Eat Well! Delicious Kitchen: Great Option for Chinese Cuisine in Fort

Ever since my family got to try Eat Well! Delicious Kitchen, its always been an easy dining option whenever we are in the area and craving for Chinese Cuisine.  

eat well delicious kitchen

eat well delicious kitchen
Eat Well! Delicious Kitchen at Net Quad Corporate Center has a typical Chinese ambiance with Chinese lanterns hanged and wooden fixtures.  The space is quite limited, but it occupies two floors.

Food

Rice Toppings
steamed salted chicken rice
♥ Steamed Salted Chicken Rice (235 php)
The  Steamed Salted Chicken Rice is served in a bamboo where it was probably steamed.  The chicken cubes were soft and succulent that I barely need to chew.  The rice is also filled with mushrooms which enhanced its flavor.  I love it.

chicken with chinese sausage in hot pot
Chicken with Chinese Sausage in Hot Pot (250 php)
The Chicken with Chinese Sausage in Hot Pot had a generous serving.  The chicken is tasty with the sauce and together with the thin chinese sausage, it was a really great with rice.  

Sauteed Dishes
pan fried eggplant stuffed with minced shrimp
♥ Pan-Fried Eggplant Stuffed with Minced Shrimp (285 php)
It is my first time to try the Pan-Fried Eggplant Stuffed with Minced Shrimp.  Although it doesn't look too appealing, it was very delicious!  The eggplant had a nice texture and sweetness.  The minced shrimp adds a bit of chewiness but still soft.  

Noodles in Soup
wonton noodle soup
Wonton Noodle Soup (225 php)
The Wonton Noodle Soup is served warm.  It had roasted garlic, green onions, wanton and noodles.  The soup is tasty and fragrant.  The wonton are pretty good too.  

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Eat Well! Delicious Kitchen is a great option for Chinese cuisine.  It offers a lot of delicious options and the price is reasonable.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Eat Well! Delicious Kitchen Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2 |
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Eat Well! Delicious Kitchen Fort
Business Address G/F Unit C Net Quad Bldg, 30th St,
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 200-400
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 856-9408
Other 
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Chef's Noodle: Korean Cuisine That's Easy On The Budget (Branch Closed)

Chef's Noodle recently opened in University Mall.  Created by celebrity Chef Choi In Sun and endorsed by Grace Lee, this Korean restaurant is definitely aroused my foodie curiosity.

chefs noodle


chefs noodle
It has a large and spacious area with traditional wooden tables and chairs.  I think its one of the biggest establishments at the University Mall.  It adopts a fast food pay as you order style so it has a cashier counter that's visible upon entry.

Food

Sushi
bulgogi kimbap
Bulgogi Kimbap (95 php)
The  Bulgogi Kimbap is a nori-wrapped roll filled with bulgogi and leeks and dashed with some sesame seeds and mayonnaise.   I've tried many types of kimbap before but its my first time to try this.  I liked that the rolls were wrapped tight so its easy to eat as a whole.  This is a pleasurable and enjoyable to eat.

starking fire sushi
♥ Starking Fire Sushi (160 php)
The Starking Fire Sushi is another first for me.  It's a sushi of thinly sliced Australian beef torched until cooked medium.  The beef was so tender and succulent that I enjoy every piece of this.


The best part in ordering the Starking Fire Sushi is the presentation.  Here's what I caught to share with you but its nothing compared to the actual experience of course.

Noodles
chefs noodle
Chef's Noodle (150 php)
The Chef's Noodle is their signature dish.  It's a fulfilling meal with its chewy noodles, crunchy bean sprouts and leeks, tasty bulgogi and sweet tamago. However, I think the broth could be more flavorful and less peppery.

jjampong
Jjampong (195 php)
Fellow Tsinoy Foodie Kurt bravely ordered the Jjampong.  It was topped with vegetables, mussels, clams, prawns and squid.  Kurt was able to finish this clean probably because it was not as spicy compared to other versions.  The soup felt diluted and not thick and chili-filled.  Perhaps, its because students prefer a milder version?

Mains & Pancakes
seafood pajun
Seafood Pajun (99 php)
The Seafood Pajun is filled with small shrimps, calamari, red bell peppers and leeks topped with sesame seeds.  It looked so enticing being served in a large bamboo container that is used for dimsum.  But, upon first bite, I found it too dry for my taste.  It felt more like an omelette and lacked batter.  


leek shrimp twigim
Leek Shrimp Twigim (99 php)
The Leek Shrimp Twigim  is deep fried leeks and small shrimp fried in a special tempura batter.  It's a good alternative to the usual tempura.


wanja steak jun
Wanja Steak Jun (175 php)
The Wanja Steak Jun is recommended by our server so we tried it.  It is a steak made of ground beef and chicken and most probably flour.  It was topped with a cheese square and egg.  This had a weird aftertaste so I really failed to appreciate this.

