Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A month ago, I learned about Uptown Fort Bonifacio from a PSP Vita playmate.   Since then, I've been wanting to check out this latest dining district in Bonifacio Global City.  Last week, I finally got to try The Brewery at The Palace.  

the brewery at the palace
It is a two-storey establishment with a big huge wooden grand door entrance that will easily catch your attention if you're coming from the Uptown Fort Bonifacio parking area.  

the brewery at the palace
It boast of a huge seating capacity which makes it an ideal hang out or meeting place.  The first floor has cozy lofts, wooden tables matched with steel chairs and one of the longest bars you'll find in the Metro. 

the brewery at the palace
What I like is their second floor where they showcase the whole brewery process.  I have to admit, I'm not a craft beer aficionado so seeing the big tanks known as the brewing kettle and pipes was a first time experience for me.  According to the menu, they always serve fresh beer made from the finest selection of ingredients (malts, hops and yeast).  And, they do all the brewing process from the mashing of the grains, hops and water to make worl.   Then, they ferment it by adding yeast.  Finally, the beer is conditioned matured and aged.

the brewery at the palace
There's also a stage where live bands play on some nights.  And, there's a smaller bar and an al fresco area here too.  Rico Blanco is one of the men behind The Brewery so you can expect awesome live entertainment here.

the brewery at the palace
I find the walls with drawing interesting.  It's also cool that they have charging stations.   

Food
With the award-winning corporate chef, Carlo Miguel at its helm, The Brewery also specializes in serving great pub grubs.   In fact, The Brewery is open for lunch at 11 am until 2 am serving meals around the clock.

the brewery at the palace
Welcome Bread
The Welcome Bread is complimentary served to every diner.  It is their specially-made wheat bread served warm and topped with parsley and mint and drizzled with olive oil.  It's rough and floury consistency reminds me of the buckwheat galettes.  But, this is thicker, more dense and chewy similar to their pizza dough.

Pub Grub
pulled chicken steak frites
Pulled Chicken Steak Frites (385 php)
The Pulled Chicken Steak Frites is a great pair for any beer.  The mash up of the grated 12 month aged parmesan, spiced pulled chicken, sliced Jalapeño peppers, steak cut fries glazed with beer cheese sauce and chiptotle aoili is superb. 

modern kilawin
♥  Modern Kilawin (320 php)
The Modern Kilawin is fresh tanigue fillets in pinakurat and coconut cream, onions, ginger, chili, bell peppers and chicharon and lemon foam.  The acidity from the vinegar and lemon foam wonderfully brings out the natural sweetness of the tanigue.  The creamy and mildly sweet coconut cream tones down the tanginess a bit.  And, the chicharon adds a pleasant crunch.

fishermans basket
The Fisherman's Basket (690 php)
The Fisherman's Basket (or shall I say wooden board hehe) is a wheat beer battered seafood feast: sole fish fillet, New Zealand mussels, Calamari, white shrimps and 3 pieces of soft shell crab.  It comes with steak cut fries, tomato salsa, caper aoili and sweet chili sauce.

Mains
modern sisilog
Modern Sisilog (320 php)
The Modern Sisilog is sensational!  Every crunchy sisig bit delivers an explosive savory goodness.  The 62 degree poached egg, calamansi foam and garlic fried rice are the perfect complements that will guarantee in making you want to finish this hefty plate.

Pizza
all meat pizza
All Meat Pizza (450 php)
The All Meat Pizza is a thin chewy crusted wheat pizza with a decadent layer of melted mozzarella and parmesan, pepperoni and onions.

Pasta
penne salchichon
♥ Penne Salchichon (350 php)
The Penne Salchichon is the most impressive pesto pasta that I have ever tried!  The penne is cooked al dente.  I really liked how well married the rich pesto cream and the penne are together.  The bountiful pork chunks, sausages and tomatoes made this dish a real winner amongst the rest for me. 

clam and mussel spaghetti
Clam and Mussel Spaghetti (480 php)
The Clam and Mussel Spaghetti is an wheat butter sauce based spaghetti dish loaded with mussels and clams.  It has a light garlic butter flavor.  It's best to eat this upon serving so the wheat butter sauce doesn't dry up.

