Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I've long been seeing Kebabers so when my friends and I were looking for a budget-friendly place in SM Manila, I suggested this.

kebabers
It has a very bright counter compared to the usual fast food places.  The signage and menu is well-lighted, big and really attention-catching.

kebabers
It has limited selections but since it Persian Cuisine, they have something different to offer.

kebabers

Upon paying for your order, they will give you a buzzer.  Once it buzzer, you have to get your order at the kitchen window on the left end of the place.  You will also have the option to choice between their two dips: Spicy and Regular Garlic Sauce.


Cheese Kebab Meal
2 pcs. Cheese Kebab Meal (99 php)
The 2 pcs. Cheese Kebab Meal has two small kebab nuggets filled with gooey melted cheddar cheese.  

The Spicy and Regular Garlic Sauce is diluted but its refillable so I dare not complain.

Shawarma Rice Bowl
kebabers
Monster Beef Bowl Regular (109 php)

The Monster Beef Bowl is a bowlful of ground kebab meat with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.  It also comes with free iced tea.  I think this is the most bang for the buck among all we ordered.

Shawarma
kebabers
Fish Shawarma (99 php)
I wouldn't suggest the Fish Shawarma.  See how sad it looks?


Choco Fudge (59 php)
 Good thing we all had room for dessert.  We all loved the Choco Fudge.

Choco Fudge (59 php)

It is nicely chilled, rich and fudgy. 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I don't know where else you can get Persian Cuisine for Less Than 100 Pesos so that makes Kebabers a major consideration in that alley.  However, if you wouldn't mind stretching your budget, I don't think this is for you.  The serving size is not for hefty eaters like me. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Kebabers Menu
Ambiance Menu
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Kebabers SM Manila
Business Address 4/F SM City Manila, Natividad Lopez St.,
Ermita, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 80-500
Free WiFi Yes (SM Free WiFi)
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (0916) 555-4291
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Friday, June 26, 2015

After a dinner in the Makati area, my little sister insisted that we should have some coffee.  We googled for a coffee shop nearby and Commune popped up.

commune philippines

I've heard a lot of raves about Commune in the social media.  I was expecting it to have an ambiance like the mainstream coffee and tea shops.  But, it turned out to be quite simplistic.  It intentionally had mix-matched chairs.  

commune philippines
Some portions have high tables with high stools.  I liked the interiors especially the dangling lights.  However, the lack of sufficient air-conditioning made me uncomfortable. 

commune philippines
The cupcakes didn't seem to entice any of us so we didn't try any.

Hot Drinks
commune philippines
Cappuccino (99 php)
My little sister ordered the Cappuccino and requested to have a 3D latte art.  We were happy with the latte art but the coffee was just average.
 

commune philippines
Cappuccino Decaf (120 php)
Cold Drinks
Commune
Iced Cappuccino (130 php)
I ordered the Iced Cappuccino which was very diluted for my liking.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I don't understand what the hype over Commune is.  Perhaps, we should try their food to appreciate?  Or, this turns into something extraordinary during weekdays?  I'll probably only revisit if I'm looking for a hang out place in the area as the price is pretty decent.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Commune Menu
Ambiance N/A
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Commune
Business Address GF, Liberty Plaza, 102 H. V. Dela Costa Street, 
Salcedo Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 8am-12pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 100-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 889-2660
Other  Website
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If you've been to Salcedo Village in Makati, then you have certainly seen C'Italian Dining.  The facade exudes a grand luxurious intimidating elegance

citalian dining
But, to my surprise, "C" in C'Italian actually stands for casual. 

citalian dining
I can easily point out what makes its facade stand out.
  • First, the entire building is made of stone.  
  • Second, it has an enormous maroon dome awning above it's glittering and well-lighted gold entrance.  
  • Third, its sophiscated window pane design.  
  • Fourth, it's usher waiting to open your door.  
  • Fifth, its al fresco area covered with striped awnings and misty effects.

citalian dining
Step in and you'll find yourself even more enthralled by the golden framed paintings, stylish chandeliers, classy and well-polished furnitures and fixtures and tip-top shiny servers.

citalian dining
There's a shelf filled with white plates authographed by distinguished personalities.

