Posts Tagged ‘paella’

I very rarely meet up with friends during the work week mainly because I finish work later than the usual 9-6 office job. Most of my friends work outside the BGC area and it is a hell to get out of BGC from 6pm onwards so unless the dinner takes place within The Fort, I usually just don’t bother anymore. So when my good friend, T, texted me and said she was available for dinner, I just had to make time. Plus she was willing to trek all the way from QC to The Fort even if it was her first time to commute that route. (Super appreciate the effort, love!)

It was one of those nights where we were not craving for anything specific, we just knew we were hungry. Very hungry. Tokyo Bubble Tea sounded like a good idea because of the relatively wide variety in their menu items.

On to the food!

Bulgogi Nachos | Php245
Bulgogi-style nachos topped with spicy Korean mayonnaise, onions, tomatoes and carrot strips. We attacked this as soon as it reached our table. We were really hungry, don’t judge us! LOL. The Bulgogi Nachos were OK. The nacho chips were warm and crispy and the toppings was quite generous. It was OK but nothing worth writing home about.

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Ole Spicy Tuna | Php175
Tuna wrapped in crispy rice with pickled jalapeño savoring that hot and spicy goodness. This was my least favorite dish of the night. Don’t take me wrong, I do like my jalapeño. Without the tuna-mayo topping, the roll lacked flavor especially after that spicy Bulgogi Nacho.

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Nippon Ebi | Php285
Panko breaded prawn rolled in sushi rice topped with mango on melted mozzarella cheese. This was the better roll of the night. And since I love cheese so much, the melted mozzarella was my favorite part.

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Spicy Seafood Pasta | Php235
Penne pasta with squid, shrimp, clam, and mussel on a creamy pomodoro sauce. And now we come to my favorite dish of the night. What you see below is half of one serving because we asked the kitchen staff to split the dish into two. Aside from the big serving size, I also loved the perfect combination of creamy-tangy-spicy sauce. I squeezed in a bit of lemon juice for that extra zing and it was perfect. I would definitely order this again!

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I felt like we made the wrong call on the rolls but the night was saved by the pasta alone. I think this is now my favorite dish from Tokyo Bubble Tea. How about you, have you tried the food from Tokyo Bubble Tea? What is your favorite dish?

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Since I first tried out the food from Silantro, I have been wanting to go back and sample some of the other dishes I was not able to try before. It’s a good thing my friend (RC) was hell-bent on giving their food a try, so someone was always urging me to go back for another visit. After more than a month of scheduling and failing to push through, it finally happened last weekend.

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My food trip buddies for the night! 🙂 To mix things up a bit, I asked RC for his review of Silantro’s food. Maiba naman, hehe.

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Beef Nachos | Phph180
RC: I like it. It has a perfect crunch and the beef was a bit sweet which complimented the tomatoes. The melted cheese added flavor to it. I am not familiar with the herbs and spices used but it made the taste more exciting.
Angel: No one should be allowed to leave Silantro without ordering their nachos. Unlike other places I’ve tried, I don’t feel like they scrimped on the toppings. Perfect chips-to-toppings ratio. Best enjoyed with their dips (chili, aioli and cucumber sauce).

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Calliente Wings | Php180
RC: I’m a bit disappointed with it. It’s so salty that I can barely get the fiery taste I was expecting. Thank God for the veggies, the saltiness was balanced out a bit.
Angel: I have to agree that the chicken wings were too salty. But unlike RC, I felt like the shredded cabbage didn’t help much. I enjoyed my chicken wing with lots of aioli and chili sauce.

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Silantro’s Paella Fajita Mix | Phph250
RC: It was delicious even if I could not explain the taste. But the chicken was overcooked and it came out a bit dry.
Angel: This was surprisingly my favorite dish of the night. I am not a fan of Mexican rice but I loved Silantro’s paella. I have to agree that the grilled chicken was overcooked but it still tasted good. I especially loved the mussels squirted with a bit of lemon. Yummmmmy!

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Beef Quesadillas | Php160
RC: I like how tender the wrapper is, it compliments the cheesy flavor. It’s my favorite among the four. But I wonder, kasama ba talaga ang fries sa quesadilla? Hehe.
Angel: This is not like the usual (flat) quesadilla I am used to. This looks more like a soft-shelled taco. That being said, I would have loved the tortilla toasted to a crunch. A filling that is so ooey-gooey-cheesy-messy sandwiched inside a soft tortilla – all that softness and mush made me crave for another texture. But I loved the fries, which is also unconventional to be served with quesadilla. I loved how crunchy it was in the outside but soft and well cooked in the inside. Yum!

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RC: Value for money, ambiance and taste – pop na pop! Hope they have wider space para di masyado pumila ng matagal.
Angel: Overall it was a very good meal. Price is cheap, serving size is quite generous and the food was mostly good. Same with RC, I hope they expand or at least put up more tables as we had to wait for over an hour before we got seated. Would still go back despite the possible long wait, though.

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Silantro is located at 75 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo Pasig City. They are open daily.

My friends and I took a long time deciding where to go for lunch during our Luneta/ Intramuros escapade. We wanted to eat somewhere with a great ambiance so we searched online for restaurant recommendations. We actually chose a different restaurant (it’s name escapes me as of writing) but it was closed down for the day. We wandered around the area and found the very inviting façade of Barbara’s.

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They have a buffet lunch offering at Php545 per head. My companions were getting hungry and the pressure of the midday sun bearing down on us made the decision-making quick, despite the slight deviance from our original budget.

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We were led upstairs to their dining area. I was quite impressed of how cozy and warm the interior is. It reminds me of old Spanish style homes in the province with its wooden floors and sliding windows.

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The whole room was bathed in the warm glow emanating from a number of chandeliers hanging above our heads. It probably was a slow day for them because aside from ours, only two other tables were filled. The absence of a big crowd made the restaurant more ambient as we could only hear occasional boisterous laughter from the other patrons and a slight clitter-clatter coming from the kitchen.

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On to the food…

Their spread was quite limited. With that, I can still say that it is still worth the price. For me, it is quality over quantity.

For appetizers, I had a bit of Waldorf Salad and Pita chips with Hummus dip. I liked the hummus a lot! I kept prodding my friends to try it out, LOL. I also had a few spoonfuls of Sweet Potato Soup, but it was too sweet for my taste.

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For mains – I sampled the Buttered Baguio Vegetables, Paella, and Grilled Fish with Garlic Sauce. The paella was really good – the shrimp looked (and tasted!) fresh.

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I liked the fish so much, I went back to the buffet table for another slice LOL. I also got a few slices of Roast Beef (best paired with the Cheesy Mashed Potato) and the very fresh tasting Lemon Peppered Chicken with Mango Salsa. The salsa must have been a favorite among the diners because the bowl was already scraped clean when I got some. I simply requested for the servers to top it up and they immediately took out a heaping bowl from the kitchen.

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Their desserts were not so impressive, I must say. I tried their Brazo de Mercedes (meh), Brownies (meh), Banana Sesame (meh), and Coffee Jelly (yums!).

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I realize I did not eat much, considering it was buffet dining. Maybe I will go back when my tummy is up for some pigging out. I was just not the usual buffet mood that day so my friends were teasing me that I did not get the bang for my buck. It’s all good, I’ll be back for revenge. Hahaha!

Also check out my Luneta Photowalk post, if you’re keen. 🙂