Hawker Chan in SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City - WTF Review

Hawker Chan in SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City - WTF Review
World's cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in Manila? For real!
When the first time I've heard Hawker Chan will open in SM Mall of Asia, Philippines, I totally lost it! It was my go-to comfort food when I was vacationing in Singapore way back. Known for their Soya Chicken Rice, this small hawker stand evolved from a quaint and small stand to a globally competitive chain and is now carrying a Michelin Star under their name.
Even Tony Stark agrees!
I just want to take this opportunity to thank the guys from Foodee Global Concepts! They are the one responsible for bringing top tier food destination here in the Philippines including Tim Ho Wan, Kam’s Roast and Llaollao!

Now, we go straight to the review! The restaurant is quite spacious and they also have outside seating.

Now, on to the food. We ordered: Soya Sauce Chicken Rice (PHP128), Soya Sauce Chicken Vegetable Noodle (PHP178), Roasted Pork Noodle (PHP178), Roasted Pork Rice (PHP148), and Seasonal Vegetable (PHP99). Mind you that it is somewhat a fast-food type restaurant so you need to order in the counter, wait for your food, bring your food to your table.
Soya Sauce Chicken Rice (PHP128)
Their famed, Michelin-starred Soya Sauce Chicken Rice (PHP128) - it's tender, juicy, flavorful and succulent! I'm just a bit off when it comes to the size of the chicken but nonetheless, the flavor is just phenomenal.
Soya Sauce Chicken Vegetable Noodle (PHP178)
For those who want something light but satisfying, their Soya Sauce Chicken Vegetable Noodle (PHP178) will definitely suit your palate.
Roasted Pork Rice (PHP148)
Not a fan of chicken? I bet you'll like their Roasted Pork Rice (PHP148) - the meat is juicy inside and out while the skin is perfectly cooked to crisp! Prepare your belly though, I bet you won't stop and will definitely ask for seconds!
Roasted Pork Noodle (PHP178)
This Roasted Pork Noodle (PHP178) is oozing with flavor! The perfectly cooked rice noodles soaked in all those soya juices from the juicy roasted pork is just perfect.
Seasonal Vegetable (PHP99)
A little bit disappointed with their Seasonal Vegetable (PHP99), the lackluster appearance makes the whole dish "regular", albeit the vegetable

It was an exquisite dinner, alas, finally able to taste something "world-acclaimed". It was such an honor but I hope the PH team continue to improve their service and up their ante when it comes to standard serving size.

In case you're too far from SM Mall of Asia, they also have two branches located in Makati and North Edsa:
  • Hawker Chan Makati
    • Ground Floor, Glorietta 3, 
    • Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, 
    • Makati City
  • Hawker Chan North Edsa
    • G/F Main Bldg., SM City North EDSA, 
    • EDSA cor. North Ave., 
    • Quezon City, Metro Manila
Now that my longtime craving for Soya Chicken is over, I hope they bring over Song Fa Bak Kut Teh too! Pretty please?!
  • Food
    • What else can I say? Most of the dishes are packed with flavor!
    • I can't get over the serving size of the chicken and pork.
  • Place 
    • Pretty spacious - they have both inside and outside seating.
    • There is no restroom.
    • The queue system can be improved.
  • Service 
    • The servers were great, neat and they pay attention to their surroundings, making sure that they are able to handle each and every customer.
  • Price 
    • The price is on point, probably much cheaper than in Singapore but like my first point, they should increase the size of their portions.
Let's rate them, shall we?
Food: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Value for money: 4.5/5
OVERALL: 4.3/5

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LocationGround Floor, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Zomato Gold - The Future of Dining Out

Metro Manila levels up the dining scene with Zomato Gold Experiences!
It was just November last year when the world’s fastest-growing dine-out program, Zomato Gold, launched in Metro Manila. Zomato Gold’s ambition is to elevate the city’s dining experience, hence only partnering with top-rated restaurants. The dine-out program has seen immense success in Metro Manila -  with more than 60,000 subscribers and over 600 restaurant partners in less than four months of launch.

