Monday, July 25, 2016

The family is rarely in Tomas Morato Quezon City area.  We are not very familiar with the establishments there so we tried searching for places to eat using Zomato, Booky Manila and Waze.  Even though we were all navigators equipped with our own devices, we somehow managed to take the wrong turn and ended up in Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑 and we were too hungry to turn back.  (Yes! The family can get a bit agitated when their stomach is grumbling and patience isn't our virtue)

Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑

The restaurant has no English name so it was difficult to share for us non-koreans.  I only found out the name when I checked-in on facebook and swarm.  This used to be called Tadami Restaurant.  It's a plus that they have a parking space which is usually the problem in the area.

Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑
The place looks clean and quaint.  Each table has already been set.

Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑
They add new menus every once in awhile but we opted for their regular selections which were recommended by our server.

Food
Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑
Before our orders arrived, we were served their complimentary banchan.  Every thing was so good so we got excited to try our orders.

Appetizers
Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑
Salmon Salad (350 php)
For starter, we had the Salmon Salad.  Its very simple but the salmon was fresh and the dressing is a great match for it.

Main Dish

Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑
Bulgogi with Vegetable (500 php)
Our server (who seems to be focused with our dish) cooked our Bulgogi with Vegetable at our table.  As you can see, food here is best shared with a group. 


Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑
Bulgogi with Vegetable (500 php)
It was then served to as smoking hot.  This isn't the typical grilled type.  Instead this is what they call Bulgogi Jungol or Bulgogi Soup.  Although we've tried it before, we rarely encounter this style in the Metro.  It's perfect to eat on a cold rainy day.  We were all very pleased with this.  The cost is definitely justified by the quality of the meat, flavor and serving size.

dak galbi
Dakgalbi (400 php)
Having tried many dak galbi before, I have to admit, their Dakgalbi is one of the best.  Even my little sister who despises spicy dishes could resist this!

 Noodles
hansik
Seafood Tomato Stew (350 php)
The Seafood Tomato Stew is something new for us.  It's like the Korean version of Marinara Pasta in soup form.  Definitely a must try!

Rice Dishes
kimchi rice
Kimchi Fried Rice (250 php)
 The family is very fond of trying out Kimchi Rice whenever we encounter one.  This Kimchi Fried Rice is the quite unique.  It has some bean paste and sesame seeds among others.  It's not dominantly spicy like we expected so the siblings are quite thrilled with that.  It is similar to 678's lunch box


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
We are glad to discover Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑.  I have yet to compare it with other Korean Restaurants in the Quezon City area.  But, I highly recommend it as one of the best one's we've tried. (As of date, my label counter says it's a total of 45 Korean restaurants =D)

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑 Menu
Ambiance Appetizers 1 | Appetizers 2
 Appetizers 3 | Appetizers 4
Noodles 1 | Noodles 2
Rice 1 | Noodles
Soup | Stew | Main Dish 1 
Main Dish 1 | Main Dish 2  | Main Dish 3 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Hansik Restaurant 한식 레스토랑
Business Address 82 Scout Fernandez Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City
Business Hours 11:30am-12mn
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 400-1,000
Free WiFi No
Contact (0917) 580-8396
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Upon learning about the opening of S Maison Conrad Manila, the family has been itching to check it out.  As usual when we check out a new mall, we find a new place to eat.  We initially intended to try Umu Umu Ramen but we were number 48 in the queue and figured we couldn't wait so we shifted to Okonomiyaki Chibo Restaurant instead.  

chibo okonomiyaki manila

According to the menu, Okonoiyaki Chibo Restaurant is established in 1973 at Sennichimae in Osaka. And, they were the first to introduce the fusion of Okonomiyaki and TeppanyakiThey have a cool electronic menu by its entrance.  It's so convenient that they have some waiting lofts because we had to wait for our turn.

okonomiyaki chibo manila

The interiors are elegant.  Having an okonomiyaki or teppanyaki table, seating are fixed for four persons. They have one function room for a big group though.

okonomiyaki chibo manila
Seeing the tables...

okonomiyaki chibo manila
along with these utensils got us all excited.  We were really expecting some kind of an authentic Japanese or specifically Osakan way of cooking before us.

Food

Salad/Appetizer
okonomiyaki chibo manila
Tuna and Avocado Tartar (280 php)
For starters, we had the Tuna and Avocado Tartar which was really good! 

Side Dishes
gyoya teppan
Gyoza Teppan (150 php)
The Gyoza Teppan is a must try!


Gyoza Teppan (150 php)
These Gyoza Teppan shaped like a shiruken gives it a perfectly crispy wanton shell with a succulent pork meat.  I think we ordered this twice because we loved it!

Teppanyaki Seafood
scallop teppan
Hotate (Scallops) (280 php)
When the Hotate (Scallops), we had th impression that our table is only used as a food warmer.  They were delicious and we were more excited with the okonomiyaki so we didn't mind.

