The next day in our Subic adventure, we searched for a top-rated restaurant in the area based on our research. After finally finding the correct road while walking around the bay area, we finally made it to Meat Plus. This place serves freshly-imported meat from U.S.A., specifically specialty steak cuts.
For dinner, after wandering around the Subic Freeport Zone, searching for one of our favorite places here, we finally made it to Sakura. This was our second time visiting this place, but the first time was with family and we had easy transportation. Getting here without navigation and just walking was quite a hassle. Still, since the Freeport Zone wasn’t that big, it’s still walkable from our hotel which was at the bay area.
Beloved and I had merienda at St. Marc Cafe. We’ve actually been to this place a couple of times on their Megamall branch. In addition, Beloved has already visited this particular branch by herself, so we were quite aware what this Japanese-style cafe offers. They don’t really offer traditional Japanese dishes. They have pastries, desserts, coffee, and tea—usual cafe food and beverages. However, most if not all of them has that Japanese touch, such as incorporating matcha and having an inordinate variations of parfaits.
Beloved and I had dinner at Hanayo. It’s actually the second time we’ve been here, but we didn’t manage to take photos the first time, which happened early last year. Found just a skip away from Tomas Morato, this Korean grill is similar to the likes of Don-Day, one of the food places I exclaim highly due to the budget buffet they offer. This isn’t as inexpensive as Don-Day, however. When we first went, the buffet, which includes on-your-table grilling, only costed a bit more than 500 Php.
Beloved and I had dinner at Nanbantei. This Japanese restaurant is located at Bonifacio High Street, a place we rarely go to. According to Beloved, this is not the only branch of this place, and her uncle frequents the same restaurant’s Greenbelt branch, which is another place we rarely go to. This place specializes in yakiniku, or Japanese barbecue. What differs from the norm is that this place isn’t a buffet like YakiMIX or Sambo Kojin, nor is it a barbecue place where you grill stuff on your table. Instead, it’s just your typical sit-down restaurant specializing in yakiniku.
Beloved and I had brunch at Ippudo earlier today. This world-famous ramen place is among the best, according to fellow foodies, having over 80 branches in Japan alone with a lot more worldwide. Ippudo opened its doors at Megamall’s newest Fashion Hall wing earlier this week, making all said foodies rave about it. Knowing the hype it generated will definitely mean a waiting queue, we decided to have brunch here instead of the usual dinners.
Beloved and I had dinner at Domo a few weeks ago. We’ve been here before and we actually had quite a pleasant experience. The reason we’re revisiting was because a week before, we learned that they offered a promotion. We already knew they offer unlimited tuna sashimi, but now, they’re offering at a cheaper price. Since we it was now reachable for us compared to before, we decided not to let the chance pass us by.
Beloved and I had dinner at Little Tokyo’s Oishinbo a few nights ago. This restaurant is among the “inner” places here, meaning you can optionally eat outside and have communal orders from any other place there. However, we chose to eat inside and was offered a seat beside the counter. We happily obliged.
Beloved and I celebrated our fifth anniversary at Seryna. This Japanese restaurant is one of the few gastronomic places located at Little Tokyo. This one is at the outer periphery, and can be accessed without going to the communal alfresco area. According to fellow foodies, this place has the best sashimi in town. Excited, we opted for a reservation since we heard this place always gets full. Luckily, we were able to get one.
Me, Beloved, and friends celebrated one of our friend’s birthday last night at Vikings. Incidentally, it also happened to be one of the first days for the soft opening of the anticipated SM North EDSA branch. We have been wanting very badly to try out the place, and even considered going to the already opened branches at SM Mall of Asia and SM Marikina. What kept us was the promise that the SM North EDSA branch was opening “soon”. This was a few months ago, and after half a year, the promise was finally fulfilled.