Sunday, December 21, 2014

My friend, who is also one of my most loyal blog reader, happens to be an avid fan of Vikings Luxury Buffet RestaurantI told him I've tried them during their soft opening phase for their SM Mall of Asia almost four years ago and he said it's drastically changed since then and I should update.  Since it's been years of him persuading me to dine there and I have failed to, he decided to treat me there on his birthday.  (He just couldn't take it that I have not reviewed it here LOL!)

We dined at the Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant at SM Mega Fashion Hall.  It was huge but fully booked with long waiting lines even on a weekday lunch.

Food
Indeed, it has changed a lot and there was a lot of variety.  I dedicate this post to my friend who invited me just for the purpose of this blog post.  He was very supportive as I was going to and fro refilling my plate (we practically didn't have much time to chat =p).

Salad and Starters
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There were pre-made salads, make your own salad, tapas and other finger foods like canapes.  There's even Lumpfish Caviar there which no one is taking notice of.  The Jellyfish was oddly rubbery I had trouble biting through.  The rest was pretty good.

Sashimi, Sushi and Maki Station
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The sashimi selections available are salmon, crabstick, tuna and squid by request.  They had some sushi selections and a lot of maki selections in various colors too.  I tried some of it like the Kawa Roll and Crispy California but not too much as I know how heavy they are to the tummy. 

Bread Station
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The bountiful bread station which seemed to be neglected by many.


Soup Station
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For soup, I had the Nilagang Baka but loved the Miso Soup more.  I had two pots of those!  I also wanted to try the Sukiyaki but I had no room for it.  I also tried the Chawan Mushi beside of it.

Chinese Dimsum Station
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I tried the Chicken Feet which was good and the Scallop Ball.  

Mongolian Barbecue Station
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Tempura and Katsu Station
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Teppanyaki Station
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 There's Beef Teppanyaki, Yatai Isame and Tuna Teppanyaki.

Grilled Station
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There's Pork Chop and tons of grilled fish variants like Ginadara and Tuna.

Baked and Skewers Station
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The Pork Satay, Pork BBQ and Oyster Rockefeller was very popular among diners so I tried the out.  The Pork Satay was good, Pork BBQ was tender with sweet notes but I was dissapointed with the Oyster Rockefeller.  The topping was white, tasteless and felt like a flour-based.  It did not taste anything like cheese nor did it have any stretchy consistency so I could hardly believe it's mozzarella cheese really.

Shabu-Shabu Station
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Chinese Noodle Station
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Balls Station
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Chinese Station
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They had a lot of Chinese dishes.

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I loved the Pata Tim!

Filipino Station
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I kept coming back for the Bicol Express and Kalderetang Kamabing.

Korean Station
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My favorite station is the Korean Station which has a lot of good offerings like Tak Toritang (spicy chicken and potato), Ojingeo Bokkeum (stir fried calamari with Korean hot pepper paste) and Sweet and Sour Chicken.   I failed to appreciate the Galbi Tang because it was not warm enough.

Western Station
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There were good choices at the Western Station too like the Baby Back Ribs, Goat Kourma (spicy curried braised meat) and Beef Brisket in Creamy Peppercorn Sauce.
Pasta Station

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You can make your own pasta or select from the pre-made ones.

Pizza Station
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Roast Station

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My favorite station is the Roast Station which has Lamb Chops, USDA Angus Beef and Turkey.

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There's also Suckling Pig on the side.

Dessert Station
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There's a whole chiller filled with cakes and other sweet treats.  There's a counter full of whole cakes and bite-sized pastries.  There's also kakanin.  There's a crepe station, ice cream station and fondue station.  For something healthy, there's an assortment of fruits too.

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There's also a make your own halo-halo.

Drinks Station
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There's a lot of Twinning's blended tea, soft drinks, ice tea, Milo and beer.  You can also ask for tea bags.  You can also have wine but for an additional fee.

