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HEAT’S MAD FOR LOBSTER: Ultimate Lobster Feast in Manila! (Every Friday @EdsaShangrila)

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MAD FOR LOBSTER is an eat-all-you-can lobster feast every Friday night at Restaurant Heat in Edsa Shangri-La Hotel. 

HEAT transformed their seafood buffet Fridays into a lobster-themed buffet to cater to indulgent celebrations and to make the buffet price worth it. 

Here are some tips to plan your awesome lobster Friday…

 

RESTAURANT HEAT
Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel
Telephone: +632 633-8888 ext. 2740
Operating Hours: 6 pm to 10.30 pm, last call for buffet at 10.00pm
Mad for Lobster: P2,415 net/person (Every Friday Dinner)  
For more info, visit Restaurant Heat website

Related Blog Post: HEAT’s Mad For Wagyu: Create-Your-Own 10 Course Wagyu Degustacion! @EdsaShangriLa

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SOLSTICE: A Story About Transitions (One Way 2.0s) @PowerPlantMall

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SOLSTICE is a modern European restaurant by Joseph Assad of One Way Restaurant and Jackie Rodriguez, the innovator behind the Bistro Group (TGI Fridays, Italiannis) and Global Restaurant Concepts (CPK, IHOP). 

Its name is inspired by the astrological transitions that happen in June (summer solstice–the longest day of the year) and December (winter solstice–the shortest day of the year). This is why the Solstice restaurant concept is all about transitions.

First, both owners have moved on from their previous projects and invested on this homegrown 8 Rockwell restaurant. 

Second, the restaurant menu will start with One Way dishes and then evolve as they feature known chefs every three months, to showcase their cuisine for a week and leave a few recipes. 

Third, they will also feature Indian food on Mondays and Mediterranean cuisine on Tuesdays.

We tried Solstice a day after they opened the restaurant (during the winter solstice) and here’s what we think about it…

 

Solstice Bistro & Boulangerie
8 Rockwell, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell, Makati

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HEAT’s Mad For Wagyu: Create-Your-Own 10 Course Wagyu Degustacion! @EdsaShangriLa

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MAD FOR WAGYU is Heat Edsa Shangri-La’s Eat-all-you-can Wagyu buffet, which will be held every Saturday dinner for P2,415 net, to kick off 2016.

Did you know that we are one of the biggest consumers of Wagyu meat outside of Japan? Manila is sure to go crazy over this Wagyu buffet experience!

Here’s what you need to know about Mad for Wagyu and how to plan your Wagyu attack…

 

RESTAURANT HEAT
Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel
Telephone: +632 633-8888 ext. 2740
Operating Hours: 6 pm to 10.30 pm, last call for buffet at 10.00pm
Mad for Wagyu: P2,415 net/person (Every Saturday Dinner)  
For more info, visit Restaurant Heat website

Related Blog Post: HEAT’S MAD FOR LOBSTERS: Ultimate Lobster Feast in Manila! (Every Friday @EdsaShangrila)

 

 

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THE WHOLESOME TABLE Salcedo Breakfast in Makati! @BiancaElizalde

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The Wholesome Table is an organic comfort food restaurant with a passionate commitment to all things wholesome and healthy, inspired by the food that Bianca Araneta-Elizalde cooks at home.

The standalone Salcedo Makati branch is the only branch that opens at 7 am to offer a truly healthy, wholesome breakfast treat. The other branches are located in malls that open at around 11 am.

It’s the perfect place to go to after an early morning run or simbang gabi, or for a power breakfast meeting when you’re in the Makati area.

 

THE WHOLESOME TABLE SALCEDO
G/F Infinity Tower, H.V. Dela Costa Corner L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Operating Hours: Open Daily: 7 am to 11 pm
Telephone: +632 848-7777
Mobile: +63 917 885-7520
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @TheWholesomeTable
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewholesometable
Website: http://www.thewholesometable.com/

Related Blog Post: THE WHOLESOME TABLE Organic Comfort Food Resto by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde (A Review)

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ITALIANNI’S Breakfast: Blissful Creation by Chef Josh Boutwood @ItaliannisPH (Video)

It’s still a surprise to some people that Italianni’s serves really good breakfast created by Chef Josh Boutwood. 

