One Plus Coffee, Circuit, Makati

NWhile coffee shop is known as a place for meetings, the One Plus Coffee that is newly opened in the Circuit, Makati intended their place as a co-working space where the diners would expect hanging wires from the top for the laptops, long tables for the meetings, and free WiFi connection all for the convenience of the diners. I can say that the place is very helpful for the group studies of the students or for the corporate brainstorming of the professionals.
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One Plus Coffee only intended to offer drinks for the diners but they have decided to also offer food. Luckily, Aldous, Tin, and I got to try some of these last Wednesday while their menu is still in the process of updating.
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These Potato Chips looked really lovely. It looked like a big flower blossoming on our table. It comes in big chips, it looks thick but actually thin. It is crunchy and the saltiness is balanced right. I’m already satisfied on the chip itself even without the dipping. But hell, even the dipping is also great!
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The Szechuan Shrimp Balls looked like a dessert for me when I was taking a photo of it but I was surprised that it’s my favorite seafood I was munching in a form of balls. Given that Szechuan dishes are spicy, the One Plus Coffee’s dish did not give a dash of heat but a little tangy and sweet flavor. At first, I thought it was a chocolate sauce, but it is a balsamic sauce that gives magic to this dish.
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Chomping these wings gave me a sweet flavor beforehand, however, the spiciness gets to me after eating a piece of it. Here’s One Plus Sweet & Spicy Wings.
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Between the Caesar Salad and the Creamy Greek Salad, I like the latter. Maybe I was not really a fan of acidic sauce like that of Caesar. Plus, the Creamy Garlic Salad has a slice of cucumber that made me more to like it.

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Caesar Salad
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Creamy Greek Salad

The Aglio Olio did not fail to satisfy my hunger. Al dente pasta, the flavor of the garlic really went through, and the distinct taste of olive oil, there’s nothing to ask for more but wait…
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Here’s another pasta – Meaty Baked Lasagna. It’s good but not as sinful as I thought it was.
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As for the beverages, where One Plus Coffee is an expert of, there are few drinks that would definitely make you curious so to give you a preview, here are the zips I had.

If you like a drink that is not too strong, order Nutella Mocha. It is nutty and a little chocolatey.
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The Latte Macchiato has stronger taste compare to Thai Latte. Thai Latte is the one with whipped cream on top.

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Kiwi Lemonade. It’s acidic but luxurious.
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Alluring Strawberry Mocha. It’s not as sweet as I expected so I think this is better paired with a pastry or a slice of cake. 🙂
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One Plus Coffee has an innovative strategy since Makati as a business district, people surely seek a place where they can last longer that is conducive for finishing paper works, for studying or for a meeting. The ambiance of the place projects that concept so the by passers would surely note that it is a great coffee shop to linger whenever they have to in the future. The coffee shop is big, cozy, and well ventilated. I also like how they play with the colors of the furniture and the instagrammable frames on display. The serving for food is meant for small portions, considering the said “concept” but the drinks come in the regular size just like the other coffee shops. The staff is welcoming and joyful, which is a thing to expect for coffee shops. Truly, One Plus Coffee is the coffee shop the people can depend on whenever you need a table to rely on. Of course, you do order! 🙂
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Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Serving: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4/5

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to post positive reviews.

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Big Mama, Poblacion, Makati

Big Mama is a Korean restaurant located in Polaris, Makati that offers authentic flavors. Eat sumptuous food here without hurting your pocket.

Because the rain can’t stop from falling and ruling Metro Manila, eating spicy would stand as the comfort food for every hungry tummy. Having the knowledge that Korean cuisine is known to have a love for wolfing spicy food, my workmates and I opted to dine in Big Mama. We were literally running when we were heading to the place since the rain is starting to fall harder.

It was not my first time dining in Big Mama since my former bosses who are Koreans frequent here and so this was where they sometimes give us, my previous workmates, a treat. Now that I got a new job, I got to share to my foodie workmate that I know an authentic Korean restaurant near our office and so she wanted to try it. We also tagged three new found friends to have more fun!

