Food

Backyard Kitchen + Brew

I rarely go to UPTown mall so we decided to eat in a restaurant that we haven’t tried. I searched up and there were a few recommendations but going through a mall can be confusing sometimes. So we landed here, and in all fairness, it wasn’t a bad idea.

Restaurant details:

Branches:

  • L2 UP Town Center, Katipunan Brgy UP Campus 961 5717
  • Lower Ground Floor, Circuit Lance, Brgy Carmona, Makati City 960 9629
  • GF, The Grove by Rockwell C5, Brgy Ugong, Pasig City 941 1895
  • 4F UPTown Mall, 9th Avenue 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 960 4148

Opening hours: Mall hours

Ambiance

I don’t know how to describe it but it has sort of cowboy-y but kinda rustic feel to it. The place feels like a barbecue in your backyard. That’s probably how I would describe it. I like that the place is not crowded and the couches and even the tables and chairs are ab bit apart so you feel that you have your privacy despite being in a mall.

Service

I like how they are attentive and yet they don’t mind you when you don’t want them to. They can respect privacy and not check up on you too much that it gets annoying. They serve fast and they get things right.

Price

I say for the type of food that they serve, it is a little bit pricey. Food ranges from P249 pesos upwards. Probably because we can say that they “bedazzle” common food. Not too much to complain.

Food

When they say that this is the food, they mean it. True to the description on their menu. However, I feel that there is nothing special about the menu, they just deliver what they have well. For example:

I ordered thrice- cooked crispy pork cheek which is essentially a fancy version of lechon kawali. They served it on top of brown/black rice with caramelized onions and cherry tomatoes.

It is crispy, yes, it tastes good, yes but I feel that there are other restaurants that can serve this the same way that they did. I do have to commend their plating, though. Slow clap for them.

My boyfriend ordered their version of pares (I can’t remember how they call it and zomato’s menu is not updated, I’m sorry). It tasted like pares, nothing special about it.

side note: what is PARES?

The term Pares commonly refers to Beef Pares, a braised beef meal served with rice and a bowl of soup that originates from the Philippines. (from google)

It had that distinct Chinese cuisine taste to it, which is common in pares. It’s fine.

Overall thoughts:

It’s an okay restaurant. I don’t think it’s anything that I would crave or go back to because I really want to but if I am within the vicinity, I probably would eat there again. three stars.

Food · Travel

Aguirre Foodtrip (this comes with a vlog)

Vlog link here

My friends and I went around Aguirre to try out different restaurants. I wasn’t able to take photos (mostly because I was busy eating) but I was able to make a short video about it. Excuse the low quality editing and my unpleasant voice.

For those who prefers to be saved from that shenanigans, here’s a written review.

Just a heads up that this won’t be containing as much photos as my usual posts would, everything will be shown on the link below.

Aguirre is a long street in BF Homes Paranaque which is popular to food enthusiasts. Restaurants are walking distance from each other. It has a wide variety of everything you might be looking for: different cuisines, different ambiance, affordable choices, expensive choices and a whole lot more.

For this particular food trip, I guess my friend just picked his favorites and let us try the best on the menu. Credits to Jeremy (please if you’re reading this, comment below) for arranging this.

1st STOP: Mensakaba Geishu

Address: Southland Apartelle, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 5469302

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:30AM to 2:00PM, 5:00PM to 10:00PM

We ordered chashu ramen, tantanmen black and 2 servings of gyoza. This is actually the best ramen that I’ve tried so far. I can’t say if it’s comparable to those in Japan but this is the one that I can most tolerate since I am not a fan of ramen.

Tantanmen ramen was a bit spicy but it’s the kind of spice that you’d crave for. I’m actually craving for ramen at this very moment, something that hasn’t happened before.

For our total that is 800 pesos, we got 2 bowls of ramen and 2 servings of gyoza, I can say that it’s a reasonable amount.

4 out of 5 stars for mensakaba geishu

2nd STOP: Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub

Address: 98 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 5195162

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:30AM to 2:00AM

Uncle Moe’s specializes in Middle Eastern dishes which is dear to my heart. The place isn’t loaded up with fancy decoration. It feels raw and simple. No frills just like their menu.