As a way to enhance and elevate dining in the city, members are invited to exclusive events called Zomato Gold Experiences. These invite-only events treat Gold members nothing short of VIPs and experience only the best of the top-rated restaurants.

Italian Masterclass: A Premier to the Zomato Gold Experiences in Metro Manila 
The first Zomato Gold Experience in Metro Manila transported the invited Gold members straight to Italy with a masterclass in Italian cooking! The members in attendance not only created their own pasta by hand, but they also got to attend a pasta tasting session with Chef Ruther Sandico. This event happened in one of Makati’s most happening restaurants, Bar Centrale, famous for their daily-made fresh and authentic pasta.

The Zomato Gold members pulled up their sleeves, secured their aprons, and got their hands deliciously dirty making fresh pasta. The room was filled with laughter and excitement as they experienced kneading dough. 

After the class, the members had a well-deserved Tasting Session where they were served Bar Centrale’s top-rated pasta. The story behind each dish was carefully explained by Chef Ruther Sandico, while the members enjoyed their delicious servings. 

The Golden Masquerade: The Grandest Zomato Gold Experience At Okada Manila

Imagine extravagant dresses and tuxedos, glamorous masks, endless drinking, dancing, and overflowing five-star hors d'oeuvres... all happening at the best-integrated resort in the country. Now that’s a fantasy come true!

Just last month, the biggest Zomato Gold experience in Metro Manila called “The Golden Masquerade” was held in Okada Manila’s Grand Ballroom. This event was exclusively for members to celebrate Gold’s success in Metro Manila, and of course, as a part of the monthly Zomato Gold Experiences. 
Zomato Gold Members were all decked out in their grandiose costumes to experience a world-class event at Okada Manila! Even celebrities and ambassadors such as Heart Evangelista Escudero, Xandra Rocha, Aryanna Epperson, and Vince Uy attended and enjoyed the event. 
What’s more? The top two best-dressed pair were awarded with Vivo phones! The “best-dressed couple” won a Vivo X21 each, and the runners-up won a Vivo Y71 smartphone. A cocktail mixology show was also performed by members of the Philippine Flair Underground. Everyone was mesmerized as they watched and took videos of the entertaining performance. As a special treat, they created a special cocktail aptly called “The Golden Drink” that everyone enjoyed through the night.
Do you want to get invited to Zomato Gold Experiences too? Become a member! Not only do you get to be a part of these interesting culinary experiences, but you also get to enjoy 1+1 on food and 2+2 on drinks at over 600 restaurant partners in Metro Manila anytime, any day. Welcome to the future of dining out. Check out Zomato Philippines’ Instagram Page at @zomatoph to find out more about Zomato Gold in Metro Manila.
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Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review

Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review
Authentic Taiwanese cuisine? Sound new, let's check it out!
Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine. However, our opinion, decision, and review method will not change.

Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine is located along C5 Libis area, a location for foodie millennials who are too lazy to go to Katipunan or Maginhawa. Tien Ma is known for their affordable Xiao Long Bao, Beef Noodle Soup and Three Cup Chicken, plus if your palate is looking for that authentic Taiwanese food, well you've come to the right place.

A little background, Tien Ma is an actual name, according to their website her real name is Tien Liyuan who grew up in Taiwan and was best known for her recipe of Xiao Long Bao.
Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review
Tien Ma's interior - it's quaint but with a little sophisticated twist
The place is well air-conditioned and very well lit. They have a semi-open kitchen separated with glass where you can see the chefs work their magic. Parking is not a problem since they have both front and back parking, albeit the latter is hidden if you don't pay close attention to your surrounding but manong guard will help you out with your parking dilemma.

