Dwntown & Halsted, BGC

Despite its bar brimming of top-line alcoholic drinks, Downtown and Halsted (Dwntown & Halsted) has humble interiors. Industrial and street, the graffiti wall is perfectly suited for the bar. Moreover, some artworks are displayed throughout the place and are for sale.
Dwntown & Halsted Bar

Downtown and Halsted is known in offering drinks but they are very much delighted to tell that they are also offering food which is crafted by Chef Marco Legasto. He is also the man behind the food of Abuelas and Prime 101.
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The first food served to us exceeded my expectation. The Mushroom Soup (P250) tasted fresh. It is thick but not creamy and the flavor is well-balanced.
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The Tikka Wrap (P240) has cucumber, lettuce, and yogurt with pleasing spices that did not overpower the vegetables. Chips are served on the side with a spicy dip.
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The Portobello and Quinoa Salad (P250) is a mystery. The taste is very distinct. Maybe because it’s my first time eating quinoa, the couscous-like seeds that glide to my teeth as I try to chew it.
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The pork skewer (P150) has the typical taste of barbecue but varied by less oil and less sauce. The chicken skewer (P150)  has nothing much appealing unlike the lengua skewer (P250) that is sumptuous and toothsome!

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The aroma of Spiced Black Mussels with Fresh Chili and Curry Leaves (P250) made me scream inside of me “I need vitamin sea!”
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The Crispy Pork Knuckles (P580) knocked us out as it satiated our hunger for the night. I just like how they make a sinful dish less sinful because it was served to us not oily. The dip for this is also good.
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The Baby Back Ribs (P580) is tender with the perfect non-smoky sauce.
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The Seafood Pasta (P350) may look like a pesto based but as I got to try it, the parsley and garlic creamy flavor prevailed. The Chorizo Pasta (P385) awakens your breakfast taste bud.

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The East Side Elavation (P350) is superbly concocted. It’s a drink made of hendricks, fresh lime, kiwi, basil, balsamic vinegar. A recommended booze!
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As for the artworks, the artist may send their work to them for screening.

Dwntown & Halsted is a place where the people could actually talk while hanging out and drinking their alcohol. It’s a street concept but classy in a way. The food was presented has its craftsmanship and with well-balanced taste; I like the lengua skewers, crispy pork knuckles, baby back ribs, and seafood pasta. As for the waitstaff, they accommodated us in a friendly manner.

Dwntown & Halsted

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

Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Aldous for the invite.

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Dwntown & Halsted, BGC

Ground Floor, Burgos Parklane, Forbestown Road, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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Beiruti Bite Express, Taguig

Nowadays, the people want everything in a snap because a lot of things are needed to keep up. While you find that your weekdays are loaded with many things to do or you just want to have a quick snack to munch before attending your responsibilities, there are kiosks that can answer your hungriness like Beiruti Bite Express.

My former workmate, Vanessa, and I ordered moutabal (P49) for the appetizer.  Moutabal is an eggplant dip that is mixed with lemon juice, sesame paste, and garlic drizzled with olive oil. It is served with a pita bread that is soft and warm.

Instead of ordering shawarma, we ordered rice meal. I got shawarma beef rice (P109) and Vanessa ordered the shawarma chicken rice. To my surprise, I find that the chicken tastes better than the beef for the rice meal.

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I met the manager and the owner of Beiruti and they let us have a take out of the Beiruti Sandwich that is shawarma beef. I did not get to take a photo because the presentation did not look good anymore because of transporting from Taguig to QC, haha. Luckily, I was able to take a photo of the menu. They got a regular size and a titan size. We only got the regular size coz I tell you that the titan size is really huge. It’s larger than the size of a man’s face. Really, I’m not exaggerating here. I’d prefer to choose the beef meat for sandwich.shawarma sandwich

Their shawarma sandwich smells nice. It’s not the shawarma we usually have here that has a pungent smell of the meat. No wonder that there are many people who would stop by at this kiosk in my observation while we were eating.

Lastly, they also gave us a minted lemonade shake for only P50! The glass is also huge and I like that this one cleanses your palate after eating shawarma. If you like a herbal taste and to freshen up, I would recommend this.minted lemonade shake

I would like to thank Ms. May of What To Eat Ph for letting us try Beiruti Bite Express.

The place is just normal but they have a seat where you can eat your food but the price is pocket-friendly and the serving is really good to fill you up. There is just a thing to improve with regards to service.  It would take awhile to have your food because there’s only two of them who prepares it. The taste met my preference because it does not smell nor taste too strong plus their meat is really good.