We ordered Moussaka Melt, keema with pita bread and special beef shawarma. Among the three, the simplest is my favorite: Keema with pita bread. It had the right amount of everything for me which isn’t too complicated.

You also have to try their kebabs!

4 out of 5 stars

3rd STOP: La Chinesca

Address: 248 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 7380724

Opening Hours: Tuesday 5:00PM to 10:00PM

Wednesday to Sunday 11:00AM to 2:00PM, 5:00PM to 10:00PM

La chinesca is a little, unseen restaurant in BF that is starting to make a name for itself. Their tacos serve as their own advertisement. No huge banners, no sales no anything, just a little taco shop along Aguirre.

Down side is that they have a small shop, a little too crowded for my own liking but their food makes up for it. You might need to wait a little to get a good spot but It’s worth it.

MUST TRY: TUNA TOSTADA (and check out their daily menu, you might find something interesting)

4 out of 5 stars

4th (and last) STOP: Larcy’s Cupcakery Cafe

Address: 178 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 4782849

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00AM to 11:00PM

Of course, the last stop should be dessert. Larcy’s cupcakery cafe is one of those feel good cafes because of the light and well decorated ambiance. It’s bright and the decorations aren’t over the top.

I can’t recommend anything since all their cupcakes are good. Coffee is also okay but it’s not the best. I have yet to try their meals.

3.5 out of 5 stars

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

With a 2,500 Peso budget, I can say we were able to make the most out of it. I can’t pick a favorite among the three main restaurants (mensakaba, la chinesca and uncle moe’s) because they have a unique thing which sets them apart.

Mensakaba is the go to ramen place. Something to hug your insides on a stressful day. Uncle Moe’s is when you want to chill with your friends over food. Easy, light but still filling. La Chinesca is for your intimate dates (or taco bonding) and tuna tostada cravings.

thumbs up for everything.

VLOG POST HEREEEEEE:

Aguirre Foodtrip Vlog

Food

Mr. Roboto

Chicken is my all time comfort food but sushi rolls are definitely a competition. I’ve tried a few japanese restaurants which quite frankly, does not inspire me to write reviews (hence, the lack of food posts lately). However, my friends and I met up and ate here in Mr. Roboto which sparked forgotten love for reviews.

Restaurant details

Address:
Ground floor, ATC Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Opening hours:

Sunday-Thursday 11am- 9pm

Friday- Saturday 11am- 10pm

Contact number:

(02) 2469072, 147

Ambiance

Mr. Roboto had a quirky and relaxed feel to it. It was quite small but the tables didn’t feel cramped. There were enough space for walking and you wouldn’t think that other people would eavesdrop in your conversations.

The restaurant had a nostalgic vibe to it with its design. The walls were filled with anime we loved as kids.

Spot the animes you watched before! The song Mr. Roboto even played in the background.

Price

The food was reasonable for their prices. It may be a little above average but I think the price is worth it.

Service

The staff were attentive but not annoying. They were able to answer our inquiries and was polite and patient. On top of that, Mr. Roboto provides an iPad for you to see photos of their products which is really helpful.

Food

Food was great. We were able to try 3 dishes and all of them did not disappoint.

Photo above: Mr. Roboto

This is one of those tuna on tuna kind of thing. Bottom layer is a cucumber roll, the second layer is negi tuna while the top layer is aburi (torched) tuna. This one was a bit spicy but was still tolerable even for me who has a low tolerance for spicy food.

Photo above: Voltron

This was their take on the classic california maki. It’s a cucumber roll topped with kani salad and crunchy maki. The crunchy maki was actually entertaining to eat. It’s one of the best california makis that I tried. Two thumbs up for this.

Photo above: Mazinger Z

It’s a radish roll topped with spicy salmon and negi salmon with cream cheese and crispy salmon skin. It’s one of those “it’s too spicy but I will keep on eating because it’s good” kind of dishes. It has all the things that I dont like, raw and slimy salmon and spice but I would order this again if a friend shares it with me. Another thumbs up for this.

Overall thoughts

I’m glad I was able to try Mr. Roboto. My friends and workmates have been recommending this to me and it really did not disappoint. I would definitely go back and recommend to my friends. I can’t wait to try their rice bowls next.

