When: September 24, 2011
Where: Fatboy’s Pizza
What: 2 Delicious and Mouthwatering Supersize 14 Inch Pizzas Price: Php 295.00 valued at Php 590.00 / savings: Php 295.00
Groupon Site: MetroDeal / Deal Here
This is a long overdue review! Sorry for that!
Fatboy’s Pizza is thin-crusted, and it’s really fully loaded with different toppings! We began to love this pizza since we first took a bite because of its savoury flavor! It can even compete with this pizza brand which has nothing but bread on its pan!
With Fatboy’s, you will not be shortchanged! with toppings that is!
And it’s so easy to claim, we claimed ours at the Puregold Jr Branch in Bocobo Street. When you get there, all you have to do is show your voucher and order what flavor of pizza you want (that’s part of the deal) and wait until the pizza bakes! Hot and fast and easy! What more can you ask for?
Even without the deal, the price is really worth it! So what are you waiting for? Go buy now! 🙂
This deal gets a perfect score from me! 5 out of 5!
When: November 11, 2011
Where: Secret Recipe / Robinson’s Place Manila Branch
What: Any Ala Carte Menu Item (Food, Beverages & Cakes)
Price: Php 330.00 valued at Php 700.00 / savings: Php 370.00
We used 5 vouchers so we got a free cake, a Choco Mud Cake which is so yummy! If not for this cake, this birthday dinner would have gone down the drain!
The following are the food we ordered, the first picture taken by us and the second picture is the photo on their menu. Be the judge if a) they were served the same portion, b) they looked as yummy and c) the food are worth their prices or not! My answer is 3 BIG NOs!
Hokkien Mee – Php 280.00
Grilled Black Pepper Chicken – Php 245.00
Chicken Cordon Bleu – Php 265.00
Irish Lamb Shank – Php 485.00
Mozzarella Baked Fish – Php 315.00
Pan Grilled Dory in Lobster Sauce – Php 345.00
The food tasted bland, where it was supposed to be really tasteful. The portions were small. Only the plates were big.
On top of everything, the service was really bad!
Secret Recipe Robinson’s Place Manila had a team of unwell-trained staff! Because of this, the service of the whole restaurant suffered!
We used to eat at Secret Recipe before and had no problems whatsoever. Maybe the management needs to reshuffle their staff, so as to not lose clients.
I even heard the other table complaining because nobody is attending to their needs.
Unhappy vibes crawled in because we’re unhappy with their service, we didn’t even bother to sing “happy birthday” and blow the candle of the cake anymore. It was just at home that we did, and thankfully, the cake tasted so yummy.
So for the cake and the cake slicer, it’s 5 out of 5 stars!
For the food, it’s 2.5 out of 5 stars!
For the service, it’s 1 out of 5 stars! for the effort
When: November 13, 2011
Where: Ibayo by Barrio Fiesta / Mall of Asia San Miguel by the Bay
What: Crispy Pata and Pork Sisig with a bucket of Coors Light
Price: Php 455.00 valued at Php 918.00 / savings: Php 463.00
This is by far the best deal we have gotten ever! Never mind the 1 hour wait! Never mind that we were never answered in our phone calls! Never mind that we were situated just beside the bar where no table can be seen before!
The yummy and crispy pata and the tasty sisig made it all worth it! The team of the friendliest staff was a plus for us husband and wife!
The long line was due to the Filipinos’ Manana Habit, which in Tagalog is “mamaya na!” The voucher will be expiring on the 15th! That is simply why the queue was 3 pages of yellow pad today! When we got there, we were asked to register in that yellow pad! Told to wait by the ever smiling receptionists.
It is going to be a long wait, we know, so we strolled by the boardwalk first. It is a breezy evening too! We’re cool to wait, literally! We got back to the waiting area and we happily seated ourselves and even took a picture!
When it was our turn, we were seated beside the bar. The crispy pata was immediately served. It does look good and crunchy!
And then the bucket of Coors Light Beer.
And then the pork sisig. I don’t eat sisig but I did have a taste tonight because D told me it was good.
Oh! The food was really so yummy! Look at us husband and wife, smiling because of our food!
