Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nova Veggie Good

A new Nova variant from Jack 'n Jill: Veggie Good!  This one with Yogurt and Onion Flavor.

This treat is made from green peas, and one can sense it with every bite.  Each piece is amply seasoned and charged with a sharp, slightly pungent flavor.  It's quite good, actually.  And the chips are thicker, more satisfying than the original Nova.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Plato Wraps Beef Gyros

It's Plato Wraps's newest variant.

Tender beef, cucumber, and a Greek-style sauce, all nestling inside your pita bread of choice (regular, wheat, or pesto).

Was it good?  Hmmm, twas O-K.  The beef slices were moist and well seasoned.  The cucumber was fresh and crisp.  The wheat pita bread was delicious!  It was the sauce that disappointed us; it was bland and we couldn't figure out what was Greek about it.  And it was runny, making our sandwich a little messy to eat.

An order of the Beef Gyros costs Php 65 or Php 75, depending on the pita bread you choose.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle House.

We were craving for some Vietnamese food for lunch.  So we went to Pho Hoa to try their fare.

Place: Clean enough.  The tables were wobbly though.  And there were some flies.

Food: Generally, OK.  We ordered the Pomelo Shrimp Salad, Fresh Spring Rolls (Shrimp & Pork), Pho Bo Vien, Marinated Prawns with Grilled Pork on Rice, and Tenderloin Beef with Rice.

The Pomelo Shrimp Salad (Php 230) was good.  The ingredients were really fresh; the vegetables were crisp and the pomelo slices were juicy.  The vinaigrette had the right tanginess and didn't overpower the salad.

The Fresh Spring Rolls (Php 129) were also good.  Noodles, carrots, bean sprouts, and lettuce, all rolled inside spring roll rice paper.  These treats came with a delicious, nutty, hoisin-based dip.  Flavors were clean and punctuated.  The dish was satisfying and could be a good brunch option (with lemonade).

The Pho Bo Vien (Php 250, small) or the Meatballs Pho.  Flavorful broth with rice noodles, cabbage, spring onions, cilantro, and mushroom meatballs.  The noodle soup was served with a plate of basil leaves, lemon, and high-quality bean sprouts.  We loved the broth; it was hearty and really tasty.  It became even more exciting to eat when we added basil and lemon.  The mushroom meatballs were O-K, nothing special about them.  They're better eaten with a hoisin-chili sauce dip.  The rice noodles were a tad too much, in amount and texture.

The Marinated Prawns with Grilled Pork on Rice (Php 320): tender, grilled pork slices served with small, grilled prawn pieces and fried rice.  The dish was good, everything was tasty, but there's nothing special about it.  We could think of a dozen other restaurants that serve the same-tasting or even better pork and prawn.  And cheaper!

Lastly, the Tenderloin Beef with Rice (Php 320): tender beef strips over BUTTERY fried rice, served with a small cup of salad.  DELICIOUS.  The beef was well marinated and moist.  The slices of chili and bits of garlic added some welcome kick and another layer of yummy flavor.  But what we loved was the fried rice!  There was BUTTER flavor in every grain.  Again, DELICIOUS!

Must-eats: Tenderloin Beef with Rice, Fresh Spring Rolls

Price: Considering serving size, food quality, and taste, food is a little pricey.  No service charge, by the way.

Service: The waiters were courteous, just a little inattentive.

Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle House is on the 6th level of the Shangri-La Plaza.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Starbucks Hojicha Tea Latte

It's a new drink from Starbucks.

Roasted Japanese green tea with milk.

Is it good?  Well, it tastes like nori; it's liquid nori.  Now, is THAT good?  For us, no.  And we didn't finish our cup.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

TK Takoyaki

We were in the food court one time and saw the TK Takoyaki food stall.  We found their food interesting and decided to have some.

TK Takoyaki sells Japanese dumpling balls cooked on a special pan.  They're filled with diced octopus and minced vegetables.  These dumplings are then topped with mayonnaise, your sauce of choice (sweet, spicy) and katsuobushi (dried fish powder).

Were they good?  Well, they tasted OK.  Flavors were authentic.  The seafood taste was pronounced but not overpowering.  We didn't taste any vegetables though.  We loved the sauces; they're delicious!  And combined with the katsuobushi? Yummier!  Its salty and fishy flavors complemented the sauce well.

What we didn't like was the texture of the food, too pasty and mushy.

Try these balls and judge for yourself.

