Chef Tatung’s Private Dining

1/10/12 Update: Check out Chef Tatung Garden Cafe Revisited!

Chef Myke Sarthou — “Tatung” to his friends — is known in the organics circle as the chef who uses local, sustainable ingredients and uses them for his dishes that are world-class in taste and presentation.

Chef Tatung’s private dining concept is simple: a 4-course meal for P500/head that changes frequently, depending on the artistic mood of the chef. He never uses frozen ingredients or not locally available ingredients.

This new offering at Chef Tatung’s house in the Quezon City area gives us a welcome break from the franchised restaurants that recently opened in Manila. It’s perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s season. 🙂

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What’s your favorite Patchi Chocolate?

Patchi, the Lebanese Chocolates founded by Nizar Choucair, is finally here in Manila!  Thanks to Lucy Torres who gave it as a gift to Ben Chan, who in turn fell in love with it and franchised the boutique store in the metro.

Patchi already has a cult following of chocolate lovers in Manila. It is known for having the finest chocolates with nutty fillings, and thematic chocolate favors/gifts. It is a bit on the expensive side, but it is an affordable luxury that one can indulge in to celebrate milestones or to give as gifts.

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Happy Lemon, I Like!

Happy Lemon’s Roasted Milk Tea with Pearl Sago (Large – P90), Lemon Yakult (Large – P100), Milk Tea with Oreo Cookies & Cream (Regular – P90), and Green Tea with Rock Salt & Cheese (Large – P90).

The Starbucks of Bubble Teas from Hong Kong is now here in Manila!

If you’re looking for something new to try, Happy Lemon’s Lemon and Tea drinks are quite innovative. The place has a very cozy feel, too — I would love to hang out here versus a coffee shop.

Let me share our Happy Lemon experience with you…

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Gourmet Food On Call this Christmas!

Isabelo’s Orange Herb Chicken (P945 +10% delivery charge + inter-city charge if applicable*)

We love Foodie Delivery, especially for ordering gourmet food and desserts for special occasions. This Christmas, you can just call 87878 to order food for Christmas parties or to give as Christmas gifts. 🙂

Here are some of our favorite recommendations for Christmas gifts, parties and Noche Buena…

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Lugang Cafe – Bellagio in Manila!

Shanghai-based Bellagio restaurant finally agreed to branch out to Manila. 🙂 Bellagio is known for having the best Taiwanese cuisine in China and the best desserts in Shanghai.

Since Bellagio is a registered name here in Manila, they were forced to use the translation of its Chinese name — Lugang Cafe. (I guess using the Bellagio trademark was more expensive, so they had to rebrand it.)

A lot of foodies are already raving about this resto, and some even commented that Lugang’s Xiao Long Bao is better than Crystal Jade’s.

Let me share with you our Lugang Cafe experience…

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And the 2010 Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards Winners are…

MBKRS Awards 2010 winners
(I totally agree with all the awards except for one…)

Check out the 2012 winners: MBKRS Awards 2012: And the Best Restaurants in Manila are…

Related Post: My Votes for Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards 2010!

Best Italian Restaurant – L’Incontro
(Wow, congratulations to Tina Pamintuan for winning this award! I haven’t had the chance to eat at L’Incontro ever since she took over… I’m eating there soon. My vote for the Best Italian still goes to C’Italian Dining in Pampanga 🙂
  • Carpaccio
  • C’ Italian
  • L’Incontro
  • Cantinetta (Pasong Tamo Ext)
  • Café Caruso
Best French Restaurant – La Regalade
(I was surprised to not see  Cicou on the list of finalists because this would have been a more meaningful award for La Regalade — by beating their nearest competitor. Also, has Chef Jessie lost her touch already?)
  • L’Entrecote
  • Chef Jessie
  • Cuillere
  • La Regalade
  • Enchante

OAP Related Blog Post: Chef Alain Raye’s La Regalade in Manila!

    Best Spanish Restaurant – Cirkulo
    (There really seems to be a lack of good Spanish restaurants in town, except for Cirkulo and Casa Español in Manila.)
    • La Tienda
    • Casa Armas (Malate)
    • Gaudi (Serendra)
    • Cirkulo
    • Alba’s Restaurante Español

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    Chef Laudico’s BFAST – All Day Breakfast Cafe

    I’d been excitedly anticipating the opening of Chef Laudico’s BFAST – All Day Breakfast Cafe. It was the first restaurant to open in the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Its concept is simple — serve Filipino Breakfast fare (with a modern eco twist) the entire day.

    Related Posts:
    Bistro Filipino by Chef Laudico — Best Filipino Fusion Food!
    The Best of Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino (with Lara Day)


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    The Original Bon Chon Chicken is Now in Manila!


    Bon Chon Chicken, the Korean foodie favorite in New York, is finally here in Manila! This is the official Philippine franchise from Korea and NOT a franchise of the 4 Fingers Bon Chon in Singapore.

    Bon Chon is the original double-fried chicken from Korea. The first fry removes all the fat and makes it “paper-fried crisp” and then the second fry includes the secret sauce.

    The chicken is bigger than that of Chicken Charlie’s and a bit more expensive also. I liked its soy-garlic flavor, which has ginseng as a secret ingredient. The sauce was a bit bitin, though, and did not cover the entire chicken well.

    Related Blog Posts:
    Chicken Charlie – Manila’s “Bonchon” Crispy Chicken?
    Wee Nam Kee’s Hainanese Chicken Rice Now in Manila!

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