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Kainan Sa Balanghay

Yummy

My cousin Gene and I wanted to hang out together so we planned to meet at SM Mall of Asia. My aunt got word so she decided to bring herself and the family along. We ate in Kainan sa Balanghay at the San Miguel Strip by the Bay. We had a feast for a budget!

What is it all about? Kainan sa Balanghay is a place where you can just bring raw meat or seafood and have them cook it for you.

The Food

What we ordered? We brought 8 kilos of pork, fish and shrimps. We had them cook Sinigang Pork, Grilled Liempo, Garlic Shrimp, Spicy Shrimp, Calamares, Adobong Pusit, Grilled Fish and Sweet & Sour Fish.

Taste: Everything was scrumptious. It was like eating at your neighbor during Fiesta time in the barrio. I just wished the Sinigang was a bit more sour and the Calamares more crispy.

Presentation: Food is served in a straight-forward manner. No frills. Out from the pan and onto the plates just like when you’re at home.

Price: We had them cook 8 kilos of ingredients. That was easily more than 10 dishes. We also ordered 3 platters of cooked rice and 3 liters of soft drinks. We only paid 2000PHP! Talk about cheap (in a good way).

The Place

The Ambience: The place is mainly for eating. Don’t expect to have a romantic date here. This is more of a barkada and family place. They have a live band playing pop and modern music.

Cleanliness: The place is okay although I saw some empty bottles of soft drinks inside their eating area. Somebody could have kept these in a storage space or something.

The Service
Efficiency
: OMG! We waited forever for us to eat. I suggest go there when there aren’t too many people. They’re jam packed every weekend so eaters beware!

Customer Service: The waiters are very friendly. They were all willing to help. There was even one who volunteered to take our pictures (wow. pro-active).

The Verdict 

3 STARS out of 5!

Eating decent, yummy and cheap food is within reach at the Mall of Asia. I would suggest trying this place out with your family during times when you want to pig out for no apparent reason. Just make sure you’re willing to go to the market beforehand.

Kainan sa Balanghay is located at the San Miguel Strip at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

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Heaven and Eggs

This weekend me and the rest of the Cebu training team decided to meet up with Charisse for lunch in Glorietta. Cha recommended this place interestingly called Heaven and Eggs.

Heaven and Eggs

The Food

Salt and Pepper Pork

 
 
 
 
 

Rock You Like A Hurricane

US Angus Beef Tapa

Manila Spareribs

What we ordered?

Taste: I ordered the Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs. The description on the menu says it’s encrusted in a shell of salt and pepper but the shell isn’t that crusty. It’s a bit ordinary but the meat is soft and it melts in your mouth so at least there is one thing that’s good about it.

I also got a taste of the Rock You Like A Hurricane and I might say this is tasty. The beef is done medium rare. The meat is juicy and the two mini eggs on top is a cute touch.

Presentation: Food is presented intelligently. The colors of the food against the whiteness of the plates make it pop. The names of the dishes are so clever! Names like Rockstar Iced Tea, Bono’s Breakfast Banger, The Morning After and Girl’s Gone Wild.

Price: Rock You Like A Hurricane: 349PHP; Salt and Pepper Pork: 255PHP; U.S. Angus Tapa: 295PHP; Manila Spareribs: 265PHP

The Place

Black and Red Chairs

Black Couch

The Ambience:

The rock and roll feel of the place makes this a very fun place. It looks like Tommy Lee Jones’ pad. I particularly like their black, white and red theme. The black couches are so cute.

Cleanliness: The counter is a bit shabby but I guess it’s clean since it’s in Glorietta.  

The Service
Efficiency:
The food arrived timely. Give or take it was 20 minutes.

Customer Service: The waiters were able to help us out choosing what we should order. They were pretty much knowledgeable on what’s on the menu. It’s a shame though that they lack attentiveness. Every time we need something, we had to call their attention twice or thrice. 

The Verdict 

3 STARS out of 5!

The food is a bit pricey for this Cebuano. For this price range, I had better.

 Heaven and Eggs is located at the ground floor of Glorietta 4 in Ayala Center, Makati City.

Razon’s of Guagua

Everybody who knows good comfort food knows Razon’s of Guagua. This isn’t the first time that I had a taste of their very famous Halo-Halo and it still never fails to impress. I always get a smile across my face every time.  

Yummy!

Yummy!

What I ordered? Dinuguan, rice and of course their famous Halo-Halo.

Taste: The dinuguan is tasty. It’s a bit sour than I would expect it would be but paired with rice it’s a lethal combination. The meat breaks down into pices when you hit it with a fork which really makes it melt in your mouth.

