Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Qi Wellness Massage

Absolutely enjoyed my traquility massage at Qi Wellness.


Relaxing Ambiance

Spacious Foot Massage Area

Expert Hands with Technical Know-How

Comfortable Bed
Superb Service

If only it were closer to home...

Qi Wellness is located at 119 L.P. Leviste St. Salcedo Village, Makati. For more information, call 5561818 or click here.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stella and the Rocket Room

Stella is one of the more popular restaurants at Bonifacio High Street Central. Reservations are not welcome and it's almost impossible to secure a table during peak hours.

We, however, preferred to dine next door at Rocket Room to experience the best of both worlds: food from Stella and drinks plus music from the Rocket Room. The two restaurants are owned by the Raintree group so cross-ordering is allowed.

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Bar at Rocket Room

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Lamb Cochifrito (295php)
The only hot dish we ordered from the Rocket Room menu, this fried lamb is perfect bar chow. A bit too oily though.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh (195php)
A unique grainy alternative at Stella that I didn't care for.

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The Stella Salad (295php)
Vegetables with bacon. Not exactly healthy but it's at least tasty.

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Wood Fired Garlic Mushroom Cream Fettuccine (425php)
Creamy with light truffle flavors. 

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Roasted Seafood Piza (350php)
Thick and burnt dough. Dry to boot. My least favorite of our orders.

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Stella's Porchetta (395php)
Soft and succulent pork with crispy skin. The rosemary sauce worked in enhancing the flavors of the meat. 

A little before 10 p.m., the lights dimmed at Rocket Room and we took it as our cue to order cakes and drinks:

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake
I love anything with a salty and sweet combination and this was no exception.

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Red Velvet Cake
A decent version of a very popular cake.

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Rocket Fuel (195php)
An intriguing drink with a hint of spice.

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A Girl with Violet Eyes (195php)
Mojito with mixed berries and lots of mint.

I commend the Raintree Group for coming up with another hit concept but I have to say that among the Raintree restaurants (M Cafe, Chelsea, Mr. Jones, and Momo), Stella and Rocket Room are at the bottom of my list. 

Stella and Rocket Room are located at G/F Bonifacio High Street Central, East Superblock, 7th Ave cor 29th St Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. For more information click here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Healthy Eats at Cafe Mediterranean

I'm trying to will myself to go back to a healthy diet so it's only apt to feature a restaurant that I go to when I want to feel less guilty about eating out. 

Cafe Mediterranean has always been my go to place when I want a tasty and satisfying meal without completely throwing my diet out of the window.

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Mall of Asia branch

Food at Cafe Mediterranean is mostly grilled with some greens. The key is to skip on the carbs when seriously counting calories. Here are some sample plates:
Moussaka (190php)
layered eggplant, ground meat, and bechamel sauce

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Grilled Beef Kebab (280php)

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Pollo Panini (170php)
grilled chicken breast with mozarella cheese and basil leaves

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Portobello Burger (265php)

Grilled Fish Kebab (225php)

Cafe Mediterranean has several branches in Metro Manila. For more information, click here

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Home of the Best Dimsum: David's Tea House

While Wai Ying is my go to place when craving for dimsum, I have to give it to David's Tea House for serving the best dimsum in town.

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T. Mapua branch

For me, no restaurant comes close in matching the quality of dimsum David's main branch in T. Mapua produces day in, day out. Dimsum is always fresh, with no scrimping on the ingredients.

Just look at these baskets of glory: 
Shrimp Siomai (70php)

Hakaw Shrimp (80php)

Tausi Spareribs (70php)

Pork Asado Pao (70php)

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Assorted Dimsum Platter (185php)

Sesame Buchi (70php)

Aside from dimsum, David's also offers hotpot
and hot dishes:
Fried Beancurd (185php)

Fried Wanton (180php)

Wanton Beef Noodles (145php)

Yang Chow Fried Rice (170php)

Sweet and Sour Pork (200php)

Don't forget to end a meal at David's Tea House with soy milk. It's so popular that I've seen some patrons  driving by the restaurant, ordering from their car windows, just to have a glass.
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Soy Milk

David's Tea House has 18 branches in Luzon. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

An Opus Celebration

We had dinner at Opus to celebrate Zho's last few days as a single lady.


Much has been said about the luxe dining and cutting edge cuisine offered by Opus, but would anyone kill me if I say that the only thing I loved about Opus was their version of truffle butter?

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Truffle Butter

with crisp

The plates were pretty to look at but the flavors underwhelmed:

Complimentary Amuse

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Pumpkin Sage Soup (280php)
with bacon and parmesan ice cream

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Confit Chicken Leg (520php)
with green pea puree, potato fondant

plus Foie Gras Custard

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Roast Lamb Short Loin (820php)
confit lab shoulder, zucchini puree, eggplant relish, pumpkin gnocchi

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Crispy Skin Duck Leg Confit (780php)
with soft parmesan polenta, wild mushrooms

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Crispy Skin Salmon Fillet (620php)
with corn puree, leek, smoked corn, crab fricassee, basil foam

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Matise (280php)
Dark chocolate fondant, salty caramel ice cream, foam

Opus Magnum Mojito

From this experience, I say it's best to head straight to the lounge next time!

Opus Restaurant and Lounge is located at 2/F, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila Pasay City. For more information, call 804-0733 or click here.
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