This Sicilian Express is named after Sicilia, an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, The restaurant décor and ambience is a simple but modern, authentic-looking murals on the wall with better than average fast food chain. They have two branches, in Tomas Morato and Ortigas Center. This is the most cheapest itallian restaurant that I try w a real italian taste.
Favorite Dish: Never forget to try there Chicken Mango Pizza made from freshly baked dough smoothered with a special sicilian sauce topped with grilled chicken, ripe mango and roma tomatoe. and there unforgetable sicilian salad it has a diced chicken breast, mangoes, red grapes with crispy romane lettuce increamy dressing.
It's always great to dine in Kimpura the ambiance is really a typical 1st class Japanese restaurant we love to sit in a misono table where a chef will toss, chop and cook raw meat, seafood and veggies in front of you. Your food doesn't get any fresher off the grill than this. All for a price of course - teppanyaki orders range from P175 tofu steak to P1750 for a tenderloin steak and scallops meal (inclusive of miso soup, kobachi, grilled bean sprouts or asparagus, fried rice and dessert).It is really yummy
Favorite Dish: Dont forget the fresh cook seafood and veggies, there beef are so yummy
Should you find yourself unsure on what great food to offer to a bunch of international friends(esp. hungry VTers) you are about to meet. To be SAFE, I am recommending this great international restaurant in Quezon City.
World topps is created to satisfy all international tastes.
World Topps restaurant lets you satisfy varying international cravings yet without losing the Filipino flavor. Majority of meals here are served in a ricebowl and is TOP with a wide variety of international toppings to choose from: Mediterranean, European, American, Oriental & local Filipino delicacies.
Let them taste these sample yet affordable dishes:
Western & European Foods:
Spanish Paellas & Salpicaos, Italian Pasta Puttanescas, German Sausages, French beef steaks, American burgers and buffalo wings, French fries
Oriental Asian dishes: Japanese Katsudons, Indian Curries, Chinese Siomais, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Korean Beefs Steaks and etc...
Filipino delicacies: Adobo, Dinuguan w/ puto, Bisteks, Lechon Paksiw, Goto, Dinuguan with Puto, Pansit Palabok
Ambience for this is quite simple. Walls are adorned with pictures of the different landmarks of the world.
Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner
Open from 11am to 11pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; open from 11am to 12pm, Wednesday; open from 11am to 3am, Friday to Saturday
Favorite Dish: Although I visited this place just once:
My favorite(as of now!) is the Spanish Beef Salpicao(spicy hot version) because of its creamy, less salty flavor. A mild spicy version is also available, just ask the waitress.
I think Seafood Island can be found on every big mall in Metro Manila. But I tried the one in TRINOMA Mall in Quezon City. They offer seafood and grilled favorites.
Why pirate inspired because almost all of the waiters really looked like pirates even the ladies! Some of them even have beard and have long hair tied in a ponytail.
Try their boodle feast that comes in various sizes. The picture I uploaded is actually good for 4 persons. Boodle feast is like how our friends from the Military eat when they are in combat or mission. There’s a big square tray covered with banana leaves that fits your table. The rice (java) is at the center and on top of it is some kind of shellfish soup and around the rice are your viands (grilled squid, St. Peter’s fish,pork, crispy prawns, crab, vegetable and condiments).
There was also a band singing while we are eating. If you love to sing and have the guts to do it just raise your hand and they will give you a discount for singing with them.
Favorite Dish: Boodle feast
If you are one of those who had the patience to read the stuff I wrote on my profile page, then you would know what I think about fusion. Fusion for me is a totally different "culture" altogether and could be considered local. I love fusion dishes, but I also want the REAL THING. Who doesn't?
When you are craving for something authentically Chinese that is not so hard on the pocket, I can recommend to you RED CHINA, by Super Bowl. They can be found at the garden side at the first level of Trinoma in between Pancake House and Oki-Oki.
