Chichario MNL – Peri Peri Chicken + Cocktail Bar

In youth we learn; in age we understand. – Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach 

I have a very simple celebration of my 47th birthday and asked the kids if they just want to eat out. We agreed to try Peri peri Chichario Manila which is located at Molito Lifestyle Center. Initially, my son eyed Cilantro (We both love Mexican cuisine or something similar to it), so I suggested to him that I spotted someplace new nearby, showed him photos from its’ Instagram account and he okayed it. We were with his girlfriend and we also tag along my foodie buddy Jen who also celebrated her birthday a day before mine.

Menu

What I first noticed at Chichario MNL is their attractive plating. Comparing their photos from their posts at Instagram VS the actual. It is like “What you see, is what you get.” And that’s nice right than being attracted to the photos and not get the real thing in person.

Pizzadilla as served. Pizza and Quesadilla combined. =)

Their offering are great-tasting. Nothing we ordered disappointed me or us. I love their Ads from Instagram, It is mainly why I got attracted, their use of colors, their lines, they have a very creative person taking care of their Marketing ads.

The famous chicken.

I like their cilantro rice, and those different kinds of condiments. =)

I love their nachos!
Their Carne Asada. Perfect for meat lovers.

We can’t order everything and we missed their Crispy Chipotle Sisig (talking about spicy food), they have their own version of Salpicao, Ceviche, Paella too and the desserts. I actually love their menu. =)

Place/ Ambience

The place is full of colors too, everyone knows that I am a big fan of vivid and bold colors. One of the reasons why my first thought is that this is a Mexican restaurant. However, as seen on their Ads, Chichario is a restaurant inspired by South America.

It’s a mask! So I thought of Brazil!

I got more confused with the prominence of the Toucan which is the National bird of Belize, a South American nation.

So it made me understand the resemblance, since this region is bordered by Mexico to the north, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

Info source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_America
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_America#Geography
https://www.tripsavvy.com/south-and-central-america-1490418

But then, I see the “Our Lady of Guadalupe”, I see my favorite Mexican artist “Frida Kahlo” so I assumed that it’s a fusion of these two: The South America continent and North America since Central America is actually part of North America, along with Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean island countries.

So since it is bordered by Mexico, the similarities in food, in culture, the way they dress, their love for color, is there. That is why at first peek, you might assume it is a Mexican restaurant. Not to repeat mentioning photos of Mexico, the buntings and all. Hmmmn, this is teaching me patience on doing researches.

Service

For their service, is a bit disappointing. There is one attendant that can’t hide her facial expression with my “kakulitan” (repetitive) for asking too much questions because I couldn’t understand one option from the menu right away. I strongly feel the 2 guys sitted beside our table are Managers or Owners, I’m not sure, but unexpectedly, they didn’t bother to assist the attendant just so to appease their customers.

The same attendant was also talking loud in our presence while bad-mouthing someone she encountered somewhere like they’re the only ones in that place. And no one called her attention. We visited the place in the afternoon, so it isn’t peak yet. This is also why we weren’t able to see in person (or go upstairs) to check the bar known as Chicha’s Hide-out.

Chichario Manila is a great place to dine and unwind, really great food, however, there had to be some enhancements to be made when it comes to their service.

A beer. Locally crafted. Proudly Filipino. =)

By the way, I had to research what a Peri – peri is. It is a pepper. Infused as marinade for the chicken so when they served it and tried it, they warned me immediately since I am not into spicy food. I tried it just for the taste of it and yes I had a hard time managing it. =)

Info courtesy of:
https://www.nandosperiperi.com/explore/what-is-peri-peri

Verdict

I’d still recommend the place, just be more observant as to how the attendants will behave, I hope they’ll address this immediately. It isn’t just a feast for your tummies but for your eyes as well. =)

It is located at Madrigal Ave. corner Commerce Ave., Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila
You can call them at: 0917 556 6004

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TUs Restaurant

Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your souls. ~ Jaime Lyn Beatty ~

I spotted Tus from their Instagram account. If you’ve seen mine, I have more than 8,000 posts always having fun, dreaming, setting-goals and just being happy and inspired watching posts of my fellow Instagram junkies.

Tus is a Spanish word for “yours”. I didn’t realize that I’ve been passing by it for several times because aside from Alabang Town Center & Commerce Center , Westgate Center is like a rendezvous to me when I’m in Alabang.

I have been eyeing their half-baked cookie, and upon checking they have more attractive dishes to choose from.

