Payday Lunch: Slammin’ Mini Burger + Omakase + Carousel Creamery

After the hot air balloon fiesta, my best friend asked me if I wanted to watch a movie the day before Valentine’s day. And since I am on vacation leave, I agreed. We planned it as our Valentine’s day, since we both don’t have dates for that day.

We met at the Promenade in Greenhills. Since she message she will be late, I decided to get something to eat first since I didn’t have any breakfast. I chanced upon Slammin’ Mini Burger. I’ve been seeing them in Instagram before, and I’ve been wanting to get some of their burgers.

I ordered Bacon N’ Mushroom, Fries with cheesy dip and blue lemonade.

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I was ready to buy more food in case it didn’t satisfy my hunger, but I was surprised that I got full. The burgers were very filling, and it didn’t feel small at all! I wish all burgers are like this.

After the movies, we met her daughter, and decided to have early dinner at Italiani’s. However, we were not able to find it. We settled to have dinner at Omakase instead.

What caught my eyes were the big Japanese dolls installed on the walls. The place has a kawaii vibe in it.

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Kawaii doll

I’m not a fan of sushis and makis, however, there are some Japanese food that I really like. The only sushi I got to enjoy was the one from Kingsway Sushi in Canada. We ordered the Seafood Crepe Salad, JSC Platter, and okonomiyaki.

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Seafood Crepe Salad

I really enjoyed the salad. I like the texture of the tuna, crab, squid and shrimp. It’s very creamy, and the tuna tastes fresh. The serving is just right for the three of us, and it’s very filling.

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Okononmiyaki

Our next order is the okonomiyaki. To be honest, I only ordered this because I’ve been seeing this in Japanese movies and J-doramas. This is the part I got full. I only had one slice, and before I know it, I only have a few room in my tummy. It has an eggy, pancakey texture, and the taste is exactly how I imagined it to be – not sweet, and not too savory. It’s just right for my picky tongue. I didn’t manage to finsh a second slice of this, though.

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JRS Platter

Now, this one got us all really full. Although I don’t like sushi, I did quite enjoy the maki in this platter. I’m not a fan of their mayo sauce, as I feel it made the sushi much sweeter.

After we had our dinner, we decided to have dessert somewhere near. We wanted to have cake or ice cream, as we already had coffee before we watched a movie. We were supposed to go to Conti’s, but we found Carousel Creamery just outside Promenade.

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Just a portion of their many ice cream flavors

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It’s hard to choose from their 101 unique flavors, and ordering which ones we like is a big challenge for the three of us. We settled on 2 orders of Triple. Finally, we decided on the flavor of ice cream that we wanted to try.

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My best friend ordered Red Velvet and Mango Speculoos, her daughter ordered S’mores Wine and Chocolate Cookie Dough, and I ordered Maple & Bacon and Cherry Cheescake

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Mango Speculoos, S’mores Wine and Chocolate Cookie Dough

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Cherry Cheesecake, Red Velvet, Maple and Bacon

The ice creams were flavorful. It tastes exactly as what it’s named after. I liked the Maple and Bacon, because it tastes like pure maple syrup. The Cherry Cheesecake is filled with chunky cherries, and I could taste the cherry liqueur. There is really wine in S’mores Wine. We love how sweet and chunky the Mango Speculoos, and the Chocolate Cookie Dough tastes like the batter of the chocolate chip cookie.

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Banana Cinnamon, Baileys, Toffee Vanilla

We craved for more, so we ordered three more scoops of ice cream. Banana Cinnamon was too sweet. There is a kick of alcohol in Baileys. And the Toffee Vanilla was a surprise, as the combination of toffee and vanilla was just right.

We were very full and satisfied by the end of the night. We enjoyed our pre-valentines date. Who says you need a special someone to be happy on hearts day? All that matters to me is good food, and company of my best friend.

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Payday Lunch at Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken

It’s been a long time since I last made an entry for Payday Lunch. Part of it is because we’re already back at the night shift (PST hours), and only fast food chains are open during our all-nighters. Big part of it is because we’re saving up more money.

And since it’s payday, and my high school best friends and I are meeting up,I decided to splurge for lunch. The restaurant I chose is Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken at Gateway Mall, Cubao.

I first tasted peri-peri chicken back in Canada. It was our first week of training then, and since we were still lazy to cook our own lunch, we join the rest of the Filipinos who were onshore back then for a lunch at Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken.

Though there’s no Nando’s yet here in the Philippines, I’m thrilled to see that there’s a restaurant that serves peri-peri chicken that’s (almost) near my place.

From what I have researched so far, peri-peri refers to the marinade used for the chicken. It is made from crushed chillies, citrus peel, onion, pepper, salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, paprika, pimiento, basil, oregano, and tarragon. It originated in Africa, and was created when Portuguese settlers arrived with chilli peppers.

