Friday, November 21, 2014

After a short run at the Quezon City Circle, I headed back to Trinoma to take the MRT.  But, as my stomach was grumbling and protesting, I succumb to my intense hunger and quickly searched for a new restaurant to try.  Somehow, I was enticed by the crowded atmosphere of Ristorante Bigoli.  

As I glanced on their menu board, prices are incredibly cheap.  I fell in line like the rest of the customers who paid as they orders at the counter.  That hinted to me that the Bigoli is a fast-food type restaurant. 

As a first timer, it took a long time for me to decide on what to order but the staffs are very friendly and even assisted me.   It's my first time to encounter a fast-food with a chiller and a display of salad, dishes, cakes and drinks but it was great because it gave me an idea of their usual serving size.

As soon as I paid, I was given my number. 

Tables were usually set up for a group of 2 and 4.  There was a booth types on the side.  The ambiance is like casual dining so it's better than most fast food right?   It was very packed but luckily the turn over was fast so I was able to find a seat.  On the right side, there is a Stickhouse Gelato Bar so I'm guessing they are affiliated.  

Food
I didn't wait long before my food was served smoking hot.
Spaghetti Bolognese with Pepperoni Pizza (135 php)

I didn't know why but I was just in the mood for simple comfort food so I ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese with Pepperoni Pizza.  Just feeling gluttony that night, I ordered two just for myself. LOL! =p  

Spaghetti Bolognese with Pepperoni Pizza (135 php)
The Spaghetti Bolognese was surprisingly good.  It was definitely the Italian spaghetti bolognese with the tangy tomato sauce I was yearning for.  The Pepperoni Pizza was just as good!  It was thin crusted exploding in comforting crisp and savory pepperoni flavor in every bite.  As I was eating my way on my first plate, a server was roaming around with a basket filled with warm Breadsticks.  Wow! I couldn't believe it.  With the price and quality they offered, they could still offer unlimited Breadsticks.  As their Breadsticks were delicious, I modestly took one.  By the end of my meal, I was so stuffed that I felt I over ordered. 

If you like spicy foods like me, they have a great Chili Rojo sauce that goes well with their pizza.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I'm adding Ristorante Bigoli in my cheap eats list.  I'm very satisfied with their incredibly cheap combo meals with unlimited Breadsticks.  Sulit talaga!  The service is good too as assistance was immediate and the staffs are friendly. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Ristorante Bigoli Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2 |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Ristorante Bigoli Trinoma
Business Address 4/F Trinoma Mall, Edsa Corner North Avenue, 
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 100-300
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 901-5742
Other 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We were yearning for after-dinner when we spotted Epic Coffee Roastery along East Capitol drive.

epic coffee roastery
It's yellow, flashy and bright sign makes it glaringly visible to passersby.  Parking was full so we had to settle for a few distance of walking which seemed worth it as we interpreted the crowdiness to mean that they must be serving good coffee.

epic coffee roastery
It is one of the most hyped third wave cafe in Kapitolyo.  Upon entry, the first thing I noticed was the bike display and the cake chiller.

epic coffee roastery
Lot buzzes and chatter from diners are also evident.  We got to learn that you can cross-order from their big brother restaurant Poco Deli which is why it had a huge crowd.

epic coffee roastery
We couldn't find any seat available so we ordered for take out.  We just observed their displays.

epic coffee roastery
 It has a unique rustic atmosphere.

epic coffee roastery
There's a quote above the bike display from Albert Einstein.


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Old marketing campaigns are hanged on its wooden walls.  There's a barrel with an old recorder too.

epic coffee roastery
And, a sack of coffee beans...

epic coffee roastery
 Cakes seemed reasonably priced.


epic coffee roastery
  
Drinks
epic coffee roastery
Cappucino (120 php) and Latte (100 php)

My brother ordered the Latte.  While my little sister had the Cappuccino.  They didn't seem impressed with it.  I tried it too and found it too light.  Their hand-crafted coffee blends must have been designed for those who prefer coffee sweet than bitter-sweet.
epic coffee roastery
Sea Salt Caramel (145 php)
I tried their best-selling and famous Sea Salt Caramel.  I requested it to be less sweetened.  I liked the strength of the coffee but it still turned out to be too sweet for me that I was wishing for water.

Food
epic coffee roastery
Chocolate Sorbet (90 php) and Earl Grey (90 php)
They also have a chiller of ice cream where you can choose on your own and pay at the counter.

epic coffee roastery
Chocolate Sorbet (90 php)
The Chocolate Sorbet was very dark, sweet, rich and creamy.  It actually reminded me of the one we tried at Paradis Ice Cream Cafe.

epic coffee roastery
Earl Grey (90 php)
I liked the Earl Grey better even though it was still beyond my sweetness preference.

lemon cakes
Lemon Cake (90 php)
We also tried their famous Lemon Cake which was highly recommended in Foursquare and by their staff.  I let the family try it because they are the ultimate chiffon cake fans.  I, on the other hand, prefer cheesecakes and creamy and mousse ones.  When they told me they didn't like it, I was a bit surprised so I tried it out for myself.  The white frosting was sugary and dull.  The texture of the chiffon was dry and crumby.  I also felt that it lacked the lemon flavor and overly sweet.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Epic Coffee Roastery is the third wave cafe for the yuppies.  If sweet blended hand-crafted coffee, cakes and ice cream is what you love, definitely give them a try.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Epic Coffee Roastery Menu
Ambiance Hot or Cold | Frappe | Ice Cream |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Epic Coffee Roastery
Business Address 7th East Building, 102 East Capitol Drive Cor. Santa Rosa St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 8am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 100-500
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 631-0057
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Monday, November 17, 2014

If there's something I'm not proud of... that would be my laziness.  Yes!  There are many times in a week that I don't feel like preparing for my meal or cleaning up my mess after.  And, there are days when I can't afford to be lazy so I resort to my cheap eats favorites.  One of them is Hainanese Delights

hainanese delights
Before Hainanese Delights came, I've always classified Hainanese Chicken as a luxurious and expensive dish.  But, now I can have it as often as I want.

Food
hainanese delights
Each table has the usual sauces.

hainanese delights
Complimentary Soup
Each order will entitle you to their complimentary hainanese chicken broth with lots of salt and MSG soup.  For the price, you really can't complain.

hainanese delights
Hainanese Delights Whole (350 php)
I only order 1 item on the menu each time and that is the Hainanese Delights.  If you order the whole, you have to order the rice separately.

hainanese delights
If you order the meals, it automatically comes with two cups of their justifiably tasty (or salty) chicken or hainan rice.  The rice is unlimited so you can get a refill if you want more.


hainanese delights
Hainanese Delights (135 php)
If you order for take-out you'll be missing the unlimited hainan rice perk but if you're not a carbo-loader like me, two cups of rice is enough right?
 
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Hainanese Delights is one of the few places that offers hainanese chicken that fits the budget.  In fact, I've yet to encounter one that bits its market penetrating pricing scheme. It's so affordable I bet everyone has considered trying or has tried it.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Hainanese Delights Menu
Ambiance Menu
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Hainanese Delights
Business Address G/F Robinsons Place Manila, 
Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 130-200
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact
Other 
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Birthday dinner celebrations enjoyed Chinese lauriat style is a big part of Tsinoy culture so here I am with another post of it.  When it comes to Chinese restaurant selection, we youngsters entrust the selection process to my Ah E who recommended that we dine at King Chef Seafood Restaurant this time.  We've dined here several times already (but this is the only incident I brought a camera).

king chef seafood restaurant
King Chef Seafood Restaurant in Lucky China Town Mall is so spacious with lots of seating capacity that the chances of seeing other Tsinoy friends there are high.
 


king chef seafood restaurant
Aside from the general dining areas, they also offer function rooms for more private occasions and events.

Food

Dimsum
hakaw
Hakaw (Shrimp Dumpling) (90 php)
We actually ordered the dimsum last because they have a dimsum promo after 9 pm.  We were already full so we only ordered our favorites.  The Hakaw is my all-time favorite.

xo siomai
X.O. Siomai (85 php)

My cousins ordered the X.O. Siomai.
 
fried shrimp dumpling
Fried Shrimp Dumpling (95 php)

The Fried Shrimp Dumpling is one of their specialty dimsums so its a must order!


Soups
hot and sour soup
Hot and Sour Soup LRG (620 php)
 The Hot and Sour Soup is my default order.
 

golden pumpkin soup
Golden Pumpkin Soup LRG (950 php)
The Golden Pumpkin Soup is another great choice.  Since I couldn't chose which soup I wanted, I had both.

Live Seafood Selection
sauteed suahe tea leaves
Sauteed Suahe with Tea Leaves
Prices are not fixed for the live seafood selection.  It's a bit more pricey but worth it.  The Sauteed Suahe with Tea Leaves is one of the items we always order at King Chef.

Lapu Lapu 
fried lapu lapu mango sauce
Fried Lapu-Lapu in Mango Sauce
The Fried Lapu-Lapu in Mango Sauce is also a must order when dining at King Chef.  The mango sauce breaks the monotony of the usual sweet and sour fare.

Pork
spareribs 8 spices
Spareribs with 8 Spices SML (320 php)
The Spareribs with 8 Spices is crunchy on the outside but the pork meat is tender and juicy.

Chicken & Pigeon
chicken fortune bags
Chicken Fortune Bags LRG (960 php)
The Chicken Fortune Bags is another family favorite.  It's filled with tiny diced chicken and mushrooms.


Seafood
stuffed eggplant with japanese sauce
Stuffed Eggplant with Japanese Sauce SML (380 php)
The Stuffed Eggplant with Japanese Sauce is also King Chef's best-seller and we love it too.  The sweet and savory sauce as well as the smooth and fun texture of this dish is sensational!

Vegetables & Beancurd
Seasonal Vegetables (Polonchay) with Garlic LRG (550 php)
We also got the Seasonal Vegetables (Polonchay) with Garlic just to have something healthy which is a must for the oldies.


Noodles
birthday noodles
Birthday Noodles LRG (625 php)
The Birthday Noodles is of course a requirement for every Chinese birthday celebration.

 
Drinks
butterfly iced tea
Butterfly Iced Tea
The Butterfly Iced Tea is a sweet blend of brewed iced tea.

milk tea
Milk Tea
The Milk Tea was a bit too sweetened.


Complimentary Desserts
mango balls
Mango Balls
One of the perks of eating at Chinese restaurants often is that Ah E is already best friends with every manager.  Not only will you be guided on what to order (what's the freshest seafood etc.), you'll also be given a discount when dining in groups and any complimentary dessert you want.  (These perks are similarly offered in every Chinese restaurant.)  We wanted Mango Sago but it was not available so they served Mango Balls instead.  It is has a mango flavored skin filled with a mango slice and covered in dessicated coconut.

almond jelly
Almond Jelly
We were also given served a second dessert which was Almond Jelly.  This is a classic dessert which I'll never get tired of eating.

king chef lucky chinatown mall
Complimentary Dance and Song Number
While enjoying our dessert, the servers also danced and sang their hearts out (about three or four times).  You can even request your favorite song if you want.  The excess performance numbers were a display of the manager's hospitality and show of gratitude for our dining loyalty.  Ah E and the rest of us were very delighted with such a simple gesture.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
King Chef Seafood Restaurant has always consistently delivered quality food and service.  No doubt, we will soon dine here again.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating King Chef Seafood Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Soups | Appetizer | Roast
Live Seafood 1 | Live Seafood 2 | Pork |  
Chicken & Pigeon | Beef |  
Seafood | Froglegs | Vegetables | Rice | Noodles
Set 1Set 2 | Set 3 |

Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
King Chef Seafood Restaurant
Business Address Lucky China Town Mall
2/F Lucky Chinatown Mall
Reina Regente st. corner Dela Reina st., Binondo, 

Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 500-1,500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 720-9062
Other  Website | Facebook Fan Page
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