The tip title says it all. If you crave for ice cream, get here. Buffet goes for ~P300 per person. Toppings are granolas, cookie chips, chocolate chips, bananas, cereals and a lot more.
Favorite Dish: I love them all.
Food: Fried seasoned (salt/pepper) slices of supposedly lean beef. Garlic mushrooms. Garlic fried rice. Pork with tofu.
Ambience: Benches. Very informal. Lots of noisy customers during the wee hours of the night. You'll see people wearing formal attire, office wear or street wear in this restaurant. Strange, hookers also seem to fancy this restaurant with their pimps.
They accept CC. Delivery is very unreliable.
Am not much of a meat person so I stick to the mushrooms. I posted this so people in Manila are given options whenever the hunger pangs strike.
I find the servings just right but some might consider them kinda measly.
Favorite Dish: Garlic mushrooms swimming in animal fat...Yawsa!
UCC Coffee is a Leading Japanese Coffeehouse that expanded into Asia. It originated in the Wagyu Beef heartland of Hyogo prefecture in the town of Kobe in 1933. from there they expended and now has branches throughout asia. They are also known for their combination fruit smoothies and what else but japanese dish and sweets as accompaniment to their coffee.
Their Coffee is strong but very aromatic and with a bitter aftertaste since they grow different types of arabica coffee in japan.
Favorite Dish: besides the iced coffee which is 130 pesos an order and brewed iced tea at again 130 pesos , the kiwi-strawberry and the strawberry-kiwi-mango smoothie at 150 pesos an order, they are really flavorful and zesty. they have the japanese style penne pasta which costs about 380 pesos and banana dessert that i could not recall the name.
pls see pictures below
Foods are amazing. Charoal grill is the best. Imagine your your Filet mignon and Ribeye being cook on charcoal with premum margarita... yummy... Very good service. A restaurant where you can stay forever. Staff are great. Good place to have a party as well...
Favorite Dish: Ribeye and Filet Mignon. Grilled in charcoal
Filipino Food with Japanese and Asian Fusion.
Travel Cafe is a Japanese Company specialising in coffee shops cum bistros in Japan and in 2005, the owners offered the Philippine tourism officials a travel cafe site to promote philippine products and food in the tokyo area and the rest, like they say is history! due to the popularity of the cafe, they decided to open one here in makati city to offer the best of filipino fusion cuisine with a japanese and asian twist. The place is gaining in populairty in the Greenbelt 5 area and is full of tourists (albeit more korean than japanese).
opens: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday
Favorite Dish: the place has filipino dishes like the crispy squid, crispy ukoy, mackerel ceviche (kinilaw), to the ubiquitous Pandesal (bread of salt in Spanish) paired with Filipino favorites like Menudo, Adobo, Longganisa; to the customary Lumpia or Philippine Spring Roll, tweaked with japanese and asian taste and the menus cost about 250 to 450 pesos an order. the desserts are Fruit Suman Sushi (see my pictures) , Filipino Triolet (a set of three traditional Filipino desserts: Philippine custard [leche flan], banana and jackfruit spring roll [turon], and sweet sticky rice [suman]) see my pictures and Nangka Cream Cake. the prices of the desserts starts at 150 to 250 pesos an order.
the piece d' resistance here is what else but philippine coffees! from the Liberica Beans Kape Barako, Mount Matutum Arabica Coffee, Cordillera Organic Arabica Coffee and the Most expensive Civet Cat Coffee or Coffee Alamid!
A cup of the first three cost 80 pesos while alamid coffee costs 250 pesos!
Japanese Fusion Restaurant
this fusion Resto is again co-owned by philippine actor Marvin Agustin and the menu is very similar to their other Japanese Fusion Joint in Rockwell, the Sumo Sam. Since it is well known as co- owned by the actor, many yuppies and middle class people from makati and the nearby areas eat the fusion cuisine here and it is noticeably the most packed among the restaurants in the Greenbelt 5 area. The menu is almost identical to sumo sam but with some subtle differences.
