Posts Tagged ‘seafood’

I first learned of All4U when I saw one of their sponsored posts on Facebook. I swear, FB ads will be the death of me! I often catch myself getting suckered into the seemingly endless video ads of restaurants, cosmetics, and almost anything under the sun. Such a waste of time, haha! Anyway, I digress. After stalking their FB page for reviews, I trecked all the way to Century Mall to try out All4U’s buffet grill and shabu shabu. 

During our visit, they had a soft opening promo of Php599 instead of Php699 per head. With this you can order unlimited amounts of shrimp, beef, pork (for samgyupsal), vegetables, soup base, rice, sauce and side dish. It also comes with a serving of Korean ramen (the instant kind), Melona ice cream, and a drink of your choice.

They serve you four sauces – All4U spicy special sauce, soy-based ponzu sauce, sate sauce, and sesame oil with salt and pepper. Honestly, I touched only the sesame oil and maybe a little bit of their spicy sauce.

They also have four side dishes – dilis with peanuts, papaya achara with vinegar, kimchi and fresh vegetable salad with All4U sauce which tasted like Kewpie’s roasted sesame salad dressing. I liked everything except for the achara which was very forgettable.

Here comes the good part! You can order plate after plate of shrimp (so good when freshly grilled!), chicken (waste of stomach space), beef (perfect for the shabu shabu), and pork belly (the ultimate love of my life haha). The veggies provided the illusion that we were eating a well balanced meal haha! No but seriously, the veggies were also good. I love soaking them long in the bubbling broth until they almost disintegrate – am I the only one who does this?

The deal also comes with a choice of either steam rice or kimchi rice but we barely touched our rice, to be honest. For our soup base, we ditched the kimchi soup and opted for the All4U Organic Soup. Apparently, it is a stock made out of kelp, graviola, shitake, malunggay, garlic, and ginger. It comes out pretty bland so you can ask for salt, pepper, and soy sauce to taste. I didn’t use any salt but put in minced garlic and chili peppers, instead – it turned out good!

As if all that awesome food wasn’t good enough, they gave us a privilege card which entitles us to avail of their soft opening price of Php599 instead of Php699 FOREVER. Now that’s a sure-fire way of securing returning customers. I am already planning out my next visit!

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For my friend’s birthday celebration (a year ago LOL), she chose to have our dinner at Naci’s. Naci Comfort Food brings comfort food that’s simple while still robust and full of flavor. We’ve tried their desserts one other time but it was actually our first to try their meals.

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First off, we each ordered their fruit shakes. They were rather fresh and refreshing (is this redundant?), but nothing worth writing home about. Their fruit shakes range from Php145 to Php175.

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Their Triple Nachos (Php280) were such a hit. A combination of deep-fried flour tortillas, taro and corn chips served with Mexican beef and the freshest tomato salsa drizzled with cheese sauce and tangy sour cream. I couldn’t stop myself from popping one chip after another into my mouth. The chips, despite being deep-fried, were not oily at all so that’s a big plus.

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The Yakimeshi Beef Rice Bowl (Php380) is a fusion of Japanese favorites. Sukiyaki beef, tofu and sauteed mixed vegetables topped over Japanese fried rice drizzled with teriyaki sauce. I honestly don’t remember a lot about this dish but I know that the beef slices were perfectly tender.

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Their Grilled Mahi Mahi (Php380) had one thick fillet topped with dill cream and cherry tomatoes served with parsley rice and buttered vegetables. The fish was grilled perfectly – it did not come out dry. But oddly, my favorite part of this dish were the buttered veggies. They were fresh, crunchy and sweet, just the way I like my veggies to be.

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Last that came out was the Milton’s Fried Chicken (Php450). Crispy fried chicken marinated in Naci’s secret spice blend and buttermilk served with mushroom gravy and tomato ketchup. The chicken pieces were huge and the batter was so deliciously crispy. To top it all off, the potato fries on the side was also yummy. I found myself eating the fries even if I already felt a little full. LOL glutton much?

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Dinner was very good and we capped it all off with their Yema Cake which we got for the birthday girl. My favorites for the night were the fried chicken and nachos.

