Al Dimashqi: Best Falafel and Great Halal Food in the Metro (Malate Manila)

We spotted a new middle eastern restaurant at Harrison Plaza Village Square called Al Dimashqi

al dimashqi
This joint has been replaced so many times.  But, we never fail to try out whatever sprouts here.

al dimashqi
As you can see, there are no local diners here.  That intrigued us even more.  Turns out Al Dimashqi offers authentic Syrian Cuisine.  I don't think we've tried one before.  And, for those who are looking for Halal food, this is one too.


Cold Appetizer
Humus (150 php)
For starters, we began with the Humus that comes with pita bread.  We loved this!  We even ordered an additional pita bread.  I guess we ordered too many so we were forced to take home some.  Unfortunately, it wasn't as good when reheated by toaster though.

Moutable (150 php)
The Moutable is also superb.  Perhaps, I liked this a bit more than their Humus.

dal soup
Dal Soup (150 php)
To warm up our bellies, we ordered the Dal Soup.  This lentil soup is a must try!

grilled chicken
Grilled Chicken (150 php)
The Grilled Chicken is unlike anything we've encountered before.  It was pretty good.  The rice that comes with it is a perfect match too.

Budget Meal
mini shish tawook
Mini Shish Tawook (80 php)
The Mini Shish Tawook  is affordable but the chicken fillet bits were a bit dry.

mini kebab
Mini Kebab (80 php)
The Mini Kebab is just okay.  It wasn't too dry but not remarkably juicy either.

mini shaqaf
Mini Shaqaf (80 php)
Among the budget meals, I'd recommend the Mini Shaqaf.

Falafel Regular (65 php)

Among our orders, the Falafel stood out the most.  I have never been impressed with a falafel except for this.  It had the right crunchiness, softness (but not pasty) and it wasn't oily at all.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I hope Al Dimashqi stays cause I'd certainly go back for its Falafel.  Their pricing is affordable too. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Al Dimashqi Menu
Ambiance Menu | Menu 2
=Favorites or Recommended 
Al Dimashqi
Business Address Harrison Plaza Square Village, Mabini Cor. Ocampo St.
Malate, Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 65-300
Free WiFi No
Contact (0997) 250-7230

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Cabalen: Affordable Filipino Buffet + Giveaway

When it comes to an affordable Filipino Buffet, Cabalen has become the popular option.  But, do you know that Cabalen is now celebrating its 30th year?

How timely is my revisit right? 

It's been a while so it's a bit nostalgic for me.
I'm so glad they have a salad station with a Filipino twist too.  Notice the Bagoong Vinaigrette?

There's also some Japanese with an assortment of maki and tempura.

As expected, most are Filipino favorites.

Sisig anyone?  They have healthier options like Bangus Sisig and Tofu Sisig.

With so many options, don't forget to save room for dessert. 

Make Your Own Halo-Halo
Ended mine with a glassful of Halo-Halo.

Drinks are not part of the buffet.  But, their refreshments are difficult to resist.

Out of 194 entries (Facebook and Instagram combined), we have now picked a winner for a buffet meal for 2 at Cabalen.

Congratulations to instagrammer stevedelcastillo!  Kindly pm us in our facebook fan page or IG on how to claim your prize.

Cabalen SM Megamall
Branches 1. CATC Alabang Town Center (All-Filipino)
Address: Ground Floor, Entertainment Complex, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
Tel: 809-6698

2. CG2 Glorietta 2 (All-Filipino)
Address: 2nd Level, Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Makati City
Tel: 893-9884

3. CMM SM Megamall (Asian)
Address: 3rd Floor, Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Tel: 633-1761

4. CMMT Market Market (All-Filipino)
Address: Fiesta Market @ Market! Market! East Mall, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Tel: 728-2930

5. CMOA SM Mall of Asia (Asian)
Address: Ground Floor, Entertainment Building, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Tel: 556-4874
   CMOA II SM Mall of Asia
                   , SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City     
Tel: 810-2304

6. CRE Robinsons Place Manila (Asian)
Address: Ground Floor, Sta. Monica Atrium, Robinsons Place Manila
Tel: 536-7987

7. CRP Robinsons Starmills (All-Filipino)
Address: Ground Floor, Robinsons Starmills, San Fernando, Pampanga
Tel: (045) 636-3536