Favorite Dish: first of all, as everyone knows, I'm a meat man and hence I would only order the best and that being the Wagyu Beef Teriyaki Set and Wagyu Fried Rice (their wagyu comes from australia hence it is way cheaper than the authentic hyogo prefecture wagyu beef of Japan) and the set costs 900 pesos and the taste is heavenly! (with a price to match too hehehe). Also ordered the ebi tempura at 5 pieces of tigerprawns at 350 pesos an order (well I'm a glutton too!) for dessert, they have japanese style cheesecakes at 140 pesos an order and bottomless iced teas at 88 pesos an order (comes in three flavors, red being Kalamansi flavor (philippine lime) and green being pomelo flavor (grapefruit) and blue being dalandan flavor (philippine breadfruit).
Pan Asian Fusion Cuisine is starting to hit the philippines by storm and one of the innovators are the owner's of Wild Ginger Restaurant wherein they combined and mixed the various cuisines of the Spice Islands (what the europeans call southeast asia during the medieval times) and their main motif in this Pan Asian Fusion Cuisine is to add wild blue ginger (also known as galanggal, a famous and aromatic member of the ginger family and is mostly associated with thai and vietnamese cooking). Here they add literally some spice to the traditional foods of South East Asia (Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc) and make it more palatable!
Favorite Dish: their souped up versions of Pad Thai (200 pesos), Indonesian beef rendang (spicy beef stew), the fish head curry of singapore (at 220 pesos) and the souped up version of the Filipino oxtail Soup (kare-kare at 250 pesos), they are absolutely deelicous and plus the assorted samosas (malaysian dumplings) at 30 pesos each. the meals here cost less than 300 pesos so it is really friendly on the budget. They also have desserts like carrot cakes and others.
I just wanna say I love the service here...you have a choice whether to dine al fresco or eat inside...Hmmm, you can really feel the Middle Eastern Atmosphere. =)
I've always thought they are more expensive than others, but maybe it depends on what you order. Our bill this afternoon wasn't bad at all! =)
OK, OK... the prices are sort of...kind of steep for the average Filipino, but once in a while...
Favorite Dish: They have a wide variety of "choices"
The kebabs! Yum!
A Different kind of Burger. The traditional American Hamburger tweaked into Japanese style Burgers and even rice burgers. The Place is owned by a Japanese expatriate named Mr. Kobayashi who opened this joint in 2005. The Ambiance inside is like going into an anime stall with LCD tv playing Japanese Anime's and lots of Anime Books that you can read for free. Apparently lots of Japanese expatriates frequent the place too. Dining here is an experience.
Hours: 9:00 AM-11:00 PM everday
Favorite Dish: Chicken Teriyaki Burger with tartar sauce, chicken strips marinated in light sweet soy sauce and mixed with tartar sauce, very yummy at 111 pesos an order! Beef Yakiniku Rice Burger, another winner at 109 pesos an order (rice being the patty is different! like making the viand into a sushi roll) Double Master Burger w/ cheese is another favorite at 158 pesos an order (it is 2 beef marinated patties with the patented sango sweet sauce). we also had the maccha azuki (green tea with japanese beans) which was very refreshing at 75 pesos an order.
This Thai noodle house/streetfood sidewalk stall near Rockwell Center is a favorite of the Yuppie Lunch Crowd, expatriates, Koreans living in nearby Korea Town and business executives. Owned by an authentic Thai Chef from Thailand, Parinya Pattamadilok who was a former royal cook in thailand and became the chief cook of the defunct Sukhotai Restaurant in Glorietta. This hole in the wall whips up authentic thai cuisine (albeit less on the spicy side, you can add chilis to spice up the food, which is provided in every table) and thai streetfare at street prices! who cares about ambiance if the food is very good and the prices rock bottom!
Favorite Dish: The Pad Thai! you can choose what the sidings to go to this national thai dish (one order is 120 pesos for beef or pork or chicken or 150 for shrimp) and is good for three persons. The Spring Rolls, thai style with sweet chili sauce (home made) at 84 pesos and order (it has nine big pieces) and the thai fried rice again at 120-150 pesos (120 for beef, chicken of pork and 150 for shrimp) again good for three persons. You can also have tom yam gum again at 150 pesos and the thai iced tea (cha takrai) at 40 pesos an order, a real treat!
