Friday, January 31, 2014

The Perfect Oatmeal

It's Starbucks's latest treat.

Creamy oatmeal concoction, topped with dried fruits.

It's delicious.  The oatmeal has the right balance of sweetness and blandness that complements the tart flavor of the fruits.  It also has good consistency; it is not too thick nor too runny.

The Perfect Oatmeal is the perfect partner of your Starbucks coffee.

An order costs Php 85.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Floss Pork Bread

Another treat from Regent.

Soft bun topped with very fine dried shreds (floss) of pork, with a sweet filling.

Is it good?  Well, it's not bad.  The filling's candy-like flavor is too strong.  And the pork floss topping is not salty enough to add some balance.

Also, until now, we can't figure out the treat's description "Delicious and Tangible."  Tangible?!

Try it and judge for yourself. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

First bite of the Cheese Tonkatsu

It's Tokyo Tokyo's latest offering.

The Cheese Tonkatsu is tonkatsu with an added layer of creamy cheese sauce, served with a tangy sweet dip, rice, and fresh cabbage topped with sesame dressing.

Is it good?  Well, the meat itself is a little salty.  One needs the dip to temper the taste.  The sliced cabbage side dish on the other hand is delicious; the sesame dressing has a punctuated, nutty flavor.  The vegetable also helps temper the saltiness of the pork.

An order costs Php 145.  The Bento meal, with coffee jelly and iced tea, costs Php 195.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A word on the Cornetto Chocolate Cookie Disc

A new Cornetto variant from Selecta.

Vanilla ice cream with a chocolate sauce center, topped with a thick chocolate disc that is dappled with cookie bits.

Is it good?  Well, good enough.  The chocolate parts were delicious, it had hints of bitterness that went well with the sweet taste.  The vanilla ice cream though was too sugary.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fairy Cake

It's from Regent.

It's a moist and dense cupcake, bursting with authentic mango flavor.  Its sweetness was not all sugary but fruity. Delicious!

We don't know though why the treat is called "fairy cake."

Perfect partner: coffee.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, January 24, 2014

First taste of the Chestnut Macchiato

Espresso topped with frothy steamed milk, flavored with chestnut sauce.

Is it good?  Well, yes, the drink is generally delicious.  But the thing is, we can't sense any chestnut flavor.  There's sweetness sure, but no distinct nutty taste, much less a roasted one. 

And we wish that the espresso had a bolder and stronger flavor, for more depth.

A Tall order costs Php 145.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

First taste: Snow Ice

It's Tokyo Tokyo's latest dessert offering.

Sheets of a vanilla-tasting treat, served with your toppings of choice.  There are three variants: Almond Lychee, Mango Peach Pleasure, and Choco Sensation.  We chose the third one.

The Snow Ice itself tasted like Jollibee's sundae base: hint of vanilla with just a little too much sugar.  For the Choco Sensation, the Snow Ice was topped with brownies cubes, mini marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and a slice of cherry.  The brownies were good and chewy, the marshmallows were too tough, and the chocolate sauce had a good semisweet flavor.  Mixed together, the ingredients made Choco Sensation a good enough dessert.

An order costs Php 75.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Belgian Waffle

European-style waffles from Regent.

Well, they look realistic and cute.  But they don't taste like waffles; they taste like the typical Regent sponge cake.  In short, they're waffle-looking sponge cakes.  To be fair, they don't taste bad.  There's a good balance between the buttery and sweet tastes.  Also, the "waffles" are moist.  But again, they don't taste like waffles.

And yeah, what does "European-style" mean?  Hehe.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Monday, January 13, 2014

First slurp of Schlürp

We were in the supermarket (Robinsons Magnolia) one afternoon, looking for something refreshing to drink.  An odd name caught our eyes: Schlürp, bottled milk tea.  We got a bottle of the Assam Milk Tea variant and tried it.

It was delicious.  There was a nice balance between the deep, full, and earthy flavor of the tea and the dairy one of the milk.  The brown sugar gave the drink the right amount of sweetness and didn't overpower the tea taste.  The jellies were a little disappointing because they were bland, though their texture were a delight to bite. 

Schlürp contains no preservatives, so it has a short shelf life.

A bottle costs around Php 60.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Garlic Pepper Beef

It's the newest beefy treat from Jollibee.

Tender beef strips, smothered with gravy and topped with garlic bits.

DELICIOUS.  The beef slices were tasty and well seasoned.  The sauce had a peppery-sweet taste that blended well with the flavor of the meat.  It was like eating a yummy stew.  And it's perfect with rice!  Lots of rice!

An order, with a drink, costs Php 49.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Primer bocado en Brasas

We were in the mall one morning looking for something interesting for lunch.  We saw a small restaurant offering Latin street food: Brasas.  We found their fare interesting enough so we decided to stay and try their food.

We ordered the Pollo Asado Platter, (pequeño size), the Brasas Street Burger, and the Papitas Con Limon.

The Pollo Asado Platter (Php 180) has charcoal-grilled chicken over Spanish rice, served with South American slaw, a piece of Patacones, and Chimichurri.

