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  • stackers burger cafe

    Posted on December 27th, 2009 lewis 2 comments

    stackerslogo

    Another great place for a good bite is Stackers Burger Cafe which is located in Eastwood City Walk in Libis Quezon City. Stackers will surely change the way you look at burgers once you tasted any type of burger in their menu. Well, this was my impression when I first tasted their burger.  And I found myself going back to stackers craving for more even though it is around 20kms drive from my house, It is worth the 1 hour drive. Stackers offer 100% Australian pure beef burgers, with your choice of sauce. And yes the serving is enough to fill your hungry stomach as they offer Quarter pound beef patties, single, double or triple decker.

    Stackers Burger Cafe have a very limited sitting space if you prefer to sit inside for the comfort of aircon, but if sitting outside is not an issue, you will be able to get a space right away.

    asian burger bowl w/o burger

    asian burger bowl w/o burger

    First, we ordered an Asian Burger Bowl, It can be served with or without burger patty. With romaine lettuce, shredded red cabbage, carrots, chopped nuts with oriental dressing.  Price at P98.00. This salad is very tasty and healthy as well. Serving size is just right for the value you paid for. With or without the burger patty, you will surely love this dish.

    philly cheeseburger

    philly cheeseburger

    This is the Philly Cheese Burger, a quarter pounder beef patty with sauteed sweet bell peppers, onion rings, mozzarella cheese with ranch dressing on a long bun.  Price at P150. When they say sweet bell pepper, you will surely taste the sweetness of the pepper in your burger, at first bite, it feels weird but the more you chew it, the more you want to have the next bite. The mozzarella cheese is like the one melted on top of a hot pizza.   The Beef Patty is soft and juicy, it taste really different from burgers of the typical fast food, you can say that these are burgers with style.

    crunchy burger

    crunchy burger

    Here is the Crunchy Burger. It has  lettuce, mayo, beef patty, american cheese, tomato, onion bits, mushroom, Texmex sauce and crispy strips price at P165.00 . This is another great burger from stackers, it is very juicy and moist, another observation is they have soft and tasty burger buns, in fact, its too soft that it tends to stick at the back of your teeth.

    garlic chips

    garlic chips

    Another thing you have to try is the Garlic Chips.  It is cripsy fries tossed with garlic & herbs. If you ever order fries, you should ask for this one because the ordinary fries is like the typical fries other restaurant has.

    For solo order price is at P60.00.  You can also opt for a value meal that they offer, just add P60.00 to any burger you order for a fries and 12oz. soda.

    stackers iced tea

    stackers iced tea

    For a great refreshment, try Stackers Iced Tea.  Large size price at P45.00. The iced tea is not the ordinary ice tea when compared to other restaurants, this one taste extra different. You might want to check it out.

    Overall, we give high praises for the food taste at 5/5. Another 5/5 for the creativity. Its a little bit pricey for burgers so I give a 3/5 for the price.

    Stackers Address :

    Eastwood Citywalk, Eastwood City Libis Quezon City. Tel No. 391-0500 and 709-9999

    NOTE:   If you dine at Stackers Burger Cafe, please let them know that you saw the review from MetroRestoReview.com.

  • banapple

    Posted on December 17th, 2009 lewis 1 comment

    banapple

    Another place for a great meal is at Banapple. Banapple is famous for their pies and cakes, but they do have good food for lunch and dinner as well. We visited this branch at IL Terrazo in Tomas Morato. The Restaurant is quite small with only 2-3 small tables inside which can only accommodate a few customers.  But They have more tables outside. The only problem is if you are a non-smoker you wont be too happy to sit outside. Another thing I do not like is the table. The design of the table is nice, they use round marbles (holen) with cement and use the marbles as the face of the table, but since the table is too small and marbles have very smooth surface, its really inconvenient to place your glass of iced tea or plate on the table as it easily slides off.

