Friday, August 4, 2017

Winner 2-bite Soft Tacos from Taco Vengo

If you like Mexican Fusion food, one place you should try is Taco Vengo, a hole in the wall place in the Kapitolyo area, across the Unilab, where parking is surprisingly not an issue. 

Their tacos are really good, but you need to order quite a lot because they are small and tasty, but not filling at all.
The Honey Soy Chicken is my favorite.
Best when eaten with a bowl of veggies (I ate the veggies from my daughter's
Tempura Rice Bowl that I asked them to serve on the side) 

A better shot of the Honey Soy Soft Taco

I also had the Pork Cheek taco which came highly recommended,
but I'm not sure if I like it. I guess it's ok if you're looking for variety.

I was sufficiently full, but not stuffed with two tacos and the veggie bowl, but if you come hungry, or you don't have an extra veggie bowl, two tacos are definitely not enough.

My sister ordered the Steak Soft Taco and the Shrimp Tempura Soft Taco but she had to order another Shrimp Taco because she didn't get full. Best to get your order right the first time because their service sucks.

The Shrimp Taco is another popular choice, but I found it too greasy.

The service was so bad our starters, which we ordered way ahead of the tacos, as we were still waiting for my brother to arrive, came after everything was served and they only informed us at that time that they had no stock of the cranberry and cheese quesadilla.

We ordered the nine-layer dip and it was totally not worth waiting for.

I guess Taco Vengo is okay if you just stick to their two-bite tacos, and order the correct quantity when you arrive so you don't have to wait long twice. just saying.

Taco Vengo
16 Williams, Mandaluyong, 
1554 Metro Manila

Friday, July 28, 2017

Charlie Brown Café Hong Kong

I'm a sucker for cute cafés, so we were quite excited to try out Charlie Brown Café across our hotel in Hong Kong, especially when Reena said that our rooms at Park Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui came with one free coffee at Charlie Brown Café everyday. Hooray for freebies.

We finally got a chance to try it out on our last day before leaving, even if we had to drag ourselves out of bed to do it.

Charlie Brown Cafe is on Ashley Road
The store front is small but the place is quite big when
you climb up to the second floor.

They did a good job on ambiance.

The best part about character cafes is you get served really cute food.
I got a Linus Latte because Sofia got a more complicated character.

I think the breakfast set meals were just ok. But Reena and Umi has really yummy looking risotto-like rice meals that made me very envious.

I wouldn't mind coming back next time we're in Hong Kong, even if there's no free coffee. just saying.

Charlie Brown Café 
58-60 Cameron Rd, 
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Friday, July 21, 2017

TOMO hole in the wall Japanese

I've heard people rave about TOMO, the hole in the wall place in San Juan, which is rumored to have the chef of Sugi (which is no longer open in the Greenhills complex). We finally got to try it a few months ago and I wasn't really impressed.

It was very busy, and there was quite a long line. Good thing my brother and his wife, who invited us, arrived early and reserved a table for our whole group.
Timmy recommended the baked oysters, which were good, except I'm not
really an oyster fan, unless they happen to be exceptional.
We had the classics, Spicy Tuna Salad and some rolls.
They were ok.
The salmon tempura roll looked better, but I don't
eat salmon so I skipped this.
We ordered Beef Teppanyaki, and I think this was good
value for the quality of the beef, but unfortunately they
really failed with the seasoning because it was quite bland.

Good thing you can always count on Tempura to be good.

Over-all I think the food was just ok. I don't think I'll be visiting this hole in the wall again, unless my brother and sis-in-law are treating. just saying.

137 Araullo, Lungsod ng San Juan, Kalakhang Maynila
Phone: 0977 859 7622
Hours: Open today · 11AM–2PM, 6–10PM
Reservations recommended

Friday, July 14, 2017

Guangdong Roast Duck Hong Kong

Guangdong Barbeque was one of new restaurants we tried on our last trip to Hong Kong. It's actually one the the favorite restaurants of Jem's family so we were very happy to try it out.

