Monday, August 14, 2017

Johnny Rockets: No Longer the Cool Retro Burger Joint (Eastwood City Mall)

Johnny Rockets is an international chain that offers a one of a kind classic retro feel-good Americana vibe.  

johnny rockets
Johnny Rockets here in the Philippines had a bright start.

johnny rockets
But, now there's only one branch.  And during our visit, the air-conditioning isn't working well.

juke box
But, we were okay with that.  We were just excited to try the Juke Box.

juke box
After hitting so many buttons, we were finally convinced that it was broken too.

juke box
Well... at least it got us excited... But, disc is always error when selected.

Food

Salad
garden salad
Garden Salad To Share (285 php)
Food at Johnny Rockets has always been plain and simple. 

Hamburgers
johnny rockets burger
The Original with Cheese (320 php)
But, pricey!


johnny rockets burger
Rocket Single (320 php)


We didn't mind though because we were missing the experience it offered.

chili cheese dog
 Mini Chili Cheese Dogs (245 php)
But, somehow we just felt like the place lost its luster.

Shakes & Floats
vanilla milk shake
 Vanilla Original Shake (215 php)
Good thing the food and shakes are still the same.

strawberry milk shake
♥ Strawberry Milk Shake (215 php)
Yes, it still bring us comfort.

root beer
 Root Beer (175 php)
My brother loves their classic Root Beer.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
We're really sad that Johnny Rockets turned out like the way it is.  It is no longer the cool retro burger joint it once was.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Johnny Rockets Menu
Ambiance ★★ Starters | SaladsHamburgers | Premium Burgers
All-Time Favorites With Rice |
Shakes & FloatsDesserts
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Johnny Rockets
Business Address Ground Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
Business Hours 9am-4am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 350-1,000
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 470-2117
Other 
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Friday, August 4, 2017

Stockwell Café + Lounge: Coffee and Meal Hangout Place (Tomas Morato Quezon City)

My life has become busier.  But, I have found a way to work with comfort by hanging out at coffee shops.  I'm amazed that a change in environment can be a huge difference.  My recent discovery is Stockwell Café + Lounge conveniently tucked at the ground floor of Cocoon Boutique Hotel in Tomas Morato.

Food

Appetizers
nachos
Stockwell Signature Nachos (210 php)
For appetizers, there's the Stockwell Signature Nachos.  Get this if you're yearning to munch something quick.  This is also great for sharing.

sausage platter
Sausage Platter (230 php)
My choice among the appetizers is the Sausage Platter .  I'll have this sharing or no sharing.

stockwell cafe
Stockwell Chicken Tenders (195 php) and Garlic Parmesan Fries (150 php)
Pasta
truffle mushroom linguine
Truffle Mushroom Linguine (250 php)
How can you resist this
Truffle Mushroom Linguine?  I know I can't  

creamy carbonara
Creamy Carbonara (195 php)

Those preferring a classic pasta won't be disappointed with their Creamy Carbonara.

Today's Special
sausage sandwich
Sausage Sandwich (250 php)
If you want a heavier meal, they have them too.

bulgogi rice
Bulgogi Rice (220 php)
The Bulgogi Rice is really good!  Sauce on rice is already a winner.

tapsilog
Stockwell’s Beef Tapa (PHP 200)
Look at the generous portion they have for their Stockwell’s Beef Tapa.   And, the egg is perfectly runny too.
 
cordon bleu
Chicken Cordon Bleu (220 php)

Probably a dish that didn't gain much attention is the Chicken Cordon Bleu because the chicken meat was a bit dry.


chicken longganisa
Chicken Longganisa (220 php)

While I'm not a fan of usual pork longganisa, I really enjoyed the Chicken Longganisa because it wasn't fatty nor too sweet.
 
braised pork belly
Braised Pork Belly (220 php)

A bit of a guilt food is the Braised Pork Belly.  But, some may forget about that and indulge in its fatty goodness.

Coffee
Needless to say, a must order in every visit to Stockwell Café + Lounge is a cup of coffee.

They have really skilled and well-trained baristas who can make you the best cup and make you smile with their amazing latte art. 

