HongKong Roastings at Famous Kitchen

HongKong Roastings at Famous Kitchen

Sometimes, you just want a quick bite. Most likely, sometimes is a friday and you just want to avoid the weekly expected carmageddon. You want to park somewhere, grab a table and have something in front of you in a jiffy. Hopefully it’s something the kitchen can just slice off their well prepared mise en place and assemble in under five minutes. Sometimes, you just need a fast and filling meal.

Lucky for us, Famous Kitchen popped up in the neighborhood and ticked off every box.

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Famous - Char Siu BBQ Rice
Famous - Peking Duck Rice
Famous - Roast Pork Belly
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So on every given Friday night, when on a pinch as to where we want to eat, we can just park somewhere along Tobias, hope for a table (or have it to go) and choose from the many roastings over rice they offer. It’s delicious and it’s hearty and it’s satisfying. I would probably have peking duck, Jr would most likely have the char siu BBQ rice and because I am Lallie, there will be roasted pork belly on the table.

And I will be home in under five minutes — full and happy.


Famous Kitchen
Scout Tobias Corner Scout Gandia Street
Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City

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49-B Heirloom Kitchen and Their Hot Ginger Banana Brulee

49-B Heirloom Kitchen and Their Hot Ginger Banana Brulee

There are two types of people: there are those who go to the doctor at the first pinch of pain they feel. My husband falls in that category. Now, there are people who only go to the doctor when they feel like they’re dying. That’s me. It’s not something to be proud of, I know, but I hate going to the doctor and being prescribed medicines, or worst, being told I should start avoiding certain types of food.

Yes, it always boils down to food.

So instead of going to the doctor, and being told to lay off some food for a while, I skip a step and much to my dismay, cut off my favorite food group until I feel like my gall stones aren’t playing pingpong around my insides anymore. I am a proud carnivore, and a tell-tale sign I am feeling that there is something off in my body is if I start asking for fish or vegetables. Which is what I’ve been doing even way before lent.

It’s not quite a struggle. Every good restaurant, unless it specializes on bagnet or lechon, should have a decent fish or salad option. Since we’re milking our neighborhood for all its worth while we’re still here, we tried out 49-B Heirloom Kitchen.

Heirloom kitchen used to be in Scout Tobias, along a row of small cozy restaurants I pass by when I run at night (Which also only happens when I’m already feeling something), hence the name 49-B (Scout tobias). Business is apparently good, so they moved a couple of blocks to a bigger location is Scout Gandia. The new location is an old house converted into a two storey dining space, a pretty popular practice here in our neighborhood. In spite of the new location, it’s still maintained the cozy ambiance, with the old house’s charm and low ceilings.

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Heirloom Kitchen Pumpkin Soup
Heirloom Kitchen Fern Salad
Heirloom Kitchen Adobo Breakfast Plate
Heirloom Kitchen Mediterranean Grilled Salmon

We ordered the Fern Salad, which came with cherry tomatoes and salted egg. Jr had the Adobo Breakfast Plate which was good adobo. I, with the ping pong gall stones, had the Mediterranean Grilled Salmon, which came with a perfectly charred skin, flaky thick slab over a bed of mashed potatoes. The food is nothing spectacular by Scout Area Dining standards. Don’t get me wrong, though. If you serve good, reasonably priced food catered for families here, you’ll survive this highly competitive dining neighborhood, and Heirloom Kitchen is just homey good old cooking. I wouldn’t worry about their business.

Heirloom Kitchen Hot Ginger Banana Brulee

If you’re visiting here, leave room for dessert. The Hot Ginger Banana Brulee is grilled plantain, topped with torched brown sugar. It is served with vanilla ice cream which is perfectly balanced out by the ginger spice kick. It is highbrow banana cue. And though you can get adobo, and grilled salmon pretty much elsewhere in Manila, the dessert alone is worth coming back to.


49-B Heirloom Kitchen
146 Scout Gandia Street
Sacred Heart, Quezon City
026533711

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Mandarin Sky Wok at Panay Avenue

Mandarin Sky Wok at Panay Avenue

In days when we are not quite sure what we want to eat, Jr and I would always tell each other we want something “light”. Something “light” is as vague a term as it can be, and it had since been a running inside joke between us. Through the years of wanting something light, we have crafted what light means to us: No rice. It may be sandwiches, or milk tea with appetizers, or even dimsum — just as long as we do not have it with rice. So basically, if we want kare kare, and we don’t have rice along with it, it’s still a ‘light’ meal.

Recently, something light has evolved into something soup-based. And over the course of our relationship, we have grown a fondness for shabu shabu. And shabu shabu is best eaten when there’s overcast — sweater weather. If there’s even just a cloud blocking the sun, and we’re eating out, we’ll probably end up somewhere where there is hotpot.

Lucky for us, our favorite hotpot place in Banawe opened up a branch in a location nearer us, like walking distance near. Mandarin Sky Wok opened in a dining compound along Panay Avenue, which is extremely convenient when we’re at a lost for where to eat.

That’s marriage for you. If you’re still single and have not yet taken the big plunge, here’s a news flash. Being married is mostly deciding where and what to eat. And if you do get married, get a guy or girl who looks at you the way my husband looks at shabu shabu.

