EAT TAGAYTAY: Balay Dako


Balay Dako has been around since 2015. They are serving purely Filipino Dishes with Tagaytay as its beautiful backdrop. But I only recently was aware of it early 2019. We were pretty busy last year so we were not able to try this one, not until now.

It’s a bit intimidating. The place looks posh and expensive (and it is, actually). But there are also some reasonable entrees on their menu.

The place was packed around 4:00 pm. I was expecting only a few will be there but surprisingly, they don’t have dead hours (good for them). The waiters were attentive and we didn’t have to wait long for our order to be served.

We ordered Sisig na Pusit for Php 410 – Grilled cubes of squid mixed with housemade mayonnaise, garlic and onions served in a hot iron plate.

Meh. It’s not that bad BUT, I would definitely ignore this next time. I don’t particularly think it’s worth its price. Nothing special. One thing praise worthy about the dish is that it was not like ‘chewing gum’. (Or probably because it was already sliced into cubes.

Next, we ordered Binagoongang Baboy for Php 380 – Pork Belly stewed and sauteed in fermented Shrimp Paste

THE BEST! I told you! HAHA. It’s such a given for us to order this. And we were not mistaken. UGH. Their version is so, so good. I love that it has enough oil but not too much. ALTHOUGH, I hated that there’s a LOT of fat. :/ BUT, I will definitely order this again. ❀ Pure love.

We also ordered the Inasal na Pecho for Php 170 – Grilled Chicken Breast marinated in Vinegar, lime juice, black peppercorn and annatto oil.

Hubby LOVES anything chicken so when he requested this, I just had to. (though I don’t like chicken inasal). I had a taste of this. Again, nothing special. It was alright.

We also tried one of their icecreams – Cookies & Cream ❀ It’s really good too!

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If we had to, I’ll never forget to order the Binagoongang Baboy again and try some of the Sugpo Dishes. ❀ I especially want to try the Piniritong Sugpo at Sarsang Itlog na Pula and Lechon Kawali. It looks yum! πŸ™‚

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Finally ticked this one off. ❀

EAT LASPINAS: HAVANA


The South is alive! and C5 extension is creating a buzz, thanks to the family who is making it happen. Apart from the political side of their family’s reign, I commend his impeccable eye for business opportunity and strategy.

Still, good job for developing this side of town! The area is actually complete and it’s been easier to shop around. We have a church, a bunch of fast food for easy go-to meals when we don’t have the time to cook, a grocery, an events place and a handful of family restaurants being built in the area.

One of them is Havana. My dad has been mentioning this place since he wants us to experience the ‘live’ band. (as if we haven’t yet). But, of course you have to give in when the adults suggests it, to save argument.

It’s best to phone them for a reservation. (good thing, we did). We watched a lot incoming customers turned down because the place was packed!

We ordered the following:

Nachos Grande for Php 295, Sizzling Hungarian Bites for Php 305, Tostadas for Php 190, Beef Quesadilla for Php 210, Gourmet Tapa for Php 265, Sizzling Squid for Php 385

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Of which, I only got to take a picture of (2). THE SERVICE WAS SNAIL SLOW. The food was served after an hour. GAD. Service was really bad. Most of the waiters were avoiding eye contact. I don’t know if they were just jam packed but nonetheless, I think an hour of serving time is too much.

It’s a good thing I really liked their sizzling squid. It was savory and it was very tender. The quesadilla was good too.

We also ordered Smirnoff Mule for Php 95, San Miguel Pale Pilsen for Php 95, Amaretto Sour for Php 190 and Margarita for Php 235.Β 

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I think they are a bit on the pricey side. Although of course, there’s the ambiance of live music you are paying for.

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There were 2 bands. I don’t know them both and the crowd was not joining in at first. I guess it was a good thing they decided to belt out Ben & Ben. By this time, they captured the crowd.

I hope Havana invites other bands too. The place is okay, food is okay, service is bad, band is alright.

EAT MAKATI: WOODEN SPOON


I don’t know why we never go here when I know for a fact it will be a good meal. We decided to have dinner here to celebrate my birthday. (I know! It feels like I aged 3 years since we’ve been celebrating several times)

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Crab Pancit for Php 229 This is a must try! This is one of my favorites. ❀ and it’s one of their best sellers too. I don’t know why but my family is not a fan.

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Binagoongan for Php 299Β Again, a favorite. ❀ It’s not woah for me but it was good too. However, there’s a lot of fat. :/

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Crunchy Garlic Bangus for Php 350 It’s so crispy, I’m gonna dieeee! I like mine crispy! Thumbs up!

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Stuffed Pechay for Php 205 The bomb! I love pechay alone, stuff it with pork, drenched in coconut and a bit of spice. ❀ LOVE.