Rice Meals
chicken kas
♥ Chicken Kas Single Order (130 php)
The Chicken Kas is breaded chicken tenders with potatoes, bell peppers and carrots in sauce.  Like the rest, it was also drizzled with sesame seeds.  The chicken was soft and the sauce is delicious.  I enjoyed eating this and a meal is very satisfying too.

Beverages
strawberry iced tea lemon
♥ Strawberry Iced Tea (35 php) and Lemon Iced Tea (35 php)
The Strawberry Iced Tea is to my liking.  It had a fragrant strawberry flavor.  On the other hand, the Lemon Iced Tea had a nice blend of sweetness too.

Update (September 15, 2012): I am disappointed with the management of this restaurant.  During my three visits, I noticed that they always ran out of rice even if its an hour before their closing time. 

Update (January 2015): This branch is closed but they now have mall branches.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Chef's Noodle offers Korean Cuisine that's easy on the budget so even students and employees will surely leave satisfied.  With Chef's Noodle around, you can now satisfy your Korean craving without the need to save for it.  I'll definitely stop by again there sometime to try their other kimbap variants.


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Chef's Noodle Menu
Ambiance Menu
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Chef's Noodle University Mall
Business Address 2nd Flr. University Mall, 2507 Taft Avenue,
Malate, Manila, Metro Manila 
Business Hours Mon-Fri: 10 am-9 pm
Sat: 10 am-6 pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 100-250
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 405-0129 / 708-9520
Other  Email: chefsnoodlephils@yahoo.com Website
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Lolo Dad's Cafe: Fine Dining in Malate

Over the years, Lolo Dad's Cafe has garnered so many awards with Chef Ariel Manuel and his team.  I'm sure you wouldn't find it surprising that it has been on my want list for quite some time.  

I expected Lolo Dad's Cafe to have a grand ambiance.  Instead, we stepped into a home-y place.  Simply because it is an ancestral home converted into a fine-dining restaurant so its filled personal touches.  We were ushered to the dining area where there were a few tables with white table cloths.  By the side, there is a clear see-through glass where you can visibly see what's going on in the kitchen.

It was a serene venue that makes it a great place for meetings and romantic dates.  But, if you're single like me, it's also a good dinning place for hanging out with friends like in this case.  

Food
Lolo Dad's superb food is preceded with its reputation for expensive pricing.  After scanning the menu, I have to agree.  Yet, despite the price, we were surprisingly intrigued with their selections that we wanted to taste as much as we can.  Good thing, they have a Tasting Menu available so we could enjoy a full course meal filled with variety.  Like their ordinary menu, their Tasting Menu is seasonal.  
lolo dads tasting menu
Tasting Menu (2,350 php)

While waiting for our orders, we were provided a complimentary basket of warm rolls.  I love rolls!  It's so delicious with or without butter.  I think I had one or two.  =D

Sweet Chili Glazed Lobster Tail with Tuna Nicoise Sesame Salad in Kaffir Lime Vinaigrette
 Sweet Chili Glazed Lobster Tail with Tuna Nicoise Sesame Salad in Kaffir Lime Vinaigrette
I took a few seconds to appreciate the beauty of the Sweet Chili Glazed Lobster Tail with Tuna Nicoise Sesame Salad in Kaffir Lime Vinaigrette before I began indulging my taste buds.  Although the dressing of the salad is light, I found it pleasurable as the salad is composed of fresh and rare ingredients.  It went well with the sweet chili glazed lobster tail and tuna.  

Espresso of Two Pea Soup with Truffled Cilantro
 Espresso of Two Pea Soup with Truffled Cilantro
With the Espresso of Two Pea Soup with Truffled Cilantro, I am convinced that we were in the best hands for the night.  I enjoyed the initial sensation from the truffled cilantro foam as I sipped the two pea soup.  But, it was the creamy two pea soup that got me hooked.  I tried to savor is as long as I could as I paired it with the chorizo on thin and crunchy crouton.  


Sauteed Fresh Chanterelles in Cilantro Short Grain Rice
  Sauteed Fresh Chanterelles in Cilantro Short Grain Rice
S
eared Duck Foie Gras and Black Vinegar Jus
The Sauteed Fresh Chanterelles in Cilantro Short Grain Rice has a huge chunk of Seared Duck Foie Gras laid appealingly.  It was my first time to try a chanterelles mushroom risotto and I certainly hope it won't be the last.  Although I usually find a huge chunk of Seared Duck Foie Gras too overwhelming, I was surprised with myself that I finished my plate clean wanting for more.

calamansi sorbet
Calamansi Sorbet
Nothing but a cool and refreshing Calamansi Sorbet could have done a better job of cleansing our palate.  It had the right amount of sweetness and tanginess to it too.