It was a hot Sunday afternoon so we've decided to go all-out in our lunch since I'm with my family. We've ordered Chicken w/ Corn Soup (PHP219), Stir-Fried Water Spinach (PHP215), Pork Siomai (PHP90), Kung Pao Shrimp (PHP219)Three Cup Squid (PHP225), Stir-Fried Beef w/ Broccoli (PHP229), Tainan Fried Chicken (PHP365), Taiwan Style Fried Rice (PHP396) and Salted Fish Fried Rice (PHP396).
Chicken w/ Corn Soup - Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City
Chicken w/ Corn Soup (PHP219)
I did not expect the serving size to be big but hey for the price of PHP219? Their Chicken w/ Corn Soup is perfect to prime your hungry stomach. It's piping hot from the moment it was served to us and still hot when we finished the whole bowl. There is a generous amount of chicken strips, corn and egg drops which makes it a complete meal altogether. My daughter even requested for a bowl of rice (lol) to go with it.
Stir-Fried Water Spinach (PHP215) - Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review
Stir-Fried Water Spinach (PHP215)
We love meat but we also love our vegetables and water spinach is not new for us - it's more like a staple whenever it's available on the menu if we dine-out. Tien Ma's Stir-Fried Water Spinach (PHP215) is seasoned perfectly enough to extract the freshness of the water spinach. The toasted garlic on top added that aroma and pungency in the dish.
Pork Siomai (PHP90) - Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review
Pork Siomai (PHP90)
I am a big critique when it comes to siomai because I believe (and I will defend it at all costs) that my mom makes the best pork siomai in the world, like literally, so my expectations when it comes to siomai is really high. Tien Ma's Pork Siomai (PHP90) raised the bar on how siomai should taste like in a restaurant! I've tasted different siomai's from different restaurant and they ranged from poor to mediocre, this one is great but not on par with my mum's, of course. The pork filling is very savory and well seasoned. Once dipped in their homemade chili garlic oil, game over!
Kung Pao Shrimp (PHP219) - Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review
Kung Pao Shrimp (PHP219)
Kung Pao Shrimp (PHP219) - it raised the temperature in the restaurant. The shrimps were perfectly cooked, the spicy yet garlicky kung pao sauce increased the rich flavor of the shrimp and perfectly synergize the rest of the ingredients to create a spectacular dish.
Three Cup Squid (PHP225) - Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review
Three Cup Squid (PHP225)
Three Cup Squid (PHP225) - for the uninitiated, the term three cups originated in China and was popularized in Taiwanese cuisines. It basically means three cups of sauces - soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil. This intensifies the aroma and the taste of the squid to the next level.
Stir-Fried Beef w/ Broccoli (PHP229) - Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review
Stir-Fried Beef w/ Broccoli (PHP229)
Stir-Fried Beef w/ Broccoli (PHP229) - this one is my favorite. The savory beef is just caressing my taste buds enough that it makes the leafy and earthy flavor of the broccoli stands out. This is dish is a total powerhouse as the broccoli and carrots are great sources of vitamins and nutrients while beef gives us that fiber that we need. It's succulent yet guilt-free!
Tainan Fried Chicken (PHP235) - Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review
Tainan Fried Chicken (PHP365)
Tainan Fried Chicken (PHP365) - I am not familiar with Tainan cuisine and all I know about it is that it is a city south of Taiwan. I think they are known for being Taiwan's culinary melting pot as they are using their traditional way of cooking and giving flavors all the way from their roots. This dish reminded me of home as it's unpretentious and very straightforward. You have that crisp savory skin that you can just munch all day and that juicy flavorful meat that's just oozing with flavor. If a whole chicken is too much for you, they also offer a half for PHP235.
Taiwan Style Fried Rice (PHP396) - Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review
Taiwan Style Fried Rice (PHP396)
Taiwan Style Fried Rice (PHP396) - its lackluster appearance may disappoint some but it does pack flavor. You'll get that meaty and savory flavor which is a perfect pair for all the dishes mentioned above.
Salted Fish Fried Rice (PHP396) - Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine in Libis, Quezon City - WTF Review
Salted Fish Fried Rice (PHP396)
Salted Fish Fried Rice (PHP396) - now this rice is delish! It's a meal by itself! It's like your traditional "sinangag" which a little bit of oriental twist.