They have the standard roasts, which they serve with a generous serving of ginger sauce.
You can't go wrong with the classic Roast Duck and they do it quite well here.
Their BBQ Pork Charsiew is cooked in a different "cleaner" style.
I'd say it's more similar to ham then the traditional way charsiew is prepared.
Since we came in for brunch, we ordered a scrambled egg with shrimp
omelette too and some veggies (not in photo).
The good thing about Guandong is they are used to people buying
food to take home, so you can order in advance, and they will pack it for you,
ready to be picked up at the agreed time.

I know there is a difference between Roast Duck and Roast Goose, but I personally can't taste it. If you're not particular like me, I would definitely recommend Guangdong over Yatlok Roast Goose, because the service there really sucks (based on our last visit) and they don't make Roast Goose exceptionally well enough for us to stand and accept crap service. just saying.

Guangdong Barbeque Restaurant

Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
telephone: (852) 2735-5151

Friday, July 7, 2017

Desserts from The Bakehouse by Carpenter and Cook

When I travel to Singapore for work, I normally stay at Park Hotel Alexandra due to it's proximity to the office. The location is quite nice because it's beside IKEA, across Anchorpoint and there are a lot of good hawker places within walking distance.

With so many eating options to choose from, I've always wanted to try The Bakehouse by Carpenter and Cook, a hipster looking cafe right beside the hotel, but I have never gotten a chance to do so, until our last trip.

It was an easy decision to come here for dessert after grabbing some dinner at the hawker place across the street. So easy in fact, that we actually came here twice.

The first time around we had the Passionfruit Meringue Tart
around SG$650 which was really very good.

On our second visit, since there were more of us, we also had the
Caramel Chocolate Tart also around SG$6.50. Again, it was excellent.

And the Passionfruit Meringue Tart again to share.

Coffee and Tea are quite pricey (for PH standards at around SG$5 a cup). I found it even more expensive for tea, especially if you're just staying at Park Hotel where the Gryphon Tea is free, and especially if you compare it to the price of the desserts, which are big enough for 2 to share, but that's just me. Sometimes I'm a really cheapskate. just saying.

The Bakehouse by Carpenter and Cook
321 Alexandra Rd #01-14, 
Alexandra Central Mall, 
Singapore 159971
Hours: 8:30an-10pm

Friday, June 30, 2017

Shwe Sa Bwe Fine Dining Restaurant and Culinary School in Yangon

One of the places we tried during my trip to Yangon last year was Shwe Sa Bwe, a fine dining culinary school, which is run by local Burmese students who work for free under the supervision of their teachers so they can hone their craft in the hospitality field. In other words, Shwe Sa Bwe gets free labor, in exchange for teaching the students who can't afford to go to culinary school using their own means.

Ambiance-wise, like most fine dining places I've tried in Yangon, the place is a nice newly renovated old house where you can still enjoy it's local charm.

But I don't recall being overwhelmed with the food. The have a 3 course menu that changes every 2 for 39,000 Kyats, which is a little less than US$30, or a 2 course menu for 35,000 Kyats, so for the small difference, it makes more sense to order 3 courses.

They give you an amuse bouche for free.

I may just have made not so good choices.
I got lentil soup which was just ok.

Then I got the veal with biryani. I found the veal good, but I think it was
a wrong decision to order something which looked very similar to my starter.

I think they can improve on their menu options so the customer doesn't end up making choices that I did, or maybe I'm the only one who minds because I am weird that way.

I must say dessert was the definite highlight and I'm glad I sort of convinced everyone to order different things so we could try everything.

Sticky toffee pudding

Strawberry Tart and Raspberry Sorbet

Passion of Persimmon
But I must say, it was the poached pear with
Toblerone Sauce tat was truly outstanding.
They end the meal with a bite of chocolate mousse for dessert,
again for free.

I remember I also loved the bread and we kept asking for more. Hahaha, which turns out they buy from L'Opera, which you can ready about here. Over-all, I think the concept is great, I just wish they come up with a more memorable menu in the future. just saying.

Shwe Sa Bwe Hotel & Restaurant Training Centre
20 Malikha rd, Yangon
01 661 983

Opening Hours
12pm to 2pm
Tuesday to Saturday

6pm to 9.30pm

Tuesday to Sunday