Mendokoro Ramenba

On one of our rare date nights, we decided to head to Salcedo Village in Makati City to try this famous Ramen resto. We thought there will be a shorter line since it’s the middle of the week and it’s already late (8:30pm), only to be shocked, sleepy and hungry for 2 hours while waiting for our turn to eat at Mendokoro Ramenba.

So yes, we waited for almost 2 hours. When I paid, the Cashier told me it’s gonna take about an hour or so, we proceeded. Little did I know that it’s (again) gonna be 2 hours!!!

We are Guest Number 373!

When I was ordering, I got to order their one of their Secret Menus – Super Chashu – which they serve only in a limited number of bowls a day.

Happiness except we started waiting after ordering. Yes, you pay then you wait. If you decide in the middle that you don’t want to wait anymore, then there goes your ramen!

Check out their System ↓↓↓

Finally, after about 2 hours of waiting, we were seated! On one of the end of the U Shaped Counter. It’s an open kitchen set up, you get to see everything.

It takes so long because they only start preparing your order once you are seated. So aside from the long waiting time to be seated, you still have to wait again to be served your food.

Back to our order, I slightly regretted ordering the Super Chashu from the Secret Menu because it’s the same as the Shoyu from the Regular Menu except that it has bigger meat. It also has the same milky soup base.

Super Chashu at Php 540.00

Shoyu at Php410.00

Gyoza 5 pcs at Php 200.00

So, next question will be, was it worth it? Yes!

I love the texture of the noodles. The meat is super tender, melts in your mouth kind of thing. If only, they told me the ramen didn’t come with Tamago, I could have ordered prior. 😂😂😂

This was my bowl of ramen after. I was really super hungry so please excuse me.

But if I’ll be asked to wait for another 2 hours to have another bowl, definitely not. I will go back if we had some kind of agenda around the area, then probably pay and get a number first then just come back.

Thank you for reading my Mendokoro Ramenba experience. How was yours?

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Corner Market @ The Podium

The Podium was just a mini mall until they revamped it and expanded to be the luxury mall it is today.

While it is still mini compared to its Megamall neighbor, it stands on its own. Still many shops are closed but mostly, you go to Podium to eat.

So we are gonna talk about its unique “Food Court!”

On one of its towers, The Corner Market has arrived.

I love this pebbled entrance which says Good Food is Just Around the Corner.

There is a food directory outside so you will not get lost in this maze of good food!

One of the dining areas.

We tried at least 4 of the restos.

1) Ca Phe Saigon – Vietnamese

Cut your own basil leaves and wash.

Vietnamese Noodles with Spring Rolls

2) Bird House Fried Chicken – American

They serve big parts but the breading and spices are too salty for our taste.

Added some sides, kids’ favorite Mac and Cheese and grilled corn on a cob.

3) Char Express – Asian

Their set meal consisted of Char Siew Pork and Rice Toppings plus a bowl of Soup.

I love their Char Siew. I will definitely try their Crunchy Pork Belly and their White Chicken next time.

We ordered an extra Kailan with Garlic.

4) Easy.Tiger – Asian Fusion

Chicken Sate Meal with Bagoong Rice, comes with Papaya Salad and Lemon Grass Juice.

The Bagoong Rice is a little bit fishy (malansa) so I suggest you try other kinds. The Chicken Sate is okay.

This is their Seafood Laksa. Ordered by somebody else. Took a picture while not yet claimed. 😂

Other places to try.

1) Stockwell for coffee

2) Catch of the Day by Cold Storage – seafood paluto (ask them to cook)

You can have lobster at a food court!

Frozen Seafood to take home

3) Gusto – healthy salads

4) Meat Depot Mini – steaks galore

Choose your meat and ask them to cook the way you want it. Comes with sides too!

5) La Taqueria del Chupacabra – Mexican

For your Taco and Salsa needs.

6) Sultan Mediterranean Grill – Kebabs, Falafel, Shawarma

7) Barcelon – Paella

8) Inari – Grill Time

More desserts from:

1) The Rabbit Hole

2) Sundays – to cool off!

So there, go and visit The Podium if you have the time.

More restos to try outside the Corner Market as well.

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12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub

A night out with my co-mommies from my kids’ school! Well, you could say that the Titas are out tonight!

Decided to book a reservation with 12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub at El Pueblo! Reminiscing about those days when I used to party here in El Pueblo!

Turned out we made the right decision to come here!

Side A Band will be playing. Though no Joey G anymore. I think there’s only 2 old members left.

To save our very precious time, dinner is also at 12 Monkeys. Arrived 8pm and there’s no one yet. We got the whole place to ourselves.

And even though I had a reservation, I was surprised that it is only in a regular high table and chair kind of table. We asked how much would we have to spend to be able to sit on the comfy couch and we were told it’s 6k. We figured it would just be enough since we will be spending for dinner, pica pica and drinks. So we got the comfy couch and we were given the front row couch! 😄

Food price is ok. Leaning on the expensive side at about 350 to 380 per plated meal.

Check out the menu. ↓↓↓

Salad – √

Spam Fries – x should have been called breading breading breading fries!

Bagnet – √

Hickory Pork Belly – √ for the taste and for the rice

(though very rich in fats)

Vigan Porkchop – √ but could have made it in a bigger slice

After dinner, just before the show started. We ordered a bottle of wine, Martini Rose. One of the best Martinis I tasted. Again, brings back great memories from high school.

Nachos tasted better without the sauce. Just the chips.

After emptying the bottle of wine, I am now having my staple drink from way back, Frozen Strawberry Margarita! My friends had Classic Margaritas and a Classic Martini!

And of course, what we came here for, live band music from Side A!

Really fun night. Chika during dinner. Music while band is playing. More chika in the car on our way home after Side A’s final set. 😂😄😍

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Blackbird at the Nielson Tower

Celebrated a dear friend’s birthday at the Blackbird. I would say it’s a bit expensive but it’s definitely worth a visit. The interior is very classy but a warm atmosphere can be felt.

It has a very distinguished history as it was an old airport before. In between 1937 to 1947, people used to fly through this airport. The Ayalas maintained the original structure of the building and it now houses Filipinas Heritage Library which serves as a resource center and the Blackbird for diners who want a different scene and feel.

The ladies are out tonight. Me and my good friends had fun that night.

The hallway going to the main dining area.

The bar by the door.

Lounge area.

Beautiful flowers greet you as you enter the dining area.

The Menu.

For our soup, we had Seafood Bisque, Fennel and Prawns.

As appetizer, we had Prawn Scotch Egg, Betel Leaves and Coconut Chili Sambal. Should be eaten as a whole to fully taste its true flavor.

Our Main Dish.

Grilled Tiger Prawns, Nori and Wasabi Butter, and Spring Onion Roti

Lamb Cutlets, Rosemary and Pepper Dry Rub, Potato Gratin, Fine Beans and Chorizo Piperade

Dry Rub Wagyu Hanger Steak, Mustard Butter and Twice Cooked Chips

That night was a very beautiful night. Good place, great company and fantastic food is always the best combination!

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Shawarma Bros

Found our way at Venice Grand Canal Mall and before we head to our final destination for Playtime with the kids, we decided to check on Eatigo and see what resto has promo.

Turned out Shawarma Bros has a 30% discount so we decided to book it!

It’s nice to have the Eatigo App because with the discounts, you will not be afraid to try new restos. If in case the food’s not good, at least you didn’t pay the full price! Haha!

We came in ahead of our schedule and we seated ourselves. YES, we fixed our table. It’s by 2s so we had to put 2 tables together to fit us. Calling customer service!!!

When it was time to order, we were told that our schedule is 5:30pm and I think that they are implying that we couldn’t order yet. It would be okay if the place was packed. But hey, it was just us. Later on, a staff told that maybe we could order in advance, this was when she saw the ??? look on our faces.

A big school bus right before the entrance.

The interior is nice. I love the simplicity and the overall look of the place. It’s like we are inside a container van!

They have a #brobeerchallenge and the participants’ names and corresponding record time are displayed in this wall.

The menu is limited.

Since we wanted to have dinner, we ordered 3 rice dishes.

Hubby ordered a Bro’s Beef Shawarma Rice which is their best seller.

For hubby, his order’s value for money, especially we have 30% discount!

I ordered a Momma’s Chicken Shawarma Rice.

I love my order, I really got full fast. Suits my taste buds.

For the kids, we ordered 2 pc Honey Butter Fried Chicken with Rice.

The chicken’s breading was a little salty for my taste, but it was crunchy and the meat is very tender. Also, the meat tasted good.

All the rice dishes came with Shredded Veggies, a slice of Tomato and Crispy Veggie Strips.

So many sauces to choose from! The kids love their Cheese Sauce!

All in all, we are satisfied with what we had. Value for money is ok with the Eatigo discount.

If asked if we would come back, maybe we would like to try some other place first.

But if you haven’t tried yet, we recommend you try it rather than have a meal at a regular fast food chain.

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TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie

Found ourselves in the quaint space that is TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie in the ground floor of the Promenade in Greenhills.

One of the Best Pork Buns can be found in TuanTuan Brasserie. In my opinion, it is better than Tim Ho Wan’s!

Very soft snow buns and it has that melt in your mouth feeling to it! 👌👌👌

For the cheese lovers out there, this dish is definitely for you! This baked seafood rice is oozing with cheese! Another good thing with this dish is that it has a variety of seafood and not too many rice!

Pork Congee for the oldies!

Steamed Minced Pork Rice – a little dry for me. 👎

DIY Noodles with Choice of Side Dish

Kids’ choice – Prawns and Wanton Dumpling in Fish Lip Soup

Side Dish 1 – Veggie Rolls – wrapper not crunchy but the meat / veggie is tasty

Side 2 – Chicken Wings – looks not appealing but it’s crunchy and tastes good.

