Food Service
Ramen't You Glad?

Ramen’t You Glad?

We headed down south last weekend to see what the fuss was all about over this new ramen place called Yushoken in the Molito area in Alabang. Even if there was a bit of a line that trickled to the restaurant’s exterior, we didn’t have a long wait because of the restaurant’s tip to arrive...
It's All About Timing

It’s All About Timing

As it is with a great many other things in this world, timing is everything.  But sticking to things I know, you can’t burst into a fantastic  mambo flourish or goosebump-inducing instrumental solo without having the basic timing down pat. Perfect timing (achieved through careful planning or ridiculously good luck) sets the groundwork for showcasing...
On Returning Food

On Returning Food

It’s a typical scenario when you know something’s not quite right about how the food or drink you’ve just been served tastes. You call your waiter’s attention and give them feedback. More often than not, they immediately get defensive and try to explain away. Sometimes they even need to taste it for themselves to see...
Royaltea at TWG

Royaltea at TWG

Even if there was a line to get into this decadent looking tea place, I just had to give TWG go, having heard rave reviews about it.  It was reminiscent of the opulent cafes in Vienna or Italy down to the velvet rope at the entrance, touches of gold, sparkly lights and tight space.  The...
Leave Me Blinded

Leave Me Blinded

After hearing the buzz about a new low-key watering hole, I finally had the perfect occasion/excuse to go check it out. Together with a friend who comes to town every so often and who had also read about it, I went to The Blind Pig, after figuring out where it was, thanks to Google maps....
'Cue Modern Haunt, Modern Service

‘Cue Modern Haunt, Modern Service

‘Cue Modern Barbeque, one of the restaurants at the High Street Central strip, offers large meaty masterpieces for the hearty-eating macho gourmand. Its high ceilings are decorated with cow hide and black chandeliers with elegant twisty spider-like stems, and to the side is a bar teeming with bottles of liquor. We were presented with a...
Krispy Kreme Not Just Sweet Treats

Krispy Kreme Not Just Sweet Treats

Krispy Kreme Manila’s service has been improving as  of late. I remember it taking forever for the staff to get my order right ESPECIALLY if I ordered a Chiller. At the Bonifacio High Street branch, a server asked me: “Have you been served yet?”  (the correct and polite use of the present perfect tense was such a refreshing change as its...
On A Wooden Horse

On A Wooden Horse

We chanced upon Wooden Horse one lazy Sunday while looking for a place to have dinner in Alabang. We were feeling adventurous and decided to give this wild west- themed place a go. It was practically empty when we walked in (as it was only about 5:30) and a friendly waiter named Allan immediately jumped up, greeted...
My Old Reliable: La Tienda

My Old Reliable: La Tienda

Makati’s CBD always has new things to offer in terms of entertainment and dining. New shops, bars and restaurants pop up like mushrooms. Some sprout up with so much razzle-dazzle but die out once the hype is over. There are a few however, that have quietly managed to stick around for quite some time. I...
Tuscano Wood Fired Pizza - Service Surprise

Tuscano Wood Fired Pizza – Service Surprise

Even though they got the spelling wrong in Italian (Toscano), or perhaps they were going for a play with words, the overall service experience at Tuscano was a surprising delight.  From the cozy interiors to the very efficient and friendly (but not bordering on manic or nutrasweet fakery), the service really upped the quality of...