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Jin Joo Korean Restaurant: Yay or Nay

A month ago, Jin Joo Korean Restaurant opened their first branch in SM Aura. It was an instant hit when people saw their best-selling baby back ribs covered in oozing melted mozzarella cheese. It’s cheese, for goodness sake! Who doesn’t love anything with cheese? 

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I badly wanted to try it so my boyfriend and I attempted to eat at Jin Joo thrice already. The first attempt was epic fail because I was HANGRY already and the line was insane. We didn’t bother to wait because I was so HANGRY. The second attempt was also epic fail because we went there 30 minutes before closing and the manager denied us entry. Last Saturday was our third and final attempt. I was like “If this attempt fails, I will never try Jin Joo anymore.” Luckily, when we arrived, there were only a few people in line. We patiently waited and after several minutes, we noticed some people who just arrived but were escorted to vacant tables immediately. I asked the receptionist if they are taking reservations and she said no but they do have a priority list- meaning customers can call and the restaurant “prioritizes” them by calling their names ahead of other guests. I don’t have to elaborate on this; I just have my eyes rolling until they reach the back of my head. 

We also noticed how unfriendly their manager and supervisor were. The receptionist went inside so there was no one left in the podium in front. A guest politely knocked the glass window to call out the attention of the supervisor. The basic thing to do was come outside and accommodate the guest, but the supervisor asked one of the servers to call the receptionist then she continued drying out the utensils. 

Finally after an hour of waiting, they showed us to our table. We ordered cheese dung galbi (ribs with cheese). The waiter served the side dishes which were refillable but didn’t look appetizing at all. The side dishes were sweet potato, potato, salad, dried anchovies, kimchi.fullsizerender-92

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Is it me or this salad looks sad AF?

After fifteen minutes, the cheese dung galbi was served. It included eight pieces of baby back ribs, corn, rice, egg and kimchi. The presentation of the galbi really looked yummy.  Lanz, our server, prepared the food for us. He coated all eight pieces of the baby back ribs with the melted cheese. After which, he mixed the rice with the remaining cheese, corn, egg, kimchi and chili.

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NAY! I’d give it a 1/5. I thought everything with cheese was life. Unfortunately, I didn’t really like the taste of the ribs combined with cheese. In my honest opinion, it the flavors did not compliment each other. The rice was a little spicy because of the kimchi and chili but you can tell the server to exclude it. I was really unsatisfied not only because of the food but with the general service as well. The waiters were courteous and friendly but the management were not. Another thing that ticked me off was how disorganized they were in welcoming guests. I’d rather eat in a small Korean restaurant in Pasig/Ortigas than come back here and waste my money. 

PS: They charge P10 if you’re going to have your leftovers wrapped. *Rolling my eyes again*

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Dine, Lifestyle

Christmas Lunch at Antonio’s Fine Dining

Gone are the days when Christmas parties mean Valkyrie and Revel. Nowadays, my college friends and I already count ourselves as “Titas of Manila”- meaning we now prefer tea time and quiet lunch or dinner over crowded bars with loud music. For this year’s Christmas get together, we decided to try out Antonio’s Fine Dining in Tagaytay.

We arrived at Antonio’s just in time for lunch. The place is exquisite with plants surrounding the place. It already looks dreamy during daytime so what more if night falls. Two lovely ladies will greet you upon entrance and assist you to your designated table. The dining area is dark and romantic with black and white as the color scheme. It somehow reminds me of an old Filipino house.

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Antonio’s has set meals which ranges from P1600 to P2000++. The main course comes with soup, salad, dessert and coffee/tea. We actually wanted to try the 750 grams steak but it’s P13,000 good for 3-4 persons. They also served baby lechon (roasted pork) which is priced at P16,000++.

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img_0272We ordered foie gras for our appetizer. I was surprised at how generous the serving was. FYI, foie gras is my favorite appetizer. It comes with several buttered bread and sweetened peach.

thumb_img_0161_1024Garden salad. You can actually choose other kinds of salad for an additional price. Antonio’s will serve you the freshest greens you’ll ever tasted.

thumb_img_0157_1024Squash soup! It’s a pour-over which means you will see a bread and a few greens on your soup bowl and the server will then pour the soup. I’m choosy when it comes to soup like I only eat several types of soup and I must the soup is super delicious! You can really taste the flavor!

 thumb_img_0153_1024I ordered US pork ribs for my main course. I was surprised at how my knife went through the ribs without so much force. I don’t like that they mixed it with orange, though. The orange flavor was too intense for me. I asked for a peppercorn sauce to balance it out.

thumb_img_0150_1024This was the final stage of food coma – dessert! The options for that day were dark or white chocolate soufflè or a dessert sampler. Obviously, I chose the latter. It consisted of panna cotta, black sesame cheesecake, macaron and vanilla ice cream. As soon as I took my first bite, I felt like I was in sugar heaven! I love everything but dislike the black sesame cheesecake. The taste was too overwhelming. Maybe a simple blueberry cheesecake would be a better choice. Overall, the food is super worth the price. Although I didn’t really like my main course (just because of the orange flavor), the experience and the ambiance made up for it.