    creamy chicken pie with potato salad

    creamy chicken pie with potato salad

    One of my favorites at Banapple is the Creamy chicken pie served with potato salad, price at P100.00, you’ll get a really huge pie cut in half stuffed with creamy chicken meat. I’m not a huge fan of potato salad, but the salad was just ok for me. This is also good for sharing for 2 persons. I personally loved this dish since I really like chicken pie, and this is probably the largest chicken pie I have encountered, and not to mention the good taste of the moist chicken meat of the pie, This is also best for kids who dislike eating rice for their main meal.

    fettucine jacintha

    fettucine jacintha

    For pasta, a good choice is the Fettucine Jacintha.  Price at P130.00, the pasta is cooked al-dente served with bread. Eating this dish reminds me of carbonara, not as creamy as a carbonara but equally delicious. The serving size is just enough for its price. A good recommendation for cream based pasta lovers.

    herbed chicken rolls with basil cream sauce

    herbed chicken rolls with basil cream sauce

    For a rice meal, we ordered Herbed Chicken Rolls with basil cream sauce, served with garlic rice and some carrot sticks on the side.  Price at P160.00. The sauce is cream based and the chicken roll is stuffed with their special herbs which makes every bite a wonder. The chicken piece is relatively ok for the price.

    iced tea

    iced tea

    And like every meal, having a nice ice cold drink is the best way to complement your meal.  If you love the ice tea of CPK and Pasto, I believe you will also like the iced tea of banapple.

    Overall, we give 5/5  for the food, 5/5 for the price and 2/5 for the ambiance. We will surely visit banapple again, and feature the desserts next.

    Banapple Branches :

    1. 225 Katipunan Avenue, Blue Ridge Quezon City Tel No. 439-2675

    2.2nd Floor IL Terrazo, Tomas Morato Quezon City Tel No. 439-2675

    NOTE:   If you dine at Banapple, please let them know that you saw the review from MetroRestoReview.com.

  • hap chan

    Posted on October 19th, 2009 lewis No comments
    hap chan

    hap chan

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    Another great place for a good chinese food is Hap Chan Tea House. This time we visited Hap Chan at banawe Quezon City. The restaurant is newly renovated, now with a new interior and a new appearance. Hap Chan is well known for their dimsum.  But it is not only the dimsum that will keep you coming back, check out some of their food and the review I made for them below.

    fish lip soup

    fish lip soup

    Among the soup they have our personal favorite is the Fish Lip Soup. It has mushrooms, some meat pieces and bamboo shoots in it. It is cooked using fish broth with cornstarch making the texture of the soup thick. This is a highly recommended soup. Its a close alternative to the sharks fin soup, This taste best with a few drops of black vinegar in it.  A single order is good for 2-3 people.

    steamed siomai

    steamed siomai

    A sample of their Dimsum is the Steamed Siomai. Serving size 4 pieces. It is basically pork meat wrapped in wanton wrappers and steam cooked. Highly recommended with Chiu Chow Chili Sauce. Perfect for an afternoon or midnight snack. Other dimsums are siopao, sharks fin dumpling, kuchay dumpling, raddish cake, japanese siomai and chicken feet.

    yang chow fried rice

    yang chow fried rice

    One of the highlights of hap chan for me is the Yang Chow Fried Rice. I’ve eaten in a lot of chinese restaurants before but only a few comes close to the taste of their yang chow fried rice. It has carrots, , onions, green peas, onion grass, cabbage and pork asado pieces in it.  Serving size is good for 2-3 people. The fried rice itself is already a complete meal even without a viand. Both adults and kids will surely love the taste of their fried rice.

    sweet and sour fish fillet

    sweet and sour fish fillet

    Next in line is the Sweet and sour fish fillet. The fish fillet is deep fried crispy, then the sweet and sour sauce is poured on top.  Wow, this dish is really good and  my son loves it. You can taste the juicy fish fillet with the really appetizing sweet and sour sauce. It has carrots and onions in it. Try adding the sauce to your rice and taste the difference. The fish fillet is really crispy outside and soft and juicy inside.

    mapo tofu

    mapo tofu

    Last but not the least is the Mapo Tofu. Now this is my all time favorite. Its an original dish from hongkong. Its a spicy tofu cubes dish with pork, onion grass, chili and onion pieces in it.  The sauce is really thick and tasty.  Whether you will be taking fried rice or plain rice with it you will surely love this dish. Serving Size is good for 2-3 people. Studies show that tofu help prevent cancer, so this dish is not just healthy but tasty as well.

    mango shake

    mango shake

    For drinks, highlights are fruit shakes like the mango shake. Its a bit on the sweet side so those that are not a fan of sweet drinks might end up having sugar free sodas or water.

    They also offer deliveries for small parties at home. Try them out. Some other must try dishes at hap chan are roasting dishes, congee, noodles, rice toppings and chinese desserts like black gulaman and butchi.

    Overall I give Hap Chan banawe branch 4/5 for the ambiance. 5/5 for the food taste.

    Branches :

    1. Hap Chan Tea House & Family KTV (Ermita)
    418-A Nuestra Señora de Guia St. Ermita, Manila
    536 1377, 536 1758 (telefax)

    2. Hap Chan Tea House & Family KTV (Monumento)
    400 EDSA, Monumento Caloocan City
    366 3300 (telafax)

    3. Hap Chan (Manila)
    600 Tomas Mapua St. Sta. Cruz, Manila
    733 3694, 733 3710 (telefax)

    4. Hap Chan (Malate)
    561 Gen. Malvar St. cor. Adriatico St. Malate, Manila
    525 1635, 536 8187 (telefax)

    5. Hap Chan (Pedro Gil)
    628 Pedro Gil St. Malate, Manila
    524 3104, 523 1854 (telefax)

    6. Hap Chan (Neptune-Makati)
    103 Neptune St. Bel-Air II Village, Makati City
    895 9340, 895 9345 (telefax)

    7. Hap Chan (Market! Market!)
    R6 Phase 1B Fiesta Market. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    887 3793, 885 9065 (telefax)

    8. Hap Chan (McKinley)
    Unit B & C, One World Square, McKinley Hill Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    856 0399 (telefax)

    9. Hap Chan (Antipolo)
    Circumferential Road, Brgy. Dalig Antipolo City
    661 2928 (telefax)

    10. Hap Chan (Ali Mall)
    Ground Floor, Ali Mall Cubao, Quezon City
    439 9325, 421 1810 (telefax)

    11. Hap Chan (Congressional)
    12 Northridge Plaza Congressional Ave., Quezon City
    926 8410 (telefax)

    12. Hap Chan (West Avenue)
    76 West Ave. cor. Examiner St. West Triangle, Quezon City
    415 2157, 415 2172 (telefax)

    13. Hap Chan (Banawe)
    862 Banawe St. cor. Linao St. Quezon City
    741 2217, 731 1599 (telefax)

    14. Hap Chan (E. Rodriguez)
    960 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave cor. Victoria Ave. Quezon City
    723 0858, 725 6242 (telefax)

    15. Hap Chan (Baclaran)
    113 RBCC Bldg., Roxas Blvd. Baclaran, Parañaque City
    851 4438, 851 4439 (telefax)

    16. Hap Chan (Las Piñas)
    Unit E, F, G 267 Real St. Pamplona, Las Piñas City
    874 1111, 874 2754 (telefax)

    17. Hap Chan (Tagaytay)
    Grandview Complex Crossing Silang Junction, Tagaytay City
    (046) 413 1688 (telefax)

    NOTE:   If you dine at Hap Chan, please let them know that you saw the review from MetroRestoReview.com.