TK Takoyaki is on the 3rd floor of SM City Masinag.   

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Clubhouse

Place: Cute. Beautiful wood furnishing.  Cool light fixtures.  Refreshing colors.  It's rustic chic.

Food: Generally O-K.  We ordered the Clubhouse Chicken Sandwich, the Lemon Caper Dory, the Cheesy Chicken Parmigiana, the Vigan Longganisa Hash, and the Chocolate Lava Cake.

The Clubhouse Chicken Sandwich (Php 245): chicken chunks mixed with grapes, alfalfa, almonds, and mayonnaise, all nestling between slices of BUTTERY croissant.  The sandwich was served with a salad (lemon-olive oil vinaigrette) and fries.  The filling was bursting with freshness, thanks to the juicy grapes.  We loved the texture of the chunky chicken combined with those of the soft alfalfa and crisp grapes.  We also liked that there wasn't too much mayo.  It's a little bland though; some salt and pepper would've made things better.

The salad was delicious, so were the heavenly, golden fries.  But what we REALLY LOVED was the croissant!  It's soft, freshly baked, and OOZING with GOOD butter flavor.  YUMMY!

The Lemon Caper Dory (Php 245): fresh cream dory coated in light batter, served with a butter-caper sauce, sautéed vegetables, and garlic parsley rice.  The fish was OK; it was flavorful, even without the sauce.  The dip needed more caper flavor; it wasn't salty enough.  The garlic parsley was a tad too garlicky.

The Cheesy Chicken Parmigiana (Php 245): a giant piece of breaded fried chicken breast, smothered with the restaurant's own marinara sauce, topped with cheese.  It was also served with sautéed vegetables and garlic parsley rice.  The chicken was well fried and well seasoned.  The marinara was just a little sour, and the dish didn't have enough cheese flavor (it would've tempered the sauce's tartness).

The Vigan Longganisa Hash (Php 225): Vigan longganisa mixed with potatoes, served with egg (sunny side up or scrambled), garlic parsley rice, and the restaurant's special pineapple salsa.  This one's delicious.  The hash had a good mixture of flavors.  It was well sautéed and one could really taste the vinegar flavor of the Vigan longganisa.  The egg was cooked well (we chose scrambled and we like it runny).  The pineapple salsa was really tasty!  It added vibrancy to the dish.  Its acidity was just right.

Lastly, the Chocolate Lava Cake (Php 120): chocolate cake with a chocolate sauce center/filling.  It was divine!  The cake was moist and flavorful (reminds you of those old-fashioned chocolate cakes our grandmothers used to make).  The chocolate sauce?  Yummy!  It had the right sweetness and bitterness.  It also had good consistency, not too thick, not too liquid.

Must-eats: Vigan Longganisa Hash, Chocolate Lava Cake, croissant

Price: Considering food quality, serving size, and taste, prices are reasonable.

Service: Waiters were attentive and courteous.  The kitchen was a little slow.  Our food was served beyond the acceptable 10-15 minute waiting time.

The Clubhouse is on the 1st floor of Robinsons Magnolia.       

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


There's a unique snack out there y'all!

HopTik: HOPia with TIKoy filling.  We loved the idea of combining the two famous Chinese delicacies into one treat.  So we grabbed us some.

Was it good?  No!  The hopia (bean-filled pastry) itself was bland.  A little salt would've given it more flavor and life.  And the mung bean cum tikoy (glutinous rice cake) filling tasted funny, a little like an unnecessary explosion of vanilla flavor.

What we hated most though was the fact that the HopTik crumbled very easily, even after being chilled.  Too messy to eat!

A pack costs Php 40.

We say skip this one. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

KFC BBQ Shredder

Yet another treat from KFC!

The BBQ Shredder: shredded chicken, smothered with tangy barbecue sauce, topped with mayo, crisp lettuce, and crunchy tortilla, nestling between fresh buns.

It is delicious!  Good marriage of flavors!  The barbecue sauce was not overpowering and was complemented well by the mayonnaise.  The lettuce and YUMMY tortilla added needed layers of crunchy texture to counter those of the juicy chicken and soft bread.  And we loved that it was a little messy to eat; kinda like eating sloppy joes.

An à la carte order costs PHp 55. Try it!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Waffle Time

We just came from watching a movie and were starving.  So we went to the food court to grab a quick bite.  We saw the ubiquitous Waffle Time stand and decided to try their food.

There were so many waffle varieties to choose from.  But the two that piqued us were Ultimate Ube and Cheese Delite, so those were the ones we grabbed.

