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September 28, 2006

Serendra Piazza: Restaurant Index

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Here are the restaurants I've tried in Serendra. Check these out first and I'll be updating this mini-Index on Serendra Piazza.

Restaurant Index
Mezzaluna-First Night High!
Aloha Polu Kai!
Cupcakes+Sonja: Opening Nights
Oh my Guava!
Sonja's Cupcakes--- Creating the Cupcake Craze in the Philippines?

Related Posts
Piazza Serendra slowly coming to life...

Enjoy!


September 27, 2006

Aloha Polu Kai!

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One of the firsts Hawaiian-themed restaurant in Manila. I did not know what to expect when we would say Hawaiian food but you could imagine how the ambiance would feel like. I think this is the first time I've eaten in a Hawaiian restaurant so I don't know if it really should be hot and spicy or is it a fusion of western and asian food. The restaurant is full of tikis which could be scary for some kids but we were glad that it did not affect Aidan. The waiters would greet you with an "Aloha" welcome and wave a "Mahalo" good bye. The initial feedback from the people that have eaten here is not that positive (see Eye Candy's Polu Kai reaction). The "tiki" ambiance creates excitement in the dining experience but the food, indeed, needs improvement. I'm sure it would still improve after two months in operation.

Here is the menu so that you can prepare yourselves on what to expect when eating here.
Soup, Salads and Appetizers
Grilled and Main Courses
Pizza, Sidings and Desserts

BTW, just a word of caution, I've eaten in most of the Serendra restaurants and you should expect about 20% premium in most of the restaurants here. I'm not sure if the intent is just to attract the upper middle class or rich crowd; or the Serendra rent is really more expensive than most establishments. Check out the food and a detailed look at the restaurant. I'm sure you have eaten here if you have been in Serendra, so let me know how is your experience.

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Cupcakes+Sonja: Opening Nights

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Cupcakes by Sonja's Baby Models :) Yummy, Indeed!

At last, Sonja's Cupcakes finally opened in Serendra last Thursday Sept. 21. They are usually open from 3pm-9pm since the cupcakes are baked in the morning. We usually go at night, but most of the cupcakes (at least the best ones) would be sold by then. The cupcakes ranges from P50-P80 per piece and it is usually addicting that you get to buy two at a minimum. Sonja is getting a lot of trials and repeat customers which signifies that this is a start of something good :) The place is quite homey with the retro bakeshop feel to it which I believe, perfectly matches with the Serendra concept. She is still selling a limited assortment of the cupcakes and usually produces to sell fresh within the day. The cupcakes would only get better over time as the staff would be trained and become an expert in baking the cupcakes.

Have you tried this yet? Let me know what you think.

Related Posts:
>> Sonja's Cupcakes--- Creating the Cupcake Craze in the Philippines?
>> Cupcakes by Sonja: Soft Opening

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September 26, 2006

Mezzaluna-First Night High!

Momsy's Birthday Celebration
Chef Carlo Miguel chatting with Aidan :)

What is the probability of having 4 tables celebrating birthdays at the opening night of a restaurant which also falls on a monday? A slim chance perhaps, but it was indeed a blessing when Mezzaluna opened last Sept. 25 on such rare circumstances. On my mom's birthday, we again decided to check out Piazza @ Serendra, and we were fortunate enough to eat on Mezzaluna's 7pm opening night. Also, Baby Lopez with all the owners were celebrating his wife's birthday and there were two other birthday celebrants on that night. We were fortunate enough that the owners decided to give each table 10% discount and 2 free complimentary desserts! Amazing night, indeed :) Happy Happy Birthday to Momsy and to all the birthday celebrants!

Finally, I was able to taste the culinary delights created by Chef Carlo Miguel. The Chef Miguels (Carlo + brother, Anton who is now in Australia), are famous at one time for catering to special events/ occasions and they usually cooked at the venue itself (could be your own home). I had many failed attempts in the past to schedule such events with these Chefs, and that is why I was so curious to check them out when they opened Mezzaluna in Serendra. This is already their second restaurant and a more upscale version of their first one located in Legaspi Village. Have you been there? It would be nice to know what you think of this restaurant. If this is your first time to hear of this restaurant then let me share with you our experience at Mezzaluna last night.

( P.S. Finally, I got to blog again and get back to the blogging grove. I'm happy that I don't have any more business trips until December -- yahoo! )

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September 22, 2006

Gary V-- Still the best after 23 years!

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You got to watch Gavy V @ 23 this coming Sunday on Channel 2 after Pinoy Dream Academy. This is one of the best Gary V concert that I've seen. We watched the last show last Sept. 8 and all the Gary V fans out there would agree that after 23 years, Gary V. still has that magic. There will also be a re-run in October in Music Museum, maybe you might want to catch that instead.

What I like about the show is that they used rectangular LCD panels to enhance the performances. I've seen this used also in musical broadway shows. In the particular photo above, the rectangular LCD screens transformed into large speakers as Gary and son, Gaby danced passionately to the song "Di Bale Na Lang." This is only one of the attractions in the show and I'll give you a sneak peek on this concert.

BTW, Let me know what you think after watching the concert this Sunday in TV.

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