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Special Birthday Brunch from a Special Chef :)

I love Chef Pat’s Food :)

It was my wife’s birthday last Saturday and I’ve been looking for a special place to eat. By special, I mean a cozy place that only a few people are eating, excellent food, and warm service. I’m glad I was not disappointed with our Sunday Brunch @ Chef Pat’s. I like discovering new places that people have not been into and this budding chef would someday be famous. This place is like Chef Laudico in Urdaneta where he opened his house for intimate dining with a special menu. Chef Pat is located in Northeast greenhills and just a perfect place for a Sunday Brunch — yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes, Pat Choa would be invited to people’s house to cook at their own home (imagine that).

The 6 course menu was fantastic and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ All of them a winner except for the soup which got mixed reviews:


Chicken and Saffon Soup. My dad loved this!


Pomelo and Chinese Pear Salad. This is soo delicious that we want to steal the recipe.


Sesame Crusted Lapu-Lapu with Mushroom Broth. Now this one is magical because the very thin slices of tuna flakes on top of the crust is moving and it was fun to watch like it was alive.


Beef Tenderloin with Crispy Beef Tongue and Risotto. Delicious and was gone in a few seconds.


Mandarin Orange Sorbet awith Kaffir Lime Jelly. The sorbet was homemade and you can really taste the mandarin orange.


Chocolate Hazel Nut Mousse. This is the yummy birthday cake. The crusts is worth the calories ๐Ÿ™‚

Chef Pat — Thanks for the wonderful Sunday Brunch and for making my birthday surprise to Rache soo special. Although I would offer a few things for improvement to make it a truly mind-blowing experience because the food is already fantastic:

Overflowing signature drink. The drinks were just water and powdered ice tea. It would have been great if there was a signature drink like fresh mandarin orange that is overflowing! Or, maybe a wine would be a good compliment for these french dishes ๐Ÿ™‚

Focus on the tiny details of the dining experience. There should be interesting talk pieces in the dining area. There are a few but we don’t know what the story is, so maybe an intruiging piece of art or cloth, or dining ware would be appropriate. One thing missing is excellent music to complement the dining experience.

Here is our family photo and this was the best among the photoshoots that we made that morning:

>> More Photos here.

MORE INFORMATION:

Chef Patricia Choa (Chef Pat)
Northeast Greenhills, Entrance is near Chili’s Greenhills
0917-8387338

Anton

#Travel, Food

My Singapore Adventures 1: Are you a Chili Crab or Pepper Crab lover?

Asia Band 3 College, Singapore ( September, 26-30, 2005 )

Singapore has been my second work home. All of my trips this year have been in Singapore and this week is no exception. We had a leadership training for all the senior managers in our company in the asia region. Whenever I travel, I bring my hobby with me: Photography, Badminton and Culinary Adventures.

Night Photography. My first attempt at night photography of Clarke Quay, Singapore. I wished pasig river could be as beautiful as this. This place have always been a tourist winner ever since.


Chili Crab or Pepper Crab? I’ve always craved about these singapore favorites that nobody can match in the Philippines resto. For some reason, ever the Palm Beach in the Fort or Singapura Rasa cannot even compare to these authentic dishes from Jumbo Seafood Restaurant. The JUMBO chili crab has always been a winner over the JUMBO pepper crab because of its rich yummy sauce with fried or steam buns! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re missing on one of the culinary adventures of your life.

I can’t imagine that I’ve eaten in a Jumbo restaurant on two consecutive nights both in Clarke Quay. Their most famous restaurant is in East Coast — most of the taxi drivers know this place. Recently, I learned that there are other recommended dishes that are sooo delicious in Jumbo. Don’t forget to order Bamboo Clams with minced garlic and Crispy Baby Squid!! Equally Yummy!


Badminton. When visiting Singapore, I always make a point to play Badminton. Also, I always bring my badminton racket when I travel. It affects my game if I don’t use my Armortek 800. There’s a certain feel to it that I’m able to make excellent drop shots or control the flick of my wrist.

