Yummy Friday: Chocolatier Café

One evening, we were introduced to a small quaint place in Jupiter Street, Makati. I’ve never been a Makati girl since I always prefer working in Ortigas or Eastwood City area since they are closer to my place. I was once assigned in Makati when I had my OJT in Acer Philippines but that was it.

Maitre Chocolatier Cafe

nice wall design inside

Anyway, our good friend brought us in Maitre Chocolatier at almost 10pm already. Good thing it was still open despite the late hour. When we arrived, the first thing I saw was the display of Ferrero Rocher’s chocolate wrapper designed as a dress. It was amazing! A chocolate inspired dress! Hahaha!

Ferrero dress?

We noticed that the place was a bit small but jam packed. There were group of professionals or friends who just chill there and drink some coffee and have some cakes and ice creams. We were like them too so we waited for a vacant place.

cakes galore

When we were settled in our seats and waited for our orders, I went to the area where they sell different kinds of chocolates. I was drooling with all the chocolates coz I don’t have the budget to buy those. Waaahh.. I just took a picture with them. :p

chocolates

chocolates

chocolates

chocolates

We ordered their best sellers and had some gelato too. Again, a bit pricey for a piece of cake at first but once tasted, it’s worth it.

can't decide what to order

Golden Euphoria – Ferrero Hazelnut Crunch Cake (Php 218)
Tempting chocolate hazelnut mousse on a velvety chocolate sponge cake topped with the enchanting Ferrero Hazelnut

Golden Euphoria

This is similar with a chocolate mousse but so much better (redundant!). If you’re a ferrero lover, you’ll simply fall in love with this piece of cake!

Sweet Revenge – Lindt Molten Lava Cake (Php 195)
Dark Chocolate molten lava cake made from Europe’s finest Lindth Excellence Dark 70%, filled with oozing sweet and vengefully spicy chocolate lava served with vanilla ice cream

Sweet Revenge

Now this one’s a MUST TRY! a unique combination of hot and cold that tests your palettes. A bit spicy and bitter but heaven for dark choco lovers out there. Once you take a bite, you can’t stop! Simply amazing! ^_^

As mentioned, they have gelato area near the ferrero dress. You just have to pick your ice cream of choice.

gelato parlor

And here’s the yummy Ferrero Rocher gelato! So delicious!

ferrero gelato

All in all, we really had a good time. The store closes at 12mn so we only had few hours to burn that night.

sisters in crime

We definitely had a great time and glad to know a new dessert place. It’s really a good place to relax and unwind.

Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe
2A, No. 28, Jupiter corner Astra Street,
Bel Air, Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel: (02) 8978559 / 8962529 / (+63) 9228854107
Email: mchocolatier.manila@gmail.com
Facebook Page: Maitre Chocolatier Manila
Websitehttp://www.m-chocolatier.com/
Opening Hours:
Mondays to Thursdays — 10AM to 11PM
Fridays to Saturdays — 10AM to 2AM
Sunday OFF

Have you tried the place? How did you find it?

Cook Differently with Maggi Magic Meals

A few weeks ago, maybe you noticed the #m3 tweets and posts that get your curiosity mind think what could it be? The wait is over as last September 6, Nestle launches another game-changing innovation, the Maggi Magic Meals.

These Maggi Magic Meals is said to be the First in the world recipe solution designed for a rice cooker! Imagine?! This would be the best thing in the world for me. Hahaha! As Star Estacio, Senior Vice President and Business Executive Manager for Food at NESTLÉ said, “With today’s busy lifestyle, many are finding it hard to sit down to a hearty, wholesome, balanced meal at home, much less cook one themselves.” Thus, this wonderful creation from Nestle is the answer to busy bees like me.

So what is this Maggi Magic Meals all about? The recipe solution is not just a regular recipe mix but offers a simple yet effective method of cooking using a rice cooker or even a traditional Kaldero! ^_^

One might ask the difference between this Magic Meals to other Maggi products such as the Magic Sarap, Magic Sabaw and Magic Sinigang. These mixes are not considered complete recipes but a seasoning that enhances the flavor of dishes while the Magic Meals is a complete recipe!