This newly opened restaurant is an original concept by Richmond Yang et al with the help of some friends from a well known chain in Singapore(classified) who trained the staff. They offer Chinese dishes from across Asia like Singapore, China, Hong Kong and our very own Chinese Dishes. They retained some of the famous Super Bowl of China dishes, but "leveled it up" a bit. They are proud to present varieties that were not reconstituted to fit the Filipino palate.
The servers are very helpful and attentive
Average Filipino Family (Even if this is the case, I believe snotty well-traveled individuals will enjoy eating here too)
READ ABOUT MY "MIRROR" BLOG entry (to learn about the different dishes)
Payment Options: Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone (02) 747 2125
They only serve one kind of coffee, one kind of tea and one kind of hot chocolate but so far, everyone that I know who came in here to taste it found it great. They have lots of stuff paired with coffee like their Kopi Bun, their own French Toast and a lot more. Very popular withe college kids.
Favorite Dish: Of course I like their Kopi (coffee) paired with buttered toast sweetened with a bit of jam. The weirdest thing here is that it is great if eaten with their soft boiled egg with a bit of white ground pepper and some syrup (see picture), which of course is optional. At first, its so weird I would not even touch the eggs coz its soft boiled but when I tasted it, I'm hooked!
From Singapore! Elegant Ambiance!
Favorite Dish: I like the the creamy and spicy Curry Chicken meal here - This is their TOP of the line. It is one of the best curries I have tasted in Manila! Price: P139. The meal consists of one small bowl of tasty curry chicken curry, spaghetti and one rice.
As you enter the restaurant you will notice the worn furniture, an indoor platform seating area with low table, mats and throw pillow. The piano near the kitchen counter that add romantic to the place. So if you are looking for a something different try this place, not only that, the loving atmosphere extend to there menu. The concept of this restaurant is that upon eating their food, it will make you feel as if you’ve been enchanted will a spell because their food is supposedly that great. And they have their “manghuhula” (fortune teller) who could read your near future using playing cards for php300 (US$6.50).
Favorite Dish: Try there Belly Dancing (grilled salmon belly) php165 (US$3.58) delicious, and they are also known for the BTS (Better than Sex) php58 (US$1.26)/ slice, this chocolate cake with white frosting and lashing of chocolate syrup. But my favorite among them all is Pavlova Wand php85 (US$1.84) Definitely a must, it look like a foam cake sprinkle with a couple of grapes, a slice of kiwi and a couple of peaches whipped with sweetened evaporated milky syrup yummy. Also try there Broken Promises and Sweetest Taboo among our favorite.
Visiting this restaurant for the 1st time will give the impression that is not your average looking café, Its daunting and massive faced of wood and glass attest to the unique and enticing presence that awaits the unaware, it’s ethnic décor seduce the senses and provide aesthetic appeal, the arm color entice its dinners to relax and unwind with live acoustic band at night. The food is adventurous, the finest of Ostrich cooking can be found here, although Ostrich is rare in the Philippines but widely recognized delicacy in Australia, The ostrich they served are bred and shipped from southern Philippines.
Favorite Dish: If Exotic Ostrich is not to your like, try there fried chicken wings served with hot spicy sauce, calamares, crab cake, parmesan Lapu-lapu, pizza, pasta, salads and sandwiches-served with special exotic flare
If your craving for crabs and seafood Crustasia is the perfect place to go. It offer a wide varity of delicious crabs and seafood from Crab Maritess, A King Crab sautéed in olive oil, white wine, garlic and chili to Singaporean chilli Crab. You can also order Shrimps, lobsters, Squid and a lot more. It's really a good Crustacean Restuarant.
Aside from that the place have a cusual and relaxing ambience to it, qith good service and friendly crew. Well, your money is worth it. Just make sure that you know the rates of their crabs 'coz it's a little pricey. But the rest in the menu is not that expensive
The recently opened Kamay Kainan in Trinoma Mall is an eat-all-you-can buffet style Filipino cuisine restaurant. I've been to a few eat-food-half-your-body-weight places and I would say that this is one of the good ones I've eaten in. Joan and her parents seem to agree as well.
