The First Ramen Nagi Concept Store in the Philippines

The invasion of ramen definitely captured the Pinoys who love anything all Japanese. Ramen Nagi is a personal fave when I ask anyone for their go-to ramen place. Good news for Ramen Nagi fanatics especially from the south. Ramen Nagi just opened their first flaship store in Asia. In the heart of Bonifacio global city at One Bonifacio High Street Park. The mall ain’t completely occupied yet but it’s distinct location includes M. Bakery for those who want to point the mall’s location. 

The concept store is located on the 2nd floor of One Bonifacio High Street Mall. This concept store is different compared to the other Ramen Nagi outlets. This is more minimalist, spacious and intricate Japanese interior designs. Don’t expect a lot of red like the ones we are used to see. 

The opening of the concept store was on October 29, they flew over their top chefs to present how to prepare the orignal butao, everyone’s classic fave, truffle king ramen, szechuan ramen and other favorites. Only for this specific flagship store is the truffle king ramen  will only be available till December. For those with an adventurous palette, with caution LEVEL 20, Szechuan Ramen will be available in all Ramen Nagi outlets from (Nov 1-15). Seeing it prepared infront of my eyes was mindblowing especially the presentation of the ramen itself. 

Truffle King Ramen
Szechuan Ramen

Come on over to the first Ramen Nagi Flagship store at BGC!  

Experience a sleeker, more sophisticated vibe at the world’s first Ramen Nagi concept shop
Opening at One Bonifacio High Street, the new shop offers truffle ramen on a limited run

Ramen Nagi, the Fukuoka-born, Shunjuku-grown ramen shop that has taken Manila’s noodle lovers by storm, has opened its very first concept shop (the only one in the world) at the recently opened One Bonifacio High Street development adjacent to the Philippine Stock Exchange building in Bonifacio Global City.

The new store features décor that are decidedly different from the colorful, festive aesthetic that permeates all other Ramen Nagi’s shops worldwide — born out of sketches personally made by Chef Ikuta Satoshi, the man behind Ramen Nagi. This shop combines Japanese minimalist design with an open-concept design to create an unrestrained, unfussy zen-like feel. Intimate booths and blond wood chairs line stark white walls on one side, while a marble countertop seating offers front-row views of the kitchen activity on another. In the center of the room, white lamps cheekily decorated with images of ramen bowls hang over sleek communal tables.

“We designed the shop to cater to the employees in the Stock Exchange Building,” reveals managing partner Avi Siy-Chua. “We were going for a more upscale look. It’s more sophisticated than the usual festive look of Ramen Nagi.” But Chua is quick to point out that the difference ends there. Everything else, including the savory richness of the brand’s beloved pork tonkotsu broth—remains. “Same menu, same customer service. You still get to enjoy your favorite Ramen Nagi noodles but in a different vibe.”

As a launch offering, the Ramen Nagi at One Bonifacio High Street will be the only shop to offer the Truffle King Ramen, an aromatic treat filled with the flavors of the desirable mushroom delicacy, until December. Come the new year, fans can slurp their way to a truffle-licious bowl in all the other Ramen Nagi branches across the Philippines.

Originally a brainchild of Japanese chef Ikuta Satoshi, Ramen Nagi finds favor among ramen fans for its steaming bowls filled with rich broth, springy noodles and quality ingredients. The award-winning ramen chain offers four variants in its menu, namely Original King (creamy umami tonkotsu broth), Red King (spicy), Black King (with squid ink), and Green King (with basil pesto)—all served with a scrumptious slab of charred pork. Aside from these four regulars, Ramen Nagi also offers two limited-edition flavors every month.

Patrons can also customize their own bowls based on an omotenashi sheet that lists options for the richness of soup, spiciness level, firmness of noodles, heaviness of sauce, amount of garlic, and choice of pork shoulder char shu or belly.

According to Chef Ikuta, there are three steps to eating the ramen: taste the broth, season with a generous amount of spicy sauce, enjoy the noodles and slurp to show the chef your appreciation. And at this new, more upscale outpost, loud slurping is definitely still an option.

During the launch, Chef Ikuta — together with Chef Riyoichi Nishio — showed members of the media how to prepare two limited edition ramens: the Truffle King Ramen and the Szechuan Ramen, which will be available starting Nov 1, 2018. The two chefs also led the tradition of painting one eye of the Daruma, symbolizing the setting of goals for the store. As a custom, the second eye is painted once the goals of the store have been met.

The new Ramen Nagi concept shop is located on the 2nd floor of One Bonifacio High Street, 28th street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Visit and like http://www.facebook.com/RamenNagiManila/ for more information. Follow @ramennagimanila on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.

Fun Set Meals at Soban K-Town Grill

It’s fun to have your gang or fam enjoy a group meal at Soban K-town grill. You can still enjoy ordering ala carte if you easily get full. It’s more fun to munch with a bunch.

Usually for a 3-4 persons in a group, the mega meat set worth P2000 is fit for the budget for a barkada. The quality of the meat and flavors are worth it. Soban k-town’s meat & pork are of high standard quality – thick and fresh. In the set it is not unlimited but it’s just right, come on with the overflowing unlimited sides. How can you not be full! For me it’s a win-win because I easily get full.

The mega set contains: 300 g fresh beef belly, 180 g marinated beef belly, 180 g fresh pork belly, 180 g soy garlic beef belly, 180 g chili bean pork belly, 180 g boneless fried chicken.

The boneless fried chicken for the win! Taste so good! It’s that sweet-savoury taste is mouthwatering. Something I would look forward coming back to. You could also order it ala carte.

Side dishes

Going back to the side dishes, 4 persons get UNLIMITED rice, soup and side dishes The following side dishes, everyone fave kimchi, pamuchim (kimchi salad type with leeks, beans, sprout and with spices), gyeran mari (eggroll), gamja sarada (mashed potato), kang kong doenjang (spicy seasoned water spinach) & meolchi bokkeum (roasted peanuts with sweet& salty anchiovies).

Side dishes

There are more set meals being offered at Soban K-Town Grill to choose from. For the mega set meal let’s say you are 5 in a group. You can still avail the mega set for as long the other one orders an ala carte. Regarding service, it’s so fast and the servers are very attentive. I love how spacious it is from one table to another, not too rowdy. When it comes to the capacity of the tables opt  for a bigger one, if you get lucky. 

Soban K-Town Grill have branches at Eastwood, ATC, Greenbelt 3, Sm north edsa, Robinsons place manila, still under construction One BHS SM Mega. Follow them on their social media pages for more. Instagram: @soban.ktown and facebook: Soban K-town grill.

Have you Tried Paradise Dynasty’s Latest Offerings?!

Everyone goes to Paradise Dynasty for the famous Xiao Long Bao, so far I’ve asked a number of times to people saying that Paradise Dynasty hands down – the best xiao long bao so far and I personally agree so.

For those who haven’t tried eating xiao long bao, you should not miss it. There is a proper way of eating xiao long bao: Pick it up with your chopsticks, place it on the spoon, poke a small hole so that soup and steam comes out, sip the soup and take a bite while savouring the flavors. If you feel more adventurous try the 8 colored xiao long bao, start from the original (in the middle), then with the ginseng (green) going clockwise to szechuan (red). My top favourites would be the foie grois (light brown), the crab roe (orange), black truffle and garlic (grey) . I could finish the entire tray but the Schezuan was my downfall, I think it takes a certain person with a certain palette because it’s flavor and aroma is really distinct from all.

