MilkyWay has been existing since the 1950's (as an ice cream parlor), but their current setup was from the 1960's, but was modernized in the year 2002. They still have their original cooks and have kept the taste and made them available to grocery shoppers. They have a deli where they showcase different local meals and other delectable delights.
What I like about MilkyWay is that at least one of the owners stay or check on their guests from time to time. It gives the place a personal touch. No wonder that even if Greenbelt is just nearby, "she" still has a lot of LOYAL clients. I'm sure "she'll" have more once the condominiums are fully constructed and ready for occupancy.
They also have function rooms for parties and internationally trained chefs (besides the original cooks, that is).
Service is great!
(major credit cards are accepted)
Favorite Dish: Try everything from the Local delicacies (the owners are from Pampanga, and most of the Philippines' greatest chefs hail from their) to their international cuisine...they make good desserts and wow, their beverages are to die for!
They have great packaging so you can take home their "home cooked" meals. =)
Max Brenner is a worldwide phenomenon, so when he invaded our country, I wanted "him" to conquer me. Hahahaha.
I remember my first time so well...I went there purposely lowering my blood sugar just to indulge...I didn't regret it! I love it.
I went to a similar place in Eastwood, but Max Brenner is the tops!
They moved from Greenbelt 3 to
Ground Floor Strip, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center
Phone number: +63929 486-0234
Mon - Thurs - 12:00am - 12:00 (Midnight)
Fri - Sat - 08:00am - 02:00am
Sunday - 09:00am - 12:00 (Midnight)
In the Philippines, Max Brenner is owned by the group that manages Oliver's Gourmet Sandwiches, Haagen Dazs, Zhongnanhai (translated as "Central South River") Chinese Bistro, Thai Patio, and Madison Steak House.
Favorite Dish: the Climax, the MudMax, the Drink Me (Choco Toffee) Alice in Wonderland and the Banana Choco Fritter
We were able to sample their very succulent rib platter and their cream dory embedded on Angel Hair pomodoro pasta. There are so much more to try the next time we visit. The taste is just right and ultra memorable.
I'm so grateful because now they have this Splenda based chocolate souffle! Yummy!
For the romantics, you can buy assorted chocolates that can be placed in the boxes of your choice. =)
Try their drinks too!
*Service is great (Liezl served us)
*I don't particularly "adore" their restrooms, but they keep it clean.
*you can buy retail souvenir items, choco mixes etc. (cash basis)
*all major credit cards are accepted (for dine-in clients and for those who order take out/ to go)
*you can dine al fresco (without worrying about pollution =p because of the "lush greens")
Our very favourite restaurant in Mikati turned out to be GERRY'S GRILL, We went there a few times during our stay. Located in the Greenbelt 3 area of Ayala Center, Gerry's Grill offers Filipino Dishes at great prices. Locals also seem to love this place. The waiters are always friendly and cheerful and there are many TV screens playing the latest music videos.
Our favourite dishes include: Gerry's Grill Fried Chicken (228 pesos) - about five small pieces of fried chicken which also comes with french fries and a small bowl of sweet ketchup (pic #3); Sizzling Beef Spare Ribs (275 pesos) (pic #4); Lechon Kawali (225 pesos) - a nice piece of tender pork with the crusty rind on one side of it; Pork BBQ Sticks (125 pesos for two sticks) (Pic #5).
For dessert we had Halo_Halo (95 pesos) which is like an ice cream sundae.
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!
Thursday January 12, 2012
Our friends Chelli and Jun, treated Hans and I to a traditional lunch of Philippine dishes at the original BARRIO FIESTA in Makati.
My first impression of the restaurant is that it had to be there forever. It was so cozy and filled with character. The wait staff was fun and friendly - the restaurant is well known for the "singing waiters". Hans actually joined them when they sang "La Bamba" - so funny!
Anyway, Chelli and Jun did the ordering. One dish was called Crispy Pata - original Barrio Fiesta Recipe - pig's knuckles seasoned and deep fried.
Other featured dishes include Kare-Kare which is a Philippine stew using a variety of vegetables, stewed oxtail, (or beef or tripe) complimented with a peanut sauce.
They also offer Sizzling Sisig, Lechon Kawali, Mixed Adobo.
When Shirene, VT Member Appleseed, suggested we meet up with her for lunch, she suggested OOdy's Restaurant in the Greenbelt which offers Thai dishes. I've never tasted Thai dishes before, so didn't know what to expect.
Along with Shirene, Hans and I, Fergy (planxty) and Claus (Cachaseiro) joined up with us. Hans had mentioned on Facebook that we would be there, so had no idea who would show up. The waiters were so patient with us, as we explained we were still waiting for others to join us.
After we were all settled in, we gave our orders. Hans had Pad Thai and I had Chicken Pad Thai. I really enjoyed my dish as it had generous amounts of chicken and wonderful noodles and vermicelli. There was also a side of peanuts and bean sprouts which you add to your dish as you like. Fergy had Sukothai, a kind of soup.
Overall, I enjoyed my first Thai experience. Also the restaurant itself was very bright and cheerful and the wait staff was very friendly.
