The Alley

The Alley
(UP Town Center)

Beloved and I celebrated my birthday at The Alley about a month ago. It has been tradition for us to eat at a buffet restaurant each year that offers a free seat on one’s birthday with one paying adult, just like we did at Four Seasons on Beloved’s birthday this year. The Alley is from the same Vikings group of restaurants that basically allows you to “eat like a viking”. The twist on this place after the cut.

Rico's Lechon

Rico's Lechon
(Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City)

Beloved and I had lunch a day before my birthday at Rico’s Lechon. I was excited to learn that they finally have opened a branch here in Manila after experiencing it firsthand in Cebu. While I wasn’t able to chronicle that experience in this blog, I can safely say that it was the best all-around lechon experience I’ve had in the country.

Sisig Society

Sisig Society
(Ali Mall, Cubao)

A couple of days before my flight to Japan, Beloved and I passed by Ali Mall to exchange some Yen. Unfortunately, we learned that the pawnshop that used to sell Yen no longer does it (I went to Sanry’s in Trinoma the next day; they offer very good rates). Anyway, hungry, we decided to eat in one of the new places in old Ali Mall, Sisig Society.

Livestock

Livestock
(Sgt. Esguerra Ave.)

Beloved and I had dinner at Livestock a couple of days ago. I’ve been craving for something unhealthy, something to make me younger recently, and Livestock’s famous crispy pata seemed to be a good candidate to fill that craving. We’ve been to this place before, but we didn’t have any good pictures due to bad lighting. Since our technology has improved, we were hopeful to try again. As the place was easily accessible from home, it wasn’t a problem to revisit.

Caffé La Tea

Caffé La Tea
(Anonas)

Beloved and I had dinner a couple of times this week at Caffé La Tea. This café has actually been here in Anonas quite a while and we’ve been here a good number of times already. While we do have some pictures from our previous adventures here, we decided to just revisit since it’s not really an expensive place and also not far from home, so this is like a mix between #2 and #4 from my site revival news.

Cafe Via Mare

Cafe Via Mare
(Tomas Morato)

Beloved and I had an afterbrunch at Cafe Via Mare a few days ago. Beloved noticed that there’s a lack of Filipino restos in our blog. That’s really not the reason we went here, though. We were deciding on a place to eat at that we haven’t written about yet at Tomas Morato. This happens to be one of the places left. We also found out that their prices were not as steep as we originally imagined. Craving for Filipino food wasn’t really the reason, but we rarely do. Since we had a lousy time on our previous adventure, we were hoping this place delivers.

C2 Classic Cuisine - #Unlicrispypata

C2 Classic Cuisine - #Unlicrispypata
(Missouri Street, Greenhills)

Me and a couple of friends partook in C2 Classic Cuisine’s Unlimited Crispy Pata promo yesterday. This limited time promo is being offered by the restaurant’s Greenhills branch at Missouri street. Since crispy pata is mainly a dish known for causing instant hypertension, myocardial infractions, and cerebrovascular accidents, sometimes leading to death, I really wanted to try it out.

Rufo's Famous Tapa

Rufo's Famous Tapa
(Eastwood)

Beloved and I ate at Rufo’s Famous Tapa a week ago. We were supposed to go to The Marketplace, pending a follow-up visit before we review it, only to find out that it was temporarily unavailable. Also, this was delayed because Diablo III. Anyway, since this was among the only choices at One in the morning, we decided to go ahead and try it out.

Pino

Pino
(Malingap Street, near Maginhawa Street)

Beloved and I finally got the chance to eat at Pino a couple of nights ago. I say finally because this place is pretty close from home, once located at Maginhawa, then they moved to a street nearby, and we’ve been wanting to try the place out for years. This somewhat Filipino cuisine place apparently also owns BRGR: The Burger Project, so we really were expecting much from it. We’ve also heard praises of their bagnet, so I was making sure to order that.

Rodic's

Rodic's
(UP Diliman Shopping Center)

So, I promised some affordable places that deserve either fame or notoriety. Here’s one of them. Being a UP Student since birth, and being a grandchild of a former UP Diliman employee who lives in the Campus, Rodic’s is practically my Thursday diner. I’ve experienced Rodic’s since it still served its signiture silogs (fried rice with egg) on their signiture metal plates when they were still just over 20 Php. If you’re a UP Diliman student and haven’t eaten here or at least heard of it, you’re either a freshman or a liar.