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2019

#Restaurants

ALAMAT BF: Best Filipino Food + Craft Beer & Spirits in the South!

ALAMAT BF, a Filipino Bistro by Chef Niño Laus and southern partners, is the restaurant version of the famed Alamat Pub in Poblacion.  Architect Paulo Sayo transformed this old Aguirre St. house into a beautiful glass bahay kubo restaurant.

Alamat is a story of Filipino Pride championing Filipino Food (with focus on tribal and ancestral) and Craft Drinks now in the South.

Since most of the food was good, we had to go back twice to check out everything. Here are our favorites and what we recommend.

 

Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli
240 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque City
Operating Hours: Open Daily for Dinner 6.00pm to 2.00am
Mobile: +63 917 625 8451
Facebook: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli


First Things First

In the southern tradition, the 2nd floor restaurant is family-friendly with a come-as-you-are vibe…

Alamat BF Menu: Tinuhog Skewers, Ulam: Viand, Pulutan: Beer Snacks, Tagay | Kalye Espesyal Cocktails, Smoothy Slushy Series | Delicatessen, Kanin, Juices, Pinoy Cocktails, Drinks, Filipino Spirits

… just like hanging out with your friends in your own home.


A warm southern welcome to Chef Niño Laus, Wahoo Sotto and Liquido Maestro Kalel Demetrio!


Pulutan

Salted Egg Chicken Skin

Salted Egg Chicken Skin (₱200) with Pinoy salsa

This—crunchy chicken skin coated in salted egg then paired with white salted egg salsa—was literally gone in 60 seconds. Must order!

Rebusadong Talong

Rebusadong Talong (₱290). Smoked Mussels, Dilis, Aligue, Pako

It was like mussel tempura with Pinoy flavors.

Indi Chips

Indi Chips (₱280). Sweet Potato, Cassava and Purple Yam Chips

What made this special was the aligue cheese dip!

Baked Talaba

Baked Talaba (₱270). Pinoy Sauce, Chicharon, Kinuday, Kulitis

The talaba was big and richly topped with cheese and their Pinoy sauce; it was quite a mouthful.

Bacon Bagnet Hotdog

Bacon Bagnet Hotdog (₱280). Crispy Air-dried Pork Belly, Pinoy Salsa

When we asked the boys what their favorite was, all of them voted for this hotdog!

Maligayang Maginhawa

Maligayang Maginhawa (₱250). Gin, Lambanog, Green Mango, Basil, Citrus, Pomelo

We like sour cocktails to start, and this gin-based green mango inspired by Maginhawa street was on point.


Tinuhog (Skewers)

Alamat Poblacion is famous for their Filipino skewer plates which is like a yakitori-tapas Alamat innovation.

Tiyula sa Itum

Tiyula sa Itum (₱155/stick). Burnt Coconut, Beef, KBL

This was the best skewer, bursting with burnt coconut flavor, tender beef and kadjos, baboy, langka base to complete it.

Adobo sa Pula

Adobo sa Pula (₱145). Chicken Oyster, Salted Egg, Salsa Pako

One of the most sought after part of the chicken was a round piece of meat regarded as the most tender and flavorful part located at the back near the thigh. Best to eat with salted egg and some pako.

Sirena Blue Pea Gin & Salted Caramel Kanto Vodka

Sirena Blue Pea Gin (₱220/shot, ₱1,500/bottle), Salted Caramel Kanto Vodka (₱220/shot, ₱1,500/bottle)

It was awesome to know that the man behind our Boracay favorite Sirena Blue Pea Gin and Salted Caramel Kanto Vodka was no other than Kalel of Destileria Barako himself. Have you tried this?

They also have the best craft beers in the Philippines on tap!

I would recommend Brew ng Ina Mo (₱325) a local IPA from Parañaque or the double xxIPA, De Puta Madre (₱380) from Alabang.


Tagay!

Kila Winner

Kila Winner (₱250). Cold Smoked Malasugi Swordfish, Pomelo, Coconut Milk

One of the best malasugi kilawins we’ve tasted because of the different combination and crunchy swordfish daing.

Sisig

Sisig (₱290). Grilled Pork Ears, Pork Cheeks, Pork Brain

What made this sisig special was their special sauce and the Chicharon topping. Sarap!

Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata (₱760). Bicol Express, Sauerkraut

It was good pulutan to just get bits and pieces of the knuckle meat while you drink craft beer.


Ulam (Viand)

Balbacua

Balbacua (₱520). Braised Shank, Tripe and Skin Bone Marrow

Best to get a bit of the marrow and eat it with the 7 hours cooked braised beef and tripe with pork broth and nut sauce. Ang sarap!

Kansi

Kansi (₱530). 7 Hours Braised Beef Shank, Kansi Gravy, Jackfruit

Another winner with the 7 hours braised beef shank but this time with the kansi sauce with batwan.

Piaparan

Piaparan (₱310). Mud Fish, Clams and Mussels, Adlai

I liked the big meaty clams and mussels paired with adlai and turmeric coconut sauce.

Lengua

Lengua (₱400). Langka Seed Puree, Mushroom, Coco Aminos

There was a lot of things going on but at least the lengua itself was good.

Crispy Palabok

Crispy Palabok (₱230). Crispy Bihon, Shrimp with Pinipeg

A crunchy type of palabok with big king prawns and pour over Palabok sauce.


Panghimagas (Desserts)

Taho Cheesecake

Taho Cheesecake (₱240). Tofu Cheesecake, Arnibal Syrup, Sago

It was a light cheesecake with tofu texture, and the arnibal that was not too sweet—the perfect dessert.

Make sure to reserve in advance because this always goes out of stock or come only when this is available.

Ginataang Monggo

Ginataang Monggo (₱280). Tasted Mongo, Cream, Jackfruit, Pandan, Fresh Milk

Monggo, seriously? This Filipino milkshake was the best.

Buy a Larcy’s or Conti’s Birthday Cake to complete your southern celebration!


Final Thoughts

I love that they expanded the Alamat menu to cater to family dining and pushed the boundaries of Filipino food by Chef Niño and Filipino drinks by Liquido Maestro Kalel. While Alamat is focused on innovating Filipino food, their sister restaurant Agimat focuses more on Filipino ingredients and re-inventing Filipino food. The food is good and on point, but some ingredients and combinations can be simplified.

Our favorite from Alamat BF: for pulutan, go for the Salted Egg Chicken Skin and the Bacon Bagnet Hotdog; Tiyula sa Itum and Adobo sa Pula for the Skewers; Kila Winner in the Tagay menu paired with craft cocktails and craft beers if you are hanging out with friends.

If you are going for dinner, I would recommend the Balbacua and Kansi. End the meal with Taho Cheesecake or  Ginataang Monggo for dessert. Budget about ₱800/head for food and drinks.

Congratulations to the Alamat BF team for creating one of the best Filipino restaurants in the south!

Did you know that Alamat ng Gamugamo was Jose Rizal’s favorite bedtime story as a child? And that when he got older, he related himself to the gamugamo in the story (he had to fly into the “fire” to show his brothers how dangerous it was)?

Ang ganda at ang sarap! Congrats, Alamat. 🙂

Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli
240 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque City
Operating Hours: Open Daily for Dinner 6.00pm to 2.00am
Mobile: +63 917 625 8451
Facebook: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli

Live an Awesome Life,
Anton
Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of Chef Niño.  I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights.

P.S. If you are a milk tea addict, end with the Royce Cheese Milk Tea below. (See Royce Tea Menu.)

Royce Cheese Milk Tea

Royce Cheese Milk Tea (₱180). Black / Green / Oolong Tea  

#Philippines, #Restaurants

S Kitchen’s Sunday Fiesta Buffet! @SheratonManila

After my Sunday Fiesta buffet in Sheraton, I knew this would be a perfect place to bring my balikbayan and international guests for a taste of Filipino cuisine but in a modern luxurious setting.

S Kitchen features a wide spread of international selections from East to West, but unlike other hotel buffets in Manila, its focal point is its Filipino station. You’ll love the Lechon de Leche stuffed with Paella, truffle kare-kare, homemade native delicacies and, of course, the “paluto station” that serves fresh seafood—crabs, shrimp, shells and even a whole lapu-lapu (grouper) cooked to your own liking!