Maggi Magic Meals in different flavors

Here’s to give you an idea what’s inside the Maggi Magic Meals pack:

Maggi Magic Recipe Mix - guaratees a complete and proper blend of flavors. No need to add anything else except the meat and the vegetables.

Maggi Magic Cooking Bag – where you place the mix with the meat and veggies.

You place the whole bag inside the rice cooker. The cooking bag ensures that the meat and vegetables cook in its own juice at the proper doneness, and the sauce develops into a thick and hearty consistency. There is no need to keep checking for doneness or to keep correcting the sauce for the right “timpla.” It’s just less than 1 hour!!! How amazing is that?!

Now, anyone can cook! With this M3 (Maggi Magic Meals), anyone can gain instant know-how in cooking some of the most complex Filipino recipes. Pinoy favorites like Bicol Express, Afritada, Lechon Paksiw and Chicken Pastel can now all be prepared in a method that is as easy and as simple as cooking rice. It’s SRP is just Php35.

The back packaging of the Magic Meals will guide you how to use the meal mix

Again, to prepare the dish, just follow these 5 simple steps:

1. Place your chicken or pork pieces together with thinly sliced vegetables inside the MAGGI MAGIC COOKING BAG (chicken has to be scored or sliced lightly 3 times per side to ensure thorough cooking; pork pieces need to be sliced into thin strips)
2. Add the MAGGI MAGIC RECIPE MIX which contains a complete blend of flavors to create a delicious stew. No need for additional ingredients, except the fresh meat and vegetables.
3. Add 6 tbsps. of water into the cooking bag.
4. Massage the bag gently to dissolve the mix, then seal the bag by tying a knot.
5. Place the cooking bag flatly on top of washed rice, then start cooking the rice as you normally would. After 45 mins, both rice and “ulam” are ready to serve!

Everyone can enjoy food at an instant. No worries, no stress and not to mention less washing of dishes too!!! Who wouldn’t want that?

This is what MAGGI believes in:

MAGGI believes that cooking and eating at home is the foundation of many positive things for the family- developing healthy food habits, strengthening family bond, deepening family traditions. For this reason, we are committed to keep offering products and services that will enable homemakers to bring back the habit of cooking and make their meals and meal experiences truly magical.

These Maggi Magic Meals are available in these branches:
all branches of SM, Robinsons, Shopwise, Rustans, Waltermart, and Puregold Price Club & Jr.
Aside from these stores, it is also available in specific stores in the following areas:
GMA – Landmark, South, Llana’s, Ever, Cherry, Parco, Budgetlane, Pioneer Center, Isetann, Ng Chain, Tropical, Sta. Lucia and Hi Top.
Visayas - Metro Gaisano, Gaisano Grand & Capital, and Iloilo Supermarket
Mindanao – NCCC Mall & Main, Felcris Ilustre, Gaisano Mall (Davao), and
Gaisano Mall (Cagayan)

Check out Maggi Facebook for details as well as Cook Differently website for more.
*photos grabbed from Maggi’s facebook and website.

Have you seen this MIX in the stores already?
Have you tried one? How’s the taste?


Yummy Friday: Discover Korea 2012

My next trip this year would be none other than in South Korea!!! Annyeong Haseyo! 안녕하세요! Hahahaha! I’m so excited and will definitely write about my experience starting from the strict Visa application.

Anyway, it’s so timely that The Bellevue Manila where I had a staycation with a good dining experience months ago will be having a Discover Korea 2012: 10-day Food Festival with Art Exhibit and Sale starting September 14, 2012 up until September 24, 2012 (ehem, my birthday! reminded me of my Birthday Project that haven’t started yet… need to plan over the weekend!)

Check out what’s in store for you Korean foodies out there!

The Bellevue Manila
in partnership with
Mercedes-Benz Alabang and the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines

present

Discover Korea 2012
A 10-day Food Festival with Art Exhibit and Sale

Schedule of Activities:

Authentic Korean Buffet in Café d’Asie
September 14 to 23
Discover more than the usual Korean dishes at our lunch and dinner buffet prepared by our guest Chefs from Korea for only P1390nett per person. Get a chance to win two roundtrip tickets to Korea and other Bellevue gift certificates when you avail of this sumptuous authentic buffet.

