Thursday, June 30, 2011

Shrimp Pasta at Uno

I had dinner at Uno last night with my friends Angel and Kennie, but I wasn't so happy with the pasta that I ordered. It was Spaghetti with Olive and Garlic Cream Sauce. I was expecting the sauce to have more cream. In fact I ordered it because I wanted a really fattening dish, and I guess it didn't have the amount of cream to be fattening enough for my mood.

I was envious when I had a taste of the pasta that Angel ordered, which was Spaghetti with Shrimp, Lemon, Capers, Paprika, and Garlic. Not that it was particularly laden with calories, I just thought it tasted better than what I had.

So today, since I had a lunch date with my good friend and fellow Uno fan Chi, I suggested that we have lunch there. I ordered the Shrimp Spaghetti and left the restaurant much more satisfied than I did last night.

Uno Restaurant
195 Tomas Morato cor. Sct. Fuentebella
Quezon City
Telephone no. (02)374-0774

Friday, June 10, 2011

Last meal before flying- at La Tegola, Mactan, Cebu

I love Cebu, and one of the things I like about it is that there are so many restaurants so close to the airport. That means I can usually have a good meal before my flight back to Manila. This time, we ate at La Tegola Italian Restaurant.

We ordered quite a bit, but then I guess I often overeat when I eat out in Cebu. We ordered Linguine Vongole, Spaghetti al Cartoccio, and Four-cheese pizza. I've eaten at this restaurant before, and these are some of the dishes that I usually order. I particularly enjoy their Vongole.

Linguine alle vongole 
Spaghetti al cartoccio 
Four cheese pizza
We devoured everything; I for one am a firm believer in not wasting food. But mostly, our plates were clean because we enjoyed everything we ate.

I'm very likely to return to La Tegola when I'm in Cebu and I have a few hours to kill before my flight.

La Tegola-Mactan
Marina Mall Building
Ibo, Lapu-lapu City
Tel. No. +63 (32) 340.9070

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Pescetarian hotpot at Taiwan Sha-bu Sha-bu, Cebu

I am usually wary of shabu shabu or hotpot restaurants, because you usually go there with a group, and expectedly, majority of the people in any given group would like to eat a lot of red meat and chicken. Since the pot is communal, I end up not eating anything from it and just order a la carte, which defeats the whole purpose of going to a shabu shabu restaurant.

I didn't have to worry this evening here in Cebu though, when our hosts brought us to Taiwan Sha-bu Sha-bu.

They are aware of my pescetarian preferences and so ordered a lot of seafood and vegetarian ingredients, which were to be put in an exclusively pescetarian pot (their idea, not mine). They are so sweet and thoughtful to do that.

The downside of this is that I ended up having so much to eat, even though some people shared my pot. These are some of the ingredients that we put inside it.

I think these were lobster balls.

I threw all these ingredients into the pot...

and soon enough, it was boiling.

As you can see from the photo, there's a LOT of food in that pot. I stuffed myself and had several bowls from it. I convinced myself that the meal wasn't too sinful because the food was just boiled anyway, and that all I had was practically... just soup. I told myself that several times until I inevitably agreed with this logic.

Taiwan Shabu Shabu Restaurant
Banilad. Cebu City

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Nanbantei of Tokyo Restaurant

After I got back from Cambodia, my friends wanted to meet up so we could catch up on what had been going on while I was away. My Makati-based friends suggested that we have lunch in Nanbantei in Greenbelt. The specialty of Nanbantei is what they call their Yakitori orders.

Technically, yakitori refers to barbecued chicken skewers, but it can also refer to skewered food in general. I ordered skewers of Shake Yaki, or salmon belly with onion leeks, Tofu, and Uzura Tamago or quail eggs. I also had some Yaki Onigiri or grilled riceballs.

Skewered salmon, tofu, and quail eggs

Yaki Onigiri or grilled riceballs

I liked the salmon, but the tofu and quail eggs were pretty ordinary. Also, the rice balls were kind of dry. I think my friends ended up happier with their meal than I did. Probably because they had more choices in terms of skewers to order. Maybe I would have been happier if I ordered other pescetarian options.

Nanbantei of Tokyo
3rd floor Greenbelt 3
Esperanza St. Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel. No. 632.757.4130