Tribu Express – A New Chicken is in Town

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Mario and I, together with other food bloggers, have been invited to have dinner at Tribu Express (Commonwealth branch).  The restaurant is located conveniently near the supermarket inside Ever Gotesco.  Incase you haven’t been to Ever Gotesco, it’s the structure/mall that looks like a castle from outside.  ^_^  Yes, just like Chocolate Lover in Cubao.  Mario and I don’t always take the trail north of Metro Manila so we don’t always discover new foodie finds that I know I’m missing that’s why when we were invited to this dinner, we both made an effort to attend.

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SIDE STORY:  “My rush hour Friday MRT experience (the gruesome and detailed account of that sorry Friday)”

Introduction:  We live in Paranaque, and because of a shortcut we know to Makati, I planned to meet Mario there (after his errand) 3 hours before the  event thinking that was enough time to make it to Commonwealth, QC at 7PM (so that means we were at Makati around 4PM).  After a quick errand in Makati, we got stuck in traffic.  Because we value time and appointments, we decided to ditch the car (park it at Park Square 1) and take the MRT to Q. Ave.  Smart, right?  Well, I don’t know…

At AYALA MRT Station:  We arrived at AYALA MRT station (via the connecting “bridge” or hallway from SM Makati) and we positioned ourselves, along with 20 or so men, at one of the expected places where one of MRT’s door should be when it stops at the station.  The idea was to push the people in front so that they would get inside the train, and that would have at least gotten some people off the cluster and then we, the people at the back, could have gotten nearer the door for the next train.  But every one of the 4-5 trains that stopped at our station was jam packed!  I can’t go to the women’s cart because I didn’t want to leave Mario behind.  And, even in the women’s cart, ladies were pushing and shoving each other just to get in, but there’s always several more who are left behind because the train just couldn’t take even 1 more passenger.  After 30 minutes of that, we decided to go to the opposite side and head to the last station south (Taft Station) and we’ll just hitch a ride to North from there (thinking there are fewer people there being the very first station before a train leaves for the north route.

At TAFT MRT Station:  We were very wrong in thinking we have finally escaped the sardine can situation of Ayala Station.  Apparently, 3/4 of the passengers going to Taft were also just hitching a ride so that they’d be sure to get a seat or at least be in the train when it leaves to take the route to north.  And as luck would have it, we had to transfer trains twice because one of the trains’ doors couldn’t close anymore (tech issue) and on the other train, we were at the women’s cart – I was with Mario (we didn’t know because there weren’t any signs).  The moment we got out of the women’s cart, the rest of the other carts are full.  To make this very long story short, we were an hour and 5 or 10 minutes late for our appointment.  But the owner, Steffi, PerCX’s Bless, and the other bloggers, were sooo kind to wait for us for a quick chat before the mall closed.

About the Restaurant

While our dinner was at Ever Gotesco, Commonwealth, QC, the  first branch of Tribu Express  (Tribu Grill) is actually in California, USA and it was a hit there that they decided to put up branches here in the Philippines.  The concept is community or family dining that’s why the very name of the restaurant is a play on the term “Tribo” (tribe) which is a group of people, or also same as a clan.  The term “tribo” is usually used to define ethnic communities that’s probably why their logo is like a hut where most of the Philippine ethnic groups live.  I actually think it’s a very good name for a restaurant especially if we consider that tribes have very strong family/community bonds and Tribu Express would like to focus on being a type of restaurant where families, friends, and groups can bond over good food.  The place didn’t feel “finish” to me but it was clean and, for some reason, made me felt like I was eating at home, perhaps because it had a very casual vibe to it.

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The restaurant entrance (which is really near the mall's supermarket), is very open and inviting. The bright orange sign stands out among the other restaurants in the area.
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I really love restaurants with lots of space where you don't have to hear what the other patrons are talking about in the other table, or if Mario's long legs aren't cramped up in the small space under the table. In Tribu Express, we didn't have any problem with that. The tables were properly spaced apart, there's more than enough space for people to move around and get water or condiments from the dedicated condiment table.
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They also had a separate room at the back of the restaurant that you can reserve for a group or family lunch/dinner. I'm not sure if that closes completely for a more private room feel, or if that door at the center stays open.

