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
garlic parmesan curly twist fries
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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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to post positive reviews.
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Cu Chi, Poblacion, Makati

I can exactly remember the last time I tried to eat Vietnamese food, which was in the year 2014. The impression I had, I can honestly say, is still the same. Vietnamese food is a healthy cuisine in a way that young adults will surely appreciate. Cu Chi, a newly opened restaurant-bar located in the “nightlife” part of Makati, is surely one of the a-must visits when looking for an authentic Vietnamese food.
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Food

First served to us, bloggers, is Fresh Spring Rolls with Prawn (P195). Filled with crisp vegetables, a handful of rice vermicelli, and a peanut butter dipping, this appetizer is refreshing. Cu Chi (4)-2048x2000

Xiên nướng which is also known as “skewers” may look like the ordinary BBQ we used to have but the authenticity is very much present in the dish. Is it the lemongrass or the sesame oil that makes the taste distinct? I’m not quite sure but here’s the thing I am certain of – Vietnamese caramel sauce. Yes, that is the secret that the meat is glistening! Here are the pork and chicken variation.

Pork Skewers Cu Chi
Pork Skewers (P180)
Chicken Skewers Cu Chi
Chicken Skewers (P180)

The Pho Bo (P220) is a beef noodle soup and is said the national dish of Vietnam. I was totally impressed in the tenderness of the meat and the subtle flavor of the soup. It was also my first time to try flat rice noodles. Put the bean sprouts and the lettuce to complete the Vietnamese noodles experience.Cu Chi (9)-2048x2000Cu Chi (10)-2048x2000

The Bo Sot Vang or known as Vietnamese Beef Stew is like our very own kaldereta but comes in a flavor of star anise. The beef stew may be served with rice for P250 or with bread for P230. Cu Chi (20)-2048x2000

Drinks

Cu Chi Poblacion

Cu Chi Poblacion

Cu Chi Mule (P250), as the color of the drink, suggests a ladies drink with a hint of watermelon flavor. Ladies in groups of 4 or more will receive a complimentary pitcher of this drink.
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The Cu Chi Cucumber Mojito (P220) is a mild one. With tons of leaves on this drink, it got me thinking that it’s a herbal drink, lol.
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The margarita (P180) has nothing special.
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The chocolate martini (P220) is pleasing as dessert.
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Come between 5pm and 10pm for Happy Hour and Buy 1 Take 1 on all of their signature cocktails! What a treat!

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Located on the second floor of a building, it was a little hard for me to get into the place. Just as the saying would say, look up to find the answer. On my case, I did this literally to find the place where should I be going. ^_^. The place is not airconditioned so I just find it quite hard to get drunk here if the weather was hot. However, the murals and the vibe did achieve the Viet feels. The serving is reasonable on its price and the taste is as good as authentic (according to the people I was with). The waitstaff are also friendly and attended our needs right away.

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

They also have a function area at the rooftop area that can cover up to 150 pax.
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One Plus Coffee, Circuit, Makati

While 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.

Matcha Latte served iced and hot. I like the iced one better.One plus coffee (56)-2048x2000One plus coffee (65)-2048x2000

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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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