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November 2019

#Restaurants

Test Kitchen 2.0 by Chef Josh Boutwood in Rockwell

As featured in 10 Best NEW Homegrown Restaurants in Manila of 2019!

The Test Kitchen 2.0 moved from the actual test kitchen of the Bistro Academy in Kamagong to the posh neighborhood of Rockwell with bigger space, a la carte versions (vs tasting menu) and the cool kitchen lab playground of Chef Josh Boutwood.

We tried most of the items in the menu and here’s what to expect and what to order at the new Test Kitchen in Rockwell…

The Test Kitchen 2.0 by Chef Josh Boutwood
G/F One Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Mobile: +63927-958-9727
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @thetestkitchenmnl

Related post: THE TEST KITCHEN By Chef Josh Boutwood! @thebistrogroup (Photo Essay)


Prelude

The Test Kitchen Menu: Snacks, First | Second, Third | Beverage Menu | Wine by the Glass

The menu is now completely a la carte and divided into 4 courses, changing based on season and what’s freshly available.

Drink Menu: Red Wine (France) | (Italy, Spanish) | (USA, South Africa, South America) | White Wine (France, Italy) | (Spain) | Rose Wine (France, Italy), Dessert Wine/ Port, Sparkling Wines/ Champagne

The open kitchen from the original Test Kitchen was recreated and there are bar counters if you want to watch the action.

Make sure to go on a tour of the second floor where they age the meats, ferment the ingredients and store the spices.

The tables upstairs are bigger, for groups of 8-10 people because the tables downstairs have smaller fixed 2-6 configurations.

They now have a proper aging room for meats aged 6, 3 or 2 months and their own Jamon aged for 3 years.

This is where you can geek out on the fermented fruits and ingredients, house-made garum (fish sauce) and special spices.

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George Town SUPER STEAK: How Mibrasa-Cooked Meats Ruined the Steak Experience Anywhere Else

As featured in 10 Best Restaurants/Cafes of One Bonifacio High Street!

George Town Super Steak is a steak house specializing in steaks and seafood cooked in the Spanish Mibrasa closed charcoal grill oven. The Mibrasa-cooked meats have a nice sear and are not dry because the oven keeps the juice sealed into the meat. Once you’ve tried it, it would be hard to appreciate other meats cooked on a normal grill.

La Cabrera, the Argentinian steak house, uses their own charcoal grill oven, and the steak houses in hotels often use a similar Josper grill to cook their steaks. George Town SS aims to make higher quality Mibrasa-cooked steak more accessible with better value for money in a mall setting.

We visited Super Steak with the family and here are some tips to make your visit memorable…


First Things First

The flagship Super Steak store is located in the prestigious One Bonifacio High Street Mall (Philippine Stock Exchange).

George Town Super Steak (Meat and Seafood)
3rd Level, One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours:
Sunday to Thursday (7.00 am – 10.00 pm)
Friday – Saturday (7.00 am – 11.00 pm)
Telephone: +632 8363-1447, 8361-3937, 8293-5562
Mobile: +63 917 532-0000
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: George Town Super Steak
Instagram: @georgetownsupersteak

George Town Super Steak Menu: Appetizer, Soup | Salad, Flat Bread | From the Fire | Mibrasa Mains | Burgers & Sandwiches, Pasta, Sides, Fries | Desserts & Sweets | Drink List | Beer by the Bottle, Hot Beverages | House Pour | What’s your Cocktail?

The ambience is casual, and the story of the fire mural on your right greets you as you enter.

Don’t miss the Mibrasa oven in the open kitchen on your left, cooking meats, seafood and vegetables over an enclosed charcoal grill.

An alfresco area overlooks the Fort Strip where George Pua’s other restaurants are located: K-Pub, Thai BBQ and Ogawa.

You can reserve the private room for an intimate steak session with the family.

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Nature Escape – Coron: Emerging Trend in Exploring the Philippines! @ Discovery Fleet

Finally, you can now cruise from Manila to Coron on Discovery Fleet’s live aboard boat designed with the lifestyle non-diver market. Cruisin’ with your friends and family is the best way to travel around the Philippine archipelago—exploring islands by day, traveling by sea by night.

Watch the Manila-Coron cruise: Emerging Trend to Travel the Philippines: Nature Escape – Coron!

We experienced the inaugural trip of Nature Escape – Coron onboard My Discovery Palawan with the following route: Batangas – Apo Reef – Calumbuyan Island – Culion – Coron Bay – Siete Pecados – Busuanga.

 

NATURE ESCAPE – CORON

Take the route less traveled and explore the Philippines’ immaculate island destinations.
Discover stunning marine sanctuaries and unspoiled islands. By escaping the crowds, you’ll be able to appreciate the beauty around you even more and experience nature at its best. Our unique and exclusive itinerary takes us around Apo Reef, Calumbuyan Reef and the picturesque Siete Pecados. The gorgeous panoramic views are like no other, and the experience will always be etched in your memory.

Join us on our next voyage! Starts at US$ 1,200 (₱55,000+ per person + 12% VAT).

Inclusions:
5-day/4-night accommodation
Air-conditioned Regular Cabin (twin occupancy) with private toilet and shower
Full board buffet meals (excluding drinks)
Welcome drinks
One (1) Complimentary Massage
Snorkeling and island-hopping activities
*Unless otherwise indicated, lunch and dinner will be served on board.

For more information, visit https://discoveryfleet.com/nature-escape-coron/.

Read about our first experience Discovery Fleet bound for Visayas here:
Nature Escape – Visayas: Exploring Oslob, Apo Island and Cabilao @DiscoveryFleet


Discovery Fleet Philippines

Discovery Fleet is the Live-a-Board Cruise service of the Discovery Hospitality group.

Discovery Fleet
4th Floor JTKC Centre 2159 Chino Roces Ave. (former Pasong Tamo), Makati City, Metro Manila
Office Hours: 7:30am – 4pm (Monday – Friday), 9am – 12nn (Saturday)
Telephone:+63 2 8 5195674 – 76 ext. 328, +63 2 8 4031999
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://discoveryfleet.com/

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PUTIEN: What to Expect at 1-Michelin-Starred Fujian Cuisine now in Manila

One-Michelin-starred Singapore-based restaurant PUTIEN is now finally here in Manila, thanks to the Vikings Group. Its name is a tribute to owner Mr. Fong Chi Chung’s hometown Putian City, a coastal suburb in the province of Fujian in China.

Putien is known for its light, down-to-earth and flavorful food with emphasis on fresh and seasonal ingredients and a healthier take on Chinese cuisine. It’s also known for its seafood with limited pork options but no beef due to religious beliefs.

Their food looks exotic Chinese food compared to the Cantonese comfort food we are used to in Manila, but for Chinese families with roots in Fujian province, this is the food—cooked by Ama—they grew up with.

PUTIEN

PUTIEN, a restaurant serving Singaporean-Fujian cuisine, was established in 2000 at Kitchener Road. It has been awarded a Michelin star since 2016.

Level 5, The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 8282-1888/ 8282-6888
Mobile: +63 918 9193888
Facebook: PUTIEN Philippines
Instagram: @putien.ph
Email: [email protected]


First Things First

About PUTIEN
PUTIEN restaurant began as a coffee shop in Singapore’s Kitchener Road in 2000 and has since grown into a popular chain with 65 outlets in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, HongKong, Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan. PUTIEN serves cuisine from the Fujian Province in China, characteristically light, down-to-earth and flavourful food with emphasis on fresh ingredients.

PUTIEN has received numerous dining and business awards, including the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 & 2017 & 2018 & 2019 MICHELIN ONE-STAR RESTAURANT Award (Kitchener Road Outlet), Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2016 & 2017 & 2018 & 2019 BIB GOURMAND RESTAURANT Award (Causeway Bay Outlet), Influential Brands Top Brand in Chinese Restaurant Category in 2015, 5S Excellence Award by RAS, Epicurean Star Award 2012, 2010 Overall Champion of The Restaurant Association Singapore’s Tasty Chef Award and Singapore Prestige Brand Award in 2009.

The ambiance was bright and classy but a bit noisy with all the chatter bouncing from wall to wall.

Putien Menu: Michelin One-Star Restaurant | Classic Treasures of Fujian | 10 Signature Dishes of Putien | Uniquely Singapore | Starters | Starters 2 | Starters 3 |Starters Platter | Seafood | Seafood 2 | Seafood 3 | Seafood 4 | Seafood 5 | Meat | Meat 2 | Meat 3 | Beancurd and Vegetables | Vegetables 2 | Vegetables 3 | Vegetables 4 | Soup |Soup 2 | Main Course | Main Course 2 | Main Course 3 | Main Course 4 | Dessert | Dessert 2 | Dessert 3 | Sides

Drink Menu: Tea 1 | Tea 2 | Juice 1 | Juice 2 | Juice 3 | Wines | Alcohol

You can start with the 10 signature dishes or the uniquely Singaporean dishes, but I would dare you to try the following dishes…

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a mano: Best New Italian Restaurant in Manila!

As featured in 10 Best NEW Homegrown Restaurants in Manila of 2019!

Located at Rockwell’s Power Plant Mall in Makati, a mano is a modern Italian restaurant by Amado Fores—son of Asia’s Best Female Chef, Margarita Fores—that promises faithful and fresh Italian food. a mano means “by hand,” pertaining to the handcrafted quality of the ingredients, the food and the service.

2019 witnessed the osteria battle of new Modern Italian concepts in Manila and, for us, a mano is the winner in that battle in terms of high quality of pizza, pasta, steaks and overall vibe. Ang galing!

You have to reserve a table in advance. Best to know what to order before going, too. Here are our favorites at a mano:

 

a mano by amado fores
R1 Level (Stall 144), Lopez Drive, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Mobile: +63 917 552 6266
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: a mano
Instagram: @amano.ph

Osteria Battle in Manila (2019):

a mano: Best New Italian Restaurant in Manila!
Wild Flour Italian: Best of Italian Flavors in BGC!
Osteria Daniele BGC: Kicking Off the Osteria Game in Manila
Single Origin Osteria: Your Friendly Neighborhood Italian Resto in Salcedo

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#Philippines, #Travel, Japan

Fukuoka: Top Local Dishes to Try!

When you think of Fukuoka, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Yup, Ramen!!!

Fukuoka is home to one of the best ramens you can ever taste in Japan, the birthplace of the tonkotsu (hakata) style ramen, known for its milky-white pork bone broth goodness that we are most familiar with in Manila.

But the Kyushu region has much more cultural and gastronomical feasts to offer. Situated in Japan’s third-largest island and close to Korea and China, Fukuoka has developed a unique interesting culture that has been influenced by Korean and Chinese cuisine.

These local specialties are probably best sampled at popular yatai street food stalls found around the city. Here are our top recommendations…

 

Related Article:
Fukuoka Awesome Itinerary! @CebuPacificAir
Fukuoka: Top Local Dishes to Try! @CebuPacificAir

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#Travel, Japan

Fukuoka Awesome Itinerary! (Fukuoka, Nagasaki + Saga) @CebuPacificAir

Travel Japan the inexpensive way!

Fukuoka may be less known than Tokyo, Osaka Kyoto and Hokkaido, but it’s big enough for everything you would want to experience on a trip to Japan in a more budget-friendly setting. It is full of historical places and sightseeing destinations known for great local cuisine. Here, you’ll find yatai (food stall) dishes that can only be found in Hakata. And, of course, the best ramens you can ever taste in Japan! It’s the birthplace of the tonkotsu (hakata) style ramen, popular for its milky-white pork bone broth goodness.

Because Fukuoka is the gateway to Kyushu, my itinerary also includes nearby prefectures you can visit. Kyushu, Japan’s third largest island, is comprised of Fukuoka prefecture, Saga prefecture, Nagasaki prefecture, Oita prefecture, Kumamoto prefecture, Miyazaki prefecture and Kagoshima prefecture. Of Japan’s main islands, it is the closest to continental Asia, particularly China and Korea, and there has been notable cultural exchange as exemplified by Japan’s oldest Chinatown in Nagasaki.

Related Article:
Fukuoka Awesome Itinerary! @CebuPacificAir
Fukuoka: Top Local Dishes to Try! @CebuPacificAir


AWESOME ITINERARY

Day 1
11:25 AM Check-in at NAIA Terminal 3
02:25 PM Depart Manila to Fukuoka, via 5J 922
07:20 PM Arrive Fukuoka
08:30 PM Transit to Hotel
09:00 PM Meet at Hotel Lobby for dinner at Nurubon Yakiniku

Day 2 
09:00 AM Meet at Hotel Lobby, Leave for Ohori Park
09:15 AM Hang around Maizuru Park, Fukuoka Castle and Ohori Park
11:30 AM Leave for Hita(Oita Prefecture)
01:00 PM Lunch at Mamedamachi (Hitsumabushi)
02:00 PM Mamedamachi (Historic Preservation District )
03:00 PM Leave for Kurume
04:00 PM Persimmon picking (Migita fruit farm)
04:45 PM Leave for Hakata
06:00 PM Hotel check in at Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata
Dinner at Canal City Hakata (Ramen Stadium)
07:00 PM Explore Hakata area (Free time)

Day 3 
08:00 AM Meet at Hotel Lobby
Leave for Nagasaki
10:15 AM Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
11:30 AM Megane Bridge
01:00 PM Lunch at Dejima
02:30 PM 26 Martyrs Museum
04:00 PM Nagasaki Peace Park, Hypocenter Park
Atomic Bomb Museum
05:30 PM Leave for Mt. Inasa(Rowpway)
07:00 PM Hotel check in at ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki
Dinner at Kyokaen (Chinatown)