Food

Ribshack

Among the list of food that can make me happy, ribs would be included among the ones on top.

About the restaurant

Pilar, Las Pinas branch:

PDC Compound, Rose Ave cor Aguirre Ave, Almanza Uno, Las PiñasT-Su: 4PM-12MN
(0917) 887-4225

BF homes, paranaque branch
71c President’s Ave cor Rufino St, BF Homes, Parañaque

Ambience

Ribshack has a western, cowboy-ey feel to it. Interiors are wooden and the lights are dim. I think this place is good for group bondings and celebrations.

Price

Price range from 100-800 Php but the servings are big and filling.

Service

The waiters are attentive and were helpful. They also have complete amenities for your enjoyment and comfort.

Food

Although they have a limited menu, I can say that it is well thought of. We tried their ribs and crispy bacon. The ribs were tender and juicy and they were not skimping on the sauce.

The crispy bacon was okay, I prefer the bacon without breading and good thing that I asked before dipping in the sauce since apparently it was siracha and I have low tolerance for spicy.

Overall thoughts

I would go back for the ribs. I would also recommend this to my friends. Two thumbs up for this restaurant.

Food

Witches Brew

One of the cons of being a south girl is that all the concept restaurants and stores are up north. Luckily, and finally, one opened up in aguirre and it’s a “harry potter” themed restaurant.

Restaurant details:

Location: ground floor, noah’s place, 330, aguirre avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Opening hours:

monday to thursday 7am to 11pm

Friday to sunday 7am to 12midnight

Price:

Price ranges from 150 up to 550 Php for food while drinks start at 65 Php

Ambience:

It does feel “Harry Potter”-ish but I felt that the other houses weren’t well represented. The place was well decorated with emblems and signs of Gryffindor. I did not see any trace of the other houses.

They also have robes and scarves that you can borrow to take photos with. They also have a corner solely for taking photos.

Ambience is 10/10 gryffindor themed.

Service:

The staff was well informed of their menu and was attentive to the needs of their customers. They weren’t annoying as well unlike the others who would pester you and ask questions from time to time.

Food:

The food was okay. It’s not disappointing but its not something I would range about. The serving was big and is enough to fill you up.

What’s interesting with their menu is the names of their food. It’s witty and entertaining.

They also have their version of butterbeer. It was okay, you can have it in an alcoholic or non-alcoholic version. I wish it was a little colder.

Overall thoughts:

It’s something a Harry Potter fan would want to visit but was okay. It wasn’t disappointing but I felt that they could offer more. Food was okay and the drinks were okay. 3/5 stars for me.

Food

Korean bbq/ Samgyupsalamat vlog

KPop has been invading the Philippines and the world for a couple of years now especially in music, fashion and of course food.

Many korean bbq restaurants are popping everywhere, even here in the south. Value for money, since these restaurants are usually unlimited meat and side dishes is really maximized here.

Korean BBQ

Korean barbecue (고기구이, gogi-gui, “meat roast”) refers to the popular method in Korean cuisine of grilling meat, typically beef, pork, or chicken. Such dishes are often prepared on gas or charcoal grills built into the dining table itself. Some Korean restaurants that do not have built-in grills provide customers with portable stoves for diners to use at their tables. Alternatively, a chef uses a centrally displayed grill to prepare dishes to order.

The most representative form of gogi-gui is bulgogi, usually made from thinly sliced marinated beef sirloin or tenderloin. Another popular form is galbi, made from marinated beef short ribs. However, gogi-gui also includes many other kinds of marinated and unmarinated meat dishes, and can be divided into several categories. Korean barbecue is popular among Koreans, but has also gained popularity worldwide.

From wikipedia (haha sorry for the lame reference)

The setup

I can only speak for korean bbq restaurants patterned from korea. Here in the Philippines, customers or group of customers are seated on a table with a smokeless grill.

Customers are also served with side dishes, usually kimchi, korean omelette (gaeran mari), radish dishes, soup and lettuce. However, in the Philippines, some restaurants also serve rice as part of the side dish.

