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King of Dimsum : King Chef at SM North Edsa

King Chef is known for its sumptuous Cantonese dishes mainly dimsum , noodles , fried chicken , seafood.  There are 4 branches in Metro Manila and we have visited all the four branches.

We must say that King Chef is also dubbed by some foodies as” King of Dimsum “as there is a wide array of good dimsums and tasty foods.

different kinds of dishes at King Chef restaurant

In-House Specialties 

Among the specialties includes Beef wanton noodles , Hakaw, Malay kou or Malay cake, Bean Curd roll , Fried Chicken , Spring rolls , Siopao

L-R Malay Kou , Hakaw, Beef Wanton Soup and Bean Curd Roll

Dimsums

Ultimate Barkada Dimsum and Ultimate Hofan Set platter are ideal for sharing between 2 to 4 people .  The dimsum platter also had different kinds of sauces and chili paste.

New Dishes

Starting May 25, 2017 – There will be additional new dishes to be offered .  These included Crispy Beef and Shrimp Rolls, Taro Garlic Siomai , Shallot Stuffed Buns with Shrimp Paste and X.O Seafood Hofan Rolls.

Taro Garlic Siomai 

One MUST Try dimsum is the Taro Garlic Siomai , Fried Siomai with Duck Meat Asado in hoisin sauce and Bean Curd Roll.

Shrimp Salad with fried seaweeds 

spacious and clean 

The SM North EDSA branch sitting capacity is between 120 to 140 and for special occasions and reservations . Try to visit the link and the website

Address : King Chef SM North Edsa 

The Food Circuit, The Block G/F SM City North EDSA, Brgy. Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City

 Contact: 0933.009.9855

Websitehttps://www.kingchef.com.ph/

 

 

Grand Opening of Blue Post Boiling Crab and Shrimps at Greenhills , San Juan

Blue Posts Boiling Crab and Shrimps opened their 3rd Metro Manila after SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia .

crab chowder, spicy beef soup, garlic lemon butter shrimps with corn cobs, crab with fried garlic , fried chicken are some of the in-house specialties of the restaurant.

The rustic fisherman’s wharf inspired restaurant first have their successful restaurant chain in Davao in 2013 , where the some of the freshest ingredients like crabs, shrimps , pomelo , native chickens are sourced from nearby provinces like Davao, Zamboanga and Surigao.

The restaurant theme and foods were inspired by the flavors and cuisines of Louisiana and the popularity of boiled seafood restaurants in the United States.

Aside from good food, there is also an unlimited supply of DIY Nestle powdered juice station and bottomless pineapple drink courtesy of  Dole Philippines. One can also mix juices and form their own flavor ( mixology ) from about half a dozen flavors.

The sitting capacity of the branch is between 140 to 150 persons at any given time.  There is a small private room with a capacity of between 30 to 50 people, ideal for small company .

Dining Experience

visitors enjoy eating with their bare hands and foods are laid out in the table (boodle style )

The restaurant management encourages diners to enjoy their dishes with their bare hands. Food-grade wax paper is used as a plate, along with a plastic bib. Which is one of their tag line is “It’s fun to be messy” since diners will definitely get their fill of seafood while eating with their hands.

Appetizers 

Deep fried squid with light batter mixture with sauce.

Calamares– Php 237 per order

Deep fried crab meat with shrimp and pork meat in light batter mixture with sauce.

Crab and Shrimp Roll– Php 259

Boiling Crabs and Shrimps with Corn cobs in three kinds of sauces: Garlic Fried Sauce, Sweet and Spicy Asian Sambal Sauce, and the Savory Boiling Cajun Sauce.

Games

There was an in-house game of mixing powdered juices, The winners were Mr. Bryan Depano ( Blue Post Slim ) and Mr. Apolo Cuenco ( Rocket Apolo ) , While Always Hungry PH won the ” Best in Instagram ” contest . Each of the participant won gift certificate and loot bags courtesy of Blue Post Boiling Crabs and Shrimps , Dole Philippines and Nestle Philippines.

Overall , we liked the menus and the rustic ambiance of the newly opened restaurant. We also had a chance to meet the CEO Mr. Anthony Ang or Mr. AA

Operational Hours: Everyday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Address: 2nd Floor , O-Square Building , Greenhills Shopping Complex, San Juan City ( The building is just in front of Unimart )

Website: http://www.bluepostsboiling.com/

 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BluePostsBoiling/

Food Racing at Pit Stop Food Park

Food Racing and enjoyable family meal at Pit Stop Food Park . One will surely love going around and enjoy the race track inspired food park. The food park had their soft opening about year or so and is slowly becoming a food haven for residents of Quezon City, Fairview , Marikina and adjacent places.

Jian’s Dimsum House, Tapa Out , Masta Pasta ,Crazy Quesadilla

There are over 2 dozen food stalls offering different menus not only locally but those found in other parts of the world.

lounge area at the second level

The area can accommodate between 280 to 300 people at any given time and there is also an ample parking space beside the food park.

There are also live bands and performances during weekends. Some of the food stalls are already open by 4:00 pm.

Tokyo Tempura stall

Tokyo Tempura stall offers interesting eat all you can shrimp tempura promo for just Php 199.00 with additional rice value meal to avail of the promo. The stall also offer fried chili tempura for those who wanted to try a more spicy flavored tempura.

Jian’s Dimsum House

Jian Dimsum House offers dimsums, noodles, siomai and siopao

Brandon’s Steak Hub

The exterior of the stall is rustic and one is not intimidated to ask for the menu or their signature dishes. They are posted visibly handwritten in the blackboard .

Chef Robert Principe of Brandon’s Steak Hub

Brandon’s Steak Hub started their operation about a year or so with common friends who likes Italian and American dishes.  Almost all of the proprietors are from Quezon City area, hence they choose the food park for their initial endeavor.

Rib’s Eye Steak cost Php 289 , There are three kinds of sauces Php 10.00 per additional order ( wild mushroom sauce, brandon’s signature sauce and black pepper sauce ) .

For just additional Php 55.00, one can add Maki Cheese Balls , Potato skin for side dishes.

different kinds of in house drinks

We bought the in-house ice tea blend which cost Php 70 small jar and Php 140 for large jar.

ice drinks in fancy containers ( light blubs )

Ideal between 3 to 4 people sharing. There are also soft drinks and beers that are available.

Andy Cola

Andy Cola is a combination of whiskey and cola drink which was popular in the local market way back in the 1980’s . This drink is making a big comeback in the local liquor market and luckily there was a sample taste .

Shisha Bar

Shisha Bar is ideal for those who wanted to try shisha which starts at Php 350 full load.

Chef Resty’s roasted beef carving station

Sons of Burger proprietor Mr. Glen San Agustin and staffs

Another eye catchy name for a burger stall is Son’s of  Burger or SOB . This burger stall had their branch in Antipolo, Rizal province and this is their second stall . The specialty are burger meals, kickin wings, frinkin fries and potato cheese balls.

We also got a chance to talk with the proprietor and we saw how the burger patties are grilled upfront . The hamburger and quarter pounder is even better than some commercially available ones.

Sons of BurgerFacebook Page

Kimu San specializes in Japanese cuisine

This stall offers Ramen dishes, Yakitori, Donburi , Maki roll, Takoyaki  in a traditional Japanese stall setting.

Chinders ice cream and ice cakes are popular not just for kids buy also adults

  nitrogen infused cold brew coffee

Some of the food stalls are also open to catering to some events and they would be glad if one could personally visit them .

Beer Below Zero

live performance

customers and visitors

Operations: Monday to Thursday -4:00 pm to 12:00 midnight 

Friday to Sunday -4:00 pm to 2:00 am

Contact5092080

How to Commute :

1.) There are jeepneys which ply the Congressional via Luzon Avenue and Munoz market .

