Great food. Wonderful music. That’s exactly what I recently experienced at a fairly young restaurant I visited just a week ago called, Jet 7 Bistro.
I was able to drop by the “Press and Bloggers Night” of Jet 7 Bistro to see why this place is fast becoming one of the more talked about establishments along Timog Avenue (at the corner Sct. Ybardolaza to be exact). It was also the evening wherein Jet 7 Bistro officially announced their brand ambassador to the public.
Just recently, Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila was feted in a well attended formal launch at Makati Shangri-La, Manila’s SAGE Restaurant and Bar.
Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila’s brand ambassador, Tim Yap, amiably greeted and toasted party guests that included Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena, Israeli Ambassador Menashe Bar-on, Alain Borgers – GM, Makati Shangri-La, Lesley Tan – Shangri-La’s Director of Communications, Bernie Buenaseda of Radio Partners, Atty. Mike Toledo, Jenni Epperson, Rajo Laurel, Trish Panlilio, J.R. Isaac, Philip Cu-Unjieng, Atom Henares, Claudinne Trillo, Marco Lobregat, Chris Badiola, Richard Tiu and VIP Fila girl Cris Albert.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a preference for Japanese cuisine.
But back when I was a kid, Japanese restaurants were notoriously expensive. It was quite impossible to frequent these establishments without ruining one’s budget.
As time went by, Japanese restaurants started popping up all over the metro. Different names, all sorts of offerings, not to mention the ever popular buffet concept we’ve eventually grown accustomed to. Although these establishments have started sprouting here and there, and prices of Japanese food have dramatically lowered, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality and taste of what these young restaurants offer are satisfactory.
Fortunately, there are a few places that offer affordable Japanese dishes that are superb in taste and presentation. You just have to look hard enough to find them.
One such place, is Yumi
Yumi Japanese Restaurant is located at the mezzanine area of the new wing of Promenade, Greenhills. The new wing is where all the Dolby Atmos movie theaters are situated.
Offering delectable, delicious and attractive dishes without the outrageous cost, Yumi is one establishment that attracts droves of customers and passers-by on a daily basis. People who’ve been to Yumi for the first time always come out happy and satisfied… some cannot even believe how Japanese dishes this good can be offered at very affordable prices.
Genji M is quite a familiar fixture along Kalayaan Ave., Makati City. It’s been in business since October 2013 but operating under the name of “Far Eastern Asian Cuisine” for the longest time until they eventually changed their name to what it is now.
Together with the new brand, the place has undergone a facelift to become a truly local restaurant in Manila.
I recently visited this newly revamped establishment and discovered that Genji M has shifted from targeting foreign customers to now meeting Filipino customers’ taste and expectations.
Just how are they trying to draw droves of new patrons to their restaurant, you ask? By offering a vast variety of UNLIMITED sushi, sashimi and rolls at very affordable prices. Not a bad strategy, eh!
To those very critical about restaurants offering their profit to charity for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), saying that they should just donate all the food to relief and that NO ONE should be dining out right now at a time like this… your self-righteousness is quite unfair to the owners of these establishments.
Granted, the ideal thing to do is for people to donate money instead of eating out… but some will STILL dine out.
If and when they do, at least they have the option to dine in an establishment that has committed to offer all or a fraction of their profit to charity.
Do not judge establishments and their owners because of this. Business will go on. It’s how they make a “living”.
HOW CAN ONE GIVE OUT IF THERE IS NOTHING COMING IN?
It’s the same as you donating money or food begotten from the income you get out of your salary or business.
Besides, before teaching someone a thing or two about “better” charity, you haven’t even the slightest idea if these owners have ALREADY donated from their own pockets and not just out of profit.
I love to eat. I can pretty much tell when something tastes good. Though, I may not be technical when it comes to a dish’s intricate qualities, my gusto and enthusiasm more than makes up for it (I hope!).
Just recently, my wife and I were invited to join an awesome group of buddies (and “hardcore” foodies) at “BOON TONG KEE” along Tomas Morato Ave. for an evening of fun, friendship and, you guessed it… FOOD! A ridiculous abundance of it, actually! I’ll get to that later.
BOON TONG KEE is a fairly popular Singaporean restaurant here in the metro which some of you may have already been to. They already have branches at Mall Of Asia and Powerplant Mall, Rockwell. This Tomas Morato branch is Boon Tong Kee’s newest baby which opened just last month (July).
I love eating. It probably may not seem physically evident now after dropping 50lbs a couple of years back but I still do.
I love good food. Who doesn’t? And every chance I get to try new food spots, I immediately grab the opportunity. I guess you could also chalk it up to having a travel/food blogger for a wife. I may not be as critical as my wife when it comes to dissecting the different flavors of a dish and how it exquisitely tickles the palate, so to speak… but I do know good food.
Ever since I was a kid, whenever a person would ask me what kind of cuisine I enjoyed the most, I would always reply, “Japanese”. No question that Japanese food is undoubtedly delicious… but the cuisine has also endeared itself to me perhaps because of how their dishes are presented.
Just last Tuesday, my wife and I were invited to try out Manila’s newest Japanese fine dining establishment – “MAGOSABURO“.
My family and I recently checked out a restaurant amusingly called, WRONG RAMEN, located in Burgos Circle at The Fort.
I’ll tell you this… I hardly fall for Oriental noodle dishes. The only time I fell absolutely in love with something like this was when I tried out RAMEN BAR at Robinson’s Magnolia a few months ago (you can check out my review on Ramen Bar by clicking here).
Anyways, here we were… right in front of the establishment. Ours was a mixed feeling of excitement and hunger (yes, we really look forward to new food spot adventures with much enthusiasm).
As we entered the place, the only thing on my mind was the hope that WRONG RAMEN’s dishes would at least taste just as good as RAMEN BAR’s offerings so as to keep me a happy camper.
Ok… before we get to our orders, lemme address the obvious question that’s just begging to be answered – “Why on Earth would this restaurant be called WRONG RAMEN?”