Cafe Sweet Inspirations

Cafe Sweet Inspirations
(Katipunan)

Beloved and I had dinner at Cafe Sweet Inspirations a few weeks ago. Despite being a cafe, this is actually more famous for their all-you-can-eat Mongolian rice bowls. I’ve been a patron of this place for a good couple of decades already, as this was a go-to place while I was still residing and studying near the Diliman university belt. Since knowing about this place and since affoding to go here on my own, there’s almost never a year that passed that I haven’t been here.

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken
(near Katipunan)

Beloved and I had afterbrunch, or perhaps more of a brinner (dinner as breakfast, coined by me), at Hot Star’s somewhat newly-opened Katipunan Branch. It’s not actually at Katipunan itself, but on one of the side roads, F. dela Rosa to be precise. From the title, you can probably assume what it serves: Large Fried Chicken.

Barkin' Blends Dog Cafe

Barkin' Blends Dog Cafe
(Loyola Heights, between Katipunan and Esteban Abada)

Beloved and I visited Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe earlier today. This newly opened cafe is one Beloved has been excitedly watching out for. Not because of the “cafe” part, more because of the “dog” part. Beloved is a big dog lover, having two dogs of her own. Here, you get to drink the usual cafe beverages in a room filled with dogs. No, you can’t bring dogs in. I also skipped “eating the usual cafe food” because I believe it’s not allowed in the presence of dogs.

Ginza Bairin

Ginza Bairin
(UP Town Center)

Beloved and I had dinner at somewhat new UP Town Center a few weeks ago. UP Town Center is a bit of a special place for me, since here once stood the place where I spent most of my childhood. Of course, this blog isn’t about the nostalgia but food. We learned that UP Town Center has a pretty good selection of restaurants that are somewhat foreign in the already food place saturated street in Katipunan Avenue. We actually wanted to go to this place somewhat earlier, during the time when it opened up. However, due to our busy schedule, we only had the opportunity to do so a couple of weeks ago.

Food Camp

Food Camp
(Katipunan Extension)

Me, Beloved, and a friend had dinner at Food Camp. No, this is not a military-style food encampment. However, I find the name appropriate for the place which serves mostly sandwiches and hamburgers—food I would expect scouts would carry around. Our friend has been here a few times, and claims this is among the best burger he had the chance to try. Sold by that statement, and since Vikings was an impossible venture at a weekend without a reservation, we went.

Starr's Famous Shakes

Starr's Famous Shakes
(Esteban Abada, near Katipunan)

After our dinner at Brickfire, Beloved somehow convinced me to try out Starr’s Famous Shakes just a floor below on the same building just at the side. Obviously, they serve shakes. Although they tagged themselves “famous”, this was actually the first time I’ve heard of them. Anyway, since I was in a good mood (and still hungry), we passed by.

Brickfire

Brickfire
(Esteban Abada, near Katipunan)

Beloved and I had dinner at Brickfire last night. We’ve been pretty interested in this place after passing by when it first opened a few months ago. However, even though Katipunan was a pretty close place to ours, it was still a pretty difficulty commute. Since money is not as much as an issue now as it was before, and after learning that their menu was not as expensive as expected, we took the chance to try it out.

Saint's Alp Teahouse

Saint's Alp Teahouse
(Regis Center, Katipunan)

Beloved and I had breakfast at Saint’s Alp Teahouse a couple of nights ago. Yes, you read that right—we woke up near dinnertime and had our first meal at Beloved’s new favorite street. Found at the same building of BonChon Chicken and Moshi Moshi, this food place is the only one we’ve yet to try in Regis Center.

Chicken Charlie

Chicken Charlie
(Katipunan)

Beloved and I had dinner, or breakfast in my case, at Chicken Charlie. This fried chicken place is often compared to BonChon Chicken; its followers say that this is the original one, the first incarnation a long time ago at Banawe. I apologize beforehand for comparing Chicken Charlie to BonChon throughout this review, but since they are quite similar, it cannot be helped. Anyway, I haven’t been to this place before, but from what I’ve heard, the chicken here is pretty good.

Old Oven Art Cafe

Old Oven Art Cafe
(Katipunan Extension)

Before I begin, please note that this was a Valentines promo, and I’m not sure if this will be available in the future. That aside, read on.

Beloved and I celebrated an early Valentines at Old Oven Art Cafe. Honestly, this was done on a whim. Beloved had “liked” their Facebook page because she was interested in their cheesesteak sandwiches. She then saw them advertising this special menu for two starting February 12. Since it included risotto (which Beloved wanted to try) and rib-eye steak (which I wanted), it was pretty much a done deal and we made a reservation, despite knowing this place is a bit inaccessible for commuters like us.