Specialties of Mang Tootz Foodhaus

Mang Tootz Foodhaus was named after Mr. Edwin “Mang Tootz”  Vergara a former OFW who opened a carinderia or eatery with a twist.

MANGTootz

Mang Tootz Foodhaus signage

The carinderia had a huge following among students of UST, FEU, UE and residents of Sampaloc district within Manila. Proof to the pudding is that hundreds of students would queue in line just to eat even before lunch.

studentmeal

We would find time to eat at their eatery when we have long breaks. The price of their student rice meal is affordable and it comes free with soup.

Some of the dishes are newly created like chicken kebab. Rice value meals starts at Php 78.00 and Php 83.00 depending on the viand. One can order other dishes.

History

Mang Tootz started in 1991 as a tapsilogan and was used to be located in a small corner along J. Barlin street within Sampaloc.

It used to be called Tootzilog. The eatery eventually moved to Padre Noval street because the proprietors thought that it would be wiser to transfer location since they will be situated near the university with higher foot traffic. Technically, they are in the business for almost 30 years!

Television Program and Celebrities

Several television program had featured this eatery like My Puhunan of ABS-CBN channel 2, TV channel 5, Kapuso Jessica Soho, Pinas Sarap, Unang Hirit of GMA channel 7, Solar TV, Tomasino and Food Vloggers like Mark Wiens, Erwan Heussaff, The Hungry Syrian Wander, Yummy Kitchen, Coconuts Manila among others.

UAAP athletes, former President Benigno Aquino III were among those who have eaten at the eatery.

set meal

Dishes

There were 16 to 18 dishes being rotated on an everyday basis in Sampaloc and Makati.

porkbulgogi

Pork Bulgogi– Their pork is well marinated and their pork is tender. There are also some vegetables included and topped with sesame seeds.

chopsuey

Chopsuey – All time favorite with a lot of vegetables. Their vegetables is not soggy compared to others within the vicinity.

breadedchicken

Breaded Chicken– Their breaded chicken is deep fried with minimal batter, better than other restaurants or fast food joints.

bangusSteak

Bangus Steak – This is another well  loved dish. The bangus is cooked just right with generous amount of sauce.

BicolExpress

Bicol Express– Another MUST try dish when you visit this eatery, the pork meat is cooked just right with right amount of coconut milk ( not aguado/ watered down) and the right amount of banana chilies and bird’s eye chilies.

Binagoongan

Pork Binagoongan– The right balance of sweet, sour and salty combination.

kebab

Chicken Kebab – Right amount of spice, chicken is well grilled along with the vegetables.

bananaRhum-a

banana rhum-a

 Banana rhum-A is an all time favorite since it was first introduced in 2006. They cook an average of 3,000 to 4,000 pieces a day. One must pre-order at least 1 day in advance for bulk orders. During Christmas season, their order are up to 8,000 pieces per day.

turon

Their banana rhum-A – is smaller compared to the ordinary turon being sold in street corners in Metro Manila. It is a saba banana sliced into 4 pieces with jackfruit wrapped in lumpia wrapper then deep fried. coated with a syrup made from a combination of margarine, pineapple juice, rhum, banana essence and brown sugar. It is topped with powdered sugar, skim milk, cinnamon powder and sesame seeds.

Pork Liempo – This is an all time favorite among students. However this was not available when we came.

Sisig – Another MUST Try, This was not available when we ate at the eatery.

There is no secret to why this is a favorite hang-out place. Their food is delicious,  affordable, staff are friendly and the neighborhood vibe would surely keep anyone from returning back.

Mang Tootz Food Haus and Catering Services Sampaloc
1135 P. Noval St., Sampaloc, Manila

Contact :  +63 2 735- 68 55/404-45-61 (0917-856-9240)

Operations: Mon-Sat 8 am-9pm.