Artisinal Ice Cream

double chocolate sandwich
Double Chocolate Sandwich (80 php + 20 php)
My relationship with ice cream is a never-ending  sweet love affair.  So how can I resist being beatified by beer-infused ice cream?  You can have your ice cream in scoop form or upgrade it into an ice cream sandwich by adding 20 php for the brioche bun.   We had the Double Chocolate Sandwich.  To our surprise, it comes with colorful mini mallows and chocolate sprinkles too.  It was rich in chocolatey goodness, deliciously creamy and has chocolate chunks too.

the brewery ice cream
Chocolate Hazelnut (80 php) and Lager Peanut Butter (80 php)
My companions loved the Chocolate Hazelnut greatly.  I have to agree that having peanut butter in a cool and creamy form is impressive.  The Chocolate Hazelnut was a milder and tamed version of the Double Chocolate with a hint of hazelnut. 

Dessert 
brewers cheesecake
Brewer's Cheesecake (280 php)
The Brewer's Cheesecake is an interesting one because it is infused with beer and cappuccinoUpon trying it, the classic Italian dessert Tiramisu came to my mind.  Perhaps, this was inspired by that.  It's not as heavy and dense as usual cheesecakesIt has it's own defining character which I liked.  It's crumby crust was evidently drench  in bitter sweet coffee. 

Drinks


Draft Beers
craft beers
Pilsner 330ml (180 php), IPA 330ml (220 php), Wheat Beer 330ml (200 php) and Stout 330ml (210 php)
The Pilsner is a Czech style light lager with a smooth finish and a 4.3% alcohol content..  The IPA, or India Pale Ale is a manly option with a strong maltiness and bitterness as it has more hops and 5% alcohol content The Wheat Beer delivers a refreshing fruity note although it holds 4.5% alcoholThe Stout has a hint of coffee flavor and just the right kick with 4.7% alcohol contentThey say that once you try crafted beers, there's no going back to the common commercialized beer. Try these and test it out for yourself.

Beer Cocktails
summer hoedown beer cocktail
Summer Hoedown (250 php)
I think we ladies will find their Beer Cocktails quite interesting.  The Summer Hoedown is watermelon and lemonade with pilsner beer.

Coffee

cappucino
Cappucino Hot (110 php)

Beverages
the brewery
Brewery Iced Tea (110 php)
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
The Brewery is definitely a one-stop destination for great beers, awesome food in sharing portions and  live entertainment.  In terms of food, they go beyond the usual bar chows.  I have just tried one of their many main dishes.  I'll definitely try more next time. 


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating The Brewery at The Palace Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2 | Menu 3
 Drinks 1 | Drinks 2 |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
The Brewery at The Palace
Business Address The Palace, 9th Avenue Corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-3am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 500-1,500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (0917) 638-3339
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cafe Via Mare has already engraved its heirloom Filipino dishes into our Filipino hearts and spirit.  What I love about Via Mare is that it serves consistently good Filipino dishes for everyone including Pope John Paul II, First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos and her distinguished guests as well as you and me.  

cafe via mare

Now, as Via Mare celebrates it 40th birthday,    I have been invited to a luncheonette to share with you some of its best sellers.  Whether it's for breakfast, lunch, merienda and dinner, Via Mare has offerings that is sure to satisfy your cravings.

Food

Mainit na Sabaw
pancit molo
Pancit Molo (195 php)
The Pancit Molo is a big bowl good for 2-3.  It is a heart and soulful soup with stuffed noodles filled with shrimp, chicken and pork.  To add more savory goodness, there are also smokey bacon strips.


sinigang na karne
Sinigang na Karne (365 php)
The Sinigang na Karne is our classic favorite tamarind based soup with a huge chunk of oh-so-soft cured beef.  There are also veggies to add the delightful sweet flavors and a boost of vitamins.