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Sadly, Naci is no longer open in BGC (it has been replaced by Shingetsu) but I am hoping they open up again in another location.

It has been AGES since my first try of Uncle Cheffy’s food so I was internally jumping with joy when the usual Friday lunchout group decided to eat here. When I posted our group photo on Facebook, someone jokingly said that I blended with the wall decor due to my color. I just got back from El Nido that time hence the tan. Anyway, on to the food…

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Rockefeller Oyster | Php390
A plateful of baked oysters topped with gooey mozzarella and bacon slices. I loved how juicy the oysters were and some shells even had two oyster meat in it (score!) I love cheese so the stringy mozzarella was such a delight. And then there’s the bacon. Who does not love bacon?!? I sure love me some bacon and I’m so happy that they were so generous with the bacon slices. Would definitely order this again.

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Tiuey Noodles | Php295
Pronounced as “Chewy Noodles”. First of all, what’s up with the trippy spelling? LOL. But weird spelling aside, this was good. It’s Asian fried noodles with beef, asparagus and cilantro. The noodles were cooked al dente and the beef slices were tender. A good dish overall.

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Seafood Marinara Pasta | Php410
This would have been a good dish if not for the undercooked pasta. It was too under to be considered al dente. Because of the pasta’s texture, the whole dish sort of failed. Such a shame since the seafood bits in it were actually good.

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All Meat Barbecued Brick Oven Panizza | Php450
It had beef teriyaki, pork, chicken barbecue, onion and chili flakes, basil and cheese. I loved how thin and crunchy the panizza was and as expected, I loved the cheese. However, I am not a big fan of the meat combination. The beef teriyaki was a bit too sweet for my liking and the sweetness kind of overpowered all the other tastes. I was also missing the chili flakes in the pizza, maybe that could have balanced the sweetness off. Loved the panizza but I think I’d rather try other toppings next time.

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Buffalo Chicken Wings
For some reason, I cannot find this item in any of Uncle Cheffy’s online menu so I can’t tell you how much this dish cost us. What I can tell you though is that this plateful of perfectly crispy deep-fried chicken wings smothered in buffalo sauce was thoroughly enjoyed by our table. The serving size is very generous which makes you feel that you’re getting the appropriate bang for your buck.

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Overall, I love Uncle Cheffy’s food. I would certainly go back to this restaurant again to hopefully try their grilled specialties. How about you? Have you tried eating at Uncle Cheffy’s? If so, what’s your favorite from there?

 

This is my way of reminding myself of the little things that recently made me happy as inspired by Helga.

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I have been extremely busy these past few weeks hence the unintentional hiatus. Work was crazy due to movements in the team and the little downtime I had, I chose to spend on catching up on sleep. I wasn’t THAT physically tired but it sure felt like my brain was FRIED. But anyway, I am trying to slowly get back on track with the blog. I am currently stuck at home with a slight fever and an upset stomach so this post serves as a good distraction. So here is the week’s list.

  1. Cris and I very rarely go to malls (I tend to avoid malls because PEOPLE, ’nuff said) so I was quite adamant when he said he wanted to have our date-night at SM Megamall. I gave in and we had a lovely dinner at a curry house. Then he dragged me to the appliance store and bought me an oven! I have always wanted one but keep putting off buying one for no apparent reason and now he finally did it for me. Brownie points for the man! 🙂
  2. I love eating out and trying out new restaurants. This weekend, Cris and I got to try out the food at Eri Curry and decided to film our meal.I started a ~web series~ on my YouTube channel and named it Dead Hungry, which directly and aptly translates to Patay Gutom LOL. If you’re keen on watching us stuff our faces with delicious curry, I’d appreciate it if you watch the video below.

