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THE GLASS DOOR: Italian Resto Bar (formerly Chef Laudico’s) @TheGlassDoorPH

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THE GLASS DOOR is an Italian Resto Bar conceptualized by the Lazatin-Villonco family. It can be found in the former location of Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino in BGC.

It’s a hangout place for yuppies who love to drink after work , enjoy simple comfort food, and listen to cool music.

My partners and I — yuppies once — were recently at The Glass Door and here’s what we think about it…

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LE JARDIN: Cuisine de Gils of Trois Gourmands! (First Look) @HassetGo

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LE JARDIN is a penthouse garden-themed French restaurant by celebrated French Chef Gils Brault, famous for his top-rated Trois Gourmands restaurant in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. It’s popular for serving classic dishes cooked the traditional French way, and for making their own breads, cheeses, and desserts.

(See related articles: Time Travel  | Hearty French Fare at Ho Chi Minh’s Le Toit Gourmand and review at Trip AdvisorTrois Gourmands Restaurant )

Chef Hasset Go of MedChef, together with Chef Jonas Ng of Mango Tree and Huat Pot fame, trained and worked as apprentices under Chef Gils Brault in Vietnam for 6 months. They were able to convince Chef Gils to partner with them and open his traditional French restaurant concept in Manila.

Working with owner partners James Ng, Peter Mangasi, and  Mike Tayag, they opened one of the most romantic French restaurants in Manila on the penthouse of W 5th.

Here’s a preview of the LE JARDIN experience…

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KETTLE Shangrila: Comfort Food and Buttermilk Fried Chicken! @ShangPlaza

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KETTLE is a casual restaurant in the East Wing of Shangri-la Mall offering the yummiest comfort food by Chef Chiloy Santos. Its name is inspired by the classic kitchen container, symbolic of the resto being a “holder” for the different comfort food favorites from the 4 families that own the resto — Santos, Tenchavez, Meer and Tanjangco family.

These are the same families behind the successful Meat Plus in Subic, Tender Bob’s, and the newly opened Chef Samurai Japanese Resto (also in Subic).

Foodies have been raving about the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Here are our other suggestions on what to order…

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“Lech贸n: Pigging out in the Philippines” as featured in Chowzter.com!

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Five awesome culinary experiences highlight the national dish of this island country. 

On his Philippine episode of “No Reservations,” celebrity TV Chef Anthony Bourdain hailed lechón, a roasted pig specialty of this island country, as the “The Best Pig Ever.” 

Lechón is so popular in the Philippines that an annual festival, called Parada ng Lechon, or Parade of Lechón, is held every June 24 to commemorate the country’s patron saint, St. John, and inhabitants from all over the Philippines converge upon the municipality of Balayan in the province of Batangas to parade decorated golden-red or golden-brown pigs with their mouths stuffed with apples.

Read More: Chowzter.com | Lechón: Pigging out in the Philippines

About Chowzter.com

Chowzter.com is a global search for the tastiest food item on earth via research, crowdsourcing and local bloggers. A Global Chowzter Awards is held annually  to determine the tastiest dishes around the world.

A Chief Chowzter is appointed in each key foodie cities around the world to curate the city’s best dishes and to nominate the food in the Global Chowzter Award.  

Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet is the Chief Chowzter for Manila.

Subscribe to the Chowzter Newsletter to get the latest Tastiest Dishes in the World 馃檪

Live an Awesome Life,

Anton
Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

P.S. In our own way, let’s start to promote Filipino Food to Foodies around the World!

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TONKATSU WARS: The Battle for the Best Tonkatsu in Manila in 2014!

The Battle for the Best Tonkatsu is heating up in Manila! Here are our favorites so far in 2014…

1. KATSU SORA

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KATSU SORA is the premium Katsu restaurant of the Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Group, offering 4 kinds of premium pork tonkatsu — Spanish IbericoJapanese KurobutaSpanish Shimofuri, and Canadian Sakura Pork.

Also, what makes the Katsu Sora experience unique is the introduction of the Buffet Bar of Salad, Japanese Rice, and Japanese Miso Soup

Sora” means “sky“, and the name stands for their promise to bring you to Katsu heaven. 馃檪

The concept is similar to Tokyo’s Butagami, where they offer the widest variety of premium pork for your Tonkatsu pleaure.

Here’s our Katsu Sora experience…
KATSU SORA’s Premium Iberico Tonkatsu & RAMEN SANTOUKA’s Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen!

VERDICT:

We love KATSU SORA‘s Iberico Pork Tonkatsu Set served with a Juugukokumai Rice (healthy 15-grain Japanese Rice) and their Buffet Bar of Japanese Salad, Japanese Rice, and Japanese Miso Soup. Some diners still prefer the Kurobuta because of its tenderness and more marbling of fat. Budget is P700/head.

The resto is just a bit cramp, with narrow aisleways and high traffic at the buffet bar during the peak hours. Make sure to reserve in advance to get a seat.

For ramen lovers, hop on to HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA and order the Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen to complete your Japanese dining experience. 馃檪

KATSU SORA
2/F Greenhills Promenade, San Juan, Philippines
Mobile: +63 915 874-1990
FacebookKatsu Sora
Twitter@KatsuSora2012

Operating Hours
Monday to Thursday 11.00am – 11.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.00am – 11.30pm
Sunday and Holidays: 11.00am – 11.00pm 

Last call for orders: 30 minutes before closing time

 

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CAVIAR Restaurant & Champagne Bar: Aidan’s Sunday Birthday Brunch @CaviarResto!

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CAVIAR Resto & Champagne Bar is an elegant modern European restaurant that showcases Frank van der Walle’s 8-year culinary experience in Europe, and his sommelier brother Bastiaan Van Der Walle‘s well-curated strong wine and scotch list.

It’s the most romantic restaurant in Alabang because of its elaborate interiors and the lovely outdoor setting with vertical gardens.

To celebrate Aidan’s birthday, we treated ourselves to their signature Family-Style Sunday Brunch.

Here’s our Caviar experience…

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