Ramen Daisho

Expectations were high for Ramen Daisho, one of the newest ramen joints in the metro, since a lot of people have been comparing it to Ukokkei Ramen Ron. It even ranked 2nd in a well-loved food blogger’s 10 best ramen places in the metro. Plus, when we got there on a Sunday evening, the restaurant was packed with only two tables left.

DSC_0429They even have this description Ukokkei on their paper place mats.

DSC_0430Their menu was great since it was pretty straight to the point. Both of us ordered their regular-sized Miso Ramen, a half order of Beef Curry, Chahan, and Gyoza.

DSC_0431First to arrive was their Beef Curry, which fell into the not bad category. I have to note that there were  only a few beef pieces in the curry. Maybe it was because it was only a half order, but it really felt like we were only eating curry sauce with the rice, since the beef was practically nonexistent.

DSC_0432The Chahan came next, and this was the highlight of our meal, at least in my opinion. Francis didn’t think it was anything special, but I loved every bite of it anyway.

DSC_0433We ate the Chahan with their Gyoza.

DSC_0434I really liked their Chahan and this picture proves how much I enjoyed every bite!

DSC_0435The Miso Ramen came in last, and we were very eager to dig in immediately. But we noticed sadly just how oily the ramen was! We had to scoop out the oil first before eating.

DSC_0436Proof of oil.

The soup was very reminiscent of Ukokkei Ramen’s, I’ll give them that. But the noodles, the chashu, and everything else paled in comparison.

I wish we had been a bit more adventurous that night and ordered other ramen variants instead of our usual.

 

Ramen Daisho is located at Unit 2, Sunshine Square, Liberty Center, 312 Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City.

Telephone: 774-0036

Al Bacio Ristorante Italiano, Angeles City

It feels kind of awkward to eat someplace where there’s no one else eating or hanging out, but Francis and I have found so many gems of restaurants that have this diner-impaired scenarios.

And it’s not because the food isn’t good or the service is lousy. It’s not because the restaurants look like dumps or the prices are unreasonably unreasonable, either. Far from it. You have to wonder why those places aren’t as popular as other restaurants with sub-par food. We can’t understand it ourselves.

I always kid Francis that it seems like we reserved the whole place to ourselves, and I guess that’s how we like to look at it. A more special date for us.

One such special date is in this cozy restaurant in Angeles City – Al Bacio.

ImageThe place was empty, save for us and the waiter.

ImageIt’s actually an ideal date place, don’t you think?

ImageMakes you want to indulge in romantic fantasies! Like you’re in a movie set and the mafia will suddenly barge in and go on a shooting rampage because of your date. He he he! Kidding! 🙂

ImageThe GODFATHER!!! Don’t let that smile fool you! He’s RUTHLESS!!!

Anyway…

ImageAl Bacio has one of the yummiest complimentary breads we’ve ever tasted. Even though we ordered a lot, we can’t help ourselves from eating a piece, then another, then another…

The Caesar Salad was good too! No problem finishing off this starter!

ImageThe delicious complimentary bread was already a prologue to how amazing the pizza will be. And so it was no surprise how this Quattro Formaggi Pizza blew our minds and more!

It was simply incredible! They didn’t scrimp on the cheese and the crust was perfection!

And unlike other pizzas, even after it got cold, it was still delicious. I should know – I was still gobbling this thing up then.

ImageThe Spinach Ravioli cooked in butter and garlic was just okay for us.

ImageWe preferred thieir Homemade Pasta with Prawns in Mushroom Sauce. Creamy and flavorful, and the pasta was cooked so well too!

ImageNaturally, after all that garlic, we needed some of these Sencha Natural Green Tea Mints, bought from one of my favorite online stores, Taste Central!

Check out the Chinese proverb and words of wisdom by Lao Tzu.

 

Al Bacio Ristorante Italiano is located at 442-21st St., Josefa Subd. Malabanias, Angeles City.

Telephone: (63)45 892 0252

Massimo’s Farm

A blessed 2014 to all!!! 🙂

Each one of us bid 2013 goodbye and embraced 2014 in our own way, and I guess for most of us, we celebrated it by sharing good food with family and loved ones. All thoughts of dieting (ha! As if we were ever serious about it anyway!) flew out the window once the holidays came. And even though we’re a couple (or a LOT) of pounds heavier now, it’s all worth it since we got the chance to gain it all with the people we love best.

I’m sure each one of you has a fond food memory created during the holidays. It could be that moment you got your first bite of crispy lechon skin – that CRRRUNCH! Or that moment you went a trip down memory lane as you tasted your Mom’s special dish. Or maybe it’s that unforgettable explosion of chocolate-y goodness when you gobbled up that Rustic Chocolate Torte from Purple Oven. Drooooool. It could be anything!

And as I recall all the good eats we’ve had last year, I can’t help but think fondly of our meal from Massimo’s Farm in Tagaytay.

There are a lot of things I love about that place. The food is really something to write home about, and Chef Hazel Lu-Galvez makes the freshest, best-tasting salads! The chef personalizes every meal, so it’s always something new every time you eat there.

Another thing is that it’s not as congested as the other good restaurants in Tagaytay, so you get to soak in the cool breeze and appreciate nature minus the crowds.

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The place is cozy and quirky and playful all at the same time!

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We’ve gone there only twice, but I’m pretty sure there will be more visits in the future.

You have to set an appointment when you want to eat there. Chef Hazel will either e-mail or text you the menu she intends for that day. For our recent trip, we had this:

ImageHam and Lentil Soup

I was expecting clear soup, so this creamy broth was a surprise. We both liked it very much.

Image The Salad of Romaine Lettuce with House Vinaigrette has got to be my favorite dish here. It doesn’t look like much, but you will appreciate how the greens were seasoned evenly so each bite tastes just right. The flavors will not overwhelm or underwhelm you. I love that she added more texture by adding the seeds and nuts too. And the bread with hummus on the side was yummy too!

I’m no salad eater like Francis, who gobbles greens like there’s no tomorrow, but Chef Hazel’s salads makes me want to eat nothing but!

ImageWe both chose the US Slow Roasted Angus Beef Belly over her Mediterranean Cod with Rice Pilaf, never mind that we just had steak the night before. The serving was quite generous, and the meat was so soft that chewing was almost unnecessary! Though it was good, I wish I had opted for the fish, just for variety’s sake.

ImageThe meal capped off with Brownie ala Mode, a dessert so simple and assuming but oh-so-delicious! Massimo’s Farm’s gelatos are very light and flavorful.

ImageThey were sweet enough to share fresh mulberries from their garden too!

If you’re curious about our previous menu, here it is:

ImageWe started with Spinach Soup, which whet our appetites for…

ImageThe BEST Caesar Salad I’ve ever had. It didn’t even matter that she had to remove the bacon bits then because we gave up meat during the Holy Week. This salad was perfection itself!

ImagePesce alle Milanese, a fish recipe from Milan which is highlighted by its crispy coating. Chef Hazel studied in Paris and France for quite some time, so her dishes are very evident of her culinary background.

ImageWe also had gelato back then! With carrot cake.

After an extremely satisfying meal, you could take a walk around her garden. Kids would definitely love running around the area, and there’s even a trampoline for them to play with!

 

Massimo’s Farm is located at J. Toledo Street, 4118 Silang, Cavite.

Text Chef Hazel for reservations at: 0917-5208887 or 0927-8475034.