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Pork Sisig for Php 275 This is one of my husband’s requests! I hate cartilage and the small bones. Luckily, everything is as crispy as it should be. ❀

We also ordered Kare Kare for Php 375. But since I don’t eat such, I forgot to take a picture. HAHA. Sorry. :/

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Honestly cannot pick just 1 viand. Everything is so, SO GOOD. ❀ I gained and keep on gaining. 😦 But glad to be sharing a meal with my loved ones. ❀

EAT ALABANG: PARMIGIANO


The place is open and surrounded by glass. It’s lit with sun so the entire place is bright, which is why I also like it. ❀ We had a reservation that’s why we were able to get a table. I suggest you do the same because while we were there, there’s a couple of groups which they had to turn down because the place was full and tables were already reserved.

Anyway, so we ordered a LOT. It seems like all Filipinos are – we are afraid to go hungry. πŸ˜€

Paella Negra for Php 690

Thanks to my husband, this is now one of my favorite food to order anywhere. I’m glad that the serving of seafood is very generous. The calamari was still crispy and the actual squid is not gummy and not just flour. The paella is flavorful unlike some where it tends to get bland. Love, love, love this. ❀

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Pasta del Parmigiano Pasta (Parmigiano Wheel) for Php 520

I didn’t get to taste this but according to my sister and brother in law, they really liked this. I think the serving can be for 2-3 if you ordered other food to go with this.

Tomato Cream Spaghetti Al Gambheri for Php 825

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4 Stagioni for Php 485Β 

This is basically veggie pizza – Tomato based topped with artichokes and mushrooms. This is a no for me. I’m definitely not their customer.

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Carnivora for Php 550Β 

Pollo Al Mattone for Php 720

There’s a lot of food I didn’t get to try. I apologize. πŸ˜› Hahaha. BUT, a lot of good feedback.

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Serving is good for groups. ❀ Next time, I’ll stick to pasta and paella. ❀ Happy Birthday to me! ❀

EAT ALABANG: OOMA


Pre-game is strong! πŸ˜€ Another pre-birthday treat of my hubby is in Ooma. Okay, honestly we are to choose only from the Moment Group since a supplier gave us a gift card. Thank you. ❀

We ordered the Kani Salad for Php 295

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Love Kani. ❀

Ebi Tempura Maki for Php 255

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and Gyudon for Php 209

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Absolutely nothing special. I find it too salty and so-so.

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But heyyy, just look at my handsome date. ❀ ❀ ❀ I can’t believe I get to have a date with this one whenever I freakin want to. πŸ™‚

EAT PASAY: Nara Thai Cuisine


Thai is and will always be a safe place for me to try. ❀ I seem to love everything. It’s a never a hit and miss for me. Haha.
We tried going to the new Ayala Mall Manila Bay and settled for Nara Thai Cuisine.
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We ordered the following:
Pla Nil Tord Nam Pla / Fried Pla Pla with Fish Sauce for Php 650.

Chicken Pandan for Php 360

Fried Prawns in Sweet Tamarind Sauce for Php 750

Pomelo Salad for Php 380

Crispy Fried Shrimp Cakes for Php 350

Bagoong Rice for Php 245

Nara Thai Sampler for Php 395 (Fish Cake, Chicken Satay, Pork Wonton, Spring Roll & Pomelo Salad)

Prawns in Spicy Lemongrass and Lime Soup for Php 430

The place is good for occassions or dining in groups. 😊Food is delicious too. ❀ The winner for me is the Fried Prawns in Tamarind Sauce. (: can’t wait to go back.

EAT BGC: SHAKE SHACK


Sometimes, only sometimes. . . we get to have employee benefits, only small ones. . and this time, we get to try the new Shake Shack before it opens to the public.

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Shake Shack Philippines was brought by none other than the Tantoco Family. It’s located in Central Square, BGC.

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I ordered the Single Shack Burger for Php 250 which is amazinnggg. It was juicy and delicious but compared to the one in NYC that I tried, the size is a bit smaller. And you can never eat a burger without fries right? I ordered the Regular Fries for Php 130. But the one I couldn’t refuse is Salted Caramel Milkshake for Php 190.Β Simply, THE BOMB.Β I can down the whole thing if only it didn’t give me a brain freeze. πŸ˜€

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When the long line is over, I’d like to try again with my judey. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜€ 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!

EVERYDAY: Christmas 2018


It’s that glorious time of the year when we see relatives we don’t even know existed, non stop meal preparations, scavenger hunt for the perfect gift for our loved ones, glamming up for three four five reunions, house decorations and who will ever miss out on binge drinking? What could possibly be a more perfect excuse?