Birthday Song and Cake
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For birthday celebrants, aside from eating for free, you also have a free cake and a song.  Cool treat!  My friend was shy so he didn't take the song.  He gave me his cake which I had too take home as I was too full too.  It was a good sansrival cake.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant is definitely one of the most bang for the buck buffets in the Metro.  The price is even more reasonable with their promos so I think their pricing is really tough to beat.  The food quality and quantity will surely satisfy you and the service is good as well.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant Rates
Ambiance Weekdays:

Adults Lunch: 688 php
Kids 4 ft-4'6 ft Lunch: 388 php
Kids 3 ft-4 ft Lunch: 188 php
Adults Dinner: 888 php
Kids 4 ft-4'6 ft Dinner: 588 php
Kids 3 ft-4 ft Dinner: 288 php
Weekends & Holidays Lunch & Dinner
Adult: 1,088 php
Kids 4 ft-4'6 ft: 688 php
Kids 3 ft-4 ft: 388 php
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Vikings SM Megamall
Business Address 4/F, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Julio Vargas cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 800-1,200
Free WiFi Yes (SM free WiFi)
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 656-3888, 656-4888, 656-5888
Other  Facebook Fan Page | Website

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After our Crocodile Tour at Irawan Crocodile Farm and Nature Park in Puerto Princesa, we were so happy viewing the crocodiles that we wanted to eat one!  Just kidding!  We were really hungry (as we were always hungry) so we went to Jams Canteen for merienda.

jams canteen purto princesa
It's a simple canteen that you by the ticketing area and souvenir shop so you can't miss it.

jams canteen purto princesa
The menu is plastered on the wall.  As we sat, a lady approached us and took our order.  

Food
crocodile sisig
Crocodile Sisig (150 php)

We only had one order in mind and that was the Crocodile Sisig.   It was served in a crocodile designed sizzling platter.

crocodile sisig
Crocodile Sisig (150 php) *photo credits to Kurt
Compared to the usual pork sisig, this is leaner.  It's similar to chicken really. But, a bit rougher in terms of texture.  I'll probably try more crocodile dishes in the future.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
When at Irawan Crocodile Farm and Nature Park in Puerto Princesa,go ahead and try the
Crocodile Sisig and other crocodile dishes!  Make the experience more memorable by satisfying your stomach with an exotic food adventure.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Jam's Canteen Menu
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Jam's Canteen
Business Address Irawan Crocodile Farm and Nature Park 
Puerto Princesa South Road Brgy. Irawan, 
Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Business Hours 8am-5pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 100-400
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact
Other 

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

I've always had an immense enthusiasm towards Thai cuisine.  So this time, I went to try Mango Tree Bistro which is similar to the Mango Tree I've tried at Bonifacio High Street Central serving authentic Thai cuisine but a bit different concept.  

mango tree bistro

The place is dimly lit with black walls, black tables and dark lofts.   I love the interiors.  It's exudes artistry from the floors to the ceiling.  It has a small bar and alfresco area too.
mango tree bistro

The menu is simple with pictures of the dishes, name and prices spread out in a two-sided page.  Everyone especially those who are not familiar with Thai cuisine will find the layout helpful.
 mango tree bistro

Food

Charcoal Grill
gai tha krai yang
Gai Tha Krai Yang (330 php)

The Gai Tha Krai Yang is grilled Thai herb chicken with lemon grass served with Northeastern Thai dipping sauce.  This was a love at first bite experience for me as the chicken meat was so tender, juicy and exploding with refreshing lemon grass essence.  It's even better when dipped with Northeastern Thai dipping sauce.




grapow moo
Grapow Moo (380 php)
The Grapow Moo is stir-fried pork with garlic, fresh hot basil and chili.  This is quite spicy so I love it.  The basil leaf is a great complement in a way that it is a refreshing relief to contrast the spiciness.  The pork bits are so soft and easy to chew. 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I'm glad I've encountered more Thai dishes at Mango Tree Bistro.  I'd definitely would love to check out more of their dishes.  Their price is affordable and they make use of authentic Thai ingredients.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Mango Tree Bistro Menu
Ambiance Menu
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Mango Tree Bistro
Business Address 3/F Trinoma Mall, Edsa Corner North Avenue, 
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10:30 pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (0917) 890-2166 | (02) 585-5460 | (02) 916-0297
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

I've long been hearing about Tito Chef in BF Paranaque but never knew that there's a Tito Chef Express located in Microtel By Windham Acropolis.  Luckily, I was invited to sample their new Traveler's Menu which I instantly accepted as I was eager to meet and try the dishes of Chef Menoy Gimenez.  
 
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Chef Menoy Gimenez
Tito Chef Express is situated just by the lobby so you'll see it as soon as you're in Microtel By Windham Acropolis.  It's actually my first time to visit a Microtel branch and I'm quite impressed with the place.


Food
Everything on the Traveler's Menu is priced at 250 php.

