EAT KAPITOLYO: BRAD & PITT’s RIBSHACK


You have no idea how thrilled I am to finally posting another Kapitolyo Food Find! ❤ Kapitolyo has long been my first food discovery and it’s been TOO long! and this is no other than . . . .

So I thought it’s a self service type since a counter greeted us when we walked in. . .

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There’s graffiti and vandals on the wall full of drawings, quotes and what not. It’s actually quite spacious! When we got there about 12:30 nn, there’s only a few tables occupied but it gradually filled up quite fast. And to our surprise, there’s even tables outside. . .

I am guessing this is really packed with people during Friday or at night, filled with people downing their beers. Let’s get to the food.

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Mount Nachos – Php 195 Tortilla chips drizzled in cheese and their home made BBQ sauce topped with sliced jalapenos and pulled pork bits. Pulled Pork is ❤

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Rib Mountain Small (Php 275) This small order is already good for two. For us, it’s more than 1 but not enough for 2. 😀 Their home made BBQ is perfect for their ribbbssss. ❤

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We are both happy, full and definitely satisfied with the price = value for money. ❤ Definitely coming back!

EAT KAPITOLYO: TACO VENGO


EAT KAPITOLYO: BISTRO INDIO


And we’re back at it again! Always in the mood for some Pinoy Dishes.:D

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I like their new arrangement. BTW, Bistro Indio used to be Hiyas. They just had some conflict issued regarding their name but the food remained delicious.

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We ordered the Crispy Black Adobo Squid for Php 245.00. I was never a fan of Adobong Pusit, but this I recommend. It was a Calamari with a twist or Adobong Pusit with a twist. You decide. In addition to that, it wasn’t chewy at all.

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Sous Vide Salpicao for Php 285.00. All because nothing can go wrong with salpicao. Except if it tastes like bubblegum — which it was no. 🙂 And generous amount of well seasoned oil.

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Hmmm. And yes to going back and trying the other stuff on their menu. 🙂 Don’t you just absolutely love Kapitolyo?

 

EAT KAPITOLYO: UNITED COFFEE


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Because a new coffee place is always a good thing right?

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And for our orders?:)

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I had a Cappuccino for Php 130.

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While he ordered an Espresso for Php 140.

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Freshly Baked Cookie for Php 50. And they’re not just claiming it to be freshly baked because it is! It tastes soooo good! It hits you right in your sweet spot.

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Brownie Smores Pie for Php 110. I don’ like marshmallows but the Judey loved this.

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I love this place! If only it was nearer the school. 🙂

EAT KAPITOLYO: LOCAVORE


If you happen to be a Kapitolyo Fan just like us, then you would know how hot Locavore is. right?
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What else to order besides the famous Sizzling Sinigang na Baboy for Php 475.
Beef short ribs, sauteed french beans, sampaloc gravy and garlic confit.
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It was superb with a triple okay hand sign if I actually have three hands. It had no soup, obviously. It was placed in a sizzling plate. But there are remnants of ‘sauce’ which absolutely tasted like an actual SINIGANG. If you’re not convinced so far, then let me put it out there. The vegetables were crispy. The meat was tender. Need I say more?

Aside from that, we also ordered Street Food Platter for Php 180.00
Fishball, Squidball, Kikiam, Kwek-kwek served with Manon’g sauce, sweet chili and honey vinegar.

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There’s not much to say. As if there are really any difference with street foods. There’s none.
Except that I like this one because the squid balls was definitely not reheated – it still had its crisp.

And ofcourse he had to order a chicken dish.
Mac’s Boneless Fried Chicken for Php 220.00
House special glazed boneless fried chicken.

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Glazed Chicken. Surprisingly, I actually liked this dish. Their mix of marinated spices was so good.
The size was monstrous.

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All in all, I LOVE LOCAVORE.
I need to try the rest of the dishes. I’ll bring my family here. Until next time, Locavore!

EAT KAPITOLYO: THAI DARA


Two years after and we finally decided to go in. Our quest for Kapitolyo started when he was still courting me.
And then last saturday, we braved the doors of a small restaurant, Thai Dara.

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This was included in the first batch of must try restaurants. There was a really strong smell of Thai Food when we went in.
I know what you’ll say. What are we expecting anyway, right? We’re going to eat in a thai food so expect to smell thai food.
As dumb as it sounds, the smell was overwhelming.

Anyway, white tables, white chairs and some B&W Cushions. It was simply vibrant, in a way.
Back to what really matters – food.