us chuck flap steak and charsiue of lamb rib
U.S. Chuck Flap Steak and Charsiue of Lamb Rib 
I chose the U.S. Chuck Flap Steak and Charsiue of Lamb Rib.  It's a meaty option I know.  But, I just couldn't say no to lamb rib and I'm glad I made the right choice.  The lamb rib was so succulent and tender exploding in clean flavor in every bite.  The U.S. Chuck Flap Steak is cooked medium-well.  Although I would have preferred medium, it was still juicy.  But, it did not stand out like the lamb rib.  Yet, I once again enjoy this to the last bit even the potato croquette, truffled mushed potato and sweet baby asparagus.

fillet of halibut with sauteed scallops
Fillet of Halibut with Sauteed Scallops
My friend ordered the Fillet of Halibut with Sauteed Scallops which is a lighter option.  The halibut and scallops were perfectly cooked.  The texture is soft and juicy.  


mandarin orange frozen timbale
Mandarin Orange Frozen Timbale
The Mandarin Orange Frozen Timbale is served with Thai Basil-Raisin Jam Deep Fried Praline and Rose Syrup.  The Mandarin Orange Frozen Timbale is a frozen cream dessert topped with sweet mandarin orange slices.  It was my first time to try frozen cream with mandarin orange.  It was refreshingly sweet.  It was best eaten together with the rich a and sour Thai Basil-Raisin Jam Deep Fried Praline and Rose Syrup.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Lolo Dad's Cafe definitely deserves its great reputation.  Although the price is a bit intimidating, you get what you paid for with its top-notch food presentation and food quality.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Lolo Dad's Cafe Menu (as of Aug 2012)
Ambiance Soup & Oysters | Starters |
Seafood | Meat | 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Lolo Dad's Cafe
Business Address 899 Pres. Quirino Ave. Cor. Leon Guinto St.,
Malate, Manila
Business Hours Mondays: 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Tuesday-Saturdays:
Lunch: 11 am-2 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 1,500-2,500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 524-2295
Other  Website
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Domo Maguro Restaurant: Authentic Japanese and Korean Restaurant

It was a casual drizzling Sunday night after church.  The family felt like going for a warm hot bowl of ramen so we headed onto the nearby Domo Maguro Restaurant.  
domo maguro restaurant
As we walk in, we were welcomed by a Korean lady who instructed the server to guide us.


domo maguro restaurant
We passed the sushi and sake bar towards a private room which was just right for six people. 


domo maguro restaurant
Atop our wooden table, the utensils are already set up.  As we seated, the menu was handed to us.  I wanted to take a picture of it but the Korean lady warned against it.  However, as I browsed the internet, I found their menu posted on their Facebook fan page.  That was odd.

Food


Complimentary

complimentary salad
Complimentary Salad
While waiting for our orders, we were given a Complimentary Salad which had a light oil-based dressing with a large slice of fresh tomatoes, roasted garlic and greens.  


complimentary miso soup
Complimentary Miso Soup
We were also provided a Complimentary Miso Soup.  It was delicious and soothing.

Sashimi a la carte

saba and mekakiji
  Saba (200 php) and  ♥  Mekakiji (200 php)
The sashimi was served in a beautiful platter looking fresh and tasty.  The Saba is largely sliced and it was exploding in flavor in every bite.  The Mekakiji is sliced in a distinct triangular shape.  It is the first time I've tried it and it is delicious.

Rolls
rainbow roll
Rainbow Roll 8 pcs. (320 php)
The Rainbow Roll is one of the best looking sushi platter I've encountered.  It has lettuce, cucumber, crabmeat, avocado on top of tuna, salmon, shrimp and squid drizzled with mustard and hot sauce.  

Noodle

tempura udon
Tempura Udon (250 php)
The Tempura Udon is a mixed tempura with udon noodles in Japanese light soy sauce.  It was served warm and freshly cooked so the tempura batter is still crunchy.  The soup is slightly sweet and flavorful.


nabe udon
  Nabe Udon (280 php)
The Nabe Udon has tempura shrimp, shitake mushroom, onions, brocolli, leeks and naruto.  This is one of the best Udon I've ever tasted.  The flavor from the ingredients are sensationally glorified in every sip.

Ramen

shin ramyun
Shin Ramyun (200 php)
The Shin Ramyun is a spicy Korean noodle soup with carrots, leeks and egg.  It was intensely hot as I could feel the sizzle of red hot chili running through my throat but nothing I couldn't manage.  It was nothing special even similar to instant ones but I enjoyed it anyway because I just love the spiciness.


gomuko ramen
 Gomuko Ramen (250 php)
The Gomuko Ramen is a ramen noodle with a great assortment of seafood.  It has shrimp, mussels, clams, fish fillet, bean sprouts, leeks, carrots, mushrooms and brocolli.  The soup is clear but it was so sweet and rich.

