to take its place. Since its theme is similar to Super Bowl of China and there was a branch in Glorietta 4, they decided to let the Big Buddha go or maybe take a rest to make way for YG.
The first Philippine branch is now in a prime location. If you park at the Greenbelt 2 parking area on the second level, look for the Greenbelt 3 entrance, and it's the first thing you would see. If you would come from the other side, it's beside Red Crab.
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
MODE OF PAYMENT:
Cash, Visa, and Mastercard
Other pictures can be found here. ☺☺☺☺☺☺
These are some of the names of the very nice servers:
2. Mary Joy
The managers are also very helpful.
So far, my favorite is the Wafu Salad. Made with Japanese dressing, it is simply delicious!
Next on my list is the Pizza Porcini with bacon and three mushrooms. ♡♡♡ I love, love, love this one! ☺
Then it's the Spaghetti Margherita. The aroma of this dish is divine and it tastes good.
Wow, I love the Spaghetti Minestrone and the Spaghetti Pork Longganisa is to die for! (No pun intended) :)
The desserts are good and nice to look at. ☺
Tip: If you have allergies, drink your meds before going because you need to try them all! :-)
Try the SET MEALS. They are very, very reasonable. Cheers!
The spaghetti may not be hand made like the pizza, but, according to Chef Adrian Yeo, the AGM of Singapore, it's made of BARILLA NUMBER FIVE(5) that's why it has the perfect bite. ♡♡♡
It's not my first time to eat at Krazy Garlik, but I haven't written about my wonderful experiences yet. I love garlic, but honestly, never imagined that I would eat garlic with my desserts.
It's not called KRAZY GARLIK for nothing. From the appetizers to the desserts, everything's just...how do I describe it? Very daresome!
Life is full of risks and I'm glad that they took the risk on this resto "project".
Every dish is exciting and if you're a tad adventurous like me, come on and try their wonderful selections.
MODE OF PAYMENT:
Cash and Major Credit Cards
M, T, W, Th, F, Sa, Su: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Creamy Garlic Fondue
Spinach and Cream Samosas
Calamari Aioli $b
Lobster Tails Au Saffron Risotto
Sweet Sour Calamari
These starters and main courses are how you love them "traditionally", but leveled up. ;)
Why do I love them? These desserts are like zip lines and sky dives...you would never know how exciting and wonderful they are until you try them yourself.
I love M Cafe. Whether we go there on a regular day to order a la carte dishes or try the Jazz Brunch Buffets on Sundays, we enjoy our visits.
There was a time I didn't want to enter this place because it was lambasted by some people because, according to them, they weren't served well,.
So far, we never had bad experiences in this Cafe.
I've enjoyed cake and coffee with friends, lunches and brunches with my family, business dinners, et cetera.
Favorite Dish: Duck wrapped and rolled with Hoisin Sauce and sesame seeds with colorful garlic crackers is very pleasing to the eyes and tastes good too!
The smorgasbord during Sundays (with live music)---Some called the food here weird. I don't know with them, but I love the selections, most especially the Bleu Cheese Pasta!
The Blue Finland Mussels are big and very, very delicious.
The Thai Fish Cakes in pandan ribbon are very, very tasty.
The Guava Ice Tea is very, very refreshing.
It's a beautiful cozy place at the left side of the lobby where you can hang out with your friends for a night cap or enjoy delicious snacks.
They have savory snacks and Afternoon Delights(sweets, coffee, high tea)
The servers are very, very gracious.
Major credit cards are accepted.
They are open from seven in the morning to two in the morning the following day.
Favorite Dish: They have very refreshing mocktails and they have good coffee too.
I love the mushrooms infused in white wine, the breaded cream dory, the quesadilla, and the salpicao.
Zuni is a cozy restaurant bar near the Greenbelt Chapel (Sto. Niño de Paz Chapel).
The Restobar is named after a Native American tribe, one of the Pueblo peoples, most of whom live in the Pueblo of Zuni on the Zuni River, who are known for their unique culture and cuisine.
Nand Prasad conceptualized the theme of the restaurant and Chef Ding Lazona is one of the best culinary artists in town.
The service may not be excellent, but it is GOOD!
How does the food taste? Is the Zuni mark "emblazoned" in the plating?
The food is good and for someone who loves to travel and reads a lot, I must say, "It must be authentic!"
Open from 11:00 am to 1:00 am, Monday to Sunday
Accepts major credit cards
The Duck Confit in Raspberry sauce looks appetizing and tastes great!
The oysters melt in your mouth.
The DESSERT SAMPLER PLATTER is pleasing to the eyes and all of the samples are a very, very delicious.
When I was younger I was afraid to try Indian Cuisine, but now, it's one of my favorites.
Whether vegetarian or with any type of meat, especially fish, I love Indian food.
One of our favorite Indian Restaurants is Bollywood and since the restaurant is named Bollywood, its atmosphere is like that of a cinema lot. There are flappers, et cetera, that would make you feel like a star.
Some say the look is not authentic Indian, but they never claimed that.
Still, the interior decoration would remind you that it is an Indian restaurant.
The food and the service is good.
I love watching the movies too.
If you're lucky, you would get to watch a whole movie while finishing your set meals or your a la carte orders.
Sometimes, you would want to dance along with the stars of the movie, but do stop yourself. Others would still want to eat in peace.
Favorite Dish: Aloo Chaat
Potato salad with mustard tossed with tamarind or mint chutney (I always choose the tamarind chutney with this)
Tandoori Paneer with Mesclun Salad
Greens topped with cashews, garlic and paneer with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette-This is similar the Western Salads, but with an Indian twist
Cottage cheese and green peas cooked in tomato, butter, cream and spiced sauce---I super duper love this, just because!!!
Mushroom Peas Masala
A combination of young mushroom and peas cooked in hot spicy sauce
Indian ice cream in your choice of flavor-pista, almond and mango 3 3 3 (my favorite is pista)
Pannacotta with fresh mango and rose water (nice to look at and very, very delicious)
Indian halo-halo of string gelatin, nuts, flavored, cardamom and rose syrup
They have lunch specials that are very, very affordable. Prices depend on the season.
This place is almost never empty. The servers are very nice and when RJ was alive, they treated him like a king.
People return because of the service and the very affordable yummy food.
If you are looking for a romantic setting to propose to your partner, this is isn't it. Yet, it is clean and if you would observe, without staring of course, the other customers are happy eaters.
This particular branch used to be in Glorietta 1, near the cinemas. They had a Delano Cafe that catered to the "fusion" crowd.
When they were about to transfer to this branch, they had separation anxiety, but I guess, it was just the fear of the unknown.
Their current location is great. It is facing LandMark, so foot traffic is good.
There are off days too, but let's not talk about that, because the good days overpower it.
Favorite Dish: Every dish is sheer delight, but what we normally order are:
1. The Salted Fish Fried Rice
2. The Steamed Fish Fillet
3. The Oyster Cake and I believe this is one of the best Oyster Cakes in town. They serve it with ketchup, but I believe that we don't need to add some. It's tasty on its own.
4. The Vegetable Fried Noodles
5. Their Kua Pao
A few years ago, when the Ocampos (experts in fashion) put this place up at Greenbelt 1 (they are now at Greenbelt 3), there was much hype. They had good presentations/plating, but the food was blah...now, they have improved through the years.
This is the place when I met THE Jumping Norman in person and some other VT mates, like Norman, are like family now.
Some of us VT March girls celebrated our birthdays here and we had so much fun.
When RJ was alive, we have been here several times and enjoyed every minute.
Besides the food, RJ loved the grape juice because it was deliciously refreshing.
What about the service?
They are not greatest in service, but they are not terrible either.
Cash and major credit cards are accepted.
M, T, W, Th, Su: 10:00am - 10:00pm
F, Sa: 10:00am - 12:00mn
Huge Peak (a platter of seared tuna, buffalo wings, mesclun salad, cheese triangles)
Swirl Around (pumpkin soup with cream on top and mixed seafood)
Crowned King Pasta
White Bay Pasta
Sourbill (duck, adobo style)
Words cannot describe why I love the dishes I listed above. They are simply delicious and pleasing to the eyes.
Swagat means "Welcome" in Hindi. I gather that it means that everyone from all walks of life and who adheres to any kind of creed or religion is welcome to taste their food.
Many people, including one whom I consider a real sister, were raving about it. The others told me about it because they know that I churn ice cream and have been trying to try to make kulfi. Kulfi is like western ice cream, but it has a certain ingredient that doesn't make it melt immediately.
The Kulfi that they serve here in Swagat is one of the best tasting Kulfi in the...well, at the very least, in Metro Manila. :)
I was kind of imagining a swanky place, but was "shocked" to find a simple eatery. Don't let it fool you. The food is great.
You can even choose if you want your food mild, spicy, or hot.
During weekdays the place is jampacked because it is a favorite lunch spot of people who work nearby.
Favorite Dish: Kulfi! :) This is something you must really, really try. It's looks like an ordinary ice cream, but tastes like something out of the ordinary. Swaadisht! (Super delicious!)
The fish dishes are mouthwatering and judging from my brother who ate the chicken with gusto, I can say that their chicken dishes are good too.
They also have vegetarian dishes and they are very, very delicious.
People have different opinions about the Red Crab group, but they are like family to me.
When my brother was alive, we frequented The Seafood Island, Red Crab Alimango House, Claw Daddy, New Orleans and when it didn't fold yet, our ultimate favorite was Fish out of Water.
My brother, an autistic savant, was treated well, and not like someone with a communicable disease. If my brother was ignored, I would never ever go back to that place again.
Some say it's better to order ala carte than try their buffet, but the times I dined there and tried their buffets, I enjoyed them.
When you're not satisfied with their selections or service, you just approach them quietly, and they would listen to you. They will try to improve their service and make it up to you...just don't abuse them, OK?
This branch is found at the second floor of Greenbelt 3 and is very easy to find because it's near the elevator and the escalators. :)
M, T, W, Th, F, Sa, Su: 11:00am - 11:00pm
All major credit cards are accepted.
The Crab Sinigang sa gabi at kamias
Of course, try their specialy: The BIG LARGE RED CRABS ;)
They do have buffets, but you can order ala carte