So how were our rolled waffles?  Not good.  First off, the waffles were not fresh.  They tasted like they've been in the glass box for days.  Second, the fillings were not great tasting.  We could barely taste the cheese of the Cheese Delite, and the ube (purple yam) of the Ultimate Ube had a very subtle, almost negligible flavor; the filling's texture was also a tad too hard.

Good thing we only bought two.  Imagine eating a load of stale waffles...

 Waffle Time is on the 3rd floor of SM City Marikina.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

HOP Cashew Polvoron

Some milky goodies y'all!

HOP or House of Polvoron offers the Cashew Polvoron.  And how is it?  Well, compared to all the other cashew polvorons we've tried, this one's different because of the slightly burnt taste (quite evident in the dark color).  Some say this burnt flavor adds depth, making the treat more interesting.  We have no problem with that.  What we have a small problem with is the cashew flavor; it's not that pronounced.

Also, since the polvoron comes from a company dubbed as the HOUSE of polvoron, we expected great-tasting polvoron.  Well, we're disappointed with the ordinariness.

Try it and judge for yourself. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Go! Salads

Minimum order for free delivery is 10.
Order 2 days in advance.

For more information, email Go! Salads at

Monday, January 7, 2013

Chowking's Wintermelon Pearl Milk Tea

The Chinese fast food chain offers a new milk tea variant: the Wintermelon Pearl Milk Tea.

How was it?  Not that good.  It was too sweet and the tea flavor (green tea, according to the waiter) was a tad too subtle.  Worse, the tapioca balls of our drink weren't cooked well; the center was hard.

A Regular size order costs Php 49, while a Large cup costs Php 69.

Try it and judge for yourself. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

First time: Jamba Juice

We were in a mall one morning and we saw a newly opened branch of Jamba Juice.  We've heard a lot about their products from friends, about how different and delicious their smoothies are.  So we dropped by and tried a cup.

We asked the cashier what she would recommend to first-timers and she gladly told us to try the Banana Berry Smoothie, a bestseller.  So we ordered a small cup of it (Php 135, pricey).

The Banana Berry Smoothie has bananas combined with strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry sherbets.  The cashier asked us what Boost we wanted to add to our drinks.  A Boost is like a shot of vitamins added to the smoothie, making the drink healthier and Jamba Juice different from other juice stands.  We chose the Antioxidant Boost (Vitamins A, C, and E).

Was it good?  No.  It tasted a little artificial, almost like medicine.  No hint of banana.  No hint of berry.  It was just a blob of slightly bad yogurt flavor.  We should have seen the red flags: that combination of those berries is a bad idea taste wise, and combining sherbet and yogurt, that's a little gross.  Also, we were surprised to see banana chunks at the bottom of our cup.

What we learned: not all combinations are good. Kaning-baboy is a mixture but we're pretty sure it doesn't taste good.  And we realized that we want our fruits, sherbet, and yogurt served separately.

But hey, this is just our opinion.  Try it and judge for yourself.

Jamba Juice is at the Al Fresco part of Robinsons Magnolia.  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Match Fries

We were in the mall one time and were looking for something new to snack on.  We saw Match Fries at the food court, got intrigued, and decided to try their food.

Match Fries sells hotdogs coated with fries.  The hotdogs are dipped in batter, covered with potato cubes, fried, then sprinkled with flavor powder (cheese, sour cream, or barbecue).  We ordered for one Smallirock (cocktail hotdog coated with fries, Php 20), with cheese powder.

We liked it!  The hotdog was delicious and moist (they use Purefoods Tender Juicy hotdogs).  The coating tasted like sweet potato, sweet and well seasoned.  The fries were also good; they complemented the hotdog and batter well.

Perfect partner: ice-cold soda.

Match Fries is on the 3rd floor of SM City Masinag.   

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Jollibee's Crispy Pork Steak

The leading Filipino fast food chain again offers another inexpensive yet tasty dish: the Crispy Pork Steak.

A piece of really tender pork, coated with light breading, fried to golden perfection, then served with a barbecue-flavored dip and rice.

The pork is well seasoned, but it tastes like chicken nuggets. The barbecue dip has the right tanginess; it complements the meat well.

We have a little concern though: the pork used doesn't seem to be such; it's a little gelatinous, and not grainy enough to be meat. Hmmm...

An order costs PHp 39 (Php 49 with a drink).

Try it and judge for yourself.