Guatamela Cold Brew (120 php)
I highly suggest that you go beyond the ordinary coffee blends and try their Alternative Brews such as Cold Brew and Cold Drip. Since they have Single Origin Coffee Beans, you can describe what you are looking for in a coffee and their barista can help you figure out what coffee beans to use.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
As a coffee affecionado, I was really impressed with Stockwell Café + Lounge's coffee selections.  On top of that, I also loved their Matcha and Bulgogi Rice.  Did I mention that the interiors is rustic and comfortable too?  Surely, a possible visit is at hand.  If only this isn't far from home, I'd come here often.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Stockwell Café + Lounge Menu
Ambiance N/A
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Stockwell Café + Lounge
Business Address Ground Floor Cocoon Boutique Hotel, 61 Scout Tobias Corner Scout Rallos Street, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 9 am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 150-400
Free WiFi No
Contact (0949) 6710687
Other 
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ashark Club: Upscale Chinese Club is Now Open (Grand Phoenix Hotel Pasay City)

A few weeks ago,  I was invited to the grand opening of Ashark Club located at the second floor of Golden Phoenix Hotel.

ashark club
Ashark Club aims to be one of the best (if not the best) Chinese clubs in the Metro.

ashark club
This state-of-the-art restaurant with a total land area of 1600 square meters making it perfect for all kinds of events for corporate events, family gatherings and all sorts of occasions.  It has a seating capacity of 200 persons. 


ashark club
Ashark Club takes its name from an actual live shark that they have.

ashark club
Yes, you can actually check out their fresh ingredients.

heart evangelista
The grand opening was attended by Heart Evanglista.

heart evangelista
After the ribbon cutting, guests are allowed inside to view the VIP rooms.  Ashark Club features four 4 KTV rooms and 7 VIP Rooms.

ashark club
I'm sure there are lot to be amazed about by their VIP rooms.  But, what got me the most is the remote controlled lazy susan

ashark club
But the main highlight is the videoke rooms.

ashark club
Each VIP room is unique.

ashark club
This room has the biggest karaoke room.

Food
abalone soup
 Abalone With Mixed Dry Seafood In Thick Soup (鲍参翅肚羹)
Not only does Ashark Club boast of its extravagant dining space and VIP rooms, it also brought in  from China a pool of chefs specializing in Cantonese, Hunan, and Sichuan cuisine.

deep fried pigeon
Deep-Fried Pigeon (红烧乳鸽)
There were classic favorites such as the Deep-Fried Pigeon (红烧乳鸽).

steamed red grouper
Steamed Red Grouper With Peanut Oil (功夫香葱星班)
I was really impressed with their Steamed Red Grouper With Peanut Oil (功夫香葱星班).

deep fried pechay
Deep-Fried Pechay (杏香酥棠菜)
We all didn't enjoy the Deep-Fried Pechay (杏香酥棠菜) because we could feel the oiliness in every bite.

sauteed snow diced pepper beef
Sauteed Snow Diced Beef With Black Pepper (私房一品牛肉)
My table mates favorite is the Sauteed Snow Diced Beef With Black Pepper (私房一品牛肉).  The plate was emptied even before the first ones that was served.

assorted vegetable on ice
Assorted Vegetables on Ice (时蔬冰盘)
Even if you beautifully display vegetables as the Assorted Vegetables on Ice (时蔬冰盘), sad to say it wasn't touched especially the bitter gourd.

sauteed prawns
Sauteed Prawns With Long Jing Tea (玫瑰龙井虾仁)
Aside from being beautifully plated, the Sauteed Prawns With Long Jing Tea (玫瑰龙井虾仁) is delicious.

lamb chop
Pan-Fried Lamb Chop (香辣战斧羊排)
I guess we're really carnivores because aside from the Sauteed Snow Diced Beef With Black Pepper (私房一品牛肉), we also finished the Pan-Fried Lamb Chop (香辣战斧羊排) quickly.


wanton soup
Polonchay With Wanton In Soup (白鹭云吞飘绿波)
A very warming and healthy soup is the Polonchay With Wanton In Soup (白鹭云吞飘绿波).

Teasers
ashark club

porcupine

ashark club

lobster

ashark club

ashark club

ashark club

sea urchin
To whet our appetite we were also allowed to see what was served in the next VIP room.  They look pretty luxurious right?

So if you're looking for an upscale Chinese Club, look no further than Ashark Club

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