I fell in love with their interiors too. The place exudes a very rustic charm and is very homey and comfy too. =)

We took great pleasure having these:

Jen and I shared those deep fried breaded mozzarella cheese sticks served with a slightly spicy marinara sauce. Jen had this crowd favorite: rib-eye steak topped with sauteed onions and melted Swiss cheese. It comes with three choices of side, Jen chose mashed potatoes. The two other choices: steamed rice and sauteed corn.

Diavolo: Hmm, from the name itself, I’m pretty sure it is spicy. So I asked the attendant if they can lessen the spiciness, and they said they can, except for the Pepperoni which is naturally a little bit spicy on its’ own which for the good part of it, I can manage. Aside from the Pepperoni, it has chili olive oil, red onions, black olives, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and homemade pizza dough. As described, this pot pie is cooked upside down on a clay pot and homemade dough is oven-baked to perfection. And I really love their dough! =)

I am so excited for the famous half-baked cookie. For some reason, it reminded me of the cookie shots at Aguirre street, however, it’s just sad that Cafe Alezon shut down already.

Like a finale, we truly enjoyed this house-made cookie dough half-baked in a cazuela. It comes with a scoop of ice cream. Cazuela is a pan or a casserole in Spanish.

They’ve got all the drinks you’d ever need except for coffee. They’ve got iced tea and lemonades, fruit shakes, hot teas and they have wines too.

I reckon that there must be thousands who have tried dining here and most likely have gone back for several times. You should try Tus! =)

Tus Restaurant is at Westgate Center, Filinvest
Alabang, Muntinlupa City. You can contact them thru these numbers: 02-828-3178, 0917-568-0964. Nowadays, free connection to WIFI is a big turn-on to customers, and theirs is really reliable. =)

Let’s try TENYA

Let’s try TENYA

“Enjoy! Life is Delicious!”

To eat is an activity that we Filipinos are fond of. We dine to bond, to chat, to be relaxed, to cherish moments and look forward to the next “eating out” together.

As diversed as we are, we are adventurous and fearless to try new things, we appreciate different cultures and cuisines. One of ours is Japanese food along with the rest of the world’s offerings.

Jen and I’s favorite are Italian and Japanese food, of course we love our own Filipino dishes too. Jen recently fostered a penchant for Korean dishes which I couldn’t support since I am not into too spicy food. =)

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When Festival Mall did an expansion last year, Tenya is one of those exciting restaurants which occupied the expansion wing – The Water Garden. Strategically located at the entrance and just a short walk from Civic drive, Alabang.

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They’re in Indonesia and Thailand too. And more than 200 branches in Japan.

We opted to try it out usually due to our cravings. We’re in sync this time, usually, we craved differently so we had to decide whose wish will be granted. =)

Tenya’s interiors maintained the image of a typical Japanese restaurant with lanterns bearing some significant characters, always eye-catching you can’t help but look-up.

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That Zen feel (less is more), the unique atmosphere, minimalist approach and often uses neutral color scheme and natural woods with touches of bright colors like red, yellow or green.

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The wall calligraphy added the space a modern bibe and cascades commitment.

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Tenya’s offering boast its’ expertise in tendon. Mr. Yoshio Iwashita, opened a restaurant way back 1989 which provides a more affordable offering since tendon are expensive, and so the menu says. =)

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Tendon, also known as donburi (a bowl of rice with toppings),usually a complete meal, with everything on it, shrimp tempura, fish, vegetables,
squid, or any meat will do, topped on a steamed rice that comes with a special dontare sauce.

So I got the one with a poster outside. The Ultimate crab tendon teishoku. It comes with a special “aligue” (crab fats) sauce.

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Jen had the Jo tempura soba/ udon teishoku.

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Mine is with a miso soup while Jen’s Udon came with 2 Black tiger prawns, kani stick, green beans, sweet potato and eggplant tempura.

For sharing, we also tried their rendition of California maki.

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That dressing tasted like Kewpie…=) While their batter is so tasty.

We truly enjoyed mixing our own sauces. Their claim that theirs are the freshest is very distinct. The servings are just good enough, and the taste just met our expectations. We weren’t disappointed at all.

Due to the season, they just had a hard time attending to requests per table as swiftly as they can. As they only have 2 attendants when we came. There were times when people from production area are the ones serving our orders. Even the Security Officer is extending a hand already. Probably due to lack of personnel.

If I can also suggest, using pitchers with cover that might fall off is also not recommendable. It might spell trouble.

Over-all, we’re still wanting to come back here. =)

And it’s good to know that they are in the following locations:

locations
http://www.tenya.com.ph/store-locations

Itadakimasu! (spoken with a silent “u”!) =)

The Manila Creamery

The Manila Creamery

“Life is sweeter with Ice cream!” ~ unknown

I have been hearing a lot about this cool ice cream parlor for years, though I haven’t tried it yet.

