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M.I.Y.O Monday: What’s Your Latest Food/Restaurant Discovery?

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I have my DCF readers to thank for some of my greatest food finds this year.

Note: M.I.Y.O. Monday stands for Make It Your Own Monday, a question thrown out to DCF readers every Monday to jumpstart the week with lively interaction. I also welcome questions and suggestions for future MIYO Mondays. Email me.

“Oh god, this is so good I’ve got to write about it!”

That’s my first thought whenever I enjoy a kick-ass dessert, find something fascinating in the supermarket, or chance upon a restaurant that’s worth writing about. I know that there are others who, for reasons of their own, won’t share recipes or restaurants. That’s fine, but my life continues to be enriched by DCF readers like yourself and fellow food lovers who keep the food tips coming. I’m very grateful, thank you.

For instance, in last June’s M.I.Y.O Monday question about late night eats, someone mentions the dimsum served at a restaurant called King Chef. I find myself there this past weekend and oh gosh, it’s as good as the two commenters say it is. The chicken feet and ham soy kok are especially memorable, and the soy milk is the best I’ve had in Manila – it’s like liquid taho. But better. Giddy and satisfied with the meal,  I tweet my delight about King Chef and I get several similarly enthused replies.

I also want to tell you about Basil, a restaurant along White Plains that my vegetarian friend frequents. The place seems to have mixed reviews but I can’t forget their special fish dish with three sauces: sweet, sour, and something I just can’t describe but whose flavor lingers in my mind. Spectacular.

Lastly, in the popular M.I.Y.O Monday question about chocolate cake, I get to try two of the cakes with the most shout outs. The Chocolate Blackout Cake from Poco Deli is surprisingly good, although I have to make two trips just to nab a slice – it’s that popular, yes it is. And yup, I get to try Blue Toque’s The Ultimate although I think they’ve got something else that’s ultimately better. Wait for my feature on that one.

So come on, let me know what great stuff you’ve been eating and where you’re eating it. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

19 Responses to “M.I.Y.O Monday: What’s Your Latest Food/Restaurant Discovery?”

  • Hey Lori!
    I just had (for the nth time) this weekend the Nutella Sansrival of Tito Chef at BF Homes Paranaque. Always good – not too sweet but still delish each and everytime I am there.

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  • Yema cake in Perfect Loaf in Angeles, Pampanga. Far but worth the drive

    It’s like a sansrival but instead of cream/butter they use Yema. Not overly sweet as well

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  • I just had Ensaymada Ice Cream from Fog City Creamery! It was really good and had pieces of ensaymada!!!

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  • Hi Lori, I agree with you that we enrich each other’s lives by sharing what we know. For instance, I remembered your post about how good the steak was at Bugsy’s at have gone to try out Dillinger’s since the owners are the same. True enough, their steaks offer great flavor and value for your money.
    And as for what I can share, there’s a new Thai place here in Makati, the name’s Songkran. Love their Prawn Pad Thai and even my bf who shies away from spicy food likes their Green Chicken Curry. Their Thai Iced Tea doesn’t disappoint either.
    http://www.munchpunch.com/songkran-salcedo-village/menu

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    MrsKookie Reply:

    If Im not mistaken, the original SOngkran is in BP Paranaque. Good food and cheap price points :)

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    MrsKookie Reply:

    Oops, I meant BF Paranaque :D

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  • I just tried Savoy Bistro on Kalayaan Ave., Makati (near Rockwell). The steak with foie gras and truffle infused sauce is TO DIE FOR!

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  • Right before Anton Diaz featured on his site, I tried 14 Four Cafe in Rizal as recommended by my former co-worker. The cafe though is only open during weekends. I also tried out Clucky’s in Rockwell Business Center as recommended to me by a friend. They serve the best twice cooked Korean style chicken similar if not better than BonChon. ;)

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  • Chocolate Chips pancakes from Banapple.. the smooth & creamy peanut butter complements the choco chip pancakes! The cheesy roast beef sandwich from Sandwicheese is so good too. very flavorful!

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  • Savoy Bitsro definitely is a neighborhood favorite for us- the mussels are to die for!

    I also had an incredible experience dining omakase style at Sushi Sei in BF, but it’s closed now :( Hopefully we have not seen the last of Chef Sei though! :)

    I’m also currently addicted to the great Filipino food at the new restaurant at M Cafe called Kabila! :) They just opened 2 weeks ago and have already eaten there 3 times!

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  • Remember that simple but delicious chocolate cake that used to be sold in the Caltex convenience store near Buendia? Yung kasabayan ng Aunt Polly’s? Well, it’s made by Cielin’s cakehouse and it’s now sold at selected Shopwise supermarts along with light choco cupcakes and a rather pricey(P210) brazo de mercedes. (Just make sure to look for the Cielin’s sticker coz otherwise you might pick up a Shopwise cake which is not always good)The main Cielin’s store is in BF Paranaque pa but is said to be cheaper by a few pesos.

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  • One Claypot House in Cebu, a really small resto serving Singaporean food and Kimbap Cheonguk in Ortigas. :)

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  • I don’t know if you’ve tried Park Avenue desserts owned by Chef Buddy Trinidad which is on Paseo de Magallanez Commercial Center. Aside from PADs cakes which I think are all great, they also serve salads, appetizers and pastas. I recently tried their Truffle egg salad…dang that was good. On special order, not in the menu, was Chef Buddy’s Baked Camembert. This was really superb!

    I want to send pics but can’t seem to find your select a file tab. hmmmm….

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  • Like you, Lori, I love peanut butter, and when my sister bought me a box of Chez Karine’s macarons, I was delighted to discover a peanut butter one inside. I gobbled it up first, and it was love at first bite! My second favorite flavor was the earl grey, followed by the salted caramel. :)

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  • Kitayama wagyu corned beef from Mr Delicious, and Xandra Rocha’s guava basil sorbet! Discovered both at the World Eats event. Sooooooo goood!

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  • my favorite discovery is the happy bakery’s yema and dulce de leche cake. soooo yumm!!!!!

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  • Sugarbee’s sylvanna chips. The perfect small bites with just the right amount of sweetness, nuttiness and crunch are addictive. I believe their shop is somewhere in Magallanes but I get my regular fill from Powerplant’s Baker’s Dozen.

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  • I am not sure if you have visited this little coffee/toy boutique near New World Hotel in Makati, it’s called Tutto Domani. Inside, it’s like an art exhibit, lots of toys that were handcrafted by graphic designers both from the state and here in the Philippines.

    I just wanted to check the place but their staff has successfully convinced me to try their food. Since I’m a pasta lover, I chose one of their signature pastas which is Saffron cream sauce with smoked salmon garnished w/ mushroom and truffle sea salt on rigatoni noodles. From all the pasta dishes I have tried, I have to include this on my top 5 list. Al dente noodles, flavorful sauce that are not too creamy, right amount of cheese, mushroom and smoked salmon. Really GOOD.

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  • Koko Buri at Berthaphil Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. The house of rising chicken! :)

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