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Delifrance Introduces Plate of the Day!

If you’re tired of your usual meals, head for Delifrance and check out their Plate of the Day, your daily gourmet value meal. The choices are:

Beef Oriental
Beef Oriental

Chicken Bourbon
Chicken Bourbon
Crabstick Mayo & Spaghetti Pomodoro
Crabstick Mayo & Spaghetti Pomodoro
Fish Pomodoro

Fish Pomodoro

Tuna Mayo & Spaghetti Carbonara

Tuna Mayo & Spaghetti Carbonara

Now available at the following Delifrance cafés:
Mall of Asia, Valero, Philippine Heart Center, C5 Libis, and Alabang Town Center

Check out www.delifrance.com.ph for the Café Directory.

Tapella Restaurant Launches New Delectable Menu

Tapella Restaurant, one of the Metro’s favorite restaurants, continues to please its growing clientele by rolling out new dishes—from appetizing tapas, fresh catch seafoods, tempting stews and mouth watering desserts. The new delectable menu promises to be a gustatory delight. Take a look:

Enjoy the Certified Angus beef mini burgers, tenderloin steak sandwich topped with garlic crisps and Norwegian smoked salmon and capers on fluted bread.

Crave for open-faced bites such as Cojonudos-fried quail eggs with pimiento and serrano ham in baguette and the juicy and savory duck fatty liver in bread.

Take pleasure in cream of lentil served with pancetta crisp, fresh red peppers stuffed with Spanish omelet and Chistorra Vasca-Basque’s famous chistorra sausage made from minced pork.

Another must try are the Cochifrito – A perfectly deep fried suckling pig served with fruit sauce.

Estofado de Cordero -Homestyle lamb stew with potatoes, onions and tomato sauce, fresh tuna in rich and thick tomato sauce and Barramundi fish in beurre blanc sauce.

And for those with the sweet tooth, don’t miss the Tarta Volcan– A rich and moist chocolate volcano eruption cake with strawberry syrup.

Tapella, at the Ground Level of Greenbelt 5, Makati City, is open daily from 11am until 12mn. Wine all-you-can paired with tapas and canapé’s is served every Friday from 6 to 9 pm. Dining at Tapella comes with complimentary WIFI — a premium amenity among Gaudi Restaurants.

The restaurant is surrounded by top Bussiness Offices, eight theatres and high end shops, making it the ideal spot for a quiet coffee, a fashionable business lunch or a romantic dinner.

Tapella offers a wide variety of Spanish cuisine served in an informal and relaxed ambience. Headed by Executive Chef Alexandra Cacho, the restaurant specializes in tapas and paellas plus a wider range of salads, pastas and desserts served the Spanish way that will surely perk up the gustatory spree. The wine selection is from around the world valued well for money. The ambiance gives a modern and relaxed atmosphere with interiors designed with plush of red and beige accent.  For more information or reservations, call 7572710 and 7572711.

Tapella Opens in Greenbelt 5

In a land where Spanish influence is seen in manners, in clothing, and in cuisine, it’s still good to discover a place where you can have that innovative Spanish flavor in every bite.

You will experience this at the newly opened Tapella Restaurant at Greenbelt 5, Makati.

When I went there, I was warmly welcomed by its amiable Executive Chef Alexandra Cacho. Muy bonita!

She gamely gave us a chitchat before the food tasting began. She told us that every year she would go home to Spain and be updated on the latest in Spanish cuisine. She would bring what she learned to the Philippines and innovate. She also added that Tapella has new dishes every six months, retaining of course the popular dishes.

Tapella interiors are cosy. The chairs are comfy and even if it’s a bit small indoors, there’s still some room to move around. The outdoor part is also perfect for al serenidad dining. The outdoor bar is perfect for dining and wining at nigthtime and enjoying the greenery of Greenbelt.

After a few minutes, the serving of different Spanish dishes began. We started with white garlic and almond soup shooters. It was my first time to taste some cold soup shooter. The taste was distinctly garlicky and you chew on bits of almonds. When you toss it up, you end up munching on slices of a grapefruit. It warms up the palate for the next dishes.

More appetizers came, whic are equally a delight to the palate.

the camembert with caramelized onions

chorizo stewed in red wine ~ yum!

cocido meat on fluted bread

garlic sauteed shrimp the modern way

el Bulli – calamari with black ink – this was topped with aioli dip

and my fave among the appetizers served was the octopus with paprika salt & virgin olive oil ~ twas my first time to taste octopus, and never thought I’d love it.

