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Ravioli Fresh Pasta in Food Court

Chorizo & Tomato Ravioli (P130)

When you are in Robinsons Galleria, don’t miss eating at Ravioli in the Food Court. Ravioli is the latest food court stall that serves fresh pasta, following the successful formula of Chef Arbeli in Megamall.

We love the Chorizo & Tomato Ravioli! We don’t like going to Galleria because of the ugly parking but Ravioli made our trip there worthwhile. 🙂

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The Original Lechon Bread?

You might have seen a lot of Lechon breads lately and I’m still finding out if the Lechon bread of Antipolo is the original? You can buy the smallest one at P10 per piece and you can order bigger sizes on a per order basis.

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Makansutra Disappointment…

I was super excited to try Makansutra Asian Food Village at the 2nd Floor of Manila Ocean Park. Ever since our family’s Singapore food trip (see: Singapore Makan Food Trip – My Top 10 Favorites! and Singapore Makan Food that did not make the cut), I was craving for authentic Makan cuisine here in Manila.

I had very high expectations because the food stall is owned and managed by KF Seetoh, the author and founder of the Singapore food bible – Makansutra. I must admit OAP was inspired by it.

I was disappointed. First, I failed to meet KF Seetoh (by a few days) and the Singapore Chefs when they opened Makansutra. Second, the food tasted like another Pinoy version of Makan dishes because of the all-Pinoy chef crew. None of the 38 pinoy crew “had ever been to nor eaten anything from Singapore and Malaysia.”

Having said that, the Makansutra Asian Food Village is worth a try because 7 out of my Top 10 Makan Favorites are available and the hawker-style food court concept is something unique in Manila.
 

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Best Buffets in Manila: Li Li’s Yum Cha Sunday Dimsum Buffet

Read: 10 Most Awesome Chinese Restaurants in Manila!


Li Li Dimsum Buffet (P1,342 net) in Hyatt is one of the best Cantonese dimsum buffets in Manila. It’s just like the ones you can enjoy in Hong Kong. The restaurant is named after Li Li, a famous member of the Hongkong elite. Two of the private rooms are named after her daughters Fei Fei and Bai Ling. The menu is created by five highly skilled master chefs from Hong Kong to ensure the culinary quality and authenticity that Hyatt is known for.

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Best Buffets in Manila: Dusit Thani’s Crossover Sunday Brunch

Update April 14, 2013: This Cross-Over Buffet is now changed to:
DUSIT THANI: Sunday Family Brunch Buffet (Umu and Basix Crossover) 

The Family Crossover Brunch Buffet is the best buffet deal in town every Sunday. You get to try the best Thai, Japanese and Italian cuisine in Makati for P1,450 net from Dusit Thani’s specialty restaurants – Benjarong, Umu, and Tosca, respectively. The continental buffet in Basix restaurant is also included but it takes a supporting role, providing the Peking duck, prime ribs, shawarma and other common dishes one would expect in a hotel buffet.

Best Sunday Brunch Series 2013:

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El Favorito Ice Cream

Elfav Malunggay Ice Cream (Single -P60/ Double – P100)

Elfav is the ice creamery of El Favorito Ice Cream, which uses skim milk from New Zealand. I can understand why they need to have different strong flavors because the skim milk has a distinct aftertaste. You’ll first encounter the flavor of the ice cream and then the sweet lingering aftertaste.

 

Ever since Jayvee raved about the Yakult Ice Cream and Beer Ice Cream from Elfav in BF, this was already on top of my blogging list for when we visit the BF area.

 

The Beer Ice Cream, which uses lager beer, tastes awful. The Malunggay Ice Cream is interesting because it looks like mint but tastes like actual malunggay. The kids love the blue Bubblegum Ice Cream. Unfortunately, the Yakult Ice Cream was out of stock when we visited.

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Gigi’s Custaroons

Gigi’s Custaroons 
ORIGINAL: box of 12 is P270; box of 24 is P490; box of 54 (bite size) is P400; box of 108 (bite size) is P735
CHEESE: box of 12 is P320; box of 24 is P590; box of 54 (bite size) is P450; box of 108 (bite size) is P835

We are loving Gigi’s Custaroons at the moment and we are glad that we insisted on paying for this box so that we can blog about it. The cheese flavor is the best and it comes with a nice blue pastel-colored box.

Essentially, it is custard cake with macaroons on top but I would describe it as a dense leche flan with roasted chewy coconut on top. Just imagine eating a concentrated sweet piece of butter, cream and cheese. The coconut acts as pampaalis ng suya instead of the typical walnut or other kinds of nuts.

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Machiavelli Chocolatier – The Hottest Eurasian Chocolates in Town

Machiavelli Chocolatier (P75 per piece – biggest size in rectangle)

The Chocolate Craze in Manila is heating up with the launch of Machiavelli Chocolatier Eurasian Fusion chocolates. The chocolates combine the best of European and Asian ingredients.

Machiavelli Chocolatier was founded by Raul D. Matias, a Filipino world-class chocolatier who left his physical therapy career to pursue his passion. It was named after Niccolo Machiavelli, who “was a philosopher, writer, and Italian politician and is considered one of the main founders of modern political science.” (Source: Wikipedia)

My cousin-in-law Pam, another Filipina chocolatier of Risa Chocolate Truffles fame, described it as ice cream wrapped in chocolate coating. Her favorites are the Ube, Yema, and Cashew Praline.

As for us, we are savoring our box of Machiavelli chocolates, which we bought before the Holy Week. We did not like the Guava Asia (Southeast Asian Guava Paste added to Dark Chocolate Ganache) and Ivorie Jack (Jack Fruit Puree, White Chocolate and coated with Dark Chocolate). I love the classic Grand Marnier with French cocoa powder, though. (I will update this post as we finish our box of mach-chocos.)

What’s your favorite Machiavelli Chocolate so far?

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Ying Ying, the new “President” in Binondo

Until now, I can’t believe that the President Restaurant in Binondo closed down. It was a foodie institution and President was THE Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. The rumor in the foodie community is that the head chef of President transferred to Ying Ying Tea House Restaurant. (Can anybody confirm this?) Ying Ying Restaurant is now becoming the new “President” in Binondo.

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