Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nasi Goreng at Cafe Jeepney, Hotel Intercon, Makati

It's that time of year when bazaars are sprouting up right and left, enticing Christmas-crazy consumers to make purchases to wrap and temporarily put under their own Christmas trees while waiting to give them out on the big day. I recently went to one held at Hotel Intercontinental where a friend of mine had a booth selling jewelry. Along with a couple of friends, we wanted to show our support, so we were off to brave the bazaar crowds.

After going around and buying random things I didn't really need and consuming calories I couldn't really afford to be taking in, we decided to indulge in even more at Cafe Jeepney. I hadn't eaten at this place in a long time. I have happy childhood memories of this place, eating breakfast with my family when it was still more famously known as the Jeepney Coffeeshop, and when your tables were inside actual jeepneys.

I chose to have their Nasi Goreng. which according to the menu included fried rice, egg, shrimp crackers, satay chicken, and peanut sauce. I asked the server if I could have a fish substitute for the chicken, and he said it was no problem.

I liked the food that I had (I generally enjoy Nasi Goreng in almost any form I find it), and I thought that the servers were very helpful and accommodating. One of my friends though thought that the four-cheese pizza that he ordered reminded him a little too much of the famous 3M pizza. Since the taste of the pizza was very Filipino, we jokingly said that maybe the four cheeses included Eden filled cheese, Quickmelt, Ques-O, and Queso de Bola.

Nasi Goreng

Un-Italian quattro formaggio or not, I still liked ending my bazaar day with a visit to the cafe. It was good place to relax, recover (from all the shopping) and reminisce.

Cafe Jeepney
Ground Level, InterContinental Manila
1 Ayala Avenue
Makati City
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. No. (63 2)793.7000 loc. 6771

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chelsea Market and Cafe

I found myself at Bonifacio High Street during yet another hot and lazy Sunday, after my friend Z invited me to spend the afternoon browsing the shelves at Fully Booked. After several hours of reading and skimming through dozens of books, we worked up a pretty good appetite which we decided to indulge at Chelsea Market and Cafe.

The place was quite packed, and initially we were seated at a small table where we were practically (and literally) rubbing elbows with the diners at the next table. Thankfully some people left and we got to move to a table that would properly accommodate the amount of food we were planning to order.

I've long intended to eat at Chelsea, and when I finally got the chance to do so, I think I went crazy looking at their menu and wanting to have so many things on it. I first tried to order their Grilled US Halibut Gratinee, which sounded really good on the menu. Unfortunately, it was unavailable. Instead, I ordered the Oven-Roasted Seafood and Tomato Cream Pesto.

While waiting for that, Z and I shared a couple of appetizers- Molten Cheese Risotto Balls and their Chelsea Cheese Selection. The Molten Cheese Risotto Balls looked very promising. According to the menu, it had some spicy jalapeno cheese sauce, deep fried olives, and parmesan cheese. It looked appetizing as well. However, it didn't have as much cheese as I expected

Molten Cheese Risotto Balls

It's a good thing we had the cheese platter, to satisfy my as-yet unfulfilled craving for cheese. I particularly liked the truffled honey that came with it. Its sweetness perfectly complemented the taste of the different cheeses.

Chelsea Cheese Selection

What turned out to be the thing that I enjoyed most, was... their bread! I loved, loved, loved it. I loved spreading the baked garlic on it, which was so soft it spread on the bread like butter. I had so much of it that I was very full by the time the main course arrived.

I decided to not eat the pasta that I ordered and just take it home so that I could have room for dessert. It turns out that Chelsea is from the same company that runs Momo and M Cafe. I had a dessert that I remembered ordering at Momo, which was their Snickers Fudge. Although I think they were one and the same dessert, I enjoyed the one I had here at Chelsea more, because it tasted like it was freshly made.

Snickers Fudge

Despite my slight disappointment with the Risotto Balls, I definitely want to come back to Chelsea. I want to have more of that bread, and I want to try more of the entrees on the menu. I do hope they have the halibut available next time.

Ground Level, Serendra Piazza
Mc Kinley Parkway, Fort Bonifacio
Taguig City, Metro Manila
Tel No. (632)909.7011