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26th St. Bistro: The Best Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Manila just got better!

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26th St. Bistro is The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf bistro concept that serves extraordinary comfort food aside from their extensive coffee and tea selections. First opened in 2012, the brand has consistently stayed true to their distinctive dining concept of offering both a cafe experience and delightfully different everyday meals.

It's the go-to places for meetings with friends or afternoon snacks by the millennials in the BGC area because of its location and a wider range of meals options. 

The 26th St. Bistro experience just got better with their new menu items and here's what the Team Our Awesome Planet raves about.

 

26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
26th St. corner 5th avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 720-9558
Facebook: 26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Philippines
Instagram: 26thstbistro

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LA PIAZZA: Your Next Italian Romantic Date with an Awesome View of The Fountain @OkadaManila!

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LA PIAZZA is an Italian trattoria and ristorante serving Italy’s best-kept fine dining secrets, with an awesome view of the Okada fountain.

It’s a great place to experience what Okada is all about in terms of its dining philosophy.  You can also witness the world’s biggest multi-color dancing fountain here, before heading off to party at the Cove Manila.

Here are some tips and recommendations on how to plan your romantic La Piazza date…

 

LA PIAZZA RISTORANTE ITALIANO
Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City Parañaque City, Philippines.
Operating Hours:
Lunch (Sat to Sun) 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Dinner (Mon to Sun) 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Telephone: +632 555-5799
Email: RestaurantReservation@okadamanila.com
Website: http://www.okadamanila.com/la-piazza

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KAZUNORI: Is it worth eating Japanese with a view of Mazda?! (A Review)

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KAZUNORI is a 3-in-1 Japanese Restaurant concept — Kazu Cafe, Sushi Bar and Fine Japanese Restaurant specializing in seafood sushi and sashimi. It is located inside the Mazda showroom, along the slowly gentrifying area of Pasong Tamo Extension. 

The restaurant is named after the chef himself and was conceptualized by Ryan Cruz and Elbert Cuenca of Yushoken and Mendokoro Ramen fame.

We previously visited Kazu Cafe with our friend Lui from Australia, when it just opened to a lot of hype. We recently tried it again with our boys and here’s what we think about it…

 

KAZUNORI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
2301 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati
Telephone: +632 989 3152
Operating Hours
Kazu Cafe: Open daily 11.00am to 11.00pm
Japanese Restaurant: Monday-Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm and 6:30pm to 11:00pm
Facebook: @kazunorijapanese

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COVE MANILA: Southeast Asia’s Biggest Beach Club & Nightclub! @OkadaManila

Cove Manila, envisioned to be the biggest lifestyle and nightlife destination in Southeast Asia, is the newest premier club to open in the metro!

The $120M mega-structure boasts of a 9,000-sqm luxurious beach club and nightclub fitted with a butterfly-shaped pool and three-storey buildings, which house luxurious cabanas with private hot tubs, all found under one massive dome structure!

 

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Located within the biggest integrated resort in the Philippines, Okada Manila, Cove Manila opened its doors last Friday, with Grammy-nominated DJ Steve Aoki fittingly as the headliner. Did I mention it can fit up to 4,500 people?

Here’s what to expect when pools and club music come together…

 

COVE MANILA
Okada Manila, Entertainment City, Parañaque City, 1701, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact: +63 2 555 5757
E-mail: covemanila@okadamanila.com
Facebook: covemanila
Website: www.covemanila.com

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Tendon Kohaku: Eating Tempura in Manila will never be the same after this

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Tendon Kohaku is a specialty tempura rice bowl concept that started the recent craze in Singapore with over hour-long queues.

Tendon, of course, is the concatenated word from Tenpura (tempura) and Donburi (rice bowl dish) referring to different tempura served over rice in a bowl, while Kohaku means “amber” in Japanese, which is representative of the color of the tempura (crispy golden exterior + our amber colored sauce).

The concept was founded by Japanese restaurant group Kings Know Inc. with presence in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and now in Manila. The Philippine franchise is by the UCC group of Hubert Young, responsible for the successful opening of Coco Ichibanya Curry and Mitsuyado Sei-men Tsukumen in Manila.

