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MOS BURGER: Japan’s MOSt Awesome Burger Chain Opens in Manila! (What To Order)

MOS has a burger perfect for our rice loving country…

MOS Burger is a popular homegrown Japanese burger chain famed for its unique burgers. It is Japan’s second largest fast food franchise, just behind McDonald’s. Their menu is not like that of your typical standard fast food chain with hamburgers, fries and hot dogs. Instead of having a bun made of bread, you find one made of Japanese rice—the perfect synergy of East and West!

While most of us might assume that it’s a burger joint owned by Mo’s, it’s actually an acronym for “Mountain, Ocean and Sun,” meaning as tall as the mountain, with a heart as big as the ocean and an undying passion like the sun. It currently has over 1,700 locations throughout Asia, Australia and you can find the first Philippine branch at Robinsons Galleria.

Here’s what we loved at MOS…

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FRANCESCO’s Italian Restaurant finally in BGC!

Francesco’s is an Italian Restaurant by Chef Francesco Rizzo (chef of the former Paparazzi in Edsa Shangri-La) that serves traditional regional cuisine—from brick oven pizzas, to home made pastas, to ossobucos, to Italian desserts. 🙂

With the success of their flagship branch on Mabini St., San Juan, they finally opened Francesco’s in BGC to provide authentic Italian food to its professionals and food enthusiasts.

Here’s what we think of Francesco’s BGC…

 

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FRANCESCO‘s Italian Restaurant finally in BGC!

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YAMAZATO MANILA: Michelin-Starred Japanese Kaiseki Anniversary! @HotelOkura

Yamazato, founded in Hotel Okura Tokyo in 1962, is a Japanese fine dining restaurant specializing in kaiseki and teppanyaki experiences at the Resorts World Manila complex.

Yamazato comes from its two Kanji characters 山 “yama” meaning “mountain” plus 里  “zato” meaning “village,” signifying the highest quality of Japanese food in Manila with focus on fresh produce and prime seafood from Japan.

We celebrated our 17th Wedding Anniversary with the family with an intimate kaiseki meal.

Here are some tips for your next awesome Yamazato experience in Manila…

 

YAMAZATO MANILA
Address
: 2nd Floor, Hotel Okura Manila, 2 Portwood Street, Newport City, Pasay City 1309 Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM (Tuesdays to Sundays)
Dinner: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Tuesdays to Sundays)
Telephone: +632 5318 2888
Facebook: Hotel Okura Manila
Instagram: @hotelokuramnl
Website: https://www.hotelokuramanila.com/culinary/yamazato

#YamazatoinManila
#HotelOkuraManila

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Panda Express Manila: Is it Worth Lining Up For? (Review) @pandaexpressph

Panda Express opened in Megamall towards the end of 2019 and, up to now, people still line up for their famous chicken for more than an hour during peak hours.

We have better Chinese restaurants in Manila, so is it really worth it to queue for American Chinese fast food?  Here’s what we think…

PANDA EXPRESS PHILIPPINES
Address: Upper Ground Floor, SM Megamall A, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Operating Hours: Open Daily during Mall Hours 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Facebook: Panda Express Philippines
Instagram: @pandaexpressph
Twitter: @pandaexpressph
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.pandaexpress.com.ph/

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Phoenix Court: The Best Chinese Restaurant in Alabang :) @BellevueManila


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Phoenix Court is the undisputed fine Chinese Restaurant that’s the best in Alabang, with a 250 seating capacity featuring signature Cantonese food.

We celebrated Joshua’s 12th Birthday with a Chinese lauriat featuring only the best signature dishes at Phoenix Court.

PHOENIX COURT
2nd floor, Tower Wing, The Bellevue Manila,
Northgate Cyberzone, North Bridgeway, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Monday – Thursday from 11 AM to 2.30 PM and 6 PM to 10 PM
Friday – Sunday from 11 AM to 2.30 PM and 6 PM to 10.30 PM.
Telephone: (+632) 8771-8181 local 2211
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: The Bellevue Manila
Instagram: @bellevuemanila
Website: https://www.thebellevuemanila.com/

Check out low The Bellevue Manila rates and availability from Booking.com.

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NANKA: Have you tried the Best Japanese Steakhouse in Quezon City?

Located in Brgy. Paligsahan, NANKA is a 120-seater standalone restaurant that recently branded from a Japanese Latin concept into a Japanese Steakhouse concept under the helm of Executive Chef Michael Santos.

It’s now known as one of the best steakhouses in Quezon City, serving Japanese Wagyu imported from Japan and Black Onyx Angus Steaks and WX (Wagyu-Angus) meats from Ranger Valley, Australia (usually only served in hotels).

