Pizza Warehouse: Buy 1 Take 1 Cheese Pizza
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2y ago
I recently discovered buy 1 take 1 coupons in an app. It was pretty interesting since this offers a 50% off on a specific men item for participating restaurants. First off, we tried Pizza Warehouse in Glorietta. For 99 pesos, we got to 2 huge slice of classic cheese pizza. One was already requested for take out. You get a cheese pizza, that's it. No other toppings. The cheese wasn't overflowing, it's just the right amount. The flavor wasn't strong either. It's a good deal for the buy 1 take 1 promo. But of you are looking for more savory, tangy, and loaded pizzas, you might want to orde ..read more
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BLK 513: Love it at its Darkest
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2y ago
Sweet and healthy is becoming a thing nowadays and the activated charcoal infused yogurt rides the trend. The black yogurt caught my curiousity the first time I saw their stall at Megamall. It was a day before their opening so I wasn't able to try it then. Several months later, we went to BLK 513 on their opening day at S'Maison and got coupons for a free treat since we were part of the first 100 customers. Dark Skim Cup Black version of yogurt. Activated charcoal doesn't really have a flavor. It's a bit more sour compared to the one served in Llao llao, another yogurt plac ..read more
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Tony Roma's: Back-to-back Ribs
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2y ago
Thanks to a discount voucher, we were able to score buy 1 take 1 full rack ribs with a side of coleslaw, and a choice of corn, rice, or fries. Ribs were tender in general and easy to separate from the bone. Most of the flavor was on the bbq sauce. The fries were salted just right. Some even had some sort of flavor perhaps from the juices of the ribs. To refresh the pallette, take a bite from the coleslaw. For the ambiance, the store's entrance downstairs had a more bar-like feel with all the dim lights and the actual bar being downatairs. It's also a bit cramped up down there. But ..read more
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Kumori: Fluffy Buns and Tasty Pastries
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2y ago
Kumori, cloud in Japanese, describes the fluffiness of their bread. It is a Japanese bakery which had a stall in SM Makati. We had a few of their items for lunch. Yes, dessert first before main dish. You can never go wrong with bread and pastries. Matcha Bun (Php 50) In terms of taste, this is my favorite among the three. Slightly bitter matcha filling, cream filling, and soft bun balance each other to form a semi-sweet snack. I would go back to get more of these. Green Apple Bun (Php 45) Best in terms of aesthetic, this bun mimicked an apple - from the layer of green coating, a pretze ..read more
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Golden King Restaurant Buffet
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2y ago
Buffets are now all everywhere. We decided to try this Chinese-Japanese buffet with an online discount voucher. Since we arrived around an hour after opening time, food on display was already depleted. Of course there was maki, though fillings were not that varied. The Chinese buffet staple, pancit and yangchow were available. You can also get some veggies and other ready to eat viands including chunks of crab. A grill was available per table but it's not the smokeless type you see in other more popular buffet chains. There were bacon wrapped veggies, some meat, and chick ..read more
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Mexicali
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2y ago
Hungry for a Mexican fix, we found ourselves snacking on a burrito and a taco at Mexicali, Glorietta. Chicken chunks, tomatoes, cheese, and rice all wrapped into one heavy snack (or meal). The meat did not really have that strong taste of Mexican spices but it was okay for me since I prefer a milder flavor. It also came with a side of a few nachos. Generously topped with cheese, the taco also came with 3 dips and pita bread. I just hope the dips were refillable like another Mexican food place we went to. This is good place to fill yourself up before or after a day of ..read more
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Morelli's Gelato
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2y ago
Just perfect for the hot hot weather. We already said good bye to the cold breeze so here we are looking for a substitute. We got online discount vouchers to try out the gelato concoctions of Morelli's. Served in uniquely shaped glassware, you can admire and enjoy the gelato at the same time. I got an Almond Amaretto which had a scoop of coffee, vanilla, and hazelnut gelato. It came with a small shot of warm amaretto liquor. The sweetness of the gelato complemented bitterness of the liquor. This was more evident with the sweet hazelnut gelato. My friend got a special offer ge ..read more
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XO 46 Heritage Bistro: Pinoy Food and Hospitality
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2y ago
Looking around the newest retail area in MOA Complex, we spotted a Filipino restaurant with great interiors and an awesome "uniform" for their servers. It's not actually a uniform but a full Filipiniana complete with a headdress. And mind you, they speak eloquently in Tagalog, capturing the natural rhythm of the language. We felt an air of hospitality while asking one of their personnel about the menu. After ordering, we were given some mini puto and conrnick to munch on. The puto came with two types of butter - the regular, and the one with aligue. For the soup, we had Suam na ..read more
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Ooma: Rolls and Rolls of Flavor
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2y ago
After trying out Ooma for first time, I can already say that this is one of my favorite places for maki. Their combinations were all interesting and the appetizing menu photos just made the decision to choose our orders harder. Since we were dining here for the first time and there's only two of us, we limited our orders to three items. Scallop and Tuna Aburi Maki Torched rolls with flavorful sauces and melt in your mouth scallops atop a wooden serving tray were consumed immediately. We wanted more. Unagi Maki This was an adventure to my friend who never ate eel before. l told her ..read more
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Pho Hoa: Noodles and Rolls
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2y ago
For our Friday lunch out, we ordered spring rolls, salad, and noodles with a Vietnamese twist. I'm not really familiar with Vietnamese food so I followed the recommendations of my colleagues. This is also a good place for vegetarians since they have a separate menu for their vegetarian offerings. Serving size of the noodles and entrees are good for sharing so we shared meals by pair. Pair 1: Chicken noodle soup and fried spring rolls. Pair 2: Brisket Flank Pho and fresh spring rolls. Pair 3: Chicken noodle soup and Chicken salad. I liked the spring rolls, both the fresh and frie ..read more
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