The Menu

Mario, being an iced-tea person, the first thing he noticed was how affordable their bottomless iced tea was!  At P35, it’s a steal!  And yes, if the drinks are affordable, then expect that everything else on the menu is priced good enough so that not one, not two, but a whole “tribu” can enjoy.  (Cheesy moment!  I’ve probably watched way too much Home Shopping Network shows.)

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The star of the show, their fried chicken with 10 dips to choose from!
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Community size is good for 3 - 4 people. In my world, that means good enough for Me and/or Mario. ^_^

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I actually like this ad... ^_^

What We Were Served

We were served 2pcs TFC (Tribu Fried Chicken) and UNLI Rice for P99, Bagoong Rice for P135, and something that didn’t look like anything on the menu, but was probably the XL Liempo BBQ/Orig with UNLI Rice for P99.  We were also served a couple of glasses of iced tea which Mario really liked.

2pcs TFC and UNLI Rice (P99) The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL

The chicken skin was unbelievably crunchy!  It reminded Mario of chicharon.  The meat was not as salty as the Mini-Stop chicken I love (because I really like salty food), but I guess for other folks, it was flavorful enough.  It was a pleasure sampling this dish.

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Huge chicken parts with unlimited rice! Imagine that! We were served 3pcs probably because we were guests. But even with only 2, for 99PHP it would be super worth every peso together with the unlimited rice.

Bagoong Rice (P135) The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL

I’ve never had bagoong rice served with pork, mangoes and tomatoes (ensalada style but the bagoong is mixed in with the rice), and scrambled egg.  Although anything with preceded or followed by the word “bagoong” to me is delicious, this was exceptional.  It’s like a full meal on its own!  You could just order this and you’re done with your lunch or dinner!  It’s definitely meant to share between 2 or 3 people (depending on how hungry you are).  In my best day, I can probably take on the whole thing, and a TFC on the side.  ^_^

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Sorry dear readers... If you notice, the lower left part is out of shape... Well, I actually almost helped myself to this dish, then I remember to take a picture! It was a perfect square with toppings of mango, tomato, pork, and scrambled egg. You know how I love salty stuff so this was like a magnet to me!

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That’s what it tasted exactly, a BBQ Liempo.  The sweet marinate caramelized in the burnt edges are my favorite but really, I couldn’t play favorites in any of its parts because the whole thing tasted great!  The diet deity must be carefully guarding me from these temptation (unli rice with delicious barbecued pork in sweet marinate) because if Tribu Express had a branch near Paranaque, my hopes of losing a few lbs would be done for!

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Bottomless Iced Tea (P35) The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL

I needed to include this in the review just because Mario kept talking about how good it tasted and how affordable it was compared to other similar restaurants.  I don’t have a picture though, but I’m sure you know how iced tea looks like.  ^_^;  But between Mario’s fave iced tea from Wendy’s and Tribu Express’, he still likes Wendy’s more.  Still, for affordability, this earns a high score in his card.


The effort (going through all that MRT drama) was well worth it.  If I lived in QC and happen to be doing my weekly grocery at Ever Gotesco Commonwealth, I would definitely eat at Tribu Express.  But if you’re the person who only eats half orders of rice in all meal times, then you may not be able to get the most of your peso here or you can order from their FISH & CHIX menu which has solo priced orders.  Next time, I would probably try their inasal as it’s one of the restaurant’s specialties aside from the Tribu Fried Chicken, and the vanilla sundae cone for P10 because I’m a sucker for vanilla ice cream.

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Contact Information:

Stef Santana
Tel no. : 990-1302

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The meal was provided by Tribu Express for blogging purposes.
The contents of this review is 100% my honest opinion.

Makan Makan (Asian Food Village) – Manila Style Hawker

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I’ve always been curious about the hawker style restaurant at Manila Ocean Park that has been well talked about by foodies and those who have experienced the real hawker style scene and food experience at Singapore.  While there were mix reviews, I decided to experience it for myself to finally put an end to my curiosity.  ^_^  We headed to Makan Makan – Asian Food Village at Manila Ocean Park one hot Saturday afternoon.

