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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Luna, J... The Pinoy Restaurant

Most often than not its hard to bring foreign friends outside to try Filipino food because it's either the restaurant is too fancy for that it doesn't give them the real taste of "Pinoy" food anymore or it's too lousy that they will not like it. 
This restaurant named after one of Filipino's National Artist "Juan Luna" truly embodies the idea of  Filipino restaurant serving authentic Pinoy food. So when my principal from Malaysia came in for a market visit we straight away went to Luna J since it's quite near to my office...

We are a bit familiar of their menu because we have already visited this for some times. Here's what we  ordered.

Ensaladang Itlog Na Maalat. A very common staple food in every Filipino home.  Basically, a salted egg with fresh tomato and onions. So appetizing! 
Ensaladang Talong. Grilled eggplant, peeled and topped with fresh tomatoes and onions with a bit sweet and salty fermented shrimp.
Gising gising. Winged bean sautéed with coconut milk and lots of chili. It's so spicy that your senses will be awaken. Gising is a Filipino word for "wake up!".
Kinilaw na Tanigue. Fresh cuts of Tanigue fish meat topped with green and red chili pepper, onions, and ginger with vinegar, salt and pepper.
Lechon Kawali. Deep fried roasted pork. The crispy popped skin will make you forget the fat and cholesterol hahaha...
Pinakbet. Stir-fried mix vegetables with fermented salty shrimp. A combination of squash, string beans, eggplant, balsam apple and shrimp. A very famous Filipino food from Ilocanos. Their serving is a bit fancy for this, I know because this is a very staple food in my province and we don't put shrimp and we don't normally use fermented shrimp instead use fish paste which I also prefer the taste.
Sisig. One our guest favorite. Its a very tasty pork dish. Basically the pig's face is being roasted and put into the sizzling plate mixed with different seasoning. It doesn't have that umay factor unlike those of the other sisig offered in other restaurant.
Seafood Kare Kare. Always been a fail to approve dish for our dearest Southeast Asian friends. When they first heard of the name they immediately thought of the spicy taste of curry. We know that this dish has always been blunt in taste because we need to put shrimp paste... Haaay! It's frustrating to explain how Pinoy love this dish...
Chicken and Pork Adobo. This one is seriously acceptable to them. They love it actually! Same as how we love it too...
Sinangag. Basic garlic rice topped with salted eggs and fresh tomatoes sprinkled with spring onions... I find it redundant to the ensaladang itlog na maalat.
Sago't Gulaman. A very common Pinoy refreshment. I didn't get their opinion on this since it's just me to drink the whole glass hahahha
The restaurant's ambience is very modern. They have about 7 tables inside and 6 tables at al fresco. Beer is also served there. Different types actually, but surprisingly they are offering imported beers which means this restaurant intends to cater foreigners who want to try Filipino food right? Hrhrh
It's really flattering to introduce your dishes to foreigners from our neighborhood country . It's nice to know they like some of our food and even compare it to one they accustomed to. However, they say that Pinoy food is always on the "extreme" level. Meaning, our dishes are either too salty (fish paste, salted egg, sinangag) or too sweet, or too sour (Kilawin) or too spicy (Gising gising) hahaha... But i think the spicy part is manageable. As a defense I just said that we always eat them with rice anyways the taste would be balanced.
Over all rate
Budget: 120- 250 per dish.
Here's to summarize my Luna J experience
Taste: JJJJL
Service: JJJLL
Value for Money: JJLLL


Monday, March 13, 2017

Take Me To KL -- Kitchen Art

Kitchen Art is the buffet restaurant of Empire Hotel located at Subang Jaya, KL.
Exciting on the first day to try what a Malaysia breakfast would offer and surely not your typical "silog" ("sinangag and itlog "fried rice and egg).
This hotel caters mostly for business trips in the country and can hold quite a huge crowd.
Quite a range of food but mostly are Malaysian dishes that are highly influenced by Chinese and Indian cuisine. Mostly are not within the taste profile preference of Filipinos... but the hospitality and service is nice and completely feels like home because most of their waiters are Filipinos Anyways, we travel to explore and experience we cannot have within our own comfort right?
Commonly being served daily are those grilled tomatoes with basil, Mee Goreng, Nasi Goreng, and this beef stew "Rendang Daging Minang".
Good news is, they have American style and Chinese cuisine breakfast which is also a comfort food for me. The cold cuts and cheese, cereals, and salad bar are answer to your taste fatigue when you've been eating on the same place for several consecutive days.
Egg station is also generous on garnish to choose from.
They also have Congee section with few toppings.
and make your own Lemak corner.
A very interesting shabu shabu section.
Since Chinese culture is very wide spread in this country, there is also a big bamboo steamer for dim sum.
This was my favorite section as different variants of yogurt and creams are available partner to cereals. They even have pickled beans and fruits for garnish.
Quite a selection of desserts and juice drinks.

Here's to summarize my Kitchen Art Breakfast experience
Taste: JJJJL
Service: JJJLL
Value for MoneyJJLLL

Kitchen Art Brasserie
Address: Empire Subang, Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-5565 1228

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hana's Takoyaki -- Little Tokyo, Philippines

Kon'nichiwa... Travelling to Japan is getting in nowadays. Seeing their cherry blossom, shopping at the streets of Tokyo and trying famous street food. But it will take a whole lot of cost. So why not check out the famous Little Tokyo in Makati. A Japanese inspired foodie experience in  the heart of the busy streets of the business capital of the Metro.
Hana is one of the first restaurant on the left side after entering the food court section. There are about 10-15 Japanese restaurant within the establishment but those inside the food court area catched my attention. I was doing a quest for the best Takoyaki then and they are one of the few restaurants that offers this dish.

Well, before going to the Takoyaki verdict, We had tried some of Hana's best sellers.

This ramen dish has a very nice umami clear soup. However the noodles is just like those instant packs and the egg is well done which makes it a bit expensive for its price.
Kisu Fry is a bit ordinary and nothing so special. Don't order this!
This is while I wait for the freshly made Takoyaki.
Well I must say it's worth the wait...
My verdict about Hana's Takoyaki
  • Size is a bit big. Since it's served hot (normally), you might want to take 2-3 bites each balls,
  • Dressings is not so generous 
  • It's a pancake soft. The texture is a bit off, you might want to request for them to toast it a bit
  • Price is just fair compare to other Takoyaki restaurants.

Budget - P250 - P350
Here's my ratings for the Hana as a restaurant.
Taste: JJLLL
Service: JJLLL
Value for MoneyJLLLL

Hana is inside Little Tokyo at  2277 Chino Roces Ave, Pasong Tamo Corner Amorsolo Street, Makati, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila

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