Alfredo’s steaks

The restaurant can already be considered a landmark at Tomas Morato. I grew up seeing it with its wooden frames and inviting veranda. It has not changed much ever since, which I think is a good thing, because externally, I dont think that it looked worse with time. I just see it as a constant reference to all the shops and restos that come and go in that busy street.

After all these years, I finally got to try Alfredo’s. Having a no reservations policy during a holiday, the field was kind of leveled in terms of chances in getting a table. And so the race begins.

We got there around almost 6pm and it was already packed with people. There was no queue and there were already people standing around. Good thing there was a waiter we were able to convince to create a queue and list our names and guest number. It was on a logbook page full of scribbles. Hmm not a very good sign.

There were still several vacant tables but nobody is making the effort to have people get seated there. If we could only fit on those spaces, I would have volunteered. Actually, I would have already sat there. It took about an hour before they start figuring things out. There was even a waiter who was turning people away. Very bad sign. 

Anyway, thankfully, I was sent a guardian angel waiter and he really tried to find a spot and reserved it for my group. There is still hope.

I ordered an appetizer right away and one of my group guest ordered for a drink while we try to figure out what to order for entree. Long story short, the appetizer did not arrive and the waiter even had a comment about not ordering completely the first time. We let it pass so as not to ruin the day. 

Anyway let’s talk about the food, since this is Alfredo’s steaks we had to try the steaks. They said the only difference between tenderloin and fillet mignon is the bacon on top. Their steaks are priced between Php 800 – 2000. It comes with gravy, vegetables, and half a boiled potato that you can mash on your own since it’s very soft. 🙂 I liked the potato, dont get me wrong.

The steak was soft and it was cooked the way I asked. Good job chef. 🙂 But it is not the kind of steak you eat without gravy hence, the gravy. Lol.

Good steak for me is something you can eat and enjoy without the need for any condiment or sauce. 

They had soup and salad with the steak. The soup was  mushroom soup that seems to have been watered down. It was edible and I finished it. The salad is like a worse version of a Wendy’s side salad. Let’s just say that is a bit personal as I am not a fan of thousand island dressing. ;p 

I liked their complimentary pandesal and butter. It was a hit. 🙂 It was hot and soft which really made it good and they weren’t cheap on the butter.

We ordered coffee for one of my group guest and again, it did not arrive. Queue was still very long during this time so I guess they are busy.

The ambience was nice with all the walls being glass and the guests seeing the lights outside the restaurant. They had a special gift for the ocassion, which was very much appreciated. A point for Alfredo’s. 🙂 

The food was ok but the service can be improved by a lot. Seems like the servers and waiters have become too familiar with the place and their work and no one seems to be keeping them on their toes and leading them (at least not that I saw). It is an old restaurant that is in a way has grown old in terms of service. Like a tired old grandparent, still loving and serving, but can only do so much due to frailty.

Lola Ote

I love bbq! I mean it is one of my all-time favorites like pizza. I think i can eat it 7 days straight and be perfectly fine with it! That says a lot as I normally want my meals to be varied.

A local resto in QC offers value for money bbq!! The pork bbq was 18 inches and is served hung. Nice. 🙂

It is a great buy for about 150 I think for the combo meal. The isaw baboy and isaw manok are ok and can offer variety but I like the pork bbq best.

The pancit there is good too – flavorful and with lots of ingredients. I have not ordered other menu items as I normally get full on the bbq. 😋

Have tried many bbq places and this is one of those I go back to. 👍

I normally rate high and since I have gone back to this place several times already – 4.5 😋

New Bombay

Never did I imagine that I would say I like Indian cuisine. I think it could have been several factors…

1. I am getting old. Ever noticed that we tend to eat or try those we thought we do not like for the longest time and found that it was actually good or not that bad. 😄

2. 100 foot journey. Nothing like a good movie influencing you. I remember as a child I saw an actor from a tv eating boiled egg and I suddenly craved for one. I actually boiled an egg by the way. 😅Anyway, Hassan had so much passion in cooking that in the movie that I wanted to try Indian cuisine. Imagine that!

