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TGIF at 7 Flavors Buffet and ala Carte

TGIF7Flavors or Thank God It’s Friday Promo at 7 Flavors Buffet and ala Carte at A. Mabini Street , San Juan City , Metro Manila.

The place is accessible and there were indoor and outdoor handcrafted cocktails and shooters aside the the sumptuous buffet dishes.

The restaurant is listed under popular food review site like ZomatoPH . What is good news is that the restaurant buffet line-up had improved. They also add their dishes everyday.

7 Flavors Buffet and ala Carte at night

 beef salad

The beef salad had Thai ingredients and flavors infused with the dish. We arrived past 7:00pm and ended our buffet meal past 9:30pm . We also met a family from Kalentong and they enjoyed the dishes served at the buffet section.

chicken fajita roll and crab shrimp cocktail orange mango and chili

macaroni salad , ham and potato croquettes


Another MUST try are the organic lechon which had a crispy skin and well marinated.

Aside from pastries and do-yourself halo-halo, There are also wafer sticks, gummy candies and chocolates for children.

For updates and in-house promos , Please try to visit 7 Flavors Buffet & Ala Carte

Address: 196 A Mabini Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City 

Contact : 09176700291/ 7210653


Chinese Lauriat Dishes at Lido de Paris

 Lido de Paris is a hotel complex with restaurant and several commercial establishments located within its premises. The place is conveniently located at the heart of Manila Chinatown. This hotel opened few years ago with 3 star rating and catered to Filipino-Chinese communities and even expats on business and on tour.

Lido de Paris

A make shift stage is usually built near the hotel entrance during Chinese New Year celebrations where cultural and lion dances are performed.

Lido de Paris Hotel boasts of its modern facilities and services such as theKTVMikolette Salon ,One & Only Spa Center and also 121 Gym.

We have eaten at the restaurant several times and we were invited by a Filipino-Chinese friend who celebrated his birthday together with his family and close friends.

We were booked at Lido de Paris Seafood Restaurant in Fujian room which had about 48 to 60 sitting capacity ( 10 to 12 per table) set in Chinese lauriat style .

chicken feet, siomai and hakaw

We were treated with some of the dimsum specialties , roasted peanuts and pickled radish for starter meal while waiting for the other guests.  

assorted 5 kinds of cold cuts

birthday misua

The birthday misua is not your typical noodles, since they used the soft strands of noodles topped with shrimps, meat , vegetables, peanuts and quail eggs in orange batter mixture.

steamed live shrimp in Chinese wine in basket

fish lip soup

mango bacon roll with fried noodles 

steamed lapu-lapu in soy sauce with chopped onion leeks leaves and ginger

fried lamp ribs in Beijing style

sauteed Aus Scollop squid with Broccoli flower and carrots

steamed crabs with garlic

twin desserts -buchi and steamed pastry in chocolate

sweet style soup

There are different set meals which one can avail , Price range is from Php 5,980 to Php 39,980 per table with 12 sets to choose from. Our host choose a mid-range price for the Chinese Lauriat meal. Special Thanks to our gracious host !

Note : Prices and Menus are subject to change without prior notification

Address: 1036 Ongpin Street, Santa Cruz, Manila, 1003 

Operation :11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Contact 708-8888 local 8088/ 353-98-98 / Telefax : 559-9898






Meet and Eat Restaurant in Marikina

Eat and Meet Restaurant just recently opened and is known for their hot stone gill steaks and nice ambiance. The sitting capacity for the restaurant is between 30 to 45 people with an outdoor area and a KTV room at the second floor .

premium steaks cuts from US and Australia are cooked over heated hot stone grill

The restaurant walls had a lot of car tin plates, poster of beetles and period pieces of vintage and vintage reproduction. It is nice to meet a fellow collector Mr. Juphet Navida and wife.

vintage reproduction poster of popular cultural and musical icon of the 1960’s Beetles

Land Rover poster

The place boast of thematic collection of car tin plates and celebrity poster.

beverage , coffee posters

According to the proprietor, He would go around some thrift shops in Manila and nearby places just to scout these vintage and vintage reproduction poster.

Restaurant Menus

steak presented in a sizzling plate

Barbecue Pork Ribs with Rice and Vegetables

Pasta Negra– this pasta had a thick black ink sauce made from squid ink and topped with baby squid. ( Php 185)

steak cooked at the hot stone grill with sauce and mash potatoes

For additional Php 15, one can have an unlimited rice and drinks from their selected menu set.

