Herb and Lemon Roasted Chicken
It’s always a treat for me and my sister whenever there would be a chance where we’ll be both at home during the weekends and have dinner. And since Mang Juan and Chooks-to-go (Local rotisseries) are just at the corner of our house we always end up buying from them. And this is one of the rare occasion that I would go to the groceries and cook for us, so i took the the opportunity to do so. I copied this recipe from Sarap Diva’s episodes and from FoodandWine Magazine.
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Saturday Afternoon at Fez Moroccan Restaurant.
I always walk around Serendra and hanging out at Sonja’s or Sentro for a wonderful dessert in the afternoon. I’ve never noticed this small restaurant sandwiched between two fine dining restos but last saturday I got to try their food. As simple as it is from the outside, the interior of Fez is extremely extravagant and exotic, with Middle Eastern lamps dangling from the ceiling and the warm and homey feel of the couches with a dimly lit bar, I fell in love with it.
As I sat down, i was served Foamy Iced tea in which I thought it was 70% foam and 30% Liquid but then as I took a sip it was foamy because of the crushed ice and you could still drink a lot from one glass. After the drinks, they served us appetizers, Crispy Papadums with Greek Yogurt. Really yummy, it has a good punch of heat in it which would get your appetite going.
Then they served us Beef and Chicken Kebabs with Basmati Rice topped with butter. Mmmmm…. butter… rice… two of the best side dishes I want together in a dish. Since I grew up in Dubai and I know legit Middle Eastern Food when I taste one and surely their Kebabs had passed my quite discriminating palette. Their beef kebabs were cooked medium rare, just the way I like them. And if youre expecting your chicken to be dry since the outside is all burnt well, fear not! Their chicken was just perfect and still juicy inside.
As we progress to the next dish which is their Merguez Pizza, I reminisce on how much I miss the Middle East. So, their pizza is a definite must try, must order, must finish and must not share! The toppings overwhelms and overflows yet their crust is still crispy and could still hold everything together despite being rolled thin. YUM!!!
And here comes the piece de resistance, The Moroccan tagine. Slow cooked in the traditional tagine clay pot and served along with it are three other small tagines containing spices wherein you should mix the spices to your liking. Fez Serendra artistically deconstructed the tagine stew by segregating the ingredients instead of a mash of ingredients. Inspired from a Filipino resto in New York which created a deconstructed Kare-Kare.
The dish is just so good. Flavors are bursting with different spices and very soft, fall of the bone beef is simply divine.
Overall, my Fez experience is really amazing and quite nostalgic. Legit Middle Eastern Flavors right in the heart of Bonifacio Global City.
Come visit them and enjoy a Pizza or the Tagine most specially.
Fez Gastro Pub is at the
Serendra Commercial Strip
26th St.Fort Bonifacio
Tel. No. 901-1840
BAGNET 8065 <Revisited>
Pork loin and lomo b oiled till it’s fall of the bone then deep fried and allowed to sit for days before it gets deep fried again before being served. Tell me who doesn’t like the sound of that? Laden it up with your favorite pinoy viands’ sauce like Dinuguan, Kare-Kare or Pinakbet, I’m sure that this would give you ecstasy.
Bagnet 8065 offers a variety of sauces for the Bagnet and you ought to try them all and my favorite? The classic sinigang. Imagine sipping the soury soup of the Sinigang and munching on the crunchy skin of the bagnet, it’s just amazing.
I live near Bagnet 8065 and I eat there every chance I get. This is my kind of comfort food, simple yet satisfying. Comfort food that you would eat on a lonely rainy evening, coz’ crying yourself to sleep or reminiscing on whatever dark and cold past you have is way too mainstream and dreadful for me.
Each serving of their budget meal would just cost you 120.00 pesos. SUPER SULIT! And Im sure you would order another cup of rice anmd it would be for 30.00 pesos. That would be the best 150.00 pesos that you would ever spend!
8065 Estrella St., San Antonio Village, Makati City
Telephone: +632 519-6511
Monday to Saturday 11am – 12mn;
Sunday 5pm – 12mn
Ikkoryu Fukouka Ramen (SM AURA)
IKKORFYU FUKUOKA RAMEN is a Tonkotsu ramen from Yamagoya Ramen of Japan, which has been around since 1970, specializing in Chikuho noodles.
A few weeks ago I’ve tried out this awesome Ramen place in SM Aura which has a very cool and very homey interior. The whole place is surrounded with wood panels with a Japanese love story written all through out the whole 350+ panels.
Anyway, I had the chance to taste their specialties and their best sellers. First, I tried their Gyoza. Not really a big fan of Gyoza because most of what I tried taste so bland and sometimes I cant taste the pork in it. But, their Gyoza is really good, I wouldn’t normally eat more than 1 gyoza and surprisingly I finished three.
Gyoza. Crunchy outside but very juicy and delicious inside.
AJITAMA TONKOTSU (P330) Ikkoryu original hearty Tonkotsu ramen garnished with Chashu, green onion, bamboo shoots, wood ear and dried seaweed. Topped with a special half-boiled egg that is fully marinated with a special blended soy sauce base. Add some ground sesame seeds and this meal would take you to a different place.
Even after I took gazillion of photos, the noodles didn’t get too soggy or too drenched in the soup. It was still al dente and chewy when it reached my mouth. I was slurping out the whole time because it was just so damn good! The Ajitama and Chasu really adds personality to the dish.
Yuzu-Tama Tonkotsu (P 380). Flavored with yuzukosho, a local and traditional spice from the Kyushu region. A fermented paste blended with yuzu peel, a Japanese citrus, chili and salt, the yuzukosho provides intense flavors and some heat.
Really Spicy and the flavor is just intense! (I mean it an a good way haha) This is our favorite out of all the Ramen I tasted in the restaurant or any other ramen places. Just by looking at the whole bowl itself, you know that this would taste really good. The broth has a very enticing aroma in it. I could go on forever on how good this Ramen is but I wont, I want you guys to try it out yourselves! Worth every cent, I swear!
BLACK GARLIC TONKOTSU (P380). Tonkotsu soup mixed with special roast garlic oil.
Another best seller from Ikkoryu, the Roasted garlic aroma just wafts around the whole bowl which would just make you drool. I’m a big garlic lover and I really enjoyed eating this dish. It has a different depth of flavor, you’ll enjoy more of the nutty, roasted taste of the Gralic oil than the pork broth in this dish. Definitely a must try.
Teriyaki Chicken Wings (P180) Really really good! Every bite is just a delight on your mouth. After eating three bowls of Ramen all you wanna do is just eat something fried.
Macha Ice Cream, Sea Salt Caramel and Ice Cream Shiratama Zenzai. The desserts, a very nice way to end every meal is with desserts. And no one could ever go wrong with Ice Cream. Ikkoryu’s ICe Cream is really heavenly and delectable.
IKKORYU FUKUOKA RAMEN PHILIPPINES
Level 2. SM Aura, Taguig.