COMMUNE (cafe+bar). A little piece of heaven tucked in the middle of Makati but with a little “imbyerna” on the side.
"Soooo cute!" That’s definitely my first reaction when I saw this cute picture of a latte art coffee posted on Facebook. It was my last week here in the Philippines when one of my closest blogger friend asked me to meet her for lunch since I’m leaving the country for a long time and all and, she recommended that we have brunch at Commune and I instantly agreed upon seeing all the pretty stuff in there. And there we were on a Monday morning as soon as I got inside the Coffee shop I saw a troubled look at my friends face and knowing her I know that something’s up and since I was late I apologized to her assuming that sour face was because of me. But then she told me about her experience earlier there at Commune. She waited for 54 minutes for her cup of coffee! I thought it was crazy but she was really mad about it and who wouldn’t be? Coffee should be served fast! and on a Monday morning! Thank goodness she didn’t flip every table on that place. (Kidding!)
Anyway, the owner was really apologetic about what happened and she even paid for our bill after insisting that we could pay for our own meals.
I actually went back two days after we went and I got my cup of Hot Choco after an Hour. THEIR SERVICE REALLY SUCKED! And the barista and other crew were giving fucked up lame excuses! “We’re a bit busy” “There were a lot of customer” and lot more crap. The Bill even took 30 fucking minutes to arrive at our table. AND IT HAPPENED TWICE! They should’ve learned from their mistakes the first time. Ugh… ruined my day.
Aside from having your drinks late there are a lot of stuff that you could adore from Commune. Like, their cozy vintage chairs and the very very cozy interior. Very welcoming and not too posh or “pang-mayaman” though a lot of people that comes in are from Legazpi and Salcedo Village *ehem* RKs. And their coffee is sourced from local farmers and vendors.
Their food looks, feels and taste organic in which you get your money’s worth. Recommending their Apple pie a la mode and their Beef Tapa.
Their Tapa was tender and flavorful, best enjoyed with a cup of thick hot Choco.
I really enjoyed my stay at Commune, it’s just that their service really suck.
Look how cute their 3D lattes are!
Commune is at: Liberty Plaza, 102 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA: LUNCH SET MENU
Filipinos have now adapted and appreciates the Japanese import, the Ramen. And one of the best Ramen store in Manila have adapted to the Filipino Market and the fast paced businessmen of Makati CBD so they are now offering the Lunch Set Menu available during 11AM till 5PM.
For me, it is a very affordable and quick way to enjoy lunch. Usually Ramen Stores would serve their Ramen in a very huge bowl which we sometimes can’t finish because we’re rushing or it’s already too heavy. In Santouka, they offer their Ramens in Sets. A small bowl of Ramen of your choice which you could upgrade to a regular bowl or an even larger bowl. You get to Choose your own Side Dish as well.
Karaage Set A: Choice of Inari or Onigiri +Karaage+ Shio Ramen
Ebi Furai Set B: Choice of Inari or Onigiri + Ebi Furai + Kara-Miso Ramen (You can choose any other ramen you want aside from this)
Mix Furai Set C Choice of Inari or Onigiri + Mix Furai + Shio Ramen
Gyoza Set D Choice of Inari or Onigiri + Gyoza + Shoyu Ramen
And you also get to have a free scoop of Ice Cream or Purin for every set ordered :)
Every set is just under 400 pesos, really affordable compared to other Ramen stores I’ve been to, but they didn’t spare the quality of their food for the lowered price.
HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA also added something new on the Menu in which these new items are only available here in the Philippines. Made during the lenten season where everyone wanted to eat Fish and avoiding pork.
So, they came up with three healthy alternatives, namely:
Yasai Hiyashi Ramen, for me it’s like their take on Thai Salad mixed in with Japanese ramen noodles. Most of the people I was with really enjoyed this meal. It was light yet filling.
Kaisen yasai Hiyashi Ramen. Just like the first one but only with Shrimp and salmon eggs.