Ways to Commute:

There are many ways on how to commute going to this place.

1.) From Cubao Aurora Avenue- Take SSS Village jeeps orHow  AUV express , The jeep will pass this street – Php 16.00 from Cubao-Aurora to Katipunan Street.

2.) From LRT Katipunan,  there are jeepneys and auv express which ply the route.

3.) There is another route from Commonwealth Avenue / Fairview to Marikina

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Address: 90 Katipunan Sttreet.CMT Building ground floor,   Concepcion Dos Marikina City

Operation : Everyday from 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight

Contact :5602595 / 0917-5667665





Indoor Bike Challenge by San Marino at Robinsons Starmills Supermarket

Popular San Marino corned tuna by Foodsphere Inc. local manufacturer and distributor of popular brands like CDO, Bibbo hot dogs, Highlands corn beef , Holiday Cheese dogs . San Marino was launched in 2009 and the brand has come along way. San Marino offers delicious taste with health benefits of tuna loaded with Omega-3 DHA.

Indoor Bike Challange

San Marino and Robinson’s Mall started last year an advocacy to help improve the lives of the shoppers , thus they launched an Indoor Bike Challenge at Robinson’s Magnolia. This year , There are 3 legs of the Indoor Challenge, One held last June 3 at Nuvali , Laguna , June 24 at Robinson Starmills , San Fernando, province of Pampanga, and July 8 at Santa Lucia East Grand Mall , Cainta, Rizal province.

Robinsons Starmills , San Fernando , Pampanga


The Indoor Bike Challenge now on its second year with the theme “Live Healthy Love More“.  Robinson’s Supermarket gift certificate worth Php 30,000 was at stake for the fastest racer in this year race. The second place got Php 20,000 and Php 10,000 for the third place. Aside from these prizes, The participants also got a singlet shirt ,plastic tumbler, certificate of participation and free gift certificate from Elorde Fight Camp , San Fernando ,Pampanga ( Free 10 session boxing )


There was a registration area, Before any person would be allowed to participate , It is Free , simple personal information.

Then a stub would be given for where one must complete 5 or 6 tasked , The first one is a free sample of San Marino with cracker ,  BMI , BP check, and Diet Consultation, Kinect , WII , a Photo Booth and Elorde Fight Camp booth ( Pampanga branch)  where there was a special promo of 50% for those who wanted to enroll at their Muay Thai and Boxing Sessions.

Elorde Fight Camp

There was  a selling area, where one can buy San Marino products and there are some extra freebies like pouch bag, plastic tumbler.

Exercise Bike Challenge

After the completion of the stub. We are allowed to participate at the Exercise Bike Challenge. Since the indoor bike units are limited – ( 20 participants per batch) The Exercise Bike Challenge was divided into 3 group.

The first batch started their exercise challenge for a total of 20 minutes at around past 2:15 pm , Our batch started the exercise challenge around past 2:40 pm ( second batch)  and the last batch started around past 3:20 pm. This is some sort of warm-up for those who are first timers.


The actual competition started with a short warm-up exercise and audio-video presentation.  It took about 10 to 15 minutes before the actual competition took place. ( 20 minutes ) the one who had the most pedaled distance in 20 minutes are declared the winners. (  There were 3 batches ). When the winners were finally announced, There are from first , second and third batch who won the first , second and third place.

It was a wonderful experience for all of us who participated at the challenge. I have not participated at the actual competition since i am not a competitive biker and it was observed by some participants and visitors that organizers should not have lumped -up those participants who are not biker by re-classifying the competition into ( amateur and professional ). Some of the participants have experiences in mountain and in outdoor biking.

Photo credits: Ms. Vance Madrid , San Marino FB page and Robinsons Starmills 

Note: The organizers of the indoor bike challenge must be conscious with time management since our batch was initially booked for the 1:50 pm  but was moved to the second batch since only 20 bikers can be accommodated per batch. I also wrote at the comment and suggestion slip at the venue area. ( survey conducted by the organizers)










Kumpares 24 Hours Restaurant in Quirino Avenue, Paranaque

Kumpares is a 24 hour pares restaurant which had a capacity of between 20 to 30 people at any given time. This is one of the few places that is open when you visit the famed Baclaran church.

