The Inagiku Experience at Makati Shangri-La Hotel

When: August 28, 2012

Where: Inagiku at Makati Shangri-La Hotel

What:  Private Teppanyaki Dinner. Set Menu 

Price: Php 8,500.00 per person

Our company is hosting private dinners for very valued clients and their families until next month.  I was lucky enough to have had the chance to dine with one of these very special clients and her family and at a very classy restaurant!

Inagiku is a very pricey Japanese restaurant located at the 2nd floor of Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Have a look at my table setting.

Setting

Here’s the Drink Menu made specially for our clients.

I wasn’t able to try any of the specialty drinks since I’m preggy and I can’t drink any drinks with liquor in it.  I opted for the Pineapple Chilled Juice and it was nothing special.  Well, they said the white and red wine were great. So, it was just me who didn’t enjoy my drink.

Here’s our Set Menu for the night and it did look yummy the first time I read it.

Teppan Course Menu

Let’s start with our appetizer.  The meat under the green beans was smoked duck. Under that was like Egg Jelly with Tofu on it.  On the little saucer was Mushroom in a Jelly.  The fried fish with crab roe on top sits beside the beans.  I liked the smoked duck the best.  The others were just so-so for my taste.

Appetizer

Now, the Green Salad was just that, Green Salad. The whole bowl was full of chopped greens.  Though the crunchy stuff on top of it made the texture different and the dressing tasted yummy.

Green Salad

Before the main course was served, the Teppan Chef started his Teppan cooking.  By the way, this was how the room looked while it was still unused.

Teppan room

The Teppan Chef made some entertaining moves when he cooked the fried rice with beef. He shaped the fried rice into a heart, and he made the heart beat with his pan.  He also made some sounds using the seasonings. But that was it, after that he just kept on cooking the other food.  I had a chance to dine at a Teppan Resto before (but it’s closed already), and the Chef there was much entertaining.  Well anyway, the smell of the butter and the oil mixed with the fried rice made the whole room smells good.

Beef Fried Rice

After the Rice, we were served our Miso Soup. I just had a taste of it, the smell’s very strong.  I can’t take it.

Miso Soup

Here comes one of the best parts! The Seafood Plate. Panfried Salmon, Tiger Prawn and Scallops.  The Teppan Chef  flamed the prawn and the salmon to have that smoky taste.  The Salmon’s very fresh, it doesn’t have that fishy taste.  The Scallops’ yummy also! The size is not so big, not so small.  Tender and juicy.  And last but not the least, the Tiger Prawn tasted so good.  It’s just too bad that it’s only 1 piece.  Bitin much!

Seafood Plate

Oh, I forgot to mention that they made this special seafood sauce also.

 

Scallops

And now we’ve come to the Super Main Course.  The US Kobe Beef. I’m not much of a fan of beef, but I must say, this Kobe Beef really tasted differently.  We asked the Chef to cook it Medium Well, but we all thought he overcooked it.  Some bites were just right, some were chewy.  But since it’s US KOBE BEEF. We couldn’t complain more, right?

US KOBE BEEF

After that very satisfying beef meal, comes our dessert.  It was supposed to be a choice between Fruit in Season Jelly, Coffee Jelly and Ice Cream.  But the server forgot to ask our personal choices, he served the Fruit Jelly for all of us.  We complained that we wanted a different dessert.  So he willingly obliged and asked us our personal choices.  I wanted to try the Green Tea Ice Cream and the Coffee Jelly, but I can’t.  So for dessert, I had Fruit in Season Jelly and the Red Bean Ice Cream.

The Fruit in Season Jelly is nothing special.  The watermelon even had some seeds.  The jelly didn’t taste anything.

Fruit in Season Jelly

The Red Bean Ice Cream however tasted good.  The Ice Cream was Vanilla Flavored, mixed with some red beans., which you almost couldn’t taste already.

Red Bean Ice Cream

Overall, the Inagiku experience was good. The whole menu would make you really full, especially if you will consume the whole bowl of fried rice!  The Seafood Plate and the Beef would make up for the whole set.   The server and the Chef made sure that we got what we need.  The service was really great.  Come to think it, it should be as we are dining inside a very pricey Japanese restaurant in a 5star hotel.  If you’ll ask me though if I would be willing to pay Php 8,500.00 for that meal, I definitely would not think twice, I would not pay that much.  I just don’t think spending that much money for a meal is worth it.  But if you have the means and the moolah to do so, why not?

