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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Wingman Collective, Makati

Team Aldous held its 4th year anniversary at Wingman Collective last October 7, 2017. Aldous Calubad, the man behind this group has always been active to try different food restaurants around the metro. Later, he realized that exploring restaurants would be more fun when he is around with people who also share the same interest.

With the power of the internet on this generation, everything comes easy. He was able to gather bloggers who are also strangers to one another yet, were able to become friends as the years went on. Some people come, some people go which I am quite guilty about since I’ve been MIA for some time, however fast forward today, we have reached Team Aldous on 4!

While we were waiting for the others to arrive, the waitstaff started serving us onion rings (P150) and the garlic parmesan curly twist fries (P175). I’m sure the garlic parmesan curly twist fries is the basket that was so in-demand at that time because of its binging flavor. A-must try!

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onion rings
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garlic parmesan curly twist fries

Erik Waldie, the owner, along with the marketing manager, Benj, welcomed us that aimed to showcase the food they offer plus a quiz night to test out our memory.
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Erik hosted the quiz night perfectly mind-boggling but thanks to my teammates’ Joy and Tin for being so well-informed with the past and current events that we made to be in the second to the highest score!
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Quiz night is for FREE! It happens in Acacia Estates, Taguig every Thursday but as for this branch, the Collective, is still needed to be discussed when it should regularly happen. Meanwhile, we were munching these wings as we were answering the quiz.
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The Classic Buffalo Wings 6 pcs (P235) met my expectation on its sweet and tangy flavor.

HEADS UP! Every order comes with carrot sticks and ranch dip. Also, a dozen wings can be split into two flavors.wingman (5)-2048x2000

The Prairie Fire (P235) is also flavored like the buffalo wings but this time, the ranch dip is poured at the top and the spiciness can come from mild to extreme!
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The Moroccan Chermoula (P235) is an exotic spice blend of North African spices. It’s unique, I would say.wingman (9)-2048x2000

This one is called Hell Fire (P235) and yes, it was flaming when served to us. I love spicy food, to be honest, however I cannot stand the hot sensation in my mouth. Man, the spiciness of this one lasts long.

 

Here are their desserts but I was not able to try it because I was called to play beer pong. Anyway, here’s the picture of their dessert that is absolutely worth drooling.
The final part was capped by playing beer pong. You can play beer pong for FREE! Yes, they just want people to have a good time.
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I did not contribute too much score for this because I was having a hard time to shoot the ball (obviously in the photo) but Tin, my teammate was pretty good on this one. We were able to make it to the finals. 😀
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Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5
Serving: 4.5/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4/5

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