Salads
crispy squid and watermelon
Crispy Squid and Watermelon (250 php)
The Crispy Squid and Watermelon is a long platter of fresh lettuce with fresh cool watermelon slices and fried crispy squid in delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Poultry
barbecued chicken jambalaya
Barbecued Chicken Jambalaya (250 php)
The Barbecued Chicken Jambalaya is not the usual sweet barbecued chicken I was expecting.  It was well-spiced, smoky, tender and juicy.

barbecued chicken jambalaya
Barbecued Chicken Jambalaya (250 php)
Together with the jambalaya rice and coleslaw, it delivered a festive flavor to my mouth. 

Seafood
salmon miso ramen
Salmon Miso Ramen (250 php)
The Salmon Miso Ramen is a humungous bowl with beautifully spiced-seared ramen fillet in warm Japanese miso broth with smooth hint of butter, enoki mushrooms, shredded nori, scallions and carrots and freshly made firm ramen noodles.  Being a traveler (visit my travel blog here), I would definitely be pleased to have this warm, soothing and hefty bowlful after a tiring day.  The generous portion, quality ingredient and perfect execution makes this my favorite in the menu.

fish in pesto
Fish in Pesto (250 php)
The Fish in Pesto is pan-seared cream dory fillet served with a very light pesto cream and garnished with cherry tomatoes and sprouts.  It's great that they use fresh grated basil leaves but it something felt lacking.

Meats
binagoongan
Binagoongan (250 php)
The Binagoongan are huge lean sauteed pork belly chunks stewed in shrimp paste and garnished with chili.  It was a bit fishy for me.  It would have been better if it was spiced up or sauteed in garlic.  This was served with a tasty binagoongan rice that is comfortingly good!


smothered pork chop
Smothered Pork Chop (250 php)
The Smothered Pork Chop is a plateful of two large very tender pork chops literally smothered with rich onion gravy sprinkled with herbs and served with mashed potato. 

Specialty Pastas
spanish chorizo and mushroom penne
Spanish Chorizo and Mushroom Penne (250 php)
The Spanish Chorizo and Mushroom Penne is an olive oil sauteed dish topped with huge chunks of Spanish chorizo, arugula mushroom, garlic and pepper flakes and grated cheese.  This was very flavorful but the.flavor would have been more distributed if the chorizo is cut into smaller pieces.

Sandwich Plates
american burger
American Burger (250 php)
The American Burger is a thick, juicy, beefy patty topped with caramelized onions, sliced tomatoes and pickles and melted Monterey Jack cheese sandwiches between soft tasty buns.  It is served with potato allumettes and side salad. 

american burger
American Burger (250 php)
You can tell by its looks how heavenly a big bite of this thick lean and juicy beef patty drenched with flavorful hickory barbecue sauce can deliver explosive sensation to the mouth of any hungry traveler.  This is one of the best burger I've tried!

Desserts
dulce de leche cheesecake
Dulce de leche Cheesecake (175 php) *photo credits to my IG
I was so excited to try the Dulce de leche Cheesecake that I even forgot to take a photo.  I swear it is one of the most glorifying cheesecake I have ever had.  I don't think I've ever appreciated dulce de leche until I've had this!  

Drinks

Juices
pineapple juice
Pineapple (85 php)
Fresh Shakes
cucumber lime
Cucumber Lime (155 php)
 I love the Cucumber Lime but I'd practically prefer to spend more on food that this.


Loaf Cakes
lemon pistachio pound cake
Pistachio Cherry Pound Cake (370 php)
Ever since we were little, we often bought the Sara Lee All Purpose Butter Pound CakeHowever, a few years ago, we were disappointed that it became too commercialized, expensive and it hardens too quickly before we could finish it.  Tito Chef's Pistachio Cherry Pound Cake is way way better than that.  It's so soft and moist even though it was chilled for a long time on our fridge.  It had a nice hint of lemon, very light butter and it was topped with chopped pistachio nuts and candied cherries.

chocolate chunk cookies
Chocolate Chunk Cookies (220 php)
It's quite common to encounter cookies which are on the sweet side.  But, Tito Chef's Chocolate Chunk Cookies is surprisingly and amazingly on the pleasant salty side.  I'm not a fun of these type of cookies but I actually enjoy these!  It also has a nice crunchy and easy-to-crumble texture.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Tito Chef Express is not just a place of comfort for travelers but anyone looking for good and affordable dishes.  Aside from the cooked dishes, I'm really impressed with their baked goods.  I should also note that they have excellent service.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Tito Chef Express Menu
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Tito Chef Express
Business Address G/F Microtel Acropolis, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Bagumbayan, 
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 7am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-800
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 962-8899
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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