Rice

kimchi bockumbap
  Kimchi Bockumbap (240 php)
The Kimchi Bockumbap is our family favorite dish.  We just HAVE to order one when available in the menu.  This version is delicious!  It is dominantly spicy with a bit of sour and sweet taste.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict

Domo Maguro Restaurant serve delicious authentic Japanese and Korean dishes.  From the sashimi to the ramen, everything was satisfying.  The price is quite reasonable too.


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Domo Maguro Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Appetizer | Sushi & Sashimi Set | 
Sushi Set & Party | Sushi | 
Sushi a la carte | Sushi a la carte 2 |
Sashimi a la carte  | Lunch Special | 
Lunch Special 2 | Rolls 1 |
Roll 2 | Roll 3 & Hand Roll |
Agemono & Teriyaki | Noodle & Soba | 
Rice | Rice 2 |
A la Carte | Grilled |
Drinks | Alcoholic Beverages |
Salads & Fruits | Alcoholic Beverages | 
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Service
Price
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Domo Maguro Restaurant Malate
Business Address 270 Gen. M. Malvar St., Malate, 
Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 6%
Budget/Person 200-400
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 697-2221
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Kao Chi Restaurant: Xiao Long Pao and More Authentic Chinese Dishes (Banawe Quezon City)

My family rarely travels out of our area just for food.  But, on this specific night, my mom was craving for Kao Chi Restaurant's Xiao Long Pao and so off we went.  

kao chi chinese restarant
Kao Chi Restaurant has a traditional Chinese feel to it.  It has a display rack of ceramics and things believed to bring fortune.  I often see this in a typical Chinese home.  Unlike other Chinese restaurantsKao Chi Restaurant had more long tables than round maybe because can house more tables that way.  But, since we were many, we occupied the function room with a large round table.

Food

Dimsums
xiao long bao
♥ Xiao Long Bao 6 pcs. (138 php)
Here it is the Xiao Long Bao we've all been craving for.  This is the best for us yet.  This comes second to the Xiao Long Bao fellow Tsinoy Foodie Kurt's sister sends us from Taiwan.

Soup & Pot
hot and sour soup
Hot & Sour Soup (138 php)
The Hot & Sour Soup is good for sharing.  One order is already good for the six of us.  The soup is full of ingredients.  It was more sour than hot though.  But, I still enjoyed it.   This is my favorite soup after all.

Appetizer
shanghai honey glazed spareribs
♥ Shanghai Honey-Glazed Spareribs (188 php)
The waiter recommended the Shanghai Honey-Glazed Spareribs as their best-seller.  True enough, it was really good.  Although it was a bit oily due to the fats, it was very succulent and tender.  We all enjoyed this as it was exploding with flavors.

Poultry
sauteed diced chicken with cashew nuts
♥ Sauteed Diced Chicken with Cashew Nuts (258 php)
The Sauteed Diced Chicken with Cashew Nuts is light and saucy.  The chicken cubes were so soft, I barely felt the need to chew.  This was my favorite viand for the night.  

Seafood
steamed fish fillet
Steamed Fish Fillet (338 php)
The Steamed Fish Fillet was cooked perfectly.  The fish was moist and tender that it almost melts in the mouth.  It had a right blend of sauce to that doesn't overpower the natural sweetness of the fish fillet.

Vegetable / Tofu
steamed eggplant in special sauce
Sauteed Eggplant in Special Sauce (238 php)
Although I'm usually found of the Sauteed Eggplant in Special Sauce, I found this minced pork with eggplant dish too oily.  I'm glad that it was a bit spicy though to counter the oiliness that could get overwhelming.


sauteed fermineted tofu in special sauce
Sauteed Fermented Tofu in Special Sauce (238 php)
Appreciating the taste of the smelly Sauteed Fermented Tofu in Special Sauce is not instantaneous.  In my opinion, it is an acquired taste.  Growing up in a Chinese home has made me accustomed to its flavors and I've grown to love it.  The more portions you eat of this, you'll notice that the taste gets better.  

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Kao Chi Restaurant is a great place to enjoy authentic Chinese food at a really affordable price.  Like most Chinese restaurants, the serving size is good for sharing.  Don't miss out on their Xiao Long Pao.  I highly recommend it.  


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Kao Chi Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Appetizer | Appetizer 2 | 
Dimsums Rice/Noodle/Rice Cake | 
Pork | Soup & Pot |
Beef/Lamb | Seafood |
Seafood 2 | Poultry  |
Vegetable/Tofu | Drinks & Dessert |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Kao Chi Restaurant
Business Address
#109 N.S Amoranto Sr. Ave., 
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 200-400
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 410-7799
Other  Email: kaochi109.ph@gmail.com Facebook Fan Page
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