Mang Tootz Foodhouse- Makati
G-7 Valero Plaza, 124 Valero, Makati, Metro Manila

Contact : +63 2 425-9910/ (0917-856-9240)

Operations: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Filipino and Asian Home Style Dishes at Fely J’s Kitchen in Uptown Mall

 The group were hungry after an event at the Grand Hyatt hotel.  It was past 12:30 pm when we went to the Uptown mall within Bonifacio Global City or simply called (BCG) in Taguig.
Fely J’s Kitchen restaurant

We were craving for something Filipino and home cooked dishes. Fely J’s Kitchen is just located near the escalator of the mall. We decided to eat at the restaurant without thinking of other restaurants within the mall.

Fely J’s Kitchen menu board ( set meals for group )

Some of the bloggers/ vloggers are in such a hurry covering another event that they wanted to eat. Mommy Lariza lost no time in ordering set meals ( Set C) which we saw at the menu board.

Fely J’s Kitchen

Fely J’s Kitchen menu board

Fely J’s Kitchen is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Felicidad de Jesus-Cruz, mother of LJC Group founder Larry J. Cruz, features Fely J’s treasured recipes. This is the second restaurant which opened within Metro Manila, the first one was in Greenbelt 5, Makati.

interiors

The restaurant had quite a big sitting capacity ( indoor had about 100 ) while outdoor patio area had another ( 50  patio area) with total sitting capacity of about 150 at any given time.

figurines on display

The place had a homey ambiance with several old photographs of old Manila like Binondo church, treasured family photos, books and figurines are found within the restaurant.

Our group only waited for just few minutes, the first to be serve was the ice tea followed by tokwa at baboy ( fried tofu with pork, chop onions, chop banana chilies with soy sauce and vinegar).

tokwa at baboy

Tokwa at Baboy is just like the same as those cooked in other popular Filipino restaurants. They should have added bits of fresh cilantro leaves, Nothing fancy.

seafood kare-kare

crispy pata with fried garlic as toppings , atchara and soy sauce

grilled chicken inasal with soy sauce, calamansi, fresh chilies and radish

pork sinigang

One of the first dishes to be serve is the Crispy pata with atchara and dipping sauce. This is followed with white rice, pancit canton, pork and bangus sinigang, grilled chicken inasal , seafood kare-kare with bagoong and gising gising.

sinigang na bangus

gising gising

I liked all of their dishes particularly the gising-gising which had a balance of spice, sweetness ,nicely chopped kangkong stems and bits of pork meat.  However the coconut milk ( gata ) is a bit watered down for my taste.
turon with langka and ube

We also ordered fried turon with langka and ube for dessert.group photo

40th Anniversary

LJC group  of companies which also included Abe’s Farm in Pampanga, Lorenzo’s Way, Bistro Remedios, Cafe Adriatico, Cafe Havana, and Polka Dot Bakeshop to name a few celebrates their 40th anniversary.

set meal C

The staff were quite attentive, friendly,courteous when some of us, ask them for a quick group shots from our cameras.

I will surely come back to eat their other specialties, One of my friend told me that their temple crab, braised short ribs, lumpiang sariwa, lechon kawali, binagoongang baboy are worth ordering.

Address: 2nd Floor, Uptown Mall, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City , Taguig City

Contact Details : 802-53-54 / 946-3676 / 0995-6539039

Operational Hours: Everyday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm,  During Friday, Saturday and Sunday-operation can be up to 12:00 midnight

Delectable Dishes at Heat Stroke Grill within Montare Food & Venue Place

Delectable and mouthwatering grill dishes , burgers , kebab and ribs are just a few sample of menus that can can try when they visit Montare Food and Venue Place . The venue is classy and not your ordinary food hubs or food parks . The outdoor garden area is neatly manicured in lawn grass with dozens of date palms , ornamental flowering plants and can accommodate between 150 to 200 people at any given time. Aside from the main function rooms.

Heat Stroke Grill stall

One of the MUST TRY food stalls located within the place is the Heat Stroke Grill stall . Their menu is perfect as finger food and best accompanied with cold beer .