There are around sixty (60) Filipino dishes in the buffet table and you can add more to it when you order lechon (roast pig) and oysters. The oysters are superb and we would have ordered another plate had our stomach cooperated with us. The roast pig and oysters are not included in the buffet table and must be ordered separately, but of no extra cost.
Favorite Dish: I tried and liked some usual Filipino dishes like nilagang baka (beef broth soup with vegetables), ginatang alimango (crab in coconut milk), and sinigang na hipon (shrimp in sour broth).
For dessert, I helped myself for some "dirty" ice cream. Dirty ice cream, for foreigners and 'sosyal' alike, is unbranded ice cream. This kind of ice cream is sold on streets beside our beloved street foods. The one served here has an authentic "dirtiness" in it and I loved it!
The best part of this experience it only took us back around P245 per, tax included. That is quite cheap compared to other eat-all-your-stomach-will-allow restaurants.
This branch is currently open. Open from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm today. Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Ma Mon Luk is still the quaint restaurant of old. They started in Chinatown, Manila way back then and now the only existing branch is the one on Quezon Ave.
The restasturant walls are decorated by framed old newspaper and magazine clippings about the restaurant. Big ceiling fans with no air conditioners. Cash only.
Even with these they are always full during lunch and dinner, for its 'Filipinized' Chinese dishes.
Value for your money!
Favorite Dish: Ma Mon Luk is famous for its big bowl of "mami" (chicken or beef noodle) soup and big "siopao" (steamed pork dumpling) with their secret, delicious sauce.
Try also their "pancit canton" (fried noodle), "lumpiang shangai" (meat roll), etc.
If you are in Quezon City and looking for delicious and affordable restaurant this is the place for you, plus there courtous employee. This restaurant also offer grand buffet for a price of php250 (US$5.43) every night.
Favorite Dish: Dont forget to try there delicious seafood roll a combination of fresh fillet fish , ***ake mushroom and crabstick roll in sotanghon, they also have the best pork speribs.
I love Japanese food because its healthy and delicious. However, Japanese meals tend to be more expensive compared to other dishes.
Then i discovered SushiYa.
Their first branch in the Tomas Morato opened almost 10years ago. With 4 tables and a sashimi/sushi chiller, they served the freshest sashimi tuna $2 and salmon $2.50 at affordable prices.
Fast forward 10 years. They have more items in the menu--tempura, teppanyaki and teriyaki. I love their squid teppanyaki $2 and chicken teriyaki $2. I also crave for their torikatsudon $2. I love their chicken Teriyaki Bento box for 2 at $ 6.50. Includes 2 rice, 2 miso soup, main course, kakiage, mix maki, mix sashimi, agedashi tofu.
Their place in Tomas Morato is compact, clean, bright & airy. They have now branched out in most major malls, SM Mega Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, Market! Market and non mall areas like Libis and Westgate Alabang. The best SushiYa i have seen so far is their Market Market and Westgate branch -- clean, compact and zen like atmosphere. Casual but not shockingly young. Bright interiors but comfortbaly inviting.
Consistent Food. Affordable Price. Casual and comfortable interiors. Freindly Service.
That to me is SushiYa.
I have tried other Japanese restos. But I keep coming back. To SushiYa.
Favorite Dish: Torikatsudon : Breaded Chicken Breast Rice Topping. It's so delicous and at $2 it's a steal.
Squid teppanyaki Bento for 2 : $4.50. I share this when am with my hubby.
Chirashidon : sashimi slices on sushi rice. My healthy yet filling alternative at $3.
the meals are truely pinoy and they offers many kind of delicacies made from chicken. since emie and i aren't eating pork, aida and friends decided to go to max's. thanks a lot :) and they have separated table inside the dining hall. means a big group can be more private in here -- like celebrating birthday and meeting-- since not so noisy!
Favorite Dish: chicken sisig. very delicious from the beginning with simple but chic presentation. added with lemon as topping!
1315 E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City, 1100, Philippines
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
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49 Annapolis Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples