Thursday, July 30, 2015

I still can't get over last night's grand opening party as Roku Sushi Ramen Donburi opens in Level 1 TriNoma.  

roku sushi ramen donburi trinoma

roku sushi ramen donburi trinoma
Mika Romero Inviting You to Try Roku!

Roku is a family-oriented and student-friendly Japanese restaurant concept formulated by Mika RomeroMika has been yearning for a good quality Japanese casual restaurant near the University where she studied.  Since she can't find any, she decided to put up one herself with the guidance of her mother Sheila Romero.  

roku sushi ramen donburi trinoma
Roku means 6 because they are 6 in the family.  And, they want Roku to embody their family-oriented passion in everything they do.  

roku sushi ramen donburi trinoma

As a shy wallflower type of foodie, I was really overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the party.

roku sushi ramen donburi trinoma
The event was graced by the Ayala Top Management, celebrities and politicians.
roku sushi ramen donburi trinoma

There were also media, fellow bloggers (spotted on the photo above are: Arcee of TheBagInvestigator.Com, Jonel Uy and Marjorie Uy of SeatForTwo.Com, Aldous of and Instagramers (spotted on the photo above are: @sheroseontimare, @thehungrychef , @maxieissuper@thebaldbakerph and @manilaeatup).  Though I was to shy to approach them as their follower, I was glad to see these people who I look up to.


Music performances of Curtismith and  St.Vincent & The Grenadines rocked the party.  
And, of course there were tons of food!
pork gyoza
Pork Gyoza (169 php)
Pork Gyoza is pretty good.  Thin and soft shelled with succulent juicy ground pork.

dream roll
Dream Roll (259 php)
 Our favorite with tempura-battered salmon, kani and cream cheese.

firecracker roll
Firecracker Roll (249 php)
 Too bad I was the only one on our table who can tolerate spiciness so I had to finish the Firecracker Roll all by myself ~ with pleasure. =p

sailboat roll
Sailboat Roll (259 php)
 The Sailboat Roll has spicy tuna with crunchy wantons.  Loved the appearance and the experience it delivers too.

ss roll
S.S. Roll (249 php)
The S.S. Roll  is tasty salmon teriyaki on top and filled ith salmon skin, cream cheese and cucumber.  Yum!

Gyudon (sample portions)
The Gyudon is so good because it has shitake mushrooms to enhance the flavor.

chashu shoyu tonkotsu
Chashu Shoyu Tonkotssu (sample portions)

Roku's Tonkotsu broth (boiled for 12 hours) was specially created by Japanese Ramen Master, Kenji Dobashi of famous ramen house Kagari in Ginza, Japan.  Their chashu slices are  slow-cooked and marinated for 8 hours.  So you could really taste so much of the rich goodness in every sip of the Chashu Shoyu Tonkotssu.

roku vicky bello
Kampai to Roku

roku vicky bello

I really enjoyed the night!  And, I will definitely try more of their dishes (and review them) with the family next time
P.S. In case you're wonder how I ended up in such a party...  I was invited by one of my longtime instagram followers to attend Roku.   When I first heard this, I was really surprised and quickly turned red.  Up until my recent acquisition of the Zenphone 2, I swear my instagram photos were horrible.  My family and relatives were literally begging me not to post anymore because my photos were not recognizable or if they were, they looked disgusting.  Even now, none of my siblings follow me on instagram because of that.  So, whoever has been my follower ever since deserves my utmost gratitude and I would certainly like to thank them in person haha.  My photos are now recognizable btw so hope you can follow me @tsinoyfoodies

Roku Sushi Ramen Donburi
Business Address GF Garden Restaurant Trinoma Mall, Edsa Corner 
North Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10 am - 9 pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 150-600
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None

Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was invited to try Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant, a newly opened restaurant in Robinson's Magnolia with fellow bloggers.  Believe it or not, this is my first time to be invited at a Chinese restaurant so I'm quite ecstatic.

xilaimen seafood restaurant
Since I was in the area, I  took the chance to try their dishes as well as reconnect with other bloggers. 

xilaimen seafood restaurant
Stepping in, gave me the familiar Chinese restaurant feel.

xilaimen seafood restaurant
There's an open kitchen where you can see roasts hanged. 

xilaimen seafood restaurant
There are also aquariums to showcase the live seafoods available.

xilaimen seafood restaurant
As live seafoods are seasonal in price, they have a price list where you can see how much per 100 gram.


Roast & Soy Specialties
xilaimen seafood restaurant
Cold Cuts Combination: Seaweeds with Century Egg, Soy Tofu, Pork and Lechon Macau (370 php)
We occupied a large table where dishes were served lauriat style.  The Cold Cuts Combination had Seaweeds with Century Egg, Soy Tofu, Pork Cuts and Lechon Macau.  Aside from the
Seaweeds with Century Egg and Pork Cuts, the other items are not the typical ones I'd expect from a cold cut platter.  They were pretty good.  But, if I were in the company of my family and old relatives, I think its best to ask first what are available and maybe w can substitute some for healthier options.

xilaimen seafood restaurant
Mixed Seafood with Polonchay Soup (290 php)
The Mixed Seafood with Polonchay Soup is very good.  An order is already good for sharing.  

Prawns and Shrimps
xilaimen seafood restaurant
Pan Fried Prawns with Salted Egg (390 php)
The Pan Fried Prawns with Salted Egg is my favorite!  Actually most of the dishes with egg or salted egg yolk is my favorite!  This was perfectly crispy that no tinee-winee bit was spared from me.  I noticed all the bloggers I was with removed the prawn shells though.  I wonder why...

Live Seafoods (Seasonal Price): Lapu-Lapu
fried lapu lapu in egg white
Fried Lapu-Lapu in Egg White
I've been accustomed to steamed fish.  I'm glad I got to try something new and delicious like the Fried Lapu-Lapu in Egg White

Live Seafoods (Seasonal Price): Crabs
sauteed crab in hot pot
Sauteed Crab in Hotpot with Extra Sotanghon (+50 php)
The Sauteed Crab in Hotpot with Extra Sotanghon brings out the delectable crab flavors that we love excellently.

Live Seafoods (Seasonal Price): Elephant Shell
elephant shell broccoli flower in xo sauce
Elephant Shell with Broccoli Flower in XO sauce
The Elephant Shell with Broccoli Flower in XO sauce is simple yet delightfully healthy.

Live Seafoods (Seasonal Price): Frog Legs
spicy frog legs
Spicy Frog Legs
The Spicy Frog Legs is another favorite of mine.  I'm so lucky that my companions are not as much of a fan as I am so I took on this poor little creatures and finished them all.

Yang Chow Fried Rice (220 php)

Buchi Cake 

Buchi Cake
We always order buchi whenever available.  This is my first time to encounter a buchi cake.  I loved it!  It was a cake made of my favorite fried mantou and filled with bean paste.

Fresh Fruit Shake Mango (95 php)
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I'm quite satisfied with our dinner at Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant.  I find their quality good for value considering their fresh ingredients, large serving size and reasonable pricing.  I can bring the family here when in the area.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2
Menu 3 | Menu 4 |
=Favorites or Recommended 
Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant
Business Address Upper Ground Floor, Al Fresco, Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 720-9725

Disclosure: Everything was sponsored by Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant for purpose of taste testing under my condition that everything was subject to my own opinion.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Aristocrat Restaurant is our family favorite Filipino restaurant.  Even before we were born, our parents dated in Aristocrat

aristocrat restaurant malate

Whenever we don't have any home-cooked dishes at home, we would take out (before they delivered) or call for delivery. 

aristocrat restaurant malate

Whenever we have to eat at an unconventional hour, we would go to Aristocrat

aristocrat restaurant malate
Whenever family and friends from another country come to visit, we bring them to Aristocrat.  

aristocrat restaurant malate
After we go to mass every Sunday, Christmas and Simbang Gabi, we go to Aristocrat.  