Mercedes-Benz at The Bellevue
September 14 to 16
Get a closer look at the latest models from Mercedes-Benz on display at the Grand Ballroom Lobby from 10am to 6pm. The sales managers will be glad to assist you and show you more of the car as they take you to a test drive around the Hotel.

Art Exhibit and Sale of Korean Paintings and Traditional Paper Dolls
September 14 to 23
Different Korean artists have converged to showcase their painting masterpieces and traditional Korean paper dolls. Come and visit to appreciate or buy a few pieces for your home as we put them on exhibit and sale from 9am to 7pm at the main wing lobby.

Grand Raffle Draw
September 23
All those who availed the Korean buffet from September 14 to 23 will have a chance to win a roundtrip ticket to Korea and different Bellevue gift certificates on this night. Make sure you drop your business card or fill out our raffle coupon on your way out of Café d’Asie.

Time to go Southbound for this! ^_^

For more information and reservation, please call The Bellevue at 7718181 or email them at tbmnl@thebellevue.com.

 

#m3ready #m3

There’s something new this September

A rice cooker?!

 

Can you tell what’s cooking? It says “Cook Differently, m3 Ready“.

I feel that it’s something different that may change your lifestyle! What could it be? People especially moms are checking it out. Pretty interesting!

Send me your ideas!

Yummy Friday: Swensen’s Philippines

Okay, I admit. I’m a chocolate and ice cream lover. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods together with chips and popcorns. Haha!

The Ultimate Sundae Experience!!

Swensen’s is an international franchise/ice cream shop born in San Francisco, CA. Since the opening of it’s first shop in 1948, there are now over 300 Swensen’s ice cream shops worldwide, including Asia, the Middle East, USA and South America. Swensen’s has created more than 180 flavors of ice cream that are enjoyed by both young and old. — from Swensen’s PH Facebook About Page

Late last year, Swensen’s opened its door to us Filipinos, the first branch was in SM Mall of Asia and early this year, its second branch opened in Eastwood Mall, Libis.

I had my first Swensen’s experience in Singapore last 2010 when my friends and I visit our friend who works there. Here’s a picture of us with a number of ice cream scoops!

 

Swensens Singapore 2010

Swensens Singapore 2010: Reg & I

I forgot how much that was but it was a bit pricey for us that time. We just wanted to taste it so we shared the bill.

The next Swensen’s experience was in Bangkok last year! Again, I was with Reg in that trip. She told me that the ice cream is cheaper there compared to the ones in Singapore. So without hesitation, we dine in and had our own share of ice cream. Since we can afford it already, we managed to get one for each. Haha!

swensens ice cream (1)

Swensens Bangkok 2011

swensens ice cream

Swensens Bangkok 2011

Based from my blog, I got a chocolate basket for me and a chewy choco for Reg! (grabe ang takaw namin, talagang kme lagi ni Reg. hahaha!)

As mentioned, this year Swensens Eastwood was opened to the public to enjoy. :) Since I work in Eastwood, it was a must to try it! I had my ice cream tower and it’s so yummy! hahaha! Ebony & Ivory Php 265 (Caramel and Vanilla ice cream) is love! ^_^

Swensens Philippines 2012: Eastwood City Branch

Swensens Philippines 2012: Eastwood City Branch

One thing I want to “steal” in all of their stores are their cute water glass. It has doodles in different fonts all about their sundaes. So unique! :)

Swensens Philippines 2012: Eastwood City Branch – cute glass :)

I wish I can try Swensen’s in other parts of the world. Though I don’t really notice the difference in terms of taste, the plating is so enticing I can’t help but give in to them. Hahaha!

Have you tried Swensen’s Philippines?
How do you find it?

Swensen’s Philippines
SM MOA: SM Mall of Asia (Ground Floor South Wing-Near SM Department Store)
Eastwood City: Eastwood Mall 2nd floor
Facebook: Swensens PH
Twitter: @SwensensPH

Food: Canteen Simple+Good Food

Canteen is a 30 seat self-service cafe inside Trilogy Boutique. We serve freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, rice meals, desserts & coffee.

