Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pink Pepper Restaurant

I've made the rounds of most of the restaurants in Il Terrazzo, but for some reason I've skipped Pink Pepper Restaurant. (Maybe because it looks like the type of place which serves overpriced food.)

One afternoon, Yeng and I decided to try it, but since we didn't feel all that hungry, we just ordered some light dishes on the menu. According to said menu, the plant called "pink pepper" is not related to the pepper family, but to the cashew family. The dried pink berry looks like black pepper, it goes on to say, thus, the name. The menu also says that pink pepper is "rare and expensive because of high demand". (Aha! The justification for its high prices.)

I liked their caprese salad mostly because I thought it had the right amount of cheese for the size of the salad.

Caprese Salad

The garlic mushrooms were the usual kind of mushrooms you get when you order them as bar chow, although the pink pepper did give it an interesting taste (interesting in a good way, that is).

Garlic Mushrooms

When I ordered the cheese souffle, I was quite excited to try it. However, I was a bit disappointed when I tasted it because it had less cheese than I expected. The souffle tasted more egg than cheese, actually.

Cheese Souffle

Because of our disappointment over the cheese souffle, we no longer wanted to try their dessert. I don't know if what we ordered was a fair sample of the range of food that they offered, but I doubt if we are going back there anytime soon.

Pink Pepper
Il Terrazzo
Tomas Morato Ext.
Quezon City, Philippines

Monday, March 08, 2010

Craving for new favorites at Omakase Restaurant

I've probably made it apparent from a past entry that Omakase is one of my Japanese restaurants in Quezon City. Now that they have moved to Il Terrazzo and therefore closer to my place of work, it's that much easier to go there. My officemate Chi and I have been eating there a lot lately because we've both been craving a specific dish in the restaurant, and this has been going on for weeks already. The thing that's been on our minds and subsequently on our waistlines, is their spicy tuna salad.

Spicy Tuna Salad

The salad, which is mostly raw cubes of tuna, is probably not that sinful, in terms of calories (well, except for the mayo dressing and the fried tempura bits). So that Chi and I don't feel too guilty about eating this so often, we only share one serving, then we also share one order of Zigzag Roll. These rolls have softshell crab inside, then there are tempura bits and chopped crab with Japanese mayonnaise and chili oil dressing on top.

Zigzag Roll

These two dishes go so well together, and I don't see myself tiring of them anytime soon. I just hope Chi continues to feel the same way about them, or I'll have to start eating both dishes all by myself.

Omakase Japanese Restaurant
Il Terrazzo
Tomas Morato Ext.
Quezon City, Philippines

Monday, March 01, 2010

Recipes by Cafe Metro, Trinoma, QC

I first ate in Recipes by Cafe Metro a few years ago at the prompting of my friend Karmina. The restaurant (as well as Trinoma Mall, which is where you can find it) was new at the time, and she wanted me to try it since it was her new favorite resto then. I believe the place falls under the "Asian fusion" category, so it was easy enough to convince me to go. (I love so-called Asian fusion food.)

I've been there several times since then, and I find myself ordering the same things over and over again almost all the time. Not because nothing else sounds attractive on the menu. It's just that I really like these dishes, and I don't go there often enough to experiment with other things on the menu.

I usually start off with their catfish-mango salad. I try to avoid catfish, because I've read a lot of bad things about bottom feeders, but I just can't resist this dish in general, and at Recipes in particular. I like the combination of green mango slices, onions, tomatoes, bagoong, and the shredded fish. (Just prepare for the onion breath that ensues.)

Catfish-Mango Salad

Then I have their crispy tilapia, one of my favorite Filipino dishes. I like their version because some other restaurants batter their tilapia too thickly when preparing this dish.

Crispy Tilapia

I normally don't have any more space to have dessert after this meal, which I usually have with rice. Next time I visit, I intend to try their Mango Jubilee.

Recipes by Cafe Metro
Trinoma Mall
North Ave cor. EDSA
Quezon City
Tel. No. (632)901.3686