Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sam Kara Restaurant Review ~ Lucban Quezon

Our roadtrip to Lucban Quezon from Taytay Rizal (via backdoor entrance traversing the Rizal towns of Angono, Binangonan, Morong, Baras, Tanay, Pililla, then the Laguna towns of Mabitac, Famy/Siniloan, Pangil, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Pagsanjan, Cavinti and Luisiana) took us to a scenic 3 hours route. 

We reached Lucban, Quezon a little over 12pm.  We were tired and hungry ~ checking Trip Advisor's recommendation, we dropped by Sam Kara Restaurant and Garden Resort.

The place is scenic and quite appealing ~ it rich in flora and loving decorated in time for Christmas season.

Accommodations at Sam Kara range from P3500-P7000 (plus surcharge on weekends and holidays).
Rooms are air-conditioned, cabled TV and water heater.
From the restaurant, we saw that there is also a resort pool.
We never saw the interiors personally though, as we were already billed at another resort ~ Villa Elma

Sam Kara specializes in Filipino dishes.  Everything in the menu looked delicious, we simply settled with an order of Bilao (which is a combination of Sam Kara's specialties).

A Bilao costs about P1300+ and includes: Inihaw na Manok, Tokwa't Baboy, Laing, Baked Fish Fillet and Bicol Express with soda.

Everything was spot on delicious ~ they serve known Filipino dishes, cooked and prepared differently (but in a good way).

Sam Kara Restaurant and Garden Resort
is located in
Sitio Malinao, Brgy. Igang,
Lucban, Quezon Philippines

For inquiries and bookings,
you may contact them at 0917-6742693

Friday, December 8, 2017

Guevarra's: The Best of Filipino Cuisine

We visited Chef Laudico's Guevarra Restaurant in San Juan for my mother's birthday lunch. I have been to the restaurant with officemates before and was really excited to come back with my family this time. 

The restaurant is an old house (~ this house has so much character) turned into a restaurant.  Consistent with the theming is the Filipino buffet spread. 

We were there early (about 1 hour before the opened their lunch tables).  We live in Rizal and we wanted to beat traffic.  We waited for awhile outside. 

NOTE: If you are coming on a weekend or holiday, don't just pop up.  Please be sure to make reservations.  During our visit, we saw a couple, who had to wait for vacant seats for 2 hours (even though they came early) because the restaurant is fully reserved (reservation details listed at the bottom of this post).

My parents playing cozy while waiting.

Waiting = Selfies

We have seniors with us, so I specifically requested for seating nearest the buffet spread (#PerksWithSeniors).

I love the interiors...

Autographed plates of famous guests, adorned the walls.

Don't worry my "forgets" had double dose of their maintenance medicine for the occasion. 

So much food ~  for the price we paid (P500 for a Saturday buffet, less Senior Citizen discounts)  I would say it was "Sulit".  

Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet Restaurant

387 P. Guevarra St. cor. Argonne St., Addition Hills San Juan
Manila, Philippines

Operating hours: 
11:00 am- 2:00 pm (Lunch)
7:30 pm- 10:30 pm (Dinner)

Buffet Rates: 
Monday to Friday - Lunch P399/ Dinner P499
Friday to Saturday - Lunch or Dinner P599

For reservations, call: Landline: (02) 705-1811, (02) 705-1874, and (02) 502-5006 or Mobile: 0917-311-2222

For more details or information, like Chef Laudico Guevarra's Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Sungayan Grill Restaurant Review ~ Bolinao Pangasinan

The long drive from Manila to Bolinao for my son's birthday weekend at Puerto del Sol Beach Resort left us tired and hungry.  We initially thought of heading to the resort directly for lunch, but fortunately saw the Sungayan Grill Restaurant and Floating Restaurant.

I knew I have seen this restaurant's good reviews in Trip Advisor and decided to make the stop.

The restaurant is about 2 minutes walk from the parking area via floating walkway.

The restaurant was named after the "sungayan" unicorn fish. As the name suggests, the restaurant specialized in seafoods dishes.

There were many guests when we visited.  We came it right smack  lunch time on a Saturday.  It was good though that we got there first, ahead of the bigger groups.  

We were seated comfortably right next to live acoustics.

Our order a small (good for 4) bilao worth P750, already inclusive of rice and a pitcher of ice tea.
Food is fresh and delicious.  I especially loved the perfectly grilled squid and the fresh vegetables dipped in Bolinao bagoong. 
Our plates were embarrassingly "spic and span" clean.   Good thing I was on "see food" diet.

We also got buko (P35)
~ My husband saw the buko on the menu list and just can't say no (#bukoaddict).

After lunch, we crossed to Sungayan's coffee shop  "Kapihan ni Zian"right across the main dining hall. 

Coffee was fine, but lacking the kick of Batangas' Kapeng Barako. There was only limited choices of desserts to pair off with your drink.  

Appended below is the full menu of Sungayan Grill Restaurant.

For questions and inquires, please like them on facebook

Call 0912 353 4433

Wondering where to stay in Bolinao, check here our accommodation in Bolinao: Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort  

Friday, December 1, 2017

Kawayan Kitchen Subic

When my brother and his beautiful wife, who both resides abroad came to Manila for a visit, me and my husband stepped into to our tour guide shoes.

