Aristocrat Chicken Barbeque
My very first meal was this restaurant with a tagline - 'home of the best chicken barbeque in town'.
When you have a tagline like that, it comes with high expectations. It was not bad - but I'm not sure if it really is the best in town?
However, what I like here - trying the pork dinuguan (pork blood stew!). Minus the name aside, the stew is quite tasty actually. And so is the mango juice - my first in the Philippines, but definitely not the last!
Talking bout mango juice, the one I enjoyed most is from this fruit juice chain - Fruitas. The mango juice comes with a good thick serving of pure fresh mango... just so suitable for the tropical weather in the Philippines!
Like the Fruitas, this is one food chain every visitor must try. The queues in the Jollibee outlets are always so long... I was surprised that Megamall has 2 big outlets at 2 different levels!
This is really heaven for hamburger lovers... it's one of the best burgers I have ever eaten! The beef pattyt is cooked just nice reatining its juice yet well cooked. Double thumbs up!
I tried a fair bit of their local Pinoy food chains. This one is Andok's - famed for its grilled chicken. The food was alrite for a quick bite.
I even tried their pizza from this quite popular restaurant chain. Look at the toppings!
Red Ribbon Cake
I was very amazed with all the local food chains in the Philippines - and was also game to try the cake at this shop. This shop was crowded and the cake - yummy!
Kamaiyan Saisaki Dads Buffet
One of the recommended buffets in town is the Kamaiyan Saisaki Dads Buffet. It boasts of 3 different types of food - local Pinoy dishes, western & Japanese. This sure made me full! What I like here? The lechon (roasted pork)!
SM Food Court (Pinoy Food)
As they all say, the Philippines sure is the pork gourmet nation. And one of my last meals was more lechon plus other local Pinoy food at the food court at SM Marikina Mall. Oh yes, there's the pork blood stew again! :)
I was fortunate to have visited this restaurant as well - known for its local Pinoy dishes & also for its antique decorations...
There are actually 2 restaurants here - both by the same owner. One is the simple food at the counter while the other, dine restaurant style.
Larry's Cafe & Bar
I tried some very good cake at this bar cum cafe, located in Serendra. The atmosphere in the place is cosy as well. Truly a must come back visit!
Of all the food I tried, this one tops them all...! I've roughly heard about the balut & dare not try at first. Afterall, balut is the nearly developed embryo of a duck... and some friends mentioned that one might actually see the duck embryo while eating the egg. But then again... anyway, I tried it and was lucky that mine wasn't that raw. Taste - delicious!
Well, there it is - the final piece of my Philippines travel this year :)