RC Airplane. On my way to Jumbo, I saw these Singaporeans flying RC plances that look like UFO sightings in the photo above. One day, I’ll take up this hobby ๐Ÿ™‚


Official Photographer. The problem with having photography as your hobby is the fact that people will leverage your hobby during meetings and ask you to be THE official photographer. One of my difficulty is asking a group to do a fun shot aside from the normal formal shots. I’m happy that I was able to talk some sense into the team and inspire them to have this wacky pose. (I’m the middle person on the first row)

Anton

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Sunday Brunch Bday Celebration @ Lumiere

Best Sunday Brunch in Town!

I’ve always wanted to eat at Lumiere and I’m glad that I got a tip from whipsmart that they actually serve the best Sunday brunch in town! My office is just in Ayala 6750 but not a lot of people knows about Lumiere. It is a best kept secret and it should stay that way because it only can accomodate a few people. It was a perfect b-day celebration for Momsy who is celebrating her 64th bday last Sunday. (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMSY!!) I’ll be sharing with you our awesome Sunday brunch experience @ Lumiere.

Excellent Bistro Ambiance. The place was small but what strike us the most is the ambiance of a homy feel to it. On Sundays, it’s like the expat community and only people in the know eat brunch here. I’m glad that we are able to catch a seat by making a last minute reservations. It also feels that most of the people know each other and we even saw Nina Tesoro owner of Kusina Salud eating brunch last Sunday.

Art is in the Air. It was able to convincingly integrate Art into the dining experience. Last Sunday, we were still able to catch the Scapular Nomad Gallery. A five-year long performance art gallery. A gallery worn daily by Judy Freya Sibayan, Curator, Performance Artist. I took pictures of the scapular here. On some months, there are actually photograph exhibits in this small quaint french bistro where you can appreciate them or buy them ๐Ÿ™‚

Eat-all-you-can Fresh Green Salad and Potatoes. This is the first time that I’ve seen a restaurant offering this as part of the entire meal. It says on the menu above: “Generous Servings of Salad, Pomme Sautes, and Grilled Tomatoes”. On Sunday Brunch, Lumiere only serve set menus and most of them taste great ๐Ÿ™‚ The only complaint that my mom had was it was too much cholesterol in one meal because of the eggs ๐Ÿ™‚

Brunch Meal + Drink + Dessert + Coffee/Tea. You have to choose among 6 types of brunch menu. Among the choices, we loved the Egg Benedict, Baked Eggs with Foie Gras and Biscuit, and Steaks and Eggs (Yummy!). For the drink, Mimosa is a must try which is orange juice with Champagne. The brewed coffee and tea is a perfect way to end the meal. The dessert was not a winner although, they created a small cake for my mom and it was really good that it was immediately wipe out ๐Ÿ™‚ All for P650/meal (net)!

MORE INFORMATION:
– Lumiere is located along Makati Avenue and Ayala Avenue near the British embassy besides the PLDT building. It is soo small that people missed this secret place.
– Sundays serves Brunch. Tues-Saturday serves Ala Carte menu.
– Reserve @ 812-2976 because the place gets jampacked.
– More Lumiere photos here.

Anton

Restos Within Makati Area:

Som’s Noodle House – cheap authentic version of SukhoThai

Amici de Don Bosco — Home-Cooked Italian Food that you’ll love!

Sango — The Japanese Burger Master!

Kublai’s Rock is Back!

Food

Best Chocolate Ganache in Manila! ?

My Wife loves it but too chocolatie for my taste :)

It’s the first time I encountered the word ganache and by defition it means rich paste of chocolate, cream, and sometimes butter. Now this taste and sounds more fattening than an icing ๐Ÿ™‚ The entire cake tastes like death by chocolate because literally it is sooo good and sooo sweet that even if you know that it is not good for your health, you still try to eat it !

Anyway, I’m starting to taste all these best desserts in manila but this one was not even included in the list but it was tucked away in the comments of lori’s readers. We ordered one during Aidan’s 8th month birthday last Sept. 19. My wife loves it! most of the women loves it! But still I don’t get what’s with women and chocolates? can anybody explain?

