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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cofftea Zone and Lago De Dalahican

Resto Name: Cofftea Zone and Lago De Dalahican
Location: Manila Cavite Road., Cavite City
Type:  Filipino
Average Price Per Dish: P100-P250

The most popular little bar/ resto in Cavite to hangout and celebrate occasions with family, friends and love ones that offers affordable and yummy dishes plus a bucket of beer. Its been operating for more than 4 years now and is located not too far from the Checkpoint.


At Cofftea Zone is an enclosed air conditioned area while Lago de Dalahican is the covered deck overlooking the ocean.
Chicharap - P50


This appetizer is relatively cheap for its price. Sulit ng pulutan.

Potato Wedges - P100


Crunchy potato wedges perfect as pulutan.

Sizzling Tofu - P150


Yummy tofu dish. Wished the tofu cubes was sliced smaller.

 Calamares - P150


This dish is just okay. Nothing really fancy. 

Kilawin Tanigue - P200


Another worthy pulutan dish.

Garden Salad - P150


Looks like a pizza in presentation dahil nalunod sa dressing. In terms of taste its yummy. If they can only add more greens and lessen the dressing this would have been a more perfect salad.  

Buttered Garlic Chicken - P200


Fried chicken in buttery sauce. Yummy dish.


Sizzling Curry Pusit - P250


The yummiest find of the night. Perfectly cooked squid in super yummy coconut milk sauce.

Mexicano Sisig - P150


 Hands down - the yummiest sisig I ever tasted so far. Perfect combination of bagnet and vegetables. Another super yummy find of the night.

Grilled Blue Marlin - P200




Fruit Tea Lychee 22 oz - P60


Super yummy lychee drink

Italian Soda Watermelon - P60


Yummy watermelon soda

Matcha Green Tea 16 oz - P140


Doesn't look that good but this is super yummy. Perfectly well blended matcha and milk. Not too sweet not matabang - perfect ang timpla.



The menu :




Service was fast. Dishes started arriving a few minutes one after another. The only drawback is when we requested a bottle of beer. We said it about 3 times on no beer arrive. It was only when the waitress assigned in our table we place the order that the bottle of beer finally arrived.


The best thing about the ambience here is it is a wonderful place to drink.


There are days when there are also live band music. 




Overall this is the best and affordable tambayan tambayan in the city. No wonder it is always full packed especially during special occasions.  And crowd here is mix from families, barkadas, barakos, lovers and even oldies. wish they would repair the facilities further like better tables and chairs. The Cofftea signage even has missing letters already and has not been fixed.

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Food – 4.50 stars
Service – 4 stars
Ambiance – 3.5 stars
Value – 4.50 stars

OVERALL RATING – 4.125 stars

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Southern Chopped Salad

A very healthy salad which can also be used as side dish for barbeque dishes.

 

Ingredients:
Large head of romaine
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 large, bell pepper
2 medium size tomatoes
1 1/2 cups corn (frozen, thawed)
Creamy Cilantro Dressing or other dressing of choice

Procedure:
Finely chop romaine, bell pepper and tomatoes. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.
Toss with desired dressing.

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Creamy Cilantro Dressing 

Ingredients:
1 cup cilantro/wansuy leaves, chopped
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tbsp. calamansi juice
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1/8 tsp. salt
sugar (optional)

Procedure:
Puree all ingredients in a blender  until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mang Jose

Resto Name: Mang Jose
Location: beside Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite
Type:  Filipino
Average Price Per Dish: P100-P180

This is one of the newest inihaw resto which just opened last March 2017 beside Aguinaldo Shrine. Its an open ihaw-ihaw resto that looks very inviting and always packed with people at night.



Another night full of many diners.




Inihaw choices pork, fish, squid, chicken and eggplant






The menu


Some food items are not available 





What we ordered:


Orders are very fast that you only have to wait for 5 minutes and everything is already served. 

Free Soup


Expecting something like the typical medyas soup but its Nido Soup!

Sisig Nachos - P100


Since the menu says nachos, expecting nachos but what was served is thin cracker like huge version of chicharap of Chowking. Around 8-9 pieces topped with spicy three tablespoons sisig then drizzled with thousand island. Nothing fancy about this dish even if the sisig is yummy. Not worth re-ordering again. 

Inihaw na Pusit (small) - P200


Grilled squid is the only dish that ranges from P200-P500 depending on the size of your choice. Sulit for the price and the squid is soft. Problem is it's not that clean. Occasionally you will find small plastic of inside the squid in your mouth while munching it.    

Pork Tenderloin BBQ - P130


Tender and tasted is more on the sweet side but the smell is "papanis" na. It seems nakulob ng matagal bbq ng container thus the not so good smell but the sawsawan is yummy.


In all resto, numbers are removed from the table the moment all orders are completed, here they just leave it and only removes it when they clean the tables after the customers leaves.


There are two people manning the grilling station. Medyo naguluhan ako observing paano mag-ihaw si kuya since we were seated sa tapat niya. Paiba-iba style kahit puro manok ang toka sa kanya. Didn't order any chicken and I was curious if okay kaya dahil nasunog yung batch ng iniihaw niya but it was all served.   


In terms of service superb but in quality of food, it needs more improvement both in flavor and cooking method. Also since it is an open area chances are amoy usok ka after eating unless you will choose tables located inside.

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Food – 2.00 stars
Service – 5 stars
Ambiance – 3 stars
Value – 3.00 stars

OVERALL RATING – 3.25 stars

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pan Roasted Baby Potatoes

One of my all time favorite side dishes of all time.


