K-Pub, Trinoma

Do you just feel like eating meat in a buffet but does not want to eat the usual thing, we, Filipinos who are fond of?

Leave letson, pata tim, bagnet, and our sweet BBQ behind to explore an unconventional taste of Korean cuisine!

Last June 2016, my friend from Australia decided to treat us, her high school friends, in Kpub; a meat all you can restaurant. Yes this post was long overdue hahahaha!P_20160629_210608_BF_1

K-pub BBQ is an alternative events venue that one may have parties, debuts, corporate functions, press conferences, product launches, graduations, sales rallies, seminars and the like.P_20160629_204501

The place is impressively huge and there are so many tables and chairs; holding a large event here can be surely accommodated. However, since the theme is a “pub” the place is quite dim with the accent of neon lights, only giving the table the usual lights (as you can see in the first pic) so we could see if our meat is decent enough to be eaten cooked.

The Korean pop songs are played on TV and as the night goes deeper, the live band started to perform giving the customers the superb dining experience.P_20160629_215708

As for our food, what we ordered is the EAT and RUN!17431596_10203024574091666_923477373_o

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The staff are all friendly but the service is not that fast. As for the food, I think that the taste is much more close to the Filipinos liking than the authentic Korean taste.

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Taste: 4/5

K-Pub BBQ, Trinoma

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Piñac, UP Town Center

A Capampangan cuisine, Piñac, has been one of the comfort food for diners who want to have a taste of home-cooked meal in the midst of bustling Katipunan Avenue.p_20161019_205605-01

Most of Piñac’s ingredients are sourced from Candaba, Pampanga where the swampland is dry for one half of the year and submerged in water during the other half. No wonder that the restaurant name is a Capampangan term for “bukid” or farm.

At the start of the meal is the best appetizer. The crunchiness of Deep Fried Chicken Skin (P325) is a perfect beginning.image-0-02-06-f6304b365fab601f786adb68ea745ebbd1fc859add38852d5fee187eeecaa18b-v-01

The Overloaded Pinoy Paella (P645) is satisfying even on its own but of course, I won’t be totally contented without trying the food that’s presented in front of me.image-0-02-03-1847917560598e3fbe1f3cdae457be009fcdbdb98cc57116fbff941b0b56f0c6-v-01

The deep fried Crispy Pata (P645) is very calorific, tender, rich!image-0-02-03-3e1da572dfaaeb3312a02bf43af5ffb0c1cf7bc89449dc9e89f1db53a3a4a8eb-v-01

Tortang Balasenas (P145) is an eggplant dish soaked in a beaten egg flavored in sweet tomato sauce topped with cheese. It’s almost like a taste of lasagna. Worth a try!image-0-02-03-1d89207bdf9b2a60b7c803a7f8109d61309b0a03de55f3c254a5b2da8cbf2948-v-01

Chicken a la King (P295) is blanketed in a creamy sauce while the Callos (P365) has a delightful kick of saltiness.image-0-02-03-6fdffa61fa94809399d5f2b6c9e3ced1ad4eee9d6a26cf615e4df280366ee2f0-v-01

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The Beef Kare-Kare (P395) is bathed in peanut butter sauce with abundant vegetables begging for its rightful partner, bagooooong!image-0-02-03-08735962fe65cb73461fdbd961aa9835d19622ded32f273bdcc4f0c701f468c8-v-01

Our dear dessert, smores (P255), tastes heavenly just like how it looked like – clouds.image-0-02-03-d0f201d27ca02a586de208e1965594d4972fc0f546af0d69bbadc05ea4422766-v-01

As I have tasted the Pinac’s menu has to offer, I can say that they can outshine the other Capampangan restos we’ve known for a long while because of its taste. While we can say that we are not a stranger to the dishes they offer, it is the balance of flavors that stands out while trying it. The interiors are homey so just sit back, relax and enjoy the food!

By the way, they have promos for lunch and dinner. Here you go!p_20161019_213244-01

Taste: 4.5/5
Interior: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5

Piñac
2/F UP Town Center
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Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Aldous! Credits to Jen of www.sandundermyfeet.com for letting me borrow some of her photos. 

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7Flavors, San Juan

When we think of flavors, the usual things we know are sweet, salty, bitter, sour and spicy. Then when I was in grade school, I learned about umami flavor. However, there is a restaurant in San Juan named 7Flavors. Just what could the 7th be? Aha! Astringent.

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A little strange but upon my research…14075229_10202087417903347_69286865_oOkay, convinced.

Anyway, what’s more convincing with the existence of 7 flavors is because the menu in 7Flavors is crafted by a celebrity chef, Chef Boy Logro.7 Flavors (23)

7Flavors is a go-to place whenever you want to have a buffet, a cafe, and a bakery. Yes, it brings us the convenience because it’s all set in one place. I went straight to the second floor, in the buffet area, where my colleagues were already eating.7 Flavors (11)

The second floor can cover 150 pax. It looked spacious and classy. There are three function rooms available; one can hold 30 pax, while the other two can each hold 15 pax. It’s funny that there’s a surprise birthday party when we dined there. Roses, cake, and boys are overflowing!7 Flavors (12)

Anyway, let’s start the real good stuff – food! To start, there’s a salad area.

 

What’s the common favorite of the crowd is the resto’s tacos. I did not try it because I’m the messy diner for that kind of food. I wish I could take it home. Teehee!7 Flavors (5)

The main courses are all in stainless steel warmer. The food I loved the most is Seafood Creole and Fried Fish Escabeche.7 Flavors (10)

On the carving section, I tried the roast beef and it is tender and flavorful.

There’s also a selection of maki which is displayed in a nice presentation in a wooden boat. 7 Flavors (14)

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There’s also halo-halo. I’m a fan of halo-halo but the weather made me to decide to let it pass. There’s also an ice cream but you have to ask to the chefs first.7 Flavors (7)

The fruit section does not have much selection.7 Flavors (4)

The desserts were not that exceptional except for Mango Panna Cotta. Oh mangoes, I love.7 Flavors (6)

On the first floor, where the cafe and the bakery are located, the ambience is homey and rustic. Just look how beautiful this art is.7 Flavors (17)

The color combination describes one word: chill.7 Flavors (16)

It is definitely a place to hang out with friends or family.

While you do chitchats, have this colorful ensaymada for P50 with seven distinctive flavors – ube, pandan, butter, cheese, coconut, flan and bacon. While the presentation is interesting, wait until you taste its moist and fluffy bread. They also have 7Flavors Cheesecake. Too bad, all were out.7 Flavors (19)

We are fortunate enough that we are able to have an access inside the kitchen where Bea Alonzo had her shoot in How to be Yours movie.7 Flavors (22)

Rate: 4.5/5 The staff were friendly in assisting guest and bus out the plates right away to avoid having many plates on the dining table. At an affordable price, you can have a variety of food choices so why won’t you recommend this one? The only missing 0.5 here is the location. It’s a bit hard to find if you won’t t catch a cab to get there. Also to Waze, big thanks. You don’t have to worry though for parking space if you are bringing a car with you.

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Buffet rates are as follows:

Monday-Thursday: Lunch – P400 Dinner – PhP 500

Friday-Sunday: Lunch and Dinner – P600

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7Flavors, San Juan

196 A. Mabini St, San Juan, 1556 Metro Manila

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