2.) Electric jeepneys from SM North to Katipunan via Congressional Avenue.

Note: Prices quoted are subject to change without prior notice from the food stalls. The dishes posted in this site were ordered by the author and companion. The Food park is near Luzon avenue and Tierra Pura subdivision entrance.

Yummy Delights at Chef Ferdie’s Burgers Wings and Dip at Nangka, Marikina City

Chef Ferdie’s Burger and Wings started their operations at their backyard around late 2015 and was named after the proprietor Chef Ferdie’s .  It started as a simple snack house within their neighborhood area. Eventually, more people came and their house garage became too cramp for their expanding business.

The husband and wife tandem decided to open a restaurant outlet near their house last  November 8, 2016 .

Chef Ferdie’s Burgers , Wings and Dips Restaurant

Chef Ferdie’s Burger , Wings and Dip Restaurant open at M and J Square 2nd Floor, J.P. Rizal corner Buenamar Street near Puregold ,  Nangka , Marikina City .

Chef Ferdie’s interior

The restaurant can accommodate between 25 to 30 people at any given occasion, But a pre-reservation is a MUST for those planning to book the restaurant for their event.

Chef’s Ferdie’s Burger , Wings and Dips Specialties 

lemonade and cucumber drink

Lemonade and cucumber drink at Php 38

 Chef’s Barbecue Spare ribs with a Choice of Mashed Potato, Fries and Coleslaw

Chef’s barbecue spare ribs only cost Php 188.00

Burger Extreme

Burger Extreme is only priced at Php 148.00

Garlic Buttered Wings with Dip

Garlic Buttered Wings with Dip Php 178.00 ( 6 piece)  just add Php 38.00 for unlimited rice

Spicy Red Buffalo Wings at Php 178.00 

Nutty Banana Split Extreme

Nutty Banana Split Extreme with marshmallows , topped with vanilla ice cream, peanuts , glazed with sugar and chocolate syrup MUST TRY at Php 258.00 ( for sharing )

Kawaling Pinoy members

Operations: Everyday 9:00 am to 10:00 pm 

Last Order : 9:30 pm 

Contact : 9851380 / 0918-6690296

Address:  M and J Square 2nd Floor, J.P. Rizal corner Buenamar Street near Puregold ,  Nangka , Marikina City . 

How to commute : From SM North EDSA or Trinoma , there are jeepeney and AUV express which ply San Mateo . Then take another jeepney ride going to Marikina .

Cool Treats from Novotel

Cool treats as the summer temperature rise and long hot months arrives, Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City  gives us the coolest and sweetest reasons to beat the smoldering summer heat and visit Novotel Manila Araneta Center on April 16 onward – as Ice N Cream by Novotel, the newest ice cream destination in town will start scooping their fun, creative and most of all delicious ice cream flavors!

Novotel, Araneta Center- Cubao, Quezon City

What is nice with their ice cream is that they uses no stabilizers like gum arabic , gelatin or any form of emulsifier. On the left side was Carmen’s Best ice cream and Novotel own artisanal ice cream chef .

tropical fruits like soursoup /guyabano , calamansi, durian, mangoes, passion fruit ,coconut , avocado, ube are just some of the ice cream flavors

There are a lot of flavors ranging from Philippines tropical fruits such as calamansi with honey to passion fruit and vanilla ice cream with real vanilla essence .

ice cream toppings

There are different kinds of toppings to choose from : chocolate sprinkle, gummy bears, corn flakes, jelly candies, chocnut bars, merange, dried fruits , chocolate crinkles, cookies , marshmallows, raisins  among others.

Ice N Cream Promo 

To jump start the launching season, Ice N Cream by Novotel will generously extend complimentary one (1) scoop of ice cream for every purchase of one (1) scoop of any ice cream flavors (diner pays for the higher priced ice cream flavor) starting Easter Sunday, April 16 to 29.

Media and Bloggers

What’s more, if you are  social media savvy and aspiring “IT” girls and guys, join Novotel iScreamers: search for the Ice N Cream Dream Team, simply follow Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/NovotelManilaAranetaCenter/ and share why should you be part of Novotel iScreamers, take your shot to be part of the lucky five (5) to win generous and exciting prizes such as a year’s supply of ice cream at Ice N Cream by Novotel (two scoops per day until April 2018), one (1) overnight stay in an Executive Suite with breakfast and Premier Lounge access, exclusive pass to product tasting, events and new flavor launches, meet and greet with Bb. Pilipinas Candidates on April 28 during the Ice N Cream grand launching plus much more.

Executive Chef Micheal Schaub

Made from premium local and imported ingredients from Germany and France, gluten-free, less sugar and stabilizer-free, the Ice N Cream by Novotel showcases yummy flavors like Cocoyeah, creamy coconut milk mixed with slivers of young coconut meat; Passionista, pleasantly sweet and tart silky passion fruit goodness; Papa Don Preach (alcoholic), plump, juicy raisins enhanced with a kick of warmth from rum; Oh Honey Honey (sugar-free), local lime zing blended with Tagaytay honey; Yo Berry Yo!, merriment of tartness from Swiss yogurt and mixed berries; Leche De Almond, velvety leche flan crowned with crunchy Almond Florentine; Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, rich notes of coffee with real coffee bean crunch; and more luscious flavors. Ice N Cream flavors are reasonably priced from Php100 nett per scoop.

Carmen’s Best Ice Cream

More than the delish ice cream offerings, Ice N Cream by Novotel also features freshly made pastries and baked favorites like Coconut Cheesecake, Chocolate Praline Cake, Mini Mango Passion Cake, Croissant, Danish breads, Double Chocolate Chip cookies, Honey Pistachio cookies and much more.

With Novotel, AccorHotels offers every guest the freedom to fully enjoy their stay.

Korean chef

 Novotel Hotels, Suites & Resorts provide a multi-service offer for both business and leisure guests, with spacious, modular rooms, 24/7 catering offers with balanced meals, meeting rooms, attentive and proactive staff, kid areas, a multi-purpose lobby and fitness centers. Novotel has over 470 hotels and resorts in 61 countries, ideally located in the heart of major international cities, business districts and tourist destinations.

AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, is present in 95 countries with more than 4,000 hotels and 240,000 employees.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center is strategically situated inside Araneta Center and just few steps away from shopping malls, entertainment centers, Araneta Coliseum and business offices. For more information and reservations, please call (02) 990 7888 or email H7090-RE@accor.com. To know more about Novotel Manila Araneta Center, visit www.novotel.com or www.accorhotels.com.

Madness and Delightful Dishes at The Pig Pen

Madness overboard and sumptuous dishes at The Pig Pen . This is casual all-day dining place in Nuvali,within Solenad 3 at Nuvali Santa Rosa, Laguna province. This is  another brainchild of Chef Carlos Garcia and his partners Ms. Tricia  Villacorta -MacDonald and Ms. Berna Garriz of Black Pig in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

interesting array of  international dishes 

There are several dishes and good appetizer meal which this restaurant serves to their customers.

Their menu reflect strong Filipino , Asian , American and European fusion , One should not miss the opportunity to dine-in when you visit Santa Rosa.

the place also serves coffee , tea , cold drinks and cocktail drinks

selection of local and international beers 

The sitting capacity is inside is between 60 to 75 people at any given date . However, it is advisable to pre-book the restaurant if one is planning to invite some friends or relatives especially during weekends. Outdoor area can accommodate between 15 to 20 people.

European salad 

This is a colorful presentation of their salad includes blue ternatea or Clitoria ternatea ( blue flower from pea family ) Green salad with dilis and crush pork crackling at Php 380 , European Salad ( non-organic ) solo Php 220 , To share Php 310 , Organic Php 290 and To share Php 480 . Asian Salad( non-organic ) solo Php 220, To share Php 310 , Organic Php 290 and To share Php 480

onion rings

Onion rings is thinly sliced with the right amount of spices and deep fried in batter mixture.

black ink croquette

Beef shank with mushroom and bone marrow with black olives

grilled tamarind chicken

Grilled tamarind chicken had a savory taste with well balance sweet , sour, smoky with little spice .  The meat is tender .

Group Meals

For barkadas and group there is also Group of 4 meals price range is from SET -A Php 1,100 Asian Salad, Pork Belly Kimchi , Pulled Pork Cannelloni , Crispy Pork Hoisin.  SET-B Php 1,100- European Salad , Pork Belly Kimchi , Spaghetti Bolognese, Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage platter. SET C Php 1,300 Asian Salad, Pork Belly Kimchi,Pulled Pork Cannelloni , Seafood Surprise .SET-D Php1,500 Asian Salad, Pork Belly Kimchi, Spaghetti Bolognese and Sausage Platter .

There is also for Group of 6 which starts at Php 1,750 to Php 2,400 – Group meals includes unlimited rice and a pitcher of ice tea.

Address : Ground Floor, Cinema Building, Solenad 3, Nuvali, Santa Rosa Laguna province
Operation Hours: Everyday 11:00am – 10:00pm

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pigpenph/

Website : http://www.theblackpigbar.com/

Telephone: +63 49 258-0866 / Cellphone : 0977 839 5061

Cafe Arabelle : Italian and Intercontinental Dishes at the Heart of Solenad

Cafe Arabelle opened its doors to the public in 2015 , Most of the menus are Italian inspired , Intercontinental and Filipinos dishes . The interior is very rustic with live green plants , machuca tiles , wooden tables and chairs in natural colors adds beauty to its rustic old world charm.

Arabelle menu

Café Arabelle was named after the daughter of the owners. The proprietor and manager was there to give us a brief on the restaurant’s concept and food.

black board menu board and machuca tiles as backdrop 

The menu board offers American, Italian -inspired , Intercontinental dishes and give them their own twist to make it suitable for the Filipino taste. They were also one of the first restaurant at Solenad to offer buffet promos.  Sitting capacity inside was between 50 to 60 persons with additional 20 more outside .

grilled pancetta 

Grilled Pancetta is simply cured grilled bacon and wrapped in asparagus ( Italian version ). The focus is really on how this happens. This can be done simply with salt, but spices and other seasonings were added to infuse the pancetta with particular flavors. Vegetables such as asparagus , carrots add colors and additional flavor to the dish

buffalo pizza

Buffalo pizza is thin crust with the usual toppings of chopped onions, beefs , sliced red and green bell pepper , ham and cheese. Perfect with tomato ketchup or hot sauce. MUST TRY

ribs with carrots , corn and beans

Arabelle’s Barbecue Marinated Ribs were nicely marinated and the meat is tender. There is also side dish of vegetables of beans, corn kernel bits , sliced carrots and finely chopped parsley and seasonings.  The sauce was tangy and sweet . MUST TRY

 Arabelle’s creamy mushroom pasta

Creamy Mushroom Pasta had a creamy sauce which is like carbonara . This comes with egg , bacon, mushroom and cheese as toppings.

seafood pasta marinara

 Seafood Pasta Marinara was also good with green mussels ( tahong ) , squid rings ,shrimps and with parmesan cheese toppings . MUST TRY

Arabelle’s special salad with mango dressing

 We would recommend for sharing are the Buffalo Pizza ,Marinated Ribs, Arabelle’s Special  which had a mango dressing that taste similar to a popular ice cream brand in the market .

The restaurant also had a nice selections of Frappes, Juices ,Shakes, Ice Blend and Desserts.

During weekends, they offer buffet brunches at Php499 per head.

Address: Solenand 3, Nuvali , Santa Rosa, Laguna province

Contact : (049) 258 0775

Operational Hours:  11:00AM – 10:00PM everyday