Discovering new places to eat and hangout has become a tradition of mine. I love eating. I mean, who doesn't? Here are a few restaurants I've tried over the past few months:
Location: 172 B. Gonzales Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
I've heard about this quaint cafe since my days at university. I am an avid fan of chocolates and I swear my day is incomplete without having a bite. As the name implies, I knew the Café Xocolat's specialty would be something chocolate-y. Though not all in their menu are chocolate-based, all their drinks and desserts are. I am glad I was finally able to try this cafe back in December and all I can say is: I shall return.
I ordered an affogato which is something that I have never tried before. I know affogato is served with hot coffee but being a cafe that specializes in chocolate, their version is served with hot dark chocolate. It was so good that it rivals the Death by Chocolate dessert at Hill Station in Baguio (which has become my favorite dessert). The hot chocolate complements the cold vanilla ice cream really well. It's hot and cold at the same time and melts in your mouth. The rich flavors blend well together.
I also ordered chicken pesto pasta (not pictured because my phone battery was already drained). Not a fan of it as I feel like it tastes just like any other chicken pesto pasta I've had. I guess since the cafe specializes in chocolate, their savory dishes cannot compare. I don't know with other savory dishes they offer though but this one, I don't recommend.
I brought home with me a can of their signature Old Fashioned Chocolate Drink which I can say tastes even better than Swiss Miss (which I have loved since I was a kid). The texture is velvety and smooth and the taste is rich and creamy. The packaging also makes it a great gift idea.
Overall, I love this cafe for its drinks and desserts. But if you want a fulfilling meal, I would recommend you go elsewhere. There are rows of restaurants in Katipunan Avenue anyway.
Vanilla Cupcake Bakery
Location: 2004 2nd Floor, Trinoma, North Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila
As it is very evident in my outfits, I like everything sweet and sugar-y. I just can't live without desserts. As they say, desserts is stressed spelled backwards so when you feel stressed out, eat some desserts. Next to chocolates, cupcakes and cakes are my favourite and when I want some, I always go to Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. They offer loads of flavors and they also serve delicious meals. I always end up with a very full stomach and I never finish my meals when I dine here. Their servings are huge which gives you value for your money. I always order the chicken parmigiana which is a bit sweet for my taste but delicious nonetheless. And their cupcakes are oh-so-moist and delicious. The cupcakes are a bit expensive though but with its size, I think the price is worth it.
Aside from my tongue feasting, my eyes are also full and satisfied. The interiors are too cute and quirky. It is how I would envisage a cupcake shop to be. I just love the shabby chic decorations and furniture. Someday, I want my kitchen and dining area to look similar.
Yumi: Ramen Sushi Teppan
Location: Fourth Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
My best friend and I did not really want to dine here initially. It was located beside Hole in the Wall of Century City Mall which is like a food court offering different kinds of cuisines. Hole in the Wall also have a different ambiance: industrial but quirky and unique, which is why we wanted to dine there initially. But because it is the Lenten season and a Friday, she didn't want to eat beef - which are the only available kind of meat in restaurants at Hole in the Wall so we decided to go Japanese instead. I still ended up eating meat though as I was really craving for some ramen.
The sashimi and sushi were lovely. The sashimi melts in my mouth and just really flavorful - definitely one of my favorite Japanese foods. I did not expect the sushi to taste that good as I am not a huge fan of mayonnaise. In fact, I loathe mayonnaise! Anything with mayonnaise, I won't eat it. But surprisingly, I did not taste mayonnaise in this sushi. There is but I guess the taste was overpowered by the soy sauce and wasabi. The mango slice inside also blends really well with the other ingredients included. Though the sushi and sashimi were good, I was a bit disappointed with the ramen. I ordered the really hot and spicy one but it was not spicy at all. Furthermore, it lacked taste - a bit bland in my opinion. But it had a lot of meat and mushroom which is a plus. There was also free ice cream if you post a picture on instagram and tag the restaurant. We ordered avocado but as my friend said, it looks more like wasabi or matcha. But it was creamy and really delicious.
If you do get to try any of these restaurants, let me know! Also, do you have any suggestions on where to eat around the Metro? I would love to try more restaurants.