The grilled chicken was marinated with a cilantro-based sauce (possibly the Chimichurri; our waiter wasn't certain.).  It was tender, moist, and amply flavorful.  It had the right amount of burnt flavor, coupled with the vibrancy of the cilantro.  The Spanish rice was bland enough to highlight the meat.  It was well cooked, fluffy, and not too oily.  The vegetables of the slaw were crisp and fresh, and they were made tasty by its dressing, the Chimichurri, which was also the dip for the chicken.  It's a sweet-sour, pasty sauce, with cilantro as its base.  We expected it to be pungent, but it wasn't.  The flavor of the cilantro was tempered enough to make the sauce a delight to eat.  The Patacones that came with the dish was a big flower of fried plantain chips.  It was bland.

The Brasas Street Burger (Php 260) featured a beef patty topped with tomatoes, sautéed onions, lettuce, and some Monterey Jack.  All of these ingredients were between toasted Kaiser buns.  The burger was served with papitas or fried potato chips.

The burger was delicious.  The burger was juicy and bursting with a spicy-yet-unpunctuated flavor, like cajun.  It complemented the sweet taste of the onions and the acidity of the tomato.  Bringing home the flavor was the saltiness of the cheese.  Each bite left us satisfied.  YUMMY!

The Papitas Con Limon (Php 90): thin potato chips flavored with salt and splashes of lime juice.  A bit of a letdown.  The chips were a tad oily, and there was too much lime juice.

The place reflected the food the restaurant serves: solid furnishing and earthy colors.  Lighting was warm and homey.  And the music?  Fantastic!

Our waiter was really nice and friendly, although he was not knowledgeable enough about the food.

Brasas is at The Block, SM North EDSA.

Monday, January 6, 2014

First slice at The Cake Club

We were at BGC one afternoon and were looking for a good place to have some dessert.  We chanced upon The Cake Club, touted as one of 2013's best restaurants, and decided to try their treats.

We ordered a Mini Cakes Set, a Baked Cheesecake, and an Ube Ensaymada. 

The Mini Cakes Set (Php 590) included a plate of samples of 3 cakes and 2 cups of your coffee of choice.  The cakes were Cecilia, The Super Moist Chocolate Cake, and the Delice Chocolat.  For our coffee, we had a cup of Decaf Noir and a cup of Kageboshi.

The Cecilia is The Cake Club's take on the buko pie.  The crust was subtle taste wise; it wasn't too sweet nor too buttery.  The buko compote's sweetness was also just right, and the buko meat was crisp and fresh.  What made Cecilia different were the raisin bits, adding a hint of tart.  The only thing we didn't like was the cream; there was too much of it.

The Super Moist Chocolate Cake was indeed moist, but it tasted a little stale.  Its chocolate taste wasn't extraordinary, a little forgettable.

The Delice Chocolat is The Cake Club's delicious chocolate mousse.  Different layers and flavors of velvety chocolate, with a crunchy praline bottom.  It had a good mixture of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate tastes.  It's THE dessert for chocolate lovers.

The coffee variants we ordered were disappointing.  The Decaf Noir, supposedly sourced from Africa, was too acidic.  They said it had hints of nutty flavor but we didn't sense any.  The Kageboshi, a mild blend of coffee beans and coffee fruits, tasted more like tea than coffee.  Weird.

The Baked Cheesecake (Php 250) was delicious.  First off, we liked the look, very pretty and appetizing.  The dessert had good integrity, not too soft but not too hard and crumbly.  The cheese flavor was really pronounced.  We loved the crisp almond slivers.  We however wanted a thicker crust, to temper the richness of the cake itself.  

The Ube Ensaymada (Php 150), the pride of The Cake Club, features a soft bread topped with a cream butter frosting and grated cheese, with ube filling.  Sure, it was delicious, but it wasn't mind blowing.

We found the place clean and classy.  The pastry display was orderly and tempting.

The staff?  One of the nicest we've encountered.

The Cake Club is at Bonifacio High Street, inside BGC.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

First bite at B&B: Burgers & Brewskies

One afternoon, we were craving some good burger.  So we drove to BGC to try B&B.  They say their The Nurse Burger is a must-eat, so ordered that we did, with some Chili Cheese Fries and a bottle of beer (Stella Artois).

B&B's signature burger, The Nurse (Php 280), was good.  It had a 1/3 pound beef patty, cooked medium, nestling on a bed of lettuce, smothered with spiced mustard aioli, topped with seared mac & cheese and honey sriracha bacon.  All those sinful ingredients were stuffed between soft buttered buns.  The burger itself was juicy and tender.  It had a slightly unpunctuated spicy cajun flavor.  This taste blended well with the cheesy pasta, sweet smoky bacon, and the sharp aioli.  With these flavors together, each bite left us satisfied.  Our only tiny complaint: the bacon had too much honey and almost no sriracha.  Had the crispy bacon had more balance taste wise, the burger would have been more interesting and fun to the palate.

The Chili Cheese Fries (Php 160): steak fries with the resto's own chili, its own cheese sauce, onions, and sour cream.  This one was also delicious.  The potatoes were fried well; they weren't oily.  The chili was really flavorful.  Nothing was too strong nor too pungent.  Good marriage of tastes.  We wanted a tad more kick though, a spicier chili.  But that's just us.

We ate the burgers and fries with ice-cold beer.  Best decision we made that day.

The place was nice although a little cramped.  The decor and design was stylish, comfortable, and whimsy.

The waiters were nice and accomodating.  Funny too.

B&B: Burgers and Brewskies is at the Forbes Town Center, inside Bonifacio Global Circle.