Friday, January 28, 2011

Kanin Club Restaurant in Ayala Triangle Park, Makati

I had a dinner with my colleagues together with our trainers from Philippines who bring us to this nice place. Their anchovies salad and fried fish were the menu which stands out.

Taste:9/10(Delicious. The food here is unique and distinctive taste. Good recommendation for Filipino food).
Price:6/10(Moderate. This restaurant price is above moderate by Philippines standard. Each person need to spend about 400 Peso for a typical dinner with tummy full).

Located beside Ayala Triangle park.

Fried anchovies salad. Good!

Rice with crab roe (Aligue).

Fried talapia. Crispy and yummy.

Seafood platter consist of squid, prawn & oysters.

Mango fried rice. A bit sour.

Stir fry squid.

Some sort of vegetable wrap with sweet sauce. Good. Not sure whether this is called "lumpiang sariwa".

GPS/Coordinate: 14.556232, 121.024203
Address: Ayala Triangle, Paseo De Roxas, Corner Makati Ave. Makati, Metro Manila.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Recipes by Cafe Metro @ Greenbelt 3, Makati

This is a famous restaurant in Greenbelt mall serving Filipino food and the price is reasonable too.

Taste:8/10(Good. Their spicy squid appetizer is quite good. Don't feel like eating squid because its too crispy and soft on the inside. Gising gising is another attraction here. Good mixture of pork & long bean).
Price:6/10(Moderate. The dish below set us back around 450 Peso per person for two)


Going to start eating.

Spicy squid.

Gising gising. This is long bean cooked with pork and coconut milk.
Lechon kawalli with kangkong. For me this dish is normal.

Of course the tamarind sour soup, Sinigang.

2/F Greenbelt 3, Esperanza St., Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Phone:(02) 728-0917

Pho Hoa @ Paseo Center, Makati

Pho Hoa is a Vietnamese chain restaurant which have outlets in USA, Canada and Asia. For me in Vietnamese restaurant, you must try their beef noodles. If that dish is done correctly, that's means that they are really serious on making the business growing and they are really good at it. I can see that every outlet of this restaurant in Philippines is really full of customers especially during lunch & dinner.

Taste:9/10(Delicious. Their beef noodle portion is big and taste is good, above average. Soup is nice without trace of artificial additive. I do like they served raw vegetables and don't mind to add more).
Price:6/10(Moderate. The price of a bowl of large beef noodles around 200 Peso which is quite reasonable).

Look out for this sign. Pho Hoa - Noodle soup. Their noodle soup is indeed good.

Vietnamise food should have this. Raw vegetables for the hot soup is simply refreshing.

Spicy noodles which is good.

Rice plate set. Grilled Chicken & Fried Roll served with steam rice and vegetable.

8757 Paseo de Roxas-
Corner Sadeno St
St. Salcedo Village
Makati City

You may find out other outlet by visiting their website.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fely J's Restaurant in Greenbelt 5, Makati

This restaurant located in Greenbelt 5 mall serve very good Filipino food. Among the best items is their pork knuckles. The sour soup (sinigang) is also good and tasty. Their mango with glutinous rice dessert with ice cream topping is outstanding.

Taste:9/10(Excellent. Good and tasty local Filipino food).
Price:5/10(Near expensive. By Philippines standard this restaurant is considered as expensive. Each main dish will cost around 250-450 Peso depends what your ordered).

The menu book.

Sinigang. Filipino sour soup with pork, tamarind, radish, long bean, tomatoes and water crest.

Rice with lots of fried anchovies. Good.

Their pork knuckles. Superb, crispy & fatty!

Braised pork with garlic. Fantastic.

Egg plant with eggs. Served with some pickled radish & tomato.

Roasted chicken.

Sinfully dessert. With mango slice & glutinous rice at the bottom plus sweet coconut sugar.

2/F Greebelt 5, Legaspi St.,
Legaspi Village, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Incident when staying in Makati, Manila

Before I reached Makati, I heard a lot of bad publicity on the city of Manila itself. The Makati city is actually not bad in terms of working condition, shopping & lifestyle. However, when you are outside of it, the world seems to be changed. The imbalanced distribution on the national wealth, has lead to the huge gap in income between the rich & the poor. You can hardly see any middle income earner in the city. It would be either very rich or poor. Most of the people here blame the current condition to the dictator rule or Ferdinand Marcos and poor management of the previous administration. Can you imagine that Marcos wife have more than 2,700 pairs of luxury shoe collection. I wonder how on earth this person can be so greedy until letting their own people to suffer.

