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SEDA Residences: Best New Family Staycation Experience in Makati!

The 293-room SEDA Residences in Makati quietly opened its doors at Ayala North Exchange (beside Makati Med) and quickly became the preferred 4-star hotel among those working in offices and embassies around the area. Though quite busy on weekdays, it becomes a haven for those looking for an intimate staycation with the family on weekends.

Here are some tips and secrets for your next family staycation in Makati…

SEDA Residences Makati
Ayala North Exchange, Ayala Avenue Corner Amorsolo and Salcedo Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati
Telephone: +632 7756 9288
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Seda Hotels
Instagram: @sedahotels
Website: https://residencesmakati.sedahotels.com/

Check out low SEDA Residences rates and availability 

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PIN WEI: Seda’s Most Anticipated Chinese Restaurant in Vertis North! (Review)

PIN WEI is the first specialty Chinese restaurant of the SEDA Hotels group with the flagship branch at SEDA Vertis North. Its promise of “good taste” is assured by the Chinese culinary team headed by Executive Chinese Chef Hann Furn Chen of Tin Hau fame.

We celebrated Ama’s birthday here with the family, and here are some a la carte and Sunday buffet tips…

PIN WEI
Address: 2nd Level, Seda Vertis North, Vertis North Estate, Sola Corner Lux Drives, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Telephone: +632 7739 8888 | +632 8981 4100
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Seda Vertis North
Instagram: @sedahotels
Website: http://www.sedahotels.com/vertis/

SEDA Vertis North Staycation Series:
SEDA Vertis North: Guide to the Best Staycation in Quezon City?!
PIN WEI: Seda’s Most Anticipated Chinese Restaurant in Vertis North! (Review)


First Things First

Located on the 2nd level of Seda Vertis North, Pin Wei is a 130-seater restaurant offering traditional Cantonese specialties.

Executive Chinese Chef Chen, with international hotel experience in Indonesia, Singapore and Dubai, is the former executive chef of Tin Hau.

It highlights natural lighting from floor-to-ceiling windows, bleached wooden panels and seats with woven rattan backrests.

Pin Wei Menu: Rice Roll, Steamed Dim Sum | Deep-fried Dim Sum, Congee | Roasted Chinese Meats | Appetizers, Soup | Abalone and Dried Seafood, Fresh Seafood | Lobster and Crab Delight | Seafood | Beef, and Pork | Poultry, Vegetarian | Vegetarian and Bean Curd | Noodles & Rice, Hand Pull Noodles | Desserts |

Drinks: House Wine | White Wine, Red Wine | Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Spirits | Whiskey, Single Malt | Cocktails, Beverages | Juices

They are known for their a la carte Cantonese specialties (and Sunday Brunch, until the promotion lasts).

Lauriat Set Menu: Set Menu A | Set Menu B | Set Menu C | Set Menu D | Set Menu E

Reserve the special lauriat rooms to celebrate your family’s special celebration!

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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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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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