Friday, February 28, 2014

Coffee Milk Tea

It's by Cha Time.

Our two favorite after-meal drinks put together in one concoction.  It's the Cha Time Milk Tea variant with coffee.

Is it good? Yes! We thought it would be weird but it's yummy! At first, one would taste the bittersweet coffee component. Then, a deep, pronounced black tea aftertaste. Very interesting to the palate! And at Php 100 a cup, hot or cold, it's a cheaper alternative to Starbucks. Add Php 20 for some coffee jelly.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stack Daddy

It's KFC's latest offering.

Imagine this: bun, mayo, fried chicken fillet, cheese, bun, another fried chicken fillet, lettuce, honey mustard, bun. Whew! Now that's one tall sandwich!

Stack Daddy is basically KFC's version of the Big Mac. But is it good? YES! The fried chicken fillets were crispy and well seasoned, and a little peppery (which we liked). The cheese wasn't too salty, and the honey mustard sauce was good; it wasn't too sharp. All the components and flavors blended well together, making each bite satisfying and sooo good.

It's a BIG sandwich, so take your time eating it. Better yet, bring a friend to help you. Make that two friends.

An order costs Php 149.

Try it and judge for yourself.

First bite: Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger

It's the latest from Wendy's.

Juicy beef patty, crispy bacon, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and red onions, all slathered with a honey mustard sauce, all nestling between toasted pretzel buns.

DELICIOUS! The burger was well seasoned and bursting with natural beef flavor. The cheese and bacon gave just the right amount of saltiness. The veggies were fresh and crisp; they tempered the robust meat tastes. But what we loved was the honey mustard sauce. It was tangy, and it brought home all the flavors of the sandwich. It was the punctuation mark.

As for the pretzel bun: yummy! Toasted and fresh, it was the PERFECT bed for all the mentioned ingredients.

Our only complaint: the price. A sandwich costs Php 158. A little too steep.

Try the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First bite: Osaka Ohsho

We went to SM Megamall's Fashion Hall one morning to drop by Osaka Ohsho, a Japanese restaurant that boasts of serving the "world's no. 1 gyoza."

We ordered two set meals: the Black Vinegar Chicken Koshihikari Set and the [Black] Chahan with Chicken Teriyaki Set. These two sets come with a bowl of miso soup, a small serving of fruit (pineapple and watermelon), and three pieces of the Original gyoza. We also ordered a mug of Matcha Milk Smoothie.

The Black Vinegar Chicken Koshihikari (Php 360) features the Original gyoza and the black vinegar chicken. It comes with white rice. The gyoza tastes fresh; the ginger component however is a tad too pronounced. There are three dipping sauces for the gyoza: miso, classic, and chili oil. The third one is the best, for it's not just hot but also nutty, thanks to the sesame oil. The miso is OK, not too salty. The classic is a little acidic.

The Black Vinegar Chicken is basically sweet and sour fried chicken. It's just darker than usual. But its taste is similar to the aforementioned common dish. The chicken is well seasoned, juicy, and flavorful. The sauce is not interesting nor mind-blowing.

The Chahan with Chicken Teriyaki set (Php 395) features the Black Chahan and, well, chicken teriyaki.  The chahan is delicious; its flavors are balanced and punctuated. Each spoonful is satisfying. The Chicken Teriyaki is disappointing because the chicken isn't fresh; it's a tad rancid. Also, the dish lacks the right amounts of sweet, nutty, and gingery flavors to be truly called teriyaki.

As for the other components: the miso soup is OK, nothing really special about it. The fruits are fresh, sweet, and juicy.

The Matcha Milk Smoothie (Php 125) is too sweet and milky, drowning all the deep and robust matcha taste.

All in all, the food is amply delicious, but it's not great enough to make us go back.

Considering serving size and taste, food here is overpriced. By the way, food prices are NOT VAT incusive, so be careful.

The place is nicely furnished and well lighted. The music is too loud.

The waiters are friendly and neat looking. We just wished that they stopped shouting to welcome and to thank guests.

Osaka Ohsho is on the 3rd level of SM Megamall's Fashion Hall.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Lava Cake

It's by Lemon Square.

Moist chocolate cake with creamy chocolate filling. Well, allegedly.

The cake is a little dry. And the chocolate filling is a tad too thick. The taste? Hmmm, it would be better if it had more bittersweet flavor.

Try it and judge for yourself. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Honey Oolong Milk Tea

It's by Cha Time.

It's black tea mixed with milk, flavored [allegedly] with honey.

The oolong taste is pronounced; one can sense the deep, robust flavor. As for the honey, well, it seems absent. What we taste is sugary sweetness, not the subtle but rounded taste of honey.

A cup costs Php 80.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

First taste: Sesame Joy Chicken

It's Kenny Rogers Roasters latest chicken variant.

Roasted chicken, marinated with a sweet-hot concoction, and dappled with sesame seeds.

How is it? It's O-K. The meat is moist and juicy. The heat is well pronounced. We wish that the chicken's taste had a more Asian taste to it (five-spice, hoisin sauce, or oyster sauce), or had a little more sweetness, to temper the heat. And it would be better if the chicken had the authentic nutty and deep sesame flavor.

This new chicken variant comes with two new side dishes: Pasta Explosion and Happy Potato. The former has pasta with fruit and vegetable slices, all smothered with cream. It's bland. The latter features marble potatoes [allegedly] tossed with a sweet soy-garlic sauce. We barely tasted any garlic.

All in all, the Sesame Joy Chicken plate filled our tummy but left our taste buds unsatisfied.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Magnum Gold

Selecta's [alleged] luxurious ice cream bar brand has a new variant: the Magnum Gold.

Vanilla and sea salt caramel ice creams, coated with gold-colored Belgian chocolate.

Is it good? No. The vanilla ice cream is too sweet.  The caramel flavor is TOO subtle.  The sea salt component is nonexistent. The Belgian chocolate does not taste rich and luxurious but dubious. And this Belgian chocolate coating crumbles easily, making the ice cream bar messy to eat.

The Magnum Gold proves that not all that glitters is delicious gold.

A bar costs Php 55.

Try it and judge for yourself. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

First bite: Black Eyed Seed

JCo has a new doughnut variant: The Black Eyed Seed.

A shell doughnut with a sesame cream filling, topped with white chocolate sauce and black sesame seeds.

It's delicious.  The sweetness is just right.  The chocolate flavor isn't cringe-inducing, and the deep, nutty flavor of the sesame components make the treat more sophisticated and interesting to the palate.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Monday, February 10, 2014

First slice at Project Pie

We finally had a chance to drop by Project Pie, a much-talked-about restaurant that offers make-your-own pizza.  We ordered two kinds of pizza, one savory and one sweet: the No. 7 and the Strawberry-Mango Nutella.

The No. 7 (Php 285) has cheese, prosciutto, and caramelized onions.  All these ingredients were on top of a thin and crispy crust.  How was it?  It was delicious enough.  There's a good balance of salty (from the prosciutto) and sweet (from the onions).  The cheese was mild enough to highlight the aforementioned main ingredients.  The crust was light, crisp, and fresh, although a tad burned.  It also became cold and tough fast.

The Strawberry-Mango Nutella has small pieces of mango and strawberries and generous drizzles of the famous hazelnut-chocolate spread.  There's a good marriage of flavors: the strawberries were tart, the mangoes were saccharine, and the Nutella was semi-sweet.  The crust's hints of saltiness tempered all the sweet, fruity goodness of the toppings.

Honestly, we found the food here overpriced.  Considering that the tastes of the pizza we ate were not mind-blowing, and that the pizza was small (4 slices), we figured that much of the price was for the hype.

We went to the Eastwood branch and we found the branch cool, with its modern decor, wood and steel furnishings, and its full blast A/C system (literally, cool!).

As for the staff, well, they were friendly enough.  But at times, they were unnecessarily noisy.

All in all, it may take a while before we go back to this place. If ever...

Sunday, February 2, 2014

First crunch: Dee's Gourmet Popcorn

We were at the supermarket one afternoon looking for something to munch on.  Then something caught our eye: Dee's Gourmet Popcorn.  It's new to us so we decided to give it a try.  We chose the Cheesy Cheese variant.

How is Dee's Gourmet Popcorn different from all the popcorns we've tried?  Well, this one's baked, so it is [allegedly] healthier and lighter.  Is it good?  Yes!  There's a good balance between the caramel and cheese flavors.  The tastes are subtle and not overpowering.  We love the hint of creamy butter complementing the cheese and tempering the sugary sweetness.

Every kernel of Dee's popcorn is fresh and perfectly popped.  Each bite tells you that the snack is of high quality.

Dee's Gourmet Popcorn has a lot of savory and sweet flavors (Jalapeño Cheese, Salted Caramel, Chocolate, etc.).  A pack normally costs Php 60.  The chocolate line costs Php 80.

Try it and judge for yourself.