Even the interiors of S Kitchen have a Filipino touch, from the traditional fish net inspired chandeliers to the Igorot-printed tiles.

Here’s what you’ll find at S Kitchen’s Sunday Fiesta Buffet priced at Php 2,500 only…

S Kitchen
Sheraton Hotel Manila (Across Naia 3)
80 Andrews Avenue, Pasay City, Philippines
Telephone: 02 902 1800
Facebook: Sheraton-Manila-Hotel
Website: www.marriott.com/sheraton-manila-hotel

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ANGRYDOBO Taft: 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨😡 Masarap at Sulit Ba? (A Review)

Angrydobo Taft, a love adobo-themed restaurant by Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, is inspired by the reconciliation food shared by the celebrity couple after their love fights.

It’s located along Taft Avenue directly in front of Ryan’s alma mater (DLSU Henry Sy Bldg gate).

ANGRYDOBO by Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo
2456 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila
Instagram: @officialjuday @ryan_agoncillo

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CELEBRITY EDGE CRUISE SHIP: What to Expect from Luxury Cruising!

Are you ready to travel aboard Celebrity Cruises’ most advanced cruise ship?

Celebrity Cruises’ CELEBRITY EDGE is a total game changer when it comes to cruising. With a $1 Billion budget, you’ll be impressed by the out-of-the-box experiences provided by the Edge, transforming the cruise industry with technological advancements.

Find the most state-of-the-art spa at sea, open the door to your stateroom using your phone, have dinner with a miniature 3D chef projected on your plate or ride on the Magic Carpet—the world’s first cantilevered venue at sea that travels 13 stories high.

Cruising with Celebrity is perfect for travelers who want to see the world from the comfort of a floating boutique hotel complete with fantastic service and one of the best food, drink and entertainment offerings you’ll find at sea.

Here are the top reasons why you’ll love the modern and luxurious Celebrity Edge…

ARPAN AIR, INC.
International Representative – Philippines
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises
Telephone: +632 892 2701 to 03
Mobile: +63 955 213 3579

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Maxims Hotel: Father’s Day Staycation @RWManila

It was our first time to stay at Maxims to celebrate Father’s Day with the kiddos. They enjoyed the experience because of the luxurious feel of the room, the pool experience and the relatively fast internet access.

For non-casino goers, here are some tips to maximize your celebration/staycation at Resorts World Manila.

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Manila Life

House 1925: Barbershop and Speakeasy for the Boys

The best gift a father can get is a family barbershop session and a day with the boys.

We are happy House 1925 opened in the south to provide the best barbershop experience with a speakeasy lounge where you can hang while you wait.

Here are some tips to organize your own grooming and booze experience with the boys…


Barbershop

Located in the new lifestyle wing of Molito, its name and interiors are inspired by the 1920s.

HOUSE 1925
Molito, Madrigal Ave, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Telephone: +63 917 182 1925
Operating Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: House 1925

Barbershop Packages Menu

I like that they focus on providing a quality barbershop experience, with packages starting with the Old Sport (450) to the ultra-pampering The West Egg (2,255).

Shave, Hand and Foot Care, Massage, Hair Care and Color

They have all the proper grooming equipment and add-on services you would look for in a quality barbershop.

Some of the grooming products are made from organic ingredients or the best grooming products for men in the market.

Best of all, they are kid-friendly and welcoming to the entire family.

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Seascape Village: Golden Fortune vs. Lola Ina’s

The family is loving crabs these days and the best place to indulge in these is at Seascape Village paluto market.

We tried the crab and seafood feasts in two restaurants: Binondo’s Golden Fortune vs. Dampa’s Lola Ina’s. Here’s our experience.

 

First Things First

Seascape Village, which opened its first phase of the seaside mall with 13 Filipino/Asian paluto restaurants, is a mixed-use coastal development in the Manila Bay area located beside Sofitel and Manila Film Center.

We featured Go Go Kitchen vs. Mazu Seaside Diner in this post: Seascape Village Market: The Best & Cleanest Paluto Market in Manila?!

