The Fat Seed, UP Town Center

The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery is named after how dreams turning into reality – the seed stands as the idea… the idea of sharing the passion of the owners for food and drink. If you find yourself in the area, check this cafe in the UP Town Center.
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The Menu

The passion cannot be just shown only with how the food is presented but also on how they have put up their menu. The root of a plant means it is the beginning – the appetizer section; the vines is referred to pasta; the leaf is referred to food with sandwiches that have veggies; the branch, the strongest part of the plant is referred as the main course since the main course made us strong the entire day. Wow, such an analogy! In a little bit, I will show you some of the food presented to us, bloggers, in the name of Team Aldous.

The Food

The Fat Seed serves an all-day breakfast so let’s start off with the colorful meal – Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffle in Salted Egg Sauce (P325). It comes with pickled red onions, salted egg sauce that is good to pair with the buttermilk fried chicken and the bacon-infused maple syrup for the waffles. What a wonderful breakfast to have!
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The next food we had is The Fat Seed Signature Porkchop (P395). The creamy deli mustard sauce balances the flavor of the beef brine porkchop. The sweet potato puree, however, is the one that caught my palate.
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My favorite in all of the food served is the Hotate Soy Cream Pasta. From the name, it is obviously a Japanese dish. It has ebiko (roe), nori shreds, hotate (scallops), bonito flakes, and the wafu pasta which is where the exploring flavors come from! I super love it.
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We were also able to try Wagyu Pares (P305). It’s a meal with fried rice, shao xing rice wine, and the wagyu beef cubes. The meat is tender and the sauce is delectable.
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Coming Soon

The owners let us try the newest addition on their menu – the purple haze which is a whiskey sour but served with cranberry that made the cocktail purple and the rojito which is a mojito but with a twist.
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Coffee

Here are the sample pictures of the coffee they offer. I did not try this one because I have a problem with sleeping when I drink coffee at night.

Verdict

The ambiance cafe is inspired by industrial interiors but pretty much elevated to a casual fine dining cafe because of the lights and the aesthetically arranged decorations. The bar in the center adds glamour to the place. The only problem I can see here is space since the cafe is rectangularly shaped. The price is a little inclined to be pricey for me but considering the market of the area, I may say that it’s reasonable. The serving is well-portioned and the food is also good. Lastly, the service is great since they approach in a friendly manner.

Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

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The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery
UP Town Center, 216 Katipunan Avenue, Diliman Quezon City
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Carmelo’s Wagyu Steak, Greenbelt, Makati

Melo’s is a famous Angus steak restaurant in Quezon City and Muntinlupa that is run by Carmelo Santiago. After a long while, his daughter, Cristina Santiago Rivera, put up a restaurant also named after her father which we now call Carmelo’s Wagyu Steak.

Carmelo’s Wagyu Steak can be found on the ground floor of Greenbelt 5 in the array of restaurants with al fresco dining area. Getting in, the ambiance is high-class. It’s the kind of place where probably the guy will take you to impress. My officemates and I began talking about it whether we wanted that scenario for the first date with someone new but the thought sort of scared us in a way. Aren’t we weird, are we?
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Truthfully speaking, we were here because of the voucher we had in Metrodeal. The inclusions are the following:

6 oz US Angus Steak, soft rolls, soup or salad, and dessert for P799 instead of P1428

Our order took a while but we did not mind waiting since there’s a bread basket served. The waiter politely asked us if we like Caesar salad or creamy organic fresh mushroom and rich pumpkin soup. The soup was praised by my colleagues so they asked me to try it. It was indeed creamy and flavorful. Meanwhile, my salad, is well, a salad.
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photo by Eleanor Ordinario

The Angus steak came. It was pale but the criss-cross grill marks is a sight to delight. The sides were a julienne of carrots, string beans, and garlic mashed potato. The waiter also gave us a gravy on the side. The slab of beef looked dry but upon slicing, it is where the juices came out. We were savoring each and every bite because it’s not every day we would have steak for dinner. Even if it was just a 6 oz of meat, we were already full.
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We were not reading what we have availed in Metrodeal so after finishing our steak, we thought we were done but here comes the dessert! Chocolate cake, oooh I love it. Trivia fact: The owner is a pastry chef so such a treat!
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Verdict!

The restaurant can accommodate only a few, 20-30 pax, I guess. As mentioned earlier, the ambiance has a soft lighting and pleasing music. The price, I may say, is expensive… I would not be dining in here if it weren’t for the voucher we availed. The serving was enough to fill our hungry tummy, it was not easy to finish since it feels heavy! The waiter was attentive and kind. He even gave us a lot of gravy that I told him, “Kuya, KFC? Unli gravy?” We were thinking of giving him an extra cookie but there was no bill jacket given to us since the bill is already settled. Lastly, as for the taste, I’m not an expert with regards to steak but the three of us getting satisfied, I can say we really had a good dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Serving: 4.5/5
Service: 4.5/5
Taste: 4/5

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Carmelo’s Wagyu Steak
Greenbelt Park Walkways, Makati, Metro Manila

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Buffet 101, Glorietta

To be honest, I have dined-in to buffet a quite few but never blogs about it not unless it’s sponsored by the restaurant. The selection of food shocks me, then there comes the bewilderment of the food to choose. The next thing I know I’m in food coma and I can’t move because my tummy is so full. Now, I decided to try writing about buffet to get used to it. Please spare me this very informal blog with how my dining in Buffet 101 went.

The cuisine that Buffet 101 serves are mostly lined with Asian cuisines – Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and the local Philippine dishes. However, in wherever buffet restaurant I got to try, the roasted beef never comes off the list. See that chunk of meat on my plate below? There it’s there!
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Also, if you love shrimps, Buffet 101 has tons of dishes with it. (or maybe it was just the time when we dined-in). I happen not to have photos of shrimps in the chafing dish because it was already empty!
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Go scroll to drool!
For the soup
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My officemates said the seafood chowder (picture below) is yummy!
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Salad
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Bread

 

Rice
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Sushi and sashimi will always have a place for a buffet!

 

Chinese
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Meat

 

Sauce-based

 

Veggies

 

The dessert has a wide array of selections and it was heavenly good! At the back of my mind I was thinking if this was their specialty.

 

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Lastly, what I like about Buffet 101 is the herbal tea they offer. It’s not in the tea bags but the real deal, love it. Ang lakas maka-TEAtas of Manila! See the picture below what certain herbal leaves can do to your wellness.
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VERDICT!
Apparently, if we were to compare the food that Buffet 101 offers to Vikings, we know who would have won. Buffet 101 caters to class B & class C diners so we could not expect more but it’s good. My officemates and I ate at Dad’s, also a buffet restaurant, a few months ago but we all agreed that the food quality and so the selections are much better there than here. As for the ambiance, Buffet 101 has good interior and it’s roomy. It is well ventilated and their powder room is also classy! The waitstaff courteously cleared our table and attended to our needs as much as they can. The commis also served me with undivided attention.

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Taste: 3.5/5

Buffet 101, Glorietta
Glorietta BPO 2 Building, Palm Dr, Makati City

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