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Big Mama is a Korean restaurant located in Polaris, Makati that offers authentic flavors. Eat sumptuous food here without hurting your pocket.
Because the rain can’t stop from falling and ruling Metro Manila, eating spicy would stand as the comfort food for every hungry tummy. Having the knowledge that Korean cuisine is known to have a love for wolfing spicy food, my workmates and I opted to dine in Big Mama. We were literally running when we were heading to the place since the rain is starting to fall harder.
It was not my first time dining in Big Mama since my former bosses who are Koreans frequent here and so this was where they sometimes give us, my previous workmates, a treat. Now that I got a new job, I got to share to my foodie workmate that I know an authentic Korean restaurant near our office and so she wanted to try it. We also tagged three new found friends to have more fun!
The Big Mama is known as a “chicken and beer” restaurant so we ordered the chicken that costs P730 for 15 pieces. We divided the flavors to half where the other is spicy and the other half is regular. This order comes along with three dips. The chicken here is pretty promising so it should not be a miss.
The Ramyon Bokki/Rabokki (P250) is a combination of the two common favorite dishes – ramen and bokki. If you do not know what bokki is, it’s a stir-fried rice cake in a cylinder shape. The hard-boiled egg served is good to cut into tidbits and mix it with the rabokki to add more flavor to this red pepper sauce dish!
We also ordered the Fish Cake Soup (P400). Basically, this is a clear soup with fish cake, seaweed, and hard-boiled egg. The fish cake tastes like the fish balls we used to eat as a snack. Unlike fish balls are round, the fish cake is a long flattened rectangular shape and put into the sticks like how “isaw” is presented.
The restaurant is not fancy so coming into the place is less intimidating. Despite this, the place is where you would see more Koreans so you would know that the Big Mama is a great place to dine. I think the place is not much common to the Filipinos but I promise you that the food, especially the chicken is great. The price is very affordable and the serving is generous. The taste is perfect and the staff is friendly. There’s a bell in each table that you could press whenever you needed something to the waiter. Don’t expect though that the staff is formal since the chicken and beer restaurant is intended to be casual.
When I got my first job six years ago, I remember when I had my first “banchetto” in Pasig. The food was overflowing yet pocket-friendly. The goers are most likely my age and it seemed that it’s a festival every Friday along the street. Fast forward today, the set-up evolved which we now called food park. Dim lights, chill music, open area, wooden tables at the very center of the lot surrounded by the food stalls that offer unique cuisine or meal is the kind of arrangement we mostly expect at food parks. It is no wonder that the people prefer hanging out in the food park because there’s a food selection to choose from at an affordable price.
Gastro Park located in Pasig offers something special to the people that I believe the other food parks don’t have. This food park offers unlimited food! UNLIMITED! I was lucky that I got to check them last Wednesday. I’ll share here the interesting finds on each stall. Let’s get it started!
Taipei Kita creatively presented the ice cream that resembles like a plant. Meanwhile, their unli dish is a fried tofu with special sauce for P120.
The MetroMeat Express would surely catch your eye since their concept is a railroad train. What they are offering for unlimited is bacon for P249. On the other hand, I was able to try their Tanker Longsilog (P249) and I love it! Aside from that it is huge, the taste is exceptional and not oily.
The Tokyo Tempura offers well, tempura at an affordable price. It would surprise you that their unli tempura is only P199.
Tolyo’s Soup and Grill boasts of its Filipino dish with a twist of international flavors. Their best seller is Mexican Bulalo for P165. I really love to try this that night but the soup is just really heavy for a food review. Their Sweet & Heat Pork BBQ is P35/stick. The Flaming Rosemary Bistek also tastes nice.
The Surfries’ iced tea quench our thirst for the spiciness we got from Tolyo’s!
Get some balls here at Ball Shack. Mac & Cheese Balls is one of their unique offers. Their unli dish is the fish balls for P138.