And here’s another picture of me totally devouring the crispy pata! Sarap to the bones!
We really enjoyed this deal. Everything was worth it.
Too bad I wasn’t able to take a picture of the friendliest staff I have ever met! Even though the place was jampacked and they were uber tired already, you can still see them smiling at you! Now, that’s what I call good service!
This definitely gets a perfect score! 5 out of 5 stars for me!
Till our next visit! PS. I already have another voucher! Hehe!
When: September 23, 2011 Where: Seasons at the Manila Pavilion What: International Buffet Dinner with Unlimited Chilled Juices Price: Php 699.00 valued at Php 1200.00 / savings: Php 501.00
Groupon Site: Cash Cash Pinoy / Deal Here
To celebrate my sister in law’s birthday, we dined at Seasons at the Manila Pavilion. We didn’t encounter any problem with reservations, confirmation and actual usage of the voucher. In fact, we were warmly welcomed by the receptionists.
The only problem in Manila Pavilion is their lack of parking space. And in their small parking area, you have to leave the keys of your car so that they could move it around when needed.
Anyway, back to Seasons. I was with my husband, my sister in law and my mother in law, and of course, my daughter and her yaya! To my amazement, the manager, I think Abe was his name, offered my yaya something to eat from the buffet. When I told him that she already ate at home, he then told me, “dessert na lang po, ako na ang bahala.” Meaning, free of charge! I joked that I would just leave my yaya to pay for what she’s going to eat. He smiled.
That for me was very important and it will forever remain in my memory. That should be the kind of service everyone in the service industry gives! Because of that, he was the one who got the tip from me! And my hubby directly gave it to him!
As for the dinner, the food was so-so! There were only a few selections of Japanese makis and sushis. The salmon wasn’t fresh. Even my favorite california maki wasn’t available. The Japanese staple Tempura wasn’t available either. The food from the other cuisines was too dry, as my MIL puts it. Maybe it was cooked way too early before diners came.
Good thing, you could ask the chef to cook some dish. I saw someone ordered Butter Garlic Shrimp, so we ordered that too! The first 2 were good and yummy! The last one didn’t taste buttery or garlicky at all! It tasted like shrimp swimming in water. 🙁
My favorite Peking Duck was available, but even that didn’t excite me much! It was too thinly sliced, you couldn’t taste it anymore!
I can’t think of a dish that really took us in awe, except for the salmon with mango dressing. And the grilled squids with stuffed shrimps! Nothing else caught our attention so we just enjoyed the very beautiful ambience. I admit their lighting fixtures are really exquisite. But you can’t eat that, right?
One thing I ALMOST thoroughly enjoyed was the Mango Strawberry Crepe with Strawberry Ice Cream I ordered! The crepe was buttery and milky and soft, the mango was sweet and sour at the same time, the strawberry was yummy also, but then, as I was finishing my ice cream off, I noticed a plastic like sheet. At first I thought it was just ice. But as I scrape it off, the plastic like sheet was really plastic after all! And a big piece at that!
I didn’t freak out as I know that it wasn’t intentional, but I immediately called the other manager and told her that there was plastic in my ice cream. She offered to make me a new one, I begged off!
There goes my unfortunate experience with Seasons, you need not ask if I will dine there again or not, because the answer is pretty much obvious!
The only consolation for us was that we were able to take some photos of ourselves and the cake (without corkage!).
Here is a photo of our family! Never mind the bulging tummies of the mommy & the daddy, it wasn’t because of the food, it was because of the juice!
Seasons get 2 out of 5 stars! If only for the good service!
When: July 24, 2011
Where: Sakae Sushi / Robinson’s Place Manila Branch
What: Delectable SUSHI-All-You-Can + Miso Soups + Bottomless Hot or Cold Green Tea
Price: Php 1549.00 valued at Php 2634.00 / savings: Php 1085.00
Groupon Site: Cash Cash Pinoy / Deal Here
We went to Robinson’s Place Manila because we had bought a voucher from Cash Cash Pinoy for Sushi-All-You-Can at Sakae Sushi! It was for a group of 6 people, but we were only 5 then. We had a reservation at 2:30pm and we were there early. We were waiting outside so I know when there’s a vacancy or not. I saw a group left so I walked inside the restaurant even if it was a few minutes too early (no one was outside to assist us!), I directly went to the Cashier to say that we were the ones who made a reservation to avail of the voucher. I was told that we could sit down and take the vacant place, we’ll just have to wait for them to buss it out. While they were cleaning the table, 2 people walked in and they seated them at our table! I immediately complained to the Cashier, only to be told that that section was supposedly for walk ins and that section was closed for promo availments! What the Heck?!? All I can see seated there at that section was groups of 5 or 6!
