Rowena's: Tagaytay's Stop Over for Pies and Tarts

Every time a family member goes to Tagaytay, it is a tradition to bring back some tarts from Rowena's as pasalubong.  For many years, we've made Rowena's our food stop over before heading home.

Food 
rowena's buko pie
Rowena's Buko Pie (170 php)
rowena's buko pie
Rowena's Buko Pie (170 php)
Since the our usual favorite Rowena's Buko Tarts are unavailable, we decided to try the Rowena's Buko Pie.   It was a wrong decision.  The pies are not as good as the tarts.  Next time, we'll just skip this.

rowena's pineapple tarts
 Rowena's Pineapple Tart (170 php)
rowena's pineapple tarts
 Rowena's Pineapple Tart (170 php)
The key to Rowena's tarts are the goodness of crumbles.  I like it a bit golden brown and crispy.  The crumby tarts with sweet apple bits makes  Rowena's Pineapple Tart sensational.   This is my favorite!

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Rowena's is one of the best food stop overs for pies and tarts in Tagaytay.  I highly recommend their tarts.  We also tried their lengua de gato but it didn't fit to our liking.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Rowena's Menu
Ambiance
Tarts - 170 php
Pies - 170 php


Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Rowena's
Business Address
#152 Brgy Francisco,
Tagaytay City
Business Hours 3pm-4am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact
(46) 860-2481
Other  Email: rowenas_tarts@yahoo.com.ph Website | Facebook Fan Page
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Cucina: Spanish-Filipino Cuisine in Glorietta 4 Food Choices

Cucina is a Spanish-Filipino Cuisine restaurant located at the Glorietta 4 Food Choices  To be honest, I could understand how they could offer affordable Filipino dishes, but Spanish Cuisine has always presented itself in higher price range for me in the past.  Thus, I can't help but wonder how good their Spanish dishes are.  

cucina


cucina


cucina
Cucina has a carinderia (canteen) style set up where cooked dishes are displayed with their price indicated therein.  They also offer budget meals that are complete with drinks.


Food
seafood paella
Seafood Paella (125 php)
seafood paella
Seafood Paella (125 php)
Being intrigued by Spanish cuisine and being a fan of paella, I opted to order the Seafood Paella.   I was intrigued when I was served two platters.  The first one was a plate full of seafood with some sauce in it.  Is it just me or does it look more like a gumbo?  The second one has a cup of flavored rice.  I mixed the two together and ate them as one.  Although it tasted fine, it was nothing similar to the authentic paella.  The very word "paella" means pan in Old French.  Yet, these did not look like they were cooked in shallow pan cooked over fire.  It made me miss the toasted rice which I always looked forward to when enjoying a paella.  The seafood were all tender, I didn't even need to show.  I guess the re-heating process made them a bit overcooked.  Then again, for its price how can I dare complain right?

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Cucina offers affordable dishes of Filipino and Spanish cuisine.  The food is fulfilling as a tummy filler and taste-wise they are flavorful.  However, don't compare them to the authentic or set your expectation to high and keep in mind that their cheap eats.  


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Cucina Menu
Ambiance Meals
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Cucina Glorietta 4 Food Choices
Business Address
3F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 70-150
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact

Other 

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Mio Gelati: Gelato-filled Mochilato (Branch Closed)

After our meal at Taza De Oro Food Garden (see previous entry), my friend Sumi and I decided to take advantage of our rare visit at Madison Square in Greenhills by trying out something new.  Since we both like gelato, Mio Gelati was our mutual option.

mio gelati
Unlike other gelato stores, Mio Gelati only has one main store.  According to their staff, they've been around since last year.  Although their place is limited in space, their lighting and glass windows are successful in enticing passers-by.


mio gelati
I loved the way Mio Gelati utilized their space.  The large round photos on its walls were really appetizing.  The small tables are cute and it made the dining area look cozy and spacious.