Okonomiyaki

Chibo Okomiyaki is said to be the king of all okonomiyaki in the Dotonbori area in Osaka.  Of course, we were very eager to verify its reputation.

chibo okonomiyaki
Chibo Okonomiyaki (380 php)
Since it's our first time, we will go with the popular path and try its namesake item: Chibo Okonomiyaki.  It has prawn, scallop, beef and pork.  The crablet on the top seems to be for garnishing purpose only.

chibo okonomiyaki
Chibo Okonomiyaki (380 php)
I guess my enthusiasm faded when the server just laid down an already cooked Chibo Okonomiyaki on our table.  He merely added the Japanese mayonnaise, designed it...


chibo okonomiyaki
Chibo Okonomiyaki (380 php)
added some bonito flakes and nori.  The condiments are unlimited since they are on the table by the wayI really liked the Chibo Okonomiyaki because of its generous toppings.  On the other hand, some of my siblings missed the classic less topping kind of okonomiyaki.


hiroshima yaki
Hiroshima Yaki (330 php)
Most of us liked the Hiroshima Yaki.  It is an okomiyaki made of egg and dough filled with
mixed yakisoba and dried shrimp.  

hiroshima yaki
Hiroshima Yaki (330 php)
I enjoyed the soft texture and subtle flavor.

hiroshima yaki
Hiroshima Yaki (330 php)
Our metal spoons were used only to get our slices from the table to our plates.

Yakisoba 
yakisoba
Omusoba (Omelette Yakisoba) (230 php)
Like the okonomiyaki's the Omusoba (Omelette Yakisoba) is also finished when served.  It is a yakisoba wrapped in egg.

omusoba
Omusoba (Omelette Yakisoba) (230 php)
Everyone loved the Omusoba (Omelette Yakisoba).  

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Taste-wise, food in Okonomiyaki Chibo Restaurant is good.  But for the price, we kind of expected a bit of live cooking which utilizes their already installed tables (more than being a food warmer).  I have high respect for authentic Japanese restaurants in the way that they assure the best quality.  But, somehow I felt that they were not prepared yet.  The servers doesn't seem friendly or familiar to answer questions about the dishes.  It's still worth the try but it could be so much more.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Okonomiyaki Chibo Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Salad / Appetizers | Side Dishes 
Okonomiyaki 1 | Okonomiyaki 2
Yakisoba | Rice
Teppanyaki Meat | Teppanyaki Seafood
Course | Sets | Desserts | Drinks
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Okonomiyaki Chibo Restaurant
Business Address Level 2, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 350-800
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 898-3333
Other  Website
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

There are many things that amaze me in this world.  And, one of the greatest things that has always enchanted me since childhood is motherhood.  There is just so much unspoken purity in the love and sacrifice that mothers put in for their child.  So when I encountered Sweet Delights by Charlotte, I was thrilled with their concept.

sweet delights by charlotte

You see, I was the second out of five children which my mother breastfed entirely for the first two years of our lives.  My mom, like all mothers, have never shared her postpartum journey.  But, I myself have felt and seen all that she has endured for us.  In order for a mother to be able to give the best for her child, she must be at the best condition she could ever be.  And, that's where the ge lai concept comes in. 

sweet delights by charlotte
Traditional Filipino-Chinese has adopted rules to bring the balance of yin and yang (hot and cold) of the body and restore the body to its fullest.  For picky eaters, the limited selection of food choices can be quite dreadful for the 30-day period.  With Sweet Delights by Charlotte, mother's can satisfy their cravings and have fun with the process.

sweet delights by charlotte

Sweet Delights by Charlotte lactation goodies contain galactogues such as flaxseed meal, brewer's yeast fenugeek and malunggay to enhance lactation and also warming ingredients such as chocolates. And, their products are also consulted with a nutritionist to meet the 2,180 calories recommended by the Food and Nutritrition Research Institute.  

sweet delights by charlotte
Goodies are ordered per set such as the 7-day supply lactation goodies box that contains: 
  • 3 pcs Lactation Oat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - 1 Serving: 245 Calories
  • 3 pcs Lactation Chunky Chocolate Walnut Blondies - 1 Serving: 195 Calories
  • 3 pcs Lactation Brownies - 1 Serving: 185 Calories
  • 3 pcs Lactation Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies  - 1 Serving: 150 Calories 
sweet delights by charlotte
Lactation Cheesecake Brownies
and the 6-day supply 12 pcs Lactation Cheesecake Brownies.

sweet delights by charlotte
Just to be clear, no... I'm not a mother yet.  I'm just in for these delicious treats!  That is of course, another option for having these right?  

sweet delights by charlotte
Lactation Oat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Lactation Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
My mom is a big fan of the Lactation Oat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Lactation Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies.  While, I ate the rest. =)

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