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Manila Ocean Park located literally behind Quirino Grand Stand.  As I’m a firm believer of visual aids, here are maps to the place:

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Buses park right outside the park, in front of the Quirino Grandstand, and the rest can park inside. There are 2 parking spaces, both don't have covers and are relatively near the entrance.
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The internet and its many uses.. Thank goodness for online maps! ^_^ I rely on these, probably too much.

About Manila Ocean Park Mall

We weren’t there to check out the park itself but we plan to, someday, perhaps after all the construction work is done.  With that said, we still had a glimpse of the park activities and the chaos that we should prepare for once we bring the whole family over.  There were a lot of structures that were unfinished, the Manila Ocean Park Mall air-conditioning couldn’t beat the heat that day and contributing to it are the hundreds of people crowding inside, service crews are busy keeping up with the trash that people inconsiderately throw just about everywhere!  Inside the mall, you’ll see stalls of various items for sale that you’ll often see in Divisoria (knock-off shades, sparkling accessories, wallets, and a lot more.  The mall is like a cross between Divisoria, Star City, and a regular mall.  It’s so strange that Manila Ocean Park Mall didn’t go with their Aquatic theme when choosing tenants.  It would have put the park on a whole different level if they featured souvenir shops that sell sea animal plushies, or books about marine life, or even photo booths where you can have your photo taken while wearing a sealion costume or something.   I mean, seriously, if I want to have a child vaccinated, I would go to a clinic and not Manila Ocean Park.  And no, I don’t need people giving out flyers about condominiums in Manila Ocean Park.  That’s just weird to me.  After 3 years of opening its doors, I thought it would be a lot less chaotic.  Oh well, we were there for the food anyway, and perhaps we’ll visit the park after a couple more years, by then I hope that all structures are in place and fully functional, and when there are more specialty shops.

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This is the main entrance to everything - ticket counter, mall, the shows, etc.
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That's the mall entrance. Yep! Still a lot of construction work going on.
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Ticket counter on the right, and also the entrance to Marine Habitat.
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Looks just like any other mall, right?

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It looks like I'm stalking the lady in green... ^_^; She's in 2 of the photos already...

Restaurant Location

The spacious restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of the mall.  You have to find your way through the crowd and the mini-tiangge to get to the escalators going up.  Along the way you’ll pass by these:

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This is the view right after you enter the mall. At the end on the left (just before the big open space at the center) is the H2O Hotel, and on the right is North Park.
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Entrance to the hotel.
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Now we're at the open space at the center. Left side...
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Still the 4D ride and there different TV screens showing a video of the people taking the ride inside.
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Ah... Guess what? Jellyfish show! Weee! This will be for next time! Oh, and yes, this is where you'll find the escalator to the 2nd floor.
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Nice sunny day and ocean view right on the 2nd floor after a quick escalator ride. ^_^ I don't know if they used double glass windows or specially treated ones to prevent too much heat from entering the building, and help save electricity cost by having to maintain less airconditioning units, but we were sweating a bit inside the mall and the sun's light hurts even indoors so I guess they didn't do that. I hope we could have more ECO friendly buildings and houses in the Philippines.
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This one's a HUGE playland for kids!

About the Restaurant

And finally, after the “elbowing”(^_^); you’ll get to the 2nd floor and the entrance to Makan Makan.  It’s a very spacious restaurant, and very well lit… Very well, and that particular afternoon (around 1:30PM), the light from the sun coming in from the glass windows is too glaring that we really have to choose our table well, and even then, eat at an angle facing away from the sun.  There were blinds to screen the light of the sun but it can’t be helped if it’s still finding ways to get in.

The entrance hall is big, and fairly empty except for a shelf of lamps as decor, and cool hanging lights (I love light fixtures, both hanging and standing ones).  I know I’ve seen these round native looking ones before… Was it at North Park Macapagal?  And I’m sure I’ve taken a photo of those too…  Anyway…  I like that the place is super spacious and that there’s an awesome view of the ocean if you don’t mind sitting next to huge windows with the punishing afternoon sunlight on that very sunny and hot afternoon.  The tables were all arranged around the kitchen and what separates us from the actually cooking place are pseudo street-food booths or carts, I guess the ones that mimic the hawker or street food scene in Singapore.  It was hot that day and the aircon wasn’t helping much, and I imagine, if there were more people and more dishes being cooked/prepared, it would be unbearably hot on a sunny lunch.  Is that so people would get a feel of eating outside when they’re actually eating inside?  I don’t think so.  Less talk… more pictures…

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Nice big hallway and a good sign that means lots of space! Yeah! Just the way I want it.
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Yes, here are the ball of lights... And I do remember seeing them somewhere and photographing them too...
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There's an interesting wall that features China town photos from way way back.
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You can see how bright the sun was that day. We were at the restaurant around 1:30pm so that should be expected. But the blinds were already down yet it's still too bright ei? The kitchen is built right at the center of all these pseudo-booths that were made to look like streetfood booths. Somehow, when I saw photos of this online, I thought you'd go around each booth to order... Well, there's a wait staff and a menu and all you need to do place your order once you're seated.
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Kitchen was that busy... It was a few minutes after lunch on a Saturday. Not a lot of customers so everything's really neat, tucked away, and pretty peaceful for a restaurant kitchen.
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A little too quite for half an hour after lunch service? Or maybe because it's a Saturday, there's much less office patrons or none at all. Considering the prices, kids on a field trip wouldn't really consider eating here. Plus the location is a bit far from the hustle bustle of the 1st floor, which is good for me. Nice and quiet is the way I want to go if I'm on a date with my husband. ^_^
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They also have a bar. ^_^ Wouldn't be complete without one.

The Service

The staff, with the exception of higher ranking supervisors, was a bit too relaxed and acted a bit too familiar with the customers.  There were a group of male waiters who were very casually discussing something about their shift schedules right behind where I was sitting.  They didn’t even bother to keep their voices down.  Well, there weren’t a lot of customers that day, I counted 4 people in front, and maybe a family or 2 behind me.  Regardless, I really think those kinds of discussions should have been made in a different room.  And also, some of the wait staff were very casual in addressing customers and the way the food, plates, and even the flower décor were placed on our table, it was like we were better off dining in a competitively priced, hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant, that served better priced items and fairly tasty dishes.  I did like the waiter in the black/gray vest.  He was much more accommodating and respectful.  I couldn’t complain about how fast the food arrived to our table though.  Food came out fast, and water glasses were always full.

The Menu

Honestly, I was expecting the prices to be… umm… higher than streetfood but not a whole lot of difference from foodcourt.  I don’t know why but that was what I expected from the impression that these are streetfood brought indoors.  I was sadly mistaken.  Also, because it said it was an “Asian Food Village”, I expected a much more extensive menu.  But I guess, any more on the list would just overwhelm the diners on what to order.

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What We Ordered

Mario, being Mario, he wanted to order something he knows he’s going to enjoy eating, thus, Chopsuey (P200), Yang Chow Fried Rice (P275), and Iced tea (P60) (no bottomless options).  Then, I ordered Hainanese Chicken Rice (P160) and Chocolate Dinosaur (P95).  A pricey lunch.  We hoped they would deliver.

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Food was served in boat-shaped bowls.

Chopsuey (P200) The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL  good for 2-3 people

Mario’s verdict, a little bit salty but still good eatin’.  For me, it was just right.  It was the type of dish where there’s no need to add any more salt or anything.  The vegetables tasted fresh, they had a crunch to them, and actually, there were more squid in this chopsuey than veggies so that’s a good thing for me.  I guess that’s one of the perks for being close to the ocean.  Restaurants can get fresh seafood for a bargain.  And the squid was perfectly cooked too!  It wasn’t tough to eat.  Serving says good for 2-3 people…  Hmm.. Yeah, I guess so… If 2 of those people weren’t me and Mario… ^_^;

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Yummy! Lots of squid meat!
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I wish I knew how to cut veggies for garnish like that.