We thought it would be cool to bring them to Bataan to visit Las Casas (See related post here Las Casas de Acuzar Bataan Tour)

On our way to Bataan, we decided to make the most of our road trip and took a half day detour to Subic Bay.

We brought them to Magaul Bird Park, a birds amusement park with birds' shows and interaction programs (Check here our wacky-surreal park adventure: VIP Treatment at Magaul Bird Park).

It was almost lunch time, when we finished touring the park so we popped up to the nearest restaurant in sight

As the restaurant name suggests, Kawayan "Bamboo" Kitchen cooks using bamboo, a technique used by Subic's natives the "Aetas".

Kawayan Kitchen offers varied menu via a forest to table concept experience.

Kawayan Rice (P120)

Sinampalukan "Tamarind Base" Manok (P180)

Lechon Kawali (P199)

I just have to share, how they served our order of  Sinampalukan Manok.

  • Eating food prepared using bamboo cooking art is a unique experience.   
  • Price is very reasonable and servings good for sharing. 
  • The place is clean and a portion of the restaurant is air-conditioned.

Check their complete by follow this link 

JEST CAMP, Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales, Philippines, 2200
tel 64 47 252 1489
cel nos
globe: 63 ‎0977 093 8435 
smart: 63 998 5747974
sun: 63 922 8832763

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Restaurant Review: Ogetsu Hime at SM Aura Taguig

Ogetsu Hime is Japan's food goddess.
She offers life-giving blessings to ensure bountiful harvest, abundant catch, fertile pasture and healthy farm.

Ogetsu Hime the restaurant was named in honor of Japan's food goddess ~ such a tough name to live up to. 

Let us taste to see if Ogetsu Hime was able to live up to its namesake. 

I must start by saying their plating is elegant. 
My mouth watered at the first sight of the dishes we ordered.  I love them all, especially the Tempura Soba (I took a mental note to remember to order this on our return) 

We started with an order of Ogetsu Hime Salad (P280)
Serving was hefty and good for sharing. 

Gyoza (P165)
Japanese Pork Dumplings
These were really tasty and delectable.

Kaisen Fried Rolls (P270)

Bread Crumb Crusted Fried Roll with Spicy Tuna, Salmon, Cream Cheese, Topped with Wasabi and Mayonnaise and Unagi Sauce (I know it was a mouthful, but it taste awesome with all the flavors coming in together with the spicy tuna as the final kick)

Tempura Soba (P280)
Buck Wheat with Ebi Tempura

This is by far my favorite dish from our order.  It is embarrassing but I cleaned this bowl (with very little help from my hubby); And it is a rather huge bowl :P

Tofu Steak (P190)
Deep Fried Beancurd with Subatsu Sauce
The tofu was perfect with the flavorful garnishing. 

Hungry for Japanese Cooking?

Visit Ogetsu Hime and have delectable -authentic Japanese cuisine at really modest price. 

Ogetsu Hime is located at the Level 5 of SM Aura.
For inquiries and reservation call:
0917 8096585

Like and Follow
Ogetsu Hime in Facebook: OgetsuHime 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

La Bella Teodorico: An Italian Restaurant in the Heart of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

After a tiring day of touring Las Casas beautiful and historic houses (Please follow this link to read about our Heritage Tour: Las Casas Heritage Tour) ~ our excitement taking photos and touring every inch of the resort was cut short by the grumbling of our stomach.
My brother offered to pay for our dinner and my husband and I willingly obliged (lol)

Rule #1:
Don't say no to free food, besides free food tastes so much better.

There are plenty of food options inside the resort:

Café Marivent ~ A Filipino -Spanish Restaurant
La Bella Teodora - Italian Dining
Café del Rio - with Tapas as specialty

We were in the mood for some pizza and pasta and so we headed to La Bella Teodora.

We were served a complimentary basket of breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip
~ one of the tastiest we have tasted.

Everything that we ordered tasted very good. Food were flavorful and freshly prepared (in layman's term takes a while to prepare) 

Calamari was cooked perfect ~ crispy outside, soft inside and deep in flavor.

Pasta Marina ~ they obviously did not skimped on shrimps. 
This is my favorite. I could have eaten the entire plate.

Carbonara was as delectable, but I am not into white sauces. 

Quattro Formaggi (4 Cheese) Pizza
It is a thin and crunchy while there was an ample amount of melted cheese as topping.

Me and my husband were too full for desert.

However, my brother loving Tiramisu just couldn't say no to it, when saw it listed on the menu.

My brother's Tiramisu (Yup ALL his :P)

My sister in law also had 2 orders of Sangria. 
Must have been good. 

We all loved La Bella Teodorico. 

Food is wonderful though a bit pricey, but I cannot complain on that one as I had free dinner.

If you are visiting Las Casas de Acuzar and craving Italian cuisine, we highly recommend La Bella Teodorico. 

Molto delizioso!

Read more of our Las Casas trip by following below links: