Tried these delicious food at the formal launch of ELEMENTS at Rallos and each and every one of these are so good!
(Clockwise: Mang Max’s Big Belly Lechon; Twapakto Roastings’ Char Siu; Clucky’s Crispy Chicken; ‘inipit’ by Nina’s Sweet Delicacies by Eurobake; coffee by 18 Days Coffee Roaster; Sweetie Bibingka-Waffle by Bibi-Waf; pork bbq by Cold DeliBEERy; Salted Caramel/Dark Chocolate/Mango gelato by Gelato Lab.
With the ever gracious Sir Bobby of Elememts at Rallos and Ms. Nina of Nina’s Delicacies by Eurobake; more food choices from: Nina’s Delicacies, Clucky’s, Gelato Lab, Red Pineapple and Mantaro
ELEMENTS at Rallos food directory:
Nina’s Sweet Delicacies by Eurobake Quezon City Branch
Cold Deli Beery
Mantaro The Original Peruvian Restaurant
SECOND LEVEL – PICNIC GROUNDS
18 Days Coffee Roaster at Elements Hall at Rallos Grand Opening
Mang Max Big Belly Lechon
Why the name “7 Flavors”? It is from the seven basic tastes: bitter, salty, sour, astringent, sweet, pungent (ex. chili), and umami or savory. There are however five basic tastes that the tongue is sensitive to: salt, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami, the taste of MSG.
7 Flavors is owned by ‘Kusina Master’Chef Pablo ‘Boy’ Logroand almost all the dishes are his own recipe. They serve seven different dishes everyday depending on the fresh supply of ingredients. Though they constantly have the MYO (make your own) 7F Tacos and Halo-Halo.
Once you arrive there’s ample parking and the facade of this two-storey restaurant is Instagram-worthy. Their al fresco dining is located at the ground floor which is is adorned by greenery and ample lighting. The walkway towards the main entrance has a wall with Chef Boy in action. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by the staff and while waiting to be seated, their Japanese-style waiting area is cozy with throw pillows to boot.
So enough of the accessibility, ambience and all that jazz and let’s get started with the food!
My favorites on that day of visit were (photos above):
Crispy Barbecue Wings– sticky, savory and spiced just right. I went back for seconds!
Baked Macaroni – one of the best I’ve tasted in the metro. Its addictive, cheesy and creamy. I wish they could sell it for take out.
7F Tacos– its one of their best sellers and with one bite, I totally know why! You make your own with their taco shells that are crispy and chip-thick, the ground pork is cooked right to the bite combined with diced tomatoes & shredded lettuce, but the sauce is what makes it taste different topped with grated cheese.
Seafood in Red Thai Curry – there may be steamed mussels or clams but you don’t see much of seafood curry in a buffet in the metro so this is a delight eating with scooping up the meat of the shellfish with some of the sauce.
Roasted Tamarind Chicken– this is another dish that you usually don’t see in buffets in the metro. A savory & tangy chicken dish to definitely try.
Cebu Lechon – who doesn’t go for lechon right, and Cebu lechon at that! Though I didn’t get the chance to ask if they have it as a staple but one thing’s for sure, every time they refill it, it gets wiped out in a minute. Its crispy skin and soft meat with that distinctive Cebu lechon flavor brings a fiesta to the mouth.
Other dishes they had on that day were:
California Maki – I tried a couple of pieces and it was okay.
Fried Tofu with Black Beans & Oyster Sauce – here’s a dish that’s healthy and delicious. I’ll definitely try to make this at home.
Salpicao – their version has a lot of sauce in it which sort of masks the customary garlicky taste.
Braised Roast Beef – the meat is so soft complemented with the added sauce.
Alaskan Fish Cake – this fish croquette is another deliciously healthy dish which you will not usually find in other buffets in the metro.
Beef Stir-fry with Chili Sauce – sweet, savory and spiced just right this beef dish is also a must-try.
Of course they also have different types of rice, steamed vegetables, soup of the day and your choice of salad.
For something sweet their constant fare is their MYO (make your own) Halo-Halo, an assortment of pastries and another must-try, their Mango Tapioca Pudding.
So there you have it! I really enjoyed 7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant and highly recommend for everyone to try it with your family, when you have special occasions or weekend eats, even have your meetings there! When you reserve one of their function rooms and or private rooms you may choose the food that you’ll be served. Don’t just take my owrd for it, try it!