  • chef robert

    Posted on September 5th, 2009 newes 4 comments

    chef-robert

    chef robert interior

    chef robert interior

    We were hungry for new breed of resto and we have chanced upon Chef Robert along Banawe Ave. Quezon City.  With excitement and eagerness we entered the homey feel of Chef Robert’s place.  We were immediately greeted by the resto’s host and were escorted to our seats.  We were delighted with their staff approach when we were about to order our food, she was energetic, friendly and most of all knowledgeable of what do they offer.  She even suggested what are the promotions that the resto has to offer for us to save some bucks.  Cool isn’t it?

    pumpkin soup

    pumpkin soup

    Pumpkin soup, their version is creamy and you can truly taste the squash/pumpkin used, not salty nor bland, amazing how one resto can achieved such taste at a very affordable price for an additional of P25.00 for every meal ordered you can savour the goodness of this soup.  Oh by the way,  Chef Robert offers different kinds of soup everyday.  A rating of 5/5 for this soup.

    crisp tofu in hondashi dressing

    crisp tofu in hondashi dressing

    Crisp Tofu in Hondashi Dressing served with bonito flakes and spring onions.  We were in awe when this was served, the flakes on top of the Tofu were as if dancing or moving, we couldn’t help but to stare.  Their tofu were truly crispy and the taste of the dressing used gives a different kick for a simple tofu, at the  price of P125.00.  I give this a  rating of 5/5.

    korean beef stew

    korean beef stew

    Korean Beef Stew, their version of beef stew were truly tasty with a hint of sweetness.  Even my son couldn’t help but to finish his meal.   Beef  itself were really juicy and tender.  At the price of P185.00.  A rating of 5/5 for this dish.

    Chicken chop in pepper sauce

    Chicken chop in pepper sauce

    Chicken Chop in Pepper Sauce, they marinated well the chicken and it was kinda spicy as the name suggests.  Though I was expecting more Pepper Sauce, but don’t be deceived with the size of the chicken for i was able to devour two cup of rice for this viand.  At the price ofP145.00.  A rating of 4/5 for this dish.

    banana-mango shake

    banana-mango shake

    Banana-Mango Shake,  at first sip you’ll know that they didn’t scrimp on the fruit used.  Who wouldn’t enjoy a fruit shake like that?  I thought i’ll get goose-bumps with the sweetness this drink has to offer but I was wrong!  It was just right and refreshing.  A rating of 5/5 for this drink.

    Banana Split

    Banana Split

    Banana Split, with a generous scoop of Vanilla, Strawberry and Ube ice cream with cherries on top of each.  This is one of my favorite.  Ice cream used is not that ordinary to our taste.  A rating of 5/5 for this dessert.

    Overall, I gave Chef Robert a rating of 5/5 for the ambiance, service, taste, and presentation.  Couldn’t wait for our next visit at Chef Robert.

    Branch:

    1.  Unit D 847 Banawe St. Quezon City.  Tel. No. 7409330.

    NOTE:   If you dine at Chef Robert, please let them know that you saw the review from MetroRestoReview.com.

  • Lia’s Cakes in Season

    Posted on September 2nd, 2009 food buddha 1 comment

    dsc09044Out of the unexpected places within the heart of the foody central of Quezon City Tomas Morato, me and my gang stumble upon a cozy dessert place that serves great tasting cakes in the Metro. To all foodies out there, I introduce you all to Lia’s Cake in Season

    dsc09043The cake shoppe is located at the 3rd floor of the Bellagio square Tomas Morato (the same square where Ratsky is located). The place offers many varieties of cakes some we are all familiar  (cheesecakes and decadence), but some are quite out of the ordinary (such as calamansi tea cake, or the avocado sans rival) that i definitely want to try. But for now, i content myself with my choices below.

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    Lia’s Signature Dish Avocado Cake

    Many people recommend this cake to taste and I certainly agree to all fans out there that this cake is really good. The avocado taste is mild and simple, The taste is very balanced and nothing is overpowering the other. A slice for 85php The experience is worth it thus This dish gets my complete 5/5 stars

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    Black Currant Ice Tea and Chocolate Decadence Cake

    My GF loved the ice tea very much. She finds the taste surprisingly mild with the hint of the currant not overpowering the whole drink. The Chocolate decadence was mild and smooth like a mousse. Just the way I like it. Tea is at 65php and gets a 5/5 star for pleasing my GF while the Decadence is at 50php a slice gets a 4/5 stars of simplicity

    dsc09034Red Velvet Cake

    I find the cake too simple and basic for my taste but my kada who ordered it is very much pleased with it. at 50php a slice, the cake gets a 4/5 stars for pleasing the gang.