Food
mio gelati
Upon seeing the selections, we instantly laid our eyes on their Mochilato.  I've tried Mochi Ice Cream (see previous entry) and Mochi Yogurt Ice Cream (see previous entry) before, so I wanted to try Mochi gelato this time.

mochilato
There were six Mochilato flavors available: Salted Caramel, Matcha Green Tea, Vanilla Nutella, Mango and Cream, Strawberry and Chocolate.


matcha green tea and salted caramel mochilato
Our Mochilato♥ Matcha Green Tea (75 php) and Salted Caramel  (75 php).
I had the Matcha Green Tea and I loved it!  Although the Mochi coating was a bit too powdery on some parts, the thickness of its sticky rice is consistently thin and chewy.  What impressed me more is the Matcha Green Tea gelato inside.  The serving size is generous and it was delicious!  The flavor is almost at par with the Matcha Green Tea Ice Creams served in authentic Japanese restaurants at hotels.  The taste of  Matcha Green Tea is rich and clean.   Compared to other gelato, I enjoyed their version which had a light consistency and a right blend of sweetness.  

My friend was also impressed with their Salted Caramel.






Update (January 2015): This branch is closed but you can find them in Bellysima and other Mercato Centrale markets.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Mio Gelati offers quality gelatos in terms of texture and taste.  I would definitely come back to try more of their interesting gelato flavors.  I was tempted to buy a buy of Mochilato for my family.  However, we've been told that they don't provide dry ice so the box of Mochilato could only last for an hour within an air-conditioned vehicle without melting. 


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Mio Gelati Price List
Ambiance Scoops | 
Take Home |
Mochilato |

Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Mio Gelati
Business Address
Ground Level, Madison Square,
Madison St. cor. Ortigas Ave., Greenhills
San Juan, Metro Manila
Business Hours 1pm-10pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 75-300
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (0917) 582-7124
Other  Email: Miogelati@yahoo.com Facebook Fan Page
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Nodasho: Authentic Japanese Hot Pot in Little Tokyo

When my older brother was working in Makati, he and his workmates got to try the hot pot at Nodasho in Little Tokyo.  He spoke highly of it so the entire family wanted to try it out too.  My interest grew even bigger when I heard that Nodasho is owned by the father of Kitsho's Executive Chef Masahiro Mizumoto (see previous entry).  After a months our eagerness had finally materialized as we all went our way to try it out for ourselves. 

nodasho
From the outside, Nodasho looks like a typical Japanese home with Japanese lanterns.  The place looked serene so we were surprised when we opened its Japanese wooden sliding door that it was packed with Japanese clients.  We were lead to our private room passing by a huge rack of Japanese drinks for sale.  


Food


Sashimi
kanpachi
♥ Kanpachi (580 php)
We were very curious upon seeing  Kanpachi  and its expensive price on the menu.  We were told that it is some kind of Japanese yellow tail.  Upon ordering, we decided to eat it only with a spread of wasabi to appreciate its flavor.  I love its buttery and slightly sweet flavor.  The texture is similar to a Hamachi but firmer.


tekka maki
Tekka maki (180 php)
Our server recommended that we order the Tekka maki (spicy tuna) because it was their house specialty.      It was really good.  The kick of spiciness is just right to make the tuna more flavorful.  I love the crunch in it too.  


Hot Pot
US beef sukiyaki
♥ US Beef Sukiyaki (1,500 php)
Craving for hot pot or nabe, we ordered the US Beef Sukiyaki.  Our server brought in a large hot pot filled with tofu, vegetables and three types of mushrooms: Enoki mushrooms, Beech Mushrooms and Shitake Mushrooms.  Afterwards, she came with a platter of thinly sliced US Beef and tossed into the boiling hot pot.


US beef sukiyaki
♥ US Beef Sukiyaki (1,500 php)
The US Beef Sukiyaki is delicious! The soup had a nice blend of mild sweetness,  the US Beef was tender and rest of the ingredients were at their freshest state.  One order satisfied the hearty appetite of all five of us.


complimentary pineapple
Complimentary Pineapple
At the end of the meal, they served us sweet pineapple slices.  


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Nodasho is one of the best places to go for the freshest sashimi, delicious roll sushis and hot pot.  The great food plus the authentic Japanese ambiance will surely give you a pleasing experience.  I definitely want to come back and try more of the dishes at Nodasho!