Here’s the contact information:

Karen E. Young/ Gigi
Karen’s Kitchen (KEY Specialty Foods)
428 Adalla St. Palm Village
Makati City, Metro Manila 1211
Tel# 898-2280
Cell# 0917-key4you (5394968)
email: [email protected]

(and yes, we have to pick it up in Palm Village near Rockwell. They also make the Xanadu cake of UCC but it is almost P1000. So, we’ll save it for a special occasion…)

Anton

More Desserts For You:

Chocolat Cakes — Best Chocolate Dessert Place in Mall of Asia!

The Battle of the Gasoline Cakes

Sonja’s Cupcakes— Creating the Cupcake Craze in the Philippines?

Food

Best “Secret” Desserts in Manila

Excellent Desserts only in Manila!

I love new and wonderful things manila has to offer and she does not fail to surprise me. I’m glad that wysgal linked to this great dessert blog by a food writer, lori entitled dessertcomesfirst blog. Her articles are very witty about food and desserts that I totally forget my goal of losing weight (I warned you). Check out her entry on great home based desserts in this blog post –>The 10 best desserts in Manila (and the vultures who eat them). I only know Estrels and Bizu’s macaroons but I think I’m missing on all the other great desserts/cakes. I’m glad that my son Aidan, celebrates his birthday monthly and my wife’s family’s birthdays are normally in october/november time frame. Just a test, how many of these great desserts have you tried already?

Chocolate Decadence Cake by Dennis Hipolito
Banana Toffee Pie by Roselyn Tiangco
Chocolate Rum Cake by Joyce Aragon
Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion by Baba Ibazeta
Macaroons by Bizu
Polly’s Chocolate Cake by Polly Garilao
Chocolate Carrot Cake by Melissa Lim
Mango Torte by Tony Cuerva
Strawberry Shortcake by Baby Yulo
Caramel Cake by Estrel’s

Goodbye Diet! Maybe in 2006 ๐Ÿ™‚

Anton

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A Fresh Resto in Glorietta — Heaven & Eggs!

Not something to rave about but at least a new resto in Glorietta !

When I was passing by for lunch to Modern China in Glorietta yesterday, I happen to pass by and see heaven & eggs opened already. I guess it is opened for just a week and this is the 2nd branch of this resto chain by the same owner of the Red Crab chain. The 1st branch is in Tomas Morato and there are always alot of people lining up similar to this Glorietta branch during lunch time (located beside bread talk)

Fortunately today, the IDS team had a scheduled birthday treat for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Its been a tradition that the bday boy is treated (for free) during lunch time by the team to a resto of his choice. So this was a chance to check out this interesting resto. The reason I wanted to eat here is that I missed Country Waffle’s Angus Tapa and I know that Heaven & Eggs serves this kind of food as well.

Upon entering the resto, you are welcomed with winged waiters, wall of clouds and these swinging chairs similar to Herrick’s. The menu really feels like country waffles where in fact, they serve small pancakes as complimentary. The star in the menu is the P230 Angus Tapa or the P205 Angus Burger which I ordered. After the meal, I did a quick poll if the food is worth raving about or if it really taste anything special — consistently, it is just OK. I’m expecting alot more given the price but looking for a killer taste for their Angus. (But I guess my expectations where a lot higher) But I’m glad that it was a bday treat where I enjoyed my Angus for free ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you very much for all my office mates who joined for the lunch treat: Noel, Chris, Carlo, Susan, Zandro, Daniel, Kats, Candy, Andie, Meann, Karen, Jayan, Christian ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks alot guys!!

Anton

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Fantastic Italian Cuisine @ Cantinetta


This is a clear winner when it comes to Italian Food!

This italian resto have been in existence for more than a year already and I’ve heard about this place from people raving about it. Last night, after hearing mass in Don Bosco, we went to Cantinetta at the end of pasong tamo extension.If you can see the empty tables above, all these tables are reserved for dinner. We are glad that they can still setup a table for 3 for walk-in guests like us in the non-smoking section of the resto.

According to the menu, Cantinetta is a small wine cellar, where the typical italian family store their wine for private consumption. Over time, the cantinetta turned into a small shop, selling from it the family’s wine label. Since my wife and I are the only ones dining with my son Aidan and yaya, we can only order two meals:

Quattro Formaggi. (P360) Popularly known as four cheese composed of Parmesan, Gorgozola, Ricotta, and Mozzarella served on a thin crust. We like it but it is at par with CPK.

