Thursday, August 25, 2011

Healthy meals at Pancake House

I had some time to kill at Bonifacio High Street before attending an event so I decided to... what else... eat! I wandered about trying to decide where to have some early dinner, but after walking for fifteen minutes I just decided to go an old reliable, Pancake House.

The servers there always give you a lot of menus when you sit down- one for yogurt, one for steaks, etcetera, etcetera. This time they had a new menu for what they call their "Healthy Hunger Busters". These are meals that are supposed to be high in fiber and anti-oxidants.

The dish called "Salmon cakes with brown rice tabbouleh" caught my eye, so I ordered it. It was described in the menu as "crunchy salmon cakes topped with alfalfa sprouts, served on a spread of brown rice tabbouleh with dill mayo and chopped parsley".

Salmon Cakes with Brown Rice Tabbouleh

I looked up tabbouleh and apparently it's some kind of Middle Eastern salad. No wonder when my food arrived, the server said the brown tabbouleh rice was usually served cold, then asked me if I preferred to have it hot. I wasn't really psyched for a cold meal so I had it heated up. (I suspect a lot of diners preferred theirs hot as well.)

The salmon cakes were nothing fantastic. I think there wasn't enough salmon in them. And I was a bit disappointed that there were no alfalfa sprouts as described. I did like the rice though, and it was very filling. It was so filling that I felt full up till midnight. Then again I forgot to mention that I had some chocolate marble waffle as well. Maybe that's the real reason my tummy felt so distended till it was time to sleep.

Pancake House
Bonifacio High Street
5th Avenue
Fort Bonifacio Global City
Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone Number: (63 2) 856-5451

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Thai Pan Restaurant in QC

I love Thai food, but when I do have some, I find myself eating way too much rice. This is why I don’t eat in Thai restaurants as often as I would wish. But when Chi told me of a relatively new restaurant called Thai Pan near our office, I had to see how it compared to other restos in the area.

The place had a nice outdoor area, but we chose to stay inside because it was pretty hot. The airconditioning was too cold though, like in a million other restaurants in the Philippines.

We had some crispy catfish and mango salad, which is something that I can’t resist ordering. We also had some stir fried squid and shrimp with roasted chili. Both went perfectly with (lots of) rice, so as usual, too much rice was consumed during the meal.

Crispy Catfish Salad

Stir-fried Squid and Shrimp

For dessert, we ordered some banana fritters with ice cream. I wanted to order the dish with mango, but they were out of stock. The banana was pretty good though. It was fried, it had sugar and ice cream… what’s not to love?

Banana Fritters with Ice Cream

Thai Pan
Thai Restaurant
120 Dr. Lazcano
Quezon City