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GELARE Philippines: The Best Ice Cream & Waffles in Perth, now in Manila!

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Gelāre, known for the best natural ice cream and waffles in Perth, Australia, opens its flagship All-Day Breakfast and Dessert Cafe in the cinema level of Uptown Mall. The name is an Italian word for the final step in the process of making ice cream which means “to freeze” or “congeal.

The ice cream is prepared using real milk and cream, with real flavor and no artificial ingredients. It has a creamy smooth and dense (with less air) texture. The waffle is crunchy on the outside and has a good bite. The waffle & ice cream combination is irresistible.

We tried almost all the flavors and most items on the menu, and here are our favorites:

Gelāre Philippines
3/F (Veranda) Uptown Mall, 9th Ave. corner 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio
Operating Hours:
Sunday to Thursday 10.00 am to 10.pm
Friday – Saturday 10.00 am to 11.00 pm
Facebook@gelareph
Instagram: @gelareph
Websitehttps://gelare.com.au/ 

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OLD MANILA by New Filipino Head Chef Allan Briones! (Photo Essay) @ThePeninsulaMNL

Related Blog Post: THE PENINSULA MANILA: 10 Awesome Things about The Peninsula Staycation! @PeninsulaHotels

OLD MANILA by Chef Allan Briones

OLD MANILA at The Peninsula Manila is now proudly run by Filipino Chef Allan Briones. They advocate a 50% local/50% international ingredients philosophy, delivering a “sophisticated market” menu to their discerning clientele. 

The CCA-alumni worked and trained under legendary Chef Marco Pierre White in London, who trained notable chefs like Mario Batali and Gordon Ramsay. He worked for prestigious hotel restaurants in Dubai before coming home to Manila to work at The Peninsula Manila in Banquet before being promoted from within to head Old Manila. 

Here’s our firsthand experience of Chef Allan Briones’ fine dining cuisine in Old Manila…

 

OLD MANILA @ THE PENINSULA MANILA
Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City
Telephone: +632 887-2888
E-mail: [email protected]
Websitehttp://manila.peninsula.com/
Facebook: The Peninsula Manila
Twitter: @PeninsulaHotels
Instagram: @peninsulahotels

Related Blog Post: THE PENINSULA MANILA: 10 Awesome Things about The Peninsula Staycation! @PeninsulaHotels

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HOTBOX KITCHEN: Rustic Canadian Comfort Food by Chef Evan and Michelle Corby!

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HOTBOX KITCHEN is a rustic Canadian comfort food restaurant by Canadian couple Chef Evan and Michelle Corby, located in the neighborhood of San Juan. They serve New American comfort food and of course, the quintessential Poutine. 

Hotbox is a term used to refer to an enclosed space with trapped smoked, a reference to how they smoke their own bacon and sausages.

We tried Hotbox Kitchen with our long time friends, Francis and Ivan, and here’s what we think… 

HOTBOX KITCHEN
450 C Wilson St. cor. P. Guevarra, San Juan
Facebook: @hotboxkitchenph
Telephone: +632 275-4577
Email[email protected]
Operating Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 4.00 pm to 11.00 pm (closed on Mondays)

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THE COMMON TABLE @ SALCEDO: Progressive Gastropub by Chef Ian Padilla! (First Look)

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THE COMMON TABLE is a progressive gastropub concept in Salcedo by Chef Ian Padilla of La Girolle fame. The name is inspired by the communal dining habits of foodie bar goers.

We’ve missed Chef Ian Padilla’s tasting menus and casual fine cuisine from the La Girolle days. We are happy he’s back in the Manila scene with a fresh new concept in the former location of Chef Sau’s Le Bistro Vert, beside Fraser place.

We tried Chef Ian’s The Common Table food during the soft opening and here’s what we think…

 

THE COMMON TABLE @ SALCEDO
2nd Floor, Forbes Tower, Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati
Facebook: CommonTableSalcedo
Instagram: @commontablesalcedo

Related Blog Posts:
La Girolle’s Tasting Menu by Chef Ian Padilla
BRASSERIE GIROLLE by Chef Ian Padilla @Girolle

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FOOD HIVE: What to Eat at the Yummiest Food Park in Quezon City?!

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THE FOOD HIVE is hailed by foodies as one of the best food parks in Quezon City, with unique offerings from award-winning young chefs and first-time food entrepreneurs! 

I love the overall vibe of the food park. You can feel the passion of each chef and entrepreneur when you taste their dishes. It’s reminiscent of the vibe we created in Mercato.

 

 We tried all the stalls and met with all the purveyors. Here’s our guide to our favorites at The Food Hive…

THE FOOD HIVE
80 Visayas Avenue, Brgy. Vasra, Diliman, Quezon City (Near QC Circle)
Telephone: +632 944-6423
Mobile: +63 977 457-4552
Operating Hours: 11.00 am – 12.00 mn.
Facebook: TheFoodHivePhilippines
instagram: @thefoodhive
Website: http://www.thefoodhive.ph/ 

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THE MINOKAUA: Reviving the Malate Good Food and Music Vibe!

by Monique Tendencia

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THE MINOKAUA by Billy Villareal and Chef Mike Tayag is a Spanish-Filipino comfort food resto bar and music venue for various genres that aims to revive the Malate vibe.

The name is a tribute to the giant dragon-like bird of Philippine folklore, which ate the sun and caused the solar eclipse. 

We were here recently to try their most recommended dishes and watch the musical duo of Bo BismarkNoli Aurillo. Here’s what we think…

 

THE MINOKAUA
1951 M. Adriatico St., Malate, Manila, Philipines
Operating Hours:  6:00 PM – 3:00 AM (Monday- Saturday)
Facebook: The Minokaua

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MR. ROBOTO: A Millennial Retro Japanese Robot-Themed Restaurant in Alabang!

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MR. ROBOTO is a Retro Japanese Robot-themed restaurant by Dani Ramos and David Mendoza, 2nd generation restaurateurs from the famed Neil’s Kitchen in Alabang. They are millennials who grew up with their parent’s 80’s music and loving the Japanese Robot genre heroes like Voltes V, Mazinger Z, Daimos, and Voltron. 

The name of the restaurant is inspired by the song Mr. Roboto by Styx, with the famous lines “Domo Arigato” and “Secret Secret”.

Their Japanese food is a lot better than Omakase’s and is serious competition for Ooma’s but with a millennial twist.

Here’s what to expect at this promising Modern Japanese comfort food destination in Alabang…

 

MR. ROBOTO
Ground Floor, ATC Corporate Center (Sykes Bldg), Madrigal Avenue, Alabang
Email: [email protected] 
Mobile: +63 919 955-3035
Facebook: Mr. Roboto Modern Japanese
Instagram: @Mr.RobotoPH
Operating Hours: 11 am to 10 pm

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KYO-TO by Chef Ryohei Kawamoto: The Best Japanese Kaiseki in Manila?!

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KYO-TO is the best Kaiseki restaurant in Manila. The restaurant, whose name is a tribute to the cultural capital of Japan, is the brainchild of Japanese Chef Ryohei Kawamoto.

Kaiseki is the highest expression of Japanese gastronomy, inspired by the traditional tea ceremony. Its elegant multi-course set format showcases the finest local ingredients of the season and highlights the culinary artistry of Japanese cuisine.

Chef Ryohei worked at Kitcho kitchen in Osaka and the famed Tsukiji Market in Tokyo before becoming a private chef of the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines. He has since decided to open his own Kaiseki restaurant in Legaspi Village. 

Here’s what to expect at and what we think about Kyo-to Kaiseki…

 

KYO-TO KAISEKI RESTAURANT
G/F 119 C. Palanca Jr. Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Telephone: +632 805 7743
Mobile: +63 917 596 9697
Email: [email protected]
Instagram@kyo.toph 
Facebook: @kyo.toph
Websitehttp://www.ryoteikyoto.ph/
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
(Closed on Mondays)

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DENNY’S DINER Philippines: 24/7 All Day Breakfast Favorites! (Revisited)

Founded by Harold Butler, Denny’s opened its doors in 1953 with its first store in California. The chain has since grown into 1600 stores located in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, United Arab Emirates, and most recently, the Philippines via The Bistro Group.

Customers love their 24/7 operating hours, friendly service, and hefty servings that are great for sharing and satisfy your breakfast cravings any time of day.

With the positive response to their first Philippines branch in Uptown Mall, Denny’s has now expanded all the way to Trinoma and Vista Mall in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in less than six months!

Here’s a look-back at our favorites at Denny’s and a peak at their new offerings…

DENNY’S
Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Phone: (02) 772 3371
Facebook: DennysPhilippines
E-mail: [email protected]
Store hours: Open 24/7 Monday- Sunday

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NEOLOKAL by Chef Maksut Aşkar at Flame Manila! @DiscoveryPrimea

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NEOLOKAL is the Modern Anatolian Museum Restaurant of Chef Maksut Aşkar located in SALT Galata, a cultural institution and exhibition space in Istabul, Turkey

The term “neolokal” is meant to describe the refined family cooking philosophy of the restaurant, based on the roots and traditions of real Anatolian cuisine. “Anatolia” is the old name of Turkey, which refers to Asia Minor or the western side of Asia.

For the first time ever, Manila was able to get a taste of the real flavors of Anatolian cuisine at Flame, Discovery Primea, thanks to Cheryl Tiu’s Cross Cultures. 

Here is a photo essay of our educational journey into Turkish cuisine…

 

NEOLOKAL by Chef Maksut Aşkar
SALT Galata, Bankalar Avenue, Karaköy, İstanbul Turkey
Telephone: +90 212 244 00 16
Mobile: +90 551 447 45 45
Email: [email protected]
Websitehttp://www.neolokal.com/

Operating Hours:
Kitchen 19:00 – 22:00  (Except Mondays)
Restaurant 19:00 – 01:00 (Except Mondays)

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