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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Abuela’s, Makati

The rainy season has started and everyone wants to stay and get cozy in their own homes. While the rain is continuously pouring outside, imagine getting up from the bed and your mother or your wife has the food ready for you. This certainly feels home, but what if you are far from it and yet you want to get cosseted like you’re home? From the busy city of Makati, a restaurant in Legaspi Village named Abuela’s can feed your soul and tummy a comfort of home.

Abuela in Spanish is “grandmother” so the restaurant is straightforward to where their dishes come from, but since it has passed from generations to generations, the food has come with a modern twist.

Appetizer

This is not your ordinary Chicken Wings, since it is a Spanish style buffalo wings served with chorizo and olives. The taste is leaning on the salty side.

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Chicken Wings P500

The Kilawin has a subtle touch of tangy because it has done the Negros way plus topped with coconut milk.
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To definitely wow your appetizer, here is Bone Marrow with Truffled Chimichurri and  Onion Mango Jam. The exciting part of eating the dish is when you’re scraping the roasted bone marrow with truffled chimichurri, topping it off at the humble toasted bread and adding the mango jam with it. It is a new taste in your palate. Highly recommended!

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Bone Marrow with Truffled Chimichurri and  Onion Mango Jam P420

Entrees

The Mechado stuffed with Iberico Chorizo looks good to take a photo because of the towering dried squid ink. Yes, that piece of art is edible! The dish has foie gras, and Iberico, a ham produced in Spain and Portugal so this dish must be pretty special.

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Mechado stuffed with Iberico Chorizo P550

The Jojo’s Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce is enticing to look with the grilled prawns with a Southern Filipino crab fat curry. This one has a buttery taste.

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Jojo’s Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce P350

The Pinangat is a fish meat and crab meat wrapped in gabi leaves. Drowned in coconut milk sauce, and a little salty, the right word for this dish is overindulgent of cholesterol.

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Pinangat P450

The perfect slice of the pork is simply irresistible. Their Bagnet is not oily and the crunchiness does not hurt or test your jaw. The meat is good itself and it was the best when dipped with the Thai sauce.
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Dessert

Their dessert is still on its plating game. The Molten Lava Cake and the Green Tea Cheesecake are also scene-stealer. Both of them are decadent, well-flavored and rich but the Molten Lava Cake is moister.

 

Verdict

Located on the second floor of Somerset, Abuela’s might be missed when you are strolling along Legaspi Village. The restaurant is spacious, it has a dim light with an elegant strike of home. If you are looking for a venue for corporate events, they can cater since they have function room with a maximum capacity of 25pax, minimum consumable of P20,000.

The price is not that budget-friendly but how the food is presented was the evidence with the price range of Abuela’s. The waitstaff are accommodating yet informal. The taste of the food is overall good. Hence, the modern twist is the interesting thing that you will keep to come back.

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

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to write positive reviews. All thoughts and opinion are my own. Thanks for not judging the quality of the photo. I forgot to bring my camera.

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Abuela’s, Makati
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Address: Second Floor, Somerset Millenium Makati, 104 Aguirre Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Call (02) 8052713
abuelasmanila@gmail.com

 

 

Carmelo’s Wagyu Steak, Greenbelt, Makati

Melo’s is a famous Angus steak restaurant in Quezon City and Muntinlupa that is run by Carmelo Santiago. After a long while, his daughter, Cristina Santiago Rivera, put up a restaurant also named after her father which we now call Carmelo’s Wagyu Steak.

Carmelo’s Wagyu Steak can be found on the ground floor of Greenbelt 5 in the array of restaurants with al fresco dining area. Getting in, the ambiance is high-class. It’s the kind of place where probably the guy will take you to impress. My officemates and I began talking about it whether we wanted that scenario for the first date with someone new but the thought sort of scared us in a way. Aren’t we weird, are we?
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Truthfully speaking, we were here because of the voucher we had in Metrodeal. The inclusions are the following:

6 oz US Angus Steak, soft rolls, soup or salad, and dessert for P799 instead of P1428

Our order took a while but we did not mind waiting since there’s a bread basket served. The waiter politely asked us if we like Caesar salad or creamy organic fresh mushroom and rich pumpkin soup. The soup was praised by my colleagues so they asked me to try it. It was indeed creamy and flavorful. Meanwhile, my salad, is well, a salad.
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The Angus steak came. It was pale but the criss-cross grill marks is a sight to delight. The sides were a julienne of carrots, string beans, and garlic mashed potato. The waiter also gave us a gravy on the side. The slab of beef looked dry but upon slicing, it is where the juices came out. We were savoring each and every bite because it’s not every day we would have steak for dinner. Even if it was just a 6 oz of meat, we were already full.
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We were not reading what we have availed in Metrodeal so after finishing our steak, we thought we were done but here comes the dessert! Chocolate cake, oooh I love it. Trivia fact: The owner is a pastry chef so such a treat!
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Verdict!

The restaurant can accommodate only a few, 20-30 pax, I guess. As mentioned earlier, the ambiance has a soft lighting and pleasing music. The price, I may say, is expensive… I would not be dining in here if it weren’t for the voucher we availed. The serving was enough to fill our hungry tummy, it was not easy to finish since it feels heavy! The waiter was attentive and kind. He even gave us a lot of gravy that I told him, “Kuya, KFC? Unli gravy?” We were thinking of giving him an extra cookie but there was no bill jacket given to us since the bill is already settled. Lastly, as for the taste, I’m not an expert with regards to steak but the three of us getting satisfied, I can say we really had a good dinner.

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

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Carmelo’s Wagyu Steak
Greenbelt Park Walkways, Makati, Metro Manila

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