The Brick Plate’s unli dish is pasta for P250. However, we really are a fan of pizza so we had Honey & Cheese Pizza and the Pulled Pork Pizza. Both of the pizza tasted great. I also like that the crust is not thick.
Dim Sum may look very humble but their steamed sharkfin is delicious. What makes their service special is they let you create your own Dumpling Box! You may choose rice, sauce, and dumpling. Their unli dish is siomai rice for P189!
The Masala Bar is an authentic Indian concept bar but what makes the crowd keep coming back for more in their stall is the Masala Quesadilla (P165). I can say that it’s distinct from the quesadillas I tried but very delectable! Super love it.
The Chixy9 offers unli wings for P249. I got to try the soy garlic and garlic parmesan flavor. I like the garlic parmesan better. Definitely a place to binge for when craving for wings!
The Sweet Nothing offers milkshakes, waffle cones, ice cream cones, cotton candy soda, wafer ice cream sandwiches, and a lot more! Here’s the molten lava cake shake for P130. The bottomless juice of the day is just P120!
Going to the Gastro Park really made my “gastro” full. For the readers, I would recommend drinking here since the unlimited food can be served to the barkada as unlimited pica pica! Sounds perfect for the KUNGFU(mulutan) friends, right?
Here are the other food I did not get to try anymore since I’m full. Still looks delish by looking at the photos. Check it out!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to write a positive review. Thanks to Team Aldous for the invite.
Visit Gastro Park in
1603, Pasig Blvd, Pasig, 1603 Metro Manila
Despite its bar brimming of top-line alcoholic drinks, Downtown and Halsted (Dwntown & Halsted) has humble interiors. Industrial and street, the graffiti wall is perfectly suited for the bar. Moreover, some artworks are displayed throughout the place and are for sale.
Downtown and Halsted is known in offering drinks but they are very much delighted to tell that they are also offering food which is crafted by Chef Marco Legasto. He is also the man behind the food of Abuelas and Prime 101.
The first food served to us exceeded my expectation. The Mushroom Soup (P250) tasted fresh. It is thick but not creamy and the flavor is well-balanced.
The Tikka Wrap (P240) has cucumber, lettuce, and yogurt with pleasing spices that did not overpower the vegetables. Chips are served on the side with a spicy dip.
The Portobello and Quinoa Salad (P250) is a mystery. The taste is very distinct. Maybe because it’s my first time eating quinoa, the couscous-like seeds that glide to my teeth as I try to chew it.
The pork skewer (P150) has the typical taste of barbecue but varied by less oil and less sauce. The chicken skewer (P150) has nothing much appealing unlike the lengua skewer (P250) that is sumptuous and toothsome!
The aroma of Spiced Black Mussels with Fresh Chili and Curry Leaves (P250) made me scream inside of me “I need vitamin sea!”
The Crispy Pork Knuckles (P580) knocked us out as it satiated our hunger for the night. I just like how they make a sinful dish less sinful because it was served to us not oily. The dip for this is also good.
The Baby Back Ribs (P580) is tender with the perfect non-smoky sauce.
The Seafood Pasta (P350) may look like a pesto based but as I got to try it, the parsley and garlic creamy flavor prevailed. The Chorizo Pasta (P385) awakens your breakfast taste bud.
The East Side Elavation (P350) is superbly concocted. It’s a drink made of hendricks, fresh lime, kiwi, basil, balsamic vinegar. A recommended booze!
As for the artworks, the artist may send their work to them for screening.
Dwntown & Halsted is a place where the people could actually talk while hanging out and drinking their alcohol. It’s a street concept but classy in a way. The food was presented has its craftsmanship and with well-balanced taste; I like the lengua skewers, crispy pork knuckles, baby back ribs, and seafood pasta. As for the waitstaff, they accommodated us in a friendly manner.
Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Aldous for the invite.
Dwntown & Halsted, BGC
Ground Floor, Burgos Parklane, Forbestown Road, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City