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Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza just opened a new branch in Serendra and we wasted no time in checking it out. In fact, they are still on soft opening but we just couldn’t wait any longer to get another taste of their infamous buratta.

For starters, we had an order of their Buratta Caprese (P355) which had one huge buratta, halved cherry tomatoes, a bed of pesto on the bottom, basil leaves, and all were drizzled in olive oil. This is best eaten with their warm bread rolls.

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We ordered two pasta dishes to share among four of us – Salted Egg (P190) and Stuffed Chicken (P355). The Salted Egg Pasta has fettuccini, bacon, salted egg, cream and topped with grated parmesan cheese. It was good but was a little too rich for my taste so I asked for a slice of lemon to cut the richness. After a good drizzle of fresh lemon juice, I easily finished my portion which was creamy and salty and delicious all at the same time. The Stuffed Chicken Pasta on the other hand comes with aglio olio spaghetti, a roll of chicken breast stuffed with ground pork and coated in cream sauce. The best part of this dish was the tasty chicken roll with ground beef inside. If you are ordering this dish, make sure you have time to spare because it takes around 15-20 mins to cook. But if you ask me, it is well worth the wait.

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For our pizza, we got the SMEGG (P420). It is topped with their homemade sausage, mushroom, eggs, gouda and cream. I enjoyed my slices with a drizzling of their Spicy Honey and some drops of tabasco.

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To down all these carbs with, we also ordered a pitcher of their Iced Tea (P120). I liked it because it did not taste like commercial powdered iced tea mix.

All in all, I loved my second time at Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza. I would definitely go back just for the buratta alone.

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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?

One of the newest food joints in the ever growing restaurant community of BGC is SARSA. It instantly acquired a large following because it is owned by one of the resident judges of the now defunct show MasterChef Pinoy Edition – Chef Jayps.

On to the food!

Pritchon Pancake | Php260
A good meal starter. 5 hefty rolls of pritchon with cucumber wrapped in pita bread served with hoisin sauce. The pritchon skin was crunchy and the cucumber slice gave a fresh contrast. The dipping sauce was a tad too salty for me so better go easy on it, unless you like really salty food.

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Garlic Rice | Php40
We finished a total of 12 servings of this bad boy (we were 9 in the group, 8 girls and 1 boy). To be fair, our only thorn was a big rice guy. Nevertheless, the amount of rice consumed in our table that night was a loooot! Mainly because the rice was so good. One of the best (if not the best) garlic rice I’ve had so far.

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Lechon Baka Skewers | Php295
These were so good! The beef slices were tender and juicy. Feels like eating a mini version of beef kebabs. It’s served with an aioli dip which was also very good. My only contention, I wish the skewers were a bit bigger.

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Tortang Talong | Php155
I love tortang talong! Chef Jayps made this usual recipe a unique twist by topping it with crispy sardines and kesong puti crumbles. For some reason, this did not work too well with me. I tried drowning it with the sukang pinakurat and spicy banana ketchup that it came with and the flavor was improved. But this one I’ll probably not order again.

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Sizzling Kansi | Php355
More commonly known as bulalo, this was the star of the night for me. Tender beef slices bathed with Batwan gravy served in a silver sizzling platter. I actually misread the gravy as BATMAN at first but a few google searches later, I learned that batwan is a souring agent used by Negrenses and Ilonggos. Whatever it is, it’s delicious. The diners are also saved from the trouble of digging around for the marrow because the bone (half of it) already comes split in the middle, with all the fatty goodness winking at you. MUST TRY!

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Twice-Cooked Pork Belly | Php240
Two generous slabs of pork belly served with Ginamos Gata and chili garlic sauce. Again, the sauce was delicious. The pork was a little too fatty for my taste, or maybe the cut was too thick. But I’m nitpicking here. This was still good.

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Crispy Tilapia | Php245
Another not so successful dish was the crispy tilapia. I felt like the fish was overcooked because there was a bitter aftertaste. It wasn’t very bad but I got a feeling of tasting burnt cooking oil. The saving grace was the mango salsa that it came with. It was fresh and refreshing and it successfully masked the burnt taste from the fish.

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Isaw | Php145, Isol | Php170
We ordered these two out of curiosity. We wanted to see how streetfood can be elevated to restaurant level. To those who are unaware, isaw is skewered chicken intestines and isol is the chicken ass. The chicken ass was actually good, fat and juicy, just the way I like my ass (chicken ass, I mean). The isaw was also OK but it tasted too… clean (!) for our taste. LOL. And coming from UP boasting of Mang Larry’s isawan where you could get 3 isaw sticks for 10 pesos, this almost felt like a ripoff. But if you’re one of those who are not too keen on buying isaw from the street vendors, this is a good place to start.

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Ambiance wise, the restaurant was ok. A few more tables could have helped manage the never-gone waiting line outside. All throughout dinner, there was a huge space in the middle of the room that was vacant when it could’ve easily held two more tables. That being said, make sure to call and make your dining reservations in advance so you’re immediately accomodated upon arrival. The wait could get really long, otherwise.

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SARSA is located at Forum South Global, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (Between NBC Tent & Arya Residence)

For as long as I can remember, I have been wanting to check out new restaurants all over the metro. As luck would have it, I just could not find friends who’s schedules coincide with mine and therefore could not commit to be my restaurant-hopping-buddy. Not until I jumped ship and moved to my new work. I successfully cajoled two of my teammates to join me on a gastronomic adventure.

For our first restaurant, we were hell-bent on trying out Uncle Cheffy’s because we’ve heard a lot of good things about this joint. But work got in the way. We could not afford to sneak out as long as we would have wanted to. But still, we needed to eat. Toast Box is just a few steps away from our building and we’ve always wondered how their food is, so it was the logical choice.

Toast Box is a franchise of the Singaporean joint. They do not offer a lot of choices but they do have Hainanese Chicken and Nasi Goreng in their menu. We were not in the mood for a rice meal though, so we tried out their Laksa and some sandwiches.

We ordered their Nonya Laksa (P215) to split among us three. Like what a good laksa should be, it had a good mix of curry and shrimp paste. However, I found it somewhat lacking. Maybe it’s the fact that it only had ONE shrimp and a pitiful half of an egg. It was nothing I would go crazy about.


Their sandwiches come at P105 a pop. Every sandwich comes with a free hot coffee or tea. For an additional P15, you could upgrade your drink to an iced milk tea. We tried the Pork Floss and Luncheon Meat Sandwiches. The Pork Floss Sandwich is reminiscent of Breadtalk’s Pork Floss but with mayo and slices of cucumber. Their Luncheon Meat Sandwich is as bland and uncreative as it sounds.

Their milk tea was good, or at least good enough for me. I am not much of a tea-drinker but I was able to finish this glass so that says a lot. It tasted like the one I had for breakfast at a restaurant in Hong Kong.

LOL. Last picture for the lols. That’s Nadine Samonte and her boyfriend (who looks a lot like a fairer version of Ryan Bang) about to eat each other’s faces.

Toast Box is located at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. They also have branches in Trinoma and Greenbelt 5.

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