Thursday, August 29, 2013

Burger Company at Mother Ignacia QC

Burger Company: Not Your Usual Burger Fanfare


As its menu states, Burger Company was born from a craving.
“The burgers at Boulevard were my favourites,” Francis Fabie says of his co-owner’s creations. “I was never able to find as much satisfaction with other burger places as I did with that one. When the place closed down, I was pretty upset. To be able to taste those great burgers again, I ended up tracking down Alvin and inviting him to try again in a new location with a new set of goals in mind.” This, in brief, is the history of Burger Company.

Burger Company, located at Mother Ignacia, QC

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Katsu By Saboten

No Competition for Saboten as Manila Katsu War Rages


“Ton” in tonkatsu means pork, while “katsu” means cutlet. Believed to have originated in a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan during the late 1800s, the dish is actually European-inspired. This is the reason why it bears resemblance to Austria’s “schnitzel” and France’s “cotolette.”

Tonkatsu is breaded pork cutlet deep fried in hot oil until crisp and golden brown. Manila is not really new to it, but lately, tonkatsu restaurants are enjoying a sudden increase in popularity. In partnership with Raintree Restaurants, Japan’s largest tonkatsu chain, Saboten, has opened their first branch in Serendra at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The popular tonkatsu place also has branches in Taiwan, Korea, China, Thailand, Singapore and Canada. It took a while for them to open their branch in Manila because of their sheer commitment to quality, disregarding the fact that other katsu places are multiplying fast. “We just want to provide food that is assured of quality. We’re quality-obsessed,” said Annabella Wisniewski, president and chief executive officer of Raintree Restaurants.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

C' Italian Ortigas: Pampanga's Famous Panizza Now In Manila

 C' Italian Ortigas: Pampanga's Famous Panizza, Now in Manila


C' Italian Ortigas, Angeles City's popular restaurant serving authentic Italian food, finally opens shop in Manila. Manila patrons of the Pampanga branch can now save their gas money whenever they're craving for the famous original Panizza of C. The City Golf Plaza branch aims to recreate the dining experience of Pampanga with Chef Cathie Lozano at the kitchen. The chef, who is part of the opening team in Pampanga, is now in Manila to keep an eye on the quality and consistency of the food being served. Regular customers will be delighted to see more familiar faces in the new branch, as along with Chef Cathie are staff and cooks from C' Pampanga to deliver the same friendly service to them.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Rastro Tapas Bar - Taps King of Burgos Circle BGC

Rastro Tapas Bar and Restaurant: Meet the Tapas King of Burgos Circle

Local foodies will remember Rastro was one of the restaurants of the late great chef Ed Quimson. The tapas bar recently underwent some changes, taking a nouvelle approach on some dishes while retaining some long-standing favorites.

When in Spain, tapas are usually comprised of a small plate of olives, anchovies, and paper-thin slices of jamon enjoyed with a caña or two (okay, three… at least). These snacks would tide one’s hunger, as Spanish dinners tend to start late in the night. Think of it as an extended happy hour or a nightly block party!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

21 Restaurant in Bacolod - A Name Synonymous To Delicious Comfort Food

When in Bacolod: 21 Restaurant

It was my first time in Bacolod and I was told to pack loose clothing. Apparently, 90% of the trip would consist of eating (the 10% is for driving to places for eating). While preparing my itinerary whilst asking recommendations from friends who have visited and/or lived in Bacolod, one restaurant appears constant on their lists: 21 Restaurant.

Named such because of its location at 21st Street corner Lacson (a main road in Bacolod), this family restaurant has been around since the eighties. Back then, it was smaller and had a shorter menu, primarily focused on serving Negrense favorites, like batchoy. Around 2005, the establishment underwent a major renovation and was even called Bar 21. Now, it is simply called “21,” a name synonymous to delicious comfort food, affordable prices and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chicken Run - Where To Get Fried Chicken All Around Metro Manila

Chicken Run: Your Guide to Gobbling Metro Manila's Fried Chicken Dishes


We Filipinos like our chicken, and one of the most common ways we often gobble this popular poultry is as fried chicken -- make it fried, twice fried, and even buffalo winged. It's no wonder that many food lovers are chickenitarians, and restaurants across all budgets are quick to offer their versions of the crispy and juicy fried chicken.

So if you're a foodie who fancies fried fowl, keep this rundown handy for your next fried chicken feast. Here's a list of where to get fried chicken all around the Metro Manila

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

An Elegant Dining Experiance @ Coca Restaurant

Coca Restaurant: A Family Tradition


In the country’s ever bourgeoning restaurant market, a new participant has set its eyes on the Philippines.  Coca Restaurant may be new in the country but it’s definitely not new to the restaurant scene.  This restaurant sports a 56 year family heritage in providing its own kind of food and experience to its customers.  Coca started way back in 1957 with a 20 seat capacity Cantonese restaurant in Thailand and was founded by Mr. Srichai Phanphensophon and his wife Mrs. Patama.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Commune Coffee Shop - All About Good Coffee, Good Company and Good Conversation

Back to Basics at Commune


Even before I went to visit the coffee shop, I was drawn in by a particular section of Commune’s thoughtfully decorated walls. This particular wall is almost always the main attraction of their social media marketing strategies. On a stark white wall, there are three images: two ladies gossiping over coffee, one woman on the phone, and a man thinking to himself, “That COMMUNE drink was good!” In brief, this is the story of what Commune is all about: good coffee, good company, and good conversation.

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