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MARMALADE KITCHEN: Comfort Food by Chef Aileen Anastacio of Goodies & Sweets :)

As featured in BEST OF TAGUIG: 10 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in BGC & Taguig 2014! 


MARMALADE KITCHEN is a comfort food resto and kitchen studio by Chef Aileen Anastacio of Goodies & Sweets fame. I like the simple, home-cooked goodness of the food prepared by the chef. 

The name of the resto is inspired by Chef Aileen’s love for breakfast, brunch food and marmalade. She loves the color orange so you can see different shades and forms of it throughout the store. 

It’s a cafe with a kitchen studio — a place where people can cook, learn and eat, something the chef loves doing until this day.  You can have a kids’ birthday party or a private cooking session with the chef in the studio.

Check out Marmalade Kitchen…

Unit 2-5 Forum South Global corner 7th Avenue and Federacion Drive
Bonifacio South District, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Telephone: +632 622-9196
Mobile: +63 917 837-0959
Email[email protected]
FacebookMarmalade Kitchen

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OSAKA OHSHO Philippines: How Does the World’s #1 Gyoza Taste Like? @SMMegaMall

Featured as MEGA FASHION HALL: 10 BEST New Restaurants @SMMegaMall in 2014!


OSAKA OHSHO is a Japanese chain established in 1969. They have branches in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Korea and now in the Philippines, courtesy of the Relish-Group, known for bringing in the Wee Nam Kee franchise to Manila.

I like how the Manila restaurant scene is shifting towards specializing. Most restaurants now are known for that one dish or a certain specialty cuisine. 

So how does the #1 Gyoza in the World taste like?  Here’s our Osaka Ohsho experience…

3/F Fashion Mall, SM Megamall Bldg. D
Telephone: +632 631-7074 
Mobile: +63 917 828-5011
FacebookOsaka Ohsho Philippines

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A Taste of NOMA in Manila!?

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NOMA by Rene Redzepi is one of the top restaurants in the world. So when Sous Chef Yannick Van Aeken and Pastry Chef Louise Bannon — who both worked in NOMA — visited the country on a quest to savor the best of Philippine flavors, the Manila Food community was abuzz with excitement! 馃檪 

Related Video: NOMA :: The best restaurant in the world

Together with Chef Robby Goco, they hosted a private pop-up dinner for Manila’s top chefs, foodies, and food editors in Aleth’s Kitchen. The former NOMA chefs were fascinated with Philippine ingredients, and were challenged to use it in a memorable degustation in Makati. 馃檪

The dinner experience was a historic moment because of the cultural foodie exchange between Belgians and Filipinos. And it was also a foodie celebration because Filipino Food and our very own ingredients were getting the attention they rightly deserved by the top chefs in the world. 

Here’s a photo essay entitled “A Taste of NOMA in Manila” to immortalize the experience…

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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


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!

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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: | Lechón: Pigging out in the Philippines

About 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

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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…


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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!


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

2/F Greenhills Promenade, San Juan, Philippines
Mobile: +63 915 874-1990
FacebookKatsu Sora

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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