Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Half-off buffet at Radisson Blu Cebu

One thing on Yvette’s to-do list while in Cebu was to avail of Radisson Blu’s half off buffet at their restaurant Feria on Tuesdays. I’d been warned that Radisson’s buffet is not “all that great”, but then again what better time to try such a meal than when it is fifty percent off?

When eating at hotel buffets, I have learned to devise a strategy. This is because my inner glutton is always eager to break out, so to keep it in check, I have to have a buffet plan. It’s pretty simple: I go around and scope out all the kinds of food that the buffet has to offer, then I decide on a theme (Chinese, Italian, Japanese, all-protein, all-carbs, etc.) and stick to that.

After I went around to check out what I could and wanted to eat at the buffet, I found that I had few pescetarian choices. There were fewer seafood choices than I usually see in similar buffets. This made my plan simpler, but only because I had few options. I couldn’t even have a country-themed meal because there were not enough dishes from each country that pescetarians could eat.

I decided to fall back on old reliables and have some sushi and sashimi to start.

Then I had some farfalle with broccoli from the pasta station.

Aside from that, I just had some cheese and dried fruit. Oh, and some gelato to end the meal. I think I enjoyed that part the most. The dishes themselves were not really anything out of the ordinary, but maybe what was more disappointing was the lack of choices, particularly for a seafood eater like me. After all, Cebu is right by the sea. Oh well, at least we didn't have to pay full price.

Ground floor, Radisson Blu Hotel
Serging Osmena Boulevard cor. Juan Luna Ave.
Cebu City 6000
Tel. +63 (32) 402.9900
       +63 (32) 505.1700

Friday, July 27, 2012

Kaya toast at Kopi Roti Katipunan

On this very rainy evening, I had a meeting at Kopi Roti along Katipunan Avenue. I've never been to this place though it's been around for a while, so I looked forward to checking out their food.

When I got to the meeting, I hadn't had time for dinner, so I ordered what appeared to be the most substantial meal: Kaya toast with two soft boiled eggs. I usually just get to eat this when I'm at the PAL airport (at Kaya), so I was more than happy to have it for dinner.

Kaya Toast with soft-boiled eggs
It's a good thing I don't have a sensitive stomach. Some people refuse to eat soft-boiled eggs for fear of contracting some illness, but I don't have such a concern. I enjoyed dipping the toast into the eggs. It tasted pretty much like the version at the airport, and the coffee complemented it.

I wouldn't mind having the same meal again, maybe at the branch closer to my home.

Kopi Roti
226 Katipunan Ave.
Blue Ridge, Quezon City
+63 (2) 439.1546

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Baked salmon at Napa Restaurant

One of our other default choices, Napa Restaurant, was where I had my weekly lunch with former officemates. This is the restaurant we like to go to when we have a craving for salmon.

Irene usually wants to eat salmon when she wants to have some fish. I, on the other hand, was in the mood for some other fish so I wanted to have their "Fish Duo" which offers salmon and blue marlin. Unfortunately it was not available, so I ordered their baked salmon.

I try not to eat so much salmon because I suspect most of the salmon available in the country comes from farms. And from what I've read, farmed salmon is bad both for one's health and the environment.    I try to have wild salmon when it is available, but this is probably not the case in a lot of restaurants.

Baked salmon with creamy dill and balsamic glaze 
It was very filling, but I still prefer their salmon with capers pasta. For dessert we decided to share two servings among the three of us. We tried their dayap dulce de leche cake. I liked the dulce de leche, but overall we all agreed the dayap cake of Chocolate Kiss tasted better.

Dayap Dulce de Leche Cake
We also tried their butterscotch sansrival. I was a bit disappointed with it, as sansrival is one of my favorite desserts. I think it was because it didn't seem too substantial when I bit into it. Maybe it could've done with more butter.

Butterscotch Sansrival
I think in the future I would still prefer their devil's food cake, or their molten lava cake. It was not the best meal I've had in the restaurant, but I still enjoyed it.

Napa Restaurant and Bar
12 Scout Borromeo
South Triangle
Quezon City
Tel. 63 (2) 414.8272

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Getting re-addicted to Cafe Breton

Chi and I recently became sentimental and returned to frequenting Cafe Breton, which, years ago, was one of our favorite places to eat. My former favorite, the Dracula crepe (loads of garlic and cheese) has been replaced in my heart (or tummy, to be more precise) by Galette Bretonne, which has shrimp, crabs, and cream among other yummy stuff.