I wanted to try this cafe when I first saw it with my friend. Luckily it was on the same street where Andrew’s office is located. One day, I need to visit Makati at lunch time to have my HPV vaccine. I told him I wanted to try the Canteen so we had lunch after I had my vaccine shot.

Canteen Simple+Good Food

One thing that made me curious was the fact that Canteen is literally inside the Trilogy Boutique. I’m not really sure what to expect so I was excited the moment we step in.

Inside Canteen

Trilogy Boutique

Unfortunately, all the seats were taken. It was lunch time so I guess a lot of people also dine there everyday. We have no choice but to wait at the bar while waiting for our food. By the way, notice the paintings on the wall? They are also selling those! If I got the budget, I’d buy one! They are pretty nice work of art. :)

Canteen's colorful menu

Their menu is written in colored chalk on a black board at the counter. They have hearty meals and desserts as well. At first I want to back off since one meal is a bit pricey but since I’m not always there, I decided to stay.

I ordered the Miso glazed mahi mahi + soy fried rice (Php 210) and Andrew got the Chicken skewers + thai marinade + rice (Php 225).

Miso glazed mahi mahi + soy fried rice

The Mahi Mahi is a kind of fish, I think. The leafy vegetable that comes with it was either bukchoy or pechay. hehe! :) I liked the flavor, it’s something new to me. No strong flavors, it was cooked just right. Good choice!

Chicken skewers + thai marinade + rice

I had the chance to taste Andrew’s food. The meal has 2 small rice. I’m not sure why but if you’ll look closely at the back of the skewers, you’ll see 2 triangular shaped rice. Maybe they did that because that’s the famous rice in Thai? I’m not really sure. The Thai marinade is to die for! I don’t know how they make one but it made the chicken really taste good! I even wanted to exchange meal with him but in the end let him enjoy his dish.

I bet all the other meals were as good as this. If ever I’ll get a chance to visit Rada St. again, I’d definitely go back for more. Will try other meals I saw on the other table. Looks very yummy! Their sandwich has a pretty good presentation as well. If I can just order and taste everything, I’d be grateful but I can’t. I’d be broke and bloated at the same time. I hope their desserts are good too! Argh, so much to try the next time.

Here’s a map grabbed from their website:

Canteen MAP

 

 

Have you tried dining at Canteen?
What did you order, can you recommend something?

 

UPDATE: Last April 28 2012, the store officially closed. They moved to their new home, OB Montessori. See update here.

 

Canteen Simple+Good Food
110 Rada St., Legazpi Village, Makati City
(in front of Metrobank Rada branch, near the Union Church of Makati).
weekdays: 11am-8pm; weekends: 10am-5pm
Twitter: @Canteen_Trilogy
Facebook: Canteen Simple+Good Food
Website: Canteen Website

Food: GIGI Coffee & Cupcakes

After trying the Custaroons of Gigi, I am a fan. I got curious of the newly opened cafe shop in Eastwood. It has the logo similar to that of the Custaroonery but still in doubt if they’re the same. My friend told me that Gigi of the Custaroonery and the new cafe shop is the same. I disagree and will just confirm once we were able to get a chance to interview any of the crew.

Gigi's Coffee and Cupcakes logo

The Gigi Coffee & Cupcakes store is located inside Eastwood City, a few blocks away from the main entrance. As you enter Eastwood from Citibank main entrance and look to your right. It is a store away from Watson’s. You’ll notice it at once because of its nice, classy and mostly greens interior. You can see it from the outside.

Facade of Gigi's Coffee & Cupcakes

As I’ve said, it’s mostly greens that we think it mimics one being in a park having a cup of coffee and a yummy cupcakes. The “bermuda” grass was awesome, very pleasing to the eyes.