  1. Some friends decided to come over to our condo unit and cooked up a feast for us.We had buttered garlic shrimp, halaan soup, buttered veggies and fried whole fish. YUM!
  2. To commemorate June as PRIDE Month, we staged a mini-concert at work featuring employee talents and a ~celebrity guest~. We invited over Rita from The Voice Philippines and she was great. My group also performed two songs that show support to the LGBT community. 
  3. Free food! My team won around Php10K from another event and we decided to celebrate by ordering lunch for everyone. Free food is always good LOL.
  4. It’s time for our Midyear Performance Evaluation and I am so glad to hear good feedback from both my supervisor and manager. I have been working my butt off extra hard this year and it just feels good to be validated.
  5. Finding girlfriends who share your opinions and beliefs.Whether it be towards social media, money, relationships, work or whatever.
  6. A friend from work recently went to Boracay and I am so happy he obliged to buy mea box of Calamansi Muffins from Real Coffee. I have been having it for breakfast with a cup of coffee and  it just starts my day off at the right note.
  7. My company provides car service to employees who leave work after 10pm. I always work way past the time and it’s just so nice to not worry about getting home safe and sound. Not to mention the savings I incur. I swear, cab money has been burning a hole in my pocket.
  8. I finally watched the finale of iZombie 1! I love it and I can’t wait for the next season to start.

 

I have been to Lugang Cafe a number of times and I leave the restaurant very satisfied each and every single time. So when I saw from their Facebook page that they brought back their buffet promo, I resolved to avail of it, come hell or high water. I was so eager that I dragged Cris and RC to SM Megamall on a Sunday to have dinner at Lugang. Only to be told that the promo is not available on Sundays. *facepalm* Not giving up, I convinced Philip to have lunch on a Saturday, where else but at Lugang. LOL.

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Their Feast All You Can promo allows you to order from a special menu. You can get unlimited serving of anything from the Appetizer, Dimsum, Soup and Rice and a choice of one dish from their House Specialties for Php588+.

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Let’s start with the basics – soup and rice. During our visit, we had Fried Rice with Taiwanese Sausage and Seafood Spinach Soup (I think the rice and soup varies on different days.) Both were good, as evidenced by my almost-gone-soup. I attacked it as soon as it reached our table, I even forgot to take a photo first.

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For our Dimsum, we had an order of Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao and Steamed Angled Loofah with Shrimp Xiao Long Bao. As expected, I loved the Pork XLB and I ordered another serving of it when we polished off our first set of Dimsum. The Shrimp XLB with Angled Loofah, I didn’t care much about but it was still good.

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For our Appetizers, we wanted to try as much as we could.

Garlic Pork Roll – the roll itself was pretty bland but when dipped in the sauce, it was awesome! Inside the thin slice of pork are vermicelli noodles and other stuff I honestly did not bother to identify LOL. But take my word for it, these rolls are good!

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Vietnam Egg Rolls – your usual egg rolls deep fried to a pleasant crunch. I enjoyed this with the vinegar dipping sauce and a drizzle of chili oil. Bomb!

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Spicy Sliced Offals – to those unaware, offals are the meat taken from the pig’s face. If you love sisig, you would most definitely appreciate this dish. The offals were perfectly tender and were served with mung sprouts and a slightly spicy sauce. Philip loved this dish so much.

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Stewed Pig Feet Slices – these were like Pork Nilaga in a gelatinous form. It came with a dipping sauce that looked and tasted so much like the sauce of those Pork Rolls. These were good but I could only take a couple slices before I got weirded out by the funky texture.

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Pork Wantons in Spicy Chili Oil – the pork wantons were cooked perfectly and I appreciate that the chili oil was not aggressively spicy.

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Cucumber with Vinaigrette – this is a very simple dish but was executed perfectly. The pickled cucumber slices had the perfect balance of sweetness, spice and tang. It served as a palate cleanser for us when all the other dishes started overwhelming us.

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Now we come to our main dishes…

Taiwanese Salt and Pepper Squid – perfectly seasoned deep-fried squid slices. Best consumed while hot because the calamari tend to tern chewy when it gets cold. Nevertheless, a very good dish overall.

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Fish Head with Garlic Oyster Sauce – we originally had our eye on the steamed fish head but our server suggested we get this one instead because the other one tends to be very oily. I am so glad we went with her suggestion because this turned out to be one of our favorites. It doesn’t look like it in the photo but this dish could easily feed a family of 4. The sauce was very tasty and the fish head had generous meat in it. I highly recommend this dish.

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Overall, I liked everything that we ordered. I honestly wish we could have ordered everything from the Dimsum and Appetizer section but there was only two of us and we couldn’t possibly eat more. With that said, I think it will be more enjoyable if you dine with a bigger crowd. So gather all your friends and troop over to Lugang Cafe and eat delicious food to your hearts’ content.