They actually offer breakfast comfort food favorites of Continental and Filipino dishes (not just limited to Italian breakfast). The Italianni’s branch at Greenbelt 2 is vibrant as early as 7am, with power breakfast meetings being held or friends hanging out on a slow lazy morning.

ITALIANNI’S PHILIPPINES 
Website: http://www.italiannis.com.ph/
Facebook: Italiannis Philippines
Instagram: @ItaliannisPH
Twitter: @ItaliannisPH

G/F, Greenbelt 2, Makati City
Telephone: +632 728-0289 / 728-0283

Quadrant 5, Space 1E14, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
Telephone: +632 856-4904 / 856-3890

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PAPER MOON CAFE: Have you tried the Mille Crepe from the Creators of Lady M in HK?

Paper Moon Cafe of Tokyo is a specialty cake place by Madame Emy Wada of NYC and HK’s Lady M fame. They are known for their signature original Mille Crepe popularly known as “crepe cake” that foodies have been raving about.

 

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Story of Paper Moon’s EMY WADA:
Madame Emy began her career in the 1970’s as a cake supplier to 7 out of the best 10 cafes in Tokyo. In 2001, she expanded her operations to New York City where she supplied her cakes to Dean & Deluca, Takashimaya, and Neiman Marcus. She even founded and opened the acclaimed Lady M Cake Boutique in the Upper East Side, which she had to give up several glorious years later to focus instead on the Tokyo operations of her business. Lady M recently opened it’s first branch in Hong Kong. Together with Vic del Rosario of Viva International Food & Restaurants Inc (a subsidiary of Viva Group of Companies), Madam Emy Wada was finally convinced to open up in Manila, so we can taste her famous lovely Mille Crepe without leaving the country.

 

Here’s what we love about Paper Moon Cafe in Manila…

Paper Moon Cafe (Glorietta)
Ground Floor, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
Landline: +632 625-8744
Operating Hours: Mon- Sun 10am – 10pm
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Paper-Moon-Cafe-PH

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10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015!

Here is the year-end round up of our favorite franchised restaurants that opened in Manila in 2015!

I decided to separate The Most Awesome Restaurant list into two lists: “homegrown” vs. “franchised” restaurants and Manila is very happy to welcome the much-anticipated franchises to open in the country!

Related Blog Post: 10 Most Awesome New (Homegrown) Restaurants in Manila 2015!

 

1. DIN TAI FUNG 

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DIN TAI FUNG, the best Xiao Long Bao dimsum place from Taiwan, is now finally in Manila–thanks to the Moment Group!

It’s a 5-time Michelin star awarded restaurant and recognized as one of the best in class in Restaurant Operations in the world.  

Read More: DIN TAI FUNG Philippines: Truffle and Pork XLB, Chocolate Lava XLB, & Golden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun! (A Review)

Verdict:

Overall, I’m happy that Din Tai Fung is elevating the standards of efficiency and restaurant service here in Manila! From the efficient queueing system to the time it takes to serve the food and providing service with a smile. 

Start off by ordering your choice dimsum appetizers. I recommend the Crab Roe and Pork Xiao Long Bao, Truffle and Pork Xiao Long Bao, Shrimp and Pork Pot Stickers, and the Steamed Shrimp and Pork Shao Mai.

Next go for the really good Taiwanese food that Ding Tai Fung is know for, like the Taiwanese Pork Chop and the Dan Dan Noodles. I just feel that they’ve toned down the flavors somehow for the Filipino market.

I also recommend the Salted Egg Yolk Prawns, Black Pepper Beef, and Organic Kale. 

Finally, reserve for your dessert as soon as you order because often it goes out of stock. Go for the Chocolate Lava Xiao Long BaoGolden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun, and the Steamed Red Bean Xiao Long Bao.