8. CSB San Bruno, California
Address: 495 San Mateo, San Bruno, California
Tel: (650) 255-9221

9. CSC SM City Clark (All-Filipino)
Address: Ground Floor, SM City Clark, Clarkfield, Pampanga
Tel: (045) 499-0245

10. CSMB SM City Bacoor (All-Filipino)
Address: 3rd Floor, SM City Bacoor, Bacoor City, Cavite
Tel: (046) 484-9434

11. CSMBC Bacolod (All-Filipino)
Address: Ground Floor, Expansion Building SM City Bacolod, Rizal Street, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City Negros Occidental
Tel: (034) 436-5922

12. CSMBB SM City Baliwag (All-Filipino)
Address:: Ground Floor, SM City Baliwag, Baliwag Bulacan
Tel: (044) 761-0841

13. CSMC SM City Cebu (All-Filipino)
Address: Ground Floor, SM City Cebu, The North Wing Area, Cebu City
Tel: (032) 505-0821

14. CSMCAB Cabanatuan (All-Filipino)
Address: 4th Floor, SM City Cabanatuan
Tel: (044) 951-0549
Mobile No.: 0949-874-0221 / 0977-602-0222

15. CSMD SM City Dasmariñas (All-Filipino)
Address: Lower Ground Floor, Annex Atrium, SM City Dasmariñas
Tel: (046) 435-0599

16. CSMSJ SM City San Jose Del Monte (All-Filipino)
Address: Second Floor, SM City San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
0995-127-0517 • 0943-486-3043

17. CSMF SM City Fairview (All-Filipino)
Address: Ground Floor, Annex 1, SM City Fairview, Quezon City
Tel: 374-0843

18. CSML SM City Lipa (All-Filipino)
Address: 2nd Floor, SM City Lipa, Lipa City, Batangas
Tel: (043) 756-2360

19. CSMN SM City North EDSA (All-Filipino)
Address: 3rd Floor, City Center, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City
Tel: 294-7970

20. CSMP SM City Pampanga (All-Filipino)
Address: Ground Floor, Activity Center SM City Pampanga, San Fernando, Pampanga
Tel: (045) 435-5511

21. CSMSS Seaside Cebu (All-Filipino)
Address: Ground Floor SM Seaside Complex, South Road Properties, Brgy. Mambaling, Cebu City
Tel: (032) 254-9097

22. CSU Harbor Point Subic (All-Filipino)
Address: Ground Floor, Harbor Point Subic, Ayala Mall, Rizal Highway, Subic Bay, Freeport Zone
Tel: (047) 251-1011

23. CTN Trinoma Mall (All-Filipino)
Address: Level 2 TriNoma, EDSA cor., North Avenue, Quezon City
Tel: 901-3602

24. CWA West Avenue (All-Filipino)
Address: No. 67 West Avenue, Quezon City
 Tel: 372-3515

25. CSMT Trece Martires (All-Filipino)
Address: 2nd Floor, SM City Trece Martires
Tel: (046) 437-2941

26. CSMSL San Lazaro (All-Filipino)
Address: Lower Ground Floor, SM City San Lazaro
Tel: 244-9932
27. CRI Ilocos (All-Filipino)
Address: Level,1 San Francisco, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
Tel: 0939-238-7995

28. CSMI Iloilo (All-Filipino)
Address: 3rd Floor SM City Iloilo, Benigno Aquino Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Tel: 0922-338-1091
Payment Options   Cash

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Lido Cocina Tsina Now Open at Radiance Manila Bay (Roxas Boulevard Manila)

There are many reasons to dine out.  For my family, what really draws us to eat out is convenience.  On a lazy day, we usually just find some place near home to enjoy a hearty meal.  So if you're nearby the area, you'd be as happy as we are to have a new option with  the opening of Lido Cocina Tsina at Radiance Manila Bay.

lido cocina tsina
I was fortunate enough to be invited on their opening celebration.

lido cocina tsina

lido cocina tsina

The dining area is very spacious.

lido cocina tsina
Guests were served a few of their offeringsFish Fillet w/ Beancurd and Tausi, Manchurian Chicken Wings, Lumpiang Shanghai, Sizzling Asado w/ Plum & Tausi sauce, Pancit Canton Guisado, Hototay Soup and Buchi.

lido cocina tsina
Let's Eat!