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Lugang Cafe has branches at SM Megamall, SM MoA, SM City North EDSA, SM Aura Premier, Glorietta 1 and their pioneer branch in Greenhills.

While looking for a hotel in Alaminos, I came across numerous posts with recommendations to try the food at Maxine by the Sea’s in-house restaurant. Not wanting to pass up the opportunity to eat good food, we decided to book a room and stay there for the night to be able try out as many of their meals as we can.

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Before I get to the restaurant and the food, I will quickly talk about their room accommodation. We reserved a room that could fit all 7 of us because we wanted to stay in just one room. We’re clingy like that, LOL. The room we got had 3 double beds and we requested for an extra single bed. With all the beds in there, the room didn’t feel too cramped – we still had space to move around. It was pretty basic, exactly just what we needed.

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The restaurant is built on the water and it offers a vast view of the distant Hundred Islands. You are able to smell the sea breeze as you eat in their al fresco dining area. It was quite perfect to beat the summer heat. It is also extra calming to stare out into the open sea while you wait for your food to be served. Service could get real slow during busy hours so you really need to calm yourself down LOL.

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Our accommodation came with a free breakfast which we eagerly gobbled down upon waking up. They have a selection of the traditional -silog meals and I had the Bangus-silog. When in Pangasinan, eat bangus! It was perfectly deep-fried and the marinade was mild yet tasty. We also ordered a platter of fresh fruits in season and everything was so fresh and sweet. The day before that, we all had our fair share of their fresh fruit shakes – I especially loved the ripe mango shake.

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But my favorite was the SEAFOOD GRILL PLATTER. Capslock para intense haha! This was what we ordered for our lunch during the whole day island hopping tour and OMG it tasted even better than it looks. It had grilled eggplant, boiled okra, grilled shrimp, bangus, liempo, squid, chicken, seaweed ensalada, kinilaw na oyster, fried saba and unicorn blood and glitters. HAHAHA. I am seriously drooling right now! We also brought bottles of gourmet tuyo and bags of chicharon. I mean, heaven right? It was a VEEEERY satisfying lunch.

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We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Maxine by the Sea and especially loved their food. I would definitely stay there again if I ever go back to Alaminos and I highly recommend you stay there, too. Or at least taste their food because it was THE BOMB DIGGITY.

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Maxine by the Sea Lodge & Restaurant is located near Lucap Wharf and you may check their website out for more information –> http://www.maxinebythesea.com/home/

One thing I noticed is there really isn’t that much Singaporean restaurants here in the Philippines. Not that I am a fan of Singaporean food or anything, aside from the infamous chicken rice which I don’t think is of pure Singaporean origin. But I’m really just rambling now because there’s no specific reason why my friends and I chose to eat here. We were honestly just looking for something new and we saw that Sentosa was not crowded, and if you know me and my friends, we kinda hate crowded places. Again, I’m rambling…

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For our appetizer, we went for the Roti Canai (Php130). It was good but the serving is really stingy. I mean just a measly piece of flatbread for more than a hundred bucks? I say it’s a ripoff. Such a shame too because it was really delicious.

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For our soup, we had the Tom Yum Goong (Php295). It was nicely flavored but there were only three small shrimps in it. What’s up with that? LOL. Good thing there was only three of us, but what if there was another person there? Would they have added another shrimp in there? Or would one of us miss out o a shrimp altogether? Haha the things I think about.

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We also ordered the Grilled Stuffed Squid (Phph350). It was overcooked and the stuffing was not really good. I’ve had better grilled squid from a carinderia. At a much cheaper price, too!

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And the biggest rip off of the meal. I couldn’t even find the name of this in their published menu but I think it was around Php200, maybe they pulled it out already (hopefully) LOL. It was some sort of green beans sauteed with ground pork and red bell pepper. Eh?!? Basta it was not good! The string beans were waaaay undercooked and the combination with the bell pepper made it all taste weird.

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My first time at Sentosa was a fail. But maybe I would go back if just for the Roti. And then maybe I’ll throw in an order of Singaporean Chicken. Worth a second chance, I guess.