And, recently when craving for pinoy merienda, my friends and I also went to Aristocrat.  

aristocrat flying saucer
Aristocrat Flying Saucer Adobo (100 php)
For those who missed being born in the 80's when flying saucer sandwiches was the biggest food trend, you can try the Aristocrat Flying Saucer Adobo at Aristocrat

pospas de galina
Pospas De Gallina (120 php)
The Pospas De Gallina is literally the chicken soup for the soul!  A tasty chicken and chicken broth will surely replenish your depleted energy at any time of the day.

arroz caldo
Arroz Con Caldo (120 php)
For the cold and rainy days, the Arroz Caldo is my recommendation.  It is chicken and rice bathing in rich beef broth.

tokwat baboy
Tokwa't Baboy (145 php)
Who doesn't love the classic Tokwa't Baboy?  This is a great addition to your merienda and great for sharing too.

lumpiang ubod sariwa
Lumpiang Ubod Sariwa (90 php)
If you have healthy or vegetarian friends, you can easily lure them to accompany you to Aristocrat with their delicious Lumpiang Ubod Sariwa.

dinuguan puto cheeseroll
Dinuguan with Puto and Cheese Roll (150 php + 60 php + 30 php)

I have never met anyone who resist the super duo of Dinuguan and Puto.  If you love the classic duo, I dare you to try Aristocrat's Cheese Roll with their Dinuguan.  Promise!  You'll feel like you've miss half of your life for this late discovery .

sotanghon guisado
Sotanghon Guisado (285 php)
pancit luglog
Pancit Luglog (190 php)
When we speak of merienda, there has to be pancit on the table.  Aristocrat's Sotanghon Guisado  and Pancit Luglog is so hearty that you can't go wrong with any of them.

I might as well share my all time favorites...

Soup & Salads
sotanghon soup
Sotanghon Soup (70 php)
sotanghon soup
Sotanghon Soup (70 php)

Aristocrat Classics
boneless chicken barbecue
Boneless Chicken Barbecue (190 php)

kare kare
Kare-Kare (455 php)
Aristocrat Bakeshop

torta de los reyes
Torta De Los Reyes Big (460 php)
torta de los reyes
Torta De Los Reye

lengua de gato
Lengua de Gato (240 php)
native chocolate
Native Chocolate (60 php)

mango banana shake
Mango-Banana Shake (110 php)
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I don't think you really need my verdict on this!  Aristocrat is time-tested by many already.  See you there! =)

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Aristocrat Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Menu 1  | Menu 2
=Favorites or Recommended 
Aristocrat Restaurant
Branches ROXAS BLVD (Open 24/7)
432 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila
(02) 524-7671 to 80

JUPITER (Open 24/7)
146 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City
(02) 895-0101 / 895-0725

4th Level, Pedro Gil Wing Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
(02) 523-3923

518 Banawe St., Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City
(02) 708-9772

238 Banawe St. Brgy Manresa, Q.C.
(02) 294-5750 / 0905-2968880

4F, SM City Manila Concepcion cor. Arroceros & San Marcelino Sts., Manila
(02) 521-60354 / 4804055

2F, SM City San Lazaro,F. Huertas cor A.H. Lacson Sts., Sta. Cruz, Manila

(02) 786-2664

Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia Central Business Park Bay Boulevard, Pasay City
(02) 556-0332

Block 2 Lot 2 Maharlika Grounds, Rizal Highway, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
(047) 252-3910

S&R Shaw Blvd
S&R Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
(02) 631-3654

Upper Ground Floor, New Annex Wing SM City Dasmariñas, Cavite
(046) 424 0000

Ultimart Shopping Plaza, M. Paulino St., San Pablo City, Laguna
(049) 503-1987
Business Hours 24 hours or 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Other  Website | Facebook Fan Page
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