Tamayaki /The 5th Taste (453 P. Guevarra St., Addition Hills, San Juan)

Date visited: August 2013

What we ordered:

Seasoned Octopus Mixed Sauce Takoyaki, Mirin Chicken Ala Pobre and U.S. Flank Steak Tempura

 

Taste = 4.5/5

–          One night, we were driving around San Juan hungry and undecided on where we would eat.  It was at the point where this restaurant was located when we became too hungry already. Good thing we weren’t disappointed. I always wanted to taste Takoyaki again and this restaurant served really good Takoyaki. There were two octopus pieces per Takoyaki and half of our order had a semi-spicy curry-based sauce while the other half had a sweet sauce. The bonito flakes and nori highlighted the yumminess of the Takoyaki which were not fishy at all. Lyn’s chicken dish tasted a little bland but was juicy and tender. The Flank Steak was the best part of our dinner. It tasted like good thick beef strips cooked tempura style coupled with a very good tempura sauce. The special part was the baked potatoes! Actually, it was the very delicious wasabi-based sauce that made the potatoes and the whole dish very delightful. It’s hard to explain but the combination of beef, tempura batter, tempura sauce, wasabi crème fraiche and baked potatoes in one mouthful was exceedingly delicious!

 

Service = 5/5

–          The servers were very attentive and at one time, one of them immediately filled our glasses of water just as we finished them. The dishes were served very fast as well. They were very courteous and professional.

 

Ambience = 5/5

–          The restaurant looked relatively new and the lower floor was the Tamayaki area which looked like a place where kids who were into anime would appreciate. The second floor (The 5th taste) looked like where their parents would stay. The whole area looked very clean and the spacing was good.

 

Value for money = 4.5/5

–          The prices were above average but you could really see that they put effort when they prepared their dishes. The quality, taste and serving sizes of their food were also above average. Their service is one of the best we have experienced.

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Miso-Ten (2/F Robinsons Magnolia)

Date visited: August 2013

What we ordered:

Miso Ten Original and Excellent Set Meal (Ebi, Eggplant, String Beans, Pumpkin, Kani Salad, Miso Soup, Rice and Fruits)

 

Taste = 4/5

–          We were looking for good ramen at Robinsons Magnolia and we chose to try this restaurant first. Their ramen was miso-based but there was a sesame flavour to it which made the taste different from their miso soup. The pork slices were very tender and tasted like good asado which complimented the dish very well. The noodles were cooked nicely and were soft but not doughy. The egg (ajitamago) was interesting: it had the umami taste and was nicely soft-boiled. A really good compliment to the broth and ramen. Lyn appreciated the crunch when she took a bite off one of the tempuras (Ebi). Their tempura was one of the best we have tasted. The prawn meat was thick and the crust was very crunchy and yummy. Our only disappointment was that they didn’t use Japanese mayonnaise on the Kani salad.

 

Service = 4.5/5

–          The servers were attentive and were mostly smiling plus the food was served quick enough.

 

Ambience = 4.5/5

–          The restaurant had an indoor dining area and an al fresco area. The indoor are was a little cramped and cold. On the other hand, it was quite comfortable on the alfresco area when we ate there.

 

Value for money = 4/5

–          The prices were above average considering the quality, taste and serving sizes of their food. They should have at least used Japanese mayonnaise and also improved on the serving size of their ramen. It just looked large but it felt like a meriyenda size of other establishments.

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Rub Ribs and BBQ (64 Scout Rallos, Quezon City)

Date visited: August 2013

What we ordered:

Raki’s BBQ Ribs and Rub Beef

Taste = 5/5

–          If you want to eat delicious ribs fast, this is the place to go. When Lyn and I went here, we were very hungry. This was the best time to assess their food and we were very impressed. Not only were the dishes served quickly, they tasted very good. I was a little confused when there were no knives on the table but when I tried to separate the meat from the bone, it came off very easily and cleanly. No meat was left on the bone just by using a fork. The taste was sweet with a little tanginess and a bit of a peppery taste and it was just perfectly seasoned that it really didn’t need a sauce. The Sprice was a very good compliment to the meat – it was cooked spiced rice. Lyn’s beef dish was equally delicious. The meat was very tender and the sauce had a very good garlicky taste to it and was on the salty side. At first, we were sceptical on the combination of beef and toasted bread but when we combined them with the sauce, they were perfect for each other. Very yummy.

Service = 5/5

–          The servers and cooks looked like they were having a good time preparing the dishes. Maybe that was why the dishes tasted very good and were served fast.

Ambience = 3.5/5

–          The place was clean and well-maintained but it was very cramped inside especially when it was full.

Value for money = 5/5

–          They priced their dishes very well. The high quality, superior taste and large serving sizes of their food were reflected very fairly on their prices.

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House of Lasagna (Unit 1-B G&L Building J. Abad Santos cor V. Cruz St., Little Baguio, San Juan City)

Date visited: August 2013

What we ordered:

Southern Fried Chicken Skin, Beef Lasagna, Chicken Lasagna and Three Cheese Lasagna

Taste = 5/5

–          House of lasagna indeed! We’ve frequented this place several times already and we’ve never been disappointed. The chicken skin was very crunchy and its saltiness went very well with vinegar. When we tried their assortment of lasagnas, we thought that they would taste the same regardless of the ingredients. We were pleasantly surprised when each one of them had distinct flavors. The best lasagna for me was the beef lasagna while Lyn preferred the chicken lasagna. The beef lasagna tasted very meaty with the tomato sauce at the background while the flavour of the chicken lasagna highlighted the herbs. I thought the three cheese lasagna would be too cheesy but I was wrong. The cheeses blended very well to the point that it seemed like it they used just one very good cheese. It was so good that adding other ingredients to it would probably destroy the taste. Almost forgot to mention that their lasagnas come with unlimited yummy garlic bread!

Service = 5/5

–          Everytime we came here, we saw only one server for the whole restaurant but that didn’t stop her from giving us great service. Sure she wasn’t quick with our requests all the time but we saw that she was giving maximum effort.

Ambience = 4/5

–          The restaurant is a little hard to find in San Juan and the dining area is small. Good thing they renovated a little and removed some of the large display cabinets and created some extra space.

Value for money = 5/5

–          The prices of their lasagnas were on the expensive side but the superior taste, quality and serving size made us feel happy during payment. The small dining area didn’t dissuade us from having a great time eating there.

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