Bruce Lim's Buko Pie Martini, a mainstay of Chef's Table's dessert menu. A scoop of the velvety soft buko pie gives way to a crunchy -and crumbly- crust at the bottom, echoing the quintessential quality of the original one. I was confused with the martini title; seems that the name is a mere play on its presentation rather than a suggestion of its content as there were no traces of inebriant in the aforenamed dessert.
Spot: Unit 106 Infinity Tower 25th St. Cor. 10th Ave. Bonifacio Global City
Contact Nos.: 0922.8449518 or 399.1888
Hyphy's Calamansi Tuyo for its unconventionality. Flakes of salted dried fish pop up sporadically from a bed of tousled spaghetti lubricated enough to make you yearn and salivate. The trenchant zest of calamansi cuts through the oleaginous pasta, serving as an equalizer to an otherwise sebaceous dish.
Spot: Level 2 Robinsons Galleria Veranda, Ortigas
Contact No.: 477.7611
Cafe Mediterranean had various samples laid out at their booth. The table was draped with cloths in orange, yellow and blue, and adorned with colored-glass lanterns. I tried the Vegetable Samosa. You know sometimes when you eat something forgettable, you don't actually recall the taste but you remember how you felt as you tasted it? Well, that's how it was, I remember that I plainly didn't like it, hence the reason I just waved off the flavors from my mind. If you've read my previous post about the restaurant, you'd understand my lack of enthusiasm for the cuisine.
Contact Nos.: 0917.5810594 (Tito Cruz) and 895.8807 or 757.0869
Eat My GF
Contact No.: 0917.8195875 (Kim Patrick Cariaso)
Daims Foods Inc.
Spot: Bldg. 4 Stall# 423 Celery Road FTI Complex, Taguig
Contact Nos.: 0917.9333055 or 0921.6627210 or 507.5293 (Nanette Resurreccion)
San Lo's Famous Empanadas. That said, I found the Ham and Cheese variant of Casa Empanada a bit arid for my liking. The Chocolate and Bacon sadly didn't get my vote either. As I bit into the petite pastry, I couldn't find the bacon amidst the cushion of chocolate, thus there was no saline property to counter its sweetness.
Spot: 9 B. Soliven Avenue II Loyola Grand Villas, Quezon City
Contact Nos.: 0929.5882055 or 399.0282
Almost Gourmet's food after reading about it in foodiemanila's blog. I was intrigued that something so pretty can come out of these microwaveable food keepers. You see, I can't for the life of me cook a decent meal, save for the occasional frying. Several years of not having a maid has impelled our stomachs to forcibly ingest take out and delivery meals, day in and day out. Hence, I was always on the lookout for something better and something different from the usual fast food fare. So when I read about Almost Gourmet and saw pictures of the atypical pomp presentation albeit the plastic containers, it was something that I tucked into memory should the need once again arise (we currently have a cook - hooray!).
Perhaps having been satiated to the brink of gluttony had somehow made me lose focus; ergo, I overlooked the tiny logo of Almost Gourmet written on the standee. Silly me! If I had known, I would have shoved a couple of pieces of those Parmesan Chicken Sticks down my throat -never mind the fact that my jeans were about to burst- if it meant tasting a glimpse of what Almost Gourmet offers its dining clientele. And as luck would have it, they don't deliver to our area yet. I'll keep my fingers crossed that they soon do.
Spot: 15 Salazar St. BF Homes, Quezon City
Contact Nos.: 0917.8100110 or 964.4029 or 931.8456
Spot: Ground Level St. Francis Square, Ortigas
Contact Nos.: 0923.9358890 or 0908.8838242
DekA Authentic Thai Food
Spot: 245 Pablo Ocampo Rd. cor. Flor Deliz, Makati
Contact No.: 500.5933
Contact No.: 0920.9603778 (Dinah Grace Mino)
Spot: 26-E Samat St. cor. Banawe St. SMH, Quezon City
Contact Nos.: 0920.9510872 or 0922.8586880 or 740.2884 to 86 or 740.3248 to 51
Taking pictures of the food first was a good idea since it was harder to move freely when the lunch crowd came pouring in. Getting good shots of the food would've been short of impossible, what with the long lines and huddled foodies blocking the booths. In retrospect, I still should have taken a bite of all the finger foods and just saved the ones harder to eat or those that I would need a table for, for the second round. It was definitely an awesome experience, never mind that I didn't get to finish all 50+ purveyors. At least now I'm armed with experience and better knowledge on how to go about it, and I look forward to The Ultimate Taste Test 7.0.