Besides the xiao long bao, they have others to offer like the CRISPY FRIED CRYSTAL PRAWNS WITH SALTED EGG – delish! If you plan on sharing, their noodles are good for 1- 2 persons, I got to personally try the LA MIAN WITH VEGETABLE PORK WANTON IN SIGNATURE PORK BONE SOUP. Another good for sharing (1-2 persons) is the FRIED RICE IN YANG ZHOU or any of their rice specials. To add some vegies on the side, try the Spinach with mixed garlic and to end your meal course, time for dessert! My personal favorite is the 3 pcs. CHARCOAL CUSTARD LAVA BAO – best served hot.

CHARCOAL CUSTARD LAVA BAO 
CRISPY FRIED CRYSTAL PRAWNS WITH SALTED EGG

Recently they added  new dishes to the menu, FRIED DUCK – perfectly marinated duck with white peppercorns and Sichuan pepper carefully fried to ensure crispy texture. It can be traditionally serve in a bun as you may please.

For large groups to share, GROUPER WITH PINE NUTS AND FRUITS, meticulously fried to be golden in color then topped with a special sauce grille in pine nuts and the GRILLED GROUPER WITH TOFU IN MAPO TOFU STYLE, grilled grouper smothered in tender tofu cooked in aromatic and spicy sauce.

This is my personal favorite since it has a sweet taste, SHANGHAI STYLE BRAISED PORK BELLY and it is cooked to perfection and oddly satisfying to cut. A very famous dish in china where the pork belly is accurately glazed with various special sauces to achieve the right flavor.

Paradise Dynasty branches are located at The Podium (Ortigas), Conrad S’ Maison (Pasig) and the latest branch at SM Aura Premiere. 

Fuel the Hungry with Yellow Cab’s 5 Boroughs Pizza

Hey upper east siders, kidding. Since it’s Gossip girl anniversary I’ve been been watching it since the end of August and how ironic that Yellow Cab launches New York’s roster of legendary pizza. 

Yellow Cab introduces it’s gastronomical flavors from New York’s 5 boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx,
Queens & Staten Island will all be available starting on SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 – JANUARY 31, 2019

Prices: 
Regular – P499 | Large P759 | New Yorker size P999 (available dine-in, take out and delivery). 

5 Boroughs Pizza: 


•QUEENS: oriental chicken, mushrooms, onions & pineapple. 

The Queens Oriental Chicken Pizza brings to the palate a unique flavor profile with its’ combination of chicken, mushrooms, onions and pineapple, topped with spring onions and cilantro, with a sweet and tangy Oriental sauce base.


•MANHATTAN STEAK AND EGG PIZZA: steak strips, eggs douched in steak sauce, onions and green peppers. This  is my personal favorite among all it’s like a savoury-sweet eggs-ben on a pizza (That’s my take). 

For those craving for something more sophisticated, there’s the Manhattan Steak & Eggs Pizza. Reminiscent of the borough considered as the “center of the universe,” this variant brings together a classy mix of steak strips and eggs doused in steak sauce and topped with onions and green bell peppers. 


•BROOKLYN: spicy jalapeño peppers, shrimps, crabsticks, onions, green bell pepper, tomatoes and capers.

The hip culture of Brooklyn is captured in a hefty serving of Brooklyn Spicy Seafood Pizza. It is loaded with spicy Jalapeño peppers, shrimps, crabsticks, onions, green bell peppers, tomatoes and capers.


• Upper Photo – BRONX: creamy mix of mushroom, chicken, olives and green peppers.

Bronx Creamy Mushroom Pizza, Yellow Cab’s first white sauce based pizza brings to fore the intense flavor of the tough and edgy community of the Bronx. This tasty variant is a creamy mix of mushroom, chicken, olives and green bell peppers.

• Lower Photo – STATEN ISLAND BASIL & RICOTTA: crushed tomatoes, 3 cheeses and basil.

Finally, there’s Staten Island Basil & Ricotta Pizza which features crushed tomatoes topped with three cheeses and basil. This hefty mix is Yellow Cab’s Margherita Pizza with a twist, and is reflective of the more laid-back and chill atmosphere of the suburban community that has been the trademark of Staten Island.