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Nodasho Menu
Ambiance Lunch Menu | Sashimi |
Sushi | Roll Sushi |
Appetizer 1 | Appetizer 2 |
Salad | Rice Toppings & Hot Pot 1 | 
Hot Pot 2 | Noodles | 
Noodles 2 | Suser Pork Waton |
Tempura & Vinegared Food |
Teppan Yaki & Jidori |
Beef & Other | Drinks | 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Nodasho
Business Address
Unit 14 Little Tokyo,
Fernando St. Cor. Chinese Roces (Pasong Tamo),
Makati, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-3am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 840-2741
Other 

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Patchi: Patchi Eighty Chocolate Bar

We are a family of chocoholics so when I told my mom that there's a new brand of luxury chocolates in town, she was ecstatic.  One weekend while taking our dogs for a stroll, she decided to have a look at the Patchi store.

patchi
Patchi is a chocolate brand established in Beirut, Lebanon in 1974.
Patchi Eighty Bar (500 php)
Our family isn't much fond of the sweeter chocolate variants.  We prefer it dark.  So, I already foresaw my mom picking the Patchi Eighty Bar.  So, how did it fare?  In terms of texture, it was smooth enough but not the finest.  The flavor is a bit mild for me.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Patchi offers good quality chocolates.  But, for the price there are better options out there.  I guess we still prefer our old time favorite Swiss Chocolate called "Lindt 80% Extra Thins" or Toblerone Dark for a cheaper option.

How about you?  What do you think?

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating
Ambiance
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended
Patchi Bonifacio High Street
Business Address
Bonifacio High Street,
9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 100-10000
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact

Other  Facebook Fan Page
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PB Co. Peanut Butter Company: Extraordinary Peanut Butter Meals

One of our kitchen cupboard essential includes peanut butter.  My family has always been a fan of peanut butter so when we passed by PB Co. Peanut Butter Company at Mall of Asia, we were all ecstatic to try it out.  

PB Co. peanut butter company


PB Co. peanut butter company
PB Co. Peanut Butter Company displays a nice clean ambiance with its white minimalist theme.  It has a simple counter for the implementation of its pay as you order system.  The menu is displayed atop the cashier area.  Because of the limited space, the area is ideal for small groups.


Food


All-Time Favorites
pb burger sandwich
♥ PB Burger Sandwich (185 php)
The PB Burger Sandwich  is the usual burger with PB Co.  Sesame Peanut Butter instead of plain mayonnaise. It was amazingly delicious!  The roasted taste of sesame was a perfect complement to the beef patty.  The slight crunchiness from the sesame made it even more enjoyable to eat.

elvis the king sandwich
Elvis, The King Sandwich Whole (155 php)
♥ Elvis, The King Sandwich Whole (155 php)
Their sandwiches had a nice presentation.  The Elvis, The King Sandwich is toasted bread filled with PB Co. Crunchy Peanut Butter, bacon and banana slices.  The great mix of texture and flavors of this sandwich made this an interesting treat.  

Hot Sandwiches
chili fried chicken sandwich
♥ Chili Fried Chicken Sandwich Half (105 php)
The Chili Fried Chicken Sandwich is toasted sandwich filled with fried chicken bits, corn, lettuce, tomatoes and PB Co. Chili Peanut Butter.   This sandwich had the right spicy kick to tickle the taste buds as well as complement the rest of the ingredients.


Rice Meals
burger ala pobre n rice
Burger ala Pobre n' Rice (165 php)
The Burger ala Pobre n' Rice is beef burger patty topped with garlic cream sauce and PB Co. Creamy Peanut Butter.  It is served with a tomato, cucumber and rice.  The garlic cream sauce was good but I'd prefer the PB Burger Sandwich over this any time.

chicken curry n rice
Chicken Curry n' Rice (165 php)
The  Chicken Curry n' Rice is chicken, potatoes and mushroom bits in PB Co. Curry Peanut Butter sauce.  The curry was nothing extraordinary.  There is also a disproportionality between the viand and the rice.

