Along the busy street of San Antonio Valley in Parañaque is a flourishing dining hub, particularly of coffee shops, which are undeniably the go-to weekend hangout spots of yuppies and students. One of these shops is Beanleaf Coffee, Tea, and Sausages, a homegrown coffee shop that opened in October 2014 with already many franchise branches in Las Piñas. . WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF DRINKS TO CHOOSE FROM, everyone is bound to find their perfect drink. . Bean Leaf offers a variety of drink selections that range from hot coffee and frappes to juices and milk tea. One of the favorites in the shop is the shop’s Beanleaf coffee signature, […]
You can tell what people like to eat with the kind of restaurants in their neighborhood. For those living in Better Living, it’s safe to say that it’s Japanese food. Amidst the rows of car repair shops and banks is Hanako, one of the Japanese restaurants along Dona Soledad with predominantly white and neon green exteriors. . Hanako from the outside . The restaurant seems very inviting. The interiors play with green and white colors, while the service crew is easy to talk to. Owned by Jon Bantigue and Caloy Sycip, Hanako offers a wide selection of casual Japanese food. They’ve got sushi, donburi, teppanyaki, gyoza, and even dessert if […]
It may not be easy getting to Bicutan, Parañaque, but if you somehow end up wandering there, you might as well make the most of the trip and head to Cake Planet, which is considerably the best dessert spot in the area. – Cake Planet Interior – The Cake Planet and Cafe, owned by Chef John Sta. Cruz, opened in November 2010 and has since gained popularity not just among the residents from different villages but bloggers and food enthusiasts who drop by every chance they get. The shop’s interiors embody a delicate sophistication with its black and white checkered floor, black tables and chairs, and painted walls emulating a […]
For a top restaurant-quality meal with a home-cooked feel, try Amalia’s Home of Fine Spanish Cuisine. Whenever you ask someone where he ate his best meal, it wouldn’t be unusual to get an answer of “home”. Indeed, a lot of people consider their homes the best place to eat and their mothers the best cooks. This is especially true for the Jocsons, the family that runs Amalia’s Home of Fine Spanish Cuisine, as it is Amalia Jocson’s delicious cooking that started their foray into the restaurant business. In the 1970’s, Chef Amalia and her husband Domingo “Mingoy” Jocson used to own an ice cream parlor and only served paella on […]
For those with a sweet tooth, Milky Moustache is a godsend. This cutesy neighborhood cafe serves coffee, tea, all-day breakfast items and tasty snacks such as paninis, sandwiches and pasta. … CUTE WITH A CAPITAL C. Milky Moustache looks homey and inviting, complete with a white porch. … But to top it all off, Milky Moustache specializes in fantastic, creamy milkshakes. One might find the number of choices overwhelming, but simply ask the servers for the bestsellers, and they will most likely point you to The Mustachio (the cookie butter milkshake, P170) or The Horseshoe (the Reese’s peanut butter milkshake, P170). Both milkshakes are rich and smooth, and the flavors […]
The first thing people should know about this burger joint is their motto: the greasier, the better. With that in mind, no one should ever mistake it for a healthy establishment. Zark’s Burgers is a popular homegrown joint that serves American comfort food, especially huge, greasy burgers – and no other joint can beat them in freshness, size and taste. What sets Zark’s apart from other places is their constant dedication to innovation and freshness. The patties are all made and grilled from scratch. Aside from the classic cheeseburger and mushroom burger, Zark’s menu contains over-the-top burgers that sound like the toothsome results of some crazy science experiments. A lot of […]
“Bad” burgers never tasted this good! On Aguirre Street in BF Homes, there is no shortage of restaurants serving comfort food. There is one place, however, where people even all the way from the north drive to just to eat at: The Burgery, the bad boys of burger (or so their logo says). The Burgery is well-known for their ridiculously good comfort food at very reasonable prices. The place is small, but it fills up with loyal patrons during peak hours. The Burgery serves appetizers, salads, pasta, rice meals, dessert, and burgers. Picking an order is almost always a difficult task, but you can be assured that every meal will […]
There’s always a new restaurant in the food mecca that is Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes, Parañaque, and this time, it’s just in time for summer. Named Outré (ooh-tray), which means “weird” or “rebellious”, the restaurant, headed by good friends Neslly Bretaña and MC Ambrocio, is a rebellious little shack serving liquid-nitrogen ice cream and delicious comfort food that you would not normally find anywhere else. Polenta Chips Outré’s Polenta Chips (P150) is prime example of the shop’s unique offerings. Molded into thick strips, these cornmeal fries are tossed with parmesan, truffle, and chives and served with freshly made mayonnaise. Not your usual potato fries, they’re comfortingly good with its […]
