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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ebeneezer's Revisited and Discovering new favorites

We used to go to Hong Kong every June, because Sof and I used to enjoy the same June 24 Holiday. Me because our office used to be located in Manila, and the 24th of June is Manila Day, Sof because there are no classes for San Juan on the 24th of June because they celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist with a Water Festival and they wet anyone walking around San Juan on this day (exaggeration of course).

Good thing, we had more than our fill of Hong Kong when we went for Timmy's birthday and I celebrated my birthday there. Among our favorites (first meal always in fact, since we arrive around midnight) is Ebeneezer's! Though this time around we happened to discover new favorites.

The Roast Lamb on fries, Hummus and Garlic Roti are
all clear winners.

Actually anything with their flavorful lamb and green sauce is a winner.
The fries just make them so much better.

We asked them to set aside a few fries without topping for
Fi but they generously gave her one whole order for free.

Van who allegedly wasn't hungry still managed for finish the Roast Lamb
with Rice, and he didn't even offer us! Hahaha.

I think the hummus and breads are all new to the menu.

The Garlic Butter Naan was yummy too. Good thing we decided to add
this, because it was still all gone even if it arrived much later.

Good job Ebeneezer's with your menu expansion. Also loving your new bigger and brighter location on Prat. just saying.

6-8A Prat Avenue
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong

Friday, June 16, 2017

KL eats

Been several months since I was last in KL, but since I'm cleaning my To Blog About folder, here are some places I tried and enjoyed the last time I was there for work.

SOULed Out 
The place was semi-outdoor/ open air serving a fusion of western and local dishes.

Carbonara and the giant bread stick
***oops, I didn't realize I had no photos of the other dishes we tried.

Dessert to share
The team after a hard day's work.

I loved the old school/ retro feel of this local restaurant.

I'm not really sure what we ordered but we had a Laksa to share, some fried rice and toppings, fried squid rings and a deconstructed local noodle dish that was really good.
This is the deconstructed noodle dish that is so yummy.
The broth is on the sour side, and it comes with fried
chicken bits and scrambled egg.
The plum iced tea is good.
This is what I mean by old school. Complete
with iced gems. Blast from the past in a charming way.

Paramount Hawker
Then I also got to try where the locals eat, with yummy Char Kway Teow, Beef Noodle and some rice rolls. Unfortunately there were just 2 of us so we couldn't order more.

Now I know the secret to eating well in Malaysia is similar to India. Your friends need to take you to places they know you'll like. Such a big difference when we had to fend for ourselves when we went for an audit, but we may not have been very welcome. Thanks Jul for always feeding me well. just saying.

SOULed Out Bangsar South
No. 7 G-11&12, Nexus Bangsar South, 
Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 
59200 Kuala Lumpur, 
Wilayah Persekutuan 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bangsar Village, G6, Ground Floor, 1, 
No Satu,, 1, Jalan Telawi 1, 
Bangsar Baru, 
59100 Kuala Lumpur, 
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, 

Paramount Hawker
Jalan 20/14, Taman Paramount, 
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Brunch Society in Yangon

One of my must visit places in Yangon, si Bogyoke Market to shop for jewels. You can read my post on that here. But since surprisingly traffic is really bad in Yangon, and shops at Bogyoke normally close early, our friends recommend that it would be best to eat a late lunch nearby before we go to the Market to shop.

The place they recommended near the Bogyoke Market is Brunch Society and we really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, I only have very little photos, but you can take my word for it.

Salad and Bacon Mushroom Skewers to start

I ordered Eggs Benedict, my favorite order for brunch, but this one was a bit
weird with the onions and pepper that topped the sauce.

What I remember though is their three course lunch sets were really good value that came out to around US$12 per person. Order the Risotto, Seabass and the Burger. I remember bumming food from other people that was really yummy, I can't wait to go back so I can order the good stuff for myself, before shopping at Bogyoke market of course. just saying.

Brunch Society
Ground, Sule Plaza, 
143,149, Sule Pagoda, 
Yangon, Myanmar