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My Chow Down Rundown

My Chow Down Rundown

It’s been a while since my last blog post, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating!  There have been a number of great food experiences in the past 3 months that I thought it best to quickly share them in one post.  So, here goes:

The brisket at Mighty Quinn’s.  I had the privilege of getting invited to a private tasting event a few days before its official opening.  It was a great experience to meet the man behind New York’s award-winning slow cooked barbecue, Hugh Mangum.  One thing else that had a lasting impression on me was the brisket.  Tender, moist, savory, with just the right amount of fat.  Need I say more?



Rib Eye at Maria Luisa’s Garden Room.  This place is one of my favorites and I’ve written about their Scandinavian platter and cassoulet in the past.  But I’ve discovered their rib eye only recently…and they do it very well!


Degustation at the Champagne Room. This place’s old-world ambiance and decadence is perfect for special occasions.  A must try is their degustation menu – with champagne of course!



The Arroz Negro at Tomatito.  I knew this place was a must-try even before I stepped into its doors.  How could a restaurant from the same team behind Las Flores and Rambla not be great?  The very playful ambiance added to the experience.


The Porterhouse at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.  This was probably the biggest piece of meat I have ever had the chance to devour.  It was also a glorious, juicy, tasty, piece of monster meat!


Yakiniuku at Urameshi-Ya.  I have been to Little Tokyo so many times but it was only recently that I discovered Urameshi-Ya.  Aside from really good yakiniku, I could not get over how good their rice was!  It was quite pricy for a bowl of rice (P120) but it was worth it!



Mutton Rajwari Kofta at the Royal Indian Curry House.  This was the chef’s secret recipe – worth a try!


Beef cubes with Garlic at Mandarin Sky Seafood & Shabu-shabu.  This dish made going out of my way to Banawe well worth the trip!


I will end this jumbled post with this quote from Julia Child: “People who love to eat are always the best people.”


A Secret Garden: Maria Luisa’s Garden Room

A Secret Garden: Maria Luisa’s Garden Room

In the Makati CBD where I work, there is an abundance of nice places to eat at all price points.  One does not need to look far to find a great and unique place.  Maria Luisa Garden Room is a great example of such of those good finds.  Its appeal, for me, is not the food – although the food is really good here too!  It is tucked just adjacent to the bustling Ayala Avenue but what welcomes you as you approach is almost an image of “grandma’s house and garden”.  And it’s a real garden!




I understand that this members-only restaurant is mainly patronized by women who love plants and gardening.  But my boss (who is male) is a member here too.  So I guess he is one of the exceptions to this demographic.  But the place definitely looks like it was decorated with “ladies who lunch” in mind.


I have been invited to lunch here too many times to remember.  Thus, I’ve become familiar with some of their favourites.  For the newbies, I would recommend they try either the Chilean mussels, the duck confit, the cassoulet with fabada and sausages, and the Scandinavian platter.  It being the New Year, however, my most recent visit to the Garden Room was all about the healthy stuff.

My most recent meal consisted of the Scandinavian platter – which is one of my favourites.  It’s not often that you find a restaurant that serves pickled herring.



I also tried their cold cucumber soup which tastes just like the Pinoy cucumber salad but purified and served in a fancy martini glass.


The salads here are always good.  This time, I had the Jamon Iberico salad.


The restaurant bakes their own bread every day which is a treat for me!


Although this is a members-only restaurant, I understand the membership is quite reasonable.  If you are regularly in Makati, it’s good to have a secret haven like this.  Maria Luisa’s Garden Room at the Makati Garden Club is located in Recoletos cor. Ayala Avenue.