An afternoon at Bowler, Valero St. Makati.
If you’re office is just near Paseo or you’re over at Ayala triangle garden of the usual bonchon or banapple then, you must definitely try Bowler. It’s an English style pub/resto which serves good English meals 24/7.
It’s a few meters away from Ayala triangle garden. Definitely worth the walk and the search.
When you’re here, I definitely must insist that you guys should order their Fish and Chips. It’s their best seller and it’s really really good! Their Pizzas are pretty great as well.
Come on over!
G/F Paseo Parkview Suites, Valero cor Sedeño, Salcedo Village
The Early Bird Breakfast Club. Century Mall.
Have you ever been to a place so posh and beautiful? Like you would love to sit there the whole afternoon. Well, if you haven’t found any pl;ace like that you haven’t been to The Early Bird Breakfast Club yet. Their walls are painted in very posh pink and hand painted flowers are drawn on the walls too.
Comfty chairs and and a nice vibrant ceiling with a very dashing chandelier. It’s very dreamy. But as soon as you sit down and look the menu, 350.00, 435.00 and 200.00 plus plus prices could make your dreamy vibe into a nightmare.
I just thought that maybe their servings must be pretty big and can be shared by two people. So we ordered their Early Bird Toast for 115.00, Sweet Glazed Katcino (375.00) and their Bacon and Egg Basket (195.00).
When the food arrived we were so surprised to see a plate so detailed and sofa king beautiful. We were also disappointed by the serving size.
We were so hesitant to eat our meal because the plating was really beautiful and we just wanted to take pictures. but then we did. Everything was good, delicious and bacon were crispy! Our favorite was the Katcino, a katsu styled chicken tocino. It was certainly a delight in our mouth and tummy.
And another wonderful sight to see, egg yolk oozing out like lava! Their toast and eggs were well seasoned and taste really good! would’ve loved to order more toast.
So, the food was great and prices and serving size wasn’t! I think The Early Bird Breakfast Club should think of breakfast being the most important meal of the day and it should be serve plentiful and as my model friend would say “Breakfast is the only meal I wouldn’t mind the calories and just pig out” And this placed lacks the “pigging out” part. It’s just too posh ad expensive.
Will I eat here again? Probably. Or would just go back to try their butterbeer other times than that? I’d rather go to the Popular American breakfast franchise, IHOP.
This place had been hyped up since late last year yet I’ve been to it twice and I can’t see why people love to go there. Well, maybe it’s the experience of creating your own pizza. The wide variety of toppings that you can put on your pizza to make it special. But for me, it’s just way too overpriced and not worth waiting in line for.
You have to be in line for like 15 mins before you could reach the cashier and wait for 5 more minutes for your pizza. By that time I could already ate a full meal at other restaurants around the area.
The interiors looks really nice tho. And their CLEAN AS YOU GO policy is strictly implemented which is really nice because Filipinos are used to leaving their tray of food and plates on their table.
Project Pie is triple O for me. Overpriced, Overrated and Overcrowded!
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken, Blue Wave Pasay
30- Centimeters big chicken fillet with super crunchy and spicy breading which originated in Taiwan as a street food but it came to Manila served with rice. Hot Star’s signature deep fried chicken breast comes in three different flavors: the Original Large Fried Chicken (seasoned in salt and pepper), the Crispy Large Fried Chicken, and the BBQ Large Fried Chicken (the original glazed in BBQ sauce).You can choose to make it spicier just ask the cashier to make it spicier. The chicken fillet’s bigger than my face!
The rest of the menu consist’s of Fish (which I really loved). Spaghetti, Chicken Popcorn (3 flavors to choose from) and Sandwiches.
It was just a small space in bluebay really intended for it to be a snack house.
I’ve been to Hot Star a few times now and I always order their fish fillet. Their Fish sandwich is loooove! It’s light and crunchy. A refreshing taste from the heavily coated chicken. Soft and tender inside, super crunchy on the outside.
Chicken fillet costs 110.00 pesos and add 35.00 for rice and a glass of soda. Their Sandwiches is at 145.00 pesos.