Here are some of the Best Sellers in the Menu

Baby Back Ribs ( Php 160 ) per order , Chicken Kebab ( Php 160 ) and Grilled Pork Binagoongan  ( Php 160) 

pork sisig

This is one of the signature dishes offered in sizzling plate with egg and chopped spring onion leaves . ( Php 150 ) ala carte and (Php 300 )platter

Pork Belly Inasal with Jaun Rice and Chimichurri sauce – This is another dish which is a fusion of Filipino and Latin American . Chimichurri sauce made from finely chopped parsley , minced garlic , olive oil , oregano , red pepper flakes , white or red wine vinegar . It depends on what country in Latin America as the sauce can have slightly different variation .

The pork belly is cooked just right with the right chimichurri sauce and pickled cucumber and radish  as side dish. This is ideal between  1 to 2 person sharing .

Heat Stroke Chicken in Asian Style – The marinated chicken is tender with a savory taste , This is a complete meal with egg , pickled cucumber and radish .

Rice Options– Jaun Rice is a type of yellowish rice with fried garlic , Spiced Melano Rice is sweet and a little bit spicy , Albino or Plain rice.

Sauce Options : Chimichurri green sauce , This is a Latin American sauce . Harissa -Grilled pepper ,garlic , spices and cumin . Teriyaki – A Japanese which gives an Asian flavor.

There is also Heat Stroke Grill sweet sauce and sinamak ( local vinegar with spices )

Pork Binagoongan with Rice is another MUST TRY dish at Heat Stroke Grill – The pork is well marinated  with bagoong ( shrimp paste mixture is just right ) a few chopped tomatoes, finger chilies and chopped onions add more colors and spice. Not your typical salty Binagoongan dish.

Baby Back Ribs or Pork Ribs with Rice and Sauce is another MUST TRY dish . The meat is tender and the sauce is amazing . This can be shared between 2 persons .

Cucumber lemon juice

Note and Full Disclosure : prices and menus are subject to change without prior notice , author was just invited to have an honest review of the place and heat stroke grill.

Operations : Everyday 3:00 pm to 12:00 midnight

Address: Lot 12 Centro de Buenviaje Commercial, Mayor Gil Fernando corner Aquilina Street , Marikina City .

Telephone : (02) 907-1382

For more information about their menus , reservations and catering -Please visit Heat Stroke Grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting Buffet Menus at the Quezon Restaurant in Fisher Mall

2nd Floor Fisher Mall, Roosevelt Avenue corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City – Philippines

Mr. Bobby Yan ( celebrity host and model ) Miss Chanel Olive Tomas Miss Philippines -Earth 2015 -Air , Miss Philippine -Earth runner-up , vips and proprietors of the restaurant.

It was after the highly successful first concept buffet -Guevarra’s   , Gruppo Guevarra’s  Inc. ( GGI) .  The group opened another restaurant with a different theme.

buffet dishes

A soft opening was held last October 2015 and through word of mouth , This restaurant is getting a positive review among its customers .

The proprietors decided to open another thematic restaurant within Quezon City aptly named QUEZON Buffet at the Fisher Mall.

old photos of famous landmarks in Manila

The restaurant had a stylish reception area with a 3-d photo of a car somewhere in Escolta , the business district of Manila during president Manuel L. Quezon time.

Hon. John Marvin ” Yul Servo ” Nieto- Manila’s incumbent 3rd district councilor

The white walls had a lot of black and white colored photos of well-known landmarks of Manila and during the Commonwealth era.

ribbon cutting ceremony

The restaurant had a sitting capacity of 200 people at any given time

Chef Monica Bayhon , Mr Raymond Go ( one of the proprietors) Chef Trisha Ocampo , Chef Jordan Rina and Chef Tim Abejuela

The star -studded guests included Miss Philippines-Earth 2015 runner-ups, Mr. Bobby Yan, Mr. John Marvin ” Yul Servo” Nieto (3rd district councilor of Manila) .

Chef Kalel Chan

Celebrity chef Mr. Kalel Chan had been featured by several television shows like Kris TV on ABS-CBN channel 2 , Orange Magazine Television  , GMA channel 7 among others .He envision Quezon as a place where guests can experience a historic vibes through the food that they serve.  He also emphasized the freshness of the ingredients and food that they serve.

people behind the restaurant in a group photo

Miss Ima Castro

She rendered a song for all those people present at the opening.

