#Restaurants

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

Read first: 10 Best New Homegrown Restaurants in Manila 2017

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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: [email protected]
Website: http://www.okadamanila.com/la-piazza

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

Read first: 10 Best New Homegrown Restaurants in Manila 2017

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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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#Travel, Hongkong

Hong Kong: Family Fun in the Outlying Islands of HK! (Travel Guide)

Read First: Hong Kong: Family Fun in the City! (Travel Guide)

Update 12/19/2018: Hong Kong Food Trip Guide like a Local! (24H Itinerary)

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Did you know there is another side of Hong Kong besides its busy cityscape? When visiting Hong Kong, make sure to visit the Outlying Islands of Hong Kong for the hiking trails and their awesome scenery, a preview of the laid-back side of Hong Kong life, and for general great outdoor fun.

Apart from the best well-known Lantau Island where the Hong Kong Disneyland is situated at, there’re other outlying islands which can be experienced by day trip and very convenient.

Our boys loved the family hiking trail in Lamma, exploring the mountains and the fishing village of Tai O in Lantau Island. Make sure to have an extra time to explore the UNESCO Global Geopark of Hong Kong.

Here are the four experiences we highly recommend on your next trip to Hong Kong with your family (and how to get there easily):

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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: [email protected]
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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#Hotels, #Travel, Japan

@Planetyze: Family Fun Hostel Experience in Tokyo!

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I was hesitant at first to try Planetyze hostel because it was our first time to stay in a hostel with our four boys when traveling.

It was one of our most memorable and fun stays we had in Tokyo because of how Planetyze redefined the hostel experience for the family.

Here’s a photo essay of our experience and why you should stay here on your next trip to Tokyo:

 

PLANETYZE HOSTEL
2-24-9 Higashi-Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Telephone: +81 3-5829-4554
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @planetyze
Instagram@planetyzehostel
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/Planetyze-Hostel-Cafe-Bar
Website: http://planetyzehostel.com

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Events, Manila Life

Best World-Class Whisk(e)y: Which Bottle Is Right For You?

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Whiskey or whisky, depending on where you're from, is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from various fermented grains. The word literally means "Water of Life" and is considered to be one of the best spirits in the world. Distilleries typically age it in casks or wooden barrels, which give the drink its distinct flavors. 

Filipinos have slowly begun to appreciate the darker spirits such as Whiskey, which has caused the beverage to gain a better reputation in the Philippine market. The drink is no longer a foreign concept but has instead become a staple in Filipinos' celebrations such as intimate events, gatherings, and festivals. 

World-class whiskey recently made its way to Manila via Whiskey Live 2017, one of the biggest whiskey tasting celebrations in the world. It was held on October 20 and 21 at Shangri-La, The Fort, and showcased a wide array of what whiskey has to offer. For a newbie, this can be intimidating, but what better way to learn about the awesome drink than to taste it? 

Here's a photo essay of our recommendations for best Whisky by Region/Country…

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#Travel

How Doña Elena Extra Virgin Olive Oil is Made in Spain

📍Priego de Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain

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Did you know that Doña Elena Extra Virgin Olive Oil is 100% made in Priego de Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain?

Doña Elena is a world-class Filipino brand and the No. 1 Olive Oil brand in the Philippines. Their olive oil is made and shipped on the same day from the olive farms of award-winning Mueloliva in the southeastern region of the province of Cordoba.

Here’s a little Olive Oil 101 from Spain, the biggest producer and exporter of olive oil in the world.  

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