Sari-Saring Kanin
calcag rice
Calcag Rice (155 php)
The Calcag Rice is guaranteed to awaken all your taste sensors with the explosive umami essence from the sun-dried shrimps, bagoong and scrambled eggs.  This is great with any viand.


tuyo fried rice
Tuyo Fried Rice (155 php)
The Tuyo Fried Rice is so good that rice alone will satisfy you. The rich salty goodness is so good that it will make you eat more!


fiesta
Fiesta (195 php)
As the name implies, the Fiesta is a staple of extravagance.  Yes! It has loads of adobo bits, salted egg cubes and diced tomatoes so it is already a humble meal by itself.

Masagang Tanghalian
rellenong bangus
Rellenong Bangus (560 php)
The Rellenong Bangus is stuffed milk fish.  This is gloried by the savory and sweet tomato and onion sauce.

pinais na alimasag
Pinais na Alimasag (380 php)
The Pinais na Alimasag is a crabmeat and coco meat omelet served presentably in a blue crab shell.  The x factor of this dish is tbe coconut cream that gives it a mellifluous, fragrant and creamy consistency.  It is served with the bagoong balayan rice that's wrapped in banana leaf.

inasal na manok
Inasal na Manok (195 php)
An order of the Inasal na Manok comes with 4 skewers.  The garlic-annato roast chicken is so bold that it really lingers in your mouth.  The atchara is a great complement that refreshes the palette. 

beef kaldereta
Beef Kaldereta (470 php)
The Beef Kaldereta has a distinct thick and flavorful tomato sauce that makes you want to splurge all over your rice.  The beef cube is tender and easy to chew.  I appreciate every element of this dish even the olives, bell peppers and onions. 


arroz ala cubana
Arroz Ala Cubana (285 php)
The Arroz Ala Cubana is ground beef cooked in sofrito with raisins and snow peas.  It is served with fried egg and plaintain.
 
crispy binagoongan
Crispy Binagoongan (325 php)
The Crispy Binagoongan is a popular favorite.  The crispy pork bellies are sensationally crunchy so surely you'll go crunching away till the last bit.
 

Ensalada at Gulay
ensaladang pako
Ensaladang Pako (220 php)
My personal healthy favorite is the Ensaladang Pako.  The bunches of crisp fern leaves together with the salted egg and tomatoes plus the vinaigrette is a winner!
 

Sari-saring kakanin
guinatang halo halo
Guinataang Halo-Halo (98 php) *sampler size
The Guinataang Halo-Halo is a coconut cream dessert soup tinted with the color of its main ingredient: purple yam, taro and sweet potato.  To add the mellow sweetness that we love, there's plaintain banana and jackfruit slices.  And, I'm glad there's my favorite chewy rice dumpling ball too.

palitaw
Palitaw (55 php) *sampler size

The Palitaw is poached rice patties with grated coconut and toasted sesame seeds.  This is my type of chewy snack. 

Grilled Pan De Sal

laguna cheese pandesal chocolate
Laguna Cheese (155 php) and Spanish Style Chocolate (85 php)
The Laguna Cheese is grilled pan de sal served hot off the grill and filled with Laguna's farmer-style white cheese.

I like to pair my
Laguna Cheese with the Spanish Style Chocolate.  This pair brings a delightful comfort to my soul. 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Cafe Via Mare time-tested prestige can tell more than we could.  So what's your favorite?

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Cafe Via Mare Menu
Ambiance Altanghap | Sabaw | Kanin
Tanghalian | Tanghalian 2 |   
Ensalada | Gulay | Oyster |  
Pampalamig | Kakanin | At Iba Pa |  
 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Cafe Via Mare
Business Address EASTWOOD MALL
Unit A215 Level 2,
Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City
Bagumbayan, Quezon City
(02) 709-3005 to 06

ROCKWELL
G/F, Rockwell Center, Makati
(02) 898-1306 | 890-5772

EDSA SHANGRILA
G/F, Edsa Shangrila Plaza Mall,
Mandaluyong
(02) 631-1613 | 631-1933

GREENBELT 3
Shop 138 Greenbelt 3 Ayala Center, Makati City
(02) 757-4020 | 757-4022

GREENBELT 1
Paseo de Roxas Makati City
(02) 815-1918

THE LANDMARK - MAKATI
2F Landmark Dept. Store Ayala Center,
Makati City
(02) 817-9720

