Old Swiss Inn: All-Time Swiss Favorite (Makati Avenue)

It has been quite some time since I shared about Old Swiss Inn in Paco where I used to frequent when I didn't work so far from home.  
old swiss inn flatlay
Little did I know that it also has a branch in Makati.  I noticed they have new dishes being offered.

old swiss inn makati
I can't pinpoint what it is exactly but the vibe is quite different.  I feel its brighter and more casual.  

complimentary bread
Complimentary Bread
As soon as the Complimentary Bread was served, I knew it was the same food I loved.

 Goulash (330 php)
The Goulash is my favorite soup in Old Swiss Inn.  I order this before every meal.

Signature Dishes
 Gnagi (860 php)
When with company, the Gnagi is an excellent choice for a centrepiece.  Based on all my dining experience, they consistently cook this perfectly each time.  It delivers a delicious crackle in every bite.  The savory, tender and juicy meat is another sensation that you can't miss.  Appreciating their tangy saurkreut is not a guarantee though.  It depends on one's preference.  

fresh corned beef
 Fresh Corned Beef (690 php)
Every companion I dine with at Old Swiss Inn has approved of its Fresh Corned Beef.  They have a secret way to bring out the best from each slab of beef.  

 Sausage Platter (1,550 php)
For group meetings, the Sausage Platter is a must order.  I assure you, it is fun to eat and share slice by slice as you shift from one variant to another.

Raclette Grill
la parisienne
La Parisienne (1,190 php)
There are two food items you can order in a Swiss restaurant to make your dining experience wholesome: (1) Raclette Grill (2) Fondue.

la parisienne
La Parisienne (1,190 php)
In the past, I've enjoyed the Fondue Bourguignonne because I love the fun of dipping in sauce variants.  But, recently I've had a change of heart or tongue.  I now enjoy the Raclette Grill more because I grew quite fond of raclette cheese.  

wagyu skewers
 Wagyu Skewers (1,490 php)
The  La Parisienne is good but the Wagyu Skewers is a way better upgrade.

wagyu skewers
 Wagyu Skewers (1,490 php)
Just watching and waiting for the Wagyu Skewers grilled slowly makes me salivate.

Wagyu Skewers (1,490 php)
 Wagyu Skewers (1,490 php)
The raclette cheese and other vegetables complements the Wagyu Skewers well.

chocolate fondue
 Classic Toblerone Chocolate Fondue (650 php)
I wonder why I never had the Classic Toblerone Chocolate Fondue before.  

chocolate fondue
♥ Classic Toblerone Chocolate Fondue (650 php)
My foodie friends and I enjoyed it very much!  I especially liked their home made marshmallows.  

It has a cafe in this branch.  I especially loved their ♥ Matcha Latte.

mango juice
Fresh Mango Juice (150 php)
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
It's great that Old Swiss Inn Makati is open 24 hours to make quality Swiss dishes available.  If we need to vouch for this time-tested establishment to convince you to dine here to enjoy the fun in eating Swiss then you have our vote.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Old Swiss Inn Menu
Ambiance ★★★ N/A
Taste ★★★★
Service ★★
Price ★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Old Swiss Inn Makati
Business Address Ground Level, Somerset Olympia , Makati Ave. cor. Sto. Tomas St., Makati, Metro Manila
Business Hours 24 Hours
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 500-1,500
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 818-8251
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Cafe Vio La: Coffee and Cake in a Chill Colorful Cafe (Cross Winds Tagaytay)

Are you a planner or spontaneous when it comes to trips?  When I go on solo trips, I am quite am a planner.  But, the family is so spontaneous that when we got to Tagaytay, Cafe Vio La popped out in Swarm and we ended up checking it out.

cafe vio la
After all, I haven't been back to Crosswinds for the past seven years.  It is the first time for the family to visit Crosswinds.  

cafe vio la cafe vio la
Seeing beautiful things like this makes me grateful to have a spontaneous family.  Had I planned going here, I wouldn't be as pleased by this wonderful surprise. 

cafe vio la
Each section has a different vibe somehow...

cafe vio la
although the general theme is colorful and lively.

cafe vio la crosswinds
I especially like the al fresco area.  If only it wasn't hot outside, I would definitely want to hang out here.


cafe vio la tagaytay
Even though we just had lunch, our eyes glittered as we saw a chiller filled with cakes.  