For a country like ours, ice cream is definitely a staple. I myself, would scream for ice cream! =)

The Manila Creamery is an inkling of 2 Filipino Chefs who studied abroad (specifically in Italy) to specialized in creating ice cream or gelatos. What made it more amusing is the thought of combining the traditions from both countries (Philippines and Italy).

Our first visit was in Alabang Town Center, you know it’s always the nearest from my place. But they have branches in Vertis North, Glorietta, Malingap Central, and the newest of which is at SM Megamall.

The smiling attendant welcomed us sweetly and offered that we can taste some flavors and so we did.

I just noticed, I myself, being from the F&B industry, they had us tried them with washable spoons whereas for sampling activities such as this, disposable spoons should be used for safety and sanitation purposes.

I mean, most ice cream parlors I’ve visited who had me tried their flavors, are equipped with disposable spoons, usually, the wooden ones.

Anyway, going back to the flavors we’ve tried, we liked several flavors, but Jen, my foodie buddy was looking for her favorite, which is salted caramel, unfortunately, they do not have it.

And instead of figuring out what to order, we opted to choose parfait like these two traditional Filipino charmers. Jen had the Mais con hielo and I had my favorite Halo-halo.

Jen had me tried her choice knowing I will blog about it and it’s just the creamiest I’ve tasted, the strong hint of corn is so natural.

My halo-halo came later than Jens’, I watched them painstakingly preparing it and its’ even prettier than the advertised picture.

Typically, the actual one is less prettier than the advertisements, so hats-off to the one who prepared my halo-halo! =)

The topped toasted rice crispies added a different flavor, and of course, what I love most is the dominance of the ube and leche flan. The rest of the ingredients like lanca and saba are just good enough for me. As most of the time, I just left the other ingredients of the usual Halo-halo. However, I’m quite “bitin” (not that satisfied) with the concept of “Razon’s” with just saba and macapuno on it.

We spotted a Mexican restaurant nearby, and intend to try it soon. Then, we go back here to try the unique flavors of their gelatos. =) You might just want to treat yourself the sweeter Manila way too. =)

And here’s ANOTHER STORY

And here’s ANOTHER STORY

“Friendship is the comfort of knowing that even if you feel alone, you aren’t.”

I am not much of a mall rat. But one mall near our place that I can’t resist is Evia Lifestyle Center. 

I’ve been there for only several times, and my most recent visit, I noticed a lot has changed already.

There’s an on-going renovation, a pizza parlor is no longer where I last saw it, I’m lost and figuring-out where is the old parking lot and the Mediterranean structure you’ll see from afar. It is now converted into a high-ceiling dome in glass. And they say, we should expect more changes to come.

But we went there just to try “Another Story”. I have been fascinated by it for a long time, it’s being dreamy and whimsical. Just like Cafe Voila (which owner happens to be also the brain behind Another Story), 4th street cafe, Dreamland Arts & crafts Cafe, Cafe Juanita, Vanilla Cupcake, Secret Haven Cafe, among many others. And I’m glad that my two high school friends willingly granted my wish. =)

Character-filled Interiors like this makes me feel like I’m not just in Another story but in another time too.

Like I’m a character in a Fairy tale story, embodied the spirit of someone significant in a story line.

I admire how intricately they put attention to all the details and be unique thus standing – out from the rest.

You will see and feel the owner’s passion even from the way she describes each offering from the menu like sharing her experiences as if we’re her friends or family, or as you choose your order, it felt like you’re reading a story.

And it is not just the ambience, or the interiors, you’ll enjoy their offering too.

We only tried 2 kinds: a green salad: “Another Story salad”, we chose it instantly because it has prawns on it. And as recommended by one of their very affable attendants, we had one of their best-selling pizza. And we truly enjoyed it and all agreed that these people are taking their jobs seriously. We even agreed to go back on a weekday to enjoy the “Eat all you can pizza”, their paella and the other flavors of their cake as we definitely liked the Tiramisu cheesecake that they served as a treat for my birthday. Surely, I’m planning to
try their All-day breakfast and maybe some pasta too. =)

Complimentary bread.

We all love veggies.

And their pizza is delish too. =)

This really surprised me..=)

If you haven’t been to Another Story, please do. It is truly mesmerizing. =)

Moment of beauty…

Second Floor, Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

PS

The birthday cake is such a sweet gesture for me. I really appreciate it. =)