Coffee & Sweet Rush #TwiceTheIndulgence

Coffee lovers, rejoice! Jollibee has got exciting announcements for your caffeine fix: the improvedPremium Brewed Coffee and the all-new Coffee Mocha Float!

Kickstart the day with a delicious blend of premium coffee beans

There’s nothing better to kickstart a busy morning than a steaming cup of joe that smells and tastes just right.

Jollibee’s new and improved brewed coffee is the ideal partner for any Jolly breakfast favorite, the new brewed coffee boasts of leveled-up flavor and strength to get your day started with a satisfied smile.

Each cup of Jollibee’s brewed coffee is now made with high-quality premium beans for a stronger, full-bodied taste and richer, roasted aroma, in every sip.

The new Premium Brew from Jollibee is great to enjoy in multiple ways: with your Jolly breakfast faves, on its own, strong and black, or with your ideal amount of creamer and sugar.

Enjoy it for only P30.00* (Solo)! Available in the mornings for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all branches nationwide.

A deliciously cool pick-me-up

When it’s time for another coffee concoction to lift your energy as the day goes on, and Jollibee has just the coolest treat: the new Coffee Mocha Float!

This new iced beverage offers a delicious combination of rich milk chocolate and creamy coffee for twice the indulgence. Sip your way to a mood lift with the cool, creamy, and chocolatey beverage that goes perfectly well with the snacks and meals that you have always loved.

Take the coolness and creaminess of the Coffee Mocha Float to the next level with an optional soft-serve ice cream topping! The Coffee Mocha Float is available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee branches all day for only P55.00*.

“The kind of coffee that you have in the morning, afternoon, or after meals can definitely help shape your entire day,” said Kay Segismundo, Jollibee Senior Marketing Manager for Complementary Products. “Coffee is such an important beverage for many Filipino diners who look for it throughout the day. We hope that our improved premium blend and new coffee mocha float are able to provide the energy boost Pinoys need while satisfying their sweet cravings.

For more information on Jollibee’s latest products and promos, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

*Prices may vary across different locations; delivery charge not included.

#ALOHAgain! to the #AmazingAlohaYumBurger

It’s back! one of my favorite jollibee staples, THE JOLLIBEE ALOHA YUMBURGER. It’s successful launch last time has definitely won the people’s heart. Affordable and you could chose from a single and double patty option. 

After much demand and hype over one of the leading quick service restaurant’s most unique menu offerings, Jollibee brings back the irresistibly delicious, truly Amazing Aloha Yumburger for all Filipinos to enjoy.

Diners can now say ‘Aloha’ to the sweet, savory, pineapple-beefy and langhap-sarap flavor explosion from their favorite Amazing Aloha Yumburger. Its fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, signature sweet and juicy pineapple ring, cheese, trademark 100% beef patty, and specially blended honey mustard dressing all come together so seamlessly that treating yourself to one will leave you craving for that juicy, well-balanced indulgence all over again.

It’s no surprise that the Amazing Aloha Yumburger remains to be one of Jollibee’s most successful limited time offers, since the first time it debuted in 1996, re-launched in 2013—the year the legendary Anthony Bourdain hailed it as a “very tasty burger”, and made seasonal menu appearances again in 2014 and 2017. With the well-loved sweet-savory burger back in the market this 2018, fans can instantly solve their Amazing Aloha Yumburger cravings while customers who have yet to try it can treat themselves to a one-of-a-kind multi-layer burger experience.

“The Amazing Aloha Yumburger represents that sweet-savory combination that appeals to the Filipino palate,” Jollibee AVP and Group Category Head for Flagships Cathleen Capati said. “This combination is not commonly found in other burgers or snack offerings which is why those who have tried the Amazing Aloha Yumburger in the past are left with fond memories and a desire for that burst of flavors. Every bite brings a flavorful taste from its diverse ingredients. We are happy to offer this in our menu once again, and we highly encourage everyone—including those who have not tried it yet—to check it out and experience the ‘Aloha’ moment themselves, as soon as they can as it is available for a limited time only.”