GREENHILLS PROMENADE
The New Promenade Theatre Mall,
Greenhills
(02) 726-8931

UP Diliman Campus - GT Toyota Center
GT Toyota Asian Cultural Center,
Katipunan Road, corner Magsaysay St.
UP Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 441-1444 | 441-1555

TOMAS MORATO
190 Tomas Morato Ave. corner Sct. Gandia St., QC
(Right beside Citibank)
(02) 351-8724 | 416-1355

PANAY AVENUE
111 Panay Avenue Future Point Bldg. 3
(02) 990-5549

ST. LUKE'S GLOBAL
G/F Medical Arts Bldg. St. Luke's Global
Tel. No. 556-8982 ; 556-9071
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 350-800
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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It been a long time since I last dined at Restaurante Pia Y Damaso.

restaurante pia y damaso
It still has the same wonderful vibe as I remembered.

Food

Starter
crisp cones with crab corn tomatoes
Crisp Cones with Crab, Corn, Tomato Relish (220 php)
The Crisp Cones with Crab, Corn, Tomato Relish is an interesting starter.  This reminds me of a taco because of the fried crispy shell.  But, instead of having something meaty or savory, this is quite the contrary as it is light and refreshing.  The sauteed crab meat is sweet.  It is well-complemented by the corn, onions, tomato, cucumber, cumin, cinnamon, parsley and lemon juice.

Salad
chinese lumpia salad
Chinese Lumpia Salad (275 php)
Being familiar with the Chinese Lumpia, it looked close to my expectation.  But, the Chinese Lumpia Salad is a very good rendition.  It was very fragrant and the play of textures made it quite interesting.

Soups & Stews
lang lang
Lang Lang (325 php)
The Lang Lang is my kind of noodle soup.  This is so hearty with shredded chicken, ham, stitake mushroom, woodear mushrooms, pancit molo, lomi and sotangon noodles.

Sandwiches 
croque quezo spinach
Croque Quezo & Spinach (250 php)
The Croque Quezo & Spinach is sure to impress with it's key ingredient: Malagos' goat mozarella. 
 
kua pao pan de sal
Kua Pao Pan De Sal (250 php)
I've tried the Kua Pao Pan De Sal before.  And, boy am I glad to have it again.

Pasta
Tuna Egg (Bihod) With Tapenade Seared Blue Marlin & Fresh Tomatoes (360 php)
The Tuna Egg (Bihod) With Tapenade Seared Blue Marlin & Fresh Tomatoes is a delectable Filipino take of a pasta dish.  It has caramelized onions, garlic, tuna egg roe, black olives, sardines, tomatoes, olive oil and seared blue marlin chunks.

Specials
sisig ni cabesang tales
Sisig ni Cabesang Tales (300 php)
I liked the Sisig ni Cabesang Tales because it wasn't as oily and fatty as the other sisig I've tried.

Beef & Game
smoked tapang usa
Smoked Tapang Usa (450 php)
I love tapa and exotic variants like Smoked Tapang Usa excites me. 

Pork
smoked bbq mango pork
Smoked BBQ Mango Pork (500 php)
The Smoked BBQ Mango Pork is so beautiful.  And, the smoked barbecue and mango marmalade is a great combination.

crispy pata
♥  Crispy Boneless Pork (350 php)
Who doesn't want a version of crispy pata that's without the bones and easy to eat like the Crispy Boneless Pork?  These crunchy pork cubes were gone in a flash!

Beverages

tubig ni maria clara
Tubig ni Maria Clara (300 php)
Because we're in a tropical country, the Tubig ni Maria Clara is fresh cucumber juice, ginger and citrus water.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Restaurante Pia Y Damaso has not lost its touch.  It's definitely one of the best Filipino restaurants in the area.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Restaurante Pia Y Damaso Menu
Ambiance | Starters | Salad | Soup | Stews | |
 Sandwiches | PastaBeef | Game |
| Chicken | Fowl | Rice | Fish | Seafood | Pork | 
Dessert | Desserts 2 |
 | Beverages | Specials 2 |
Coffee | Teas | Chocolate |  Alcohol | Alcohol 2 |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Restaurante Pia Y Damaso
Business Address Level 2, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, 
Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 350-1,000
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 729-5511 | 502-0106
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