Bricked Oven Pizza

Cafe Vio La Special (395 php)

Even until now, my family surprises me.  They say they are are full and then they order pizza.  I'm glad they did because the Cafe Vio La Special is a really good pizza.  It was so fragrant and the cheese would stretch when you pull out a slice.  I also thought I was full but turns out I wanted more of this as soon as I tried it.  

apple crumble cheesecake
Apple Crumble Cheesecake (215php)
The Apple Crumble Cheesecake is one of the best cheesecakes I've tried.  I've always loved apple pies, I didn't think it would work so well as a cheesecake too.
ube cheesecake
Ube Cheesecake (215 php)
There aren't much places that offer ube cakes in Manila so I am so glad that to find that they have one.  Being the ultimate ube fan, I instantly flew to heaven with the rich. sweet and smooth Ube Cheesecake.  

key lime pie
Key Lime Pie (215 php)
The Key Lime Pie had a nice tartiness to it.  It's another rarity to find a dessert like this so I'm so happy we discovered this place.

Fresh Fruit Shakes
cantaloupe shake
Cantaloupe (175 php)
I wanted to try a non-caffeinated drink so I ordered the Cantaloupe.

cinnamon coffee
Honey Cinnamon Au Lait (145 php)
But then, I saw my sibling ordering tempting coffee drinks so I ended up ordering one too.  Being both indecisive and greedy are traits I'm not proud of but I was glad to order this.  

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Escaping from Manila and hanging out at a cool and colorful like Cafe Vio La with delectable cakes and drinks, sounds like an irresistible idea right?

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Cafe Vio La Menu
Ambiance N/A
=Favorites or Recommended 
Cafe Vio La
Business Address Crosswinds, Tagaytay City
Business Hours 7am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 246-9069 ext:128
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Delivery Guy: Food Delivery Done Right?

Do you have a struggle that you have a difficult time to shake?  I have.  I've always been so sickly.  Being stuck at home is a frequent thing for me.  On most days, I go out when I'm lazy and I prepare healthier meals when at home.  But when I'm sick, its hopeless for me to do anything so I resort to food delivery services like Delivery Guy.

delivery guy

Delivery Guy is available on the website and through mobile applications.  There were a lot of options and I chose Chinese food with Mongkok Dimsum and Noodles.  

The interface is smooth and its fool-proof.  

You can see the breakdown of the food you ordered together with the delivery charge.    

If you want to avoid charges, keep in mind that they have three types of extra charges:
1. Below Minimum Charge - the minimum order cost should be at least 500 php or there is a delivery charge 
2. Off Zone Charge - Delivery Guy is headquartered in Makati so having it delivered in Manila incurred 100 php charge.
3. Online Payment Charge

Once you're done with ordering, just wait for the confirmatory email.

As you can see, my total bill is 660 php.  My ordered food items is worth 500 php.  The delivery charge from Makati to Manila is 160 php (basic of 60 php and Off Zone Charge of 100 php).

As a person who is used to food deliveries, I have also tried Grab Food, Grab Delivery and Lalamove from the same area and so I can compare the charges.  Grab Food (120 php but you are confined to Grab Food partners), Grab Delivery (140 php but no insulation bag) and Lalamove (135 with free insulation bag but plus 100 php for pabili service).

While waiting for your order, you can view where the rider is.  The same feature is available for Grab and Lalamove.  But with Delivery Guy, you can also see the status of your food being prepared (and not just logistics)
delivery guy
After an hour and 20 minutes the driver arrives in yellow polo and perky bow tie. 

mongkok dimsum
The food is well-packaged and still warm.

As you can see, its the same as if I've ordered for dine in.

spinach dumpling
Spinach Dumpling anyone?

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Traffic is worsening.  Demand for food delivery is on the rise.  Although I feel that Metro Manila is never short of delivery service, Delivery Guy is a great option for food delivery especially for those near Makati.  For sure offices will benefit a lot from it.  Charges are hardly negligible if it is shared within a group.  So costing is not a problem, it just has to offer more options.

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