I would like to believe I have good taste.
I mean check out my husband...
My fashion sense...
And my choice of friends...
How can you not trust me? LOL
I have to say tho that when it comes to food, my recommendations are also always spot on. This has been honed by years and years of doing partner management where my main task is to close deals (and eat in various places). And even more years of being a mommy where eating out should not only be about good food but value for money as well.
(Apologize if I had to grab some photos. I never really took photos of my food as they were never cuter than my kids. But since I am already a blogger (kuno) I am just starting to do it now)
So without further chorva, here are my (and my family's) favorite food . And when I say favorite, I can eat it over and over and over and just stop when I die of gluttony, heart attack or cholesterol.
A. FOOD FAVORITE #1: Original, Healthy, Clean Tasting Japanese Food
WHERE TO GO for Japanese Food #1: Inagiku, Shangri-la Makati
WHAT TO GET: Gindara Shiogama Yaki (Grilled Silver Cod in Salt Block: P1200)
|photo from food spotting|
When I was with Verizon, I would meet up with top executives of local telco companies to negotiate lower termination rates. We believed a good meal will make them think better so we always brought them to Shangrila Makati ( My boss will not eat anywhere else). For a long time I was so sick of anything from there. But this dish changed my mind forever.
It was sooo juicy and soft you will forget the price.
I would even order the set menu which can range from 3,000 - 9,000php.
But if you really just want to try this one, you can order it alone with just rice on the side.
Promise it's really good.
Now I can only dream of going back.
If the price worries you, try also Sugi's version of this dish. Equally yummy!
WHERE TO GO For Japanese Food #2 : Kai
|photo from howomg|
WHAT TO GET: Wasabi Oysters Tempura with Balsamic Dynamite P250.00
|photo from one of my favorite blogs : Jinlovestoeat|
AND OF COURSE, Last in my Jap list but definitely first in taste and goodness is...
WHERE TO GO #3: Albert Santillana's Sushi Cake and Japanese Dinner
(only by invitation)
|People meet Albert|
To Albert, malapit na birthday ko--ehem, ehem...
B. FAVORITE FOOD #2 : Maki
(I love Maki and Salmon Sashimi so much, I would hate to put them all in just one category)
WHERE TO GO for Maki #1: Sumo Sam
WHAT TO GET: Philadelphia Roll (P268)
Speaking of Japanese, there are a lot of restaurants now that are good but will not burn a hole in your wallet. I specially go to Sumo Sam and John and Yoko if I want wagyu that is within my mommy budget. But when I get there I always, always, always get the Phili roll instead which is a combination of 2 of my all time favorites : Salmon and Cream Cheese. After that I am solved.
|I first met Albert (the guy who made us the best Japanese meal) in Sumo Sam.|
|Jun once asked me where I wanted to go and eat for mother's day (I can take any pick and I chose to get the Phili roll), I am easy to please like that.|
WHERE TO GO for Maki #2: Tempura Japanese Grill
|photo by bryologue.com|
WHAT TO GET: Uncle Sam's Maki (P210)
And then I discovered these similarly yummy goodies from a restaurant just a few steps from our former office. Tempura Grill's Uncle Sam's Maki (cream cheese, shrimp, mango, mayo and bacon bits). Some people may find this too rich because of the thick mayo and bacon bits on top, but rich suits this donya quite well.
|Angela Jaojoco and me at Japanese Tempura Grill|
Just check out me and my office friend Angela going back to Tempura Japanese Grill (even if we work for different companies now which are quite far from this restaurant that used to be just beside our office in Rufino Building Ayala Makati) . You just have to go back to good memories.
Aside from the Ayala Convergys Branch we go to, you can find a Tempura Grill in the other ff places: Moa, UN Ave, ATC, Tomas Morato, Shopwise Cubao, Greenhills, Trinoma, Banawe, Makati Ave, SM Southmall, Rob Place Manila and Retiro
C. FAVORITE FOOD #3: Cream Based Pasta
WHERE TO GO for Pasta #1: Vivere Hotel's The Nest (Dining in the Sky)
|This newly rennovated restaurant not only provides good food but a great view as well.|
Perfect for "pa-impress" dates.
WHAT TO GET: Chicken, Mushroom and Boursin Pasta
This photo just does not do this pasta justice because I swear it is the BEST cream pasta we have ever tasted in our life!
It is made of white wine cream sauce infused with garlic herbed cheese and shitake mushrooms over their fresh home-made linguine. The grilled chicken on top completes this favorite pasta of ours.
The ingredients were as generous in real life, as described in their menu.
Just check out the reactions of my girls to this yummy goodness:
After they've tasted this, they never touched pasta with red sauce ever again.
Make your reservation at Vivere or the Nest here.
Make your reservation at Vivere or the Nest here.
WHERE TO GO For Pasta #2: Trattoria Gourmet
|photo from foursquare|
WHAT TO GET: Penned with Three Cheeses P265.00
|photo from triggerhappyfoodie|
For those who haven't been there, how dare you, it's been in Shangri-la mall, in that same spot (going to the MRT exit) as far as I can remember.
This place serves the most al dente and fresh pastas in the area. Our favorite being this one since if you notice from the previous featured dishes, we love cheese!
This one combined Fontina, Parmegiano and Ricotta in one plate. And since we can't get enough of cheese we even request for it to be topped with parmesan.
The only thing that will beat the cheesy goodness of this pasta are my husband's pickup lines.
|Jun's First Round|
|Jun's 2nd Round|
|Jun's 3rd Round|
Gail's First Round
|And my last and final round|
WHAT TO GET: Salmon Sashimi, Raw Meat and Shrimps for Grilling
and everything else too
|Mother's Day and|
|My Birthday was spent in Sambokojin|
|It was there where I first over dosed in Foie Gras|
|And I was able to put all my favorite food in one plate: Salmon Sashimi, Steak, Foie Gras, Cream Cheese Maki and Paella|