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HUI LAU SHAN: Opens in the Philippines!

Hui Lau Shan PH

Hong Kong’s mango dessert expert Hui Lau Shan opens its Philippine flagship store in SM Megamall on March 23!

Hui Lau Shan 許留山 is a household name in Hong Kong globally known for their 200+ innovative dessert creations and refreshments using Philippine carabao mangoes.

The first store started as a traditional herbal tea shop in the early 60s, selling herbal jelly and a variety of herbal teas, which are believed to provide Chinese medical health benefits. With their passion for innovation, they made a product breakthrough by adding the mango sago in the 90s, catapulting Hui Lau Shan to fame and earning them the title of Hong Kong’s Fresh Fruit Dessert Pioneer.

As a frequent flyer to Hong Kong, I found no difficulty spotting all the Hui Lau Shan shops located around the touristy spots. With over 300+ international stores in China, Malaysia, South Korea, Macau, Canada, Taiwan, Paris, Vietnam and Melbourne, it only makes sense that the Philippines should be part of the growing chain.

Here’s a list of our favorite menu items…

Hui Lau Shan PH
SM Megamall Atrium, Level 4 beside Army Navy

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Good France (Goût de France): Guide to French Gastronomy Festival in Manila!

Good France (Goût de France) is a gastronomic festival celebrating the inclusion of the “Gastronomic Meal of the French” in the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.

First launched by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and renowned chef Alain Ducasse in 2015, the festival is now on its 5th edition.

Twenty-six chefs in the Philippines join 5,000 other chefs from all over the globe to celebrate the Biggest French Dinner in the World happening simultaneously on March 21, 2019 (Thursday).

Here’s our guide to the national Goût de France festival in Manila to help you choose the right restaurant come March 21.

Goût de France Philippines
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FrenchEmbassyManila
Twitter: @FrenchEmbassyPH
Instagram: @FrenchEmbassyPH

For more info, visit http://restaurateurs.goodfrance.com/

Hashtags: #GoûtdeFrancePH #GoodFrancePH

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Bench Cafe 2.0: Halo Halo and the Best of Bench Cafe!

Bench Cafe is the “Love Local” Filipino Cafe of the Bench fashion house in partnership with Foodee Global Concepts. It specializes in Bench-to, a Filipino Bento version, and Halo-Halo plus merienda specialties.

Their flagship store is in Bonifacio High Street, and they recently opened their version 2.0 in Greenbelt 3. Here is the best of Bench Cafe in 2019.

Bench Cafe High Street

The Bench Cafe flagship store is hidden on the 2nd floor inside Bench High Street.

BENCH CAFE
2F BENCH/ Flagship Store, BGC
Telephone: +632 821-8415
Mobile: +63 917 702-1133
Facebook@BenchCafePH
Instagram: @benchcafeph

We love the homey feel, the spacious distance between tables and the tables with couches near the walls.

The best table in the house is the private one on the left side where you can have a mastermind meeting or intimate dining with friends.

 

Bench Cafe Greenbelt 3

The Bench Cafe 2.0 is relatively smaller and is located in the middle of the 2nd floor of Greenbelt 3.

BENCH CAFE
2nd floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati
Mobile: +63 917 634 2825

It has a private function area with white and wood interiors.

Bench Cafe 2.0 Menu: Bench To | Soup, Salad, Appetizers, Pamilya Style | Silog, All Day Merienda, Dessert | Beverages

They have a new optimized value-for-money menu, now with ala carte options.


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Nikko Japan via Tobu Railways (Travel Guide)

Top Places to Travel in 2019 Series


Nikko is one of the more beautiful places we have visited in Japan. Famous for its heritage sites and breathtaking mountains, it is also known for the many onsens built around the hot springs that dot the area.

About a 2-hour train ride from Tokyo, Nikko is the perfect destination for travelers who want to see a more rural side of Japan.

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Silayan Dining Room: A unique dining experience inside the Masungi Geo Reserve.

The Masungi Georeserve is a vast conservation area located in the eastern part of Luzon, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Baras, Rizal.

It is a privately-led organization and scenic trail that goes through one of the most pristine landscapes and protected areas in the country.

Which grew in popularity a couple of years back due to its world-famous “Discovery Trail.”

And sitting on top of a hill, overlooking the Metro Manila skyline is one of their latest effort in sharing with you their hard work and lifetime commitment in nature conservation.

The Silayan Dining room, a restaurant like no other serves seasonal menus inspired by its surrounding landscape.