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Mandarin Sky Wok
23 Panay Ave,
Brgy. Paligsahan, Quezon City
Opens from 10 am to 10 pm
022469069 ext:865

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Senor Pollo | What’s good in QC?

Senor Pollo | What’s good in QC?

 

Everytime I am asked where’s a good place to eat at in Quezon City, Scout Area to be exact, I am stumped. And everytime that question is raised, I realize I don’t eat a lot out in my ‘hood. I just go to the same familiar places all the time. It’s not like nothing is new nor exciting — something new opens up every other week and we are spoilt for choice here. I just don’t feel the immediate need to scratch every must visit restaurant here in our area precisely because it’s. just. here.

Also, parking in Morato-Timog is a pain. It’s free, but it’s basically non-existent. The time we spend looking for parking during prime time dinner crowd might as well be spent with me cooking at home. Anyways, if parking frustrations arise, we can always go back to the restaurant. Bacause, it’s. just. there.

On our first meal out for 2015, we decided it was time to visit one of the restaurants we wanted to try out ever since it opened, except that parking kept on foiling us. F7 in Scout Rallos is a building with several crowd-drawing restaurants — Kanin Club, Uncle Moe’s, Purple Oven, Seafood Shack —- with no parking space to support it. The building also houses Senor Pollo, and we thought maybe if we visited at a lazy Saturday at the tailend of a very long vacation at 2 pm, we might just get a parking slot and a table. Baka lang.

There was parking space alright. But we still had to wait for a table. At an odd, off peak hour, this was the crowd at their tiny 2nd floor dining space (every restaurant at F7 Rallos is uhm, cute).

Respectable. And quite loud (I’ve been developing the hearing — and decibel sensitivities — of an old person lately). Friends on the last rounds of holiday reunions and families on late lunches all enjoying this hole in a wall, relaxed atmosphere. The walls does not absorb any sound at all and I could hear the next table over’s conversations so well I could actually offer my two cents worth.  And I would later understand the sizeable crowd (and tolerate the expected boisterous noise at our next visit) at the end of the meal.

My quarter roasted chicken is juicy and tasty, with the chimichurri actually offering flavor and not just a kick. Of course, I had to bathe it with the garlic and hot sauce that was supposed to be reserved for the street tacos. Not because it needed it, but because the sauces were on the table and I am adventurous like that. The street tacos were good too, but those of El Chupacabra (same owners, by the way) are better. My chicken came with 2 sides; I got the white rice, because I’m Filipino and I can’t anything without rice, and the mac and cheese, which I swear is all kinds of sin in one bite. The staff’s recommendation of the Jalapeno and Cheese quesadilla looks boring on the plate but it is on point. Even the Southern iced tea is a pleasant surprise — not overpoweringly sweet and most notably (a pet peeve), not Lipton-y. It’s a good meal if ever you’re in QC.

Yeah, I know, parking. But you’ve been warned. You’re welcome.

 

 


Senor Pollo
F7 Building, Scout Rallos Street,
Quezon City, Philippines

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Dong Juan | Spacial Love

 

The dining room had a high ceiling. A tiled column anchored the center of the main wall and emphasized how high the ceiling was. There’s a loft on the other half of the main dining space, under which were two wooden booths and the closed busy kitchen — its door flailing every other second. There were about two other rooms on the first floor, plus another dining nook under the stairs. Come up the stairs and there were about 4 more private dining rooms, in addition to the loft space where you can peer over the diners below. New recessed lighting was added — for dark nights probably, because the large windows made way for plenty of morning sun. They had big paintings of rice fields and the Santo Nino. The cherub wall decor freaked me out a bit, but those are easy to overlook (or chuck. :D). They hid new electrical lines in visible rod enclosures, for structural integrity, I guess. It would be a travesty to drill into those beautiful planks of wood and bricks of this old rustic house.

The new restaurant in our neighborhood, Dong Juan, is a Cebu implant. It follows the recent trend in the area — old homes being converted into restaurants. It is a beautiful space.  I was in love. If I had the money, I’d buy it and convert it back to a house. But I don’t, so I guess I’ll be coming back for the food often just to be able to admire the place.

The task wouldn’t be such trouble. The menu is massive and everything looked great. They have the usual crowd pleasers. We ordered the burger steak, which was one of the better burger steaks we had in a while. That might not be saying much because my unsophisticated palate thinks Jollibee’s burger steak is the bomb, (Who says the bomb anymore?) but it is good. The meat was juicy and tender and the gravy was generous but not overpowering. There is nothing special about it, but it is made well. And sometimes, that’s good enough.

We had the baby back ribs as well. I loved certain parts of it, particularly the tender middle part. The outside, slathered in red barbecue sauce, was too well done and dry, I couldn’t bring myself to swallow it. I wanted to love it, but I cannot go all out John Legend on it. If you’ve been to Cebu and already made the touristy culinary rounds, this one tasted so similar to Casa Verde’s Brian’s ribs.

What I suggest you try, and the thing I’ll probably make my constant excuse to ogle at this gorgeous house, is the Gambas Al Ajillo Pasta. The pasta was perfect and for the price, they did not scrimp on the shrimp. It came out of the kitchen piping hot; the bonito flakes dancing in the steam. It puts up quite a table show and it did not disappoint in taste. This pasta and the house, I covet.

 


Dong Juan
72 Mother Ignacia Ave cor Scout Reyes
Quezon City

 

 

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