It’s not that difficult to find Orange Whisk Restaurant and Patisserie along the food strip of Aguirre Avenue. For one thing, the restaurant has a big sign up front, not to mention a bright orange color that is, without a doubt, hard to miss. The restaurant is a joint project of Isaiah Ortega and Pastry Chef Korinne Lirio, who have come up with a selection of dishes that are deceivingly simple yet comforting and delicious. Among the favorites are their Burger Steak with Blue Cheese Mushroom Cream Sauce – a dish of Kutayama Wagyu steak on a bed of mashed potatoes drizzled with mushroom sauce – and Wagyu Saikoro Steak, […]
When North (Luzon) meets South (of Manila), you’re in for a treat! A cozy space with capiz windows, chandeliers, plates on the wall and less than 10 tables tucked along the shops of Aguirre Avenue is Balai Ilocos, a family-owned restaurant that serves delicious understated Filipino food from the region of Paoay, Ilocos. The brainchild of Princess Aquino, a Manileña who loves Ilocano food, the restaurant is now managed by son Niño Mendoza. He cooks the dishes by his grandmothers and grandfathers from both sides of the family and has even added his own crafted items to the menu himself. The restaurant has a branch in Pagsanjan and an upcoming […]
BF Homes has always been a hotbed of new and interesting restaurant concepts. One of these is Wicked Dogs – the only specialty hotdog sandwich place in town. This nifty place along Aguirre Avenue had only just opened last week, but they’re already fully operational and serving the best hotdog sandwiches you’ll have the pleasure of eating. The floor area of Wicked Dogs may be a little small, but it’s the perfect setting for an intimate hangout with your buddies. The interiors are bright and nicely decorated with a combination of industrial and wooden touches. The furnishings also include quirky doodles, hanging light bulbs, and even a couple of swings […]
Daniele’s is an Italian establishment located between a lapida-maker and the TransOrient building. This hole-in-the-wall can be quite easy to miss. Once along Sucat Road, one must drive a little past Grami Hotel going towards Baclaran, and look out for the yellow-painted exterior and the signage hanging overhead. – Ravioli Truffle Cream – Once inside you will be greeted by a spacious, warmly-lit dining area and the unmistakable scent of fresh olives. The enthusiastic owner, Mr. Daniele Bellini, will lead you to your table himself. Just the eclectic decor of various knick-knacks and paintings are worth the visit. Daniele is a former paparazzi, and his intriguing photos of life and celebrities […]
Ladies and Gentlemen. Love Letter. The Resistance. Monopoly. The Last Night On Earth. Sorry! If you read through those words and thought of something else other than the opposite sex, then it’s official: you know your board games. Yes, board games. The same ones you probably played with your siblings and childhood friends years (ages?) ago. We may not know it, but playing these games introduced us to useful skills and traits that we need and have as adults. What we do know is that playing these games is fun and sometimes, we need this pure, unadulterated glee found in moving that little token up one more square. BOARD GAMES […]
Located along Aguirre street in BF Homes, Ramen KURODA serves 3 different flavors of ramen: red (spicy), black (with a touch of garlic and black sesame), and white (standard). There is also a set which already includes a bowl of ramen, pork cutlet and rice. Make sure to order gyoza for side dish. The extensive shop with 77 seating capacity Black ramen (P290) The gyoza made by the wife of the Japanese general manager Ramen + pork cutlet + rice (P450)
Bamba Bistro serves Filipino-Western cuisines that are from the original concept of the restaurant’s owner. The owner grew up fond of cooking, Ms. Cristina ‘Tina’ Legarda is a talented chef who trained under under the famous names in the culinary world like Chef Jessie, Billy King and Maio Batali. Bamba Bistro is a combination of gourmet comfort food and modern bistro. Her recipes are the reinvention of the family’s favourite. The menu consists of the food on which she grew up with but has a diverse and playful approach on it. The restaurant’s interior and style also gives a comfortable ambiance to the customers. inside Bamba Bistro One of their bestsellers is […]
(PHOTO 1) Grilled Beef Short Ribs (P330) (PHOTO 2) Dolsot Bibimbap (P270) Owned by a Korean chef with 20 years of experience in cooking, Sam Won Garden provides a family-friendly restaurant and keeps its traditional atmosphere. Sam Won Garden is known in Aguirre Avenue because of their authentic Korean cuisines for an affordable price, and friendly and accommodating Filipino staffs. Most of the customers are patrons and locals. The grilled beef short ribs (Photo 1) are a popular dish from their menu. They use good quality of beef produced in the Philippines. The Dolsot Bibimbap (Photo 2) is another best-seller. The seasoning for this is served separately so you can […]
This shabu-shabu restaurant has been in the business for three years. Managed and owned by a Korean, Shabu Yaki maintains its traditional look and atmosphere and offers only authentic Korean dishes. For only PHP 549, you can get the seafood set (Photo 1) with various vegetables, kimchi, salad, porridge and noodles. The beef is imported from the US. They offer the beef set at a reasonable price of PHP 499. For the the pork and short ribs (Photo 2), they are grilled and served with kimchi and 6 more appetizers.
(Photo 1) Chicken Kebab with Greek Salad, Pitta Bread and Yogurt Dip (PHP 195) (Photo 2) 12″ family-size Arrabiatta (PHP 375) (Photo 3) Vegetarian Pizza (PHP 350) (Photo 4) Spaghetti Gamberi (PHP 350) Relocated on the 1/F of Pergola Mall just this year, Sophia’s Cuisina is a Mediterranean seafood restaurant that has been established for 20 years. It is run by an Australian chef and his Filipina wife. It was originally an Italian restaurant called Picolo Mondo but they added Israeli, Turkish, Greek, and North African cuisines to the menu. Thus, they changed and named it after the owner’s mom – Sophia. The restaurant is small but serves a family-size portion […]
Among the series of Sports Bar Howzat of Karayan street, Mulligan’s Irish Gastro Pub is one of the best. It has three stores in Aguirre Avenue. Its goal is to bring the Irish pub tradition in the Philippines. It serves a wide range of beer from Belgium and Ireland. Their menu is adopted and conceptualize in Europe, America and the Philippines offering a multinational cuisine and wide selection of Children’s menu and breakfast.
Shortcrust Bakery Shortcrust Bakery is a well-established cake shop known for its Lantern Cake. It is a cake decorated using sugar craft with a lighted lamp inside. It competed in the World Tournament of Pastry and is now one of the cake decorations being taught in workshops. It is highly recommended for weddings, birthdays, and other events.
Kafe Yen is a Thai Restaurant that Started in 2013. Its second branch can be found in San Diego in the United States. You can enjoy a rich variety of their menu originally conceptualized by the owner. They serve Thai food such as the Tom Yum Shrimp and Bagoong rice, and Other southeast Asian dishes. (Photo 1) Tom Yum Shrimp, PHP 189 (Photo 2) Bagoong Rice, PHP 259
Grandad’s Grill and Deli is a home kitchen type of restaurant that offers freshly mizono-style grilled steaks and different international cuisines for a reasonable price. It is owned by famous Filipina TV Host Mariel Rodriguez’s grandfather, Mr. Rafael Sazon. Even if Grandad’s only opened in 2011, Mr. Sazon is not a newbie in the food business. He ran a Japanese restaurant and a steak business back in ’84. Until now, he is still selling raw steaks in Grandad’s and supplies other restaurants in the metro. The meats are imported from Australia. They sell it at around P1.00 per 1.25 grams. Lamb Chops (250 to 350 grams, P1.75 per gram) One […]
In an artisanal coffee shop, brewing is an art form. It needs to have a perfect combination of art and science. Seems quite hard to achieve, isn’t? I personally believe that choosing a fair-trade of beans is not only the key but having a passionate and talented barista too. In our quest of finding must-go places in BF Homes, we discovered a quaint coffee gallery in the heart of Aguirre Avenue. When we arrived at the place, the nice smell of brewing coffee assured us that we are at the right place. They have these quirky wall paintings hanging on the wall, wooden chairs and tables, and most especially this […]
Bamboo Bossam is a Korean restaurant located near BF Homes, along Aguirre Street. This restaurant has 2 private rooms that seems a bit small at first glance; however, when you go upstairs, it is very spacious. This restaurant’s menu is centered on home-cooked dishes such as Tofu Soup (P250). Even when you have already served this soup on the table, you’ll see that it’s still boiling! Moreover, the tofu’s refreshing flavor will counterbalance the spiciness.