    I find the place to be very cozy and homey, Very much hidden from all the hustle and bustle of city life. The shoppe offers free wifi access which makes it a more enticing for techno geeky to burn the afternoon or midnight tambay. I will definitely will have to go back for I still want to try out there other unique cakes that strikes my curiosity. This place is worth hanging out for after lunch or dinner dessert or just simply a place to kill time. 5/5 stars for overall experience.

    For more information about Lia’s visit their site at http://liascakesinseason.multiply.com/

    Branches located at

  • choi garden

    Posted on September 2nd, 2009 newes No comments
    choi garden

    choi garden

    Choi Garden, a very prestige and well-known chinese resto in the heart of Annapolis, San Juan.  We were fortunate that they could still accommodate us on a Saturday night.  We were awed with the number of avid customers of this resto.  It was a loooong line!  Some waited for hours just to dine here.  It was unbelievable!  Adults, kids, some even elderly patiently waited for their chance to dine.  whew!  We were escorted by their friendly crew to the seats reserved for us.  The interior of the resto was amazing!  They displayed some china artifacts which surely has a history on its own, what do they represent.  We were glad that we were seated at a comfortable couch.  Once seated we were given their menu booklet and the grumble of our hungry stomach begins.

    yang chow rice

    yang chow rice

    Yang Chow Rice, a very well-known dish in every chinese resto.  This has been a staple in every chinese resto as i have noticed.  It has been an all time favorite and one of the bestsellers.  At the price of P200.00, you almost has your own viand together with your rice.   Consists of shrimp, sliced pork asado, sliced cabbage and sliced scrambled egg.  It was delectable and no one will go wrong with Yang Chow Rice.  A rating of 5/5 for this dish.

    stir fry beef hofan

    stir fry beef hofan

    Stif fry beef hofan, a very appetizing noodle dish.  Imagine lasagna pasta sliced into 3, you’ll get hofan noodle.  Wider version of noodles but thin version of lasagna pasta.  The pasta was gummy, and good together with stir fry beef with a sweet and salty taste at the price of P220.00.  A rating of 4/5 for this dish.

    sweet and sour fish fillet

    sweet and sour fish fillet

    Sweet and sour fish fillet, boneless fish fillet breaded and deep fried with sweet and sour sauce.  The blending of the sauce was perfect! And the texture of the fish was far from better it was the best!  For the price of P280.00 you’ll surely forget your name with this dish.  A rating of 5/5.

    mapo beancurd

    mapo beancurd

    Mapo Beancurd, stir-fry minced pork with tofu, caution dish is quite spicy.  You’ll realize the spiciness of this dish if you have eaten the fresh chopped red pepper.  Although i don’t like spicy food, i can say i have given this a two thumbs up among other mapo beancurd that i have tasted.  At the price of P220.00.  A rating of 5/5 for this dish.

    salt and pepper spareribs

    salt and pepper spareribs

    Salt and Pepper Spareribs, i was excited to taste the all-time favorite viand but was disappointed when i can’t even separate the meat from the bone.  It was spiced very well, taste ok but the meat was hard to chew, inspite that it doesn’t have much pork fat compared with other spareribs that we have tasted.  A rating of 3/5 for this dish.

    green mango shake

    green mango shake

    Green Mango Shake, what’s a meal without a drink?  Taste just right not too sour nor too sweet for my taste.  A rating of 5/5 for this drink.

    Ripe Mango Shake

    Ripe Mango Shake

    Ripe Mango Shake, this was too sweet for me.  I feel like my head will pop after drinking this, as if they have put 4 tablespoon of sugar/syrup.  To my dismay, 3/5 for this drink.

    apple shake

    apple shake

    Apple Shake, they pleased me with this drink.  I feel like i’m a kid after sipping this drink.  It was just like the way i wanted.  No too sweet and it was truly an apple shake very refreshing.   A rating of 5/5 for this drink.

    carrot apple shake

    carrot apple shake

    Carrot Apple Shake, who would have thought they would entertatin our request for my kid.  My son loves to drink carrot and a combination of fruit and we were very delighted when they accommodate our request, even if it’s not listed on their menu.  They go beyond their service and not only that their carrot apple shake was perfect! You could distinguish if it was fresh or they used canned drink to blend.   A rating of 5/5 for this drink.

    Overall I give Choi Garden a rating of 4/5 for their service, presentation and food.  It was a great experienced.  Now i understand why people have all the patience to wait for hours just to dine here.

    Choi Garden’s Branch:

    1.  12 Annapolis St. cor. Purdue St. San Juan.  Tel. No. 727-6042

    NOTE:   If you dine at Choi Garden, please let them know that you saw the review from MetroRestoReview.com.

  • Apartment 1B

    Posted on August 24th, 2009 food buddha No comments

    Apartment 1B Logo

    I found a slice of heaven out of the unexpected places in Makati. This Apartment is surely a place I would love to go back to over and over again if i needed to go somewhere just to simply enjoy good food. The restaurant presents itself like an apartment (hence the name) thus adds to its homey touch. Just imagine, take away the bed, the sofa and add a lot of dining tables, the kitchen and side bar transformed to the serving area and cashier, which I wonder how to the employees there can cramp themselves in there. Even the washroom there is like of an apartment. I’d like to ask the manager one day why they make up such a place.

    As for the food i ordered you can check out the pictures under below in this entry. I have discovered here what could be my comfort food. The Corn Chowder and the Frozen Pie (Vanilla Ice Cream Cake with Oreo Crust). The Chowder is comforting for the heart and the ice cream is something i bet you’d fight over with your GF/BF for the last chunk of oreos. I was able to experience a variety of main courses such as the Grilled Porkchops with Potato Gratin (not sure) and applesauce, The Apt1B Meatloaf and Lasagna. The serving is definitely BIG!, enough for any big guy to be satisfied and I guess enough for a couple to share.

    Now for the price, well… it is indeed pricey. Not something you can afford having Lunch or Dinner everyday if your just the average middle class guy. But it’s something worth going for if you want to treat yourself or someone for something special. So your planning to go here and splurge, i’d say start saving up, I’d estimate it could go an average of 1k per person, or can go as high as 2.5k if your after just steaks, lambs and lobsters.

    The place is open from 7am - 12mn from Mondays - Saturdays. They are close on Sundays (aww..shucks) expect a lot of people when going there since majority of the guest are expats and corporate workers and some couples who most like are working in the corporate world of Makati.  This is a restaurant that I never get tired coming back over and over again thus, the restaurant deserves the whole 5 Stars in my book.

    Tender Pork Chops with Potato Gratin and Apple Puree

    Porkchops with Potato Gratin and Applesauce.

    This baby is actually 2 slabs and though in this picture it may seem like one. Despite that it’s a pork dish, but the meat is absolutely tender and juicy. I enjoy eating this without any condiments or sauce.

    Corn Chowder

    My Comfort Soup Cream Corn Chowder

    Lasagna

    Cheesy Lasagna

    MeatloafApartment 1B Signature Meatloaf dish with Mash Potatoes and Grilled vegetables

    Greek Salad

    Greek Salad

    Frozen Pie

    The very famous Frozen Pie (Vanilla Ice Cream Cake with Oreo Crust drizzled with Caramel and Chocolate Syrup with Crushed Walnut). This is definitely a treat and worth fighting for the last bite. I assure anyone who is out on a date that this dessert can certainly end the day right.

    Note: If you dine at Apartment 1B, please let them know that you saw the review from MetroRestoReview.com