Hokkaido Tsukamen. Instead of the usual tonkatsu broth mixed with the noodles, this one had the noodles on a seperate plate and you would have to mix it in with the fish broth. Kinda tricky to eat because the noodles tend to stick to each other ad it’s hard to cut. But flavorwise, it’s subtle and light. Really perfect for those people avoiding the extra calories.
RAMEN SANTOUKA PHILIPPINES
Address: G4-132 Ground Floor, Glorietta Mall, Ayala Center Makati
(Near Outback, beside Mercury Drug in front of SM Makati)
Telephone: +632 728-1381
Facebook: Ramen Santouka Philippines
Operating Hours: Open Daily, 11.00am to 11.00pm
DISCOVER THE LUCKY CHINATOWN SECRETS!
Have you ever wondered why the Chinese drinks so much tea? And How many teas are there and what are their benefits? Ever been in a Buddhist temple and doesnt know what to do? What are those charms your momma put up inside your house every Chinese New Year? Why does Chinese Food TASTE SO FUC*ING GOOD? Discover all that in Anton Diaz and RJ Ledesma’s AWESOME FOOD AND CULTURE TOUR: Secrets of Lucky Chinatown.
Every Saturday throughout the month of May, OurAwesomePlanet.Com’s Anton Diaz and TV Personality, RJ Ledesma would guide you around Megaworld’s Lucky Chinatown Mall. Discover the art of tea and treat ailments br just drinking tea at the Botanical Herbal Hall and taste four kinds of tea to make your inner chi flow better.
Think Good, Do Good, Feel Good, Act Good. That is the way of the Buddha! After some relaxing tea tasting it’s time to relax the soul. Walk on over the Miao de Temple where everyone of you would be taught how to properly handle a stick of incense and what you would do after that. And I wondered if Yoda is a Buddhist.
Lunchtime! To propel ourselves to go further the tour we must eat and eat a lot we did. From the many food choices in the Lucky Chinatown Walk,( a space between annex A and Annex B that hast a lot of food stalls open during the weekends to serve hungry Mall-goers some authentic Chinese delicacies.) We tried out Cha Cha Food House which has the yummiest Wanton Noodles and sweet, chewy pumpkin cakes.
Then, we had a bowl of delicious noodles from Fu Dao Dumplings. Their stall has a “instagram worthy” facade. Displaying all their food offerings in a way that you would want to take lots of pictures of it before even dipping in your spoon.
Lastly, to Mr. Fast Foo that has the most delicious maki mi I’ve ever tasted in Binondo. I’ve actually had two bowls of their Maki… Sssshh! And we also got to taste their Cua Pao an Asian version of a hamburger. Steamed fluffy bun cut in half then filled with beef or pork and some vegetables.
And the star of the Walkway, Mr. Texan Chicken. They were nt part of the actual tour but they offered us what they have, really delicious Chinese-Style fried chicken! Marinated in Chinese herbs then deep fried on a pressure cooker it’s the best tasting chicken I’ve taste!
Then we went to Phoenix Dragon to know about our Zodiac Animals and some stuff about Feng Shui and charms that the Chinese use to attract money, love or whatever we want to have.
To cool ourselves from the harsh heat of the sun we went inside the mall, up to the food court where you could find Rainbow Snow. An interesting “snow dessert” brought here in Manila all the way from Taiwan. It’s a block of hard ice cream shaved into fine snow-like consistency.
Then, for another Food trip we went down to the very famous Chinese restaurant Tao Yuan. They served us their Birthday Noodles, which were cooked al-dente just how I love my noodles chewy and flavorful. Then some Hainanse Chicken which originated from Singapore. It was served with Hainanese rice (rice infused with chicken stock) It was so flavorful that I requested another cup of rice. Another dish came out which looked beautiful, it was the Mango Lapu-Lapu. It was delicious! Wish I could’ve had more of it. For desserts we were served some Mango Taho.
^ Mango Lapu-Lapu ^
For some relaxation we went to the Wellness Sanctuary. They gave us a free 15-minute session to relax your tight muscles through acupuncture, tuina, or fish spa. Each one can relax a specific part of the body. I wish I could stay longer for their very relaxing tuina massage.