The Halo-Halo is just divine! They use shaved ice instead of crushed. This means the smoothest consistency. The milk and sugar mixes well with the ice. They blend together really well.

It’s not too sweet and it doesn’t confuse you with a lot of ingredients clashing together. Their combination of sweet beans, minatamis na saging and macapuno is just right to give it meat.
 

The best halo-halo in the world!

The best halo-halo in the world!

Presentation: The Halo-Halo looks bland and unsightly. It’s just white and pale brown but all of that will go out the window when you get a taste. You’ll soon understand that this icy concoction doesn’t need pretense to wow and amaze you!

 Price: The dinuguan is 85 bucks. A serving rice will cost 25PHP. The Halo-Halo is only 78PHP which I think should have cost more.

The Place

Razon's

The Service
Efficiency
: The food was ready in 15 minutes and you don’t even have to ask for water. They give it to you right away.

Customer Service: The cashier and waiters were friendly and were always eager to help.

The Verdict 

5 STARS out of 5!

Their famous Halo-Halo is enough to get them a perfect score. That is how good it is! It’s a must-try.

Razon’s can be loacted in 22 branches all over Metro Manila. Try the one in Glorietta 1 in Makatio City or in the Food Court of Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas!

Earle’s Delicatessen

Finally, I was able to try a sandwich from Earles’s Deli! Being assigned here in Makati City for a month and half has its perks and one of those is trying out restos and shops you can’t find in Cebu. One of them is Earle’s Deli. They specialize in hams, sausages, cheeses and a lot of cured meats.   

The Food

Roast Beef Sandwich in Wheat Bread

Ham Heaven

What I ordered?

Roast Beef Sandwich and Maple Iced Tea.

Taste: The sandwich is very hearty. They definitely didn’t skimp on ingredients. Every bite is generous in beef, cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese. I appreciate the Aoli dressing and amount of pepper they put in my sandwich. Very, very tasty. You can choose your sandwich in wheat bread or French bread.
 

Presentation: Very straight forward. The sandwich is served in a red plastic basket lined with parchment.

Price: I paid 137PHP for the sandwich and 18PHP for the drink. They have sandwiches for as low as 66PHP. Sausages run for less than 50 bucks! You can also buy their meats and cheeses per 100 grams to take home.

The Place

Earle's Deli

The ambience: This is not a place for fine dining. It is what you would expect of a deli. Some chairs and tables. That’s it! You go here for the food not the ambiance.

Cleanliness: Very clean.  

The Service
Efficiency:
Food was served in less than 10 minutes. That was a plus since I took my lunch at already 3pm in the afternoon.

Customer Service: The lady in the counter was smiles. Need I say more?

The Verdict 

4 STARS out of 5!

This is a nice alternative to the usual burger and fastfood.

Earle’s Deli is located at Legaspi Street in the Business district of Makati. It’s near Greenbelt 1.

Big Buddha

It was our first day of our training in Makati. Jessica and I decided to look for food after some well-deserved rest. We tried to check what we can find at Greenbelt 5. We stumbled upon a Big Buddha!

What is it all about? Big Buddha is a Chinese restaurant.

The Food

What I ordered? Golden Shanghai Chicken.

Taste: The chicken was hot when they served it which was nice. The sweet and sour sauce is yummy although it tends to be very stick after it has cooled.

Presentation: Food is basically served on white plates. Nothing fancy but the colors of the food pop.

Price: The Golden Shanghai Chicken is 228PHP but can be shared by 2-3 people. Plain rice is at 20PHP per serving.

The Place

The Ambience: Modern but still retains that Chinese restaurant feel.

Cleanliness: Very decent. Not exceptionally clean but no cockroaches.

The Service
Efficiency
: The food was fast. We were able to eat 12 minutes after ordering.

Customer Service: They need help with this. I’m not sure if the waiters lack training on how to personalize the service or is it just the fact that they were busy with all the orders. They were accommodating though.

The Verdict 

3 STARS out of 5!

Good food. A place to dine with the family. A taste of the familiar for a price that’s reasonable.

They’re located at Greenbelt 5 in Makati City.

La Marea

I was having this urge to eat some brownie ala mode. One place came to mind… La Marea Pastry Shop and Lavazza Café. I’ll give you the low-down on this…
The first time I’ve been to this place was 2 years ago. It was a friend who brought me here. He was raving more on how the flush in their restroom is very efficient rather than the food or the coffee. Little do I know that it didn’t need an introduction. La Marea as a stand-out café speaks for itself.
 

The Food

What is it all about? La Marea started out in Crossroads, Banilad. It didn’t have any marketing strategy nor did it rely on Ads. Just by word of mouth, Cebu came to love this quaint little coffee shop.

What I ordered? Warm Brownie Cup ala mode and Latte Macchiato
Taste: The Brownie is still warm and soft while the really big scoop of vanilla heaven on top is cold. The contrast is heaven. The ice cream just melts in the gooey goodness of the brownie! It’s also topped with choco sprinkles and syrup. This is a must try when you go here. If they have a signature item, this is it! The Latte Macchiato tastes like a coffee milkshake. Yummy. They give you a shot of espresso and a glass of steamed milk! I just mixed the two together and instant shake! Hehe… I’m not sure if it was the correct way to drink it but it did taste good! The coffee is not bitter even without the milk… It’s no CLBT but better than Starbuck’s.
Presentation: The brownie was mouthwatering. The choco embellishments on top made it quite special for me. I guess I don’t have to talk anymore about this. I’ll just let you judge by yourself. I think that’s what the pics are for.
Price: 95PHP for the Brownie ala Mode; 85PHP for the Latte Machiatto. Cheaper than Starbuck’s.
 
The Place
The ambience: it’s a mix of rustic country (their counter) and modern sensibilities (black and white photos on the wall). They could have done better but yes, it still feels like a coffee shop. They should get couches just in case one would like to lounge and stay there for the entire day.
Cleanliness: The place was clean. No insects. No creepy crawlies. Their white walls tell me they’re clean. My only complaint is that they don’t have a restroom of their own unlike their branch in Banilad.
 
The Service
Efficiency:
the brownie was ready in 5 minutes although I still had to wait for my coffee for 15 minutes since they ran out of milk. I didn’t mind at all. The barista informed me ahead of time so it was okay.

Customer Service: For this alone, I could hug and kiss them. Despite the fact that I wasn’t able to get my coffee as fast as I wanted it to be, they made me feel cared for. They smiled and apologized. They made me feel welcomed. It was a good feeling although out.
 
The Verdict 
4 STARS out of 5!
La Marea is the place to be when you want a coffee shop aside from Starbuck’s. Heck! After you get that planner, start going to this place every time you get that jittery feeling for coffee.
La Marea is located at The Walk, Asiatown IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City. They also have branches at Paseo Arcenas in Banawa and Crossroads in Banilad.

Alberto’s Pizza

Hey! Food critique time again! This time let’s talk about PIZZA! Alberto’s Pizza that is…


Alberto’s is not foreign to Cebuanos. Ever since it opened in 2008, bisdaks just can’t get enough of this yummy stuff. They practically started this whole pizza craze. Now almost every corner there is a pizza place. Personally, my week isn’t complete without ordering my fave garden fresh or Hawaiian pizza. It’s so cheap and convenient. A 9’inch pizza is just 75PHP and its free delivery!!! What is it all about?

Alberto’s is founded by a group of friends. They started in a small outlet in front of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. They offer pizzas with a lot of toppings but with a very friendly price. Now, they have a dozen branches across Cebu.

What I ordered?

Hawaian Pizza and Garden Fresh Pizza

 
The Food
Taste: The crust on both was perfect. It’s thin but not to thin. You can still get crunch out of it. The toppings are generous. The Hawaiian needed more pineapple but still tasty nonetheless. The Garden Fresh is just right. It didn’t even taste like it’s a vegetarian pizza!
Presentation: The packaging need some help since it’s just a white box with the name Alberto’s but the jewel inside is a sight to behold. The colors of the peppers and the tomatoes contrast well against the golden yellow color of the cheese. Very mouth watering!
Price: For 75 bucks, I don’t think anybody can beat this!
The Place
The ambience: I won’t comment since I ordered the pizza and pigged out at home.

Cleanliness: This improved after the whole food poisoning fiasco last year. The business was able to get a permit and all is well.
The Service
Efficiency: My food arrived 20 minutes after I ordered. That’s speedy! And they call you when the pizza boy is on its way. Now, that’s proper customer service! Setting expectations!
 
The Verdict:
5 STARS out of 5!
Alberto’s is one of those rare things in life that you treasure because it doesn’t cost much yet you feel you get more than what you really pay for. If you want gourmet pizza without having to pay 500PHP a box, then Alberto’s is a must try. I definitely recommend it. I would even risk food poisoning and being rushed to CCMC! Hehe!