Thursday, March 29, 2012

Overeating at Jack's Loft, Quezon City

It was time for my weekly lunch date with former officemates and since it was raining, the basis for choosing a place to eat was whether they had covered parking. So Irene, Joan and I decided to go to Il Terrazzo, also because there were a lot of options there. When we got there, we headed to Jack's Loft. There were no people inside, so it was perfect for us since we had a lot catching up to do and we sometimes laugh a little too loudly for other diners.

Irene ordered baked potato soup, which I tasted. I just sipped some of the soup but I think there was bacon at the bottom of the bowl so it's not something I can order for myself.

I had the Penne in Tomato Cream Sauce, which is almost always what I eat there. I still enjoyed it, as I always do.

Penne in Tomato Cream Sauce

After that heavy meal, we still wanted dessert. And sinfully, we each had one instead of just sharing one or two. We ended up not finishing it because it was just all too heavy.

One disappointment during lunch was that they didn't serve coffee. If I understood it right, their coffeemaker was busted or something. Having dessert was not the same without it. I had some tea instead.

Joan ordered the cheesecake, Irene had chocolate mousse, while I opted for their brownie a la mode.

Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Mousse

Brownie ala Mode

I think my brownie was the favorite among the three.

Although we ended up satisfied with what we ate, we weren't very happy with the service. We had to repeatedly remind them that we had asked for some water, and whenever we tried to call the attention of the servers, it seemed as if they were avoiding looking at us or pretending that they didn't see us.

Jack's Loft remains a convenient place to eat though, so I will probably go back there some other time.

Jack's Loft
IL Terrazzo Mall
305 Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Scout MadriƱan St.
Brgy. South Triangle
Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. No. +63(2)332.1894

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Hungry Games at Italianni's

I had just watched The Hunger Games at Trinoma when I realized I hadn't had lunch yet, so I was, uhmm, hungry. Italianni's was very close to the cinema, so it was an easy choice for a quick very late lunch.

There were so many new interesting items on the menu that I took a while to decide what to have. I ended up choosing an old favorite, as well as a new offering. Their Truffle Fries di Lussi sounded appetizing, so I started with that. Never mind that it's deep fried. I was famished after all. Since I like truffle oil, I was satisfied with this. It was crunchy too.

Truffle Fries di Lussi

For my main course, I had a lunch portion of their parmesan-crusted fish. Again, deep-fried; again, satisfying.

Parmesan-crusted fish

The Hunger Games and a deep-fried meal at one of my favorite chain restaurants. What a great way to spend a summer afternoon.

Italianni's Restaurant
Trinoma Mall
EDSA cor. North Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel. No. 63(2)915.3582

Monday, March 05, 2012

Good old Cafe Breton

Chi is leaving for a three-week CNN fellowship In Atlanta (yes, I'm very proud of her), so we had lunch a little earlier in the week than we usually have our regular lunches. We couldn't decide where we wanted to eat. The only thing we agreed on was that none of us felt like eating a heavy meal, i.e., something with rice. So we drove down Tomas Morato to consider our options.

We reached the corner from which you could see Cafe Breton, and we were in instant agreement that that was the right choice for that afternoon. Some years back, we would hang out there often, but we hadn't been back together in that branch for quite some time.

Being in Cafe Breton felt like a blast from the past. One of the servers was a familiar face from almost a decade ago. I guess they treat their staff right if they inspire such loyalty.

I ordered my favorite crepe, Galette Bretonne, which has "spinach, shrimps sauteed with crab meat, fresh cream, and gruyere cheese". I love how there are so many pescetarian options. As usual, the crepe was excellent.

Galette Bretonne

Since the crepes we had were not all that heavy, Chi and I felt justified in having some dessert. (That is probably the reason why we both wanted a light lunch. We just wanted to leave some space in our stomachs.) She ordered my first favorite crepe in Cafe Breton, Deja Vu, which had some mangoes, special cream sauce, caramel syrup, and vanilla ice cream.

Deja Vu

I, in turn, had my current favorite dessert crepe, La Delice, filled with bananas and coated with nutella, topped with almonds and vanilla ice cream. Yum!

La Delice

With all the new restaurants to visit along Tomas Morato, it was easy for us to overlook Cafe Breton for years. There's a reason it has endured, despite being slightly hidden from sight. Their crepes are consistently good, and the staff continue to be attentive. When I'm in the mood for a "light" meal (meaning one that leaves just enough room for a big dessert), Cafe Breton will always be a great option.

Cafe Breton
Tomas Morato cor. Sct. De Guia
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel. No. (02)374.6334