Ingredients:
½ kilo baby potatoes (cleaned and sliced in half)
olive oil
dried basil
parmesan cheese
pepper to taste

Procedure:
Place baby potatoes seasoned with pepper in a pan and sprinkle the olive oil to coat. Cover until cooked while stirring occasionally. Add basil and parmesan cheese. Serve.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Seven Kinds

A mixed vegetable dish composed of seven kinds of vegetables.





Ingredients:
1/4 kilo chicken breast, cut into small pieces
2 medium carrots, peeled (cut into cubes)
2 large turnips, peeled (cut into cubes)
1 cup green peas
1 can young corn, sliced
1 can whole mushroom, sliced
1/2 cup cashew nuts, plain
25 pieces quail egg, hard-boiled
1 small head garlic, minced
1 small white onion, sliced
1 pack or can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:
In a pan, heat oil and butter. Saute' garlic and onion. Add chicken breasts cubes and saute until cook.  Add carrots and turnips. Let it cover and stir occasionally until half cook. Add young corn, mushroom and green peas. Add little water and let simmer. Gradually add cream of mushroom then stir well.    Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add quail eggs, cook until sauce are thicken. Removed from fire and sti in cashew nuts.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vikings Luxury Buffet

Resto Name: Buffet101 International Cuisine
Location: SM Jazz Mall
Type:  American, Italian, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean
Buffet Price: P688 / P888 Eat-All-You-Can Buffet and Drinks


Awed by the ambiance and interior of Vikings Buffet Restaurant branch in SM Jazz Mall in Makati. The place looks so luxurious.












Cakes and Sweets







The crepe station wherein both the male and female crew doesn't know how to make a crepe at all. It took me three times reminding them them that I am ordering a crepe. Haltang ayaw magluto ni guy. They he flipped the crepe eh di durog-durog. When the girl cooked one too as I observed dhail katapat ngtable namin she flipped it too. Just wondering how come they Vikings didn't train this crew. Sa Dad's at Buffet101 matino naman ang mga nagluluto ng crepe dito hindi talaga. 



Bibingka and Puto Bumbong




The very colorful glass chandelier. 

Salad Station









Cheese Platter


Super yummy even its only four kinds of cheese


Churros



Appetizers 


Breads and Fillings



 Japanese Section


Tempuras 












The salmon and tuna is the huge disappointment. It tasted straight from the freezer.  
NOT FRESH !!!


Korean Section




My least like. Didn't bother tasting it. 
Majority of the dishes are dried up and doesn't look freshly cooked. 





Filipino Section



Nothing special in the covered catering tray dishes except these giant crabs.


We were lucky to devour because we were there at the opening. 30 minutes after they refilled it with small ordinary crabs that is no longer yummy. 

Shabu-Shabu




Pick what you like and what broth. It will be delivered on your table with a kalan. 



Chinese Section 





Went here several time to get a hakaw but I ended up luhaan until we finished our entire lunch. It was rarely refilled and whenever I came to get nakuha na ng iba. PASHNEA !

Italian and Spanish Section 

Paella







Baked Oyster 


Super yummy oysters

Lamb Dish


Bellychon

The serving at the opening hour is so yummy. Too bad I only got a little because when I came back almost two hours after latak na lang at di masarap.

Roast Section



The roast beef and lamb is a bit tough but the chicken is yummy.

Grilling Section 




Too bad those who are assigned at the grilling station doesn't know how to grill at all. The chicken sticks was all burned on the other side that its too hard too chew. We ended up just throwing it. The fish slices also was a bit burned when delivered in our table.

Wine Section



They do serve wine of your choice for an added fee.

DRINKS



There are so many to choose from than Buffet 101. Take your pick !

 
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Coffee 

Sago't Gulaman




First Plate
Crabs, roast beef, roast chicken, pork loin, lamb, baked oysters, paella 

Grilled Fishes 

 Shabu-Shabu with lots of mushrooms 

Second Plate
Cheeses, salads, tuna & salmon sashimi, tempura

 Grilled chicken sticks that was not grilled properly :(

Super Yummy Milk Tea

 Black Sesame and Pistachio Ice Cream 

Not so yummy Leche Flan - lacks eggyolk
Panacotta 
Churros - no chocolate so I got a spoonful of blueberry

Churros con tsokolate
Berry Crepe since no vanilla ice cream I replaced it with macapuno ice cream
Surprisingly the macapuno ice cream is very yummy





Overall, I love the ambience the most. In terms of food way better than Buffet 101 although it had its misses like : the crepe and grilling station because of the untrained crew, frozen salmon and tuna, tough roast beef and lamb cuts. No spicy toro sashimi, green tea and avocado ice cream that I read some blogs are raving about. In terms of food spread this definitely way better than Buffet101.  By the way they also serve a super yummy taho which I forgot to take a photo.

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Food – 3.50 stars
Service – 4 stars
Ambiance – 5 stars
Value – 4 stars

OVERALL BUFFET RATING – 4.125 stars

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Vikings Luxury Buffet
Address: SM Jazz Mall, Nicanor Garcia, Makati, Metro Manila
Phone:(02) 891 3888
Hours: Open today · 11AM–2:30PM, 5:30–10PM



Vikings Buffet Rates/Prices - SM Jazz Branch
Weekday Lunch
Kids between 3ft to 4ft || P188
Kids between 4ft to 4.5ft || P388
Adults || P688

Weekday Dinner
Kids between 3ft to 4ft || P288
Kids between 4ft to 4.5ft || P588
Adults || P888

Weekend, Holiday Lunch and Dinner
Kids between 3ft to 4ft || P388
Kids between 4ft to 4.5ft || P688
Adults || P888
Kids below 3 feet are FREE of charge!



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