So going back to our lunch. The restaurant had a good vibe once you come in. It looked like you stepped into a Hispanic home. What caught my eye was the wall with the name of their six sauces on it.

Wall of Sauce

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The place is decoarated with mason jar lighting and red, figurines of chickens, yellow and green colored bottles. I wasn’t able to take a picture of the interior as I was too shy to do so hahahaha.

Since I was the first to arrive (as always), I decided to order an appetizer. I  ordered their Crispy Baby Squid.

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It is served with a wedge of line, marinara sauce and tartar sauce. I like how soft it is to chew. However, there is still a briny after taste. Although I like my seafood with tartar sauce, the marinara sauce is good combination, as it take away any of its after taste.

Once the girls arrived, we ordered our main dish. We decided to order their Chicken And Rib Platter for the four of us. It includes a whole chicken, half slab of rib, two side dishes (carrot and corn, and coleslaw) and four small bowls of java rice.

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The platter is also served alongside their six sauces. Honestly, I was surprised at how big the servings are. The bowl of rice is more than enough for one person.

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Their chicken was large. It was soft to chew, and falls off the bone. I got the breat part, and while my friend complained about it being dry (maybe because she got the leg part?), I found it somewhat moist. I like how the marinade compliments the chicken. The marinade is not too overpowering and not too spicy. I tried the chicken with the six sauces, and our conclusion is that it tastes good with their chili choc’lit.

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As for their BBQ Back Ribs, I could say I was a little  bit disappointed with it. I’m not sure if they used the same marinade as the chicken, but I was expecting the bbq ribs to  be sweet, but it had a strong taste, which I believe came from the rub or the barbecue sauce. It is also soft and east falls off the bone, so that makes up for my disappointment.

Overall, I enjoyed my lunch at Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken. I’m looking forward to come back here, and try their other dishes.

Payday Lunch at The Stockpile

It’s another payday, and we decided to splurge on lunch once again. For months, days and weeks, we were eyeing to eat somewhere in The Sapphie Bloc. We had been eyeing to eat in Sobremesa, however, when we got there at 10 AM, it was still closed, although it says on their FB page that they open at 10 AM.

Also in Sapphire Bloc, The Stockpile is the only restaurant we see that’s already open. Since we were all starving, we decided to give it a try.

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The inside of  the restaurant is quite cozy and homey. It has this classy ambiance. The place is not too big, but I think it can accommodate enough people either for lunch rush hour or for dinner.

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I ordered their Sizzling Sisig Lengua Rice. I was surprised at how big the serving is. However, the sisig is too spicy for my taste. I’m pretty sure I see the port and the chicharon, as said in the menu, but it seems I am missing the lengua. The sisig became crunchy because of the chicharon. Now, can you say “putok batok?”

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I also ordered their Key Lime Pie ice cream. It was a unique flavor for me, so I ordered it. It balances it’s sweetness and tartness, and it pairs well with the crushed graham. It helped to take out the spiciness from the sisig I ate earlier.

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The food we ordered were a little bit pricey, but it justifies the amount of serving we had. The ice cream could have had been priced less. A scoop for a hundred bucks seems a little expensive.

Overall, I enjoyed the food. We also enjoyed the place, that we hang out for almost an hour, till we realized we have to go back.

 

Payday Lunch at Ming Bistro

A few weeks ago, when I was working from home  because I couldn’t wake up early, my colleagues had their lunch at Ming Bistro.When I cam back, they were gushing over their lunch the previous day, as they were amazed at how big the serving is, especially their congee. And so, this payday, we had our lunch at Ming Bistro.

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Once you come in to this restaurant, you’ll feel as if you went inside a typical Chinese home. The place is adorned with reds, greens, some hexagon design in the ceiling and the wall, and lotus-shaped lights on the wall.

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Initially, I decided to order their roasted asado rice. Then, I realized that it’s been a long time I ate pork asado, and so I ordered the pork asado and a cup of steamed rice instead.

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Honestly, I judge a Chinese restaurant by the taste of their asado. So far, their pork asado is in my liking. Not sure if this one is smoke like what others used to do, but it does have that smoky taste. It is savory, a little bit sweet and sour, and the sauce gave it the sweetness that I am looking for in a pork asado.

Then, I ordered ice cream. I wanted to be a little bit more adventurous, so I ordered their Green Tea ice cream. Honestly, I’m not fond of green tea, or any tea for that matter, as I don’t like the strong smell and taste. However, I found myself enjoying their Green Tea ice cream.

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The price of the menu is a little bit expensive, so it’s not somewhere we could go out every day to eat lunch. However,  this is a restaurant we can indulge in to once in a while, like when it’s payday. Overall, I enjoyed the food, the place and the atmosphere here.

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Ming Bistro is located in Philippine Stock Exchange, Tektite Tower.