Oh and they have desserts too! A soft serve ice cream which costs just 15.00 pesos would surely give your meal a happy ending. The have shakes too that comes in two flavors, Gulaman and Almond!
A take out counter (which I’ve never seen open) is available for customers who wants their meals for takeout.
Go Try it out!
cafe Adriatico launches New Dishes as it turned 35.
Time, it was visible in all four corners of the restaurant. From the creaky wooden floors as you walk pass by every wooden board, the antique decorations that scattered all over the restaurant, the wooden windows ornated with clear shells that looked like paper. And even in the people who comes over and dine at the restaurant.
Cafe Adriatico was one of the survivors and the proprietors of Malate where it once flourished and was once considered the “IT” place in the Metro, the BGC or the High Street of the late 70’s to the early 90’s. Cafe Adriatico withstood time and Filipino’s cravings for westernization.
It was actually my first time in the restaurant and I know nothing of their origins only that they serve one of the very popular desserts and dishes like Sikreto Ni Maria and Binukadkad na Pla-Pla. I was lucky enough to be invited as they celebrate their 35th Anniversary and as they unfold and introduce new Dishes to the restaurant. I was also lucky enough to be seated with Miss Lorna Ambas, daughter of the man behind the LJC Group.
Before the meal started Miss Lorna told us a brief history of Cafe Adriatico and what was the life like back then for everyone in Malate. I was very eager to listen to her since I wasn’t born yet during those times. A Golden Age for Ermita. Where now it’s suffering from poverty and from snatchers and pickpockets thriving around the area.
We were served
A perfect introduction to a heavy main ahead. I enjoyed dipping the flatbread in the Gambas’ sauce since it was quite buttery.
Then for the Main Dishes,
Garlic Pork Leg Españole, Spanish style pork leg with fried whole garlic cloves and potatoes in olive oil, served with a tangy herb sauce. Very fancy looking Crispy pata, everyone one who was sitting with us attacked this one first and we were fighting over it since it was very sumptuous and really tasty. It’s more than your regular Crispy pata.
U.S. Tenderloin Steak Solana. Tender beef, pan fried till medium it’s medium rare. It was a delight eating the beef and mushroom together since the beef is really tender and the mushroom could scoop up some of the sauce which taste really great.
Blue Marlin Provencale. I love fish and I would’ve finished everything if I don’t have anyone sitting with me. The sauce compliments the flavor of the fish and gives the fish a new aroma which I know most people avoid fish because of it’s aroma.
Buttered Vegetables. As Miss Lorna told us “Something pa-healthy” since we’ve been eating fatty food the whole evening. And it was also served last so i guess it was really to cut off some of the fat we’ve been putting in.
And we capped off our night with a hot, thick tsokolate-eh. From the Noli and El Fili books, “Tsokolate Eh” were served for the Aristocrats and for someone important. And I felt important sipping that thick, delicious cupette of hot chocolate.
A little something about Cafe Adriatico which I’ve read from their book “Larry Can’t Cook”
Larry wanted a place where he and his friends could meet, enjoy good coffee, tasty food and drink while chatting about the day’s news. Upon the recommendation of his father, Emilio “Abe” Aguilar Cruz, Larry named his first restaurant Cafe Adriatico, after the street it was on. The Cafe emulated the Parisian sidewalk cafes. It offered good food, warm service and a charming ambiance, all at a reasonable price. And since it opened, the cafe became the watering hole for Manila’s who’s who. Today, it remains to be a hub for artists, celebrities, government officials and foodies enjoying Cafe Adriatico dishes such as Spareribs Adobo Rice, Salpicao, Callos, Lola Ising’s Adobo, Knockout Knuckles in garlic and chilies, or a fresh cup of Chocolate Eh!, hot rich Spanish chocolate drink.
After the success of Cafe Adriatico, LJC pressed on creating one brand after another, which offered his vision of the good life. He shaped the casual dining experience of the country with his many theme restaurants and was regarded “pioneer” in theme or concept restaurants, and the man who had “shaped Philippine cafe society.”
1790 M. Adriatico Street
G/F Gateway Mall
Araneta Center, QC.
SM Mall of Asia
2/F North Veranda,
Bay Boulevard, Pasay City