Sunday, April 30, 2017

First bite at Nono's

Place: Classy and homey, with its wooden furnishing, cool pastel blue accents, and slightly warm lighting. The music however needs to match the look of the place; it's too loud and pop.

Food: Generally good. The restaurant boasts of comfort food done the right way.

First on our table are the Cheese Truffle Wonton (Php 155). They're fried wonton filled with gooey cheese and flavored with truffle oil. The tasty treats are then drizzled with honey. Sweet, salty, and punctuated with luxury. Yum!

Then, we have the Oriental Shrimp Salad (Php 375): juicy shrimps on fried noodles and salad greens. Everything is fresh and of high quality. The dressing is nutty and brings home the taste of the whole dish.

Next, the Mac n' Cheese (Php 395): little shell macaroni smothered with cheese sauce, then topped with some bread crumbs. The pasta is firm. The cheese sauce (made with gruyere) is not too salty and has the right bite and thickness. The bread crumbs add the needed texture. Tip: it is better with some chili flakes.

Then, the Roasted Beef Belly (Php 495): thick slices of beef belly over mashed potatoes, served with some salad, gravy, and horseradish. The beef is TENDER, juicy, and packed with good meat flavor. The mashed potatoes bed is a little too smooth, making us suspect that it came from a box, not from real potatoes. The gravy is a letdown because it is bland.

For dessert, we have a slice of Nono's Chocolate Oblivion (Php 135), the same chocolate treat from Classic Confections (the people behind CC are also the ones behind Nono's). A cake that is TEEMING with sophisticated chocolate flavors, may it be sweet or bitter.

To cap off our meal, with have a cup of Mocha Latte (Php 145). The drink has a nice smooth, slightly thick consistency. It's too sweet though. One can barely sense the coffee component.

Price: Considering serving size, taste, quality, and the kind of food served, we find the fare here a little overpriced.

Service: The waiters are attentive, warm, and friendly. Some though are a tad too eager to be of service.

Nono's is at UP Town Center.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

First bite of the Sriracha Donburi

It's Tokyo Tokyo's latest Donburi variant, flavored with the famous Thai hot sauce.

Sriracha-flavored rice, topped with thin strips of beef, fried onion rings, Sriracha mayonnaise, and nitamago egg.

Delicious! The sweet-tangy-spicy taste of the Sriracha rice is perfect with the garlicky sweet beef. The sweetness of the onion rings also complements the heat. The creamy egg tempers the stronger flavors.

Ang mga reklamo ko: kakaunti na nga yung karne, puro litid pa! At sa presyong Php 155, parang dinaan ka lang sa kanin (ang daming kanin)! 

But taste wise, this one is a winner.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, April 21, 2017

First bite of the Sisig Rice Bowl

A new treat from KFC.

It's sisig rice topped with Fun Shots, mayonnaise, and half of a soft-boiled egg. 

The sisig itself is delicious, the flavors are authentic, with the right amount of liver flavor and right level of heat. Too bad there's too little of it. The Fun Shots add the needed crunch (for those of use who prefer our sisig with crunch and texture). The mayonnaise tempers the heat but it's not necessary. 

All in all, not bad. Masarap!

An order costs Php 99.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

First sip of the Pop'Zel Coffee Frappuccino

A new Frappuccino variant from Starbucks.

It's the Coffee Frappuccino flavored with popcorn and pretzel syrup, topped with caramel popcorn and a piece of salted pretzel.

It's good, refreshing, delicious! The sweetness is surprisingly balanced. The popcorn syrup tastes more like sweet corn syrup, and it is a good complement to the coffee.

The caramel popcorn topping is of high quality, well puffed, crunchy, and delicious. The pretzel is yummy too!

Starbucks has a good summer drink with this one.

A Tall order costs Php 175.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Monday, April 17, 2017

First bite of the Tokyo Tokyo WagyuBurgers

New fare from Tokyo Tokyo!

The 1/4 pound patty is [supposedly] made with wagyu beef that is 100% locally sourced. Masarap naman, malasa. The burger is meaty and juicy. Kayang ilaban sa Champ ng Jollibee at Quarter Pounder ng McDonalds. Hindi nga lang sigurado kung wagyu nga yung karne, kasi halos kalasa ng bakang gamit sa burger ng maraming ibang restaurant.


OK yung keso, hindi maalat. Fresh yung tinapay.

The Rising Sun: wagyu cheeseburger patty topped with sunny-side-up egg and onion rings. The egg and onion rings add variety in texture.

Try the Wagyu Cheeseburgers and judge for yourself.

First bite of the Spicy Buffalo-Style Chicken McDo

It's fried chicken smothered with buffalo sauce. 

The sauce is too sharp! At first, one can sense the butter taste, then a strong spicy-sour flavor combination takes over, flavor that is a little too much!

An order costs Php 95.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

First bite of the Cheese Tart Collection

It's a group of Baked Tarts from PaperMoon! There are three variants to choose from: Classic Cheese, Mango Cheese, and Ube Cheese.

These treats are of high quality: the shell does not crumble easily, and the filling is velvety smooth.

The cheese filling of the tarts has a balanced flavor, with the right levels of sharpness and saltiness. One can clearly sense this from the Classic Cheese. The fruit flavor of the Mango Cheese naman complements the cheese taste of the tart. Lastly, the ube flavor of the Ube Cheese is not so pronounced, though it mutes the sharpness of the cheese a bit.

One Baked Tart costs Php 70.

Try the entire Cheese Tart Collection and judge for yourself.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

First slice of the Strawberry Torte Cake

A new dessert offering by Starbucks

It's sponge cake with layers of strawberry cream.

The cake is most and buttery. The strawberry is too subtle, it's almost negligible.

Try it and judge for yourself.

First sip of the Green Tea Strawberry Blossom Frappuccino

The latest drink from Starbucks.

It's the Green Tea Frappuccino sandwiched between layers of strawberry whipped cream, topped with strawberry candy, and dusted with green tea powder.

The whipped cream is too heavy and is overpowering the green tea flavor. The strawberry component tastes like Nerds candy. All in all, the drink is not bad; it's OK, just a little heavy because of all that cream.

Try it and judge for yourself.