Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sonya's Garden: Fresh and Flowery Lunch Buffet (Cavite-Tagaytay)

I've long been hearing a lot of raves over Sonya's Garden.  But, it requires traveling all the way to Tagaytay so I never thought the family would one day just spontaneously decide to dine there.

We arrived there for late lunch.  There were lots of roadsigns so it was easy to find.  Parking was a breeze too.  We first spotted the Panaderia first as it was in the parking area.   

It was almost emptied so we were not able to buy anything.  .

We continued walking on across the garden taking photos and observing the beautiful plants.

There were some houses which we didn't check out.  


There's a plant store...

and there's a gift shop called Country Store too.  
 
The Conservatory is nice because you get a private dining set up inside a greenhouse where plants occupied half of the area.  I imagine this to be a very nice venue for romantics.

I guess the family did their research because they knew we would be dining at the Morning Glory.

Food
When dining here, you have no choice but to avail of the set menu so the pasta is already set up buffet-style.

The place looked like one that would be perfect for a wedding reception.  It had chandeliers and draped white linen cloth above.  Tables were all covered in white linen cloth matched with wooden chairs.  The windows reminded me of the one we have in our ancestral home in Ilocos.  And, the floors were made of red bricks.  It was a bit hot but air-coolers are stationed by the side. 

Pasta and Salmon Belly
You can customize your Pasta

White Sauce and Red Sauce
Shitake Mushroom

Ratatouille
Chicken in Olive Oil
Spring Roll
There's also Spring Roll to pair with your pasta.
 

Complimentary Bread with 4 dips were served on our table.

Garden Salad
The highlight of the set menu is the Garden Salad which has various ingredients picked fresh from the garden.

You can garnish them with a selection of fresh fruits, cucumber, flowers, egg and tomatoes.

This is my creation.  And, I had a second plating too since the ingredients are refillable. =)

This is my white pasta.

And, my red pasta.

Tarragon Tea and Chocolate Cake

For dessert, we had the Tarragon Tea and delicious but thin slice of the Chocolate Cake from the Panaderia.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
There's just something magical with Sonya's Garden holistic experience that keep alluring and luring people to come back for it. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Sonya's Garden
Ambiance Breakfast: 500 php
Lunch and Dinner:  683 php
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Sonya's Garden
Business Address Brgy. Buck Estate, Alfonso (near the vicinity of Tagaytay City)
Cavite City, Philippines
Business Hours 8am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 700-2,000
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (0917) 532-9097
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Legend of India: Exploring More on Indian Cuisine (Jupiter Makati)

My mom doesn't like Indian Cuisine and my little sister doesn't like spicy dishes so I was surprised to my delight that everyone was in the mood to try Legend of India one random night.

legend of india
Right at the heart of the restaurant district in Jupiter Makati, Legend of India has a big glittery signage making it noticeable and easy to remember by passerby.

legend of india
Inside is a simple dining area with a loud TV playing Bollywood movies.  Each table is already set up with a complete table wear and candle lights too.

legend of india
By the side, there's a store where you can buy ingredients, food and also order snacks and desserts.

Food

Vegetarian Appetizers
samosa
Samosa (120 php)
The Samosa is a triangular crunchy puffed pasty filled with vegetables.  We loved this especially with their delicious dips: Mint Water (Green) and Tamarind Sauce (Black). 


Non-Vegetarian Appetizers
chicken fingers
Chicken Fingers (160 php)
Forget about chicken nuggets cause this very crunchy Chicken Fingers with their amazing sauces will win over you anytime.

Vegetarian Lovers
vegetable curry
Vegetable Curry (260 php)
The Vegetable Curry is mixed cubed vegetables in delicious thick Indian curry sauce. 


palak paneer
Palak Paneer (280 php)
The Palak Paneer is blended spinach mixed with cottage cheese.  We all loved this!  I look forward to having more paneers.


Mutton Lovers
rogan josh
Rogan Josh (450 php)

The Rogan Josh is mutton curry.  I've always loved mutton dishes.  But, they come to me so rarely.  Between the Vegetable Curry and this, this is my clear choice. 


Rice
chicken biryani
Chicken Biryani (350 php)
The Chicken Biryani is flavorful but not too much so you can pair it well with the other dishes.

Breads
aloo paratha
Aloo Paratha (180 php)
The Aloo Paratha whole wheat flour bread stuffed with potato.  While I've had Roti Prata stuffed in cheese before, this is the first time I've had flat bread with potatoWell, it works well and I don't mind having it again even if it means twice the carbs.


pudina naan
Pudina Naan (130 php)
The Pudina Naan is flour-based flat bread topped with mint leaves.  I love this! 


Desserts
kuffi
Kuffi (120 php)
The Kuffi is Indian ice cream.  When I was told by the staff that they use carabao milk, I was expecting the Kuffi to be like Arce Dairy ice cream.  But it's really different.  This one is so thick that it's more of a really sweet, rough and dense like pastillas than an ice cream.  But, it is really cool.  And, it has rose syrup on it and pistachio bits.

green pista
Green Pista (120 php)
The Green Pista is really sweet pistachio pastillas topped with pistachio bits.  I would have enjoyed this had it not been too sweetened with honey.