Food
citalian dining
Complimentary Bread

C' Original Panizza

C'Italian Dining is the home of the original panizza.  It is their original recipe.
panizza
Jando La Famiglia (500 php)
The Jando La Famiglia is a panizza topped with salami, toasted sliced garlic and sun-dried tomatoes.  It is served with arugula.  You can also spice it up with their chili oil.  All my companions loved this.  This is the first time for them to try a panizza and it surely left a great first impression.

panizza
Kristina La Famiglia (520 php)
The  Kristina is a panizza topped with bacon, ham, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes and mushroom.  Having tried the same item in My Kitchen by Chef Chris, I can't help but compare them.  This is the clear winner in terms of price as this is only 520 php (against 790 php).  Both has roughly the same amount of toppings.  The texture is almost the same, but I have a slight preference towards My Kitchen's.

panizza
Rolls Royce La Famiglia (690 php)
The Rolls Royce is a panizza topped with salami, scallop flakes, shrimp and sun-dried tomatoes.

panizza
KarMichael Solo
If you prefer the familiar pizzas, you can order the KarMichael which has olive, ham, green bell pepper.

Pasta

linguine al tartufo e proscuitto
Linguine Al Tartufo E Proscuitto La Familglia (790 php)
The Linguine Al Tartufo E Proscuitto is linguine in rich truffle cream sauce topped with Parmesan, prosciutto and asparagus.  I like that they didn't scrimp on the truffle because I love truffle!  But, the pasta was a bit undercooked for me.  It was a bit tough and dry.

pasta
Linguine Ai Fruitti De Mare La Familglia (590 php)
The Linguine Ai Fruitti De Mare would be my top choice among the pasta dishes I've tried.  It has generous bits of salmon mahi-mahi, and prawns and pieces of imported mussels in extra-virgin olive oil and tangy pomodoro sauce. 
 
penne roberto
Penne Roberto Solo (320 php)

The Penne Roberto is a great option for those who prefer cream-based sauce.  It is penne in gorgonzola and parmesan cream sauce with chicken fillet, sliced garlic and sun dried tomatoes.


pasta
Spanghetti Con Polpette La Familglia (490 php)
Carnivores would prefer the Spanghetti Con Polpette La Familglia with its beef and pork meatballs, parmesan cheese, fresh herbs and spices, roasted in olive oil and braised in pomodoro sauce over the Linguine Ai Fruitti De Mare

Secondi: Poultry
tuscan chicken
Tuscan Roasted Whole Chicken (890 php)
The Tuscan Roasted Whole Chicken is a marinated in extra virgin olive oil, white wine and lemon served with vegetable pilaf rice.  I don't recall having encountered this dish before so I guess the bold flavor took me off guard.  It didn't appeal to my taste buds.  I also fount the chicken meat lacking in moisture.

Secondi: Beef
angus beef flank steak
Angus Beef Flank Steak 1000 grams (3490 php)
As you can see, the Angus Beef Flank Steak is marinated with black pepper, rosemary and garlic, served with caramelized onion roasted potatoes, baked pumpkin slice and rapini topped with red wine reduction.  It also comes with kale as side dish.  For the price, this is unbelievably affordable.  It is also tender and succulent. 

Dolce
lemon cheesecake
Lemon Cheese Cake (230 php)
The Lemon Cheese Cake is a very visually appealing baked lemon cheesecake topped with sweet jellied lemon sauce, almond slivers and cream.  This was swiped clean by my friends.  But, I found it too sweet for my preference.  Having this made me miss My Kitchen's version

tiramisu
Tiramisu (210 php)

I prefered the Tiramisu over the Lemon Cheese Cake.   But, it's not something I'd order again.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I've long heard of C'Italian Dining and have been meaning to visit it n Pampanga.  I'm glad it's already here in Metro Metro.  Now I can have panizza as often as I want without breaking the bank.  Given the amazing ambiance, this is also a great place to bring guest/s you want to impress.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating C'Italian Dining Menu
Ambiance Panizza 1 | Panizza 2 | Panizza 3 | Antipasti
Insalate | Zuppe | Potato Gnocchi
Pasta 1 | Pasta 2 | Secondi 1 | Secondi 2 |

Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
C'Italian Dining Makati
Business Address L' Ermitage Apartments, 115 L. P. Leviste Corner Toledo Street, 
Salcedo Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 800-2,000
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 246-9069
Other 
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

I always try to expand my foodie horizon.  A few weeks ago, I finally reached Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center.  It's a foodie haven within Capitol Hills.  It is also a home to Fika, a humble cafe and restaurant run by the First Gourmet Academy - the culinary school located just above it. 

fika first gourmet academy
The set up is quite simple. 

fika first gourmet academy
Table set-up gives you a hint of its Asian flare as Fika provides chopsticks too.

fika first gourmet academy
I found the al fresco area more appealing as  it offers a nice view of the green golf course.  During late afternoon, you can even see the orange horizon because of the sunset.

Food

Appetizers
filipino pork crackling
Filipino Pork Crackling (110 php)
The Filipino Pork Crackling is a the classic oven roasted salted pork rind sticks with vinegar dip presented in a fun twisted and thin form. 

chinese firecracker shrimp
Chinese Firecracker Shrimp (215 php)
The Chinese Firecracker Shrimp is fried shrimp wrapped in rice paper with sweet and spicy sauce.  This is simple but fun to munch.

cantonese pork siu mai
Cantonese Pork Siu Mai (165 php)
The Cantonese Pork Siu Mai is steamed minced pork dumplings drizzled with sesame oil and served with chili oil and soy sauce dip.  Many of my companions where wondering why this is called "siu mai" instead of the "siomai" we usually encounter here in the Philippines.  It's because "siomai" is Fookien-style as many of us Tsinoys here in the Philippines are Fookienese.

indonesia chicken satay
Indonesian Chicken Satay (200 php)
One of my favorite dishes among those I've tried is the  Indonesian Chicken Satay.  For 200 bucks, these huge grilled moist chicken breasts cubes is the wisest option to order.  I highly recommend it.

Salads and Soups
japanese crabstick and mango salad
Japanese Crabstick and Mango Salad (120 php)
The Japanese Crabstick and Mango Salad has a very light and faint wasabi dressing.  I enjoyed this!

japanese shoyu ramen
Japanese Shoyu Ramen (110 php)
The Japanese Shoyu Ramen is unlike the other shoyu ramen that I've tried because it was sweet like sukiyaki.  My friends like it because it has lots of seafood, vegetables and egg noodles.   And, at its pricing, this is one of the cheapest ramens, I've had.

Mains
malaysian fish fillet sambal
Malysian Fish Fillet Sambal (225 php)
The Malysian Fish Fillet Sambal was a bit disappointing for me.  It was an ordinary breaded dory fish fillet with chili and garlic sauce. 

korean spicy stir fried squid
Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Squid (220 php)
The Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Squid had the right blend of sweet and spiciness from the korean chili bean pasta and nutty flavor from the roasted sesame.

thai chicken curry in peanut sauce
Thai Chicken Curry in Peanut Sauce (200 php)
The Thai Chicken Curry in Peanut Sauce is cubed chicken and vegetable simmered in thai curry paste coconut milk and roasted peanuts.  I loved this!

chinese meat balls
Chinese Meat Balls (190 php)
The Chinese Meat Balls is a serving of 3 large pork meatballs and cabbage simmered in chinese soy sauce.  I find this one to be filling to the belly but not so enticing to the taste buds.

cantonese barbecue pork
Cantonese Barbecue Pork (235 php)
If you enjoy sweet and rich flavors, the Cantonese Barbecue Pork  which is roasted marinated pork with sweet Chinese barbecue sauce is for you.

Vegetables
stir fried vegetables
Chinese Styled Stir-Fried Vegetables (95 php)

Rice and Noodles
chinese yeung chow fried rice
Chinese Yeung Chow Fried Rice (195 php)
The Chinese Yeung Chow Fried Rice reminds me of my mom's cooking.  It's hearty and satisfactory.

Breakfast
omellete
Plain Omelette with Toast (100 php)
tapa
Beef Tapa with Garlic Rice, Fried Eggs and Atchara (220 php)
My favorite Filipino breakfast meal is tapaFika's Beef Tapa with Garlic Rice, Fried Eggs and Atchara is really good and has definitely passed my high standard.


Desserts
desserts
Filipino Leche Flan (75 php), Malaysian Cream Pie (75 php), Cantonese Mango Pudding (75 php) and Thai Coco and Pandan Cooler (75 php)
Save room for dessert!  I specially loved the Malaysian Cream Pie.

Drinks
iced cappuccino
Iced Cappuccino (110 php)
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
If you're in the area and looking for affordable dishes to try, I highly recommend Fika.  The price is unbelievably cheap.  I'm told that its because they don't seek to profit but merely to train their students.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Fika Menu
Ambiance Breakfast 1 | Breakfast 2 |
Vegetables | Rice | Noodles | Salads and Soups |
 Appetizers | Mains 1 | Main 2 |
Drinks | Desserts |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Fika
Business Address GF Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center, Capitol Hills Drive, 
Old Balara, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 7am-9:30pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 100-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 246-9069
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