Right before my Thailand Odyssey, my Betrothed and I ate at Trellis. This restaurant has been a mainstay at Matalino Street, which links major Quezon City arteries Kalayaan and East Avenues. This Filipino restaurant has been there since I’ve known the street. We’ve also been here some times, albeit with separate parties; me with my family and former office and my Betrothed with her associates. This was actually the first time we went here together.
Day after Christmas, my Betrothed and I had lunch at Las Casas Manila by Margarita Forés. This reservation-only place recently opened a resort at Roosevelt Ave., Quezon City (not Manila), which is quite close to my Betrothed’s home. From its name, it’s easy to assume that it’s some sort of Spanish place. This was easily confirmed after seeing their small but fanciful menu. Also, Margarita Forés was apparently named Asia’s best female chef in 2016 who owns Cibo, which we had the chance to try before; we know that the food there is good albeit expensive. Finally, since one of my Betrothed’s friends touted visiting here, we had our expectations set quite high.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.