Yang Chow Fried Rice (P275) The Wandering Boots Rating 3 SMALL good for 2-3 people 

This, I think, was priced way too high for what they served.  The peas and the carrots were mushy inside which hints “frozen mixed vegetables”.  The kind that you would buy in the grocery.  I’m not saying that those are bad, but I would like to feel like I’m eating fresh veggies that were cut and cooked just on that day.  Apart from that, this tasted ordinary.  I actually said, while eating their Makan Makan’s Yang Chow Fried Rice, that I missed North Park’s Yang Chow Fried Rice.  :-/

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Hainanese Chicken Rice (P160) The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL plated with rice, good for 1

The chicken was moist, cooked really well, the veggies on the side were divine, for me.  Mario doesn’t like spicy stuff and those veggies were pickled and spiced up (kimchi cucumber!).  Normally, I would splurge on the sauce (some restaurants either charge for additional hoisin sauce, or don’t serve any additional), but Makan Makan’s Hoisin sauce was just too salty even for me!  So just a drop here and there, but no more.  Too bad because I would have gotten more sauce if I requested, but I didn’t even use half of what was served to me.  Oh, and I’m sure it wasn’t soy sauce, because it was much too thick, and it was a little sweet.  I also noticed (just now as I’m typing this article) that the menu said this dish was served with soup and rice… I didn’t get any soup, my bad for not noticing it earlier.

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Ah... The chicken was so tender and moist. The veggies were oh so yummy! Those 2 were a perfect match.

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Chocolate Dinosaur (P95) The Wandering Boots Rating 3 SMALL

This was just regular powdered chocolate drink, nothing to get excited about.  Anyone can make it at home.  I wish I had tried the other drinks instead.  Well, I kind of knew what I was going to get based on the photo on the menu, but I ordered it anyway (hoping I was wrong),  but that’s my mistake, I guess.

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Drink with the straw then scoop up the powdered chocolate with your spoon. Or, mix everything up for a "chocolatier" drink!


I don’t think we’ll be coming back but I’m glad we tried it once to satisfy my curiosity.  That’s the sort of experience we got out of it.  The price, for the food quality and quantity we got, was a mismatch.  Perhaps we’re also paying for comfort and space?  Maybe, but we might have been better off dining at North Park right at the 1st floor (entrance) of the mall.  Our lunch cost P800 at Makan Makan.  Hmm… I don’t think we’ll be coming back any time soon but I might give it another go after 2 years or so, just to compare the experience then, from our experience that Saturday afternoon.  I guess, it’s not enough that you have good food if you serve P275 Yang Chow Fried Rice while others sell the same quantity and quality for P180 (North Park’s current price).  You have to have great food the price they’re selling.

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What about you?  Did you have a different experience at Makan Maka Asian Food Village?  Tell me all about it in the comments section!

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Café Via Mare – You’ll Be Ordering for More

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My husband brags that Café Via Mare serves the one of the best, if not the best, Filipino meals he has ever tasted, and, for the love of who knows what, I’ve never dined at Café Via Mare.  Good thing there’s Quick Delivery because they also deliver for Café Via Mare so now I have no excuse not to try the much raved resto.

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About our Quick Delivery Experience

No hiccups this time.  Everything from the ordering process (I texted them my order and they called me up a few minutes after), upto the delivery (just in time).  Remember that for deliveries made outside the city where the restaurant is located, it will take 60-90minutes.

What We Ordered

This time, Mario chose most of what we ordered – Beef Kaldereta, Dinuguan at Puto, Bibingka with Laguna Cheese and Salted Duck Egg.  I only added Sugpo sa Gata.  Oh my… when everything arrived, they were warm to the touch and as soon as I open the containers, I had to fight real hard against the temptation to taste each one even before taking photos.  Yes, I fought through the tempting smell and took some before photos.

Beef Kaldereta P385.00 The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL (Beef stewed in rich tomato sauce.)

This was exquisite!  I didn’t know it came with rice and lumpiang togue (vegetable spring roll – or should I say beansprout spring roll?).  What I didn’t know definitely did not hurt!  The way the Kaldereta was wrapped in foil reminded me of my Kazam Kebab experience which was also uber pleasant!  Back to Café Via Mare…  The beef was super tender and the sauce it was swimming in was flavorful.  It’s just the way you imagine how Beef Kaldereta may be served in paradise.  ^_^  Even without the lumpiang togue, I think the dish is worth every peso.

Sugpo sa Gata P360.00 The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL (Prawns stewed in coconut cream with squash and string beans.)