1. Bourbon Street Mahi Mahi
Charbroiled Cajun spiced Mahi Mahi with shrimp and bourbon. Sauce served over mashed potatoes
2. Shrimp Shack Pasta
Tossed with Lemon Garlic Sauce and topped with grilled shrimp & a sprinkle of Feta Cheese
3. Shrimp New Orleans
Lots of tender shrimp sautéed in butter, garlic and spices, and served with rice
4. Dumb Luck Coconut Shrimp
Large shrimp in coconut batter. Served with Cajun marmalade, coleslaw and French fries
5. Captain’s Fish & Chips
Beer Battered Mahi Mahi served with coleslaw and French-fries
6. Mama’s Blue Southern Charmed Fried Shrimp
Golden Fried Shrimp served with coleslaw and French-fries
7. BBQ Pork Sandwich
Slow Roasted Pork, Grilled Onions, and Bubba’s very own, very special BBQ Sauce
8. Mama’s Southern Fried Chicken
Beer Battered Fried Chicken with Bourbon Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cob
Thursday January 12, 2012
Our official VT Dinner Meet was held at BARBARA'S in Intramuros. Barbara's offers traditional Filipino and Spanish recipes. We had the pleasure of experiencing a wonderful buffet and a cultural presentation for the price of 550 Philippine Pesos plus any drinks you may have.
The Buffet offered soup, salad and dessert station, plus many delicious hot and cold dishes.
Crystal Chandeliers Made for a lovely ambiance. Tables were quite close, so it was a little difficult to get around to talk to other VT Members and also it was open to the public.
Barbara's is in the San Luis Complex in Intramuros.
2/Lvl. Glorietta 4, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
The smaller of the two Dulcinea branches in Makati is almost always filled. The service is great. Well, maybe with a few exceptions during hectic days, but before you even ask, they already know what you need.
RJ loves this place so much.
Even if we already had lunch elsewhere, he would pull my arm to get here (if we pass by) to have their delicious salpicao, lengua estofado, or their signature churros.
Dulcinea, Greenbelt 1
G/Lvl., Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi St., Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Among the two Dulcinea branches in Ayala Center, this one has the "ambiance" and space. There are more servers here, and a wider selection of pastries and deli items.
Before the renovation, this was the branch that I visited often with friends and family. It was very, very cozy and had a relaxing atmosphere.
My friends and I would hop from Dulcinea to Pancake house and the nearby restaurants back then. The place was like an extension of our home.
Now, we frequent the Glorietta branch more, but it does not make the Greenbelt branch any lesser.
Dulcinea has been in the Philippines since 1963.
To date, they have twelve (12) branches in Metro Manila and at Iloilo as well.
The other ten (10) branches can be found at:
ALABANG (Casa Susana, Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1781 Tel: (02) 756-5043 )
ALI MALL (2/F P. Tuazon Blvd., Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines (02) 709-2674)
GREENHILLS (Greenhills Shopping Complex Theatre Mall, Unit F & B6 Art Plaza, Ortigas Ave., Greenhills San Juan, Metro Manila)
POWERPLANT MALL (Concourse Level Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive cor. Estrella St., Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines)
ROBINSON'S PLACE (Robinsons Manila, Pedro Gil cor. Adriatico St., Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines)
SM CITY FAIRVIEW (LG/F Annex 1, SM City Fairview, Quirino Ave. cor. Regalado St., Greater Lagro Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines (02) 355-6105)
SM MALL OF ASIA (SM Mall Of Asia, Main Mall, Central Business Park Bay Blvd. Bay City
SM MANILA (Level 1 SM Manila, Concepcion cor. Arroceros & San Marcelino St., Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Tel: (02) 400-5885)
SM MEGA MALL (2/L SM MegaMall Bldg. B, Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines Tel: (02) 634-0611 to 12)
TOMAS MORATO (282 Roadrunner Bldg., Tomas Morato Ave., Sacred Heart, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Tel: (02) 920-7891 to 93)
They accept major credit cards and cash
Favorite Dish: Their pastries are to "die for"
The deli platter
Salpicao with mashed potatoes
Callos a la Madrilena
Champignon al Ajillo
Fritos de la Abuela
(I guess the concept did not work with the location...their other restaurants like Black Beard Treasure Island, Crustacia, Sea Food Island, New Orleans, etc. are still operational...this one is closed already...we had lunch here when I arrived from Bicol and that was then they informed us that they were closing...) :(
FISH OUT OF WATER is the sister restaurant of RED CRAB.
It is located at the 3rd floor of the very posh Greenbelt 5.
RJ and I have eaten at this place "accidentally" thinking it was a branch of Fish & Co. From the moment we entered we were welcomed and served well. It was a memorable experience.
Lately, this has been one of our favorite restaurants in Ayala Center.
They serve Filipino and International Foods alike and there are many things you can learn while having fun eating.
Opens from 11:00 am - 11:00 pm today.
Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Accepts major credit cards
Favorite Dish: We love the four cheese oysters
The "dancing" Rib Crown in Humba sauce
Tortang Talong (Eggplant omelet) with ground lamb meat
Fish and Chips
Barako Cheesecake (Batangas Coffee Cheesecake)
Dried Mango Rum Pudding