Sunday, May 30, 2010

Red Kimono Japanese Restaurant

I first heard of Red Kimono Japanese Restaurant from my friend Kennie, who was very excited by the resto's all-you-can-eat offering. Red Kimono is proud to offer its "Better than Buffet" menu, which they say combines "buffet quantity and a la carte quality". So I went to the restaurant with her, after which I was very satisfied, and we both went home very stuffed.

Spicy Tekka Maki

This buffet is exactly what I like about this restaurant. In some other (Japanese) buffets, the quality of the food suffers because it is offered as part of the all-you-can-eat package. With Red Kimono, I felt like I was having a buffet of dishes that I ordered from the menu, without them tasting like they were cooked for vast quantities; in other words, mass-produced.

Crabstick Rolls

The condition set by the menu though is you have to order rice to avail of the buffet (and of course finish it), so you will not get a chance to go low-carb. But those carbs are a small price to pay, especially if you're really prepared to go on an all-out Japanese food pig-out session.

The dish that I like most from the buffet menu is their layered spinach and tofu. Sometimes I order just this in this restaurant, when I am trying to cut down on my carbohydrates.

Layered Spinach and Tofu

I've gone back several times to different branches of Red Kimono, and I haven't been disappointed yet. Maybe because I haven't really met a buffet I didn't like.

Ebi Tempura

Red Kimono Japanese Restaurant
UP-Ayala Techno HUB
Quezon City

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Restaurant 9501, 14th Floor ELJ Building, QC

There are many places to eat in the ABS-CBN compound, but if you want to have some ambience while having lunch, nothing can beat dining at Restaurant 9501. It's on the 14th floor and the walls are glass, so it gives you a good view of Quezon City. From what I can remember, when the building and the restaurant were new, the place was only open to ABS-CBN executives. The restaurant did not take cash then, as everyone who ate there could only sign for what they ate.


Now though, it's open to ordinary employees. It's also a popular place for the company's different departments to bring their clients. The prices are reasonable, considering the ambience of the place. I sometimes eat there when I want a quiet lunch, and sometimes during meetings.

Fish Almondine
Pumpkin Soup
Banana Foster

The restaurant changes its menu from time to time, so if I have a favorite, I have to enjoy it while it's available. If you find yourself in ABS-CBN, it would be a good idea to visit this restaurant. As I've said, the ambience is good, the food is also good, and who knows... you might see a resident celebrity or two while you're at it.

Baked Creamy Tuna and Vegetable Casserole

Restaurant 9501
14th floor ELJ Building
ABS-CBN Compound
Mother Ignacia, Quezon City

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Fish and Tofu Steak, Packo's Grill and Restaurant

Packo's Grill is very near my office, so my officemates and I sometimes meet there for work (or otherwise). It's a typical grill that serves Filipino food, relatively cheap beer, and a wide array of pulutan. There are a lot of pescetarian dishes there that I can choose from, but what I normally pick from their menu is their Fish Tofu Steak. It's served on a sizzling plate, with sauce that is perfect to slather on some garlic rice.

Fish Tofu Steak

The problem with eating in Packo's, and most other grills similar to it, is that I tend to eat too much rice, especially if it has a lot of garlic in it. Sometimes I order Packo's adobong kangkong, another dish that you just have to have rice with. While I'm eating, I would think that the carbohydrates are worth it. But the next day, I would regret the sheer volume of the food that I ate. Packo's is another place to avoid if you're trying to go on a no-carb diet.

Packo's Grill
36 Sgt. Esguerra St.
Quezon City
Tel. No. (632)414.5570 to 71