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

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Beiruti Bite Express

G/F, Market Market Mall, Taguig

0921 926 4635

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Uncle Cheffy, McKinley

Filipinos absolutely love buffet, unlimited calls & text, free refill, bottomless iced tea or simply anything that goes like forever. Because Pinoys buy such steal, Uncle Cheffy is offering the public an unlimited chicken and pork cracklings for only P 199 per person that comes with free 1 glass of iced tea.

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Uncle Cheffy

The promo is good for 90 minutes per person only and the succeeding hours will be charged the same rate of P199+ per 90 minutes per person. Of course, no sharing, no left over, and no take out. For those with left over, a P300 will be charged to the person and taking it out is not still allowed.

We, bloggers, were given samples of bagnet, fried chicken and roasted chicken. IMO, I personally like the fried chicken more than the roasted one. Meanwhile, their bagnet is surely sinful yet the garlic fit into the meat assured us that we would not have that “putok batok” case; because garlic is known to lower blood pressure. So yeah, we could keep our health cool while consuming bagnet.

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Just when we thought that we’d only dine there for their chicken and bagnet, the Uncle Cheffy Favorite panizza (P139) and the alfalfa were served to us. Oozing with cheese (which I couldn’t identify what type) and also topped with mushroom, anchovies, basil, and tomatoes, this panizza is certainly a favorite, except that there’s a burnt part served in our table. What I didn’t know about panizza is that the alfalfa should be spread over to the panizza and roll it. I must say awesome!uncle cheffy (2) uncle cheffy (4)

Desserts were also dish up to us. The Italian Leche Flan (P 130) is not too sweet, which is very favorable to me.uncle cheffy (7)

They also offered Cheffy Cheesecake (P 130). From what Shiela and I have identified the layers of the cake, the bottom is like crushed cookies, next is the cream cheese, next is the chocolate filling, and on the top is like custard cake. Whether devouring the cake layer by layer or trying the layer in one bite, Cheffy Cheesecake is very admirable. You would not have that “umay” feeling but surely water is still needed.uncle cheffy (8)

Uncle Cheffy is a bit a casual restaurant but the prices on their menu is affordable in my opinion. It is only my second time dining in at Uncle Cheffy and to be honest, I appreciate this visit than before. The interiors are also nice and creative. I don’t quite like the lightings, though. The service staff is also polite and friendly; I accidentally talked to them a couple of times comparing to the food events I attended. So, to sum it up, here’s my score:

Price: 5/5

Serving: 5/5

Taste: 4/5

Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

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Visit last August 17, 2015:

After having our meeting in Lazada, Shiela and I went to Uncle Cheffy again to try another kind of panizza – East Meets West junior P168. This panizza, as described in the menu, has Parma ham, salami, kesong puti, salted eggs, tomatoes, mango and 3 cheese. Over all, the panizza is scrumptious especially that it is drowning in cheese and it tastes like the maki twister of KFC. However, the existence of the Parma ham is lacking and the salami is also cut-priced.

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The Chicken Parmigiana (P 230) of Shiela is surprisingly not tomato-based but a white sauce with green sauce at the bottom, if you would see in the picture. The pasta is not tasty so a request of parmesan cheese is a must. Moreover, we’ve known through the waiter that the green sauce is made from spinach. It is just great that this pasta is not oily so I am recommending the dish for health-conscious people.uncle cheffy (11)

Since I haven’t had my lunch and it was past 5 pm already, I’m really up into something heavier like steak, so I ordered Steak and Pasta (P250) because it’s affordable but would make me full.  I had told the waiter to have my steak well done. The steak is tender but its sauce is purely plain while the pasta is well flavored. The penne is smothered in tomato sauce with a drizzle of parmesan cheese.uncle cheffy (12)

My lemonade (P100) and Shiela’s grape shake (P115) are well done, totally refreshing!uncle cheffy (9)

Price: 5/5

Serving: 5/5

Taste: 3.5/5

Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

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    1. Giveaway is open for Philippine residents only.
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  1. The contest starts on August 10, 2015 and ends on August 24, 2015.
  2. Please note that the GC may be used for Kuse, Uncle Cheffy, Larry & Mau Diner, Bossing’s Grill, Market Basket, and Chef’s Barrel.  Uncle Cheffy Nuvali, Uncle Cheffy Molito, Uncle Cheffy Metro East, Uncle Cheffy Bluewave, Uncle Cheffy Skyranch, Chef’s Barrel, Kuse Crossroads, Bossing’s Grill Ali Mall only.
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Uncle Cheffy

Venice Piazza, McKinley, Taguig

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