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