Lucky Noodles

Did you say exercise or extra rice? ~ Anonymous

While Jen and I are figuring out as to where we’re going to have lunch or dinner out, we ended up choosing places where offerings are those that we can’t cook at home, or haven’t tried cooking.

And there are places where we keep coming back not just because the attendants are nice, the place is pretty. The food is both delicious and affordable more importantly.

I discovered Lucky Noodles while I was searching for places with murals. If you have been reading my posts for a while, I have this specific penchant for murals. And Jen has a specific leaning into Chinese food.

And when we’re at Solaire, when famished, our feet lead us to Lucky Noodles. As the attendants politely offered their menu for our perusal, I already knew what I want to get then. I requested for Sweet and sour chicken, and Yang chow rice. Jen had spare ribs and Yang chow rice too. And we opted for the steamed broccoli for sharing.

We were served complimentary prawn chips while waiting for our food to arrive. Jen matched it with a special vinegar.

Mine is savory, a little sweet, there’s something crunchy somewhere, and not to forget mentioning, crazy good, all the things you’ll love about Sweet and sour dishes. It is loaded with the veggies I love. I’ve tried Jen’s spare ribs, it is too tender, it melts in my mouth, however, the 5S (Five S: cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns, or if it’s not 5S, it is similar to that) kick is too strong for me, though Jen really loved it. 

They politely offered the Hawker, which is one of their Best sellers. A hawker is inspired from the Hawker center or cooked food center that is an open air complex found in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hongkong and the Riau islands in Indonesia housing many stalls that sell a variety of inexpensive food. I see it as similar to Banchetos we found in Ortigas, Cebu, Davao and CDO or from those Sunday markets which I first saw in Makati. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_centre

We hoarded sweets from the food court and from The Patisserie and asked the Attendants if we can consume them without the corkage fee. According to them, they allow it as long as they were purchased from within Solaire. Yey!

With all those condiments in front of us, we definitely enjoyed these Asian comfort food, it’s just ironic that we didn’t get noodles. I think we will have noodles next time. =) They have this “Make Your Own Noodle Bowl!”

Lucky Noodles is located at Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Asean Avenue
Parañaque 1701, Metro Manila. You can call for reservation at: 888-8888

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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:

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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. =)