Hosted by Anton Diaz and RJ Ledesma, the food and culture tour costs P888 and will run for 4 hours from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 10, 24, 31, and June 7, 2014. Guests can buy tickets at the Lucky Chinatown Concierge or the Eastwood Mall Concierge.
Reina Regente St. corner Dela Reina St., Binondo, Manila
Facebook: Lucky Chinatown Mall
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Just Thai Burgos Circle.
If you’re roaming around Burgos Circe and you’re craving for something asian and something really authentic or just want to impress a date with your superb taste in food(well, we all know that boys are just fine with burgers but, c’mon guys! be a little more extravagant with your girl) why not try Just Thai. Something that would really hit you the score with your girl or your tummy.
I honestly love Thai Cuisine because for the last three years my friends and I have been spending our last three summers in Thailand and we would just splurge on all the wonderful yummy goodness Thai cuisine can offer.
A nice contemporary Thai ambiance and atmosphere would welcome you as soon as you step inside. A wonderful jasmine and orange zest aroma would waft in your nose enticing your appetite. So as soon as you are seated you’re already hungry for their food.
We were first served with Thai tea which I love because you can taste the authenticity of it being thai tea with the roasted nutty aroma.
Yam Neua or Beef Salad which has a surprising kick of spiciness as you bite on the lettuce. Dressed with vinegar and fish sauce this is the perfect dish as an intro to thai cuisine.
Then we had some Gai Sate or Chicken Sate which was an okay appetizer since the meat of the chicken is quite dry and chewy but the peanut sauce and the flavor of the dish itself made up for the overcooked chicken.
Since there was a “Seafood Situation” at the room (meaning some of us are allergic to seafood) we ordered Allergy-friendly meals like the Kuai Tiao Neua or Beef Noodle Soup instead of the very famous Tom Yum.
Tender cuts of beef, soft and chewy noodles with crunchy vegetables, this sweet-soury-salty soup would warm your tummy and is surely a delight to the palette.
Gai Ob Bai Toey or Chicken Pandan, my all time favorite Thai dish. Perfectly paired with a bowl of Steamed Jasmine Rice. Unwrap one and dip it in one of the succulent sauces and I’m sure you’ll love it too.
You know what’s another dish perfect with rice? Liempo! Who doesnt loe pork liempo? This Thai version of grilled liempo will have you lick your fingers!
Pla Rad Prik or Whole Crispy Fish Fillet, the only thing from the ocean or the water that I could eat. And this dish isn’t a let down because of it looking ordinary. The flavors from the batter compliments the the flavor of the fish. Dip it in the tamarind sauce and that is a match perfect for each other.
Some of the dishes that made me crave for seafood is the
Seafood in Curry sauce
and Bagoong Rice
But that craving was replaced by my hunger for Pad Thai and what’s a thai meal without the very famous thai dish. And so we had a plateful of Chicken Pad Thai.
Just Thai’s Pad Thai captured the essence of it being a street food in Thailand, not so classy and so lavish. The simplicity of this dish made it famous and so Just Thai had recreated their own version without changing or adding too much flavor in it.
Ready for Desserts?
As soon as this beautiful dish came in our table everyone was so hesitant to take a bite in it because it’s just too darn gorgeous! So beautiful it hurts to take a bite! But eventually after minutes of arguing who would cut it Ate Kenny of www.lifeiskulayful.com (who invited us to this fine fine restaurant to the a review) grabbed the plate and cut it into four.
Tha Kho, maja blanca leveled up into a very decadent and flavorful mound of dessert. Sweet but not too sweet you could still taste the components that made up this dish such as coconut and corn.
Every great meals deserves a Happy Ending and Just Thai gave us more than a happy ending with their desserts.
Taste awesome dishes with the real authentic taste of Thailand only with “Just Thai”
Just Thai – BGC Branch
Forbestown, Burgos Circle, The Fort, Taguig City
Open from Mon – Sun: 11 AM – 10 PM
Contact No: 403-8718 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Just Thai has two other branches: Prism Plaza, TwoE-Com Center, Manila Bay (near MOA), and the other at Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang