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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Sanhoyan, Taipei

To be honest, my friends are more foodie than I do. I was having this realization that whenever I’m with friends, I tend to eat more. Truthfully speaking, our whole itinerary in Taipei were arranged by my friends and I was just tagging along wherever we go.

One of the restaurants in Taipei that are best reviewed is Sanhoyan. From Shilin Night Market to Shifen Old Street, we took the next level of foodie adventure by dining in at a casual fine dining restaurant.

The Sanhoyan Fried Rice with Egg ($327) is a show stopper. It was served to us in a pyramid shape. It is moist and delectable and so is their bestseller.
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Sanhoyan Fried Green Beans $227 (on the left) is a dish with a twist. It is fried with a distinct appetizing flavor. It was a bit dry but we really did not care as we were looking to balance our meal with a vegetable dish.
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Stir Fried Prawn Balls with Salty Duck Egg Yolk $327 has a subtle but addicting taste. It is crunchy and the surprising soft bite completes the meal.
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The Spicy Deep Fried Chicken $287 is freshly fried until crispy and so are the vegetables that come with it. It’s tasty and we liked it. Most of the veggies are chilis.sanhoyan (1)-1024x1000

Look at how cute these buns are! Here are the sesame bun (black and white), sweet green bean, and the last, salty duck egg yolk & sweet milky bun (gold) won our heart.
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Sanhoyan is located on the lower ground floor of a building. The ambiance is sophisticated in a modern way. It is pricier than the normal food we have eaten during our stay in Taipei so we prepared ourselves to spend more money dining in here. As for the serving, it was good enough for us three. The waitstaff can comprehend English but not quite. Nonetheless, they have given us good service that they accommodated us very well. Sanhoyan is a Taiwanese fusion cuisine so it’s really good that we were able to try it. I can tell that it has become one of the best ratings because of the food presentation.
This photo of SANHOYAN-Breeze Nanjing is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5
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Sanhoyan Breeze Nanjing
Address: No.337, Sec.3, Nanjing E Rd, Songshan Dist | B2Taipei 105, Taiwan

Dwntown & Halsted, BGC

Dwntown & Halsted Bar

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!

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The aroma of Spiced Black Mussels with Fresh Chili and Curry Leaves (P250) made me scream inside of me “I need vitamin sea!”
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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.
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The Baby Back Ribs (P580) is tender with the perfect non-smoky sauce.
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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.

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The East Side Elavation (P350) is superbly concocted. It’s a drink made of hendricks, fresh lime, kiwi, basil, balsamic vinegar. A recommended booze!
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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.

Dwntown & Halsted

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

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.

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Dwntown & Halsted, BGC

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