Sweet Ecstasy: Making Burgers Awesome with Milkshakes, Fries and Wings in Cubao Expo

How about milk shakes and burgers? No need to go far, Sweet Ecstasy is also in Cubao Expo. Started with Milk and cookies, now this cozy little dessert place serves more than just desserts – from milk shakes, burgers to wings and fries all are brain child of sweethearts Fran Tobias and Al Galang.

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The Appraisery: On Clothing, Collectibles and Caffeine in Cubao Expo

The Appraisery in Cubao Expo. Who doesn’t know Cubao Expo? Amidst this famous area in Quezon City, is an interesting coffee shop. But it is not just a coffee shop, can you guess what? From the name itself: The Appraisery – Clothing, Collectibles, Caffeine. Exciting, yeah?!

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Bone & Barrel Bistro in Eastwood, QC

Every week, I enjoy discovering new places to eat with my husband. And since I am a corporate slave in Eastwood QC, it is normal that we usually explore this place for nice and affordable places to have our tummies happy. 🙂

Bone & Barrel Bistro just opened last October 22, 2013. Very cozy and with the friendly smiles of its staff inviting us to dine in with them, we gave in. A steak and shank redemption that serves good steaks, tapas, bulalos and flavored beers! And very affordable. 🙂

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Katsu Cafe in Banawe QC, Philippines

The first time I visited Katsu Cafe, me and my fellow-friend foodie had a really great time. We enjoyed the food and the place itself. After several months, Katsu Cafe was so successful that they opened another branch. This time in Banawe, Quezon City – a lot accessible to me. Haha! And few weeks back, I received an invitation to do a food and restaurant review in their newest branch. I’m excited and I got my Grumpy with me this time.

It was dinner time and we just finished our daily Sunday mass routine when suddenly, we just decided to go and finally try our invitation. I’m a bit excited because I am expecting to have a very good experience again, just like my first time. When we arrived, there weren’t a lot of customers yet. I noticed immediately that the place is much larger, more spacious than their branch in Katipunan. Though, they have a bit of resemblance in terms of the tables and chairs, the lights used, the walls and their awesome display of beverages.

As soon as we entered the place, a waiter approached us and accompanied us to a vacant table, handed their menu and then patiently waited for our orders. The menu’s so familiar to me. It is exactly the same as what they got in their Katipunan branch.

While waiting for our orders, I got my camera out and I just can’t stop taking pictures. I realized, I am falling in love with this place. Hmm…

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And then after few minutes, our food were on our table. All looks soo yummy. I was also a bit nervous that my Grumpy won’t be able to appreciate the food and the taste. But when I saw him enjoying his food, it was a relief to me. He’s very picky when it comes to food. So, I’m happy that he liked it.

Soda in Can || Php45.00 each

Soda in Can || Php45.00 each

Jumbo Japanese Tempura (3pcs) : Everyone’s favorite jumbo prawns in light Japanese tempura batter fried to perfection. Paired with their special tempura sauce along with unlimited Japanese rice! It is also served with miso soup.

Jumbo Prawn Tempura (3pcs.) || Php260.00

Jumbo Prawn Tempura (3pcs.) || Php260.00

Pork Katsu Set : Meat cutlets battered with special Japanese breading deep-fried to golden perfection. Paired with Katsu Cafe’s very own creation of Tonkatsu sauce and sesame seeds. Served with miso soup and again, unlimited Japanese rice!

Pork Katsu Set || Php195.00

Pork Katsu Set || Php195.00

Beef Curry Rice

Beef Curry Rice || Php255.00

Beef Curry Rice || Php255.00

Overall, again, I had a very good experience with Katsu Cafe. Good service. Waiters were attentive, gave us really good recommendations. Food came out quickly. Large portions. Unlimited rice. Affordable prices.

I truly enjoyed coming here. I love the way the dining area was setup and wood tables are super cool. I can’t wait for our next visit!

Special features: 
Fit for foodies. Good for groups. Neighborhood gem. Kid-friendly.

My Own Ratings: 

Food : 4 out of 5
Price: 4 out of 5
Ambiance: 4 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Noise Level: 3 out of 5

Chateau 1771 Celebrates 25th Year and Book Launch

In celebration of its 25th year anniversary, Chateau 1771 is offering two special treats from May 18 to 31, featuring well-loved and one-of-a kind dishes by the group’s Executive Chef, Vicky Rose Pacheco.

True to the spirit of festivity, Chateau 1771 offers two stand-out dishes that have stood the test of time with a glass of wine for P990 net, available during dinner only. The first course is the restaurant’s renowned Raclette, a luxurious melted Swiss cheese with marbled potatoes, pickled onions and gherkins— a certified favorite for over two decades.

Flaming Potence

Flaming Potence

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Primero Casa Filipino’s Classy and Affordable Filipino Buffet

Honestly, just seeing the word buffet in a restaurant name is enough to send me scurrying away, evoking of a horde of diners pawing at trays of microwaved food purchased at a warehouse club store.

But when I finally decided to visit Primero Casa Filipino, this didn’t happen. This newly conceptualized restaurant bring much-needed class and spunk to the buffet genre, with its eclectic offering, slick ambiance and snappy service.

For a reasonable price of Php498.00 on a weekend dinner, me and my Grumpy got all-you-can eat to more than 10 Filipino dishes, mouth-watering roasted pork and chicken, a selection of very good appetizers, a well-stocked desserts bar.

Primero Casa Filipino offers all the trappings of typical restaurant service. Here, there’s no trying to flag down one server who is racing to clean 10 tables. Instead, drinks are refilled quickly. Used plates are snapped up in seconds. Custom preparations are offered in the roasted chicken and pork section. The minute we arrived at the place, from the Security Guard who assisted us in parking from the Waiter who greeted us right in front of the door, accompanied us to our table, then happily introduced us to their buffet section, we were just all smiles. I liked what I am experiencing! 🙂

The restaurant’s decor of polished brown hard wood, recessed lighting and dark brown tables, giving this area the feel of a classy place. On the opposite side are longer tables nicely spaced out for groups and families who want to make repeat trips for seconds (and thirds and fourths). Haha!

We were pleased with the huge selection of good-looking Filipino dishes. Highlights include the Zubuchon, Chili Crabs, Buttered Shrimps, Seafood Kare-Kare, Fried Tilapia Escabeche, Chicken Fricassee and Sisig Shooters.

Zubuchon

Zubuchon

Chili Crabs

Chili Crabs

Buttered Shrimp

Buttered Shrimp

Seafood Kare-Kare

Seafood Kare-Kare

Fried Tilapia Escabeche

Fried Tilapia Escabeche

Chicken Fricassee

Chicken Fricassee

Sisig Shooters

Sisig Shooters

Having our stomachs sufficiently filled by these Filipino dishes, we made our way to the rest of the buffet, and found more. 🙂

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

Spaghetti Marinara

Spaghetti Marinara

Steamed Vegetables

Steamed Vegetables

Bagoong Rice

Bagoong Rice

Moving along, we got to the other part of the buffet section. Yes, we were just on the first part. Haha! Toward the end of the buffet is an assortment of another set of appetizers.

Fried Dumplings

Fried Dumplings

Fried Siomai

Vegetable Siomai

Fried Lumpiang Shanghai

Fried Lumpiang Shanghai

Fish Fillet Canape

Fish Fillet Canape

Pizza with Pesto

Pizza with Pesto

Mustasa Wrap

Mustasa Wrap

Paella Roll

Paella Roll

Vegetable Canape

Vegetable Canape

Teriyaki Sauce, Toyo-mansi and Honey Mustard

Teriyaki Sauce, Toyo-mansi and Honey Mustard

At this point, we were slumping into our seats in a hushed, satisfying stupor. Our intrepid crew recovered and ventured on us to try the fun and exciting part of the buffet — DESSERTS! And so, we politely obliged and got ourselves a plate and started to fill it with those sinful slices of chocolate cakes and sweets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s also a home-made chocolate and strawberry ice cream. Too bad, we weren’t able to try them anymore. Haha!

Gauging the size of the crowd and the restaurant’s only having this new concept for few months, it seems that Primero Casa Filipino is finding a market of its hip yet classy and affordable buffet concept. Me and my Grumpy vowed to return with our family and friends. I’m sure they will also be satisfied by the eclectic piles of Filipino dishes. 🙂

My Own Ratings:

Taste: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5
Ambiance: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5
Service: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5
Price: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5

Primero Casa Filipino

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Location: 26 Scout Torillo St., Quezon City
Contact: 09178512272

Mode of Payment: Cash, Credit Card (Mastercard, Visa)

Wi-Fi: Yes
Parking: Yes