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This is crinkles . I like to hang out in Ortigas. Japanese, Thai, Italian are my favorite cuisines. I also love Café/Coffee Shop and Pasta, Sizzling Plates, Sushi/Sashimi.
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Komoro Soba OK Sep 08, 2011   Edit
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Categories : Japanese | Restaurant | Noodle/Rice Noodle

 
There are only a few Japanese fast food restaurants famous and readily available to the mass market. It's a good thing that there's another Japanese restaurant joining the club --- Komoro Soba, at SM Megamall.

They serve the usual food menu of Japanese restaurants: soba, udon, tempura, tonkatsu, maki, kani salad, miso soups and the likes.

I decided to try their Katsu Bento, pork katsudon served with rice, miso soupmacaroni salad, strips of cabbage in japanese mayo, and slices of orange. The price of the meal is very affordable at Php 108 only. When the food arrived, the more did I appreciate the price because there are loads of food on my table, more than what I expected for the price I paid.

 

 
Their katsudon was okay. The breading was just right. The crunchiness was also okay and very easy to eat. As for the sidings, the macaroni salad tastes like light mayonaise, a bit lacking of sweetness or any additional taste to complement the mayo and macaroni.

The miso soup on the other hand was a bit over "tasty". Perhaps the loads of onion rings contributed to the taste (I haven't had any miso soup with this much onions.tongue). I did appreciate the slices of oranges on the side --- something new to my previous bento experiences from other Japanese restaurants.

Looking at the restaurant vicinity. I find the place a bit gloomy. Perhaps because of the motif combination: blue, black, and gray. With the poor lighting, it adds more to the gloominess.

 

 
Their kitchen is visible to the customers. More or less they have 2-3 cooks/chefs inside. Plus 2 waiters outside, excluding the cashier on the counter. Given that number of staff with few customers that time, I must say that the service was a bit slow. But, I think that can still be improved.

Overall, it was an okay experience. It is a very affordable Japanese food.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  pork katsudon
 
Spending per head: Approximately Php130(Lunch)

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Special Sets at Pancake House Smile Sep 08, 2011   Edit
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Categories : American | Restaurant

 
Pancake House, though famous for pancakes and waffles, has once again proven that it also serves other delicious food at the menu.

I was along E. Rodriguez area looking for a place to have an early lunch and I saw the branch of Pancake House there, just along the road near Trinity College and St. Luke's Hospital.

I'm not in the mood for pancakes so I decided to look at their rice meals and came across their special sets. They offer a complete meal set for Php200 - Php250. I decided to have the Roast Beef Set, which includes Roast Beef, with rice, veggies, salad on the side, plus a glass of Iced Tea.

 

 
While waiting for the food, I just sat there looking at the restaurant's interior. This Pancake House branch is a bit spacious. It can seat around 40 sets of guests in two's to four's. They have the usual Pancake House theme, orange accents and brown furniture.

When my food arrived, it looks good and true enough when I eat it, it is good. The roast beef are thinly sliced, in a way I like this since it will be easier to chew. It doesn't taste strong of spices, but the simple taste makes you appreciate more the taste of the beef and worry less of the seasonings.

 

 
On the sides are buttered vegetables and Caesar salad, serve in small portions, just enough to fill your tummies. The set would have been perfect with a small serving of soup (hope I'm not stretching the perks too far). lol

Anyhow, it was a nice meal. Pancake House still remains to be included on the line-up of my favorite restaurants. smile



 
Recommended Dish(es):  pancakes, meal sets, desserts
 
Spending per head: Approximately Php250(Lunch)

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Army Navy Smile Aug 25, 2011   Edit
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Categories : American | Fast food shop

 
It is my first time to eat at Army Navy. I have been seeing branches of it sprouting everywhere but I just can't seem to get a chance to dine there. This morning I was walking along Dela Rosa St. in Makati and was thinking of grabbing a quick breakfast. Luckily I passed by an Army Navy branch. tongue

When I entered the restaurant, the first thing that I thought of is "industrial". I can see tables made of iron sheets and wood, with small square wooden stools. There are no menus on the table so I approached the windows where there seem to be a cashier.

 
I looked at the menu board and there were Burritos, Chicken, Tacos, and other yummy food. I decided to go for the Soft Taco. There were meat options, whether Beef, Chicken, or Pork. I went for Beef. Plus added Iced Tea for drinks. Then, I paid for the meal and went to a table.

While waiting for my food, I took the time looking around the place. On the walls where personalized signs from the original common street sign concepts. One says STOP and on the bottom you would see "for Burgers". One of the signs on the wall includes "eat with your fingers". I guess it was part of the experience here.

When my food was ready, the cashier called for my number, and I picked my tray at the other window. It's like eating at a cafeteria. I went to my table carrying my tray, excited with my food.

 

 
The plate has three small soft taco breads with beef on top of each, and sprinkles of Chinese Celery and Onions. On the side is a small cup of tomato salsa, plus the white sauce (similar to the one used for Shawarma). I also took a bottle of hot sauce from the condiment area. I poured the sauces on top of the beef and rolled the bread and had a bite. It was good. It's fresh. And it is fun to eat. smile

Overall I enjoyed the food. It was nice breakfast treat. Maybe I'll come back to try the Burritos. But next time, I'll have to remember to bring Tic Tacs. lol



 
Recommended Dish(es):  Soft taco
 
Date of Visit: Aug 25, 2011 

Spending per head: Approximately Php200(Breakfast)

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Burger King  Smile Aug 24, 2011   Edit
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Categories : American | Fast food shop | Hamburger

 
One of my favorites at Burger King is the Mushroom Swiss. As far as I can recall, they are the ones who introduced me to the yummy taste of mushroom on burger. smile

One afternoon, while strolling at Robinson's Galleria, I suddenly had the cravings for BK's Mushroom Swiss. So I went there and ordered for the Mushroom Swiss meal, which includes fries and drinks. I ordered for the Crisscut fries instead of the regular fries.

The burger meals at BK are relatively more pricey compared to the other more common burger food chains. Still, there's something a bit unique about their burger from the taste of the other burgers. That is why I still have the cravings for it. The meal costs around 170 pesos.

 

 
I dined at the restaurant. What's nice about their place is they have an LCD TV on the walls and they are showing a movie. At least the customers dining there will have an option to watch. It is very entertaining to those who are dining alone, just like me. smile
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Mushroom Swiss
 
Spending per head: Approximately Php170(Lunch)

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Categories : Chinese | Bake Shop | Pastries/Ice Cream/Desserts

 

 
One of our strolling moments at Megamall, we come across a small bread store at the far end of the first level of Building A --- Roti Mum. We got curious with the buns, plus the smell was good, so we decided to try it. That was how we discovered Roti Mum.

Roti Mum is well known for its Coffee Bun. The cooking of the bun is done at the store, but the dough and flavorings are imported from Singapore. Aside from coffee, they also have choco and oat flavors. But I personally like the coffee flavor better. smile

The bun looks huge, but it's not that heavy on the tummy. The expanded dough is fluffy, but when you bite it, you will feel the air from the bun. I actually like the feeling.

Each bun costs only 55 pesos. It's a nice simple snack or for "pasalubong". tongue

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Coffee Bun
 
Spending per head: Approximately Php55

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