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Bangkok Spring Rolls for Php 179. Crispy Roll stuffed with Fresh Vegetables served with sweet & sour dip.
It wasn’t that bad. But it also wasn’t what I expected. It tasted somewhat like our Filipino Lumpiang Togue. And the dip doesn’t compliment the dish perfectly.

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Sizzling Beef for Php 279. Grilled beef served with cucumber salad and spicy dipping sauce
It came with a really spicy dip that I didn’t like. It somehow corresponded to an indian dip. BUT, this is a good but. The beef, naked beef was really good.

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Catfish Salad for Php 199. Catfish flakes with nuts and mango salad.
I’ve always loved catfish flakes! and this one is not an exception.

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Bagoong Rice for Php 229. Thai bagoong fried rice with sweet pork & green mango.
Why would you even eat at a thai restaurant and not order bagoong rice?:P

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I can eat here again. 🙂 It wont be a problem at all.

EAT KAPITOLYO: JUANITO’S BISTRO


After the game of shuttle cocks, we had to replenish our energy with – yep! you guessed it right! FOOD. lots of it. IMG_5431We ordered drinks first! There are only two types of drink:

IMG_5453Guyabano Shake and Four Seasons Shake for Php 80 each. Both of the shakes were a hit at our table. Five stars for their shake!

IMG_5458We ordered Tokwa’t Baboy for Php 125. The serving was generous since it was enough for a hungry monster of five. The blend of the vinegar and soy sauce was just right.

IMG_5462Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa at Php 140. Veggies were tender and it goes wildly perfect with the Pork Binagoongan.

IMG_5474Crispy Bicol Express at Php 230. I didn’t taste this dish though since I don’t eat Bicol Express.

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Pork Binagoongan at Php 230. It tasted like binagoongan but there was a lot of things happening in this plate though. A little less veggies and a little more pork would’ve been better.

IMG_5464Chicken with Shitake Cream Sauce and Shtake Mushrooms for Php 215 The sauce was pretty nice if you’re into white cream sauces. :)) It’s too much if it’s all the viand that you will order.

IMG_5466Pork with Mushroom Cream Sauce for Php 220. 

IMG_5468Porkloin Steak with Mashed Potato for Php 220

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Overall, I love ever-yy–thinnngg! I will go back!

EAT KAPITOLYO: SMILE ELEPHANT


My dad has been bragging about this place since forever. He kept telling us to eat at Smile Elephant, together with Three Sisters! But, I don’t blame him. The food was good. I’d hate for him to tell me, ”I told you so”.

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They are not located at the busiest street in Kapitolyo. In fact, the street is pretty quiet. They are opposite Zagu. They also have allotted parking so no need to worry about that.

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The place is really small so get ready to be seated next to other people. You can almost listen to the other table’s story of how they are discussing about the sale at Powerplant or how this guy plans on bringing his entire family to Iloilo.

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We wanted everything on the menu. It was absolutely difficult which ones we should pick. We finally settled on Thai Spring Rolls for Php 170. It was o-kay. Nothing fancy or extraordinary though.

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For the rice, we ordered Bagoong Fried Rice for Php 180. It’s a bit cheaper than most compared to the usual Php 220s and Php 250s. And with its price, it was still more than enough for the two of us.

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We also ordered Squid Garlic for Php 225. It was crispy and far from being chewy and bubble gum like, that everyone hates. This is a hit! I may not be in favor of the sauce though. You can also try the Fried Basil Squid, which I wanted to try and tell me how it tastes. 🙂

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Stir Fried Kaylan with Pork for Php 170. You can also order this for the Viand. This kaylan veggie is starting to go up against the broccoli as my top veggie. The pork was crispy and is rather a good compliment for the kaylan. Plus, the generosity of the garlic  — thumbs up!

Now I can say my father was right! Our tummys are full and smiling with eagerness for next time!

EAT KAPITOLYO: MILKY N SUNNY


I am really grateful we discovered this place even before rappler or zomato or anyone ever really blogged about this place. We first ate at this little quaint of a restaurant back in 2012 or late 2011. I absolutely adore every it of it.

And because it’s starting to really build its name, its prices also continuous to go up. Anyway,

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Now you see, not only the prices changed but also their walls. There used to be hand painted pictures of little kids hanging on the walls.

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He ordered the Spam Breakfast Choice.

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And you guessed that right! Bacon for me!

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Breakfast persons need to have a Big Breakfast! Therefore, Chocolate Chip Pancakes! IMG_3639I will forever and ever keep coming back! See you again, MS!

