Wednesday, April 1, 2015

After our dinner, my little sister suggested we check out Farmacy Ice Cream and Soda Fountain which she has already tried during one of her dates.  Everyone was enthusiastic about it since we all found ice cream to be our comfort food.

farmacy ice cream soda fountain manila
It was around 9 pm on a Saturday and Farmacy had a busy buzzing crowd.  The glass windows allows you to see it's unique interiors.  

farmacy ice cream soda fountain manila
Going in, I found the space too narrow.  It had a bar-type seating by the counter and another bar-type seating by the glass windows leaving a 1 person isle in the middle.  The kitchen where I assume they make their homemade ice cream is found on the right far-end which had windows but there's really no space for you to stand and watch.  I'd advise you to visit during none peak hours so you can enjoy the ambiance which was our mistake.  My poor little sister who is a pharmacist was so excited to have her photo taken by an empty bar stool but before I can take a photo of her, she was prompted to get off the stool as it was already assigned

farmacy ice cream soda fountain manila
Space is well-utilized the shelves add to the 19th century pharmacy while extending usefulness to hold their glass wares.  Between the racks, there's a bar which is laid on top of their fridge. 

farmacy ice cream soda fountain manila
There's an ice cream bar where you can try the flavors. We didn't get to try these because we couldn't stand the tight feel and decided to wait outside till we were assigned to a table.  Being a sister company and next door neighbor of Wildflour Cafe + Bakery, it  has a similar concept of having an outdoor seating with wooden table and chairs coupled with bottled candle lights.  You can also use Wildflour's drink frequency card here so you can achieve your free 10th drink faster.

farmacy ice cream soda fountain manila
During the few seconds we were there, I noticed that you can try a small silver spoonful of the ice cream and then drop the spoon on the bottle dedicated for dirty spoons.

Sundaes
black forest sundae
Black Forest Sundae (280 php)
My little recommended trying their Chocolate Ice Cream which is Farmacy's best-selling flavor and she loved its bitter-sweetness.  We didn't want to settle with the plain ice cream options so we chose the Black Forest Sundae instead.  The Black Forest Sundae is a Double Chocolate Ice Cream laid on fudgy chocolate brownies topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, chocolate bits and morello cherry.  I personally found this too sweet because of the over-rich and fudgy chocolate brownies and sweet chocolate sauce.  But, my little sisters loved it.

Ice Cream Floats
very berry float
Very Berry Float (270 php)
Being in an ice cream and soda fountain shop, big brother thought it wise to order from their Ice Cream Float selection which had the best of both worlds.  He ordered the Very Berry Float which was an interesting purple concoction with Strawberry Ice Cream and Blueberry Soda.  I loved this but my siblings preferred the Black Forest Sundae over this.  The sweet and sour bubbly Blueberry Soda and the similarly sweet and sour creamy Strawberry Ice Cream were a great duo.


Brown Cow (270 php)
Having the same price as the Very Berry Float, I thought it was inequitably not worth the money to spend for the Brown Cow.  Instead of a homemade soda priced at 120 php,  you get a canned A&W Rootbeer which they priced at 65 php and their homemade Vanilla Ice Cream priced at 130 php per scoop.  This means that if you order the Very Berry Float, you're only paying a premium of 20 php and loss the waffle cone for the glass presentation.   But, with the Brown Cow, the premium is raised to 75 php for a flavor that you can blend at your very home.

Very Thick Shakes
Very Thick Shakes: Black Sesame, Coffee Almond and Pistachio (260 php)
I'm quite fond of milkshakes so I went for their Very Thick Shakes which allowed me to choose three ice cream flavors to be blended.  The server suggested a couple of famous blends by their customers like Double Chocolate, Cookie Dough and Vanilla but they seemed to common and unintriguing to me.  They had 26 homemade ice cream flavors so of course, I took the chance to be playful.  Thus, I decided to take the deviant route with a trio of Black Sesame, Coffee Almond and Pistachio.  It bore a dominant Black Sesame flavor with a detectable hint of Coffee Almond and probably super faint or barely present flavor of Pistachio.  I must say, this is a comforting blend which I'm proud to have created. The roasted Black Sesame gave a nice aromatic hint that's lightly sweetened so I was able to finish my 1 glass and half (from the silver cup) with pleasure. 

Farmacy After Dark
Tequila Sunset (320 php)
My only sister who seems to enjoy alcohol more than the rest of us tried the Tequila Sunset.  It was a great choice since even I appreciate this refreshing drink.  It had a scoop of Coconut Sorbet and Pineapple Sorbet floating atop the mixture of Ginger Ale Soda and tequila.
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Overall, I think we all enjoyed the experience of having to try Farmacy Ice Cream and Soda Fountain.  I'd recommend it as a must visit for anyone.  But, I don't think we're enticed to come back.  Their pricing, inadequate service and lack of comfort due to the cramped space doesn't seem to justify another visit. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Farmacy Ice Cream and Soda Fountain Menu
Ambiance Lunch | Menu | Drinks |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Farmacy Ice Cream and Soda Fountain
Business Address G/F Net Lima Bldg, 4th Ave cor 26th St Fort Bonifacio, 
Taguig City, Metro Manila
Business Hours Mon-Wed: 11am-12am
Thurs-Sat: 11am-2am
Sun: 12pm-12am 
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 150-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 887-3622
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Monday, March 30, 2015

