Friday, July 18, 2014

Tokyo-Q

It's Tokyo Tokyo's latest offering, its own version of barbecue.

Grilled skewered meat (chicken balls, beef meatballs, and bacon-wrapped crab sticks), smothered with teriyaki sauce.



Is it good? Hmmm, it's disappointing. The chicken and beef balls are the same: salty. Also, they feel too processed, taste and texture wise. As for the crab stick, well, it is almost bland, like your typical grocery-bought crab stick. And the bacon does not have the authentic smoky-salty flavor. The saving grace of the whole thing is the teriyaki sauce; it has a well-balanced savory-sweet taste that is more delicious when combined with the charred flavor of the grilled meat.

An order of the Tokyo-Q costs Php 145.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Garlic Butter Chicken

It's the newest chicken variant from Kenny Rogers.



Roasted chicken with a garlic butter sauce [allegedly] made of butter, lemon zest, garlic slices, and marble potatoes. This new chicken comes with new side dishes: Apple Jicama Salad and Garlic Chorizo Pasta.



The chicken itself does not have the garlic butter flavor, so the sauce is a must. This sauce is tasty, although we don't think it is buttery enough. And we find it weird that it has hints of mushroom flavor (we suspect that the place uses those instant mushroom soup mixes to make the sauce). And the garlic component is not that pronounced. Also, the sauce is a little too watery.



The Apple Jicama Salad features slices of red apple, jicama (singkamas), celery, and carrots. We like the crispness of the vegetables and fruits. This side dish adds vibrancy to the chicken meal.



The Garlic Chorizo Pasta is a bit of a letdown. The fusilli is al dente, but the sauce is not flavorful. The garlic and chorizo tastes are too subtle to be enjoyed. We even suspect that they are not using chorizo but some cheaper processed meat alternative.

A Garlic Butter Chicken Plate (chicken, 2 side dishes, rice, and muffin) costs Php 230.

Try it and judge for yourself.
 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kaya Bread

It's by Hainanese Delights.

It's crusty soft bun, served with butter, condensed milk, and coconut jam.



Is it good? Yes. The bread itself is bland, which makes it a good vessel for all the yumminess of the milk, jam, and butter. The coconut jam (kaya) is not too sweet, and has good consistency (not pasty). Same can be said about the milk; its sweetness is not cringe-inducing. And the butter is just divine on the bread.

We also like the play on textures: the crust is flaky and a bit crisp, while the inside is soft.



An order costs Php 50.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Monday, July 7, 2014

First Scoop: Baskin Robbins

We were in Bonifacio Global City one afternoon and decided to drop by Baskin Robbins, a famous ice cream shop, located inside Central Square.



While we were choosing which flavors to enjoy, the store attendant let us try two flavors: Jamoca and Maui Brownie Madness. Then we bought 2 servings of the Five Scoop so we could try ten more flavors: Coconut, Gold Medal Ribbon (vanilla and chocolate ice creams with caramel drizzle), Green Tea, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter 'n Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts 'n Cream (vanilla ice cream with chunks of macadamia nut), Love Potion #31 (white chocolate and raspberry ice creams with raspberry sauce and chocolate chips), Caramel Turtle (vanilla ice cream with caramel drizzle and chocolate bits), Blackberry Yogurt, and Strawberry Yogurt.



Generally, the ice cream was delicious. The flavors were authentic and were not drowning in sugar. We particularly liked the subtle and balanced taste of the vanilla, the deep bittersweet chocolate, the tartness of the Strawberry and Blackberry yogurts, the freshness of the Coconut, and the strong taste of the Jamoca.



We also liked the thickness of the ice cream. What we did not like much was the price: an order of the Five Scoop costs Php 145, and a scoop of ice cream costs Php 89. Sure, the ice cream was delicious, but it wasn't great enough to be that expensive.



Baskin-Robbins is on the 3rd floor of Central Square, in Bonifacio Global City.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Nescafé Creamy White

It's Nescafe's latest instant, 3-in-1 coffee mix.

How is Creamy White different from all the other instant coffee variants? Well, it is the only one that [allegedly] uses Nestlé Milk, resulting into a creamier concoction.



Is it good? No. It's TOO SWEET! The sugary taste overpowers the coffee flavor. The pack tells you to mix the contents of a sachet with 200 ml of water. The result? A cup of diabetes! And no wonder! Look at the ingredients! Loads of glucose and syrup, not to mention chemicals that are hard to pronounce.



Now, about the muchpeddled creamier texture? Well, we find that it is as creamy as the old Nescafé Brown 'N Creamy, no difference whatsoever. 

And yeah, the color of the drink is not white. LOL!

Contrary to what its TV ad says, Creamy White is not bago. It's just like all the other Nescafé 3-in-1 variants. Nothing really different, nothing really new.

A sachet costs Php 6.



Try it and judge for yourself.

But if you don't want to develop diabetes, we say skip this one.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Quick Bite: Tori Menchi Katsu

It's one of Yabu's new dishes.

Minced chicken, mixed with ham and lots of cheese, then coated with a light breading, then fried until golden brown.


Is it good? Hmmm, it's O-K; it's not bad, but not great either. The ham taste is the dominant component. Overall, it tastes like a-little-above-average chicken cordon bleu. We like the play of textures though, crunchy exterior coupled with a creamy interior.

A Tori Menchi Katsu set costs Php 385.



Try it and judge for yourself.