 

SEASCAPE VILLAGE
Seascape Village (Beside Sofitel), Pasay City, Philippines
m.me/seascapevillageph
Telephone: +632 869-7452
Email: [email protected]
FacebookSeascape Village PH

It’s similar to the dampa paluto concept, and they make sure their pricing is always at par with Seaside Dampa Macapagal.

You pay for the market price of the crabs which costs 500-600/kilo.

 

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#Hotels, #Philippines, Boracay Island, Staycation

The District! The Best Boutique Hotel in Boracay

Even before its rehabilitation, Boracay has always been my favorite island in the Philippines.

I’ve been to this pristine island six times already but I just keep on coming back.

Apart from being the perfect beach getaway because of its breathtaking beach and crystal clear waters, this small island also has practically everything I need—from restos, to bars, to water activities, not to mention the array of hotels you can choose from to make your stay more memorable.

On my sixth sojourn to Boracay, I stayed in this newly renovated contemporary boutique hotel, The District. It’s conveniently located at the beachfront of Stations 1 and 2 and right beside D’mall.

The District, for me, is by far the best modern boutique hotel for vacationers who want to stay at a convenient location without sacrificing their privacy. It has everything that you’ll ever need all in one place.

Join me as I discover what The District has to offer!

THE DISTRICT
Station 2, Brgy. Balabag, Boracay Island, Philippines
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDistrictBoracay
Website: http://www.thedistrictboracay.com/
Email: [email protected]
Contact: (63 2) 234 9058 | (63 2) 234 5917

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Wolfgang Steakhouse BGC: Best Steak Brunch in Manila! #OneBHSEats

During my recent #OneBHSEats food tour, most of the participants were raving about how good the steak was at Wolfgang’s. We recently visited the resto with the family for an awesome steak brunch experience in BGC.

Here are some tips on what to order from the menu, how much the items for consideration are and how best to enjoy the experience.


First Things First

Wolfgang Steakhouse BGC is the 3rd and flagship branch of the Wolfgang Zwiener joint venture with Raymund Magdaluyo in Manila.

Ideally, Wolfgang wanted to open first in BGC, but it took a while to find a perfect corner spot fronting a garden with a street view of Bonifacio High Street.

WOLFGANG STEAKHOUSE BGC
LG/F One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Contact Number: +632 586-4892, 618-3975
Mobile: +63 917 710 1682
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday 11.00am – 12.00mn
Friday to Sunday 10.00am – 12.00mn
Facebook: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse PH
Instagram@wolfgangssteakhouseph
Websitehttp://www.wolfgangssteakhouse.ph/

Wolfgang Menu: Brunch Specials Menu | Prime Steak & Chops Menu

This is the best Wolfgang Steakhouse branch because of its young contemporary ambiance perfect for that NY-Steakhouse Brunch vibe in BGC.

It has all the classic Wolfgang Steakhouse elements: alabaster chandelier, mosaic tiles ceiling, wooden floors and chairs plus a touch of contemporary elements—cove lights, banana plants and floor to ceiling windows.

Wolfgang Wine Program: White Wines: Chardonnay | Sauvignon Blanc, Notable White Wines | Red Wines: Pinot Noir, Merlot | Cabernet Sauvignon | Red Blends | Red Blends 2 | Shiraz, Zinfandel, Notable Red Wines | Port Wines, Dessert Wines | Large Format Bottles

Reserve their semi-private long wooden table for your brunch experience with family and friends.

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LA PICARA: This Awesome Spanish Restaurant at One Bonifacio High Street

First, La Pícara, pronounced as la pí-cara (with emphasis on the pi), means the mischievious or naughty.

It’s a Spanish restaurant with Tropical Cuban/Central American-inspired design that transports you from the city into an oasis in the center of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

The food was surprisingly very good, Spanish food with a naughty playful twist of Filipino ingredients or Asian interpretation but still classy elegant Spanish food.

We tried it three times in the last few weeks before their grand opening. Here’s what we loved that you should try:

 

LA PICARA MANILA
High Street corner 5th Avenue, 2Floor, Exchange Stock Market Mall, BGC, Taguig
Mobile: +63 927 172 4480
Email: [email protected]ra.ph
Facebook: La Picara Manila
Instagram: La Picara PH
Website: http://lapicara.ph

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