Greens inside the cafe

Since the store is a bit small and only a few tables can occupy the space, it was nice of them to create side chairs. If you notice, they created a numbered tables and chairs that are literally on the sides. However, it was a bit awkward for me coz you’re facing other customers as you sit. So I personally got conscious while eating cupcakes sitting there.

numbered side tables and chairs

They displayed glass figures on the counter bar as well as boxes of the cupcakes. It shows simple yet elegant style. A bit toned down compared to the Custaroonery designs and concept.

display in the counter bar

They have a huge menu displayed for customers to see. Apology for the cost of cupcakes since it wasn’t captured in the photo. A piece of cupcake costs Php 40 and if I’m not mistaken, box of 6 is Php 235 and a box of 12 is Php 475. Will confirm as soon as possible.

menu

They even have after eight dinner sticks. If you’re a mint lover like me, I bet you know these. They are chocolate sticks with mints inside. I love them! They cost around Php 225.

after eight dinner sticks

Now here are the cupcakes that were available during the time of our visit. Some cupcakes have no labels so I’m not sure what they are. I believe they have other flavors that I didn’t capture in photo. Will check them from time to time since I’m just in the area during weekdays.

red velvet cupcake

sea salt chocolate cupcake

green tea in butter and chocolate cupcakes

butter cream cupcakes

Gigi's Cupcake

Gigi's Cupcake

From all of those, I get to try their best seller: Red Velvet Cake. Others were the Sea Salt Chocolate, the Lemon cupcake and the Green Tea in chocolate. I love the red velvet and the sea salt. Their flavor is perfect. The softness of the cupcake confirms that it’s made out of the oven. The combination of saltiness and sweetness of sea salt chocolate is really good. The lemon is a bit sour for me. The green tea is great for green tea lovers. Hahaha! The bitterness of green tea and sweetness of chocolate feels weird to my taste buds. :p

Best Seller: Red Velvet Cupcake

In the end, I ordered a Box of 6 to share to Andrew and his siblings. They loved it too especially the Red Velvet. I’m sure will purchase more of Gigi’s cupcakes soon. :)

Box of 6 Cupcakes

By the way, for the drinks. We didn’t order coffee that time but we tried their Iced Lemon Grass Tea for Php 65. It tastes good but needs to add some honey to add sweetness. It tastes bland after some time because of the ice, I think. Next time, we’ll order their coffee. I want to try their White Chocolate. I think I’ll love it. Hehe!

I was fortunate to see Gigi that time. Finally, saw the brains behind the Custaroonery and GIGI. She was kind enough to take a photo with me even though she was busy entertaining friends and customers.

with Gigi of Custaroonery and Gigi's Coffee & Cupcakes

A new cafe in town that is definitely worth a try.

 

Have you tried GIGI’s coffee and cupcakes?
What’s your favorite drink and cupcake?

GIGI Coffee & Cupcakes
5 Eastwood Ave., Eastwood City Libis
(after Watsons and before BDO)
Twitter: @GIGIcupcakecafe

Food: The Custaroonery Manila

Last weekend, I tried some mouthwatering, delicious dessert called Custaroons. I happened to know these because I saw someone from foursquare check-in there. I got intrigued so I researched the place “The Custaroonery“. I found her website and learned that it’s a fusion of custard and macaroons. Upon learning about this, it made me more curios how it taste.

Custaroonery Menu

It was fortunate that one of the pickup points is in Padre Pio parking lot which is just beside Eastwood where I work. So without hesitation, I ordered 1 Box of 12, half/half for Php 350. Meaning 6pcs of Original and 6 Cheese flavored custaroons.

The Custaroonery Manila Signage

The next day, we went to the parking lot and saw her small yet elegant shop in St. Padre Pio’s parking lot right beside where they sell Padre Pio’s memorabilias and rosaries. In all honesty, I never thought that there’s a shop beside it. I thought it’s just an extension or something. Well, I never really went close to confirm what it was.

The Custaroonery Manila Shop

Anyway, as we enter the shop I was literally amazed how dainty it look. The first thing I saw, the Daphne chairs! Hahaha!

Look! It's Daphne Chairs

Blue and Pink Daphne Chairs

And then when you look up, you’ll see a nice chandelier placed in a beautifully painted ceiling.

beautiful chandeliers

I personally love swirls and pastels so I can’t stop raving about the boxes and the whole store. I was fortunate that no one was buying that time so no one witnessed my giddiness except for Clam who was there selling the custaroons. Hehe.

Artistic Designed boxes

Since my friend and I never had this before, we ordered 1 Original and 1 Cheese.

” Soft, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth flan topped with a chewy, buttery crust. “

Ordered Cheese & Original flavors

So how to know what’s the original and the cheese? It all depends on the custaroon wrap. The swirly designed wrapper is the Cheese and the simple design with a G logo is the original one. Look closer!

Custaroon Wrapper identification

It’s time to taste these Custaroons…

Time to taste some of these custaroons!

And this is how I was after finishing one.. Hahaha!

Satisfied Customer! ^_^

I liked the original since it’s not that sweet. The cheese has a tingling sensation of sweetness that for me is a bit strong. The combination of the macaroon and custard makes it taste heavenly. Though I prefer one over the other, we both liked the flavors.

Custaroons Box of 12 Half/Half

Here’s the classy box of 12 we ordered and inside it, you’ll see a personal message from Gigi that says:

Custaroon Box

If you’re reading this, the sweet freshly-oven-baked scent of my custaroons must have wafted over to you.

Each and every finger-licking, lip-smacking, reach-for-another goodness custaroon that comes out of the kitchen is freshly-baked by me so you earn a bite of flavorful pleasure out of every passionate minute I spend baking

Gigi's Personal Message to Custaroon Lovers

Another goodies she have are the Custaroon Poppers. These are “bite-sized custaroon balls coated with a premium chocolate powder concoction“. Each box contains 25 bite-sized balls. I want to try all the flavors so I requested some assorted poppers to taste. They have 4 flavors of poppers: Original (custard), Coffee, Green Tea and Chocolate.

Cute Corner with a tea cup! :)

The chocolate coating of each bite-sized ball is very similar to that of Royce’s chocolate. It is best eaten right out of the fridge. The colder it is, the yummier it gets. I liked the Coffee and the Original/Custard flavor. The chocolate is a great for dark choco lovers. It’s a bit bitter for me. The green tea is fine too. I’m really not a fan of green tea unless it’s the hot tea drink. Else, I won’t order one. I will definitely order a box of original flavored poppers soon.

Custaroon Poppers

Custaroon Poppers flavors

Besides the Custaroons and the Custaroon Poppers, she also have other goodies such as Fete D’ Fleur Cake that comes in Buttercream, Green Tea and Orange Chocolate Chip flavors, Lemon Vanilla Bean, Le Petit Squares and Matcha (green tea) Cookies.

Custaroons & Custaroon Poppers

She definitely know how to entice and satisfy each one’s cravings for dessert! A must try dessert. Seriously!

On the other light: I really want to own one of these Elegant Daphne Chairs! :p

 

Have you tried Gigi’s Custaroons?
What can you say about it?

 

Gigi Gaerlan Custaroons
St. Padre Pio Parking Lot
Facebook Page: Gigi’s Custaroons
Twitter: @Custaroons
Email: gigi@custaroons.com
Contact Number: 0918 828 2929

Food: Moshi Moshi at Regis Center, Katipunan

Months ago, we had this “Secret Circle” with my extended family. We were planning the golden birthday celebration of my Ninang (God Mother) so we decided to have a lunch out in Katipunan. I told them that I saw a new Japanese fast food chain in Regis Center and it’s kinda enticing.

We went to Moshi Moshi and they were dumbfounded with the KitKats. I told them that those were my collection when I was going to Japan for business trip back then. SO without hesitation, we bought some and ordered our meals.By the way, the KitKat is ordered separately.

Kitkat Flavors

Kitkat Flavors

The Kitkats are beside the counter since it is sold separately. It costs Php 100/box. So you can easily buy Kitkats even without dining in their store.

Moshi Moshi counter

The interior was nice. It’s mostly green and it has a good ambiance.

inside Moshi Moshi

Moving on, we checked out their laminated menu with the cute Japanese girl on it. They also have a 3D display of their menu that is very usual in Japan but I wasn’t able to take a photo of it.