DAY 4
9:00 AM Leave for Nokonoshima Island Park
10:00 AM Hurry and Buy ticket at the Meinohama Ferry Terminal!
10:15 AM Ride the ferry
10:40 AM Ride Bus going to the park
10:50 AM Arrive at Park Entrance (Free time)
3:30 PM Marino City Fukuoka Outlet Shopping

Day 5
08:00 AM Leave for Yutoku Inari Shrine
09:20 AM Explore Yutoku Inari Shrine
10:30 AM Leave Tenjin area
12:30 PM Lunch at Tenjin (Mizutaki)
01:30 PM Shopping around Tenjin
04:30 PM Transit to Airport
5:30 PM Check in at Airport
08:05 PM Depart Fukuoka to Manila via 5J 923
11:05 PM Arrive Manila

 

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LEGOLAND Malaysia: 12 Secrets to Know Before You Go!

LEGOLAND Malaysia: 20+ Tips for an ‘Everything is Awesome’ Trip in 2020!

If you are planning a trip to Legoland Malaysia with your family, here are 12 secrets you need to know before you go.

 

LEGOLAND MALAYSIA RESORT
LL Malaysia Taman Tema Sdn Bhd
7 Jalan LEGOLAND, Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia
79250 Iskandar Puteri (Nusajaya), Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia
Telephone: +607 597 8888.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: LEGOLAND Malaysia
Instagram: @legolandmalaysia
Youtube: LegolandMalaysia
Website: https://www.legoland.com.my/

Operating Hours:
Theme Park
Sunday to Friday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
Water Park
Sunday to Monday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
SEA LIFE
Sunday to Thursday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.00 am to 7.00 pm

2-DAY Combo Ticket
2-Day access to Theme Park, Water Park & SEA LIFE.
Adult: RM 381 (~$92 ~₱4,600)
Child/ Senior: RM 324 (~$78 ~₱4,000)

> Check out lowest Legoland in Johor Bahru Admission Ticket via Klook

> Check out low Legoland Hotel rates and availability from Booking.

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Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Catering sa Bahay!

Did you know that you can enjoy Wolfgang Steakhouse USDA Prime Dry-Aged Steak during your home festivities this holiday season?

We celebrated our friend Spanky’s birthday with an awesome Wolfgang Steakhouse feast catered at the home of our lovely hosts Ray and Love Lynne of En Route.

Here’s what you can expect from your Wolfgang NY Steakhouse celebration in the comforts of your home…


First Things First

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener Catering
Available only within Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 7505 6272
Mobile: +63 917 702-8913
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @wolfgangsteakhouseph
Facebook: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse PH
Website: www.wolfgangssteakhouse.ph

Set Menu A
: ₱3,500/head + service charge (minimum 12 up to 50 guests)
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Sizzling Canadian Bacon, Caesar Salad, USDA Prime Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Steak Rice, Creamed Spinach, Sauteed Broccoli, Chocolate Mousse Cake

Set Menu B
: ₱5,500/head + service charge (minimum 12 up to 50 guests)
Seafood Platter, Wolfgang’s Crab Cake,  Sizzling Canadian Bacon, Beverly Hills Chopped Salad, USDA Prime Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak, Grilled Salmon, Mashed Potatoes, Steak Rice, Creamed Spinach, Sauteed Broccoli, New York-Style Cheesecake

The Wolfgang Steakhouse Catering truck serves as the mobile kitchen for your event, and it only requires 10A electricity to plug into.

The kitchen is outfitted with the same broilers used for sizzling, cooking steaks.

The USDA Prime Steaks are flown in weekly from the US and dry-aged for 28 days for tenderness and flavor concentration.

The steaks are guaranteed good with Executive Chef Chris Oronce and his culinary team running the mobile kitchen.

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YOUR LOCAL: Best Asian Breakfast on this side of Legaspi, Makati

The brunch scene in Manila is getting exciting. The popular Southeast Asian eatery, Your Local, in Legaspi recently changed their opening hours to 8.00 am daily, offering breakfast curated by Chef Natalia Moran of Boracay fame.

YOUR LOCAL
GF Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +632 823-6206
Mobile: +63 917 654 3355
Instagram: @YourLocalPH
Website: http://yourlocal.ph
Facebook: Your Local
Operating Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 8.00 am to 2.00 pm  and 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday Brunch: 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Your Local Menu: To Start, Main | Main, Sides, Dessert | Breakfast Menu | Cocktails, Beer, Drinks, Craft Beer | Specials | Red Wines | White Wine, Sparkling

We tried all the breakfast menu items, together with the drinks, and here’s what we recommend.

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