EAT KAPITOLYO: GREEKA KOUZINA


I’ve always been a fan of Greek Food. Therefore, when one finally opened in our favorite street hub, we had to try it. Our first try, they were full so instead, we went to Hiyas – which by the way did not disappoint. Check them out:   https://venicedelacruz.com/2014/10/22/eat-kapitolyo-hiyas/

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The first thing that caught my eye as I have a thing for ceiling ornaments. IMG_3194

We arrived there around 9:30 in the evening and they were hesitant to take us in because they close at 10 pm. IMG_3209IMG_3211

We both ordered Gyros. He ordered Chicken Gyros for Php 235.

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While I ordered Beef Gyros for Php 255. We both didn’t like our gyros. It is extremely packed with greens after greens. There’s not much room left for the meat – chicken and beef. They’re all just vegetables.   IMG_3217IMG_3219

You can also order one siding to go with your gyros for Php 150. We ordered fries.

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I apologize for the lack of words – as it is equal to my lack of interest in what we ate. Poor choice of restaurant.

EAT KAPITOLYO: NINAK ASIAN COMFORT FOOD


Upon  making a left from what seems to be a very busy street in Kapitolyo,
the corner building lot screams a bold Ninak Asian Comfort Food

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Ever noticed how it it spelled backwards? Kanin – our staple food. The one thing that I find hard to
eat without. As we entered the store about 6:30, the tables downstairs was already full. So we had the pleasure to pick our spot
on the second floor. The restaurant is infused with Black and Green Hues but are minimalist in their design. Though I find their
kitchen cramped in the corner – as I can see it from where we were seated.

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You will also find a small function room on the second floor which  can accommodate atleast 15 to 25 people.

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My eyes was weighed down with tears as I wanted to try so many food at once. Gluttony, I know. But I didn’t want to go that path. Haha.
So anyway, here’s what we really consumed:

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Laksa – Php 280
A huge bowl of dish was served to us – having a love-hate relationship with coconut, I particularly liked this one. Not bad, eh? Really not bad. The serving was good for two to three persons. It is packed with flavors and stuffed with Squid Balls, Chicken Fillets, Shrimps, Baby Hard Boiled Eggs, Tofu and garnished with Bean Sprouts and Cilantro. Oh boy, as I am writing this, I still wish that I have the power to snap my fingers and have a bowl right now.
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Bagoong Rice – Php 150
The serving is just right for two – which is also very affordable too. This has always been our order. And it is already a full set meal itself – Green Mangoes, Sweet Pork,
and Scrambled Eggs.
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Soi Chicken – Php 299
Deep Fried Chicken garnished with crispy garlic bits with a sweet, spicy dipping sauce. For the love of god, I think he doesn’t consider anything a complete meal unless there’s a chicken dish on the table. Huh. — And I don’t even love chicken. So this is deep fried, which means that you really need to battle over the meat from the bones which I officially avoid when eating as I have a sensitive case for bones, blood and veins sticking out. Oh well, he was the one appointed to scurry over this dish anyway. 🙂
What am I to complain?
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Grilled Vietnamese Pork – Php 255
Marinated with Singkamas Relish and Nuoc Nam Sauce. Huge Serving!

They say you know it’s been a good experience if you want to bring your loved ones too. Right?
Well, I want to treat them here. Sounds good, Ninak?

Unit 101 Seven East Capitol Building, E. Capitol Drive, Pasig

EAT KAPITOLYO: Hiyas


17 out of 32. That’s my number. I’ve tried 17 Hole in the wall restaurants in Kapitolyo. And we decided to add another one to the list. Hence, our Hiyas Dinner.

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It is located on the Ground Floor of D Strip Mall. It is beside Avi. Hiyas is a Modern Filipino Cuisine Restaurant

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The place looks very local from its bamboo ceilings, jeepney displays to the wooden tables and chairs upfront where you can also play chess and read books while waiting.

The arrays of Mirrors and Plates on the walls kind of reminds me of the ambiance the Kanin Club exudes, don’t you think?  They also have this yellow lights hanging parallel from each other on both ends of the place.

There were a couple of Food Bloggers there too, on the opposite of our table – and from what I concluded, there seems to be an event organized by Zomato.

Anyway, let’s head to on to our Hungry Monsters – stomach. As customers await for their orders, they give out Fish Balls as their complimentary appetizer.

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The cuts of the Fish Balls were bite sized. And the sauce reminds you of the ones on the street – which is good compared to Fine Dining Filipino Restaurants that try to mimics the sauce but turns out a pretentious sauce after all.

