Cafe Aquatica

Photo credits to Jan Sy

A trip to Manila would bring you to Divisoria – a shopping haven and Binondo – a food haven!

Divisoria is everything in terms of inexpensive and practical shopping but it’s so stressful and super traffic to go to, so I have an idea on what you can do after your shopping, or maybe even before!

Photo credits to Jan Sy

Head on to Cafe Aquatica! It is located just beside Binondo Church so it’s gonna be easy to find. Even in the midst of Chinatown, once you enter the coffee shop, you will be taken away to a different dimension.

Upon entering the cafe, you’ll immediately be relaxed with the soothing sound and the lighting. The main attraction in this concept cafe are its Patented Underwater Falls Aquariums!

There are 5 aquariums with different designs, but all with underwater falls.

Let me take you to my favorite aquarium and the most coveted spot inside the cafe.

It’s a volcano and instead of lava flowing, there are sand-like particles that are coming out. How it doesn’t float inside the aquarium filled with water remains a mystery. 😉

Here are the other 4 equally beautiful aquariums:

Just looking at the fishies swimming inside the aquariums makes you feel super relaxed already!

And what’s nice is that you could either drink, eat or both inside this cafe! They serve coffee and shakes! They also serve sandwiches, pasta and rice meals! Of course, they also have cakes for sweets lover like me!

First on my list is my favorite Almond Shake concocted by the owner, Kenbert Chua, himself.

Their Nacho Cups are also a favorite! Crunchy thin nachos in a cup filled with ground beef, cucumber and tomato bits.

Kids got their own Double Chocolate Shake, gladly split into 2 by Cafe Aquatica staff!

I also ordered chips for them.

They played their little jenga while sipping their shakes!

And I got to taste the new thing on the menu, Angus Beef Salpicao. I love that it’s super garlicky and that it’s sauteed on olive oil!

Cafe Aquatica’s concept started when its owner, Kenbert, together with his wife, turned a hobby into a full time business. You see, Kenbert is a Champion in Premium Dragon Bettas. He has won a lot of awards here and out of the country.

Photo credits to Kenbert Chua

Outside the cafe is their concept store. They sell these unique underwater falls aquarium and their premium dragon bettas with champion blood lines.

If you want you to check what else they offer, here are some of the items on their menu (photos taken from the official Facebook and Instagram pages of Cafe Aquatica):

I’ll definitely be back one of these days! See you there!

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GoodAh!

Nope, it’s not just lugaw, GoodAh boasts of an extensive menu, rice meals, noodles, congees and they also have desserts and drinks.

They even offer LUGAW REFILL for an affordable Php30.00 if you order any Lugaw variant.

Choose your own chair!

My hubby! 😍

I don’t even remember eating lugaw here at GoodAh at all. But it’s really Good Ah! You should try it!

Arrozcaldo at Php 84.00

Super sulit! Love the bits of chicharon on top. 1 pc of chicken leg. But even without the toppings, I love the taste of the lugaw.

Goto Classic at Php 84.00

Hubby loves it. He even said it’s better than my arrozcaldo. With bits of chicharon, assorted goto, and an egg!

It’s open 25 hours so you’ll always have time to drop by. The place is clean and cozy with its red and white interior.

The branch we visited is located at Timog Avenue, Quezon City.

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La Lola evolved into a Cafe!

Anyone who has had a share of La Lola Churros would be happy to know that they now have a sit in cafe in Glorietta!

Quaint and cozy, it feels good to be hanging out here after a day of shopping, or even just meeting with friends.

Their menu consisted of the usual churros, rice meals, some pasta, sandwiches and both coffee and non-coffee drinks.

We already had a merienda / early dinner so we ordered just enough for sharing.

Starting off with the kids’ favorite, Churros with Chocolate Dip. Really best devoured when hot!

We were disappointed with how these 2 sandwiches came out.

For Php 195.00, the Ham and Cheese Croissant, smaller than we expected, doesn’t come with anything.