Anyway, I don’t want to ruin our mood, so I patiently waited for us to be seated. When we were finally seated, I can sense that there was some kind of animosity from the service crew. They weren’t that accommodating. Oh well, I guess that’s what you get for not paying in full!
We weren’t able to take pictures because my daughter was with us and she was having mild tantrums then. The only picture I was able to take was my daughter enjoying her chopsticks and plate from Sakae Sushi!
Ain’t she a cute little one? 🙂
Back to my story, one thing that my taste buds won’t forget was their Cold Green Tea. It was yummy and it didn’t taste like tea at all! Good thing it was bottomless! My mother in law said that the Hot Green Tea was also good! As for their Sushis, we noticed that it goes out of the conveyor belt or the Sushi Train by batch. So you have to really be alert if you want to taste new kinds of sushi before it runs out. Also, for those not eating sushi-all-you-can, the sushi are differentiated by the color of the plates, like purple plates at Php39.00, yellow plates at Php59.00, green plates at Php 79.00 and red plates at a whopping Php99.00 per plate!
Since we knew that the red plates are the most expensive ones, we looked out for sushis on red plates! And these were also the sushis that are new to our sight, those that can’t be seen in ordinary Japanese Restos, especially, Japanese Fast Foods! I can’t remember all the sushis that we tasted, but definitely, some were good, some were so-so, some were really not yummy at all!
So here are the good ones, I remember eating a salad and it tasted good. Then, there were the simple sushis with crab roes on top of them, I loved those also! Their octopus’ sushi was also yummy. They have this fried salmon, yumminess! Of course, I wouldn’t forget to eat my fave of all, California Maki. But I must say, I’ve tasted better Makis before.
Oh by the way, I am not a fan of Japanese Food. That is basically the reason why my review isn’t that detailed when it comes to the food that we ate!
To wrap this up, if not for the Cold Green Tea, I would have rated Sakae Sushi lesser. But since I love the drink, I am giving Sakae Sushi a passing grade, 3 out of 5 stars! But the service is still 1 out of 5 stars!
PS. You wouldn’t hear me discussing about raw foods because I am still breastfeeding and raw foods are no-nos!
Groupon Site: Crazy Deals / Deal Here
We called the shop to ask if we could avail the voucher, they said yes so we went to their shop in San Juan. It’s a small shop located along the street of Abad Santos with no parking! They also don’t have dine-in here. Oh! They do have a small table outside for 2-4 persons.
When my husband tried to order, they asked for the voucher since they have to verify it first. We waited for 5 minutes before they let us ordered. While ordering, my husband asked if we could have the 2 in 1 flavor. He chose the Meatzarella and Garlic Chorizo. While waiting, we were just standing outside the store, we discovered that there were a lot of flies flying around. I keep on stomping my feet.
We decided to just wait inside the car for we also have our 1 year old daughter with us then. It took about 20 to 30 minutes before we got our pizza! Since we were inside the car already and the pizza and chicken were all packed and ready to go, we weren’t able to check the content inside the box anymore!
When we got home, we found out that they made us a single flavored pizza, so goodbye to the Garlic Chorizo Flavor! We ate the pizza immediately while it’s hot and we were kind of disappointed. We are pizza eaters so we really would compare it with the others we’ve already tried.
The dough was not that soft, i really have to bite it hard to cut it off! He flavor was so-so! Nothing extra ordinary like what we read about in the reviews! I personally think S&R’s pizza tastes better!
The chicken wasn’t yummy as well. It was kinda dry and the wings are too little! Oh well, that’s me!
Thank you for reading! Till my next review!