The Grid at the Powerplant Mall

The new wing of Powerplant Mall houses a unique kind of food hall that focuses on the food they serve rather than their “brand.”

The Grid Food Market did away with individual branding of the food stalls. Instead, they focused on what specialty that food stall has to offer.

The hall was divided into a number of stalls representing different cuisines each.

The first thing that caught my attention was the wine & cheese stall by Estrella Galicia. You can order wines by the glass. Cool, right? 🍾

Next is the Thai Resto.

This huuuuge Porkchop is called Tank XL (literally XL!) served with Pulled Pork and Monggo Beans. This dish gets my thumbs up! It might look dry and looks like it’s a tough cut of meat, but in reality, it’s juicy and tender. The breading’s tasty and crunchy too! This is a pork version of the chicken from Bad Bird.

I am a fan of ‘gata’ (coconut base) dishes but this one doesn’t get my approval. The leaves in this Green Curry Laing should have been polverized more. The leaves definitely leaves a very bitter taste in your mouth, literally! And the chicharon on top’s so oily that when you bite, the oil comes oozing out.

There is also a Japanese Resto which serves Tsukemen and Ramen. My friend ordered Karaage for her kids. Would try their Tsukemen next time.

Their Karaage looks crunchy.

Another stall we tried and has a long line is this one, Le Chon by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu. Taking lechon into the next level by applying French techniques in cooking it.

1st step is to choose your own lechon – pork, beef, chicken or fish.

2nd step is to choose the rub.

3rd step is to choose the sides.

4th step is to choose the kind of rice.

Last and final step is to choose your sauce.

Lechon Porchetta with Kamote Fries
Gourmet Manok with Kamote Fries
Spicy Tuna Belly with Grilled Talong
Lechon Porchetta with Grilled Talong

The Lechon Porchetta’s meat was really tender and juicy. That huge ‘balat’ (skin) you see on top was super crunchy, even the kids loved it. This is a must try especially for Lechon fans.

A different take on one of the most well loved Filipino dishes.

My friend ordered Potato Tots from the burger joint.

The hashbrown-like potato tots with cheese is something new. For sharing with a group of people who loves carbs.

For Seafood lovers, they also have seafood rolls.

The lobster roll was already sold out so I guess it’s also good. I got to take a photo of their crab roll while waiting to be picked up. It’s priced cheaper compared to Luke’s Lobster which could set you back by Php1,000.00 or more.

Of course, a food hall like this should always have something sweet to offer. They have Workshop by Le Petit Souffle.

Cakes, brownies, tarts – all for your picking!

Other stalls have yet to open, so hopefully, they will be the next time we visit.

If you are looking for something unique and you would like to feel the vibe here, visit The Grid Food Market at the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell.

Happy eating!

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Courtyard@453

Braved the rain to go to the newest place to hang out in San Juan.

Courtyard@453 is located at 453 P. Guevarra Street San Juan, hence the name with the 453.

And unlike other food parks in the metro, this courtyard has parking spaces and the actual dining area is air conditioned.

Inside, a bright and airy space will greet you. 5 restaurants that serve 5 different cuisines surround the place.

Right smack in the middle is the bar. They serve everything from juices to shakes to beers! They also have ice cream for dessert and coffee to cap off your meal.

Since our kids love Japanese, we went straight to the Japanese resto. Ebi 10 is famous for its tempuras and crazy rolls. They were just named by Spot.ph as having the best ebi tempura in Metro Manila.

My minnies got hold of the menu and ordered their own ebi tempura. For the adults, we tried the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki.

We ordered Gyoza as we usually do when going Japanese. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

For sure, kids loved the tempura. Gone in 50 seconds!🍤🍤🍤🍤

As for me, I love the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki that we ordered, very very tasty and really crunchy!

Moving on to the next resto, Tra Vinh Express is the newest baby of Tra Vinh Philippines, an Australian born Vietnamese restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine that has already carved its way into the hearts of Manila’s foodies.

Not Vietnamese without the Dry Noodles and the Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls.

The dry noodles is good.

The fresh shrimp spring rolls could do better with a tastier peanut sauce.

Since it was a rainy and gloomy day, we decided to have some hot noodles. We ordered from The Silver Dragon which serves Chinese Cuisine.

The kids love the Wonton Dumplings that comes with the Noodle soup.

Kids also loved the Xiao Long Bao.

Hope they improve the Fresh Lumpia though.

There’s 2 more restaurants to try but we were so full already!

Pops ‘n Pebs serve Filipino dishes.

LIF, on the other hand, serves American Cuisine. If you are up for some burgers and fries, or maybe pasta and pizza, you should try this one out.

This slider looks good and this might be my order on my next visit!

To add, their restroom’s very very clean and smells good too!

They also have another washing area outside.

So there! Stop reading and see for yourself! DEFINITELY a must visit!

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Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Tayo na sa Antipolo!

(Let’s go to Antipolo!)

Decided to spend Mother’s Day (late) lunch here at Yellow Bird Cafe in Antipolo!

Life is Beautiful. 😍

I love the exterior and interior of the whole place. It’s full of greens, very easy on the eyes. The sunlight peeking through the blinds, makes the place truly homey and really comfy.

With the food, there are hits but there are some misses too! But, there is always room for improvement.

Pumpkin Soup

Real pumpkin used, not just some powdered mix.

Fried Lumpiang Ubod

Crunchy!

Gising Gising

Surprised to see this Gising Gising dish when it landed on the table. But definitely a good choice, the coconut flavor is really there and the veg is still crunchy despite being submerged in an oil based sauce.

Baby Back Ribs

Love the marinade and the all over taste, but lacks the tenderness and melts in your mouth feeling of the meat. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, maybe it’s just because of the occasion, overwhelming guests during lunch time.

Katsudon

This is the one dish that we could have made without.

Grilled Pork Belly

Just like the ribs, I love the taste, but it could use some more time in the boiling department to give it a little bit more of tenderness.

Sesame Crusted Salmon Fillet

I love this, I just have to remove the Sriracha Sauce before taking a bite! Too hot for me! The salmon was cut into bite size pieces, then grilled to perfection with roasted sesame on top. The sauce complements everything, including the shrimps.

Garlic and Shrimp Pesto

It’s not your usual pesto pasta, it’s very creamy! I super love this dish and I am gonna order this again the next time we visit.

Overall, I am recommending Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen. The food is great. The ambiance is nice. Worth the trip of about an hour from where we came from. Everyone’s nice and very accommodating.

Oh, and their Chocolate Dome Cake is superb. So superb, there’s not much left when I decided to take a picture!

Also, they gave us complementary ice cream because it’s Mother’s Day! My children love it!

Life really is beautiful. 😍😍😍

Turn on waze and search for Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen.

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Lao Beijing Dumplings

Sharing another underrated restaurant that is needed to be known!

Along P Guevarra Street in San Juan, there’s a building which houses one of the best authentic Beijing dumplings in the metro – the Lao Beijing Dumplings!

Simple no nonsense interior

Beijing Fried Rice

– super tasty fried rice, a different take on your usual Yang Chow Fried Rice

Xiao Long Bao

– soup filled dumplings

Shrimp & Pork Dumpling

Kuchay Dumplings

Vegetarian Dumplings

The dumplings are filled with meat, shrimp or veggies. They are all very juicy and very tasty. A hint of vinegar and some chili garlic will complete the dumpling experience.

What I like about this place – the dumplings are relatively cheap, but absolutely authentic.

They also offer a lot of other dishes that you couldn’t find in regular Chinese restos. I would try those next time, if we will not order 4 kinds of dumplings again. 😂😂😂

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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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