There are times when you have a hankering for Pinoy street food but thing is, most foodie haunts and food parks are only open during Fridays to Sundays. Well, Fishermall’s Chinese Banchetto (which started out as a Chinese New Year Banchetto, hence the name) is open daily from 4:00pm to 10:00pm. They have a wide array of Pinoy street food staples like kwek kwek, isaw (and other for grill/barbecue pork & chicken parts), chicharong bulaklak, calamares, crablets, lumpia, siomai even crispy shrimps and tawilis.
There’s also a pizza & pasta stall wherein for just P100.oo you can avail of a piece of deep dish pizza, pasta and cold drink of your choice! Talk about budget carbo-loading ei!
What I really like about the place is that the the tables and chairs are sturdy and not the usual plastic type which is woobly; its situated beside the mall which covers heat from the sun; they have live music after 6:00pm; the stall owners cook & deliver the food to your table; plus the cleanup is fast so there are no smelly and sticky tables.
Bit of trivia before the food review: During the ’90s RACKS was the ‘it’ place to eat with family and friends. Their hickory smoked, flame-grilled, fall-off-the-bone ribs were an instant hit and lines during lunch and dinner were proof of its goodness. But in 2006, Wellington Soong (owner of Jaguar dealership in PH) sold it to Cavallino Inc. owned by the Prieto family (owners of Shakey’s and Dunkin’ Donuts in PH) and managed by Leopoldo ‘Chukri’ Prieto III. It has undergone a rebirth since but that uniquely flavored rib goodness remained and now, joined with a few delicious additions to the menu. Now on to the food!
We went to their Greenhills branch for late lunch to celebrate my cousin’s birthday. We haven’t gone to Racks for years and seeing some changes in the branches and menu, decided to give it a go.
Southern Favorites (P1,485/4pax) – I chose this because the classic ribs are there with the Southern Fried Chicken which foodies say are really good. It comes with a half rack of classic pork ribs, 4 pieces (half) of Southern fried chicken, a choice of two large side dishes and a pitcher of soda.
The Ribs were as good as before especially with a dab of their special sauce. Brought back memories of weekend eats. I’m so glad the Prietos ‘saved’ this food chain and kudos to maintaining its unique flavor and quality!
The Southern Fried Chicken is really good! Its not oily, its crunchy but not crumbly with excess batter. Then you get to that warm and well-seasoned soft fleshy meat on the inside. Its almost a sin if you eat it with the gravy/ketchup because – you really don’t need it. Oh, and eat with your hands! Its fried chicken!
A few weeks ago I had lunch at Kos Greek Ouzeri with good friend Alfred and met Chef Mats Loo. It was such a great foodie experience that spreading the word about their authentic Greek cuisine became quite a personal mission. So went back with foodie friends for them to experience authentic Greek cuisine as well. I have a post about my initial visit (link here: Kos Greek Ouzeri: Authentic Greek Cuisine in the heart of Quezon City but this post is more extensive (read: more ‘drool-worthy’ dishes so caveat, do not read with an empty stomach hehe!)
Mezedes Samplers with unlimited freshly baked breads (Sampler of 3 P250; Sampler of 4 P325; Sampler of 5 P375). Some dip choices are: Melitzanosalata (P195) – roasted eggplant with garlic, white wine vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice; Tzatziki (P175) – yogurt cucumber dip flavored with garlic, dill, olive oil and lemon juice; Hummus (P165) – mashed cooked chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic; Artichoke Spinach Spread (P175) – mixed artichoke, spinach and cheese dip; Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Spread (P135) – blended cauliflower and garlic with mixed herbs and spices; Tyrokafteri (P170) – whipped Greek feta cheese and roasted bell pepper, etc.
Kos Salata (P350) – mixed greens with sun-dried tomatoes, dried figs, caramelized nuts, cheese and grapes tossed with honey-grape vinaigrette
Chicken Souvlaki (P350)- skewer chicken meat with roasted vegetables, yogurt and garlic sauce and red bell pepper sauce. They also have Lamb Souvlaki (P495) and Pork Souvlaki (P370)
Keftedakia – meatballs with herbs and spices served with lemon and yogurt dip
Bourou-Bourou(P165) – vegetable soup with pasta and croutons
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika – sausage-shaped meatballs cooked in spiced tomato sauce
Lamb Fricasse(P380) – lamb cubes braised with white onion, ouzo, leeks, lettuce and potatoes
Spanakopita – spinach pie made with layers of filo pastry, spinach, onion and feta cheese
Spanakorizo (P135) – orzo pasta cooked with onions, spinach and mixed with feta cheese and herbs
Pastitsio – layered tubular pasta with meat and tomato sauce topped with bechamel sauce
Lokoumades (P110) – fried dough bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts
Galaktoboureko (P180) – Greek custard pie in filo pastry sheets covered with honey syrup
Greek Coffee (P125) – authentic Greek coffee is perfect paired with one of their delicious desserts
Greek Cardamom Iced Tea (P75 per glass / P120 bottomless), Tarragon Lemonade (P75 per glass / P120 bottomless) and Basil Lemonade (P85)
More infromation: Kos Greek Ouzeri is located at the Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City; Phone number 02 2469069 ext:182 (Table booking recommended)