Entertainment writers Mr Ogie Diaz and Shalala were also present at the opening.

Shalala together with entertainment writers

The restaurant takes pride on their Filipino-Spanish menus which included paella , kare-kare, boneless lechon ,lechon chili belly,  chorizo gambas.

paella

Paella – This is the centerpiece of any event . The dish is widely regarded as Spain’s national dish , with mussels , bits of pork , prawns with bell peppers and green peas.

chorizo gambas

Gambas con Chorizo is a traditional Spanish recipe that brings both of these elements together to create a fusion of sensational flavors.

callos

Callos is a beef tripe soup with chickpeas (grabanzos) , blood sausage and bell peppers.

 lechon chili belly

Lechon chili belly – This is a deboned roasted pig with chili peppers and spices added .  There are a good assortment of condiments like traditional lechon sauce made from the liver of the pork, vinegar sauce and soy sauce.

While Filipino dishes like dory laing , pinakbet, fried fish with salsa , chicken inasal , pork and bangus sisig , dinakdakan .

Lumpiang Ubod ( spring roll with heart of coconut palm ) fried rather than the conventional crepe wrappings) They wrapped them into bite sized portion .

bagnet

Bagnet is deep fried crispy pork with its skin on and in most cases deep fried twice to attain the crispy texture. This is a popular dish in the Ilocos region and parts of Tarlac.

crispy kangkong

 Kangkong leaves ( Ipomea aquatica) also called water spinach , swamp morning glory , kankun , tanglong , kangkung, water glory bind are coated with batter and then deep fried . Leaves usually served as appetizers. This recipe is very much like  vegetable tempura, where you coat the vegetable in a very light batter and deep fried until crisp and golden brown.

This is very important vegetable and during the outbreak of the second world war , where vegetables were scare or hard to come-by .  This had saved millions of Filipinos from starvation .

bangus , chicken and pork sisig

hamonadong manok

Hamonadong Manok – It is marinated chicken hamonado  chicken baked in pineapple juice. It uses the pineapple, condiments and spices as a marinade.  This is quite popular dish in Central Luzon  and Southern Tagalog provinces where there are pineapples  grown .  This is usually serve during special occasions like Christmas and town fiesta.  

fried fish with salsa

Tilapia fish were deboned and deep fried into small pieces  . Best served with freshly sliced tomatoes and salsa .

pork binagoongan

Pork Binagoongan – it is a pork dish cooked in shrimp paste with vegetable like eggplant and topped with shredded  mangoes . I must say that it is not very salty and with the addition of semi-ripe mangoes neutralized the saltiness.

dinakdakan

Dinakdakan is a popular dish from the Ilocos region , The dish is somewhat similar to the Kapampangan dish  ( sisig ) the meat is diced rather than finely chopped

dory with laing/ natong

This dish is a perfect combination of fish and vegetables – The chefs used fillet cream dory aka kanduli or pangasius fish then cooked dried taro ( gabi) leaves in coconut milk. This dish represents the Bicol region.

lechon manok inasal

the chicken is very tender and reflect the regional taste of the Visayan provinces.  However , Those looking for a more authentic taste of inasal or the commercialized ones. This is quite different.

angus steak tapa, grilled vegetables and pork barbecue

Practically recommend this trio , I like the tender angus meat, grilled vegetables and pork barbecue .  The meat of the pork barbecue is quite tender and not tough .

bulalo steak

Bulalo Steak – The dish is made from beef shank and i like the way it is presented and cooked to perfection.

beef kare-kare

Beef Kare-Kare with shrimp paste

dessert table

Dessert table is also a combination of Filipino and Spanish desserts . There are also fresh sliced tropical fruits like water melon , cantaloupe and an area for bottomless soft-drinks and soft serve ice cream.