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Just the same, for Php 295.00, the Lola Club wasn’t any better in size. My MIL kept on saying that it wasn’t even a whole square of a bread. 😂 Though I appreciate that it’s full of ham, cheese and veggies, not only bread! Tastes ok too!

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The Carbonara Spaghetti, priced at Php 235.00, would have been worth it if they put a few pieces of real bacon plus the crushed bacon bits.

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Instead of the sandwiches and the pasta, we could have ordered another Rice Meal like the Sweet Longganisa at Php 190.00. Comes with 2 yolk egg, 4 pcs of longganisa, garlic rice and a whole tomato!

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I wish La Lola would improve on the serving of their meals and sandwiches so that people would be able to say that it’s worth the price.

And they also not serve water. I am not sure if this is a practice. But as far as I know, cafes, especially those who serve sweet desserts and drinks, serve free water.

Too simple but so overpriced. Well, that’s just me. Go ahead and try La Lola Cafe. Located at 2nd Level Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City.

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OMG! You GOTO BELIEVE!

This place is literally a hole in the wall somewhere in Mandaluyong City.  It’s late and we came from shopping (I think!) and hubby needed a quick bite.

The photo above is so eye-catching!  I had to wait for the other customers to leave so that I could get a shot without their heads. Haha!

Their menu has quite all the things you would want to eat.  So many choices that it makes your head spin!  Check it out!

 

Hubby chose to have the OMG Wet Goto!  It’s a goto with 10 toppings – in alphabetical order: Adidas, Bituka ng Baboy, Chicharong Bulaklak, Chicken Liver, Crispy Wonton Wraps, Dilis,  Hard Boiled Egg, Isaw ng Manok, Tenga and Xbox!  What the heck is Xbox?  Oh, it’s pig blood which was previously called Betamax.

Oh by the way, they have an additional ingredient aside from those 10! Lots and lots of Sili!

According to hubby, it’s so filling because of all the toppings.  But it’s too spicy that you couldn’t taste the GOTO anymore!

 

As for me, since it’s already late and didn’t want to stuff myself anymore, I satisfied my cravings for a Lumpiang Conservative!  Yeah, funny name isn’t it?  It is Crispy Vegetable Spring Roll and I love it!  It’s really crispy and their sawsawan (sauce) is tasty too!

They also have Lumpiang Bold, literally Lumpiang Hubad which was out of stock already!

If it wasn’t too late, I would have tried their Doctor Kwek-Kwek (Quail Eggs), Pak na Pakpak (Wings), Calamares, Salted Egg Chicken Skin and their Bagnet-o!  Could have ordered a Rootbeer Float or a Coffee Float!  Or maybe a refreshing dessert drink Lecheng Avocado Shake!

Since it’s goodbye for now, time to pay and leave a tip and shoot it in their Believe ako sa’yo Tip Can!

GOTO Believe got its name from a movie with the title Got To Believe.  They serve GOTO so you get it!  It can be found in 640 San Rafael St, Brgy Plainview, Mandaluyong City.

 

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Marugame Udon @ U.P. Town Center

Fastest line ever!

Glad to have fallen in line for a brief 8 minutes to be able to experience Marugame Udon!

GAME? GAME!

 

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Ippon Yari – Authentic Japanese Restaurant

There’s a hidden gem along Real Road in Calamba, Laguna.

Ippon Yari boasts of an extensive menu which offers everything Japanese from Soba, Udon, Ramen, Sushi, Sashimi, Gyoza, Dons, Beers and so much more.

We were just in time for their 11am opening. This branch is so spacious.

They also have this kind of seating to enhance your Japanese experience.

This Japanese restaurant is also home to Japanese employees working at a nearby factory. They get their fix here and I think the ambiance and the food make them feel right at home.

They also have Japanese magazines and Manga books to keep you entertained while waiting for your food.

Now, let’s discuss their food. Their price is way affordable than other Japanese restos.

Shrimp Okonomiyaki

Japanese pancake with shrimp, asked them to separate the sauce – mayo and katsu. This is so good!

Charashi

Raw set for my husband. Quality of the sashimi is good.

