Thursday, April 15, 2010

Katre Mediterranean Restaurant

I recently went back to Katre to have dinner with some of my friends. I hadn't been in that restaurant in quite a while so I was interested to see if there were any changes in their menu.

I was impatient to eat though, so I ended up ordering the same thing I usually have there, which was their Grilled Mahi Mahi, described by the menu as being "served with fricassee of Calico Scallops with olive oil, garlic, tomato, capers, and peppers". The fish itself seemed smaller than I remember the serving size to be, though it still tasted heavenly to me.

Grilled Mahi Mahi

I also had their Seared Tuna, some of my friend Zara's Greek salad, and a few bites of my other friend Isabel's chocolate cake. (I was feeling rather famished.)

Seared Tuna

Greek Salad
Chocolate Cake

What I liked best though was their Bay Shrimps Gambas, served with what they called Bolgi Toast Points. I wasn't able to get a photo of it because everyone was so hungry by the time it was served that they dug in quickly; and because it was so good, it disappeared in a matter of minutes.

Katre is a bit pricey, especially as QC restaurants go, but the food is worth it. I like the ambience too, except that other diners were probably bothered when our group would occasionally burst out in very loud laughter.

Katre Mediterranean Restaurant
103 Dr. Lascano St.
Brgy. Laging Handa
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel. No. (02)373.4705

Thursday, April 08, 2010

The Garden Cafe, Cebu City Marriott Hotel

During Holy Week, it's a bit of a challenge to find restaurants that are open in the Philippines, since a lot of establishments choose to close down from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday in observance of the holiday. Since my friends and I were in Cebu, it was doubly a challenge because we were not all that familiar with the area.

We realized that a likely place to find an open restaurant was a hotel, so off we went to the Marriott. Anjou, Zara, and I wanted to have some coffee, but we ended up having a heavy merienda and some cocktails instead. It was a great decision to go the Garden Cafe at Marriott Hotel, because we enjoyed both the food and the drinks, which we thought were reasonably priced for a hotel. We had some tuna tataki, mushroom soup, and salmon pizza for our afternoon snack.

Tataki of Tuna Encrusted in Sesame Seeds
Salmon Pizza
Chef's Mushroom Soup with Grilled Pesto Crostini

The three of us ended up hanging out at the Garden Cafe for several hours. We started out in the airconditioned area while we ate, then moved to the poolside when we had our drinks. We had fun trying their different cocktails. (Though with all the sugar in mine, my drinks were more like liquid dessert.) The Garden Cafe turned out to be a pleasant place to bond with my girl friends, although we all felt a bit disappointed that we weren't there in time for their buffet.

The Garden Cafe
Marriott Hotel
Cardinal Rosales Avenue
Cebu City, 6000
Tel. No. (63)(32)415.6100

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

When in Cebu... Laguna Garden Cafe, of course

I have to admit, no trip to Cebu is complete for me without a visit (or two... or three...) to Laguna Garden Cafe. I think I've raved about this place often enough on my blog.

My friends and I usually make this place our "homebase" while shopping at Ayala Mall. One afternoon, Zara and I were resting from our shopping marathon so we decided to have a snack. Well, at least we PLANNED to have a small snack. What we ended up having was more properly called a meal. We shared an order of Camaron Rebosado, and Seafood Karekare.

As always... Yum.

Camaron Rebosado
Seafood Karekare

Laguna Garden Cafe
Ayala Center
Cebu City, Philippines