Caffe Dolce: Dessert Buffet and More (Banawe Quezon City)

We've tried Caffe Dolce before for their drinks. When we came back, we found out that they now have a Dessert Buffet for only 299 php.


caffe dolce dessert buffet
The Dessert Buffet is available from Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm.

caffe dolce dessert buffet
Looking at their chiller, I was so enticed by their colorful cakes.

caffe dolce dessert buffet
I guess our first experience also heightened my expectations.


caffe dolce dessert buffet
But upon trying the cakes, I  was disappointed.

caffe dolce dessert buffet
Even the mousse was too sweet for me.

caffe dolce dessert buffet

caffe dolce dessert buffet

caffe dolce dessert buffet
Aside from cakes, they also have some finger foods.

caffe dolce dessert buffet
Empanada
I found it quite comforting to have a refuge of savory ones when you're overwhelmed by sweet treats.

caffe dolce dessert buffet
They also have our local kakanin.

caffe dolce dessert buffet
Biko

caffe dolce dessert buffet
I've always loved cool sweet treats so I was happy to see that they have Ice Cream...

halo halo
and Halo-Halo.

salad bar
I also love that there's a Salad Bar.

caffe dolce
There are also Nachos, Pasta and Mini Pizza.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Between the Ala Carte and the Dessert Buffet, we definitely enjoyed the former better.  But, if you're looking for a budget eat all you can for quantity and not quality, the Dessert Buffet could satisfy you.  Perhaps because this is our first Dessert Buffet, we still don't fully appreciate the concept.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Caffe Dolce Buffet Rate
Ambiance ★★ 299 php
Taste ★★
Service ★★
Price ★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Caffe Dolce
Business Address 848 Banawe Corner Linaw Street, Sienna, 
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 299
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 806-1103
Other 
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Food Club: Dimsum, Seafood and More Buffet Choices (Blue Bay Walk Pasay City)

Whenever my relatives celebrate birthdays, more often than not, we are bound to try a buffet place.  This time they invited us to try Food Club.

food club
Food Club is located at Blue Bay Walk.  The family likes it there because there's a lot of parking space.

food club
I don't think you'll ever need reservations at Food Club.  I think they have more space than it can ever be occupied.

Food


Cooked Food
food club
In terms of buffet choices, they have a lot!  There are many cooked dishes of international cuisine.  They also have dedicated stations for other food types.

Bread Station
food club buffet
I bet you can't try all their selection in one seating.

Salad Station
food club buffet
They have healthy options...

Appetizer Station
food club buffet

as well as not so healthy options such as Cold Cuts and Cheese.

Kiddie Station
There's also a kiddie station with kid friendly choices like Hotdog on a Stick and Marbles Potatoes.

Sushi and Sashimi Station
sushi
We were happy that they have Salmon Sashimi.  But as you can see,  it is not so fresh.

Miso Ramen Station
There's a Miso Ramen Station.  I like that it is served in small miso bowls so it isn't very heavy.

Grilling Station
There's also a Grilling Station with marinated meats, skewers and fresh seafood.

Fried Station
food club buffet
Forget about the other fried items, everyone kept coming back for the Shrimp Tempura.  Well, it was nothing special.  But, it runs out fast and they refill it quick too.  

Carving Station
food club buffet
For the price, I must say this item is a steal or perhaps... you get what you pay for.

Chinese Station

To our elderly Tsinoys delight, the most expansive cuisine at Food Club is Chinese Cuisine.   They even offer 2-way Duck which I indulged on.

Dimsum Station
xiao long bao
Xiao Long Bao
In fairness to them, they are the only buffet I've been to that offers Xiao Long Bao as one of their special dishes.  But, it is the saddest one I've tried.  Can you tell just by the looks?

dimsum
There are more dimsum choices... all of which could use some improvement. 

Pasta
pasta

Hot Pot Station
hot pot station

crabs
 Garlic Crabs
If there's one item that we would love Food Club for, it would be their Garlic Crabs!  Look at the size!  My aunt would be happy just eating this alone.

Dessert Station
candy buffet
Candy Buffet

cake buffet
There are lots of cakes.  Nothing really stood out for me.

fruits
Fruits
Because the cakes didn't suit to our  liking, we decided to go for the healthier option - Fruits.

Drinks
soft drinks
 They have lots of drink selections.  I highly suggest their Fresh Fruit Shakes.

juice

espresso
And, end your meal with their Coffee.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Food Club doesn't offer selections that will leave a lasting impression.  But for the price, you get Roast BeefCrabs, Xiao Long Bao, Tempura, Coffee and Fresh Fruit Shakes, that's tough to beat.

Tip: They offer discounts if you're an alumni of DLSU and UST because they say that the owner is an alumini.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Food Club Rates
Ambiance Rates
(All net)
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Food Club
Business Address Unit E Blue Bay Walk Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue cor. Edsa, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Business Hours Lunch: 11am-2:30pm
Dinner: 6 pm-10:30pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 600-800
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 736-8001 | 779-8673
Other  Email: info@foodclub.com.ph
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Kushikatsu Daruma: Double the Fun WITHOUT Double Dipping (Uptown Place Mall Taguig)

The family has been looking forward to trying out Kushikatsu Daruma.  We've tried kushikatsus from local Japanese restaurants and we're epicurious how those hold in comparison with Kushikatsu Daruma that originates from Osaka Japan.


kushikatsu daruma philippines
Kushikatsu Daruma's interiors really stand out even from the outside.

kushikatsu daruma philippines
Perhaps this branch is even more extravagant than the one in Osaka

kushikatsu daruma philippines
The staffs are very attentive and eager to suggest what to order.

kushikatsu daruma philippines
Everywhere you'd find a reminder of "No Double Dipping".  But, I doubt that everyone understands that.

kushikatsu daruma philippines
My little sister confessed she didn't get it until we told her. ;D

Food

Kushikatsu
So what sets Kushikatsu Daruma's Kushikatsu's from the rest?  
kushikatsu
Kushikatsu
It's the cooking frying technique and quality of the basic ingredients.  I was surprised to discover that Kushikatsu Daruma's chefs all trained in Japan just to master the craft. 


kushikatsu
Pork Kurobuta (179 php), Camember Cheese Kushikatsu (59 php), Scallop Kushikatsu (59 php)
It's really difficult to figure out which is which among our orders.  But, we do remember our favorites: Pork Kurobuta, Camember Cheese Kushikatsu and Scallop Kushikatsu.


kushikatsu

We had so much fun and kept on ordering for more sticks.  The quality

After seeing our bill, we realized we should be more keen on our budget.  And, again remember not to double dip!  

So what did we like about their kushikatsu?
1. Variety
2. Consistent quality
3. Delicious sauce

What did we not like?
1. It's difficult to keep track of our expenses as we kept on ordering for more sticks.  And, some of the sticks were really expensive.
2. We couldn't get comfortable with the one dipping container for all.
3. It was a bit oily. 
4. Quality isn't the best I've tried.  For the beef roll, I actually liked the one in Shabu-Shabu Ichiban more.

Small Plate
karaage
Karaage (Ala Carte) (320 php)
The Karaage has what I'm looking for.  The skin is crunchy and the meat is tender and juicy.


Rice Bowls
gyudon
Gyudon (320 php)
Aside from their Kushikatsu, their rice bowls are good too.

Gyudon w/ Egg (340 php)
I'd definitely order the Gyudon w/ Egg again.

gyudon
Gyudon w/ Cheese (340 php)

chicken teriyaki
Chicken Teriyaki (295 php)
If you're looking for something sweeter, there's the Chicken Teriyaki.

Tip: You can now avail of Kushikatsu Daruma lunch meals for more savings.  For only 265 php, you get your Rice Bowl, Daruma Iced Tea, Miso Soup and a scoop of ice cream.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
No doubt that the Kushikatsu Daruma offers an authentic Osakan experience for kushikatsu.  We also enjoyed  the Rice Bowls which were all served piping hot. 


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Kushikatsu Daruma Menu
Ambiance ★★★ Menu 1 | Menu 2
Taste ★★
Service ★★
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Kushikatsu Daruma
Business Address 2nd Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila 
Business Hours 11am-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 600-1,500
Free WiFi Yes
Contact
Other 
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