Join me as we taste our way to learn more of what the Masungi has to offer one unique local dish at a time.

SILAYAN RESTAURANT
KM 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal, Philippines, 1970
Website: https://www.masungigeoreserve.com/dining/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masungigeoreserve
Contact: +63 929 13 23531 | +63 995 186 9911
Email: [email protected]
Operation: 8am to 5pm | Reservations Only

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La Collina: Brgy. Poblacion Makati’s Secret Spanish-Italian Bistro

A Spanish-Italian Bistro by Anita Celdran, La Collina is hidden in Brgy. Poblacion area near Makati City Hall. It’s a slow food restaurant committed to sourcing fresh ingredients from nearby sustainable farms to produce Spanish food from the heritage recipes of the Celdran family and Italian cuisine from Anita’s Italian partner.

“Collina,” which means small hill both in Spanish and Italian, is a reference to the restaurant’s original hill location in Tagaytay before it found its way to a nice house along Molina St. in Brgy. Poblacion.

It’s awesome to discover these food-forward places to reinvigorate the dining scene in the otherwise bar-dominated neighborhood of Brgy. Poblacion. It feels like the first time you discovered Sala in the Malate neighborhood years ago.

Here’s what you can expect at La Collina.

LA COLLINA RESTAURANT & BAR
4558 Molina St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati
Telephone: +63 917 325-2168
Email: [email protected]om
Facebook: Eat.LaCollina
Message Me: m.me/Eat.LaCollina

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NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge: Quezon City’s Most Romantic Restaurant!

Ninyo

Ninyo has long been part of my list for the most romantic restaurants in the city. What started as Manila’s Best Kept Secret, the humble ancestral house of Chef Nins Laus, is transformed into this quiet and intimate hidden paradise with its garden-like charm. From the moment you step in, you’re already greeted by the candle lights, beautiful pavilions, hanging vines, koi ponds, and antique accents in the interior.  —which unfailingly keeps taking the breaths of many lovers.

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Aside from the gorgeous ambiance, it’s also a foodie destination for good food, with Chef Nins’ creative take of European-Asian fusion dishes. Note that Ninyo always updates its menu so its degustation is always a good idea. A set menu is a great option, easier than choosing from a wide array of food.

 

NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Philippines
Landline: (02) 426 0301
Facebook: NinyoFusion

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NIKKEI NAMA BAR BGC: Japanese-Peruvian with an Awesome View at One Bonifacio

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A big benefit of the Japanese diaspora is the merging of their culture, particularly their cuisine with the countries they emigrated too. Nikkei refers to the fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. First popularized by Nobu Matsuhisa, the cuisine has since trickled down to smaller restaurants and found its way to Manila.

Nikkei has been in the Philippines for over 3 years now, and they recently opened their sister restaurant Nikkei Nama in One Bonifacio in BGC. Nama translates to “fresh” or “light” which reflects in the food served at Nikkei Nama by Head Chef Juan Barcos.

It caters to the younger, well-traveled appetite and value-conscious BGC dining crowd. It also exclusively features the Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice bowls.

Here’s what we liked at Nikkei Nama…

 

Nikkei Nama
2/F One Bonifacio High, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Monday to Thursday, Sunday) 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Friday to Saturday)
Mobile: +63 966 533 7573
Website: www.nikkei.com.ph
Facebook: Nikkei Nama Bar

Related Blog Post: NIKKEI: Japanese-Peruvian Chic Restaurant in Legaspi Village (First Look)

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MINISTRY OF CRAB Manila Guide (Is it Worth it?) @ShangriLaFort

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Ministry of Crab (MoC) is the best restaurant in Sri Lanka—consistently ranked in Asia’s 50 Best (#25 in 2018)—featuring the best export-quality Sri Lankan mud crab in Colombo. It is founded by Chef Dharshan Munidasa and cricket players Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara in a preserved 400-year old Dutch hospital in the heart of Colombo.

Like its Sri Lankan counterpart, MoC Manila serves the best export quality Philippine mud crab with a medley of signature Sri Lankan spices, Japanese techniques and unique Filipino flavors in its Shangri-La at the Fort branch in BGC.

Here is our guide on how to best experience Ministry of Crab Manila…

 

MINISTRY OF CRAB MANILA
Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Open Daily from 6.00pm to 10.30pm (one seating only)
Telephone: +(632) 820-0888
E-mail: [email protected]
Instagram: @ministryofcrab.manila
FacebookShangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Websitewww.shangri-la.com

#MinistryOfCrabMNL
#KeepCalmAndCrabOn

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