Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Night At Distrito Night Market

After watching the Symphony of Lights at Ayala Triangle, we walked on over to Distrito Night Market.  It is located at the parking lot of Makati Medical Center.  Distrito Night Market had the same organizers as Mercato Centrale (see separate entry) so expect a lot of common concessionaires among them.  
Although they just opened when we arrived, the place was already packed.  In fact, although we wanted to eat inside to smell the savory smoke of street foods, we had to seat outside in an almost full table too.

Happy Fanshu
I like the Osmanthus Tea at Happy Fanshu.  Although they have other variants, I find the rest tad too sweet for my taste.

Filipino Delicacies

Misis M's
I brought home a Puto Bongbong from Misis M's because as stated their recipe is ancient from 1940.  Four pieces cost 65 php.  My family said it was good but not the best we've tried.

Chicken
Chinque and Manang's
Casa Inasal
Others
Carlo's Kitchen
Be sure to try the Crunchy Belly at Carlo's Kitchen for an affordable price of 90 php.  It's really crunchy and meaty at the same time.  It's similar to bacon but with less fats in it.  It's really good. 

Polland
No need to go to Binondo just to enjoy authentic China Town food.  Polland offers delicious Chinese food at prices below 100 php.  Plus, you can always take home their delectable hopia.  I love their hopia because it is tasty but not too sweet.


Kesadilya
Sinangag Trip






Greeks Shawarma

Chicago Pizza
Sweets


Medchef
Another outlet for Medchef Cakes.  Our first encounter with Medchef by Chef Hasset Go (see separate entry) was six months ago.  Kurt and I got to taste a lot of their sweet creations.  I love their Red Velvet Cake the most.

There's a lot more to try so we'll most likely be back for more.  What do you think we should try out next?

Distrito Night Market
Business Address
No. 2 Amorsolo Street
Legaspi Village
Makati City, Philippines
Business Hours Wednesday to Friday: 9pm-3am
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 50-250
Organizers
RJ Ledesma, Anton Diaz (Our Awesome Planet) 
and Janice Crisostomo-Villanueva 
Other Website
Distrito Night Market Map 

Starbucks Christmas Beverages: Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha and Peppermint Frappe

Every Christmas, we always hang out often at Starbucks branches for just for the seasonal Peppermint Frappe.  For this year's Christmas season, Starbucks released the new Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha.  Of course, we can't pass out on that.
Both are awesome but we still prefer the Peppermint Frappe because of the cool sensation it brings.  It's our first time to try coffee with cranberry syrup with the Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha.  It also worth the try.  How about you?  What's your favorite Starbucks Christmas Beverage?


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
During the Christmas season, it is a must to try out Starbucks Christmas beverage.  As an added incentive, you also get your Starbucks planner stickers.


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating
Taste
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 


Starbucks SM Mall of Asia
Business Address Bay Blvd., Central Business Park, Bay City
Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 160
Contact

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Order All You Can Lunch at Matsuri Japanese Grill and Sushi (Closed)

I was so pleased with my first visit at Matsuri Japanese Grill and Sushi that I decided to bring our family along to share the experience.  I was surprised that the eat all you can menu was revised since my last visit at Matsuri (see separate entry)
Although it was lunch time, the place had a lot of customers so we were assigned to the second floor.  Matsuri Japanese Grill and Sushi has a cozy dimly lit dining ambiance with a bar because it offers drinks at night.  It has a humble and homey interior with its woven chair and wooden tables.  Along with its order-all-you-can type of eat-all-you-can, you can really just relax and enjoy your meal.  


Sashimi
Kani, TamagoSalmon Sashimi and Tuna Sashimi
Our sashimi orders came in a mixed platter.   What's important in a Sashimi is its freshness.  You can tell by the beautiful color of their Salmon Sashimi and Tuna Sashimi that they serve them fresh.  The Salmon Sashimi was so fresh and tasty that we had to call for an additional order twice.  The Kani is no longer included in the eat-all-you-can so you have to order it via ala carte.  
Spicy Tuna Sashimi
The Spicy Tuna Sashimi was so so.  It was good enough to appreciate but nothing special.  Their version is mild for my taste.


Makimono
Philadelphia Roll (Farther Middle ) Futo Maki (Front Right)
We ordered a mix platter of their Makimono.  Sadly, I'm not familiar with all their names.  I liked the Phildelphia Roll because its salmon and cream cheese.  I always liked the combination.  

Salad
Matsuri Salad
Despite its lack in presentation, the Matsuri Salad is delicious.  If you just dig over to what's under the lettuce leaves, the Matsuri Salad actually has a lot of ingredients such as strawberry, blueberry, sliced apples, orange and slivered almonds.  All of that plus a Hachimitzu Balsamic Vinaigrette gives of the a fragrant and tasty salad.  I really enjoyed the apple bits and slivered almonds.

Nimono
Miso Soup
Although nothing special with the Miso Soup, its nice and comforting to drink with its soft tofu and wakame seaweeds.  We always order this whenever we dine at Japanese restaurants and this was not an exception.
Chawan Mushi
Unlike other Chawan Mushi that was usually chicken flavored, their version tasted like seafood.  It had mushroom bits inside and it was topped with green onions.  I love Chawan Mushi.  I wish Kurt can make this as much as I wanted but he's stopped cooking for quite a long time now. =(

Teppanyaki
Tofu Steak
The Tofu Steak is tofu with crispy batter and a sweet sauce.  It was okay since it the sweet taste and the plain tofu taste was a good contrast with each other.  The tofu was soft but it felt a bit rough because of the batter.

Robotayaki
Chicken Teriyaki with Asian Pesto Sauce
The Chicken Teriyaki with Asian Pesto Sauce is a unique twist to Chicken Teriyaki.  Other than tasting the traditional sweet teriyaki sauce, the hint of asian pesto sauce add flavor and fragrance to the dish.
Creamy Chicken Mushroom Ragout
The Creamy Chicken Mushroom Ragout was a new dish for me.  It was very flavorful with its rich thick brown cream sauce.  I love that it had chunks of saucy mushroom which made it fun to it together with the chicken strips.

Chicken Teriyaki
Their Chicken Teriyaki was soft and tender but nothing special in taste.  My 3-year-old nephew love this though.  This was the only dish he ordered and he finished this on his own.

Kani Bacon Maki Teriyaki and Aspara Bacon Maki Teriyaki
The Kani Bacon Maki Teriyaki and the Aspara Bacon Maki Teriyaki were similar except for the prior is crabstick while the latter is asparagus wrapped in bacon with teriyaki sauce.  I prefer the asparagus because it was a better contrast to the strong meaty smoked flavor of the bacon and it was crunchier too.

Tempura and Agemono
Ushi Ebi Tempura
Their Ushi Ebi Tempura is not exactly as large as tiger prawns should be but it was fresh,  soft, tender and juicy.  It was flavorful together with their garlic tempura sauce.

Tonkatsu
The Tonkatsu was soft despite being dry.  The sauce was sweet and it gave flavor to the breaded port cutlets.  It was just okay.

Mixed Kamameshi 
Mastsuri's Mixed Kamameshi has improved since my last visit.  The cooking time was perfectly done so the rice was not so wet and it was very fragrant.  Although it was sweet in taste, it was not to sweet and they offered a generous amount of beef and vegetables.


Desserts
Muscovado and Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
Their Muscovado and Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee has also improved since my last visit.  Before it looked so pale and uncooked, now we can all see that the top creme was burnt just right.  The texture is pretty good and the sweetness was perfect.  We all enjoyed this.


Chocolate Ice Cream
I also had their Chocolate Ice Cream.  I love ice cream and always want to eat one whenever I could.  =)

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict


Matsuri Japanese Grill and Sushi offers a unique concept of eat-all-you-can wherein you can just sit back and relax and order all you want.  It's the perfect place to spend the time bonding with family and friends because all of you can eat and stay for long hours and enjoy all the food you want without having to stand up like in a buffet style.  If you know what to order, you can have a satisfying meal.   The eat-all-you can price is actually quite reasonable, as they have included expensive dishes such as Salmon Sashimi, Ushi Ebi Tempura and more into the menu.  For that reason, we think Matsuri Japanese Grill and Sushi is worth a try!  We'd also like to note that the manager and servers of Matsuri are very kind and friendly and the service is really good!


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating
Ambiance
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 


Matsuri Japanese Grill and Sushi Menu 
Eat All You Can Menu


Matsuri Japanese Grill and Sushi 
Business Address
233 Tomas Morato Ext. Cor. E. Lopez Street
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-12am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person Monday to Friday Lunch: 495 php
Saturday and Sunday Lunch, Monday to Sunday Dinner: 595 php 
Contact (02) 376-63-51
Other 


Matsuri Japanese Grill and Sushi Map 

Mercato Centrale Sunday Market

After our fun run at Bonifacio High Street, we decided to eat our breakfast at Mercato Centrale. Although we've always visited Mercato Centrale on night time, we're glad that Mercato Centrale is also open on Sundays from 7 am to 2 pm.


Mercato Centrale is composed of two big tents and there is another airconditioned tent too.  There are a lot of food options at Mercato Centrale that we often find it difficult to decide which we want to try.

Drinks
 
Street Foods

Burgers



Snacks and Desserts




Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream (see separate entry)
Supreme Brazo Bars by Cez Lopez (see separate entry)  
Meals

Although some concessionaires are like Aling Nene'sBalamban Liempo, Manang's have other branches, many can only be found in Mercato Centrale.  Meal price ranges from 50 php to 250 php.  The range is a bit wide so you can really decide on how much you want to spend depending on your budget.





Most of the food stalls at Mercato Centrale offers free taste so you can taste a sample before deciding on which to buy.  Once you've purchased your food, just pick a seat along their round tables and eat together with strangers.  


Lifestyle and Organic Tent










  
The air conditioned part if full of tempting pastries and desserts.  There are also a lot of organic and healthy ingredients and products.  You can shop here for take home goodies after eating.


Parking in Mercato Centrale is easy.  It's also near Bonifacio High Street, Serendra, SNR and Market Market so you can make a quick eating stop before or after you shop or walk your dog.  Like its neighbor Bonifacio High Street and Serendra, dogs are also allowed there. 

So what's you favorite food at Mercato Centrale?  Care to recommend?


Mercato Centrale
Business Address
Corner of 9th Avenue and 30th Street 
at Bonifacio Global City
Business Hours Fri: 10:00 pm-3:00 am
Sat: 7:00 am-2:00 pm; 10:00 pm-3:00 am
Sun: 7:00 am-2:00 pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 50-250
Organizers
RJ Ledesma, Anton Diaz (Our Awesome Planet) 
and Janice Crisostomo-Villanueva 
Other Facebook Fan Page | Website


Mercato Centrale Map

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