Kumpares Restaurant

Our first visit was 2 years ago, second visit was last year, third visit was Maundy Thursday April 13 and 4th Good Friday April 14, 2017  and  then We again ate at this place yesterday. This is our fifth time to eat at this place.

menu board

The menus are well-posted. The restaurant is well-lighted and located along Quirino Avenue, just a few meters away from the 2 churches. Santa Rita of Casia and Baclaran Church. 

rice and chicken pares

There were 3 of us and we ordered chicken , pork pares priced at Php 65.00 and their unlimited rice. The pares soup is quite salty. The chicken and pork meat are deep fried but not really that good, since what we got are the bony parts. At least we got free soup.

Bagnet Pares at Php 95 that we ordered. It was crisp and not oily. There are chili paste, calamansi and soy sauce to accompany .

Service is quite quick, since i think we were the only customers of the pares store at 6:00 am . Price is affordable even to the masses.

The saving grace for this 24 hour pares restaurant, is that it had been in business for more than 3 years. Thus had some loyal clientele.

We do not know what happened to the dishes of this pares store, since we last eaten there last April.  It needs to bring back the good old days.  Hope the management of this place will improve the quality of the pares meal and unlimited rice.

Savoring the Flavors of 7 Flavors Buffet and ala Carte

Savoring the flavors of the buffet meals offered by 7 Flavors Buffet and ala Carte restaurant located along A. Mabini street within San Juan City . The restaurant name was derived from 7 flavors in having something sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy, umami and astringent.


This is not my first time to visit this famous buffet and ala carte restaurant. This place had been getting a lot of positive reviews. Some television and movie outfits had some portion of their films shot within the confine of the establishment. I have tasted the maja blanca, carrot cake and some pastries , They are not overly sweet . There is also an area for unlimited juice drinks like orange juice or ice tea. There is also an area for do-it-yourself halo-halo and ice cream serving like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

Celebrity Chef Boy Logro is one of the proprietors of the restaurant, his inspiring stories are an inspiration to all.

7 Flavors Buffet Promo

The restaurant offers a lot of local and international dishes served during their weekday buffet meal which cost Php 399.99 Lunch and Php 499.99 Dinner ( Monday to Thursday )  and Php 599.00 from Friday to Sunday – Lunch Time starts at 11:00 to 2:30pm ) and Dinner between 5:30pm to 10:00pm ). There are additional 3 to 4 dishes added during the weekends.

There is ample parking space , large dining are ideal between 130 to 160 people at any given day . We decided to re-visit this restaurant during weekend. There is an ample WIFI connection.

It was a bit rainy last weekend and there are already a lot of people eating . The clientele is within San Juan, Mandaluyong , Ortigas and there are some regulars from Manila and Quezon City – This is San Juan’s best kept secret which is clean comfortable and yet affordable.

Here are some of the exciting dishes served at the buffet area.

Taco and Nachos – one had a chance to create your own taco and nachos fillings, the ground beef had a savory curry flavor , chopped tomatoes with onions salsa, cheese. This is one of our favorite appetizer or snack item .  Tacos are created by the restaurant staff and not your ordinary commercialized versions.

Sushi station

sushi  and sashimi station had a lot to offer and they are made from fresh ingredients.

beef carving station

The beef is soft and bite size portion is big .  A special sauce is good to accompany this dish.

lechon macao

roast chicken


shrimps, mussels , clams with black and green olives

There is also a good selection of fruits like watermelon , pineapple and cataloupe

How to Get to 7 Flavors Buffet and Ala Carte

Aside from your regular ride apps and ride sharing taxi services. The place is fairy accessible to jeepney routes.

1.) There is an orange shuttle along Wilson street or Greenhills Shopping which ply the route. ( Php 8.00 minimum fare)

2.) Agora Puregold or D. Santiago street in front of Iglesia ni Cristo ( N. Domingo Street ) – There is a jeepney signage with San Juan, Little Baguio, Kalentong via Wilson route.  ( Php 8.00 minimum fare)

There is an active FB account and the restaurant is listed under ZomatoPH


Contact : 721-0653 | 0917-6700291

Address: 196 A. Mabini Street,Addition Hills, San Juan City







5 Loaves & 2 Fish Restaurant : Cooking from the Heart

5 Loaves & 2 Fish Restaurant was the brainchild of Ms. Dinah Grace M. Miro. She used to help her mother with cooking their food during her childhood days. Her passion is from the heart.

Ms. Dinah Grace M. Miro 

Her interest includes baking and cooking . She was the youngest among the sibling.  During special occasions, she would serve home made specialties to her visitors and friends.

5 Loaves & 2 Fish signage

On September 2011, Her lavosh became one of the top choices at the ” Ultimate Taste Test ” among over 50 Best Food entered at the Mercato Centrale event.

She would eventually opened a stall with her specialties at CCF Tiendesitas in Pasig City. The restaurant have a sitting capacity of between 65 to 68 people at any given occasion.  It is also wise to pre-book the restaurant whenever there is a family occasion and gathering.

inspirational messages on wall

The proprietor had two trade names in mind when they decided to register at the SEC and DTI , but they are already taken . She then prayed so that an appropriate name will be granted. She took the inspiration from the bible.

The Rock with signage of 5 Loaves and 2 Fish restaurant

John 6:1-14 New International Version

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Best Sellers Dishes

Crispy Veggie Lavosh sometimes referred to as Armenian lavash, is a soft, thin unleavened flat bread made in …. Lavash, lavosh, or lahvosh is a gigantic, paper-thin, blistery, tortilla-like flatbread common throughout Armenia, Turkey, and Iran. The bread is served with tomato and coriander salsa dip, chicken liver , pesto burlee and garlic oil with dulong fish . This appetizer is ideal for sharing between 3 to 5 people. Php 250 per serving.

The pesto is a little bit sweet and some of the side dishes are tapered to cater the Filipino palate. One can mix all the four kinds of dips and form an interesting mixture.

Balayan Salad is a combination of green lettuce, chopped fresh tomatoes with quesong puti cheese and tinapa flakes with grated parmesan cheese. ( This will be offered starting this month ) The tinapa flakes are mild and does not overpower the taste of the salad.

High 5 Salad– a healthy combination of lettuce leaves, flavorful balsamic vinegar and guava puree blend of pleasant and unique taste. with sundried tomatoes , candied nuts , diced guava , grated parmesan cheese. ( Php 285) per serving

Beef Salpicao is another must have dish, the beef tenderloin  is baked and sliced into cubes. the meat is tender topped with slices of bird’s eye chilies , banana chiliesand fried chopped garlic. This comes with rice. ( Php 375 ) – ideal sharing between 2 to 3 people.

Salmon with Four Kinds of Cheese – Salmon fillet , topped with 4 kinds of cheese and topped with melted cheese on a bed of mashed potatoes. (Php 385) per serving.

Lengua with olives – The ox tongue is cooked perfectly with special sauce .

Pasta with ClamThis pasta is among the best sellers of the restaurant.

Pork Ribs Barbecue with special marinated sauce. This takes at least  4 to 6 hours to cook the pork , hence the meat is tender and tasty.

Pastries and Cakes – The restaurant had a good selection of cakes which can be ordered on per slice or whole piece.

wide array of cakes to choose from

What is nice about the products that they serve is that the company had a special tie-up with the local cooperative of San Isidro which is based from Davao. Like sourcing their cocoa powder from local producers.

The price range is between Php 145 to Php 180 per slice. They are not overly sweet compared to some well-known bakeshop. Among their best sellers are the cheesecake, chocolate cakes, pink guava cakes, matcha green tea cheesecake , dulce de leche,  among others.

array of appetizer meal, main dishes and pastries served at the restaurant


There is a Father’s Day weekend promo from June 16-18! For a minimum spending of P 1,500 single receipt, you’ll get a free glass of wine to go with your sumptuous feast. For reservations, please call 366-5375 or 09971094210

How to Commute:

The place is fairy accessible via all modes of transportation , there is an AUX express route from any parts of the city going to Fairview area , just try to drop off at Ever Gotesco ( Commonwealth ) and one had to cross the foot bridge going to Holy Spirit Drive going to the tricycle station bay.

There are also passenger jeep which ply SM North, Trinoma or Eaton Centris – Php 14.00

For those coming from Sauyo, Bagbag, Talipapa, Novaliches area- there are short cut route going to Holy Spirit drive which traverses several subdivisions .

tricycle station

ordinary fare coast about Php 9.00 per head , while special fare cost Php 30.00

Note: Prices for the menus, cakes are subject to change without prior notice. For more information about the prices and reservations , please visit the links below.

Address: The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive , Don Antonio Heights Subd. Quezon City 

Operational Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:00am to 10:00 pm, Friday to Sunday 11:00 am to 11:00pm 

Cellphone : 0920-9170167 / 366-5375


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