Galette Bretonne, my new favorite

During this visit, I didn't have a dessert crepe. I was in the mood for a lot of ice cream, so I had a banana split instead. And yes, I ate it all by myself.

Banana split
The problem with eating in Cafe Breton is that one crepe is not enough for me. I usually have two- one for my main course, and another for dessert. (I'm positive the calories in the banana split more than made up for the dessert crepe I did NOT have today.) 

I'm sure this is all not very good for my diet. But no matter, I'm sure I'll continue with this re-acquired habit.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Spinach Grilled Salmon at Burgoo

For this week's lunch with Chi, we decided to go to Burgoo, since we hadn't been there in a while. I ordered their Spinach Grilled Salmon, while she had their Seafood Jambalaya.

Spinach Grilled Salmon
I wanted to order the Jambalaya myself but it had some meat in it. I settled for trying some of its rice, which was very tasty. The serving was also bigger than we expected, considering Chi had the regular-sized one.

I was not very happy with the salmon, because the fish didn't taste very fresh and was a little too "fishy". I liked the sauce and the mashed potatoes, but it was not enough to compensate for the fish.

For dessert, we split a Mississippi Mudpie. It was okay, though not something I would put on my list of favorite desserts. It tasted more like a slice of ice cream cake than a pie to me.

Mississippi Mudpiee

Burgoo Bar and Restaurant
310 Tomas Morato Ext.
Quezon City, Philippines 
Tel. No. (632)927.7396

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Impromptu Saturday lunch at Uno

My Singapore-based friend James was in town, and it was hard for him to find time for everyone who wanted to see him as his schedule was particularly hectic for this visit. So when he said he had a few minutes to spare before his lunch date arrived in Uno, I grabbed the chance to meet him.

As he was already in the restaurant, I asked him to order for me while I was on my way there. He said the most pescetarian-friendly pasta was called Zucchini and Macaroni melt, so I had him order that for me.

Zucchini and Macaroni Melt
When I got there, the food was ready. As usual, it was delicious. But I had way too much bread (as always), so I could only finish half the pasta. Also, I deliberately didn't finish it because James and I planned to have gelato in nearby Amici. We did, and I felt justified in having two scoops. After all, I didn't finish my lunch, did I?

Uno Restaurant
195 Tomas Morato cor. Sct. Fuentebella
Quezon City Philippines
Telephone no. (632)374.0774

Friday, July 06, 2012

Default lunch at Cerchio

A lot of times, my friends and I find ourselves too lazy to think about where to eat. When Chi and I are in this mood, one of our no-brainer choices is Cerchio. Although not all their dishes are equally good, there are certain dishes there that we know we are going to enjoy.

So for our lunch this week, there we went, and we ordered our usual seared tuna sashimi. Ordering this has caused some problems in the past. We sometimes notice that the serving is not as big as usual (and we should know because we've taken lots of pictures of it). We always point this out to the servers, then they usually oblige by giving us a bigger portion.

Seared tuna sashimi 
I wanted to eat some vegetables, which I tend to forget to eat enough of, so I ordered their kangkong (water spinach) with garlic. This always goes perfectly with their garlic rice.

Kangkong (water spinach) with garlic
For dessert, Chi and I split a mango float. Actually, we had space to finish one each, but it seemed too sinful to do so.

Mango float

So there went another lunch at Cerchio. I just wish the amount of tuna sashimi wouldn't keep changing each time we go there.

Cerchio Restaurant and Lounge
76 Sct. Limbaga, off Tomas Morato Ave.
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. No. 63(2)351.5279

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Desserts and chocolates by Chef Jac Laudico

I'm working for a new lifestyle show called "Follow", which will air on 2nd Avenue beginning July 30. We have been shooting episodes for its first season, and one of the guests we will feature is Chef Jac Laudico of Bistro Filipino. She is a patisserie chef, and she talked about the desserts that she creates for their restaurant, as well as their catering business.

She says that she likes to make desserts and chocolates that are still distinctly Filipino. She brought some of her creations, and of course the best part of the day's shoot was getting to try them all.

She has been focusing recently on making chocolates. This box is labelled "Patisserie Filipino", and the chocolates do have a Filipino twist. The green one is calamansi flavored. Some of the others feature flavors like peanut butter and jelly and dried Philippine fruits. This is what was left of the box that she brought just a few minutes after the shoot.

How I wish all our episodes featured chocolatiers and patisserie chefs like Chef Jac.

Bistro Filipino
Ground floor Net 2 Building
3rd Avenue
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. No. (632)856.0634/0541