After the appetizers were the paella in different flavors. I must admit it was also the first time I tasted paella that I liked. I even texted Wizheart to tell him about it. :) The rice was perfectly cooked, and the flavors of salmon (the salmon paella was for the non-meat eaters), meat blended well together.

picadillo paella

creamy seafood paella

Alaska king crab paella

manchego cheese, chicken, asparagus, and shrimp paella

They have about five varieties of paella. You should check each one out!

The paella was served with the yummy steak! Burners were set up on the table, and beef strips were served. It was up to us if we wanted the meat to rare, medium rare, or well done.

Too bad, I had a meeting at 2:30pm so I didn’t stay for the desserts. But I know Tapella desserts are to die for. If their appetizers and main dishes tickled my palate, how much more the sweets.

Friday “Wine Nights” from 6 to 9, wine lovers can enjoy overflowing wine served with tapas for only Php600.

Indeed, at Tapella, there is a new way of dining. It’s fine dining on yummy innovative Spanish cuisine at popular prices.

As Tapella’s dining principle says:

“Start with a traditional base, pour an infusion of unique contrasting flavors and a spoonful of intense passion, a dash of talent and a sprig of innovation. Finish off with disconcerting textures and illusion.”

Getting there

Tapella Restaurant is at the ground level, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center Makati. For the uninitiated, the resto is nearer Greenbelt 1.  You take the Greenbelt 1 exit going to Greenbelt 2. Right at the exit doors, you turn left right away, and you won’t miss Tapella.

Call for reservations: 757-2710 OR email at inquiry@tapella-restaurant.com.

Vamos a comer! =P~

Wendy’s Wrap & Roll

I haven’t been to Wendy’s for a long while now. So when I passed by Greenbelt 1 yesterday, I thought of dropping by for Frosty.

Then I saw their new offering, the Wrap & Roll. It’s chicken breast fillet and lettuce wrapped in pita bread. You have a choice of ranch or honey mustard for the dressing, and you can have it in regular or spicy.

I chose the spicy honey mustard dressing. I didn’t regret it. The chicken breast fillet was tender, juicy, and crunchy on its sides. The veggies are crunchy, the pita bread prepared just right, and the dressing, good! Overall, the wrap was yummy and filling, considering it was a bit small compared to other wraps I’ve sampled. =P~ 😀

The wrap & roll costs Php59.00. Frosty regular is Php35.00.

Check out Wendy’s new Wrap & Roll!

Yummy, Healthy Quaker Oats Cookies

My officemates and I first saw this in 7-11. Curious, we picked all the three flavors, bought them, and yum! The cookies are just right: not too sweet, not too chewy, and of course ‘oatmeally.’ :)

I’m glad that there are more and more health food (and drink) out there now.

One pack contains three cookies, and costs only php10.oo. Isn’t it cool?

Tokyo Tokyo Metro on Valero Street, Makati

Yesterday, my officemates and I decided to have a lunch out. Normally, we would pack lunch or buy lunch from Manang (the lady who brings lunch to the office every day).

One of the reasons for the lunch out was that we wanted to try out the new Tokyo Tokyo Metro nearby. So off we went.

Unfortunately, the place was full and we had to wait to be seated. Seeing the seated customers still waiting for their food, we thought it would be a long time after we would have our turn. So, we went out and headed for the next best thing next door, World Topps.  😀

Just a few initial impressions about Tokyo Tokyo Metro.

The place is cool, but the space was not maximized well. They could have seat more people had they had smaller tables that can be joined together for bigger groups. We saw about three couples sitting on a table good for five or six. I think this is a new business line of Tokyo Tokyo, and it is more of the fine dining kind.

It seems like more and more fast food restos are venturing into a bistro or fine dining. :)

Getting there
Shorter route: From Ayala Avenue, head to H.B. De la Costa, that is at the corner of RCBC Tower and Ayala Avenue. Turn right to De la Costa, and at the first corner, turn right again to Valero Street. Go straight, crossing Rufino (formerly Herrera) Street. A block away from that corner of Rufino and Valero Streets is Tokyo Tokyo Metro (TTM). It’s on the side of Starbucks (at the corner), Claudette’s, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Shakey’s, ChinaBank, then TTM.

Alternate route: From Ayala, take Paseo de Roxas, turn left at the corner of Citibank Tower, go straight (crossing Valero St and Agustin St) to Adamson Building on Leviste Street. Turn left, go straight to Rufino Street, turn left and then left to Valero Street. A block away from that corner of Rufino and Valero Streets is Tokyo Tokyo Metro (TTM). It’s on the side of Starbucks (at the corner), Claudette’s, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Shakey’s, ChinaBank, then TTM.