Sekitori: A Sumo Wrestler’s Meal

Whenever one passes by San Miguel Avenue in Ortigas, one will definitely not miss the towering Sumo Wrestler waving through the window of Sekitori Authentic Japanese Restaurant at Hanston Square building. This is the second branch of Sekitori, that started at Little Tokyo in Chino Roces, Makati. The restaurant is named after sekitori (関取), a top-ranked professional sumo wrestler in Japan, as a homage to … Continue reading Sekitori: A Sumo Wrestler’s Meal

Vanderlust Bistro + Patisserie: The Taste of Europe on a Plate

Nothing is more comforting than good food and a pleasant service from a restaurant. Fortunately, we have experienced these comforts at Vanderlust. Vanderlust, inspired from the word wanderlust, which means to travel to discover yourself, is located on the corner of Scout de Guia and the busy Tomas Morato streets, and serves fancy European food without emptying your wallets. We started with Chorizo and Roasted … Continue reading Vanderlust Bistro + Patisserie: The Taste of Europe on a Plate

Masuki: Manila’s First Mami House

Growing up in Binondo, Masuki has always been a childhood favorite. Back then, they only have three items on their menu: mami, siopao, and siomai. Now, with more branches, they have also expanded their menu to classic local Chinese favorites like lemon chicken, beef curry, lechon macau, and even, a dessert. Mami was brought in by Ma Mon Luk (马文禄), an elementary teacher from Guangzhou, … Continue reading Masuki: Manila’s First Mami House

Tenya: Tempura from Asakusa

Though not originated in Japan, the Japanese has evolved tempura to the way we enjoy them today. The Japanese originally deep-fry their food without breading or batter. However, during the end of the 16th century, Portuguese missionaries living in Japan introduced a frying method of dipping food in a flour and egg mixture that was usually eaten during Lent. Over a few decades, Japan’s food … Continue reading Tenya: Tempura from Asakusa

Lam Dynasty Restaurant: Reviving Old Marquina for the New Generation

Lam Dynasty is a hidden gem tucked away on the 2nd floor of the Pacific Center. It doesn’t boast on serving authentic Chinese cuisine, but serves Fujian-style dishes that we grew up and loved. Incidentally, the origin of the restaurant dates back to the 1950s. It was called Marquina Restaurant (萬金藍), located along Marquina Street (hence the name) in Binondo. It was a famous restaurant … Continue reading Lam Dynasty Restaurant: Reviving Old Marquina for the New Generation

Ninak: Flavors of Southeast Asia

Ninak was one of our favorite go to places in Kapitolyo for good and affordable Asian-inspired dishes from Singapore, Thailand, Malayasia, Indonesia, Vietnam and of course the Philippines. Unfortunately, it closed down a few years ago. We were thrilled to find out that it has reopened in Ayala Malls the 30th, so we immediately visited to reminisce their good food. For Asians, rice is life. … Continue reading Ninak: Flavors of Southeast Asia

Fat Fook: The Real Taste of Taiwan Now in Manila

Taiwan is a multi-cultural food paradise, that has recently been a favored destination by travelers and foodies alike. Despite being heavily influenced by the Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese who conquered them, their identity still exists. The Taiwanese are very creative and innovative when it comes to food and our travels have always led us to their busy night markets, where we were welcomed by the aroma … Continue reading Fat Fook: The Real Taste of Taiwan Now in Manila