They have different price set , It is Php 368  weekday lunch ( Monday to Friday) Php 468 weekday dinner ( Monday to Thursday) and Php 568 ( Friday nights , weekend & holidays )

Operation Hours: 12:00 to 2:30pm lunch , 6:00 pm to 9:30pm Sunday to Tuesday , 6:00pm to 10:30pm Friday and Saturday

Contact Numbers : 281-2345, 366-6078

Mobile – (0917-6783966)

Note: children below 4 feet can get a discount of 50% off . Menus may be slightly different from – weekday lunch, weekday dinner and Fridays , weekends and holidays

Quezon Buffet Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/quezon.buffet?fref=ts

Fisher Mall -official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialFisherMall

BAHAY Buffet Goes to Bahay ni Kulas in Amadeo Cavite

70 Barangay Minantok West , Amadeo – Cavite province, Philippines 

We passed several houses with small garden  and orchids

It was a bright and sunny weather when we were fetch by BAHAY Buffet team from Hotel Intercontinental in Makati , It took us over 2 hours and went on a road trip south of Metro Manila passing several towns along its way .

That is nice about BAHAY Buffet dining experience ,is not  just about foods but also camaraderie, opening of new friendship , sharing one’s personal experiences in life and road trip adventure ! Here is a link to a previous event  held last July 21,2015 in MOCA Farm within Padre Garcia , Batangas

entrance to the farm

The farm is about 2 hectares owned by the family of Cuevas who made a lot of improvements within the property during a 7- year period . Turning the once vine laden with old coffee trees and coconuts area into a lush tropical plantation with dragon fruits, calamansi  with different kinds of orchid hybrids  and bananas.  What i liked about the perimeter wall around the farm is that they are planted with hedge shrubs which makes the family -style farm rustic and green.

The family farm is located a few kilometers from Amadeo Public Market and the town boast  a lot of agricultural produce like Coffee which earn the town its nickname ” Coffee Capital ” of the Philippines .

cattleyas in coconut husk

Almost every home got a small plot of land where they plant coffees, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, dragon fruits and among others .

dancing ladies orchid

Some houses would have Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumay)  and Dendrobium aphyllum ( fairy sanggumay) planted on host trees such as mangoes, champaka, acacia among others. There are also orchid hybrids like Oncidiums , Vandas , Mokaras .

Dendrobium anosmum aka sanggumay growing on a ficus tree

Weather

Since the town of Amadeo is located between 1,200 feet to 1,400 feet in elevation , The weather is milder and cooler . It is not much developed compared to the town of Silang, Tagaytay , Mendez and Indang.

Ms. Gigi Morris , Ms.Dawn Bolus Mawis , Dr. Ikit Sipin-Chan and  Mr. Racs Cuevas

variety of buffet meal

Buffet

Buffet meal consists of family -style heirloom dishes and those regional food that are found in Amadeo and within Cavite province.

puto seko and jacobina

The dishes were laing , mussels and oysters , steamed vegetables, pininyahang manok, sinaing na tulingan ,halaan soup, binagoongan na baboy,  fern salad , fresh fruits , toasted buttered bread, jacobina , potoseko , freshly brewed Amadeo coffee.

Binagoongan na Baboy

I liked all the foods that i have tasted , it was the epitome of home-cooked recipe which were handed down from several generations.

Seafood Pancit Palabok ni Kulas

One of the family specialties is the Seafood Pancit Palabok which had a mid- flavored sauce and a rich toppings of fresh sea foods like squid, shrimps, tinapa flakes ( smoked fish ) deep fried tofu cut into small cubes, boiled chicken eggs , chopped spring onion leaves and crushed chicharon flakes ( pork crackling ) and calamansi fruit.

SEAFOOD Pancit Palabok

Ms. Jo Bie

Ms. Jo Bie is the one who cooked this seafood pancit palabok

Since this is a weekend family farm, The farm is ideal for team building , retreat , event place ,  buffet meals are also available .  But visitors who wish to come must make a prior appointment before hand. Some of the menus might not always be available due to the availability of the ingredients.

grotto

group photo

Note: I would like to ” Thank” the gracious hosts and Bahay Buffet family for the invitation .

Contact Information:

Contact Persons: Mr. Droz or Ms. Ikit

0917 517 7547, 0929-3612986 or (02) 873-4252

Bahay ni Kulas

Bahay Buffet Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/bahaybuffet