Bonjour once again! I know this post is way overdue so i'm going to put all the blog-worthy restaurants I've been to in the past month in this one post. I (really) love eating a lot and i think it's a luxury that one should not restrict him/herself to (unless you prefer dieting). These restaurants are in the Makati area so make sure you try at least one of these when you're near!
Hokkaido Ramen: Santouka @ Glorietta
The authentic ramen hunt started when me and my family when to Tokyo last year. I made 3 blog posts about it and if you read one or two of those, you know I made a special mention of the ramen joint that my taste buds fell in love with: Ichiran. I swear if I had the money, I would franchise that business and eat there everyday! So much for wishful thinking.-__- Fast forward to now and I am still looking; the good news is, there has been a boom in the ramen business here in the country so i have had my fair share of almost-there-but-not-quite-authentic-tasting ramen. Santouka is one of these. The restaurant can be found in Glorietta right beside Outback Steakhouse.
The Medium Ramen and Chicken Gyoza and Small Rice Bowl Set
I arrived with my boyfriend before 7pm on a Friday and thankfully, we just waited a short time to be seated. The place was packed! In a few minutes there was already a line of people outside the restaurant waiting for their turn. I strongly suggest you go there early to avoid the human traffic. Anyway, on to the food. The restaurant might seem a bit pricey, but one order of food is already good for 2 people. The restaurant offers Santouka Set Menu which is kinda like your normal bento plus the ramen. The picture above is the Small Ramen and Chicken Gyoza and Small Rice Bowl Set which we had that dinner. It costs Php430, but i had my ramen up-sized to medium which is about Php60-70. Their bestseller is the Shio Ramen so it's a good try for first timers.
The Shio Ramen, Santouka's besteller
What i like: The Santouka Set Menu is value for money and gives the customer something to choose from other than the usual single orders. I liked the tofu and the ramen because both were tasty and the serving of the ramen is enough to make one full.
What i didn't like: The oiliness of the ramen, for me is a bit too much. Also, they charge extra for the Ocha (rice tea). I don't understand why it can't be a service tea instead. lol.
Poco Deli @ Ayala Triangle
Poco Deli is a popular choice for artisan sausage lovers, comfort food lovers, and comfort drink lovers. I mean, who doesn't love comfort food/drinks?? They also serve desserts, and wine, and imported beer. It's like a stressed person's food haven!
THE Bacon Slab
What i love: THE Bacon Slab. THE BACON SLAB. I don't know how i have to emphasize this. My gosh this is a meal made by the gods! Fat gods i suppose, but nevertheless! This is a MUST TRY.
What i didn't like: Actually, nothing. The service was good too. Will definitely go back to this place.
Maru @ A-venue Makati
Maru is one of those authentic Korean restaurants where you can get full just by their appetizers. When my mom and me ordered our food, they gave us 7 plates just for the appetizers. I am a big kimchi fan so imagine my glee when i ate kimchi to my heart's content.
Told you i wasn't kidding about the appetizers
We had the Samgyupsal and Bulgogi, both of which did not disappoint. The price ranges from Php200 (Lunch Specials) to Php800 which is affordable given that they serve appetizers with refill for free.
And oh, don't forget the beer. Korean food ain't complete without it.
That kimchi goodness o__o
What i love: The appetizers, the Samgyupsal, and the Bulgogi! Wait... That's all of it.o__o
What i didn't like: No comment here either. I have yet to comment on their service because there were no people there so the food came in fast. Lucky us!
Well, that's about it! Maybe i'll share more of my food hunting next time. Au revoir for now!:)