Chasumen

This ramen is a little salty to our taste. But the meat is very very tender.

Gyoza

Get this for 100 pesos only when you order together with a Ramen. Love the gyoza. It’s filled with veggies, pork meat and seafood.

Tempuradon

I love their Tempura! From tip to tail, there’s shrimp! Crunchy even if there’s sauce all over it.

Tempura Udon

Daughter asked for an Udon and she finished the whole bowl. Just like the Ramen, the soup’s a little salty to our taste.

There’s more to try on their menu so will definitely be back.

The service is good and for me, that’s an important factor whether to visit a restaurant again!

Ippon Yari also has branches at Sta Rosa, Laguna and at Malvar, Batangas.

Happy eating!

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Romantic Baboy

Sharing my experience with the newly opened Romantic Baboy at NS Amoranto (Retiro).

Waiting is not a problem, they have a lot of monobloc chairs outside. And they also have a big air cooler outside.

Since my friends and I haven’t seen each other for so long, we didn’t mind the waiting. As long as it’s not hot and we’re seated. 😉

I took some shots immediately after being seated. Even the plate has words written on it. I love the cute design. 🌹🐷

4 kinds of dipping sauces.

Side dishes for you to munch on while meat’s still cooking.

The oh so clean grilling station with the spaces on the sides for melting cheese and cooking egg.

Now, let’s get the game going with the meat!

They serve the meat on a chopping board etched with Romantic Baboy’s name.

Super thinly sliced beef though.

I also love the Galbi.

Bulgogi tastes so good.

Called for so many orders of cheese. Love the cheesy goodness of beef wrapped in melted cheese.

Overall, the ambiance is good. Unlike other samgyupsal resto, Romantic Baboy actually thought if its interior. Too bad wasn’t able to take photos.

However, due to the influx of people eating, service wasn’t that efficient. You have to wait for a while before someone attends to you. Maybe they lack manpower too. And because they are too tired, they are not very friendly also. I do understand but somehow, managing a smile will make a big difference, especially when customers actually waited for more than half an hour or more to get a seat.

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Atom Bar + KTV

Chanced upon a newly opened bar and ktv when we left Cafe I’m Here, which was just beside it.

Atom Bar + KTV is located at 3F CTTM Square, 68 Timog Avenue corner Tomas Morato Avenue Quezon City.

We toured around the place when it was still closed and boy, the place was amazing! Totally different from your usual ktvs.

Starting with the main bar.

They even have special beer pong tables!

Photo from Atom Bar FB

I also love that they have a separate smoking area. This means that smoking is not allowed in the bar.

They also have VIP rooms with different themes!

Inside these VIP rooms, you could either have a movie night and watch your favorite movies / series with your family or friends or belt your go to songs!

Let me show you around!

VIP 1 is the Pink Gold Room

The girls will feel special and dainty and of course, pretty in this room!

Photo from Atom Bar FB

VIP 2 is the Camping Room

I love this room! Already thinking of bringing my team here!

There are tents installed, fairy lights and artificial grass for that camping feel. Bean bags look so comfy, just the right mood to chill and enjoy the night!

Photo from Atom Bar FB

VIP 3 is the 360 Room

Looks futuristic and feels futuristic.

Photo from Atom Bar FB

VIP 4 is the Barbie Room

Larger room complete with comfy couches with a Barbie collection in the middle of the room.

Photo from Atom Bar FB

VIP 5 is the Blue Pink Room

Another room for the larger group. That blue couch sure is inviting!

Photo from Atom Bar FB

VIP 6 & 7 are the Loft Rooms

Two more rooms for large groups of people, feels like you’re just crashing

into the unit of your friend! You can be emo and just look out the window and enjoy the city view!

Photo from Atom Bar FB

All rooms have 65 inches Flat Screens!

So if you’re already thinking of having a party here, especially that Christmas get together, check their packages ↓

Photo from Atom Bar FB
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Photo from Atom Bar FB

Can’t wait to experience Atom Bar + KTV!

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