I really don’t know how to stop over-raving about Café Via Mare dishes we ordered that day and it sure won’t stop with this dish.  For 360, there were 3 huge prawns cooked perfectly!  They were juicy in the inside, the meat part didn’t stick to the outside thin shell, and they were deliciously sweet as prawns should be.  The vegetables, as can be clearly seen in the photos, are fresh and not overcooked.  The string beans are the greenest green I’ve ever seen them cooked!  Mario’s preference in squash is that they’re a little overcooked so that he can mash them easily and mix them with rice.  Well, we all know that’s really not how they should come out if they’re properly cooked.  A properly cooked squash should still retain its shape, and is solid enough to not give easily in a bite.  It had the right salinity, I didn’t have to add salt (even though I love really salty food), and Mario didn’t complain about saltiness (he can’t stand salty food).  So it was just perfect.  You’ll see in the photos that the container for the Sugpo sa Gata is just the same size as their bibingka, even so, this is still an order worth every peso.


Dinuguan At Puto P175.00 The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL (Hearty pork blood stew with steamed rice cakes.)

If I had to rank everything we ordered, Beef Kaldereta and Diniguan would be fighting for the same spot.  I’ve sampled many different versions of dinuguan (of course my Mom and Manang make the best  ^_^), but compared to other restaurants (paid Dinuguan – ^_^), Cafe Via Mare’s version would probably outrank many of them.  I ate the sili (yes, I eat those hot little green mosters) and they (got 2 in our order) were crunchy, really fresh and really hot!  I love how the way they cook the vegetables and still keep them fresh.  The puto we got were sweet, soft, and filling.

Bibinka with Laguna Cheese and Salted Duck Egg P115 The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL

Typical Bibingka but the wonderful thing about it is that the salted duck egg isn’t just the one you see in the middle.  So almost every bite has a fair size duck egg piece and cheese.  You don’t have to fight over the right to get the center piece.

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It came in a foil pack so it was warmer than the other dishes that we received that night.


I am now a believer.  Café Via Mare does have the proper “goods” to win any Filipino food battle (if there was any).  I’d love to see their store in Greenbelt I soon because my father said that he was among the original architects and designers to design the place.  I’m not sure if they changed it since then but still worth a visit.  If you’re too lazy to go where they are, just text or call-up Quick Delivery  for your order!

Contact Information:

Cafe Via Mare website:

Paseo de Roxas Makati City
Tel. No. 815-1918
Telefax No. 893-2306

*** refer to the website for other branches


Quick Delivery:

Delivery Hotline: 2121212

Order Online:

Delivery Call Back: Text your landline number or text <ORDER> to (0918)2121212 and they will call you back.

Order Time:  Open 24 hours

Delivery Time: 10AM to 10:00PM

* GC provided by QD for blogging purposes but the whole article
is 100% the opinion of the writer and was not influenced by the company.

Kazam Kebab House – Inexpensive Great Eatin’

Coming from a really expensive yet worthwhile feature restaurant, this post will show that great flavors can also come from restaurants that offer really inexpensive eatin’.  Kazam Kebab House in Mandaluyong is a good example of those restaurants.  With nothing on their menu exceeding Php190 (just an estimate, their average meal would be from 100-150Php), this is the budget conscious folks ultimate choice without sacrificing flavor.Quick Delivery Advance OrderI had a GC that has an expiration date before I’m available to order so I made an advance order online and had the delivery scheduled a day after the expiration date.  Well, they accepted so, “yey!”.  And because I promised last time to post photos of how Quick Delivery delivered them to us (no plating from our end before the photo), that’s how all the photos will be in this post.  ^_^


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Shawarma P45.00  The Wandering Boots Rating 3 SMALL (Sirloin Beef Strips, Tomatoes & Onions. Served with Pita Bread.)



Beef Kebab P45.00  The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL (Charboiled Ground Beef, Tomatoes & Onions. Served with Pita Bread.)


We had to try these 2, of course, and the verdict is, we liked the Beef Kebab better than the Shawarma.  The Shawarma just had meat that was a little on the tough side but if it wasn’t like that, it might have been ok.  Perhaps we were just not so lucky that day.  The Beef Kebab, on the other hand, wise great!  It was a little sweet, seasoning was just right, and it was tender (not tough).  Although we did like the fact that we were given more than enough sauce, and the price for these two are incredible!

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TOP: Shawarma BOTTOM: Beef Kebab (no sauce yet in this photo. ^_^

Chicken Kebab P80.00 The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL (Charbroiled Chicken Breast.)

I heard quite a few people rave about this so I ordered Chicken Kebab separately (and another in a rice meal later).  I’ve always been avoiding ordering any chicken dish with bones just because I don’t like having to spend time avoiding things that I should not be eating.  I like to just munch away without stopping every now and then (that just makes me look like a pig doesn’t it? ^_^;).  Anyway, these kebabs had chicken bones, which probably explains why it was so flavorful (including the fact that it was charbroiled)!  We had some left over and I diced them all to make a flavorful chicken spread!

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Kidba (Liver) P40.00 The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL (Charbroiled Liver.)

While Mario hates liver (to the maximum level), I love liver dishes to the ultimateness of loving it!  ^_^; (whatever that means).  So, remember how much I love barbequed liver, I ordered this.  Can anyone go wrong with cooking liver?  Well, I guess you can if you cook it for too long and it becomes tough as rubber.  Good thing folks at Kazam knew how to properly cook liver without drying it out.  I was just a little bit intimidated with the hint of “green” just as the photo shows.  In anycase, I’m sure it has something to do with chemical reaction or liver reacting to oxygen (the MythBusters inside me talking), so I ate it anyway and I’m glad I did because tasted darn good!  Mario never even tried one.. ^_^;

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L-T-O Rice Meal P60.00 The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL (Sautéed Liver with Rice.Served with Buttered Basmati Rice.)
Oh, I definitely loved this dish!  I mentioned how much I love liver dishes, right?  Well this one reminds me of liver steak, only “saucier”.  ^_^;  The right saltiness, the right sauciness, I did taste tomato and the sauce was “tomatoey” and it tasted like real tomatoes, not canned.  I loved the fact that it has lots and lots of onions too!  I love onions!

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Chelo Kebab Kobideh P110.00 The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL (Two Sticks of Beef Kebab. Served with Buttered Basmati Rice, GrilledTomatoes & Onions.)
It’s the same beef kebab as the one wrapped in pita, but this time it was served with rice and grilled tomato and onions.  Mario had one of the really big tomato, and I had the other (because I love tomato and he reluctantly had to eat 1 of them because I told him to).  Just the same, he loved how the beef kebab was a little sweet.

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Chelo Kebab Ghafghazi P190.00 The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL (Combination of Tenderloin & Chicken Kebab.Served with Buttered Basmati Rice, Grilled Tomatoes & Onions.)
We both think that this was the steal of the day and mostly because of the tenderloin.  Although we liked the chicken (which is the same as the chicken kebab posted on top), the tenderloin just took over this dish (and we, gladly took over the tenderloin).  ^_^  This was the first to be emptied out that day.

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Pita Bread P10.00 and Hummus P40.00 The Wandering Boots Rating 3 SMALL (Chicpeas with tahini, garlic & olive oil)
I think the Hummus was a little bit too “liquidy” for me.  I wanted something with a paste-like texture but otherwise, it was ok.  Pita was ok too, nothing really special about it so normal rating for this one too.

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The red and white sauces were for the shawarma.

Keema Motabal P85.00 The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL (Combination of keema & motabal – which are Sauteed ground beef, tomato & onion:Keema  // Eggplant with tahini, garlic & olive oil:Motabal)

A great side dish which reminds me of “taba ng talangka” minus the dangerous cholesterol level.  At least with the Keema Motabal, you can add as many as you want in your rice.

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We enjoyed our affordable Kebab “at home” food trip and the ones we’ll definitely order again are the liver dishes (of course – although Mario won’t add these on his list for sure), the Beef Kebab, and the Tenderloin!


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Dennis The Grill Boy – Unlimited Rice, Unlimited Yum!

