Wild Mushroom and Mozzarella Risotto Ball
Pizza, pasta and more. No, this restaurant is not a fast food chain. I got the chance to eat at Tuscano Italian Wood Oven Pizza restaurant last June through an invitation of their PR. To be honest, I was quite hesitant because I was thinking it might be another Italianni’s. Good thing it’s not.
The restaurant opened in Dec 2011 and located near the Burgos Circle at the Bonifacio Global City.
We tried a lot of food (food tastings like these really serve lots of food!) but I guess I will highlight my favorite ones here.
For appetizers, the Wild Mushroom and Mozzarella Risotto Ball is a must-try. The risotto balls are nested in fresh tomato sauce. So good! If you’re a salad lover, try the Tuscano Salad. Its dressed with balsamic vinegar and have apple slices coated with cinnamon powder. If you like cottage cheese, try the Caprese salad. Read more »
Du Yi Chu caught our attention because we saw from the sign that they were established in 1738, a "time honoured" restaurant. Imagine, this was already established during Qing Dynasty! It is located at the Qianmen shopping street and it’s very easy to locate because it’s just in the main street.
They are famous for their Siu mai or Shaomai. It’s very much different from the Hong Kong siumai because the edges of the wrapper are ruffled and have more filling. Although I would say that the Hong Kong Siu Mai is tastier while Beijing style is much more bland. Dipping it to black vinegar with chili powder will make a difference.
We ordered the De Luxe Siu Mai Platter which includes Lamb and Scallion Siu Mai, Prawn Sea Cucumber and Water Chestnut Siu Mai, Assorted vegetables Siu Mai and Pork and Scallion Siu Mai. One order is 8 pieces and costs 48 RMB approximately PHP 300. The photo above only has 7 pieces because Karla already ate 1 piece . Will update this when photos are up!
While we were strolling around Lucky Chinatown Mall, we found this interesting Yogurt Mochi stall called Koori. The salesperson told me that it’s not a franchise so it’s a local brand.
We ordered two: Azuki Taro and Midnight Cookie. It was interesting mix because Mochi is sweet while yogurt ice cream is a bit sour. Each mochi costs 100 pesos.
By the way, they also have yogurt bars.
They’re located at the ground floor near the grocery and French Baker.
There’s a new Thai restaurant in Valero St. Makati called Songkran. We ordered Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, Shrimp Cakes and Fish Fillet with Siracha sauce. For our drinks we ordered Thai Iced Tea and Lemongrass with mint.
Our favorite is the Pad Thai because it’s not too sweet. The Tom Yum seemed very sour for me but It still has that spicy kick. The drinks are also great, we recommend them.
They serve their food in to-go cartons and plastic containers because they adapt the ‘street food’ concept. So don’t be surprised if they give you paper plates and plastic utensils.
Overall, the food is ok and prices are average. Our entire meal is PHP 1025.
The temperature has been really high the past few days and I usually tend to look for something cold to eat or drink. Last Saturday, I went to SM The Block to try out Picket Fence Milk and Ice Cream Bar with Sharlyne and her Mom. It was actually our first time to try out their ice cream. I asked the crew some questions and I learned that their ice cream products are imported from Australia. I also learned that Picket Fence is a local brand and is not a franchise from Australia.
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