Manila was once ranked second in economic power in Asia after Japan during the World War 2, now slips to become among nation in poverty. During my stay there, the daily newspaper featured murder cases and bombing case on the first page. Scary though. In Makati itself, the security officer is located everywhere and each of them are equipped with shot gun. When going into shopping complex, each visitor will be checked against the metal detector and visual inspection on bag. Just because of some extremist/terrorist over here, means that everyone have to suffer the difficulties.

This bombing incident is just around 5km away. The bus exploded 4 killed while 14 injured. Some of my colleagues get phone call from their family on their concern on our safety.

The Philippine STAR. Dangerous to become car trader there. Several cases in one week.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Kanteen @ Paseo Centre, Makati

No sure of what to have during lunch and want to try some local Filipino food. Do try out the Kanteen mixed rice stall in Paseo Centre.

Taste:8/10(Good. I like the way they stew their pork here. Their vegetable wrap is also good. Filled with carrot, French bean & cabbage).
Price:7/10(This whole set of items cost me around 150 Peso).

My lunch set of mixed vegetable wrap, stew pork, some cabbage & sour soup.

Sinigang, sour soup.

Mixed vegetables wrap with carrot, French bean & cabbage.

Paseo Center, 2nd Level,
8757 Paseo de Roxas cor. Sedeno St.
Salcedo Village,
Makati, Philippines.

Ministop Fried Chicken Set

The good thing about the convenience stores in Philippines is the availability of hot and fresh from oven food. They convenience store functions just like a fast food chain as well serving simple food to the public. Some more the fried chicken prepared from these stores is very good, fresh from hot oil & comes with rice. Oh, I missed out one item. It also comes with gravy.

Taste:10/10(Excellent. I would rate the fried chicken in Makati as very well done and its good. The skin is crispy, meat is still tender and juicy and the rice accompany the chicken is just nice.
Price:7/10(Moderate at 120 Peso for two pieces chicken, rice & plus one cup of Lipton ice lemon tea. At this price it is considered as a budget meal and fast option).

Yummy, delicious & crispy fried chicken.

Ministop fried chicken set with rice. This cost around 120 Peso.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Resort World Manila in Newport, Makati

Resort World Manila (RWM) located at Newport in Makati is the Manila's first integrated tourist destination. Besides RWM, there is other casino located within the area - Maxim. The Marriott hotel also located in this area as well. Opposite RWM, located the operation centre of Star Cruises. The Star Cruises group which was formerly based in Hong Kong & Kuala Lumpur has been shifted to Makati due to lower operating cost and the opportunity to venture into the Philippines market. But the casino market in the Philippines seems to be quite saturated as it is legalized here for quite some time. There are many casino around the city of Makati itself - PAGCOR, Hyatt Hotel & others.

Maxims hotel.

Resort World Manila.

Inside Resort World Manila.

The building is still new and not yet fully occupied. They only have high end products though.

Signboard to the hotels.

Star Cruises centre.

Salcedo Saturday Market in Makati, Manila

I found out this market from Google Maps which actually located quite near to our hotel (Fraser Place Makati). It is just 5 minutes away walking distance. The market seems like our "pasar malam" in Malaysia. The unique thing in this market is that you can find a variety stuff of food which can't find in Malaysia. The location is within the expatriate living area and condominiums. You can find many Filipino, French, Spanish, Chinese & Italian cuisine. Great that I am able to visit this market on the saturday morning at 7.30am before I going for class at 9am.

This market is actually located inside the Jamie C. Velasquez Park.

Roasted cow. Wow! They roast the whole cow.

Roasted pork.

I like this juice. Dalandan taste almost similar like orange juice but with some distinctive taste.

Salted eggs. Quite different as they salted eggs are all red.

Local food. Mixed rice in the early morning.

Roasted chicken or chicken inasal.

Variety of roasted food.

Deep fried quilt.

Nice pineapple.

Roasted fish.

Many types of lasagna.

The carrots are so fresh.

This is how the market arrangement looks like.

Fresh vegetables. Beetroot, radish, spinach, pepper, asparagus & etc.

Chinese dish. Siew mai or pork dumpling.

Variety of seafood. Prawn, mantis prawn, fish & etc.

Even frog meat are available.

Poultry & eggs.

Located at intersection of Toledo & L.P.Leviste.


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