Shawarma Bros, UP Town Center

Shawarma Bros first concept restaurant  at Pasig back  in 2014 plus their expertise as a food truck that started in 2012 didn’t stopped them to crawl over Metro Manila’s favorite hang outs, continuing to offer Middle East-inspired dish in the favor of Filipino taste buds.shawarma-bros-2

The newly opened wing in UP Town Center could only mean a new place to stroll and to look forward to if your tummy’s screaming for foooood! Shawarma Bros owners plotted this very well. Bloggers and I had the chance to meet one of the Bros, Abraham Castro.

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Aside from our group, the restaurant is almost full despite the rainy weather. Shawarma Bros is well known on its Lamb Steak Rice Plate (P219) that makes the diners to keep on coming back.

Honestly, it is my first time to try Shawarma Bros. Why? It’s because I had tried shawarma in the kiosks we used to see around and its beef is chewy which I think would be hard to digest and also the flavor is powerful. So, I’m sorry for generalizing. 🙂 With that, I thank Aldous for inviting me that made me to change my judgment when it comes to shawarma because Shawarma Bros offers a meal with well-balanced flavor.

The lamb steak is a thing you don’t normally taste in your everyday life so I highly suggest to order this. The meat is cooked in excellence because the lamb does not smell “malansa” and the biryani rice has its own peppery taste which complements to the meat.shawarma-bros-6

On the other hand, we also tried the chicken and the beef. As expected, all of it are not greasy. Thumbs up for that.

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To explore your taste buds, they have sauce as shown on the pic below. My personal choice is the cheese!

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garlic yogurt, chili tomato, and cheese sauce

The keema, is a minced beef flavored in a sweet & spicy way. Top this on your rice to explore more flavors! You can actually include this in your meal. Just add P40 to have that Big Bro meal. The picture below is just served separately for us. 🙂shawarma-bros-4

To excite the palates of the avid diners and the first timers, there are new additions to the family of Bros’ menu that are sure to whet your appetite!

Pita Tostadas with Garlic Hummus (P80) would amazed you how crunchy it is but in a mellow counterpoint.  Serving it with a garlic hummus is a
pleasing appetizer which is now  my favorite!

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The Keema Nachos (P159) – is a crunchy nacho corn chips, accompanied by grated cheese, diced tomatoes and onions. and drizzled with your choice of two sauces.Simple and straightforward, but it’s a food that makes you to start talking anything under the sun. Or rain, in our case.shawarma-bros-5

The interior is industrial playing a black, brown and yellow color. They offer a hefty price with a generous serving. This would be good market since UP Town Center is the hub for students. The servers are polite and attended to our needs right away. As for the taste,  I like it since it’s not very strong. However, if some foreigners will try this one out, I’m not quite sure if they’re going to love it because it’s made for the local’s preference. Anyway, most numbers here in the Philippines are Filipinos so why do we have to worry about that? 🙂

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

Address: UP Town Center (Soon)2ndFloor Student Hub, 2ndWing, UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave, Quezon City

Operating hours: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Order for pick-up:(0916) 876 70

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Burger Avenue, Taft

Burger Avenue opened its doors in De La Salle University last August 8, 2015 and it’s such an honor for me to be invited by Aldous to meet the owners and to try their food. Burger Avenue has its first branch in Fort Strip, making the branch in DLSU to be their second.

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Miss Kim and Sir Martin, the owners, told us their bestsellers. However, I’m really up to try something different like Wasabi Burger.Burger Avenue (2)

To be honest, I am not totally a fan of wasabi; I rarely try it to my sushi so taking this order is really a challenge. The Wasabi Burger regular is P95 while the ¼ pound is P 145. The soft bun is especially topped with oats, while the patty is juicy and generous. Consuming wasabi in large scale would have you a mint sensation running to your nose up to your head. If appropriate, I should call it “brain freeze” or much better, minted brain. LOL! Despite the trial I had, I must say that their burger is delicious and supreme.Burger Avenue (6)

I had Strawberry Milkshake which is surprisingly in the mason jar! I also like the fact that their shake is not too sweet but still flavorful. There are no berry tidbits, though.Burger Avenue (4)

Meanwhile we also had our Crazy Fries P 90 and it is spicy because of the topped chili con carne. Their onion rings P 55 are unexpectedly big! It’s crunchy but a little oily so I prefer and like their Crazy Fries as the side dish.

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Burger Avenue also offer rice meal called All Day Breakfast Bowls. Shiela tried their bestseller Chodobo, a love team of chorizo and adobo. It comes with super garlic fried rice and sunny side up fried egg. The egg is also beyond normal, do you agree?Burger Avenue (5)

Burger Avenue is very pocket-friendly, yet the quality of the burger is not compromised. The place in DLSU branch could be small but the confidence of the restaurant is regained because of the good ambience. I hope that they would consider putting up a branch in Quezon City, too.

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Price: 5/5

Serving: 4/5

Taste: 4.5/5

Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

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Hillcrest Wellness Café, Malingap Street

Last Saturday, my friend Obin called me to hang out somewhere and I told her that we eat at Maginhawa Street instead of being an avid idler of malls. Maginhawa is a place in Quezon City where start-up businesses are situated. It is amazing that the public has patronized Maginhawa Street and became a go-to place especially to the students and young adults like us. Ahem!

We were opted to go to Maginhawa StrEAT Food Park but it started to rain which an outdoor dining was totally not a good idea. Moreover, the crowd is getting thicker so we decided to bail out and Obin suggested to a place she is familiar of – Hillcrest. Hillcrest is located in Malingap Street but it isn’t far from Maginhawa.hillcrest (5)

From the name itself, I couldn’t think more of anything but something divine. I found out just now that it was named after a Christian church so that explains why there are inspirational quotes on the walls. When we arrived, we saw that there were only two tables occupied and we were lucky because Robin said that there are times that the café is full house.hillcrest (3)

There are books, too!hillcrest (4)

According to my research, these artworks are for sale for charity works.hillcrest (6)

I ordered their bestseller Chicken Pesto (P 220). The pasta is not totally flavored so the waitress’ SOP is to serve the pasta together with the salt, pepper, and parmesan (because not all restaurants are like this, am I right?). The serving is enough to make me full and I bet they used real basil leaves for the dish. You got to see and taste it for yourself.hillcrest (8)

When I saw the statement written on their walls, it was then I realized that Hillcrest is a wellness café which means they are using organic products. Therefore I conclude that the basil they used on my pesto is really fresh!hillcrest (1)

Meanwhile, Obin ordered Tuna Aglio Olio (P 200). I tried it and it’s good, too but Obin frankly said to me that there are times that the taste of this particular dish varies but still, she always buy it because it is her favorite.hillcrest (9)

She also ordered Iced Coffee.hillcrest (7)

The serving is enough to make me full so for my P200, the pricing is just perfect. The taste is actually not something so magical or different but it is just fascinating that they use organic ingredients so I’m giving it a 4. The place is well-lit, air-conditioned, and spacious. The cashier who is also the waitress is polite so I’m giving it a 5!

Serving: 5/5

Taste: 4/5

Price: 5/5

Place: 4.5/5

Service: 5/5

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Hillcrest Wellness Cafe

48 Malingap Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila

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