As you may have notice on my yearly post regarding Christmas – we always celebrate the birthday of my aunt. This time, at Acaci at Acacia Hotel in Alabang.Β 

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Okay, so I don’t know why the picture is a little bit distorted. :/ Anyway, food was good. I love how bright, sunny the ambiance is. Standouts for me would be the lava cake and the buttered garlic shrimp of course.<3 And, this is the first time wine was included in the one round set of drinks. – Grabbed! πŸ™‚

This year is quite different. We didn’t have the salubong in our house. It’s a bit sad that we weren’t able to do our tradition knowing it will be my last undivided holiday. But what can I do? there were 2 situations that we are experiencing at the moment: we didn’t have help and all of us in the family are sick and my brother just got out of the hospital the day before Christmas. My sister, her husband and their new baby was also advised to stay at home.

BUT! Gift giving and family pictures is a must of course.

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So it’s just us four. ❀

 

And since everyone was not quite feeling well, and the parents are sleepy already, we opened the gifts at 11pm. Haha. πŸ˜€

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Thank you officemates. ❀ Booty Band from Ms. Rose as our exchange gift, ‘hello eco bag from Ms. Rose too, utensils from our GM, Bath Origins hand sanitizer from Rhina, Blue Pouch from Loreen, Room and Linen Spray from Marfori, Purple Scarf from Olive, Peach Scarf from Shaun, Personalized Keychain from Arrian, Cord Organizer from Wendy, Pink Eco Bag from Erika, Notepad from Liz, Pen & Bookmark from Cross, Mermaid Pen from Aileen, Mug from Veron, Glass with Chocolates from Jamie, Puto from Cathie and Lengua from Neli. Thanks, guys!

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Thank you, former officemates! ❀ Gray Top from Ms. Grace and Hubby, Lip Gloss and Brush from Lei, Notebook from Ms. Donns, Keychain from Virge and Lip Tint from Ms. Lolit.

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Gray Sweater from Ninong Al and Ninang Irma, H&M Dress and Sunnies lipstick from Ninang Baby and 3 books from Ate Ivy. ❀ love them all!

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Thank you Roxy for the earrings & salted caramel crunch, Ninong Jobee for the perfume, Pillowcase from Tita Achu and Echo assorted items from Alex and Good! ❀

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My mom knows my style so well. ❀ in clothes! Hihihi. ❀ Thank you for the matching white vest and shorts, ma! and personalized pouch. I cannot never have too many personalized items. ❀

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Thank you, siblings! I can really use them. ❀ Corduroy Pants from my brother, and highwaisted shorts from my sister and hubby! ❀

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Rattan bag also from my Mom! ❀ now, all I have to do is to plan a beach getaway!!

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Thank you, J1 loves! ❀ Uniqlo white top from our exchange gift, CMG pouch from Nicole, China blue lotion from Jaja and Marc, reusable bottle and pouch from Pam and Crinkles from Panda. Thanks, guys! ❀

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Last but not the least, my aid in keeping my now unruly hair most of the time, Babyliss hair iron from my love. ❀ ❀ ❀ Thank you, babe!

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My handsome date during our traditional christmas buffet at Cafe 1228 at New World Hotel. ❀ ❀ ❀ This will be the last time we will be spending Christmas early! I love you so much.

J1’s Christmas get together at Locavore and a very tita moment followed at Plantation Bar. ❀ :/

Lunchies Christmas thing at Happy Garden Cafe. ❀

Christmas Dinner with my previous officemates at Conti’s. ❀

I sometimes wish we could all go back to when we were all complete. Everyone was enjoying each other’s company with my sister, undivided holiday too. With Ate Eulah here in the Philippines, with both my grandmas alive and ‘ta alice. :/ 😦

But all negative emotions aside, thank you thank you thank you for all the gifts. πŸ™‚

See you all next year for a more memorable Christmas! ❀

EAT MAKATI: MIGHTY QUINN


Now that we’ve tried parking in powerplant and walking all the way to poblacion, the plan is to chase all the new restaurants there BUT since there was a heavy downpour, we blamed the risk of having wet and dirty shoes, we stayed inside the mall.

Good thing, Mighty Quinn saves the day! Have you tried going around the new wing? This one is near Mary Grace and the newly opened and first sit down-stall of Carmen’s Best.

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Might Quinn as you might have heard is one of most raved coming from the acclaimed New York City and cooks the traditional way with wood and with patience of time.