The ‘Pineapple-Beefy, Langhap-Sarap’ Amazing Aloha Yumburger is back in all Jollibee stores nationwide for only PHP 85.00 (single patty – solo) and PHP 115.00 (double patty – solo) starting September 3, 2018. For more information on Jollibee’s latest product offerings, news, and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

The new Jollibee Bistek Burger Steak is a flavorful, savory-sour hit!

MANILA, July 23, 2018 – Craving for the distinctly savory flavors of the Pinoy favorite Bistek Tagalog? Jollibee, the country’s number one fast-food brand, has you covered with its latest offering: the all-new Bistek Burger Steak!

This savory-sour twist to a classic Jollibee favorite evokes all the deliciousness of Bistek Tagalog with the 100% pure beefy goodness of a Burger Steak patty, a generous serving of sauce with just the right sourness, and fried onion toppings. Indulge in the Bistek Burger Steak with a serving of steamed white rice and you’ve got a delightful, Bistek-Sarap, Beefy-Linamnam Ulam that will hit all the right spots.

“Introducing this distinctly Pinoy twist to a classic favorite like Burger Steak is proof of Jollibee’s commitment to continuous product innovations and delivering new flavor profiles aligned with the Filipino palate,” said Mari Aldecoa, Jollibee Marketing Director for Core Products. “Our development team has worked tirelessly to ensure that this new offering packs all the goodness of Bistek, from the 100% beefy-linamnam patty to the savory-sour sauce and onion toppings.”

The Bistek Burger Steak will be available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide starting July 23, 2018 for only PHP 55.00 for the one-piece Solo meal.

 

For more information on Jollibee’s latest products and promos, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook and follow @Jollibee on Instagram and Twitter.

Unlimited PRIME RIBS for a CAUSE #1800PRIME

Hello meat lovers! This is heaven for you guys, unlimited prime ribs and you’re doing this for a great cause. For this special 1-day offer brought to you by DISCOVERY SUITES MANILA, 25 ADB Avenue ORTIGAS CENTER PASIG CITY for P1800, you get to enjoy unlimited prime ribs and sides. What goes best with red meat is wine plus a great view at the 22nd floor, 22 PRIME. 

The unlimited prime ribs will be served according to your preference (medium or well done). The prime ribs are best dipped in their signature sauces: 22 prime steak sauce, mushroom demi glacer, pommery mustard, truffle sauce (fave!), three peppercorn sauce and horseradish cream sauce. It will be served in a buffet setup, you have your salad bar and the shrimp soup is the best appetizer! and sides like, Short rib fried rice, truffle pasta (fave!), mushroom ragout and buttered poach broccoli and asparagus. Watch out for their dessert portion! served with lots of chocolate goodness 🙂 

 

Portion of the proceeds will be going to a selected Aeta community at Capas, Tarlac. This would provide the community clean, potable water, through a water infiltration system. This project is in partnership with WAVES OF WATER PHILIPPINES, a non-profit, non-government organization, and made possible by Alternative Food Corporation and Don Revy Philippines.

 

It is highly recommended that you call and book your slot(s) prior. This event would accommodate for LUNCH and DINNER. You could call 791-6822 or visit https://www.discoverysuites.com/1-800-prime/

Tim Hortons Greenhills Opening: Introducing Grilled Cheese, Tuna Wrap & Iced Tea

Hey San Juan Peeps!

Finally Tim Hortons has opened a branch Greenhills (Near MCDO/ KRISPY KREME) if you guys haven’t tried Tim Hortons here is a glimpse of their menu  http://www.krishgeek.com/tim-hortons-philippines-what-to-expect-menu-pricelist-etc/SE

With that, addition to their new menu: GRILLED CHEESE, TUNA WRAP AND ICED TEA (PASSION FRUIT AND SWEETENED). 

