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cebu eats: zubuchon

June 7th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

What else is new?  We ate our way through Cebu.  We didn’t even get to visit the Mactan Shrine, the Magellan Cross and the Basilica as we were busy eating and looking for more Cebu eats.  I guess if my Dad was with us during this trip, his joints won’t hurt as much compared to our trip in Malaysia last year where he went looking for knee walker deal across town.

First stop was Zubuchon.  Still with our luggage in tow, we rode the airport taxi and went straight to One Mango Square.  The driver initially asked our destination hotel and he laughed when he heard that we wanted to go to Zubuchon.  I think he understood that we were not on vacation to relax but to eat.  And that’s just what we did.

cebu eats

cebu eats


cebu eats

cebu eats


cebu eats

cebu eats


cebu eats



saboten philippines

May 28th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

We had lunch at Mamou two weeks ago and I was surprised to know that a Saboten Philippine branch would soon open here. We had a chance to try Saboten during our trip to Hong Kong this year and it’s very similar to Yabu except that Saboten has more side dishes. Rice, cabbage, pickled mushrooms, cucumbers and radish are served together with your Katsu dish and they’re all refillable.

We enjoyed dinner there except we had to wait for almost an hour just to get a table. But then again, we would always endure the wait and go to such lengths for good food.

saboten philippines
saboten philippinesWe were given water and hot tea upong seating. There was also a towelette. Not warm but it’s but better than nothing.

saboten philippinesI guess you know her by now. My daughter and travel buddy.

saboten philippinesAnd the “grinding” begins…See the side dishes (cabbage, pickled cucumbers and mushrooms)

saboten philippinesI truly enjoyed nibbling on these two. I think we had 2 or 3 refills of this.

saboten philippinesThe unlimited cabbage and Katsu sauce with freshly-ground sesame seeds care of my daughter.

saboten hong kongMy order of Pork katsu. I forgot which kind I ordered as there was a bunch of choices but what the heck, I was after the crunch and it didn’t disappoint.

saboten hong kongMy daughter’s order of Chicken katsu with fresh radish. I forgot the name of this dish but this chicken comes with its own sauce. I still prefer my Katsu.

saboten hong kongCloser shot of the mushrooms.

saboten philippinesDinner time.

Now I don’t know what to expect with Saboten Philippines. I hope the Katsu is as good as the one we had in Hong Kong and I’m truly hoping that they serve the same side dishes.

Lower Ground Floor Henry House,
42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2895 4111

Serendra, Bonifacio Global City
(beside Power Books and near Mamou)


IHOP Philippines

April 11th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m not a huge fan of pancakes but my kids love them, even the ones I make at home. That’s why we were ecstatic hearing about a new pancake place. IHOP, the International House of Pancake! We don’t have to settle for Pancake House each and every time we have this craving. And making a stack at home is pointless as I’m too lazy and too impatient. Yeah, I’m impatient like that. You know how you can’t put the flames on high and have to wait for each pancake to bubble up and get that right kind of brown. On each side!!!! Do you get me? I hate waiting. Patience has never been my strongest quality. While I enjoy browsing for clothes, celphone and even soccer trophies online for hours, I can’t give a minute’s time for those round things.

Anyway, it was my niece’s birthday when we first went there. As I decided on my order, I noticed that most pancakes on others’ tables were barely touched or consumed. So that was a warning that IHOP’s pancakes may not be that good. So I ordered French toast instead. And I enjoyed it.

And I was right about the pancakes….the pancakes suck. We went there the second time around and my son ordered pancakes and they were not fluffy and light the way good pancakes should be. They were bad. Don’t order pancakes now. I think you have to give IHOP time to perfect those.  Anyway, when the bill came I was so surprised.  Our bill didn’t even reach the 2K mark but we ordered so many and we were so full.  Very affordable, indeed.  I won’t include it in my Cheap Eats category but for the serving size and price, pwede na!!!!

Choices, choices. I love the Old-fashioned and Butter Pecan.

With my lunch or brunch partner…

Splashberry. This is refreshing and best part is, it’s refillable. Even the strawberries are refillable!

My order of French Toast. I shared this with my daughter. Good thing I ordered just one as I can’t finish one serving of this.

My side dishes that come with an order of Create Your Own French Toast. The bacon sucks but the hash brown is good with a hint of onion in every bite.

My sister’s order. I forgot what this is.

My niece had the same order as mine but she chose sausage instead of bacon.

Crepe with Fresh fruits on top. It’s savory and sweet at the same time.

The birthday girl with my daughter

This was the second visit with my son this time. I ordered the same thing but with sausage this time. I told ya, I’m not that adventurous when it comes to sampling other items on the restaurant menu.