Here are some tips on what to order on your next steakhouse dining with the family at Nanka…

 

NANKA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE
1810 Mother Ignacia Ave. corner Roces Ave., Quezon City, Philippines
Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Telephone: +632 8517-9677
Mobile: +63 977 621-8472
Email: [email protected]
Facebook:Nanka Japanese Steakhouse
Instagram: @nanka_ph

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The Cellar: The Best of Grand Hyatt’s Spanish Tapas Bar!

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The Cellar is Grand Hyatt’s hotel bar featuring Spanish small plates and tapas with a premium wine selection, handcrafted beer and specialized cocktails.

The private rooms are quite dramatic, with the main dining area featuring an open kitchen where the chefs prepare more than 100-year-old recipes from an old Spanish restaurant in Manila.

We ordered The Cellar’s best dishes and here are our favorites…

The Cellar
2nd Floor, Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner, 35th Street, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily
Lunch: 12:00 NOON – 2:30 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday Brunch: 12:00 NOON – 2:30 PM
Telephone: +632 8838-1234
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @grandhyattmanilaph
Facebook: Grand Hyatt Manila
Website: Grand Hyatt’s The Cellar

Check out low Grand Hyatt rates and availability from Booking.com.

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The Grand Kitchen: Guide to the Grand Buffet, Meatless Mondays and Sunday Brunch

The Grand Hyatt Staycation Series
Grand Hyatt: Guide to Your Grand Family Staycation in BGC!
No. 8 China House: The Grand Hyatt Chinese Lauriat Experience!
The Cellar: The Best of Grand Hyatt’s Spanish Tapas Bar!
The Grand Kitchen: Guide to the Grand Buffet, Meatless Mondays and Sunday Brunch
The Peak by Grand Hyatt: A Sneak Peek of the Highest Restaurant in Manila!

The Grand Kitchen is the all-day dining buffet of Grand Hyatt that’s set up with a grand show kitchen in the middle and cozy living areas around it. It’s like eating at a chef’s table from any angle.

Make sure to go for food that’s freshly cooked upon order, otherwise some of the food are just left out on the buffet to dry or lose their crisp. I would recommend going for the cross-over Sunday Brunch with The Cellar and the signature Meatless Monday buffet.

It’s quite intimidating to try it at first because of how grand the set-up and selections are, so here’s a guide on how to navigate the Grand Kitchen…

 

The Grand Kitchen
2nd Floor, Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner, 35th Street, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily
Breakfast: 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Lunch: 12:00 NOON – 2:30 PM
Dinner 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Telephone: +632 8838-1234
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @grandhyattmanilaph
Facebook: Grand Hyatt Manila
Website: Grand Kitchen

Sunday Brunch: ₱2,400/head
Meatless Monday Brunch: ₱1,906/head

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The JASMINE Cantonese Restaurant Experience @NewWorldMakati

Read first: A New World Hotel Makati Holiday Staycation Story

JASMINE, the Cantonese restaurant of New World Hotel Makati, is consistently one of the best Cantonese-style Chinese restaurants in Manila. It’s the Chinese place to go to if you are craving for authentic Cantonese specialty dishes or if you just want to enjoy an eat-all-you-can yum cha just like the ones in HK.

It’s been a while since we tried it, but this time we were able to bring the boys who happen to be our barometer for good dim sum and true enjoyment of the taste of the food.

JASMINE
2nd Level New World Makati Hotel
Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City 1228, Philippines
Operating Hours: Open Daily
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Telephone: +63 2 8811 6888
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: New World Makati Hotel
Instagram: @newworldmakati
Website: http://newworldhotels.com/manila

Check out low New World Makati rates and availability from Booking.com.

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Linamnam by Don Baldosano: Joshua’s Birthday Celebration (A Review)

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

We celebrated Joshua’s 12th 🎁 at Linamnam private dining by Don Baldosano at their kubo-inspired home in Greenvale 2.

Linamnam serves modern Filipino food 🇵🇭 with a 16-course tasting menu at ₱1,700/head.

Here is our Linamnam experience with the family…

Linamnam MNL by Don Baldosano
31 Greenvale 2, Marcelo Green Village, Parañaque City
Operating Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 6:30pm onwards
Mobile: +63 917 573-0246 (By reservation only)
Instagram: @linamnam_mnl

 


First Things First

We had a hard time finding 31 Greenvale 2 (Dr. Baldosano’s house), inside Marcelo Green Village (via the service road between Sucat and Bicutan).

It’s a quaint bahay kubo with a hardin courtyard and an outdoor open kitchen where Don cooks. (Tasting Menu and Family A La Carte Menu)

Don Baldosano, the cook, has Junior Masterchef experience, training at Toyo Eatery and a culinary degree at Enderun and is going for internship abroad soon.

Since we were celebrating with seniors and kids, Don agreed to create an a la carte set for the kids and seniors while serving the tasting menu to the adults.

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