GRILLED CHEESE PANINI

Artisan-style Grilled Cheese Sandwich –
A panini sandwich in a multigrain loaf bread
with orange cheddar cheese & grilled
mozzarella crust on top.
Ala Carte: P140.00
Combo: P220.00

This savy grilled cheese panini is to crave for especially in this weather – anyways who doesn’t love cheese. I personally recommend eat it while HOT.

 

TUNA WRAP

Grilled tortilla wrap filled with tuna chunks,
light mayo dressing, cheddar cheese, sliced
onions, and fresh lettuce.
Ala Carte: P140.00
Combo: P230.00 (With wedges and coffee)
For the health conscious this is your go to snack, honestly the tuna wrap has generous servings but you can eat the half first and finish the rest later.

Freshly Brewed Iced Tea available in two
variants, plain and passion fruit flavored tea.
1. Iced Tea, plain – Light and sweet, chilled,
freshly store-brewed black tea served over
ice.
2. Iced Tea, passionfruit flavor – Light and
sweet, brewed black tea with a kick of fruity
and tangy flavors.
Freshly Brewed Iced Tea Plain
Small: P70.00
Medium: P80.00
Large: P95.00
Freshly Brewed Iced Tea: Passionfruit
Flavor
Small: P90.00
Medium: P100.00
Large: P115.00

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with foodpanda PH

MANILA, Philippines – Feb-Ibig is in the air ! As soon as January comes to an end, every corner of the city transforms  into pink and red  hearts due to Valentine’s Day! Despite people saying that this day is just a social construct holiday to sell chocolates and flowers, sentimental gift-giving and romantic dinners, it is one of the most celebrated occasions ever made that causes a real car-maggedon in the Metro!

                Besides traffic, mall and restaurants will be fully booked with couples and hopeless romantics.  This will surely result in a lack of consistency in terms of service compared to regular days. With all of this anticipated stress in mind, planning for one’s significant other on Valentine’s day will be downright exhausting . Why not take those cliche outings and celebrate your love of food at home by ordering  something hot directly to your doorstep?

foodpanda Philippines offers the easiest and quickest delivery of your favorite food from 400+ restaurants online. In a few easy steps, you can order whatever you’re craving!

Better yet, foodpanda has partnered with top restaurants on their platform to deliver hot-off-the-stove items for that special someone on Valentine’s Day.

  1. Sushi Nori.

There’s  no denying that Filipinos love Japanese food, especially sushi! This Valentines, Sushi Nori crafted   Sushi Heart Trays, for that person you’re ‘soy’ into.. Using the foodpanda application will give you a PhP 100 off from the SRP of the Heart Trays of PhP 1,799. No doubt that Japanese might make the significant other Konichi-WOW with this .

  1. Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings’.

A romantic trip to NY from the comfort of your home? Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings makes things extra saucy with  these decadent Chocolate Wings. Available up to March 30 only and can be ordered by 6pcs for PhP 199 or 12 pcs for PhP 369 – the Chicken Wings plus Chocolate combination will be a rich r combo while  you  Netflix and Chill. 

  1. Boulangerie 22.

If you want to go traditional with a bouquet and sweets, Boulangerie 22 offers different packages that will  suit any  budget – ranging from PhP 799 to PhP 999. A sure combo to ignite romance and create sweet memories with your significant other.

For this Valentine’s Day, don’t face  the stress of  traffic  and crowded restaurants, head to the  foodpanda website or download the app (available in AppStore and Google Play) to savour these romantic dishes  while chilling in the comfort of your home with your significant other.

Bonus? Among the wide range of foodpanda restaurants  you will  discover  discounts from select partners , Now there’s no reason to leave your home when you can dine in the comfort of your house with your  loved ones: