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

[email protected] 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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Mesa Filipino Moderne Cuisine

Love Filipino Cuisine?  You gotta try Mesa.  Been around for a while but they still serve some of the best Filipino dishes here in Manila.  Unique and with a twist.
Let us start with their appetizer.  Tinapa Roll.

Served in Chinese spoons.  The lumpia wrapper is crunchy.  Enough tinapa (smoked fish) meat for real tinapa taste mixed with some veggies.  Add to it the spicy vinegar sauce – yummy!

For the soup, we ordered their famous Chicken Binakol.  Too bad I wasn’t able to take a picture.  You may think it is like your regular tinola, but this soup is so satisfying.  Instead of water, the soup is actually coconut water, then there will be coconut bits mixed with your usual chicken.

A veggie must try in their menu – the 2 way Laing.

The Dry Laing and the Wet Laing.  They are both great.  The Gata Flavor is really coming out.  Tasted so good with my garlic rice.

We wanted to complete everything so we also ordered a fish dish.  One of their must trys is the Crispy Boneless Tilapia.

The Crispy Tilapia came with 4 kinds of sauces.  I tried the Bagoong and I was looking for Mangga after.  The tilapia fish meat was already scraped from the actual fish and was sort of cubed and breaded.  It is crunchy and tasted good.

A meal in a Filipino restaurant wouldn’t be complete without a good old barbeque dish.  So we ordered Chicken BBQ. 

I love this one.  It is grilled but the meat is still juicy.  Just the right marinate, a little sweet to the taste.  Also,  it’s not overly grilled.

The next one is also a dish that is a staple in a Filipino restaurant.  The Crispy Pata.  

It’s boneless by the way so easy to eat.  But I have had more tender, crispier, and tastier patas.

The last on our food table is the Swahe (Shrimp) On The Rocks.  

The shrimps were cooked in a claypot with sizzling rocks inside, hence, on the rocks.  It was amazing to see how the shrimps were instantly cooked and changed colors once put on top of the rocks.  Don’t expect anything fancy on the taste of the shrimp though.  

Overall, we enjoyed our food and for a group of 6 women, we were definitely full after we finished all that we ordered.  Not bad for a total bill of around Php2,800.00. 

Also, we loved the ambience of the place.  Look at our happy faces.  We were just so happy that we got to have a mommies’ day out. 

xoxo

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