The family is constantly in search of new gastronomic adventures so for my mom's birthday I book us a reservation at Al Batra Restaurant & Coffee Shop.  I found this restaurant through TripadvisorThis is one of the rare halal restaurants in the Metro.  It's conveniently found at the heart of Makati too.

al batra restaurant coffee shop
It has a huge green and white sign.  

al batra restaurant coffee shop
But, it took as awhile upon parking to notice that the entrance is at the side as it is located on the second floor above 7-11


al batra restaurant coffee shop
It was surprisingly very spacious and segregated into two parts: the cafe area with small table able well-cushion loft seats with a window view of Jupiter Street.   


al batra restaurant coffee shop
and the dining area with big round black tables near the kitchen and the frozen fish display area.  There were foreign customers at the cafe area but we were the only group at the dining area.  Did I mention they are open 24 hours? 

The supervisor welcomed us and was quite hospitable but for the first time ever we've encountered this peculiar problem: they ran out of utensils so half of our group had to use plastic utensils (which was bought from 7-11).  The supervisor was kept apologizing about it stating that Middle Easterners only use their hands when eating.  Is this true?  So with plastic spoon and forks at hand, let's proceed to the food.  We occupied 4 big round tables.  And, there were many seating yet to be availed of so the shortage really surprised us.

Food


Cold Appetizers
al batra restaurant coffee shop
Mixed Al Batra Appetizer Small (180 php)
Since our table wanted to try as much as we could of the menu selection starting with the appetizer, we ordered the Mixed Al Batra Appetizer.  It had Hummos (chickpeas and oil), Mutable (mashed eggplant oven baked with yogurt in olive oil), Tabula (mix chops vegetable salad with burgol seasoning in olive oil), Green Salad (carrots, tomatoes, cucumber,special spices olive oil)  served with 2 Al Batra Bread.  Although I usually love flat bread, the Al Batra Bread did not appeal to my liking because it was neither soft nor crunchyWe also wanted to try the Sambusa best seller but out of stock.

Main Dishes
meat biryani
Meat Biryani (450 php)
We had no idea that the Meat Biryani would be goat meat with biryani spices in biryani rice.  I was the only one who appreciate this. 

chicken curry
Chicken Curry (390 php)
Being a curry enthusiast, I ordered the
Chicken Curry.  It was good but it failed to stand out against the rest of our orders.  
 
broasted chicken
Broasted Chicken (360 php)
I'd never imagine myself ordering Broasted Chicken in a Middle Eastern before but our excited parents were so sold by our table's server that they ordered one for each table.  I'm glad they did because it was really good!  It was served with fries but we opted for rice.

Grilled

meat kebab small
Meat Kebab Small (300 php)
My cousins husband Matt who was the only man on our table was yearning for some meat so we ordered the Meat Kebab.  

meat kebab small
Meat Kebab Small (300 php)
The Meat Kebab is served covered under two thick and warm Al Batra Bread.  It was tender and succulent.  It is one of the best kebab I've ever tried!

 
lamb chops
Lamb Chops Small (390 php)
The Lamb Chops was served skewer-style with grilled onions and bell peppers in between but without the stick. 

lamb chops
Lamb Chops Small (390 php)
The Lamb Chops was another hit among us!  But, the experience would have been less tiring if we were not using plastic utensils to dissect the big chunks. 

 
Fresh Seafood
hammour
Hammour (Lapu Lapu) (100 php/100 grams)
As soon as we arrived at Al Batra, my uncle was enthusiastic about their very affordable fresh seafood so he ordered one steamed Hammour (commonly known to us as Lapu-Lapu) for each table.   I usually encounter steamed Lapu-Lapu during our lauriat Chinese dinners but I have to admit, this tops all of those.  They use different herbs and spices which works like magic.  It was cooked with outstanding precision too.  All tables were amazed with the soft, moist yet solid consistency of our beautiful steamed Hammour.

 
Rice
kabsa
Kabsa Rice (120 php)
Kabsa Rice is a tomato based rice.  It's my first time to try this but it felt as familiar as eating any tomato-based stew with rice.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
If you're looking for impressive authentic Mediterranean cuisine, definitely try Al Batra Restaurant & Coffee Shop.  We were all very satisfied with all our orders.  It is one of the best we've tried.  We'd love to come back...  Hopefully they have utensils enough for us by then and the air-conditioning is better.


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Al Batra Restaurant & Coffee Shop Menu
Ambiance Hot Appetizers | Cold Appetizers |
SoupBakeries | Breakfast
Side DishesMain Dishes | Grilled |
Sandwiches | Pizza
Rice | Pasta | Drinks | Drinks 2
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Al Batra Restaurant & Coffee Shop
Business Address 2F, A.M Flores Building, Makati Avenue corner Constellation Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 24 hours
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 403-5552
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was invited to sample Solaire Resorts and Casino's Anniversary Offers from its six dining establishments. 