3. New Bombay had it good. 👍 I found all the things I thought I would not like very very good! The bread Naan was perfect with the sauces. As in the movie, I ordered Masala! Chicken tikka masala with cheese on top was the crowd favorite.

We also ordered samosa for appetizer. Still an influence from the movie. “…Only grease-proof paper, Samosa” 😂😂😂 loved it with the green sauce! The tamarind sauce was also ok but I prefer the cilantro one. The samosa we ordered was vegetarian and was made of peas I believe.. healthy and good!

We ordered another entree for the bread – fish curry this time. It was also great. I already tried several dipping sauces there like mutton masala which I also found nice. I have not actually tried anything in that place that tasted overpowering. Good job New Bombay!

The Chicken Biryani was super spicy for me even if it was only supposed to be medium spicy. The bread alone can be heavy so I only ate a bit of rice. 

I tried the mango lassi but found it too sweet! They said it was to take out the spicyness of the food. I ended up putting a lot of ice in the drink and probably turned it into a mango juice. 😆 also, i hate paper straws!!! 😠 the owners should really try to use it first before making the customers do so. Aside from getting the paper taste, the straw becomes useless after a while!!! This is one invention I do not like. 😥 so back to the drink.. lol.. next time I will stick with coke. The softdrink is a nice balance to all the spices in the food. 😉

The food range is about 250-350 and the bread 75. I think it is a real value for your money and may be the best first Indian restaurant to try Indian cuisine. 🙂 (everyone I brought there liked it.. so far 100% hitrate) 😀
New Bombay: 😋😋😋😋 plus 😋 (4.5) or probably a bit higher

Bawai’s

Truly a hidden gem in White plains! Thanks to my cousin, to dining apps, and to my fellow foodies, I found Bawais. Do not be fooled by their unattractive signage, go on and dine there. 😉 

The restaurant is fine dining in nature and the place was with lush greens and has a tropical theme. We would have sat al fresco but we were warned of mosquitoes. I hope they can fix that.

Anyway, the ambiance was very nice. I like the style and even the menu was designed according to the theme. I loved those small details!

Fastforward to the food – I super loved the double grilled pork belly! And I mean I loved it and could have eaten it again the next day! It was super soft and tasty! I can taste the lemongrass but there were also other herbs that were just combined perfectly. The mushroom and egg pie was also lovely. The serving was big aside from it being really yummy which gave us our money’s worth. I would definitely go back to order that.

The place had low light and I could not get a better picture. But who cares I will eat there again and just update the photo! 😅

We ordered the fresh lumpia and the seafood noodle soup as well. The noodle soup for sharing is only good for one if you are not eating anything else. The noodle soup is ok. I have eaten better noodle soups though. My mom said she liked the soup and said the taste is not overpowering. She also liked the fresh lumpia. I believe in many different tastes so those two may be good as well but I’m sure not as amazing as the pork. Lol. 

I ordered the dessert made of pandan and mung bean and being a stickler for anything chewy in texture, I liked it a lot.👍 The dessert was priced around 65 so it is affordable. I liked the sweetness of the coconut syrup on top.

The entree is priced around 300-450 and I am willing to pay that for the pork belly. 😂 We saw that the restaurant has a branch in Tagaytay so maybe we will eat there next time.

Overall it was a great experience – ambiance and food worked out great. 😁

Bawai’s: 😋😋😋😋 plus half 😋 (4.5)

Pino

I previously ate at Pino’s sister restaurant Pipino and have found it good so I was meaning to eat at Pino for quite some time now. The restaurant closes late around 12 midnight so we were able to try it out during that late saturday.

The restaurant had that artsy feel to it and was like in between casual and a semi fine dining place. The meal rates were about 250-400 but the serving was really big. The waiter even admitted that we may not need appetizers due to serving size.

We ordered bagnet kare kare, chicken cordon bleu, and crispy hito. The meals arrived and the servings were indeed hefty!

The kare kare was good but I would order it next time with plain rice. The rice was already bagoong rice so you do not need bagoong anymore. I like less bagoong than what was in the rice.

The cordon bleu was just ok. Nothing really fancy but still a big serving.

The hito was a hit with my mom! I did not try it but it looks really crispy and yummy even to the not hito-eater. You may need to request more atchara. 🙂 My mom said she would like to eat it again!

The only small serving is the iced tea. It was full of ice and not enough iced tea to really fill 3 glasses. You will fill the glasses if you have the ice. 😯

The food was fine (taste better than notmal and comes in a big serving) and the waiters very nice. I would still go back to the place and sample their other stuff.

Pino: 😋😋😋⚪⚪ plus half 😋 (3.5)

Ko’s and St Marc Cafe

My friend and I recently got together and met at the UP Town Center. It is one of the malls I normally avoid because of parking traffic and the really long walk from the parking area to the actual stores. I decided it should be ok since I will just be dropped off anyway and do not need to do all that walking. 

The great thing about the mall is that there are some really neat dining options in that place. But since my friend and I wanted to try a new place, we decided on Ko’s. The place serves mediterranean cuisine which in our mind offers healthier options. I ordered salmon and my friend got the chicken kebab. I loved the Salmon!!!! 

The skin had like flaky salt and even though it looks charred it is not bitter at all. It was also not salty. 🙂 It was soft and baked just right. Again, I loved it and would go back to eat the same thing. 😍😋

We also ordered an appetizer of fried eggplant and zuchini with yogurt sauce. It was also great! Not oily even though it was fried. It does not look very much on the picture but it was really good.

My friend said the chicken kebab was also good so we got 3 out of 3 orders right.😁 By the way, I also ordered brewed coffee and it was nice. It is really brewed unlike the other restaurants who serve espresso coffee even if you ordered brewed. 😬 anyway it was not like that. Attendants were pleasant and I have not seen anything bad about the service. The entree was in range of 200-300 so not bad.

After dinner, instead of getting my second cup of coffee in there, we went to St Marc Cafe for coffee and dessert. My friend recommended the ‘Cros’ which is basically a croissant with chocolate inside. 

It was a hit for me!! 😍😋 It was really soft and flaky and the chocolate was just the right sweetness… but then I was drinking coffee so I guess I have to re-assess the sweetness next time. The cro was about 55 pesos and the coffee was like standard coffee price 120-150.

All in all, almost everything we chose turned out great. 🙆 It also had me consider going back to that mall again… Well well well, I guess if I can be swayed by anything, one of them would be good food. 😅

Ko’s: 😋😋😋😋 plus half 😋

St Marc Cafe: 😋😋😋😋💬

Artsy cafe 

A quaint little cafe at Maginhawa (may not be the right street because I think everything in that area is ‘at Maginhawa’). The store looks comfy and airy with nice looking tables and chairs. There’s a tree inside the outside area that they intentionally left there and has actually become a signature design of the place. (Pardon the blurry photo)

So anyway, the food we ordered were all very good! Don’t get fooled by the name Kani salad as it is not your normal kani salad. It has like crunchy fried noodles I think and the dressing is japanese sesame dressing. It was a big hit with my mom.

It was actually my second time to eat there and I just wanted to try the bangus sisig. The steak I tried last time was a big flop. The steak was already cooked before it was grilled. The bangus sisig as I remembered was nice. This time I tried it again and it was still nice although lacking a bit dry, more dressing or sauce would have made it even better. Sorry I started eating before I remembered to take a picture! 😅

We ordered also Chicken Parmigiana and again it is not your normal chicken parm on tomato based sauce. The chicken parm is the standard one but the pasta is dressed with creamy pesto sauce. The cheese was sticky and all and tasted good. The tomato sauce in the chicken parm can be improved. 🙂

The juices are also great. The smoothy with mint tastes like calamansi shake (another surprise). The lemon basil drink was what I expected though and it is also good.

Aside from good food, the store has a clean restroom than most stores. Cleam bathrooms says a lot in my book. 👍 And what’s exceptional with the restaurant is that the staff seem to be all friendly and really helpful from those attending us up to the security guard. 🙂 👏They even made sure my senior mom does not trip and gets to the car without incident. It was a great experience and we are definitely coming back. 🙂

Rating: 😋😋😋😋💬