I can't wait to come back to try their other famous dishes such as the Pugon-Roasted Asado, Drunken Lechon, Macau Sizzling House Sichuan Shrimps, Camaron Rebosado, Steamed Fish Fillet in House Soy and Shrimp Foo Yong.  

Lido Cocina Tsina
Business Address Radiance Manila Bay Roxas Blvd, Pasay City, Manila, Metro Manila,
Business Hours 7am-10pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 100-300
Free WiFi No


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Annam Noodle Bar: Now Open at the Newport Mall Resorts World Manila

I've always wanted to try Annam Noodle Bar but their pioneer branch is located in Eastwood City.  That makes it inconvenient to visit when you're coming from the South side like me.  So, I was so thrilled to be invited to the opening of their second branch at the Newport Mall Resorts World Manila.

annam noodle bar
Annam Noodle Bar also known as NamNam Noodle Bar in Singapore offers fresh and quality food almost without MSG (95%).

annam noodle bar
I arrived just in time for the ribbon cutting.

annam noodle bar
Soon, everyone was allowed to enterThe diner gives off a casual feel with a mixture of modern and traditional Vietnamese influence.

annam noodle bar
Beside the bar, they have this section where you can watch as chefs prepare your Banh Mi and buns.

annam noodle bar
They also sell some food products like noodles and sauces.

Now let's get on with their food offerings...

Small Plates
banh bao buns
Banh Bao Buns (250 php)
The Banh Bao Buns is a must try!  The soft and succulent caramelized pork belly perfectly matches the hard boiled egg and scallions.

pomelo salad
Pomelo Salad (280 php)
To balance the savoriness of the meat dishes and to refresh your palette, the sweet and sour flavors of the
Pomelo Salad is an excellent choice.

Hanoi Pho
beef pho
Pho Australian Beef Steak Slices (340 php)
Of course, ordering some pho is on top of your list when dining at Annam.  The classic Pho Australian Beef Steak Slices is superb! 

pho beef balls
Pho Australian Beef Steak Slices & Beef Balls (350 php)
If you like more variety, there's also the Pho Australian Beef Steak Slices & Beef Balls as well as other variants.

Other Noodles
bun cha hanoi
Bun Cha Hanoi (360 php)
 Aside from pho, they also have other noodle dishes such as the Bun Cha Hanoi.  It has 2 kinds of pork and a prawn roll, veggies, noodles and a sweet, tangy and savory sauce.

Fragrant Rice
fragrant rice meal
Crispy Fried Tumeric Chicken (340 php)
The Crispy Fried Tumeric Chicken was an odd twist for me.  What I liked about this meal is the fragrant rice itself.

beef brisket
Twice Cooked Australian Beef Brisket (390 php)
I also failed to appreciate the Twice Cooked Australian Beef Brisket because the beef was a bit tough and dry.

Bahn Mi
banh mi
Chili- Lemongrass  Chicken, Fried Egg and Pork Floss (250 php)
What I cannot get over at Annam is their Banh MiThe Chili- Lemongrass Chicken, Fried Egg and Pork Floss is a huge hit among us.  The texture of the buns is superb.  The chicken is so soft and juicy.  And, I loved that they don't scrimp on liver pate which brings a superb savoy and umami flavor to the sandwich overall.

Viet Desserts
annam dessert
Trio of Crispy Netted Rolls (200 php)
We enjoyed the Trio of Crispy Netted Rolls as a meal ender.  We are used to our local turon filled with banana and jackfruit, but their version has jackfruit, cassava and sweet potato.  I just wished there's more coconut sauce.

pineapple jackfruit cocktail
Pineapple-Jackfruit Cocktail (200 php)
The Pineapple-Jackfruit Cocktail is another first for me.  I suggest you order this for sharing.  The sweet and citrus flavors is quite comforting.

Lychee-Lime Sparkling (180 php)
You can't go wrong with any of their Beverages.  All of them are visually appeal and so delicious too!  I hope to try their coffee on my next visit.  (Yes! Since Annam is now closer to home, I can keep coming back Pho more!

Annam Noodle Bar
Menu Small Plates | Hanoi Pho | Other Noodles | Banh Mi | Viet Desserts | Beverages | Beverages 2
Business Address 2nd floor, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City
Business Hours 10am-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 350-700
Free WiFi No


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