We then chose our ultimate pair for everything.

Garlic Rice – Php 45

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For our Main Course, we cannot help but order the Bagnet.

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El Bagnet – Php 395 You know what Bagnet is. It is the perfect excuse to die of High Blood, have a Heart Attack and have Clogged Blood Vessels. I’m kidding! Bagnet is Ilocano’s Version of Deep Fried Pork. It was so crispy. They have a huge serving and we both almost finished everything. There were ‘taba’ but the cuts were mostly meat of the pork – So definitely no regrets on this order. There was one thing though – The Shrimp Sauce, ‘Bagoong’ didn’t quite match this Oh-my-god dish. Their Bagoong tastes like Alamang and not too salty.  

Now for the other viand, we tried their Seafood Best Sellers.

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Busog na Busog na Pusit – Php 255. This squid is stuffed with Vigan Longganisa, Cheese, Onions and Tomato.  I can’t really even say that it was stuffed with Longganisa because you can’t really taste it and you really have to look for it. What I can say is this – it’s tender. You won’t even have a hard time cutting it. It’s not bubble gum – which I always fear a squid is. Good Job to their Chef BTW.

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I will come back for you, other dishes! But once I finish my Kapitolyo List. :))

EAT KAPITOLYO: Gostoso Piri Piri Chicken



We have an 8:30 pm game to watch. So we decided to just eat in the area.

Luckily, the area being – kapitolyo. So, seems favorable to me.

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We ended up in Gustoso. It says, Pork here – a little clever here and there.

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They have wooden chairs and tables with red walls. I love.

They have decorated their red walls with the history of their main dish – periperi chicken.

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It’s a self service restaurant so you’d have to order first before taking a seat.

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We ordered their best seller – a quarter chicken with 1 side dish. (mashed potatos, buttered vegetables, buttered corn)

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And since it was raining, we had lager beer – Super Bock Lemonade and the regular.

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Verdict? It was o-kay. No whu-oah factor.

EAT ORTIGAS: Tipsy Pig


Because this is the perfect time to try the Tipsy Pig. The boyfriend is working late. 

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Now. now, We are Starving. I am dead hungry. While the attorney had his orders already, I cannot seem to pick what I want. So I decided to order the drinks first. 

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I was devastated. I wanted two flavored beers: Salted Caramel, which is their best seller and the Green Apple. Good thing I have this wonderful boyfriend. He might have been thinking of ordering another wine but ended up ordering the Salted Caramel so I can taste both. Hihi. He says that theirs is better than the first famous salted caramel beer from Rue Bourbon. It was okay, from my perspective and much sweeter too. I liked my Green Apple Beer. It doesn’t have much of their carbon dioxide which makes you burp and full even just for a small amount. Though, the taste of the green apple is only apparent by the last gulp. 

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Buffalo Wings – I love the sauce. My lovey devoured this. Well, given that he loves ANY and EVERY Buffalo Wings.

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Pulled Pork Pizza – This is heavenly. Lots and lots of cheese with what tasted like bits and pieces of barbeque. Hihi. 

We had to run though, the night we tried this was the night of Matteo Guddicelli’s birthday so we were asked to hurry up with our dinners. We’ll be trying the Nomama next time. :)) This was at Capital Commons. 

EAT KAPITOLYO: Kanto Freestyle Breakfast


My Kapitolyo List has been trimmed down again. I’ve expressed time and again how much I love breakfast food. Right? Then I guess it wouldn’t be so much of a surprise when I wanted to try the ‘karinderya’ that made a buzz. 

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First Up! My Bacon and Eggs with Fried Rice – (Php 90) + Additional 1 Strip of Bacon (Php 20)

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This meal is served with 3 Strips of delicious. just about right crisp of bacon, 2 scrambled eggs (you can choose however you want your eggs to be) and tomato pesto which is so good and a new way of presenting things. The serving is generous. 

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Tuyo with Kesong Puti (Php 90) This dish also comes with the Tomato Pesto and with Garlic Fried Rice plus 2 Sunny Side up Eggs. 

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Mixed Berry Pancakes ( Php 90) Two in one! Strawberry and Blueberry bits with Maple Syrup. 

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Coffee (Php 25) topped with Cinnamon.

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Pineapple Juice (Php 25)

Baba is planning to come back this coming week! And I will definitely drag him for a real Breakfast Time. Kanto Style Breakfast is really friendly to the pocket – Delicioso taste and Generous Serving. Everything at a Low Price. 😀