Chops Chicago Steakhouse


Charbroiled Slab of Bacon at Chops Chicago Steakhouse

Charbroiled Slab of Bacon @ PHP 320

We dined at Chops Chicago Steakhouse when they were still in their soft opening early this year. Quite hesitant to dine here because of its price but for the sake of curiosity, we decided to try it out.

Chops has that “Godfather” feel. It actually reminded me of another restaurant called Goodfellas in Quezon City. They actually have the same interiors and almost the menu, except that Chops is located in the posh area called Greenbelt 5 while Goodfellas is in a residential-commercial area in Quezon City. I was impressed with Chops’ interiors. It was quite dark inside so it’s perfect for romantic evenings. Continue reading “Chops Chicago Steakhouse”

From Istituto Culinario to Brasserie Cicou

Inside Istituto Culinario

It was my first time to learn more about OB Montessori as the culinary art school when I got the chance to attend the launch of Istituto Culinario and Brasserie Cicou last February.  I learned that OB Montessori has a farm and botanical garden in Alfonso, Cavite which is where they get their fresh produce to supply their needs in the school. They have a Brasserie Cicou which serves European cuisine and also were students of Istituto Culinario have their internship program. So basically, OB Montessori is a culinary art school, gets their fresh produce from their farm and they have a restaurant where culinary interns practice before working in the “real world”. A pretty wholistic approach, right?

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Valentine’s Special at Le Bistro D’Agathe

Inside Le Bistro D'Agathe
Inside Le Bistro D’Agathe

The Christmas season is the best time to reunite with friends with great, quality food so me and Sharlyne went to a French restaurant called Le Bistro D’ Agathe with two of her high school friends (Meg and Margo). Meg actually suggested this restaurant which I believe is one of Sharlyne’s reliable foodie friends. 😀 The restaurant just opened a few months ago (around mid-2011) and this is owned by a French Chef Patrice. The location of the place is quite odd, not in your typical strip of restaurants or even malls. It is located at a residential district which is in Bangkal, Makati.

And because of their Valentine’s Special set menu, we’re definitely going back because the photos I took there weren’t good. It won’t do justice to the quality of their food. 😀 Continue reading “Valentine’s Special at Le Bistro D’Agathe”

Discovering the Legend of India

Inside Legend of India - 3
Inside Legend of India

Mainstream Indian Restaurants are not that common here in the Philippines even though there are a lot of Indians living here in the country or probably I am only living in my own world and never really bothered to find my way to try “uncommon” Indian restaurants. I guess there is only one name that prevails in the Mainstream Indian cuisine, which I won’t bother to mention in this blog post :).

Just a few weeks ago, we got an invitation to try out this newest Indian restaurant in Jupiter Street, Makati. It’s not all the time that Karla and I get to experience Indian cuisine so we immediately agreed to the invitation of the owner of Legend of India, Rakesh Alwani. Continue reading “Discovering the Legend of India”

Lolo Dad’s Brasserie

Goose fat Fried Chicken at Lolo Dad's Brasserie 2
Goose fat Fried Chicken, 620 pesos per order

Lolo Dad’s Brasserie (at 6750 Ayala Ave., Makati City) is the more affordable version of Lolo Dad’s Cafe in Malate. According to Chef Ariel, the concept of these two restaurants are different. This means that the food that’s being offered in Lolo Dad’s Cafe don’t necessarily mean that it’s also being offered in Lolo Dad’s Brasserie. Continue reading “Lolo Dad’s Brasserie”

Albay Food Tour Series #2: Balay Cena Una

Balay Cena Una

When I was in Legazpi, I announced in Facebook that I was there when suddenly, Denden Villanueva, my grade school batchmate in St. Scho Manila  messaged me to visit her restaurant in Daraga. I felt excited about it because it’s been ages since we’ve seen each other. Imagine, we were in prep when we became classmates. I didn’t realize that she’s now managing her family’s restaurant. The restaurant started years ago and was dormant like the Mayon Volcano nearby and just recently opened last May 2009, now with my schoolmate managing it. Continue reading “Albay Food Tour Series #2: Balay Cena Una”

Award Winning Ensaymada at Kohikan Diamond Hotel

Ensaymada at Diamond Hotel

Ham Ensaymada @ Php 90

After participating on the silent protest against Conass and dimsum dinner at David’s Tea House,  fellow bloggers and I decided to have our dessert at Kohikan. It was actually Jayvee who suggested that we try Kohikan’s award-winning ensaymada. Continue reading “Award Winning Ensaymada at Kohikan Diamond Hotel”

Portico 1771

Portico at Serendra

We were invited to dine in Portico and my oh my I was really delighted with joy because it’s been a long time since I’ve dined to any Chateau restaurant. The last time I was in a Chateau place was in Sidebar Cafe last year and the last time I was in Portico was way back in High School (it was in Malate then, right?).

Baked Cheese Fondue by Portico

For our appetizer, we decided to have the Baked Cheese Fondue. It was so good and the nicest thing about it is that the waiter would give you additional bread if you asked for it (and even though you don’t ask for it! 🙂 ). The fondue is made of melted Fontina and Mozzarella Cheese and topped with chorizo and green bell pepper. Another good thing also about this appetizer is that it doesn’t leave you with the “maumay” taste unlike other cheeses. Continue reading “Portico 1771”

La Grotta Cucina Italiana

We found an Italian fine dining restaurant hidden in the Makati Central Business District area and we must say that it doesn’t look like one. Karla and I always pass by Rufino St. and have been curious in this restaurant called La Grotta. One day, we decided to try dining there due to my uncontrollable craving for something Italian.

The exterior of the restaurant was actually filled with Christmas lights. Well, it wasn’t Christmas season yet so it’s really part of their normal look. They have stairs on their entrance and the very first thing you will see is a table and few chairs before entering the restaurant. The moment we entered the restaurant, we were surprised because it somewhat transported us to another world that is so not like the busy restaurants in Makati. It was dinner time and lights were dimmed, candles were lit and flowers were on the table. We immediately thought of this as a ‘date place’. It was very cozy and the ambiance is really superb.

I was craving for pasta so I chose Penne Salsiccie (Php 295). It’s penne w/ spicy Italian sausage, fresh mixed olives in tomato sauce. My oh my, I was astonished by this dish. It was so delicious. I thought that it would be just like the ordinary restaurants I’ve eaten before but this is different. Their ingredients are so fresh plus, they have big serving so no need to add another entree. Continue reading “La Grotta Cucina Italiana”

Alfredo’s Steak house in Tomas Morato, QC

Since it’s Mother’s Day, I decided to treat my mom for dinner in this restaurant that we are so familiar with. This was the place where my mom and dad used to date ( of course before I was born) and until I was growing up we frequent to this steak house whenever we are craving for steaks.

Alfredo’s Steak house has been one of the “institutions” in the steak industry in Manila. It doesn’t have any branches, probably they want to maintain the quality of their food. As you know, when restaurants expand the quality of food tend to deteriorate. They are situated along Tomas Morato, QC. They have a big red sign on top of the restaurant, you wouldn’t miss that. The dining area is in the 2nd floor. Continue reading “Alfredo’s Steak house in Tomas Morato, QC”