The Big Mama is known as a “chicken and beer” restaurant so we ordered the chicken that costs P730 for 15 pieces. We divided the flavors to half where the other is spicy and the other half is regular. This order comes along with three dips. The chicken here is pretty promising so it should not be a miss.
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The Ramyon Bokki/Rabokki (P250) is a combination of the two common favorite dishes – ramen and bokki. If you do not know what bokki is, it’s a stir-fried rice cake in a cylinder shape. The hard-boiled egg served is good to cut into tidbits and mix it with the rabokki to add more flavor to this red pepper sauce dish!

We also ordered the Fish Cake Soup (P400). Basically, this is a clear soup with fish cake, seaweed, and hard-boiled egg. The fish cake tastes like the fish balls we used to eat as a snack. Unlike fish balls are round, the fish cake is a long flattened rectangular shape and put into the sticks like how “isaw” is presented.
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The restaurant is not fancy so coming into the place is less intimidating. Despite this, the place is where you would see more Koreans so you would know that the Big Mama is a great place to dine. I think the place is not much common to the Filipinos but I promise you that the food, especially the chicken is great. The price is very affordable and the serving is generous. The taste is perfect and the staff is friendly. There’s a bell in each table that you could press whenever you needed something to the waiter. Don’t expect though that the staff is formal since the chicken and beer restaurant is intended to be casual.

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

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After All Bar & Grill, SM Jazz

It does not always have to be a Friday night for friends to share good laughter. If you are looking for a place to enjoy good times any day whether with friends or family After All Bar & Grill is inclined to what you believe in. This newly opened bar and grill that is located in SM Jazz has the objective to serve good food, good music, and good laughter. Suffice to say that the name of the restaurant comes from the song, After All.
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We, bloggers, were presented with a lot of craft cocktails that made our table very colorful. I did not get to taste all of the cocktails and never planned on trying it all anyway since I need to be sober to judge (lol) their food.After All (4)-1024x1000

The drink I took is the Calibre (P150), it’s a Cuba Libre cocktail but infused with a salted sugar rim.
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This is their newest cocktail, Poison Ivy. I’m not sure but I think this is a vodka concoction. The taste is perfect!
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The  Apple Yuki Matsuri is very light but the hint of apple is prevalent. It is inspired by the sapporo snow festival in Japan.After All Apple Yuki Matsuri

The Cara Java Daiquiri is a coffee frappe but with the hint of alcohol. I’m thinking it’s the Kahlua or Bailey’s.
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These are the drinks I did not get to taste:

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Buko Melon Freeze
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Long Island Tea
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Of course, the night out is not complete without food! The Romanian Devil Squid (P180) is seasoned with magical herbs I could say. It’s very flavorful!
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This pan-grilled skewered cubes of wagyu beef, Saikoro Steak Skewers (P280), looks humble but after sliding out the beef to my mouth I just said, “wow!”.
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Their Deep Fried Crispy Pata (P700) did not disappoint and it’s drool worthy. It has crunchy skin but with a flaky meat which made us easier to slice.
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I love how the Tuna Salpicao (P290) is so chunky! It’s a little bit sour but  I can still taste the tuna like it is freshly caught in the sea.
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I also love how well they balance the flavors of the Seafood Teppanyaki (P390). It is vinegary but not overpowering.
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The Tiger Prawn Tempura is juicy and crispy at the same time. It is also served with vegetable fritters.
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The Waikiki Ribs (P450) is so tender and very bulky! The ribs itself is already delicious so I was just wondering why the sauce has to be salty.
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There is something special about their cake because you will inject an alcohol into it yourself. The cake below is served with Jack Daniel’s.
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The ambiance of the whole bar is less dim which made me think that After All is a bar and grill for all ages. As I have observed, the crowd is diverse. From yuppies, couples, foreigners, and even oldies, everyone is set to party! The bar area itself is making a contemporary statement with its colorful crystal glass wall. As I have tried their drinks and food, I can say that the price is pocket-friendly for a good food. From the bartender, servers, the restaurant managers, they are all accommodating and would make you feel home. As for the taste, I love how they would like to preserve the natural flavors of the food. I like all of it but as for the Waikiki, I hope the sauce is less salty.After All (2)-1024x1000

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

After All Bar & Grill

G/F, Jazz Residences Nicanor Garcia corner Jupiter Street, Makati City

816 3652

Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Aldous for inviting and letting me meet the restaurant managers!

 

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