Location: 196 A. Mabini Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City
After Sunday mass last August 13, Ate Fely (my cousin) and I chanced upon Cafe Inggo located within Sto. Domingo Church’s compound (right where a coffee shop used to be). It was a welcome sight since it was already past lunch time so we didn’t have to go far for sustenance.
The monochromatic color scheme and minimalist interiors plus classical music is very inviting (they had not installed the stained glass art of religious images on the fan windows yet on our first visit; this post is a combination of three visits). There are framed photos of the La Naval, old churches, and of St. Dominic or Sto. Domingo hence the cafe’s name ‘Inggo,’ on the walls. A bust relief of ‘Inggo’ also sits atop a wall seemingly watching over the place.
Since we ate a very light breakfast to catch Sunday mass, we opted to have choices from their all-day breakfast favorites. I ordered the Pampanga Pork Tocino and Ate Fely ordered the Batac Longganisa. Each All-Day Breakfast Favorites meal is served with garlic rice, two eggs of choice, relish and coffee.
Cafe Inggo’s Pampanga Pork Tocino (Php200.00)– their tocino is flavored just right, fork-tender and generous in serving. Paired with warm garlic rice, eggs and relish made of tomatoes & onions and its breakfast that I would like to have even for dinner!
Cafe Inggo’s Batac Longganisa (Php200.00) – had a bite of their longganisa and its really delicious! Authentic Batac longganisa for breakfast or any time of the day right in the heart of Quezon City.
We met Chef Mabel Martinez who said they are still on their soft opening and due to launch formally on Sept. 08 in time for Mama Mary’s birthday. She told us that their ingredients are freshly and locally sourced from different parts of the country. Different food items are also available for take out like guyabano juice concentrate, banana bread, cookies and other pastries which always sell out fast. They will eventually add more on the menu such as grilled food and drinks such as frappes added Chef Mabel. But what got us more excited is their year-round puto bumbong and bibingka also set to launch on Sept.08.
As I said, this post is a compilation of three visits so here’s the 2nd visit.
Two days later was the feast of The Assumption of Mama Mary so Ate Fely and I dropped by Sto. Domingo Church first and planned to go to Assumption Church in Malate. But after two to three attempts, we couldn’t get a Grab ride. We thought maybe it was already late afternoon and decided to cancel going to Malate. We initially wanted to hoard este, buy banana bread, cookies and crinkles again but decided to have early dinner at Cafe Inggo. We ordered their ‘Sinigang na Bagnet’ and Spaghetti Meatsauce pasta.
Cafe Inggo’s Sinigang na Bagnet (Php280.00; good for 2 pax) – their version consists of melt-in-your-mouth pork ‘bagnet’ or pork belly with fresh vegetables in a rich tamarind sauce. I highly recommend this dish and do take your time, savor it with a cup (or two) of steamed rice.
Spaghetti Meatsauce (Php150.00) – who doesn’t like pasta right? Their version has generous meat chunks, al dente pasta coated with balanced tomato sauce flavor served topped with parmesan cheese with toasted bread on the side. Its great as a snack and a surefire hit with kids too.
Now on the third trip, after Sunday mass last Sept. 03, we tried their Ilocos Bagnet and Chicken Galantina.
Ilocos Bagnet– their version is crispy fried pork belly with a side of bagoong or shrimp paste with minced tomato and onion. Though fried, their bagnet is not oily and every bite is crispy-licious! Pairing it with shrimp paste is a good call because it enhances the flavor of the meat. Their shrimp paste is not salty, more like a combination of chunky tomato salsa and bagoong. Another dish I highly recommend to experience with a cup of steamed rice (or two).
Chicken Galantina – their version is served as sliced stuffed chicken in a creamy white sauce. The chicken slices are fork tender and packed with ingredients. I like their sauce which is a flavorful combination of cream, butter and mushrooms. Also best with a cup of steamed rice (or two).
What makes Meat Slut different from other steakhouses? Well, they cook their meats sous vide first at 54 degrees for 72 hours. And what difference does that make? The meat is slowly cooked on the inside that even after cooking over fire, it remains soft and juicy.After soaking the meat for 72 hours at 54 degrees, it is placed on a rack then ‘torched.‘ The result is soft smoky juicy meat with no charred, hard-to-chew parts in every bite.
Steaks – Choose from; 54 degrees Rib Eye (Php800.00), 54 degrees Sirloin (Php450.00), 72 Hours Rib Short Plate (Php380.00); each order is served with your choice of either rice or umami corn, Robuchon mashed potatoes or french beans. *Best paired with a glass of Merlot (Php150.00)
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)