It's a pity that I have never come across their branch at Hong Kong because we had a wonderful experience at this Greenbelt 2 branch.
They have good service. Well, not the best service, but they did serve us well and we'll be back for sure.
We tried their lunch specials for only 298 Pesos per head ++ (available from 11am-3:00pm)
Yes, it may be less than 10 US dollars, but it's not actually an average Filipino's daily lunch...At any rate, it's worth it.
On Wednesdays they have a Ladies Night (Free drinks). The party starts at 10PM for ages 21 and over.
They also have a daily happy hour (actually, happy FOUR hours) from 4PM to 8PM daily...40 Pesos on selected drinks and 20% off on other alcoholic beverages.
They have an early dinner special at only PhP338.00 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Favorite Dish: I'll tell you about it after we try their a la carte =)
A Fusion of New World and Filipino Cuisines. This Casual Dining Restaurant offers new renditions of famous foods by their chefs for a different twist like the quattro formaggi pizza which has kesong puti (carabao cheese) and alla carbonara which has a very creamy bechamel sauce. Their Chef, Pat was named one of the 5 innovative chefs in 2000 by a popular newspaper.
Su: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
M, T, W, Th: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
F: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sa: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Favorite Dish: Off course the the Quattro Formaggi Thin Crust Pizza since it has Kesong Puti ( 350 pesos an order). The Alla Carbonara (Obviously) at 280 Pesos an order, A Pitcher of their own Ice Tea Brew (180 Pesos, good for 5 glasses), the DESSERTS! their Gelato Ice Cream are sumptious and costs 150 pesos a cup also the Banoffee Cake which is different from the original famous british invention (much sweeter) at 140 pesos an order. Don't forget the Buko-Pandan Panna Cotta (Italian Style Leche Flan) at 120 pesos an order!
We first visited this Ristorante Italiano a couple of years back and was very impressed. It's a little expensive for the ordinary Filipino employee, but quite reasonable for tourists. Coming to think of it, they have big servings good enough to share, so there is real value for money.
Capricciosa is a restaurant that is clean, welcoming and has great food. The service is great too. The staff is very polite and accommodating.
Favorite Dish: The pizza, pasta, dessert, the soup...
Is it OK if I say everything?
Was A Classic Quick Service Joint in the 1960's to 90's that went under but since 2005 has reopened with it's timeless cuisines and slowly but surely is getting to be popular and sought after as a quick service place again.
Favorite Dish: the Timeless roastbeef at 210 pesos and order. the mouthwatering chicken galantina at 170 pesos an order, the roast beef spaghetti at 175 pesos an order, the Macau Sausage at 120 pesos an order, the humoungous beef hamburger which was more famous than jolibbee in the early 80's at 120 pesos an order and a lot more!
Filipinos are famous for their own style of spaghetti. The kind you get served at every kids party is usually overcooked and swimming in sweet tomato sauce and slices of bright red hot dogs. If you want something less local and truly Italian check out CIBO now opened with a new location in Greenbelt 5 in Makati.
I had lunch with another foreigner who had lived in Italy. I have eaten miles of pasta and mountains of pizza in Italy myself and we both gave CIBO the thumbs up.
After a quick round of mango bellinis we shared a pizza Caviale Salmone for our antipasti. Mozzarella, lumpfish caviar, smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives covered the thin oval crust. Plenty to share for two hungry eaters. They do not have a wood burning oven but the taste was still rewarding at just 325 pesos.
For our pasta course we had lots of choices to choose from. Try their spaghettini al tris di fromaggio at only 158 pesos. Butter, fontina, goat cheese and parmesan laced with cream and truffle paste should satisfy any hungry mama’s boy. The pasta was homemade and perfectly cooked.
We lingered too long over our food and did not try one of their traditional deserts but now I have a reason to return. And I will.
Favorite Dish: I have not tried so many dishes on the menu...yet. Their pastas are home made and the Spaghettini al tris di fromaggio I had with 4 kinds of cheese, truffle paste and cream left me licking my spoon over and over.