PABLO CHEESECAKE: Osaka’s Famous Cheese Tart Opens in Manila! @benchtm

Pablo Manila

The world famous Pablo from Osaka is now officially open in the Philippines!

Pablo is well known for their signature freshly-baked cheese tarts–deliciously soft and creamy treats that taste like no other cheese tart you’ve had before.

In addition to its classic cheese tart, the popular shop also carries a rich line of pastries, cheese puddings, cookies, drinks, and soft served ice cream.

Here’s what to expect at the newly opened Pablo Manila…


Level 1, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila
Facebook: Pablo Cheesetart Philippines
Instagram: @Pablo_cheese_tart_philippines

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ANOTHER STORY by Ica Sebastian: Cafe Voila 2.0 (A Review) @VistaMalls

(As featured in 10 Most Awesome New Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!)

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ANOTHER STORY is a casual fine dining restaurant in Evia Mall, Alabang that can be considered as the next evolution of Ica Manalo Sebastian’s Cafe Voila in Crosswinds, Tagaytay. Here, Ica brings to life her passion for cooking high quality home-style comfort food, with each dish having their own story to tell.

The place has an eclectic and fun ambiance, serving the finest home-cooked meals you’ll find in a mall setting. I heard good things about their food, but we had mixed feelings about them during our visit because of the pricing and service. It’s still one of the happiest places to eat in and have a good time with the family.

Check out our Another Story experience…


ANOTHER STORY by Ica Manalo Sebastian
2nd Floor, Evia Mall, Alabang (near MCX exit)
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Another Story 2016
: +63 995 267-7163

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BLUE Restaurant: One Yummy Reason to Stay at Atmosphere (A Review)

Related Blog Post: ATMOSPHERE RESORTS: Have you tried the Best Eco-Luxury Resort in Dumaguete?


If you’re looking for great food around Dumaguete City, BLUE at Atmosphere Resorts is exactly where it’s at. Located at the heart of Dauin, Negros Oriental, Blue’s claim to fame are their hearty breakfast buffets, all day dining and healthy living options, casual fine dining signature dishes, and sweet treats by German-Filipino Chef, Denver Wickenhauser.

With the best eco-luxury resort around as its home, Blue’s approach to food is wholesome, flexible, and sustainable—with some restaurant staples produced not more than 2km away!  

Here's what to expect at Blue Restaurant at Atmosphere Resort … 


Atmosphere Resorts & Spa Maayong Tubig, Dauin, 6217 Negros Oriental, Philippines
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +63 35 400 6940
Mobile: +63 917 700 2048 | +63 998 960 2289
Facebook: Atmosphere Resorts
Instagram: @atmosphereresorts


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TAHANAN BISTRO: Antipolo Private Dining at Benji Reyes’ Tahanan (First Look)

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Tahanan by artist Benji Reyes is the most beautiful Filipino home in Antipolo. I suggested to Benji 7 years ago that this would the perfect place for private dining in the city. Finally, after six years of studying in Melbourne, his daughter Keesha decided to go back home and open Tahanan Bistro.

Together with her partner Chef Kevin Tuason, who graduated from the culinary school of Academia International in Melbourne, the bistro offers a set menu that pays homage to Philippine produce. It’s Filipino food presented Melbourne-style, enjoyed in a casual-fine home dining ambiance.

This will be the hottest place to book for intimate celebrations and for showcasing to the world what Filipino hospitality and home dining is all about. 

Here’s a first look at what to expect at Tahanan Bistro…

22 Loresville Drive Lores Farm Subdivision Barangay San Roque Antipolo 1870
Opening Hours: Friday to Sunday Dinner 6:00PM – 10:00PM, Saturday and Sunday Lunch 11.00pm – 4.00pm
Mobile: +63 925 880-1487
Facebook: Tahanan Bistro

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RAGING BULL: Best Steakhouse & Bar in BGC? (Preview) @ShangrilaFort

(Latest post: A Raging Bull Holiday Celebration! @ShangriLaFort)

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RAGING BULL is a modern American Steakhouse & Bar concept in the heart of BGC at Shangri-La Fort. They offer steaks using grain and grass-fed dry aged beef from Australia and serve classic American cocktails and wines from non-commercial boutique wineries.

It’s operated not as a hotel dining outlet but as a standalone restaurant ready to compete with the best of BGC in terms of pricing, quality, and ambiance. A homegrown Shangri-La concept, it will soon have a spinoff outlet called Raging Bull Burgers.

Raging Bull is one of the best steakhouses in Manila and here’s what to expect when dining here…

Level 3 Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Facebook: Dining at Shangri-La at the Fort
Twitter: @ShangrilaFort
Instagram: @dineshangrilafort
Telephone: +632 820-0888

Related Post: 10 Most Awesome New Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!

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PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

(This article is sponsored by AZURE NORTH, an amazing, tropical-inspired residential project featuring a man-made beach in the heart of San Fernando, Pampanga! Developed by Century Properties who clearly know that Pampanga, with its delightful food and hospitable people, is a place really worth living in. Check it out:


PAMPANGA is widely revered as The Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Highly acclaimed Kapampangan Chef, Claude Tayag of BALE DUTUNG and 1956 DOWNTOWN CAFÉ, believes the province’s reputation for good food is because of its history with Clark Air Base (a military facility for American and Filipino forces from 1903 to 1991).


Due to the base’s proximity from the capital city, Angeles, international goods and other ingredients became easily accessible. Thus, locals assimilated these ingredients to their cuisine and signature Kapampampangan dishes like Sisig were born.

In collaboration with the Angeles City Tourism, Team OAP traveled to Pampanga in search of the best restaurants.

Here are the top ten most awesome restaurants in Pampanga in 2016 … (watch: Pampanga Food Trip – Top 10 | Hot Stop )

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DOWNTOWN CAFÉ: Comforting Kampampangan Flavors Enjoyed Retro-Style!

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)


Formerly called 1956 DOWNTOWN CAFÉ, this retro-style eatery does not only signify Chef Claude Tayag’s date of birth, but also the era he holds dearest to him. Peace times helped build a bigger middle class and establish businesses and entertainment centers, which Kapampangans would come to refer to as Downtown.

Going “downtown” meant spending quality time with family or friends at local shopping malls, restaurants, and cinemas after Sunday mass. Now in 2016, with life more hectic and too focused on moving forward, people have forgotten the value of slowing down to embrace the past and present. In light of this, Downtown Café is a perfect way to step back and appreciate the golden years of honest Kapampangan food.

The Quad at Nepo, Nepo mart, Plaridel St, 2009 Angeles City
Operation hours: 
Monday to Sunday–10AM to 10PM
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +63 917 535 9198
Facebook: 1956 Downtown Café

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BALE DUTUNG: Claude Tayag's Legendary 5 Ways Lechon Degustacion in Pampanga!

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BALE DUTUNG: Claude Tayag’s Legendary 5 Ways Lechon Degustacion in Pampanga!

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016) 


Chef Claude Tayag’s proudly Kapampangan food concept, BALE DUTUNG, is one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in Asia. Ranked as one of the best by the Miele Guide in 2009, Chef Tayag’s humble abode reached celebrity status when he was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” in 2008.

Tayag was raised in Angeles City and is the 9th of 12 children–earning him the clever nickname of “Claude 9”. While his first passion was the visual arts (he is now an accomplished furniture designer and painter), Claude often observed his mother in the kitchen–picking up little bits and pieces of culinary knowhow.

It was only in 1979, after an Economics degree at UP-Clark, that Claude found himself backpacking in Europe and craving for homemade Filipino food. Living on only about $10 a day, he explored wet markets in search of cheap, alternative ingredients. Learning to experiment with food unleashed Chef Tayag’s culinary creativity and paved way to more milestones in his life such as Bale Dutung.

Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga  
Mobile: +63 917 535-9198 
Telephone: +632 502-4527 
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Related post: Claude Tayag's Bale Dutung – The Best Kapampangan Restaurant in Pampanga

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MILA’S: Arguably The Best Sisig in Pampanga?!

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

Ranked as one of the best Carenderias in Angeles City, MILA's has been a household name for many Kapampangans since 1989. They were originally famous for their Tokwa't Baboy, but now they're more known for their unbelievably addicting crispy Sisig!

Sisig is a Kapampangan staple consisting of grilled, diced pork cheeks, ears, liver, onions, and even pig brain. This beloved drinking food is often credited to Lucia “Aling Lucing” Cunanan of Angeles City, who made the best of the discarded ingredients from Clark Air Base.

Due to the simplicity of the preparation and affordability of the ingredients, Sisig grew in popularity and more establishments, like MILA'S, began offering variants.

Brgy. San Angelo, San Andres St, Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines
Phone: +63 45 888 6727
Open: Everyday 10am – 10pm

Here's why you should go to Mila's on your next Pampanga visit…

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JIRO ASIA: The Best of Two Culinary Worlds

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)


JIRO ASIA is an offshoot restaurant of the famed Jiro Izakaya Sushi Ramen (now closed) in Angeles City Pampanga. We featured Jiro last year in our 15 Places to try in Angeles City and loved their selection of authentic Ramen and Sushi Rolls. 

With Jiro Asia, owner Vincent Roque brings his love for both Chinese and Japanese food under one roof.  

Check out our experience…

Don Juico corner California Street,
Perimeter Road, Anunas, Angeles City
+63 917 820 6322

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