Pasta
fish diablo pasta
Fish Diablo Pasta (185 php)
The Fish Diablo Pasta is spaghetti topped with dory fillet, sweet spicy sauce and PB Co. Chili Peanut Butter.  I loved the perfect blend of sweet and spicy in this pasta.  The amount of peanut butter is perfect too.  I was surprised that I could taste the PB Co. Chili Peanut Butter and the heavy sticky peanut butter texture was not overwhelming.


♥ Classic Spaghetti (135 php)


The Classic Spaghetti is the usual spaghetti with PB Co. Sun Dried Tomato Peanut Butter.  I really enjoyed this because of the sun dried tomato chunks together with creamy and meaty sauce.  This is one of the best spaghetti's I've have ever tried!   


Specials
box of chips
Box of Chips (65 php)
The Box of Chips was served warm.  It was perfectly cooked with a crunchy coating and soft mushy potato on the inside.  

PB. Co Peanut Butter
pb co peanut butter
We were so happy with their dishes that we bought a jar of the PB Co. Cardamon  Peanut Butter (140 php) to try.  It had a taste of Indian spice with a tinge of ginger taste.  It is so good that I often eat it out of the jar. 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
PB Co. Peanut Butter Company is a one of a kind restaurant that offers innovative meals that will please even those who are not peanut butter fans.  Although the choices are limited, their offerings are really comforting that you'd want to try it out again.  

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating PB Co. Peanut Butter Company Menu
Ambiance All-Time Favorites | 
Rice Meals |
Pasta, Specials & Drinks | 
Make it a Meal | 
Fountain Favorites 1 | Fountain Favorites 2 | 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
PB Co. Peanut Butter Company Mall of Asia
Business Address
G/F North Parking Bldg. SM Mall of Asia, 
Pasay 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) 542-2707
Other  Email: info@pbcopeanutbuttercompany.com Facebook Fan Page
PB Co. Peanut Butter Company Mall of Asia Map  
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Kim N' Chi: Quick and Satisfying Korean Food

Every time we Tsinoy Foodies watch a movie at Glorietta 4, we always take the chance to try more of the restaurants at the food court.  Yes, we are actually cheapskates in search for cheap eats just so we could buy a bucket of popcorn, fries and a large drink for our movie. ;D  

More often than not, our number one checklist when trying out is something new is the visible line of customers.  Kim N' Chi passed that test so I decided to order here.  
kim n chi
Kim N' Chi had a typical food court store set up with a large menu and a cashier counter so you can pay as you order.  
kim n chi
It had an enticing display of its food selections.  This is quite common for Japanese and Korean restaurants.  

kim n chi
Upon ordering you they will prepare your order and if it requires a longer time, they will give you their cute buzzer.

Food
beef broth
Complimentary Soup
They give out  Complimentary Soup.  It's made of beef broth.


dumpling
♥ Dumplings (49 php)
Fellow Tsinoy Foodie Kurt ordered some Dumplings which are so affordable.  We were amazed that 7 pieces of Dumplings cost only 49 php.  It was deliciously meaty too.


beef omu rice
Beef Omu-Rice (119 php)
I was quite surprised when I was served a lot huge Beef Omu-Rice.  It had a Beef Bulgogi mixed  with Chap Chae at the side.  Upon opening, I was disappointed.  It was a large amount of plain rice only. =( Of course, what can you expect with the price right?  If you want the real omu-rice with chunky flavored rice inside, best you spend some more and find a better location.  Nevertheless, eating it altogether with the viand was pretty fulfilling.  I had a difficulty finishing that much rice.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Kim N' Chi serves affordable Korean food in a reliably quick pacing.  Food is pretty good and the amount is generous to satisfy a heart appetite.  But as expected, its not authentic in terms of quality.  

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Kim N' Chi Greenbelt 4 Menu
Ambiance Omurice | 
Set Meals |
Noodles and More | 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Kim N' Chi Greenbelt 4
Business Address
3F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person
70-150
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact

Other 

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