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Basil

Friday, July 21, 2017
Basil is one of the new restaurants at Mall of Asia's North Wing. There was a long wait for guests during our visit because it was a weekend. Still, we easily scored a table because there were only 2 of us. I noticed, though, that they gave priority to large groups. Staff would take time preparing and cleaning the long tables, attending to a large group of waiting guests and taking their orders, somehow forgetting some of us already seated. Nobody gave us a menu nor took our orders until I went to the counter and talked to the staff.
We reckon it was probably because there were limited staff, or they haven't been trained properly yet.
Overall, servers just won't mind you if you don't demand it. Or unless there's 12 of you at the table, then you get their attention for sure. Good thing their dishes made up for all the shortcomings. All our orders were bursting with rich flavours, capturing bold Asian tastes in each plate.
Plus points for having their own toilet.
Basil Menu
Basil Menu
Basil Menu
Fresh Spring Roll: Php260
Grilled Pork Ribs with Honey: Php295

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Basil
G/F North Wing, Mall of Asia
Tel: 02 810-0973
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Cafe Belmont

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Cafe Belmont is Belmont Hotel's flagship restaurant, where the breakfast buffet is set up. Green and deep mocha chairs are paired per table. It was almost empty during our visit, save for 4 other patrons occupying 2 other tables. Interiors were standard hotel finish, but lacking some warmth in some blank walls since it has no natural source of light.
You can see Cafe Belmont upon entering the hotel lobby.
Marbles, mirrors, and soft lights. We availed of DealGrocer's voucher for the restaurant's famed Blueberry Burger. It was large, but I don't understand the hype about the blueberry. It's not like the fusion of tastes created something else. It was like layering different textures, but no extraordinary flavour was formed. That's my humble opinion.
Deal Grocer Deal: Php350
Belmont Blueberry Burger + Chilled Fruit Juice of choice
Complimentary bread basket
Tomato and Shrimp Sour Bisque: Php185

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Cafe Belmont
Belmont Hotel, Newport City, Pasay
Tel: 02 318-8888
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Darwin Dimsum Hongkong Special

Monday, July 17, 2017
Darwin Dimsum Hongkong Special is a modern take on Chinese dimsum houses, with simple but effective interior decor. Caged droplights, and panoramic views of HK fill the wall.

Designed like traditional ceramic plates, these lot was actually lightweight.
Darwin's Special Asado Bun: Php108
Darwin's Special Hakaw: Php158
Vermicelli Rolls with Shrimp: Php158
Century Egg Pork Congee: Php148
Chicken Feet and Spareribs Rice: Php168

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Darwin Dimsum Hongkong Special
SM Jazz Mall, Makati
Tel: 02 805-6291
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Lartizan

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Lartizan is bakery and tea salon which can easily transport you to a quaint little street cafe in Paris, with its classic French decor, detailed interiors, and charming flair. They open doors around 7:30-8AM to serve breakfast, offering a nice spot to unwind early morning as other establishments won't be open until 10 or 11AM.
Seating area outside the premise for smokers, pet owners, and those who prefer to dine al fresco.
Love the view from here. Romanticism translated.
A pop of flower in surrounding silver, and neutrals.
Red couches were a lovely touch.
Free-taste baskets filled with bread, and pastry pieces
Cakes and pastries
Organic Eggs Benedict on Toasted English Muffin: Php315
Croissant, house jam, butter: Php175
Cafe Mocha: Php180
Fleur d'Oranger Oolong (pot for one): Php185

Remarks:
  • Came here for the Eggs Benedict, of course. It was different. The thick muffin was pretty good at absorbing the perfectly poached eggs. Salmon completes the classic Eggs Ben, even with limited sauce on plate, I was able to finish the whole thing off with full savory flavours in every spoonful.
  • Their tea pot is covered with this royal, velvety-cashmere jacket of sort.

Lartizan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lartizan
Serendra, Fort Bonifacio
BGC, Taguig
Tel: 02 511-7866 / 02 560-2620
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Kiapo, Okada Hotel & Resorts

Thursday, July 13, 2017
 Kiapo Restaurant in Okada is located at the end of the casino floor. There is also an entrance next to it coming from the hallway (outside the casino), so younger family members can enter. Orange is the apparent colour of choice in this modern Filipino cuisine resto.
 Clean, long white table, paired with orange water glasses, and chairs.
Food taste was ok, nothing special. Plates were large, and serving size can be for solo, or sharing if you're both not that hungry.
 Kiapo Menu
 Complimentary hot soup
Adobong Pusit: Php290 
 Pancit Canton: Php270
 Inihaw na Tuna Belly: Php310
 Beef Curry: Php310
Turon: Php200

Kiapo - Okada Manila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Okada Hotel & Resorts, Manila
Tel: (02) 5555799
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