Indian Drinks
sherbet soda mango lassi rose lassi
Sherbet Soda (120 php), Mango Lassi (120 php) and Rose Lassi (130 php)
The  Sherbet Soda or rose water soda and Rose Lassi are a bit too sweet.  But, the
Mango Lassi is perfect.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Legend of India is an awesome place to explore more of Indian Cuisine.  Despite having not a good impression of Indian dishes in the past, the family seemed to enjoy this dining experience and we're now ready to go further. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Legend of India Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2
Menu 3 | Menu 4
 

Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Legend of India
Business Address 114 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, 
Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours Lunch: 11:30am-3pm
Dinner: 6pm-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-1,000
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 836-4232
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Masuki Since 1930: Affordable Chinese Noodle Soup Mami (SM Mall of Asia MOA)

The family has two favorite affordable restaurants in SM Mall of Asia: El Pollo Loco and Masuki.  Since I've shared about the former, this time I'll proceed with the latter.

masuki since 1930
Masuki is located right next to El Pollo LocoThe sign is huge so it's easy to spot.


masuki since 1930
This is just a branch as the original pioneer one established since 1930 is in Chinatown.  According to my mom is used to be Ma Mon Luk then Ma Kong.


masuki since 1930
The dinning area is simply but clean-looking.

Food

Short Orders 
masuki since 1930
Pork Siomai (35 php/piece)
The Pork Siomai is one of the best siomai for us.  Just look at its size and a bite of it will confirm that it's pure pork without any extenders.

Mami
masuki since 1930
Wonton Chicken Mami Regular (150 php)

If you enjoy light tasting broth or want your broth to taste dominantly of Masuki's special sauce, the
Wonton Chicken Mami may be a good choice for youThey are quite generous with their ingredients.  The chicken is tender enough.  And, the wonton is as chunky  but small in size compared to their Pork Siomai.
 
masuki since 1930
Beef Chicken Wonton Mami Regular (180 php)

 I always prefer the heaviest and most extravagant variant available so the Beef Chicken Wonton Mami is always my choice.


masuki since 1930
Special Sauce
A lot of people use the Special Sauce as a dip for their noodles like eating the Japanese soba or  tsukemen.  A lazy one like me, would scoop some this into my bowl.  To tell you the truth, their broth is too light for me but I don't mind having it when dining with the family.

Siopao (85 php)

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Masuki Since 1930 has built its own style and brand with its Special Sauce as the key factor.  It's good, unique and affordable so I can see that its success will continue on in the coming years.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Masuki Since 1930 Menu
Ambiance Short Orders 1 | Short Orders 2 | Mami |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Masuki Since 1930
Branches Binondo

929 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila

SM Mall of Asia
GF, North Wing, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA),
Pasay City, Metro Manila

SM Megamall
Lower Ground Floor, Building B, SM Mega Mall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

Greenhills
368 Unit 203 Sekai Center, Ortigas Avenue Corner Madison Street, Greenhills, San Juan City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 150-300
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 403-7623
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Tokyo Bubble Tea: Sakura Season Launch with Set Meals and Drinks

While, I couldn't be in Japan to witness the blooming of cherry blossoms, I'm fortunate enough to be invited to Tokyo Bubble Tea's Sakura Season Launch last week.

tokyo bubble tea
I'm quite surprised that Tokyo Bubble Tea is a homegrown concept because their Japanese fusion drinks and meals are awesome!

For the Tokyo Bubble Tea's Sakura Season Launch they have introduced 3 new Sakura JCC Milk Teas: Sakura Royal Milk Tea, Sakura Strawberry Milk Tea, and Sakura Taro Milk Tea and 3 new Sakura Bento Trays: Sakura Soy Ginger Fish, Sakura Chicken Katsu, and Sakura Ebi Furai with Hamburg.

sakura chicken katsu
Sakura Chicken Katsu (360 php)
I got to try the Sakura Chicken Katsu.   This is my first meal at Tokyo Bubble Tea by the way and I'm very impressed.  This is a very delicious and wholesome meal.

sakura taro milk tea
Sakura Taro Milk Tea
I've always loved the regular Tokyo Bubble Tea's Taro Milk Tea.  The Sakura Taro Milk Tea is even better.

sakura mango roll
Sakura Mango Roll
We also got to try Honeybon's Sakura Mango Roll.

sakura mango roll
It was very beautiful and the price is reasonable too.

sakura mango roll
Sakura Mango Roll (120 php/slice)
I loved the Sakura Mango Roll because it has a slightly tangy and sweet taste.  It was also very light and fluffy.

sakura
Possible Prizes
If you mix and match the Sakura Bento Trays and Sakura JCC Milk Teas will get to pick a prize from the special Sakura tree which is overflowing with exclusive Tokyo Bubble Tea merchandise including super cute plush toys and snazzy tees featuring our three favorite Bubblets, Sakura, Midori, and Ichiban!  You can also get some awesome vouchers.

sakura
Bubblets, Sakura, Midori, and Ichiban
 I already got the Sakura.  I want to collect them all! =)  The Sakura Season is available for a limited time stating from April 15 so let's try our luck! 

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