One of our favorite restaurants in SM Mall of Asia, is definitely Dennis The Grill Boy (they started out as “Pupung and Friends” – but I guess they had to change the name ‘coz, “Pupung” doesn’t really sound appetizing… ^_^;).  If we were in the mood for good Filipino food, in a day when we don’t really want to experiment and make sure we really get our money’s worth, and also if it’s that time of the month (when all the bill are due) and we need to stay on a budget (unlimited rice… *wink* *wink*), Dennis is our go to restaurant, no questions asked.


I wouldn’t say the restaurant was spacious, but it’s not cramped either, so it’s ok.  It’s located in Level 1 of the Entertainment Mall (one of the sections of MOA).  Here’s the Mall of Asia map for your reference:

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The MOA store locator still says "Pupung and Friends". They haven't updated it yet. It's the red square you'll see top center of the screenshot.

Dennis (and even when it was still Pupung and Friends) is actually a comic strip character.  I’m not sure if it comes out in any newspaper but I’m sure that I’ve read Pupung and Friends before.  In anycase, the restaurant itself is “comic themed” from the menu boards to their walls, and their restaurant signs.

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Here's a view of their counter. Menu boards with Dennis (the character) everywhere... ^_^
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Here's the other part of the counter that I wasn't able to capture in the first photo. That's the grill part, which is the most important part of the counter (probably) because the restaurant is called "Dennis The GRILL Boy". ^_^
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Behind Mario, at the very further back, are cushioned seats, but, as luck would have it, there are only 3 sets of them and they're always taken although we've gotten the privilege to sit there twice out of the 20 or so times we've eaten there. ^_^
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Pan ever so slightly to the right of that last photo and you'll see a colored-comic strip-wrapped-pillar.
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Here's the view from inside the store to outside, which is MOA. More seats outside and a big menu stand that highlights some of their dishes (photos later in the post).
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Here's my side of the wall. Something to read while waiting for your order. It's fun, actually. ^_^
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Here's the view from outside the restaurant.

THEIR MENU (or at least some of their dishes)

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So, as the title says it, UNLIMITED RICE!  I mean, how can this restaurant survive the business with that?  But still, I love them for even just that!  A Filipino fast grill restaurant with unlimited rice!  Now that’s a rare find, let me know if there are others and I would love to try them out too!  But the other gold medal factor is that their dishes are just worth those extra servings of rice.  I mean, we wouldn’t want to just keep coming back because of the rice, there has to be something else, right?

Pork Sisig w/ Egg  (Php95.00)  The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL

Here’s a crunchy sisig for you (or me).  I love sisig but this isn’t my usual order at Dennis, I usually order their liempo (love the garlic white sauce and order extra… ^_^).  The reason I don’t order sisig is not because I don’t like their sisig, I really do love it, really crunchy and really perfectly seasoned.  I don’t usually order it because I know I’d be asking for more rice.  With liempo, I mastered the technique of limiting myself to 1 rice.  ^_^;

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Doesn't look like much but sure delivers a ton of flavor! I love soft chewey sisig, but I love crunchy ones too! Especially the kind that's paired with unlimited rice!

Annie’s Lechon Kawali (Php 95)Extra Mang Tomas (Php 3.00) The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL

And this one, is Mario’s regular order and yes, always with extra Mang Tomas.  Notice how they didn’t really mask the sauce’ name by giving it “Dennis’ Sarsa” or something.  I love that they outright just say it’s “Mang Tomas” and I think may customers would have noticed it anyway.

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Mario said that the skin is a little too tough for the teeth. Sometimes it's like that I guess if it was left over from lunch rush and it got cold, but it should be fine if it was fresh from the pan. Otherwise, Mario says it's great! Well, it should be. This is what he orders EVERY TIME... ^_^


I really can’t find any fault because (even if the crew would mess up, or the place gets crowded, or there will be a long line at the counter) because the food overshadows those little things.  Restaurants are really about food and, for me, about relatively reasonable price.  I factor in the unlimited rice we got, and every peso spent here was worth it.

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Mario gives it two thumbs up and a big smile!
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Me and my boots... ^_^
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Oh yeah! We'll be back, again... and again... and again...

Contact Information (unverified – from MunchPunch):

Unit 1128 G/F Entertainment Bldg.,

SM Mall of AsiaPasay City,

Metro ManilaPhilippines

Call:  (02) 556-0779