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My First Time at The German Club (Deutscher Klub 1906) of Manila! #OctoberFestNa!

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The German Club offers the best German food in Manila. It’s for members only, so you have to be accompanied by a German host to be able to eat here.

We were invited by Michael Hasper, Deputy Head of Mission, and Carmina Barcelon, Press and Cultural Section of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Manila, to recap and reminisce our Berlin trip with Camille Co. 🙂

Here’s our German Club experience in Manila, as a teaser to the OAP Berlin Series entitled “BERLIN – The Best Kept Secret City in Europe!“… 

5f Penthouse, Eurovilla II Building , 118 V.A. Rufino
(formerly Herrera Street), Legaspi Village, Makati City
Telephone: +632 817-3552, 818-3552
FacebookGerman Club, Manila, Philippines
Restaurant Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11 A.M to 11P.M. 

Dress Code: Smart Casual with Collared Shirt for Men
No Short Pants, No Sandos, No Rubber/House Slippers

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CHEF DU PARTIE (CDP): A Global Table Restaurant by MMF, KKA, & KGL (A Review) @PowerPlantMall

As featured in MAKATI: 10 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Makati 2014! @MakeItMakati 

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CHEF DU PARTIE (or CDP for short), is a restaurant offering global cuisine by Malou Fores (MMF) of Mamou & Recovery Food fame, Katrina Kuhn-Alcantara (KKA) of Mesclun & Chuck’s Deli, and Kristine del Gallego-Locsin (KGL), formerly of Lu.

They offer dishes inspired by Paris, New York, and Manila. They also specialize in cocktails and have a well-curated wine list by their partners. It’s a great destination for foodie dates or food and wine pairing.

I took my wifey out on a date in CDP for the first time since giving birth to our youngest son, and here’s what we think about it… 

Chef Du Partie (CDP) Global Table Restaurant
148B Level R1 Power Plant Mall, Lopez Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City 1200
Telephone: +632 556-4454
Contact Anne Berges +63 917 832-9828,
Operating Hours:
Sunday to Wednesday: 12.00nn to 3.00pm, 6.00pm – 11.00pm
Thursday to Saturday: 12.00nn to 3.00pm, 6.00pm -2.00am
Notes: Credit Cards Accepted. Reservation is a must.

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VASK Gallery: 40 Days & 40 Nights Degustation (Chef J. Luis Gonzalez x Chef Julieta Caruso) @VaskManila

4/16/2016 Update: VASK GALLERY: 15-Course Alamat Menu (2016) of Asia’s 39th Best Restaurant! 

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VASK Gallery’s 40 Days & 40 Nights Degustation is a collaboration of Chef J. Luis Gonzales and Chef Julieta Caruso, former Head Chef of Mugaritz (World’s Top #6 in San Sebastian, Spain), based on their 40-day food trip to discover authentic Filipino flavors all over the Philippines.

The limited degustation menu highlighted native and everyday local ingredients presented in gastronomic dishes. Much of the inspiration behind this effort came from their collective desire to acknowledge the deep historical connection the Philippines shares with Spain, through sustainable cooking.

The resulting flavors from the collaboration were very memorable. Witnessing what can be done with Filipino ingredients was a mind-blowing experience. This was one epic dinner that changed the way I look at Filipino cuisine and made me feel proud to be part of culinary history in the making in Manila.

Here’s our 40 Days & 40 Nights Degustation experience…

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The ERIC KAYSER Difference! Natural Liquid Leaven, Baked Fresh in Manila by French Chefs :)


ERIC KAYSER is an authentic French Artisan Boulangerie in Manila, which is a licensed partnership between Eric Kayser and his local partners, Jacky Ang, Kelvin Gaisano, and Chris Tiu. Eric Kayser has 96 stores in 17 countries, with the Philippines as the latest expansion.

You should notice the difference in the taste and texture of their bread because of their signature Natural Liquid Leaven, which sets it apart from the yeast-based breads in Manila. Eric Kayser demanded to have a commissary from the start and sent his trained French bakers in Manila to ensure the top quality of the breads, following the tradition of using a long natural fermentation process, slow kneading, and small-scale production.

Gone are the days of flown-in frozen French breads. The key is to baking fresh daily using top quality ingredients and following a strict artisan production process. Once you’ve tasted the Eric Kayser difference, it will be very hard to appreciate other French breads in town.

Here’s what we love about Eric Kayser…

Promenade Mall: F&B-L11, Lower Level, Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan, Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 941-0738
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 10.00pm
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URBAN PANTRY: Gourmet Selections Curated by Twin Sisters Clarisse Ong-Tiu & Carina Ong!


URBAN PANTRY is a gourmet neighborhood store curated by Chris Tiu’s wife, Clarisse Ong-Tiu, and sister-in-law Carina Ong.

The twin sisters’ criteria for the products they carry are only those they are willing to buy and consume at home with their family. They love natural, healthy, homemade, and artisan products that are mostly made locally and are ready-to-eat or ready-to-cook.

They also create their own Urban Pantry product line if there are no items available in the market that they like.