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Voucher Review – Cash Cash Pinoy – Cyma

When: July 14, 2012

Where: Cyma Greek Taverna in Eastwood City

What:  Ala Carte Menu

Price: Php 1,000.00 valued at Php 2,000.00 / savings: Php 1,000.00 (We had 2 vouchers. Aside from the Php 2,000 we paid for the vouchers, we paid an additional Php1,000.00 because we ordered a lot of food! )

Groupon Site: Cash Cash Pinoy

Cyma

For my daughter’s post 2nd birthday celebration, we went ahead to Cyma Greek Taverna at Eastwood City.  We called up to reserve our slot as we always do. That’s the first thing we do if we are to avail of a voucher!

We were a few minutes early and the place wasn’t packed yet, since we reserved an early dinner time slot.  The staff were all accommodating. They showed us our table and asked for the vouchers.  (One thing not to forget also! Bring the voucher!) We bought 2 vouchers. A voucher is good for 2 persons only. We were 4 plus my little princess.

We had a few pictures taken while waiting for our order. See how our little princess be all cute and ah, cuter!

cutie cute daphne

Then some more pictures…

daphne with mommy

After sometime, the food finally arrived. First was the Soupa (soup) Mommy ordered (which I am sorry I forgot what it’s called).  It was a French Onion Soup, the taste was just right.

Next to come was the Orektika (appetizer), I ordered their Spinach and Artichoke Fondue, which turned out was a house specialty and really appetizing. Just like the soup, the saltiness was just right. You can actually taste the spinach. The melting cheese on top made it yummier! It was served with 3 slices of pita bread and 3 slices of toasted garlic bread, which actually made us full already!

Spinach and Artichoke Fondue

And here’s a picture of Daphne eating her pita bread.  She loved it.

Our family loves anything lamb. So we ordered 2 dishes of lamb meat. The first was a Souvlakia Souvlaki which was skewered lamb meat with vegetables.  More like the Kebabs of the Persians.  The skewered lamb meat was served with 3 full pita bread and garlic sauce. 

The other dish we ordered was another house specialty, it was the Paidakia. It was grilled lamb ribs served with potatoes.

Both lamb dishes were grilled to perfection I must say.  The true taste of the lamb came out very savoury.  I just squeezed some lemon juice over it and boom, yumminess! The lamb meat were also very tender.  

As much as I would like to try their Glyka (desserts), there’s no more room. That is why I would go back to Cyma again, maybe sooner than later, to try out the other specialty dishes and of course, their desserts. Rating? I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Cyma makes a very healty choice of a restaurant for me and my family! Good food, good service, good ambience – what else could we ask for?

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Voucher Review – Deal Grocer – Cafe Jeepney

When: March 3, 2012

Where: Cafe Jeepney in Hotel Intercontinental
What:  Buffet dinner with free iced teaPrice: Php 1999.00 valued at Php 4200.00 / savings: Php 2201.00

Groupon Site: Deal Grocer

Cafe Jeepney

For my mother in law’s birthday, we decided to try the buffet in Hotel Intercontinental’s Cafe Jeepney.  

We called up the hotel for reservation to avoid any inconveniences and to make sure that we have a table.  We went there early enough to choose our table. The staff were all pleasant enough, they even helped me with my baby Daphne. They even gave Daphne her own chair with table and her own bread! To Daphne’s delight! 🙂

Daphne and her bread

We waited for a few minutes because the buffet isn’t open yet.  Since the place isn’t packed yet, we decided to have some picture taking going on.

daphne wants to get inside the little jeepney

The place’s interior is very warm. Dim light and all. You will not be intimidated. It’s perfect for little family gatherings or for couples who wants to enjoy each other’s company.  Here are some pictures of the food display.

make your own noodles
sushi bar

And our favorite dessert of them all… the Chocolate Truffle 

Chocolate Truffle

Overall, dining at Cafe Jeepney gets 4 out of 5 stars.  Although the selection of food is not as many as those other hotels, the food is really sumptuous and uses real ingredients. You know that you are not being shortchanged.  Moreover, the staff were all pleasant, friendly and helpful.  If I have a chance to eat at Cafe Jeepney again, I will definitely come back!

 Here’s our family picture after our yummy dinner!

Family Picture

 

 

 

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Royce’s Fruit Bar Chocolate

 

Yummy Yummy Yummy!!!

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Voucher Review – MetroDeal – Fatboy’s Pizza

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!

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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!

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Voucher Review – Ensogo – Secret Recipe

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

Groupon Site: Ensogo / Deal Here

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

 

 

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Voucher Review – Metrodeal – Ibayo by Barrio Fiesta

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

Groupon Site: Metrodeal / Deal Here

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!

 

 

 

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Voucher Review – Cash Cash Pinoy – Seasons at the Manila Pavilion

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  

me & daphne at the entrance of seasons

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!

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