Eating tempura in Manila will never be the same after you’ve tried this!

 

TENDON KOHAKU MANILA
3/F Uptown Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Operating Hours
Sunday-Thursdays: 11.00 AM – 10.00 PM, Friday – Saturday: 11.00 AM – 11.00 PM
Facebook: @tendonkohaku
Telephone: +632 838-2476

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TSUTA RAMEN MANILA: Is it better than Ramen Nagi or Ippudo?

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The first Michelin-starred Ramen in Tokyo by Master Chef Onishi Yuki has finally opened its doors in the Philippines!

Tsuta originated from Chef Yuki’s ancestral family name and from the strong belief that Ramen is the “noodles of which Japan can boast to the world.” He actually prefers to use the term Soba, which literally means “Japanese Noodles,” instead of Ramen, which is from the Chinese word Lamian (拉麵 noodles). This does not refer to our common understanding of soba as the fat buckwheat noodles.

Some Filipinos think it’s already too late for Tsuta’s entry into the Ramen Game in Manila. While this may be true for ho-hum quality ramen, it’s never too late for high-quality ones like Tsuta, as proven by its successful launch in mature ramen markets like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

So, is Tsuta better than Ramen Nagi or Ippudo? Read on to find out.

TSUTA MANILA
UG/F C3 Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:30 AM until supplies last.
Facebook: Tsuta Philippines
Instagram: @TsutaPhilippines

Related blog post: TSUTA: The First Michelin Star Ramen that totally deserves it.

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BIZU: A Taste of Everyday Christmas! @BizuPH
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BIZU: A Taste of Everyday Christmas! @BizuPH

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Bizu is our go-to feel good, happy place for comfort French cuisine and celebrating Christmas every day.

They’re best known for their world-class Parisian pastry creations, like celebration cakes and macaron de Paris, but their food has been getting better and better each year. Not bad at all for a Filipino-owned brand that was established in 2001.

Here’s what we love about the new menu of Bizu…

 

BIZU PATISSERIE & BISTRO
G/L Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati City
Telephone: +632 757-2498, 757-4749, 903-6340  
Email: concierge@bizugroupe.com
Facebook: ilovebizu
Instagram: @bizuph
Twitter: @bizuph

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MANILA LIFE: Co-working Cafe before your NAIA3 Flight! @ManilaMarriott

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Flying via NAIA3 just got better with the opening of Manila Life by Marriott Hotels, and the Runway Manila overpass from Resorts World. 

Given the crazy traffic in Manila going to the airport, we usually head there 5 hours before our flight. Obviously, the long wait can get boring. But thanks to the lounge-like cafe of Manila Life, we now have a good place to hang out to work and eat while we wait to board. 

Here’s how to have a pleasant departure experience on your next flight from NAIA Terminal 3…

 

MANILA LIFE by Marriot Hotel Manila
4th Floor, Food Hall, NAIA Terminal 3 (near Runway Manila)
Telephone: +63 2 988 9999
Email: marriotthotelmanila@marriott.com

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Buca di Beppo Family Celebrations in Manila!

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The first time I tried Buca di Beppo was on my first trip to Cincinnati during my P&G Days. I remember enjoying the pizza and pasta in a very festive environment. After more than 100 stores worldwide, this popular Italian restaurant chain in America has finally opened its first store in Southeast Asia–in Manila, no less–thanks to entrepreneur Marcelino Florete Jr. of the Sbarro group.

The name is inspired by the original 1993 Italian restaurant in the basement of an apartment building in Minneapolis. Buca means “hole” or the Tuscan slang for basement, while Beppo is a nickname for Guiseppe, which is Joseph in Northern Italy.

Here’s what to expect and how to plan your own family celebrations at Buca di Beppo in Manila… 

 

Buca di Beppo ®
Ground Floor, BGC Corporate Center, 11th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 
Facebook: Buca di Beppo Philippines
Instagram: @bucadibeppoph
Telephone: +632 400-9301
Mobile: +63 905 443-6217
Email: bucadibeppoph@yahoo.com

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