We sampled their selections and these are the 10 gourmet items we love…

URBAN PANTRY by Clarisse Ong-Tiu & Carina Ong
A carefully curated selection of delicious & healthy pantry essentials. 
Unit 115C, Greenhills Promenade 3, San Juan (Beside Roots & Red Mango)
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Mobile: +63 927 229-7080
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THE WHOLESOME TABLE Organic Comfort Food Resto by Bianca Araneta Elizalde (A Review)

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

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THE WHOLESOME TABLE is an Organic Comfort Food Restaurant by Bianca Araneta Elizalde of Aria Boracay Fame.

All the produce comes from organic sources; they use free-range chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef, wild-caught seafood, and local artisan products. All the sauces are natural and made from scratch, and they don’t use high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, or trans fats.

Their passionate commitment to all things wholesome and healthy is contagious. 

It’s one of the best local restaurants to open in Manila this 2014! You’ve got to check it out…

30th St Corner 7th Ave Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(Former Aria Cucina Italia Restaurant location beside Elias)
Telephone: +632 867-0000
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Note: No Reservations. Credit Cards Accepted.  

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THE BOWERY: Fine New York Comfort Food by Borough’s Chef Cuit Kaufman @thebowery_ph

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

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THE BOWERY is Chef Cuit Kaufman’s American Bistro Pub concept, which serves fine New York Comfort Food inspired by the chic Bowery Street in New York. It’s a “Higher-end Borough” that aims to answer the need of foodies for better quality food in Manila. It’s also a great venue to hold meetings during the off-peak hours.

Here’s what we like so far at Bowery… 

The Bowery NYC Comfort 
F151 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive cor. Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Mobile: +63 936 929-6073
FacebookThe Bowery NYC Comfort

Mode of Payment: Cash, Credit Card

Operating Hours
Sundays to Thursdays 7.00am to 2.00am
Friday and Saturday 7.00am to 4.00am
(*soon to open 24 hours x 7 days a week)

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LEMURIA: French Degustation with Wine Pairing of Lemuria’s Bestsellers! @LemuriaGourmet

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LEMURIA is a private dining French restaurant conceptualized by Mrs. Marina “Kitt” Schroeder, hidden in Horseshoe Village, Quezon City. It’s name is inspired by the mystery behind the lost continent of Lemuria.

The cozy dining area is located on top of the Brumms Quality Wine Cellar, with a curated wine list from Germany, Austria, Romania, and other boutique wineries the Shroeders love.

After 8 years, it continues to be one of the most romantic garden restaurants in Manila. It never fails to lure lovely couples to dine because of its charm, focus on quality, and personal touch.

It’s a bit nostalgic, reminiscing my initial post about this place: Lemuria’s Mystique – a Romantic Restaurant in the Metro, and revisiting Lemuria after almost 8 years.

5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City
Telephone Numbers: +63.2.724.5211, +63.2.722.2185
Operating Hours
LUNCH By exclusive booking only 
DINNER: Tuesday-Sunday 6:00 pm-11:00 pm 
Reservations strongly recommended 
E-Mail Address:
FacebookLemuria Gourmet Restaurant
Dress Code: Smart Casual: No shorts (inclusive of extremely short female dress shorts), No slippers (regardless of brand), No Sandos, No Baseball caps, No Crew-neck (round neck) T-shirts

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BASKIN-ROBBINS Back in Manila! (A Review)

What’s your favorite
Baskin Robbins flavor?

BASKIN-ROBBINS is America’s Favorite Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop, founded by brothers-in-law Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins in 1945. The brand was last seen in Manila more than a decade ago but has now made a comeback. The timing couldn’t be more right, because Manileños have been craving for better ice creams. 🙂

We had to wait for close to 2 hours on Baskin Robbins’ opening weekend, but it was well worth it. Part of the fun is in choosing from 31 delicious flavors and customizing how you want to enjoy your ice cream.

Here’s a photo essay of our Baskin Robbins experience last weekend in BGC…

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PURPLE YAM MALATE: A Taste of Reimagined Filipino Food & Revival of Malate! @PurpleYamNYC #VivaManila


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PURPLE YAM MALATE is the local branch of the popular Purple Yam Modern Filipino Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. It was founded in 2007 by Amy Besa and Chef Romy Dorotan of Cendrillon fame in Soho. Its name was inspired by the owner’s love of ube. 🙂

The Malate branch is only open on weekends for by-reservation private dining — dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, and brunch on Sundays. The owners describe their restaurant as a “serious dining” establishment (as opposed to a fine dining one).

The opening of Purple Yam is sure to create a buzz among the foodies in Manila and hopefully usher in the revival of Malate.

Rache and I brought the boys with us to try the Sunday brunch during their opening weekend. Here’s what we think…

PURPLE YAM MALATE – Reimagining Filipino Food
PY Curated Foods, Inc.
603 Julio Nakpil corner Bacobo, Malate, Manila
Contact: Amy Besa 
Reservations: +632 523-3497
Mobile: +63 926 713-3523
FacebookPurple Yam

Operating Hours (Set Menu price):
Friday Dinner:  7.00 pm onwards (P2,500/head)
Saturday Dinner: 7.00 pm onwards (P2,500/head)
Sunday Lunch: 11.00 am to 3.30pm (P1,500/head)

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