Y Café and Bar, Makati

Every day, we always make a choice even in just simplest things. I am sure that everyone has come to across in their thought if we can have everything all at once just because there are moments when we are feeling indecisive. In real life, that is not too close to achieve but not for Y Café and Bar in Makati.
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This café in Makati has set everything for the needs of the hungry people. Want coffee? Sure they will brew it. Want alcoholic drinks? They will mix it. Want to eat? They will cook it. Lucky me, I was able to try their food menu last July 13 in courtesy of the Foodies Night Out along with other food bloggers.

Y Café is formerly known as VC Café but the café’s theme continuously cling to the 80’s generation where Dragon Ball Z, Doraemon, Ghost Fighter, Sailormoon etc. are what to be seen in the murals. The life-sized Gundam robot welcomes the guests displayed at the entrance.

Y Café is spacious. It has a live band and indoor games that will not surely get the guests bored. There is also a part of the cafe where you can read books or work on your laptop since the place is more peaceful.

After letting the bloggers watch the AVP, Chef Paolo Manlapaz introduced the food which we will be eating.

Pasta

The Chicken and Mushroom Pasta seem overwhelming. Looking at the flat noodles drowned in the sticky white sauce, I got the feeling that this dish will easily get me full. It has button and shiitake mushrooms, chicken breast, and bacon. I liked that it is not too creamy; it was overall good. Oops, let me not forget the freshly grated parmesan cheese adding to the flavor of it!

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Chicken and Mushroom Pasta P320

The Spicy Aglio Olio Pasta is looking humble with close to pale color but that was the magic to it. The taste is exploding in full of flavor sprinkled with bacon bits and parmesan cheese. The spiciness though, I think is not tolerable for people who are not a fan of it.

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Spicy Aglio Olio Bacon Pasta P280

Mains

Bathing in chipotle sauce, the Spicy Shrimp and Sausage is as good as it sounds. It is just me who is not really a lover of tangy sauce. It has sautéed Hungarian sausage, shrimps, potatoes, and corn on the cob.

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Spicy Shrimp and Sausage

The Pork Chops Ala Pobre is well-seasoned. It has an unidentified herb that caught my palate and is sure good to pair with garlic rice. I hope that the meat would be much tender, though.

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Pork Chops Ala Pobre P300

Burger

The Y Cheeseburger is stunningly huge. It has a 200g pure beef patty to munch. Since we were that many, the bloggers were not able to try the big one but we were given the mini versions of it. As I was eating, observing whether it might be the cheese that is making it salty, but no, it is the patty. Nevertheless, I hope the real size of the Y Cheeseburger is not as salty as we had since it seems that it is good to indulge. It has bacon strips, onion rings, pickles, sautéed mushrooms, tomato, and lettuce! Just imagine.

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Y Cheeseburger P280 per piece
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can you eat all of these? :p

Promo

Y Café has enticing promos which will probably make me come here again since this is just near my work. Y Café promos are the following: unlimited cocktails for P350, 6+1 of beer also for P350 and, unlimited wine for as low as P500.

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Verdict

The ambiance of the café, as mentioned, has an 80s vibe where anime and cartoon characters are displayed. The first half of the café has a dim light where the bar is set and so is the band. The inner part of the café is much more conducive to reading or for working since it has brighter lights and silent. The price is very reasonable and their food has a generous serving, I can say it can be served for 2. I am not quite sure with the service since it was an event but since Y Café pretty much caters to what all people need in the city, I will give them a 4.5. They have a minimal work to do with the taste so the score is…

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

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Y Cafe
Don Chua Lamko Building, 100 H.V. Dela Costa, Makati, Metro Manila
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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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Chill Top Resto Bar, Cubao

Quezon City, though known as the most populated city in the Philippines, is not very much popular to skyscrapers as compared to Makati, the business district of the country.

For a person like me who is living in Quezon City, discovering Chill Top was a luck if I may say. I wouldn’t have to go in Makati or in Ortigas and brave myself to a 2-3 hour traffic just to indulge my eyes with the scenic view of the city because this roof deck resto bar is just located in Cubao.  In addition to that, the comfort food and the booze are budget-friendly to the locals so everything is very much favorable.
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We went there before sunset and it was just majestic. Tho the penthouse is just up to the 14th floor, there are not many neighboring buildings that would disrupt the 360 view of the city which truly makes the resto bar a good place to chill.

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At night, the view is more lovely because of the twinkling city lights.

Chill Top Cubao view at night

Most of the food served are “pulutan” or snacks for the alcoholic drinks but don’t worry as they serve rice. The chicken barbecute (P165)  is generously coated in sauce. It’s called “mini” but it still contributed to making my tummy full. The Hickory Dickory Pork (P254) has a sweet sauce yet I’m telling you not to expect too much of the tenderness of the meat.

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Hickory Dickory Pork

The newest addition to their menu, Flasher Squid (P320), is indeed flashy. It was served to us in its towering state where the squid is coated to add crispiness with the vinegar dip on the side. The flasher squid tasted great, seasoned well.
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During my first visit, I was able to get into their Chill Along, an amenity for people who wants to go singing. I have tried a lot of drinks that night but it is Choco Slush P205 (gin, vodka, rum, chocolate, and milk) that captured my taste buds. It is sweet but not too much and alcoholic but not quite. It’s a drink I got to enjoy the most.
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Going to Chill Top Cubao is not disappointing whether it will get crowded or not since it occupies two floors. The first floor of the penthouse is airconditioned but the glass windows still made us have a beautiful view. At night, it comes with the live band.
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Meanwhile, the second floor of the penthouse is the open air one with the 360 view.Chill Top (11)-2048x2000Chill Top (13)-2048x2000Chill Top (40)-2048x2000

And lastly, a Chill Along KTV Bar is located near the elevator and is also spacious. It can accommodate 30 pax plus it has own comfort room. The price as I have said is pocket-friendly and the serving is reasonable for the price. The taste is delicious but nothing exceptional. The waiters are polite but the food was prepared for a long time.

Chill Along KTV Bar

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

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