My son’s Breakfast Sampler with Pancakes.


IHOP Philippines
W Global Center
30th Street cor 9th Avenue
BGC, Taguig


Relish “Hello” Happiness

March 11th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

That’s a mouthful for a restaurant name, right? But having a meal at Relish Hello, Happiness is definitely more than a mouthful. Big serving. I wasn’t even able to finish my order of Chicken Kebabs. But I had room for their New York Cheesecake which is a “must order” if you’re a cheesecake lover. The consistency is perfect and I love that I get bits of orange or lemon rind in there. The crust isn’t that thick which is a pet peeve of mine when it comes to crusted pies and cheesecakes.

But not all can be good, right? Downside is the resto is a bit on the expensive side. Nothing under 300 for a full meal with rice or mashed potato. Even the small plates/appetizers cost more than 200 pesos an order. The lovely NY cheesecake is P180. But I’ll gladly shell out 200 bucks for that. No problem. The dishes, on the other hand, are delicious but nothing unique or spectacular. I can get the same delicious dishes elsewhere at slightly lower prices. But the iced tea is good. I would also go back for that. It’s perfect now that it’s summer here. And oh, the place is visually appealing and beautiful. If you’re into that kind of thing, go and visit.

Relish Hello, Happines!

Chicken Kebabs. It’s good and I love the aioli dip.

Chicken Salpicao. I love the big button mushrooms. I don’t think it’s the canned version.

Gambas. This is just ok as I’ve eaten one of the best gambas around in Hai Chix and Steaks. That one was the bomb.
New York Cheesecake. Have I told you that I love this? It’s refreshingly different from the commercial cheesecakes that line most restaurants’ cake shelves and displays.

Iced tea. Upsize it. You won’t be sorry.

And let’s see how the place looks like…

The entrance door and a display cabinet to your left with various plates, cakes and cupcakes. I don’t know for sure if those cakes are real.

The staircase to the second floor.

French doors that surround the whole dining area so it’s well-lit with lost of natural light coming in.

Waiting area
Outside. So the resto is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyday.



Relish Hello, Happiness!
74 Scout Limbaga St. Bryg. Laging Handa
Tomas Morato, 1103
Quezon City, Philippines
09266959885 / 352-5492


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stella at BHS Central

February 18th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

So here we are, three weeks into February and Valentine’s day is over.  Thank God.  So it’s time for another restaurant review as I didn’t want to go all valentine on you last week, the reason for no blog update last week. And I’m not the type who puts emphasis on “Hearts Day”.   So i managed to get through one cheesy day unscathed.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll understand. I would rather look at the best selection of class rings than spend my day staring at someone else’s eyes that tend to zero in on long legs and big you know what. If you’re the exact opposite…well, go ahead and roll your eyes. No one’s stopping you from doing HHWWWSW. Go!

Anyway, this post about Stella is actually too late. As in months late. Plus I’ve been having second thoughts about writing about this restaurant as I still can’t decide whether I love or hate the resto. For one, the Porchetta was a huge disappointment. I know it’s pork and should be fatty but serving meat with 50% fat is not something I’d be happy about ever. Whoever does the marketing or purchasing for the resto should be fired. Just my opinion as he’s not so picky about the food items used by the restaurant.

But I love the bread and the complimentary tomato something that goes with the bread. It’s fresh and light and kinda sets the tone for the entire meal. That’s why, going back to the pork, we were surprised with the slab of fat served to us. But we liked the Indian Spiced Chicken Brochettes. We actually enjoyed that and the drinks we ordered that day. And the Roasted Garlic Mushroom Soup was also nice.  You can taste the garlic without losing the taste of the mushrooms.

So is it worth another visit? Maybe, just to try the pizza and other dishes. But coming out of the resto, we can’t help but feel that we should have gone to Mamou instead.

Complimentary bread partnered with this sweet roasted tomato in olive oil

We ordered the homemade brewed iced tea and Ginger Lemonade.

The Roasted Garlic Mushroom Soup.

We shared just one bowl as the serving size is fairly large.

Stella’s Porchetta. See the thick fat. I still get goosebumps thinking about this dish and the fact that my cholesterol level would definitely shoot up if I’ve eaten even just one-fourth of the meat.

But we did enjoy the Indian Spiced Chicken Brochettes. It was so flavorful and the chicken meat was cooked perfectly.

Spanish Chorizo Rice. Not in picture is the Fire-Roasted Corn with peas that went well with the rest of the dishes.

G/F Bonifacio High Street Central
East Superblock, 7th Ave cor 29th St
Fort Bonifacio
(02) 621-3222

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