Congratulations to Din Tai Fung and the Moment Group for successfully opening in Manila!

 

DIN TAI FUNG PHILIPPINES
A venture by The Moment Group of Restaurants, the five-time Michelin star awardee Din Tai Fung brings Filipinos a unique combination of OCness with a smile.
G/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City 
Telephone: +632 997-1935
Email: [email protected] 
Facebook: Din Tai Fung Philippines

  

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DIN TAI FUNG Philippines: Truffle and Pork XLB, Chocolate Lava XLB, & Golden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun! (A Review)

Related post: 10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015!

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DIN TAI FUNG, the best Xiao Long Bao dimsum place from Taiwan, is now finally in Manila–thanks to the Moment Group!

It’s a 5-time Michelin star awarded restaurant and recognized as one of the best in class in Restaurant Operations in the world.  

Here’s what to expect when dining at Din Tai Fung Manila…

DIN TAI FUNG PHILIPPINES
A venture by The Moment Group of Restaurants, the five-time Michelin star awardee Din Tai Fung brings Filipinos a unique combination of OCness with a smile.
G/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City 
Telephone: +632 997-1935
Email: [email protected] 
Facebook: Din Tai Fung Philippines

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CASA ITALIA in Manila: Gelato, Coffee OTTO, & Italian Comfort Food Goodness!

Related post: 10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015!

CASA ITALIA is a modern day Italian Bar serving micro-roasted Coffee OTTO, handcrafted premium Gelato, and freshly made Italian comfort food favorites, set in an Italian casual chic café. It’s the “Starbucks” of Italian coffee and gelato!

The recently opened branch in Manila is a franchise of the popular gelato shop in Singapore. From the outside, it looks like a normal gelato and coffee place, but you’ve got to check out their pasta, pizza, and panini cooked the Italian way.  

Check out this video series on building Casa Italia here in Manila:

Our family tried it after Joshua and Raphael’s piano recital. Here’s what we love at Casa Italia…

 

CASA ITALIA
Megaworld Shop 5, Burgos Park Bldg. Forbestown Center
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Telephone: +632 753-6263 or 813-8138
Operating Hours:
Sun. – Thurs. 6:30am to 12:00mn
Fri. and Sat. 6:30am to 1:00am
Facebook: Casa Italia PH
Instagram: @CasaItaliaPH
Website: http://www.casaitalia.com.ph/

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10 Most Awesome New (Homegrown) Restaurants in Manila 2015!

Here is the year-end round up of our favorite homegrown restaurants that opened in Manila in 2015!

I decided to separate The Most Awesome Restaurant list into two lists: “homegrown” vs. “franchised” restaurants because I want to celebrate local brands amidst the foreign franchise invasion and to promote the unique resto concepts in Manila.

Related Blog Post10 Most Awesome NEW (Homegrown) Restaurants in Manila 2015! 

 

1. RESTAURANT TAPENADE

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TAPENADE is the all-day Mediterranean dining restaurant of the newly opened Discovery Primea in Makati. It is named after the centuries-old Mediterranean recipe of olives, capers, olive oil, and anchovies.  

The concept comes from the insight that Filipinos love Mediterranean cuisine as much as Chinese cuisine–if you count the number of Chinese restos vs. the collective number of all Mediterranean restos (including Italian, French, Spanish, Greek, etc.) in Manila. 

Verdict:

TAPENADE is a great place for that healthy, power lunch meeting with business partners or foodie friends. I love their Salad Room concept and the well-curated selections on the menu.

I recommend starting with the Stone-baked Feta Cheese and the Salad Room, then following with a few of their meat entrees like the chicken, seafood, or meat dishes. End on a sweet note with the Gianduja Cake! For coffee lovers looking for something new, try the Turkish Coffee. Budget about P1,000/head.

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TAPENADE
Ground Floor, Discovery Primea
6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226, Philippines
Telephone: +632 955-8888
Website: www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com
Facebook: Discovery Primea Makati
Twitter: @PrimeaMakati

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