Tagliatelle Tartufo. (P440) Egg made pasta with truffle, parmesan in white cream sauce. This pasta reminded us of our favorite pasta in Cafe Maestro. Both are expensive but both also serves the best italian pasta. We simply loved that mushroom taste of this pasta and this one was easily wiped out!

Cantinetta is located at:
Karrivin Plaza A
2316 Pasong Tamo Ext. Makati City
Tel# 892-9873 (better reserve specially the non-smoking area)
[email protected]

Anton

Food

Who’s the healthiest of them all?

Healthy Nuts that I have been looking for :)

My friend Tanya introduced me again to this healthy low fat nut snack. Introducing Wheat nuts! This is very timely because on Sunday we will be going on a culinary tour of Quezon and these nuts would keep me awake when driving. This is really perfect for me because I loved nuts — I craved for it but with my recent blood exam, my uric acid is way above the acceptable limits. Also, I know that nuts is fattening and I’m trying to lose weight. So these wheat nuts are perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Tanya!

These wheat nuts grows on you but it is not like nuts/junkfood where the more you eat, the more it gets addicting. These nuts would somehow be able to tell your brain that you’re eating too much and be satisfied already. These healthy nuts are available in Aisle 48 of Landmark supermarket. Get yours until supply lasts.

Anton

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Swing Chairs of Herrick’s

Swinging Chairs that compensates for its ordinary food.

If you haven’t been here, this is a nice place to hang out with friends and family while swinging away. Herrick’s swinging chairs are very unique and you should try this when you are in the Magallanes area. I normally passed by magallanes because my son’s pediatrician holds clinic at the 4th floor of the same building. The dining experience would have been perfect already if not for the ordinary food that they are serving. I particularly like the tea served in a nice pot. A garden tea is pricey and would costs at a P110! Try it out for experience sake but be choiceful on the food that you would buy.

Herricks Tea & Coffee
101 Oakridge plaza.
Paseo de Magallanes Makati
Tel# 854 3199

Anton

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Awesome Bday Dinner @ Terry’s Gourmet

My new favorite :)

I was contemplating whether to eat in a gourmet restaurant or in a sumptous buffet of Seven Corners to celebrate my birthday. I’m glad that I chose Terry’s Gourmet and get to taste all the spanish dishes @ P500/head only! ( Alot better than the Zoovenir experience almost at the same price ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the kind of place to enjoy the company of friends and family while exploring the various delicious food in its menu. When eating in a new restaurant, we always try their best sellers as a criteria and then check out their selection of healthy food. Here are the food that we loved:

Castellana de Ajo. (P170) Their best soup according to the menu and their not kidding. It is a clear soup with slices of fried garlic bread, poached free range egg (I’m not sure what the heck is this), and the secret ingredient (I think) — the jamon Serrano. These hams are simply addiciting and after a few sips, you wanted the whole bowl to yourself. We also tried the cold soup and the consumme with garlic rice (both highly recommended) which taste like congee spanish style.

Suspiros de Santona. (P260) When this salad was served, it looked like century tuna over fresh tomato with mayonaise on top seasoned with olive oil. However, all of us loved it no matter how simple it looked. Since I was the birthday boy among our group of five (5), I get to have two of the suspiros. This is a runaway winner and will try to replicate this at home ๐Ÿ™‚

Lengua Sevillana. (P320) We tried three main courses among which the Lengua was the best. The black spaghetti we thought that it would be cooked in squid black ink, but apparently it is just literally a black one. While the tuna steak, with its delicious fresh basil provencale sauce, was overcooked — too bad. Try the lengua with a glass of Rose wine and it would be the best food you’ve tasted the whole night. The Rose house wine costs P375/bottle versus the per glass rate of P120.

Tarta Imperial Rusa. (P140) It’s a must to end your dinner with this traditional Sans Rival dessert!

>> More photos here of Terry’s Gourmet Dining Experience

Anton

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