I love trying out restaurants, which is why I am lucky to be part of Team Aldous. I have been a part of the group for almost a year now and it’s been great so far! Aside from the fact that I was able try good food from really accommodating owners, I was able to meet new friends from the blogging community.
For our 2016 Christmas party, we celebrated at Xiao Nan Men, a Chinese Restaurant at Z Square Mall, Banawe. The restaurant is a casual dining restaurant that’s built a following despite its somewhat off tangent location. It spacious enough, making it appealing to families and groups of friends.
The food was good, though I wish they had bigger servings. I liked their lapu-lapu, beef w/ bell pepper fried rice, and scrambled egg with special sauce. My highlight of the evening was lapu-lapu though, because I hand’t had it in a while.
The food was freshly cooked—which is always a good thing. I hate it when restaurants microwave their food.
Xiao Nam Men’s food is reasonably priced, averaging from PHP 200-250. Not bad, right?
You can view their menu at the link.
It’s been a great year Team Aaldous! Looking forward to many more moments together.
In the heart of Eastwood Mall, Libis Quezon City (2nd Floor) is a gem of a Korean restaurant, Soban K-Town Grill. I’ve actually passed by this restaurant a couple of times, but sadly didn’t get to try it.
From the outside, the restaurant looks super industrial, as if you’re eating in the city streets. Super cool! The fences separating one table from another set the look of the place.
Unlike my sister (Instagram: @lizeatingadventures), I don’t crave for Korean food or smokeless grills that much. After eating in this restaurant (thanks to Aldous for the invite), however, my affinity to Korean food has dramatically increased. Surely, I will eat here again!
Not only is the food good, but the staff is very efficient and helpful. This one is actually the pioneer branch—-thumbs up for a job well done!
The restaurant is under The Happyfoods Group (the same people—sisters Diana Tan-David, Donna Tan-Ng and Dorothy Tan-Dee —who brought Sariwon Philippines). They developed the concept of Soban K-Town Grill with Sung-Rah, an award-winning restaurateur from Korea. The owners were very kind and accommodating during our time there.
Here are a couple of the things I tried as well as my notes on them:
K-taco – It’s fresh lettuce, kimchi, sour cream, cheese, and your choice of Korean barbecue meat. Yum!
Kimchi Fried Rice – I’m happy that it isn’t too spicy. It’s a refreshing take on fried rice, something I’ll surely try again.
Kimchi Fries – I’m a sucker for well-cooked fries! So good with kimchi.
Japchae – Believe it or not this was my first time to taste this famous Korean dish.
Grilled Pork and Fresh Beef Belly – Sadly, I wasn’t able to taste their pork (I’m allergic and was feeling under the weather during that day), but their beef belly is definitely my favorite! I love how fresh it taste! (and also it having just the right amount of fat)
Boneless Fried Chicken – Sooo, sooo good. I love how fresh their food is (in general). I also appreciate the extra flavor that the sesame seeds give.
I’m looking forward to visiting this restaurant soon! What an experience.
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If you’re a fan of Kapangpangan cuisine, then you might want to give this restaurant a visit. UP Town Center, Katipunan has a huge selection of restaurants to choose from and I am glad to have tried this delicious treat! <Yay! Thanks Aldous for the invite>! This is their only branch. UP Town Center has a number of restaurants that are only available in this particular mall which makes the mall awesome.
The restaurant is not small, but just as a side note, when they open another branch, I hope they add 1 or 2 function rooms where people can celebrate birthdays with family and friends. The restaurant has a homey, family feel with Filipino touches all around it. As a trivia, some of the restaurant’s wood is actually from old Pampanga churches (cool, noh?).
Let me give you a tour via the mosaic gallery below (click the images to enlarge 🙂 )
FYI, Pinác offers a buffet option during lunch, so lucky for you if you’re near the area. 🙂
NOW FOR THE FOOOOOOD REVIEW:
To start of, let me just say that I’ll definitely be back. 🙂 They have a ton of dishes to choose from:
Their Deep Fried Chicken Skin with Potato Chips is so addicting. It’s definitely crispy, but not hard on the teeth. I like how it’s flavorful, but not overly flavored. Good job! ❤
Their Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas is a winner! It’s very fresh and tasty that it made me consumer 1 1/2 cups of rice. <Oh no!haha> My only comment is that I wish they would have taken out the seeds. We had to take them out while eating, which was kind of a hassle. Overall, however, awesome job 🙂
Crispy Tadyang is one of my favorite Filipino dishes. I try to eat it in moderation though because of the fat content. However, whenever I would like to indulge myself in a Filipino meal after a long day, this is my go-to dish.
Piñac doesn’t have this exact dish, what they have is Smoked Tadyang with Yellow Mango Chutney (I am allergic to Mango so I had it taken out—which they gladly did). It was a really big serving (we took some of it home). I really love contrast of the soy sauce with the vinegar vegetable mix. I must admit, I missed the crispiness of the beef, but overall I was super happy with this one.