Monday, December 26, 2011

Jumbo Cup of Tea at Serenitea Alabang Town Center

While we were walking along Alabang Town Center, we decided to stop over at Serenitea to quench our thirst after a fun game of lazer tag at Lazer Xtreme.  On our way, we noticed people drinking in Serenitea JUMBO cups so I instantly knew that something was going on.  
We went over to Serenitea and I was right!  It was Serenitea's 3rd year anniversary.   Like the previous years, Serenitea offers a FREE upgrade from their Large cup to the JUMBO cup or 1 liter cups.

Glancing up on their menu, they had more selections now.  But, I thought that since this is for a JUMBO cup, I better stick to my personal favorite, the Hokkaido with Pearl sinkers.  Although my favorite sinker is the green tea jelly, they don't allow that for the Hokkaido.   For the Hokkaido, I always prefer 50% sugar.

Hokkaido with pearl JUMBO cup (105 php)
Hokkaido with pearl JUMBO cup (105 php)
Looking at how many people are eagerly waiting to claim their orders, we decided to take a 30-minute stroll.  We came back just on time too.  

The Hokkaido with pearl is one of my favorite milk teas.  We both enjoyed the JUMBO cup.  It was super satisfying!  Thank you so much Serenitea for such a fun and generous celebration.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Serenitea is consistent with its product quality regardless of the branch.  You can never get tired of trying out drinks at Serenitea because each variation offers a different sensation plus they give you the freedom to choose your choice of sugar level and sinkers to enhance the experience.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating
=Favorites or Recommended 

Serenitea Alabang Town Center  Menu 

Serenitea Alabang Town Center
Business Address
Alabang Town Center
Entertainment Complex, Cinema Arena

Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang
Muntinlupa, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (Mall Hours)
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 65-120
Alabang Town Center

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Yakitori Kitchen: Authentic Japanese Yakitori and More (CLOSED)

I find it an odd coincidence that I've been trying out authentic Japanese cuisine lately.  Just after dining at Gyobou (see separate entry) for an authentic Japanese Yakiniku, a friend invited me to try a new yakitori place at Burgos Circle called "Yakitori Kitchen".  It is in the same area of Casa Marcos where we have eaten before. 

The word "yakitori" literally means grilled bird.  Traditional yakitori consists of all parts of the chicken seasoned with salt and yakitori sauce.  Soon, it expanded with more offerings such as grilled seafood, pork, beef, seafood and vegetables.  The yakitori is served in bamboo skewers to preserve its aroma and flavor after being grilled with charcoal.  

Yakitori Kitchen has an ambiance similar to an authentic yakitori shop you'd find in Japan.  It has wooden tables and chairs and Japanese lanterns.  It gives a cozy laid back feeling that makes it the perfect place to hang out after work or anytime of the day when you want to drink a couple of beers that compliments their yakitori well.  

They offer a wide range of imported beers and liquors that goes well with their yakitori.  

Upon being seated, we were offered a complimentary soup.  It's a clear soup which has chicken broth.
I love their table set up.  They even have this wooden holder where you can place your bamboo skewers as you eat.  

Chahan (Fried Rice) (150 php)
The Chahan is pork served with rice and leeks.  I liked that their Chahan has a mild meaty flavor but not overpowering so it compliments their yakitori selections well.  The serving size is already good two persons.

Curry Chahan (180 php)
Their Curry Chahan is their version of Japanese curry flavored fried rice.  It is very delicious!  If you like Japanese Curry or prefer a flavorful fried rice, then this is a more adequate choice.  Like the Chahan, this can be shared by two persons already.   

The chicken used by Yakitori Kitchen is special because it is the same type of chicken exported and used in Japan.  Their chickens are bigger and tastier so they are able to offer all parts of the chicken in their menu just like in Japan!
Momo (Chicken Leg Meat) (100 php)
The Momo is one of the best Yakitori options in their menu.  The chicken leg meat is very tender and juicy and it has the right amount of skin that adds flavor in every bite.  You certainly can't miss this out!

Kawa (Chicken Skin) (80php)
The Kawa is a must try for all chicken skin lovers out there like me!  I really admire the way there were able to prepare the chicken skin.  It was pure chicken skin so it was not oily or fatty at all.  In fact, it was surprisingly crunchy and tasty. 

Seseri (Chicken Neck Meat) (120 php) and Bonchili (Chicken Tail) (150 php)
It was my first time to try the Seseri because it was rarely offered.  Unlike other parts of the chicken, the chicken neck is made up of muscles so it gives a unique sensation by being a bit chewy.   It was very fun to eat and I love the taste too! 

Look at the size of the Bonchili!  It's larger than our ordinary local chickens right? Probably because our local chickens can never be as plump as those, I've never tried a Bonchili before.   The Bonchili was served hot of the grill so it melts into your mouth releasing its sinfully yet flavorful taste.
Lever (Chicken Liver) (70 php)
I have always loved chicken liver and because of that I am also very particular in the way it is cooked.  If a chicken liver is under cooked, it is disgusting to eat.  If it is overcooked, then it will be tough and dry.  The way Yakitori Kitchen cooked their Lever was perfect!  It was so soft and tender that it almost felts in your mouth unleashing its strong unique taste.  I really enjoyed this!

Jagabei (Potato wrapped with bacon) (140 php)
The Jagabei is a  good combination because the potato as a staple food is a good contrast to the flavorful bacon.  You can eat this alone even without rice.  Expect this to be a heavy stomach filler. 
Shitake (Shitake Mushroom) (150 php)
This is one of the best dishes we had!  Upon being served, its piquant aroma was teasing me to try it.  Of course, I couldn't resist and took the bait and immediately tried it.  It did not disappoint!  The Shitake was grilled with excellent timing that it was soft, juicy and savory.

Chikubei (Chikuwa wrapped in Bacon) (120 php)
The Chikubei is probably the best dish wrapped in bacon that I have tried.  Chikuwa is a seafood roll similar to the ones used in chinese hot pot or shabu-shabu.  I really liked the pairing between the chikuwa and the bacon.  The chikuwa gave a mild natural and sweet seafood taste while the bacon gave a strong smoked meaty flavor.

Update: (As of March 1, 2012) This is now closed and replaced by Wrong Ramen.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
The experience is worth it!  Try Yakitori Kitchen to experience authentic Japanese Yakitori whether with friends or with family.  Their special 
yakitori sauce is really authentic and unsweetened unlike the sweet ones we are used to.  The dishes are freshly grilled at an excellent temperature and timing.  Despite using topnotch quality ingredients, we were surprised to see that their prices are very affordable.  

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating
=Favorites or Recommended 

Yakitori Kitchen Menu 
Food Menu | Beverage Menu

Yakitori Kitchen
Business AddressForbes Town Center, Burgos Circle
Fort Bonifacio Global City
Taguig Metro Manila
Business Hours 12pm-2pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 250-600
Yakitori Kitchen

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Salamanca Food Hawkers and B.A.G.A. Manila

If ever you're in the vicinity of Makati craving for something grilled, barbequed or simply looking for a fun place to hang out after a tough day at the work place, head over to Salamanca Food Hawkers at A. Venue Open Parking, Makati Avenue.

The place is the home of B.A.G.A. Manila (Barbecuers and Grillers Association).  Aside from barbeque and grill, there are cheesesteaks, noodles and cupcakes are just some of the other choices you could.  Aside from having tons of food choices, you could also just sit back, relax and enjoy the free live entertainment or just simply shop around the various stores nearby.

Jepoy's Bibingkahan

Bibingka (40 php)
Traditionally cooked Bibingkas and Puto Bumbongs.

Ogre Burger
Ogre Burger (99 php)

If you're not a burger fan don't let their name deceive you they have a lot more to offer than just burgers.
Hungarian Sausage (99 php)
Pork American Ribs w/ Rice and Buttered Vegetables (165 php)

Phillymignon Cheesesteaks
Chicken Drumstick (120 php) Steak Sukiyaki (120 php)
Australian Rib Eye Cheesesteak (180 php)
Baby Potatoes (45 php)

If you're looking for imported quality imported meat then this is the place for you.

Shawarma (75 php)
Kebab (75 php) and Kebab w/ Rice (95 php)
Shawarma Salad w/ Pita (95 php)
Middle East inspired food are available here.

Mongol Yang
Stir fried beef (100 php)

Tenga/Isaw/Hotdog/Tofu (30 php) and Barbeque (50 php)
There's also a lot of different foods you can feast on like:

They weren't called B.A.G.A. Manila (Barbecuers and Grillers Association) for nothing right?



Double Delight's Polvoron and Polvoron Cupcakes

These yummy and attractive polvoron cupcakes are the perfect pasalubong or gifts for your loved ones.

There's also some FREE live entertainment every now and then.

After a meal it's better to stand for 30 mins to avoid getting a big belly so while you're standing you could also check out some of the things these stalls can offer.

Try visiting this place when you have the time, with its clean open aired space and wide array of foods this is definitely a great hang out spot for people who just wants to have a good time.

Since it is located in a parking lot, parking is not a problem.

Salamanca Food Hawkers
Business AddressA. Venue Outdoor Parking Area, Makati Avenue, Makati City, Manila, Philippines
Business HoursThurs 5:00 pm-3:00 am
Payment OptionsCash
Service Charge
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