Meat (beef or pork), along with the side dishes are usually “unlimited” or “eat-all-you-can”. Left overs are usually not allowed.

Comparisons of restaurants

Here in bf paranaque, I have tried three samgyupsalamat places: aladin, samgyupsalamat and singsing.

Aladdin is one of the first samgyupsal places in BF. My boyfriend and I usually goes here since the other one is always full and we don’t have chairs to sit on. This restaurant is a bit pricey, at P 399 and as far as I can remember unli pork. In Aladdin, their unlimited side dishes are served buffet style unlike others where they would serve it to you. Aladin has the most variety of side dishes out of those that I tried. It’s a bonus that they also have unlimited drinks (unlimited iced tea).

restaurant details: 335 Aguirre Ave, Parañaque, 1720 Metro Manila (in front of robinson’s supermarket)

Singsing is the most popular one in BF as of the moment due to it’s affordable price. Unli pork is at P299 while P399 when you want to have beef as well. They serve meat two plates at a time while lettuce has a limit of 2-4 rounds (I can’t recall, it’s been a while since I last ate here). I think the side dishes are all unlimited. They serve gaeran mari, lettuce, kimchi and radish along with the meat.

In singsing, you’ll have the option to sit on a table and chair or for larger groups, you have an option to have the korean table setup with a low table and sitting on the floor. however, SingSing doesn’t have the exhaust thing aladdin and samgyupsalamat has so you’ll surely smell like grill after you enjoy eating here.

restaurant details: 268 – A Aguirre Ave, Parañaque, 1720 Metro Manila

Samgyupsalamat recently opened a branch in BF paranaque but they have been operating for a while now with multiple branches mostly up north (around Quezon City) and Makati. So far, this is the best among the three that I have tried. Aside from having unlimited side dishes (rice included), they also have the most variety of meat. They charge P399 for pork unli set while P499 for pork and beef unli set. I enjoyed that they have marinated variants aside from the plain ones. Among the three, they have the best tasting meat, not to mention that I enjoyed the ambiance as well since the tables aren’t as close to each other.

restaurant details:

Manila Kapitan Tikong Branch : 0977 842 3427

Manila Leon Guinto Branch : coming soon

Makati Jupiter Branch : 0915 725 4034

Quezon Banawe Branch : coming soon

Century City Mall Branch: coming soon

Aguirre BF Homes Branch: coming soon

Vlog

Here’s a vlog when my friends and I tried samgyupsalamat when they opened a branch in aguirre, bf homes, paranaque

south girl eats | samgyupsalamat vlog

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Food

Pound by Todd English

Had an impulsive trip to BGC because I wanted to get a new yoga mat which calls for a spontaneous date with the boyfriend and a food adventure.

Restaurant details

Pound is a burger spin-off of Todd English Food Hall’s burger station. It serves gourmet burgers and sliders in a vintage-inspired setting, carrying an intimate 1920s speakeasy vibe.

Grabbed from phonebooky.com

Photo from zomato app

Ambience

We ate here at night and the restaurant was pretty dim. They’re probably going for classic but mysterious yet minimalist kind of thing which works well in all fairness. It felt luxe but comfortable.

Price

The price was affordable but I expected bigger servings.

(Ps. Sorry for the low quality photo)

Food

They had an intriguing menu which has something you’d know and love but with a twist. They had me at caramelized anything.

I ordered their alfredo pasta with caramelized bacon which had a small serving. I was expecting more caramelized bacon. It was a little dry for my liking as well (but I like my food dripping with sauce).

We also tried their bacon poutine. This is my favorite among everything that we ordered. The cheese was gooey and the fries had that perfect crunchy on the outside mushy on the inside texture. However, the gravy is a little too thick and salty.

My boyfriend ordered their secret menu burger for the day which is two patties, cheese and caramelized onions topped with additional bacon. The patty tasted more like 8cuts, a little salty and meaty in a good way.

Service

They have good servers who attends to what you need when you need it (and they aren’t pestering you every 10 seconds). They were also knowledgeable of their menu. Thumbs up for the service.

Overall thoughts

It’s an okay restaurant. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. I recommend trying their poutine and the burgers. The ambience is also nice.