Jul 22, 2006

arya - asian part 2

within just a week i had to come to gh twice because of my friend's phone thing. anyway, of course foodies as we are we wanted to try another resto. given the fact that we did not enjoy our first asian food outing. on the same strip as penang is another asian resto named arya .

arya, serves particularly persian cuisine, well i think. but basically their dishes come from that side of asia. so we browsed through the menu and our waiter was not that helpful i might say but thankfully we made pretty good choices.

first one is moussaka, i believe that this is a greek dish but they have it there, maybe this is the persian version.the flavor or the tomato flavor to be more specific is quite strong and we didn't like the large pieces of pepper. i love spicy food but not big pieces of pepper.

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next one is, a beef kebab. i'm not really sure if kebab is the name of this dish since it was ground beef. i'm used to kebabs being chunks of meat. anyway, the ground beef version is good and i was told that the chunky version is great. there's a special way of eating it as we were advised, but basically you ought to put the mashed tomatoes and grilled onions on your pita together with the meat and put on the sauce. the manager/supervisor was really helpful with this dish.

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last but not the least, is the ox tongue cooked in a tomato curry sauce. it was served with biryani rice. the curry in the sauce was so mild that i recommend it for non curry lovers because it's a good start to accustom your palate. but the best part is the soft lengua. gheez it simply melts in your mouth. i oh so love this dish.

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the actual dish it at the left corner of the pic hehe

overall, my dining experience in arya is something that i'll come back for. it was one of the best meals i've ever had in manila.

here are more pics from a different arya outing.

strawberry shake

chicken and beef kebab...i think

ox brain

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up the hill - asian part 1

i know that it's been quite a while since i've posted here and i've had a couple of food adventures that i really want to share but didn't have the time to do so. so here's the first installment.

if there's anything i am adventurous for...that could only be food. so i love trying out new dishes and cuisines, but i have to say that asian food is simply the best. with all the spices and sauces - the food this side of the world are truly palatable.

so one glorious day, as i accompany my friend in greenhills we already started thinking about where we're gonna eat. and without a doubt we said the same thing, "penang hill!" as it turns out we've both been itching to try out that place.

unfortunately, with my food restrictions we didn't go too fancy with our orders. and we basically ordered typical asian dishes which you can get at other restos. we got hainanese chicken, which i actually haven't tried could you believe that.

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so what's the verdict? aside from the 3 sauces that comes with it, it's your typical white chicken which you can get at most chinese restos (north park would be my choice). but of course we ordered other stuff too. we got roti cannai which is basically a flat bread with a curry dipping sauce. this was such a disappointment, i would have to say that it doesn't come close to banana leaf's. the roti in penang seems to be not well cooked or maybe it was just the dough and the dipping sauce is so so. another dish we tried is a type of stir-fried noodles. i forgot the name of the dish but it's the one with tofu. well another so so dish i might say, lacks flavor and the vitality of other asian stir fried noodles i have tried.

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though my experience in penang hill is not that spectacular, i will give this resto another chance if i end up having it as another option. maybe trying out their other dishes
will make come back for more.

Jul 9, 2006

the LIST - been there, eaten that!

constant updates on this entry i hope. it's a list of restos/food establishments i have visited. please see comments too. i've removed the usual fast food stuff that we get to see almost anywhere.

  • pancake house - ultimate comfort food
  • soul food - food is ok (no longer in GBELT so go figure)
  • burgoo - the only american resto i frequently visit
  • fridays - i don't really think it's worth it
  • chili's - same with friday's
  • heaven and eggs - huge servings
  • chelsea! - pizza is great. will come back to try other stuff.

  • teriyaki boy - reliable jap resto
  • sumo sam - wider selection of sushi
  • red kimono - i love this place
  • omakase - jurassic maki is great!
  • ucc - known for its coffee but i love the seafood salad
  • kimono ken - yummy alternative to teriyaki boy
  • tokyo cafe - fusion/modern jap food
  • bubble tea - yummy affordable drinks

  • banana leaf - asian fix, i love the roti
  • penang hill - first try was not really spectacular, second one is good.
    depends on what you order i guess

  • pho hoa - my favorite vietnamese resto...i could have pho anytime
  • zao vietnamese bistro - move over pho hoa...this is my new love!!! nice place great service...you could not ask for anything more.
  • hue - so so

  • muang thai - ultimate thai food, very affordable too
  • blue ginger - food is so so, still love muang thai
  • jatujak - so so better option than oody's if craving for thai food
  • oody's - thai quick fix when at the mall

  • queen's indian resto - flavorful indian dishes, a bit pricey though
  • bollywood - it's ok, less flavorful/spicy but for the buffet price i think it's worth it
  • new bombay canteen - quick indian fix

  • mr. choi - it's ok....good chinese food
  • north park - favorite chinese delivery
  • le ching - cheap chinese fix in gh the best chilli ever
  • luk yuen - i love the seafood roll
  • mongkok - very tender tendon...flavorful noodles
  • superbowl - my dad's fave
  • mann hann - better alternative than superbowl
  • zong - more posh than north park
  • healthy shabu shabu - healthy and definitely worth it
  • causeway - my mom's fave, love the hakaw
  • duck duck - yummy duck dishes! too bad it's gone now
  • gloria maris - a tad pricey chinese resto but you can never go wrong

  • a venetto - affordable pizza and pasta
  • amici - more authentic italian food
  • bellini's - my fave italian resto..paper thin pizzas and the seafood cartoccio
  • pasto - you could not go wrong
  • piadina - i thank maki for introducing me to this place love the chili oil!
  • cafe bola - so not worth it
  • cibo - definitely better than cafe bola
  • green tomato - if you want a dose of yummy pasta here's a place to go to
  • grappa's - great food, excellent service!

  • cyma - my fave!
  • cafe mediterranean - so so

  • paloma - should have listened to popoy hehe

  • arya - i love this resto too
  • persia grill - the one at the back of paseo center owned by an ex-pbb housemate, food is ok for its price
  • mr. kabab - oks lng cheap eh

  • sonja's cupcakes - wasn't really amazed
  • krispy kremes - the freshly made ones are the best!
  • conti's - i love it...my parents love it because desserts are not too sweet
  • gelatone - superb strawberry gelato!
  • bizu - patisserie
  • banapple - love the banoffee and pasta jacintha

  • sentro - filipino food served in a fancy way (definitely worth it)
  • cascada - i love the maki
  • cucina victoria - izokay
  • recipes - pede na
  • kitchen - interesting food...not so good service
  • marina - my fam's favorite pinoy resto
  • portico

  • dad's - so not worth it!
  • neilsen's - you'd rather go to circles because of the variety of choices but the food is good too especially because they have unique food items
  • circles

  • buddy's - my favorite pansit
  • amber's - i love the pichi pichi