Moshi Moshi's laminated menu

Here are some of the food we ordered:

Takoyaki

Bento

Okonomiyaki

California Maki

All in all, they tastes fine. Not something to brag about except for the takoyaki. It tastes good compared to the other takoyaki I ate before. It’s a good place to check out too for all you Japanese food lovers.

And I checked out their website for information and found something interesting. It’s about Sushi Etiquette.

Sushi Etiquette

Actually, I never thought of this before and it’s only now that I learned that I’m doing it the wrong way. I hope this helps your knowledge on eating Japanese cuisine.

Have you tried this new Japanese fast food chain?
What did you order? How did you find the food?

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Moshi Moshi
2nd floor Regis Center #327 Katipunan Avenue Barangay Loyola Heights, 1108 Quezon City, Philippines
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun: 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Email: yummymoshimoshi@gmail.com
Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/MoshiMoshiPhilippines

Dining at The Bellevue Manila

As a continuation of our week getaway story, here’s what we ate during our stay in The Bellevue Manila. We had the opportunity to try their buffet dinner at Café d’ Asie. I think a reservation is needed before you are able to dine there. We were asked what room we’re staying and under what name it is reserved. So I assume it’s the same for all their guests.

Proud Awards of Cafe d Asie Restaurant

Café d’ Asie is known to be one of the best restaurants in the Philippines. I can’t describe every single dish they served but let the picture says it all. Beware, this post would be a photo driven one.

Dinner Buffet at Café d’ Asie

Mongolian station

 

Dimsum Station

Bread and Jams Corner

Cheese Station

Sweets Corner

Fruits Section with a really disturbing face carving

Japanese Station

Healthy Mary: drink of the month

 

Dessert Section Side 1

Dessert Section Side 2

The best chocolate mousse ever! Tastes like Ferrero Rocher!

 

After that sumptuous dinner, we rest for an hour and went to enjoy their 1-hour body massage at the Mandarine Spa before we doze off to bed.

The next day, we also had our buffet breakfast. I raved about their breakfast buffet since I already experienced it before. True enough, the banquet didn’t disappoint me. It was such a bountiful morning meal.

Breakfast Buffet at Café d’ Asie

Bread and Butter

Different Loaves of Bread

Drinks Corner

 

Cereals Corner

 

Filipino Food Section

 

Bacon Area

 

Bread & Pastry Basket

 

Yummy French Toast

 

Dairy Section: Yogurt and Salad

 

Fruits Section

 

Japanese Salad Section

 

Omelette Area

 

A new discovery: Baked Tomato with Cheese

 

The Café d’ Asie is located at the Main Wing so we have to go there every time we have to eat our meals. On our last day, we had our lunch at the same wing since The Phoenix Court is located at the Tower Wing where we were booked.

The Phoenix Court is known to be the best Chinese Restaurant in the South. I was intrigued with all the hype I read in the internet about this restaurant. I didn’t know that they served a buffet lunch so we ordered ala carte instead.

Lunch at Phoenix Court Restaurant

Phoenix Court Entrance

 

Proud Award as Philippine's Best Restaurants 2011

 

Boiled peanut was served while waiting for the food

 

Xiao Long Bao

 

A closer look of what's inside the Xiao Long Bao

 

A must try 2-way chicken

Yang Chao Fried Rice

 

Pork with Salt & Pepper

 

We didn’t finish everything so we had them wrap and I took them home. I definitely agree that it was one of the best Chinese restaurants I knew. The 2-way chicken is a must try. We never get to taste other Chef’s recommendation but I’m sure every meal is worth it.

We ate so much during our overnight stay and really felt grateful for the chance given to us.

It was really an awesome experience. Once again, thank you to The Bellevue Hotel & Resort Management.

The Bellevue Manila
North Bridgeway, Filinvest Corporate
City, Alabang, 1781 Muntinlupa City
Contact: (02) 771 8181
Email: tbmnl@thebellevue.com
Website: http://www.thebellevue.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thebellevuemanila
Twitter Account:@bellevuemanila