Finestra
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Saltimbocca Alla Sorrentina
Waterside Resto Bar
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Paella Valenciana
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Surf & Turf (Hanger Steak, Salmon, Pork Ribs, and Prawns)


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Humita
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Potato Carbonara
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solaire resorts and casino
Check out my other dining experience at Waterside Resto Bar here.


Oasis Garden Cafe
solaire resorts and casino
    Butter Scotch Macaron Cake, Blondies with Roasted mango and Avocado and Strawberry Chiffon Cake
The Butter Scotch Macaron Cake is layers of almond caramel filled with caramel and butterscotch parfait and roasted almonds.  The Blondies with Roasted mango and Avocado is glazed Blondies, avocado panacotta, roasted fresh mango.  The Strawberry Chiffon Cake is vanilla mascaporne filling, fresh strawberries.

Check out my other relaxing experience at Oasis Garden Cafe here.

Red Lantern
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Wuxi Braised Ribs
Yakumi
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Ehou Maki
Strip Steakhouse
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solaire resorts and casino
Pastrami-Spiced Black Angus Beef Short Ribs
Try these anniversary specials while you can.  They will be available for the whole month of March, 2015.


Solaire Resort and Casino
Business Address 1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Tambo,
Paranaque City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 24 hours
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 800-3,000
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 888-8888
Other  Website | Facebook Fan Page  
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Monday, March 16, 2015

This is my nth visit at Osaka Ohsho because there's always something new to try in addition to their famous gyoza.  (see my previous visits here and here) Osaka Ohsho has recently launched there teppanyaki festival offerings.


Teppanyaki Festival
osaka ohsho teppanyaki
Mixed Shellfish Teppanyaki (325 php)
The Mixed Shellfish Teppanyaki offers the treasures of the sea: ocean fresh scallops, mussels and clams seasoned with garlic and Japanese sake then sauteed in a Japanese onion sauce served with sauteed mixed vegetables.  This is so good that I couldn't stop tossing more of it unto my mouth.  
 
osaka ohsho teppanyaki
Sakana Matsuri (Fish Festival) Teppanyaki  (420 php)
Fish lovers will surely be delighted with the Sakana Matsuri (Fish Festival) Teppanyaki composed of Norweigan pink salmon, Pacific Blue Marlin and Yellow Fin Tuna steaks in butter, garlic and Japanese Sake.  For staple and veggies, it has thin slices of asparagus, potatoes and carrots on the center.

Get the best of the land and sea with the Salmon Bacon Teppanyaki (310 php).  A serving has 5 pieces of fresh Norweigan pink salmon wrapped in premium honey cured belly bacon strips glazed with Japanese teriyaki sauce and sprinkled with diced spring onions.

The Bacon Cut Pork Belly Aparagus Teppanyaki is another winning option with its crunchy asparagus spears wrapped in savory sweet sukiyaki and teriyaki sliced pork belly strips covered in sesame seeds and spring onions.


osaka ohsho teppanyaki
Sake Beef Teppanyaki (330 php)
Carnivores have the Sake Beef Teppanyaki to satisfy their meaty cravings.  It is sauteed sukiyaki sliced beef in Japanese sake, garlic and butter with a side of Japanese Coleslaw.
 
osaka ohsho teppanyaki
Mixed Mushroom & Bacon Teppanyaki (310 php)
The bold tasting Mixed Mushroom & Bacon Teppanyaki is a must try.  Don't forget to dip this tantlizing roll of shitake, shimeji brown and eringi Japanese mushrooms, asparagus spears in honey-cured belly bacon strips in their original tangy Japanese Urinchi Sauce.
The Prawn Teppanyaki (495 php) in butter and garlic is amazingly good when dipped in their Japanese Wasabi Mayo dip.  I so love the Wasabi Mayo dip that I'd recommend having the other dishes with it.

Ika Sugataki (250 php)
The Ika Sugataki is soft sliced mildly spiced squid rings served with stir fried vegetables.  I found this quite addictive so yes, I finished this to the very last bit.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I'm glad that Osaka Ohsho added these to their menu.  I'd gladly have them again especially the Mixed Shellfish Teppanyaki together with the Original Gyoza and the dessert Peanut Butter and Banana Gyoza.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Osaka Ohsho Menu
Ambiance Gyoza | Appetizers | Salads
Stir Fry | Vegetables | Yakimono | Teppanyaki
New Teppanyaki 1 | New Teppanyaki 2 |
Agemono | Rice | Noodles
Afternoon and Kiddie Sets
 Set 1 | Set 2
Chahan Set 1 | Fuwatora Set | Curry Set | New Fuwatora
 Desserts | Drinks |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Osaka Ohsho
Business Address 3/F SM Megamall Fashion Hall (Megamall D)
Julia Vargas Ave cor. EDSA Wack Wack,
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 300-1,500
Free WiFi Yes (SM WiFi)
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (0917) 828-5011
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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