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We tried the 2 Meat Combo with (2) Sides for Php 450

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Braised Brisket

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Pulled Pork

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2 Meat Combo with (2) Dirty Rice enough for 2. ❀

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We also ordered for Fries for Php 120

Iced Tea and Lemonade both for Php 110 each

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Successfully so, Might Quinn is delicious! ❀

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EAT FORT: SEOL BANG


​If you happen to be in Venice Piazza, you should make it a point to pass by Seol Bang! Couples, Barkada, Children or may it be adults, you have a place here! ​
We ordered the following:
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Dak Galbi at Php 238 Stir fried chicken with veggies in chili sauce and rice
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Beef Bulgogi at Php 289 Thin slices of beef with Jap Chae noodles and rice.
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Chicken TeriyakiΒ  – less than Php 200 included in their lunch specials
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Pan Seared PorkΒ  – less than Php 200 included in their lunch specials
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Triple Berry Cheesecake at Php 288 Small
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Mango Cheesecake at Php 268
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Almond Lychee Bingsu – about to be launched
You cannot go here and not try Bingsu cause why the hell are you there in the first place, right? You cannot judge them by their rice meals, I have to be honest though – it’s not that great though it’s not awful at the same time. But if you are looking for something worth your buck? then you can definitely order their rice meals. It is packed with rice and energy and all the carbohydrates in the world.
The shaved ice is full of flavor already. You can actually order the ice and you’d still be pleased! Take note, I don’t eat anything berry but wow. we were able to finish all three. ❀ Good Job, Seol!

EAT MAKATI: EBI 10


We had troubles finding his place but if you know where Tambai is, just go straight and you’ll find this gem at the farthest end.
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The place is a but cramped and can sit about 10 – 20 people at a time, 10 with tables and 10 at the counter where it’s also a good spot since you can see your food being prepared.
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They have their menu at per piece so you if you really want to dive in and try their whole menu at an affordable price, you can. ❀
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Small Shrimps at Php 45
They are at a decent size already, not too small and full of flavor already.
Jumbo Shrimps at Php 120
The size is big but not extraordinarily giant in size.
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Kani Tempura at Php 30
I’ve always loved deep fried crab sticks just like how we do it at home.
Beef and Mango Tempura at Php 60
Strangely unique and a mix of salty and sweetness. I’d prefer if it was not wrapped in seaweed. I would have enjoyed it much better. Thus, the boyfriend took me out of my misery of being guilty since I was the one who wanted to try this one.
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Ebi 10 Chahan Rice at Php 150
Of course we tried the fried rice named after the restaurant because you cannot pass that up. Right? It’s good for sharing but I think the portion sizing is good for 1.5 only.
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I will definitely come back. I’m always up for deep fried seafood goodness. ❀
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EAT MAKATI: ZUBUCHON


For months since they opened, I have been requesting the boyfriend to bring me here. And traitor as he is, he went here without me on his time. TSSS. And much as his conscience can take, he finally brought me here.

They have parking lots ready for the hungry beavers so don’t fret. The place is spacious too and has lots of tables and can sit about 60 to 80, I guess. We got here at about 11:30 am and we were one of the first tables before it got crowded.

Since I am really not a big fan of lechon skin and bones in general, I pleaded to order the Boneless Lechon.

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Boneless Lechon, Small – Php 320Β BUT I still tried the skin. It was nice and crispy. Meat was full of taste. It’s paired dip, soy sauce + vinegar with onions and chili. But I also prefer what they call liver sauce but tastes much like Mang Tomas. πŸ˜€

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Baked Scallops – Php 250 Local scallops topped with butter, cheese and garlic. This has always been a favorite and glad the boyfriend liked it too! He even ate most of it. πŸ˜€ haha.

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Ensaladang Talong – Php 150 Grilled Eggplant and Tomato salad with vinaigrette dressing. Because we are pretentious enough to order this to have something to balance the lechon. Who are we kidding? HAHA.

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No other than the person who I want to get highblood with. ❀ Thank you for ditching me on your first try and bringing me here, anyway.

P.S. I want to go back and try Paksiw na Zubuchon, Zubuchon Flakes, Sizzling Stuffed Squid, Tortang Alimasag, Gambas and Sinigang na lechon! ❀

EAT MAKATI: KAYA


When we want korean food but not in the mood to pig out — KAYA! It’s where we get our reliable dose of Beef Stew and Sizzling Squid. ❀

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CHULPAN OJINGO / Sizzling Garlic Squid for Php 265
This dish is looming with chili garlic! I can just top anything with their garlic. Squid is also tender and have zero bubble gum features.

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KALBI JIM / Beef Stew for Php 295
It’s the melts-in-your-mouth beef tenderness! I just wish that there are less bones. I’d rather have full meat. The sauce though is a viand on its own, pair it with rice? Suree!

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BOYFRIEND – Equally tender and yummy. πŸ˜€ HAHAHA. ​