After eating, we decided to check out the garden area of Antonio’s which is called The Lanai Lounge. It is the perfect place where you can enjoy your champagne, chardonnay or red wine. The ambiance is perfect for catching up with your friends. Just make sure you don’t doze off in their cozy seating areas. thumb_img_0166_1024Don’t worry if you’re planning to bring your kids as this place has a lot of areas for them to run around. (See photo above) LOL.

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thumb_ba830e14-562f-43d0-ae28-040abaacba04_1024If you wanna have a gastronomical experience, visit Antonio’s Fine Dining at Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Luksuhin-Mangas Road, Alfonso, Tagaytay City 4120. You may call 0918 899 2866 for table reservations.

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Dine

Feast your hearts out at 7 Flavors

Have you experienced not knowing where to eat out on date night? Or on a family night? Or on an alone night? Maybe you want a Filipino cuisine but then you also want some Japanese food. If you can’t decide where or what to eat, you should definitely try this eat-all-you-can and drink-all-you-can restaurant in San Juan.

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Last Friday, I was invited to a media dinner at 7 Flavors by Chef Boy Logro. It’s called 7 Flavors based from the seven flavors which are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy, umami and astringent. Chef Boy Logro, as we all know, is a celebrity chef known for his cooking shows like Idol sa Kusina and Kusina Master which air on GMA News TV. 

I got to the 7 Flavors at around 7pm (just in time for dinner). A smiling receptionist welcomed me as I entered the restaurant. The place has a cozy, garden-ish interior. I love how well lit the entire place is (and has a lot of backdrop walls for taking OOTD). The place is huge; you can also host parties and events here, too. The ground floor’s meant for ala carte orders and drinking session with your buddies. They have sing-a-long nights from Monday-Thursday. The second floor’s meant for the buffet.

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Now let’s talk about THE buffet! Though they don’t offer a wide food selection, they make it up through taste. They mainly serve Filipino dishes and a little bit of sushi and maki. Two unique things about their buffet are their DIY tacos and fried california maki. If you’re gonna dine here, don’t forget to try their crispy pork kare-kare, buttered chicken and bistek tagalog. The dishes are like home-cooked meals but better. I personally love the buttered chicken and the DIY tacos.

thumb_dscf0494_1024thumb_dscf0496_1024thumb_dscf0497_1024thumb_dscf0500_1024thumb_dscf0498_1024thumb_dscf0499_1024thumb_dscf0495_1024My favorite station would be the dessert buffet. They really serve good maja blanca with cheese (which is my favorite). 

If you wanna food binge on a budget, this place is definitely for you. They serve lunch buffet at P400 and dinner buffet at P500 on weekdays. P600 for lunch and dinner buffet on weekends. They start serving lunch from 11:30am-2:30pm and dinner from 5:30pm-10:00pm.

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7 Flavors is located at 196 A. Mabini St. Addition Hills, San Juan. For reservations, you may contact them at 0917-6700291.

2016, Circles, Dine, Dinner, Food, Foodie, Mother's Day, Shangri-la, Summer, Uncategorized

Celebrating Mother’s Day at Circles, Makati Shang-rila

Christmas isn’t just the most wonderful time of the year- Mother’s Day, too. The second Sunday of May is allotted to celebrate our love and appreciation for our moms. It is an occasion where we get to treat and pamper our Queens.

This year, my sister and I decided to treat our mom to a buffet dinner at Circles located in Makati Shangri-la. I checked their online reservation two days before Mother’s Day and fortunately, they still have an available table. Circles has several open kitchens which features different cuisines like Western, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino. It also caters to mouth-watering seafood, appetizers, cheese and dessert.

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IMG_7215They serve fresh crabs, shrimps, oysters, mussels. Yummy! If only I can eat them. (I’m allergic to seafood-makes my lips go Angelina Jolie)

IMG_7216This I can eat all day, everyday! They serve a wide variety of sushi, sashimi and rolls. Their shrimp tempura is to die for!

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IMG_7224I took a lot of dessert photos because I have an extreme sweet tooth. I love that they have tons of delicious choices. They also offer Filipino desserts such as bibingka, cassava cake, ube ice cream and calamay (sweet rice cake).

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IMG_7230I feel like they lack choices for the bread and cheese station. I’m a cheese lover and I was surprised that they only have six kinds of cheese. The cheese presentation was poor, too. The types of bread, as seen in the photo, are few also.

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Circles is better than Edsa Shangri-la’s Heat. The food was awesome but they still need to improve on the bread and cheese station. I love that their staff is accommodating and friendly. (I asked the server to take a photo of us and he gladly did) Budget is P2,500 per person, which is reasonable for a buffet which offers a lot.

Makati Shang-rila, Manila

Ayala Avenue, Makati City

632-8138888