Via Mare at NAIA Terminal 3

A trip to the airport could be so stressful, except when you can have some good food before your flight!

Via Mare can be found at the new food court area in NAIA Terminal 3. It is just by the door through the Runway Manila.

For a quick lunch, we ordered the following:

Gising Gising

Crunchy and delicious

Sinigang na Karne

Right amount of sourness.

Rellenong Bangus

Sweet and savoury milkfish meat mixed with tomato sauce.

Kare Kare

Peanut based sauce with vegetables and some seafood.

Rellenong Talong

Eggplant with sauteed ground pork wrapped in egg. I like this also, it’s very tasty.

And of course, a trip to Via Mare won’t be complete without having their famous Puto Bumbong.

Puto Bumbong is a Filipino dessert, steamed purple colored rice cake. It is served with Muscovado Sugar and Grated Coconut. It is associated to be a Christmas Dessert because it is usually found outside the church after midnight mass during the Christmas Season.

A packed meal just before a flight would do so much, for one, this will definitely make you snooze on that flight, before you know it, you have already landed on your destination.

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Grand 1919 Cafe

If you work or live in Binondo, Manila and wants a change of scenery, walk ahead to Grand 1919 Cafe.

It will not only take you away from the hustle and bustle of Binondo but will also take you to a period in time.

Everything is grand in this place.

The grand main door entrance

Even the pathway going to the rest room was thought about

The building where Grand 1919 Cafe is located now is a 100 year old building. It was built in 1919 to house the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank.

A huge picture of Old Manila greets guests.

The bar is lighted up to give a dramatic look.

Every corner, rather everything in this place is instagrammable! The interior is nicely done. The lighting is perfect. You could choose to seat on leather couches or in wooden chairs.

There is also a 2nd floor because the 1st floor tends to fill. Wooden planks adorn the ceiling, it complements the whole look and feel of the furnitures. But it’s not dark and gloomy here, some chairs have splashes of color.

So enough about the place, let’s talk about the food! For something this wonderful and grand of a place, the pricing of the food tends to be on the expensive side. But, the quality is good. It’s a reward you may give your deserving self after a hard day’s work or even a break to a hectic day.

Salt and Pepper Squid at Php 330.00

Even if this dish is cheaper than the other items in the menu, it turned out okay. It’s crunchy and crispy, the squid is not chewy.

Kung Pao Chicken at Php 580.00

I really don’t think this is worth the price. Serving’s too small and the taste isn’t really that good.

Hawaiian Pizza at Php 520.00.

The serving is small but it does taste good. It is simple, with the usual toppings like bacon, ham and pineapple, but I love the overall taste of the pizza.

Cafe Americano at Php 150.00

Their coffee is so good according to my coffee drinker friends. Better than those famous coffee chains, if you know what I mean.

And it’s priced just right.

I heard the pastries are good, maybe next time.

What matters most is that we were comfortable on our table and we enjoyed the company of friends with good coffee!

Grand 1919 Cafe is located at Juan Luna Street Binondo Manila.

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