Something to experience with the whole family. More of the menu to try.

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Tagaytay Mahogany Beef Market

An impromptu drive to Tagaytay for the purpose of buying Batangas beef turned out to be a food and shopping trip today!

Left Manila around 5am and passed through all the closed SMs and Robinsons Malls along Aguinaldo Highway, hence the fast and no traffic drive going up to Tagaytay. I took a nap and when I woke up, we were already at the Mahogany Market. Such a cold morning too!

Weather update was after our breakfast and it still was 22 degrees!

The Mahogany Market in Tagaytay is famous for its Batangas Beef. They also have a slaughterhouse so you can be sure that the beef is fresh!

Before we purchased our beef, we made our way to the 2nd floor of the building to have our breakfast! There’s a long stretch of bulalohans and seems like they offer the same menu.

We chose Len’s.

Crispy Hipon – half order – Php100.00

Crispy Tawilis – half order – Php100.00

Bulalo – Php 350.00

Double the love for the Calamansi and Sili for the sauce!

Unlimited Senorita Banana – free

Unlimited Kapeng Barako (Batangas Coffee) – free

The Bulalo soup is so tasty! But the serving of the meat is too small compared to other Tagaytay Restaurants that also serve Bulalo. The Crispy Hipon is crunchy! But my favorite is the Crispy Tawilis. The size is just right. CRUNCHY and TASTY!

I loved it so much I bought a pack for Php 70.00.

Oh remember to bring a cooler with you so that you don’t have to buy anymore. We came prepared with 2 coolers! Haha!

After our stint in the Beef Section, we went straight to the Dry Goods part of the market where they sell Fruits and Vegetables!

Beware and be aware that some of their prices are pegged at Tourist Prices! Some are just about the same in Manila. And because of this, we didn’t buy any!

You could buy plants here too!

It really was a great morning having spent it with my loves. Another experience to add to the memories!

Wait, there’s more! We went malling at the Ayala Serin but since it’s about 9am only, some of the shops are still closed. We decided to proceed to Nuvali on our way down to Manila.

We walked around the shops. Checked the outlets and scored some deals! Then it was time to have lunch already!

It was only 11 am but Silantro (yes, the always full and have to wait a long time Tex Mex resto) was buzzing already!

Good thing we were seated immediately. We ordered so much!

Beef Nachos – it’s good and it’s one of their bestsellers!

Seafood Paella – I love that it’s not as salsa-ish as before.

Ribs (better at Gringo) It’s tender but the taste is so-so.

The Salpicado is too spicy for me.

So, after this very heavy lunch, we walked around again and shopped for shoes before we drove back to Manila.

At 3pm, we are safely back home.

Time to sleep!

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Gringo – Chicken, Ribs & Friends

Found a new place to hang out and enjoy food with friends and family! Gringo is located at Ayala Malls the 30th.

Ayala Malls the 30th is one of the newest malls to open here in Pasig City and it’s just a stone’s throw away from Estancia Mall.

Unlike the more popular malls around the metro, this mall has just the right amount of people, your basic mall needs like supermarket, drugstore and bookstore, lots of trendy boutiques for your shopping needs and a cinema for your entertainment needs. No lines, no frills. The way I like it.

Back to the resto, Gringo’s interior is very homey. It’s like you are in your Aunt’s kitchen. Wood finishes, industrial look.

They serve the best nacho platter in the world! I am not exaggerating! It really is tasty and crunchy! Their lemony tangy sauce is love! ❤❤❤

We ordered a Trufle Queso quesadilla but it didn’t deliver. Can’t taste the cheese at all! Too bland.

Moving on to the kids’ dish – Chicken Fingers & Fries! Cooked just right – chicken so tender & fries so crunchy. And this Chicken Tenders is only Php135.00!

Since it’s Tex-Mex cuisine, there is also burrito on the menu! According to husband, it tastes good and it’s not scrimped!

Their 1875 Pot Stewed Beef is to die for as well! You will have to order rice to partner with this dish! The sauce in itself is already so good and very rich in flavor! Top it with beef that was boiled for hours and hours – heaven!

Of course, there is the Roasted Chicken with Sidings! You go for the Southern Spice than the Original. The chicken is juicy, very flavorful. The spices really add so much flavor to it.

Let us talk about the Mashed Potato! It’s freshly made, need not say anything no more. Anything that’s made fresh will always be on top!

On our 2nd trip, we pretty much ordered the same dishes but we added a half rack of ribs and oh! It tastes as good as the chicken! Too bad we were too hungry that a picture wasn’t in order anymore. So I just grabbed us some picture from Gringo’s Facebook Page.

I am getting hungry from all these, so I will see you later folks! Heading over to Gringo to grab me some chicken and ribs! 😂

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