It was a great experience, I was able to try at least a little bit of Taiwan. I'll be sure to come back for their Xiao Long Bao, but for now, I would like to end this review in a good note.
  • Food
    • I love the food - they're straightforward, unpretentious and has that authenticity note to it. Albeit some dish needs improvement.
    • They have a couple of sauces that you can mix up with your food: Chili Sauce, Dark Soy Sauce, Pickled Chili and Light Soy Sauce.
  • Place 
    • You won't have a problem when it comes to parking, they have one big parking space at the back of the restaurant and limited space in front.
    • The place looks easy to the eye and comfortable.
    • The restroom is so-so, can be improved.
  • Service 
    • The servers are just wonderful. They are very attentive and neat - they always wear that smile when serving to the customer.
    • I should commend manong guard man! He's the man!
  • Price 
    • The price is reasonable - in return, you'll get a decent quality meal and a medium to big serving. 
    Let's rate them, shall we?
    Food: 4/5
    Ambiance: 5/5
    Service: 5/5
    Value for money: 4/5
    OVERALL: 4.5/5

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    Location: 184 B E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City, Philippines
    Operating Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Contact Number: +632 3723955
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    Maldita Fiery Foods (Hot Sauce line-up) - WTF Review

    Maldita Fiery Foods - Spicy yet delicious? Impossible? Read on!
    Spicy yet delicious? Impossible? Read on!
    Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Maldita Fiery Foods. However, our opinion, decision, and review method will not change.

    Hot sauce has been one of our go-to condiment if we want to up the ante for some dish. It's really hard to find a great hot sauce since you can't have that blazing hot kick and delicious, savory flavor in one, it is just not possible.
    Maldita Fiery Foods - The packaging looks quaint but oozing with sleekness
    The packaging looks quaint but oozing with sleekness.
    Whilst reviewing Cucina di Francesco in Libis, Quezon City I've stumbled upon this set of hot sauce that was proudly presented to us by the owner. It got my attention and I immediately grab the bottles of hot sauce and tried them one by one and I was amazed by how amazing the flavors are. So for my hot sauce quest, I've contacted Maldita Fiery Foods' Facebook page and spoke to the owner Mell Javier Fernandez who immediately entertain all of my questions regarding the flavor profiles of their hot sauce.
    Maldita Fiery Foods - Hot sauce and crispy fried chicken? Take me to heaven man!
    Hot sauce and crispy fried chicken? Take me to heaven man!
    Ms. Fernandez sent me a sampler of their gift set for me to review and I was ecstatic to try it. As a hot sauce lover, the only way to review these babies is to make something that will go along with it and so fried chicken it is (lol).
    Maldita Fiery Foods' Hijo de Fruita
    Maldita Fiery Foods' Hijo de Fruita

    First is Hijo de Fruita and visually, it looks weird and mysterious as the name implies, this should be fruity. This yellow-boi surprised the hell out of me, the sweet and fruity sensation tingles my palates while the bold sting of the yellow habanero ignited my tongue giving me that painful yet delicious experience. 
    Maldita Fiery Foods - My exact reaction to Hijo de Fruita! Nice on Harry!
    My exact reaction to Hijo de Fruita! Nice on Harry!
    The owner mentioned that making this hot sauce is not easy - the fruity flavor came from grilled pineapple and mango which is obvious once you get to taste it while the yellow habanero keeps the hotness just to amplify the sweetness of the fruit. Perfect pair for salty dishes as the sweetness will balance the dish. If you want something that is full of flavor but has that mild kick to it? Try this!
    Maldita Fiery Foods - Devilicious Crunchy Chili Garlic
    Maldita Fiery Foods' Devilicious Crunchy Chili Garlic
    Devilicious Crunchy Chili Garlic - now that's a mouthful. This one is legit, the favorite of Mrs. WTF. It may look like simple chili garlic but don't let the packaging fool you. They've added a unique ingredient to it which caught our attention - krill and ginger. Don't expect to see actual ginger though, they've grated it to very thin strands deep-fried together with their garlic adding that hot, zesty and pungent flavor to it. The krill provided the savory flavor and albeit it looks intimidating at first due to chili seeds floating around, it's not that spicy and you can enjoy it as much as you like. Great for siomai and any dish that I can use soy sauce as a condiment.
    Maldita Fiery Foods - Carino Brutal
    Maldita Fiery Foods' Carino Brutal
    Carino Brutal - their spiciest hot sauce I believe. The devil red color glimmering with dark spots will immediately make your scalp sweat just by looking to it. A piece of crunchy chicken skin and a dip-full of Carino Brutal hot sauce feels like a glimpse of heaven in hell. It's made with black cherries, apple and liqueurs along with the hottest varieties of chili's, Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Moruga scorpions, and 7-pots, now you are talking about the worlds hottest peppers!
    When I thought everything is over.
    Different flavors just bounce around your mouth as the burning sensation ignited the palates amplifying the flavors of the food I was eating and when you thought everything is over? Be ready to be bombarded by a sweet, sugary, nutty aftertaste. Perfect for just anything fried or bar chows!
    Maldita Fiery Foods - Peaches & Scream
    Maldita Fiery Foods' Peaches & Scream
    Peaches & Scream - I love the name as it gives you a hint on what's about to happen. Visually appealing, Peaches & Scream is all about allure and strength. The moment I dipped the salty crispy skin of the fried chicken, the bomb just goes off. You can feel your tongue being a warzone with the tanginess and sweetness of the peach battling against the forces of hotness and acidity of the apple cider vinegar, spices and chilis resulting in a perfect blend of hotness and flavor. No wonder it won the hot sauce competition in Chili Growers Philippines last September of 2017.

    All in all, their hot sauce line up is great. Flavors are not muted hence it is increased more by the spiciness. Kudos to the Maldita Fiery Foods team! Hot sauce lovers, you won't regret having these babies. Buy them here!

    Hijo de Fruita
    Flavor: ★★★★★
    Hotness: ★★★

    Devilicious Crunchy Chili Garlic
    Flavor: ★★★★★
    Hotness: ★★★

    Carino Brutal
    Flavor: ★★★★
    Hotness: ★★★★★

    Peaches & Scream
    Flavor: ★★★★★
    Hotness: ★★★★
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    Email Address: mellskiedoo@gmail.com
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    Contact Number: +639279552321
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    Mango Tree in Bonifacio High Street, BGC

    Authentic Thai food in our doorstep? No way!
    Thai cuisine has been one of my kryptonite as it is an uncharted course for my food journey mainly because I haven't found any good Thai joints around Pasig or I am just too lazy to try it.

    It was a Sunday evening when my brother invited us to Bonifacio High Street for dinner and since I was the "foodie" brother, I am the one in-charge on finding a place to eat and since I've been eyeing Mango Tree in Bonifacio High Street for a while now, we've decided to go there and good thing my brother and his wife agrees with me.
    Interior c/o Mango Tree Manila
    The interior looks lavish and upscale with the lighting set up the mood followed by the dark accent provided by the tables and chairs giving that warm and cozy vibe creating a perfect ambiance, add the high ceiling which makes the whole establishment very spacious.

    For the uninitiated, their menu is very straightforward and some of the items have a description for you to at least get a glimpse of what you will expect. The prices are somewhat high since the place is considered fine dining. We ordered: Tod Mun Goong (PHP420)Steamed Pork Kurobuta Thai Style (PHP580)See Krong Moo Yang (PHP580)Gai Yang (PHP680), Pla Meuk Yang (PHP580), Deep Fried Isan Chicken (PHP680)Phad See Iw with Prawns (PHP480) and Mee Khorat Poo (PHP580).
    Tod Mun Goong (PHP420)
    The dishes arrived in a timely manner starting with Tod Mun Goong (PHP420) or Shrimp Cakes. The cake is served with a plum sauce which pairs perfectly with the savory shrimp cake, the light tartness and sweetness of the plum sauce added more flavor to the cakes. Too bad there are only 5 pieces!
    Steamed Pork Kurobuta Thai Style (PHP580)
    At first I was a little bit conspicuous about this dish, Steamed Pork Kurobuta Thai Style (PHP580). As the name of the dish states, kurobuta or black hog is a breed of pig that is mainly used in high-end restaurants. Their fat is very tasty and since this type of pig has a slightly higher pH than regular ones, it makes the meat much firmer and more flavorful. Thinking that this is just a rip-off and not a real kurobuta pig, I just took a small piece and to my surprise, the meat is very tender, seasoned very well and the fat just heightened my palate more that it makes the other ingredients of the dish stands-out as well.
    See Krong Moo Yang (PHP580)
    See Krong Moo Yang (PHP580) or Thai Isan Spareribs is one of my favorite. It's a honey sparerib cooked Isan style. Isan is a region in Thailand wherein the use of rice and chili is prominent so expect that dishes coming from this region has a hot kick to it. It comes with jim jaew sauce which is their steak sauce made from dried chili powder and toasted rice powder topped with different herb and spices. The ribs are very tender and tasty I must say - the spiciness is just enough to heighten up your taste buds for more flavor experience especially when dipped in jim jaew.
    Gai Yang (PHP680)
    Gai Yang (PHP680) or Isan Grilled Chicken - the origin and cooking style is the same as See Krong Moo Yang. The thing I've noticed is that the jim jaew is very addicting and can be used as condiments as it does not overpower the flavors of the dishes but improves it. The Isan Grilled Chicken has that addicting exterior taste yet a juicy and herby meat flavor to it.
    Pla Meuk Yang (PHP580)
    Pla Meuk Yang (PHP580) or Grilled Squid - it has a mild, slightly sweet, almost nutty/roasted flavor. Perfectly cooked as it is not tough or sort of rubbery. Eat it together with lime and lemongrass on the side, don't forget to dip it in the seafood sauce.
    Deep Fried Isan Chicken (PHP680)
    Deep Fried Isan Chicken (PHP680) - visually, it looks appetizing but I was a bit disappointed with the price and size of the dish. The chicken is deep fried Isan-style which means herbs and spices were rub on the skin instead of making a batter to coat the chicken. The flavor is not just emphasized in the exterior of the chicken but also down to its bones.
    Phad See Iw with Prawns (PHP480)
    Phad See Iw with Prawns (PHP480) - while Phad Thai is sweeter and nuttier, The Phad See Ew is savory, with a hint of sourness and a charred flavor to it. Phad See Iw basically translates to stir-fried soy sauce noodles. For Phad See Iw you need to get the sauce right because if you fail on creating a good sauce, you'll fail the dish all in all. 
    Mee Khorat Poo (PHP580)
    Mee Khorat Poo (PHP580) or Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Crab Meat - This one is "da-bomb"! It's from their Adventurist category and now I know why. It's spicy as hell but it was delicious enough to make me come back for more. It's savory, spicy and sweet, thanks to the generous serving of crab meat on top. As a spicy food lover, it's very hard to balance good flavor in a spicy dish but this one is different.

    Overall, it was a great experience - the food was indeed high quality and although the prices are too steep, the flavor and the experience makes it worth every buck. Are we going to come back? Probably, besides, it's a good place to take your wife, girlfriend or friend (?) for a date.
    • Food
      • The dishes were fantastic and the way they cook/prepare them is top notch.
      • High-quality ingredients were used and they are meticulous especially on their sauces.
    • Place 
      • The place is just amazingly lush and upscale. It will make you feel that you're royalty. The ambiance is just romantic, luscious and intimate.
      • The high ceiling just made the place very spacious.
      • The restrooms are very clean and tidy.
    • Service 
      • You won't have a hard time finding a staff as you can see them all basically in the dining area.
      • The staff are very attentive, clean and are willing to help you out on the menu.
    • Price 
      • The place is located in Bonifacio High Street which is a prime location and expect that the menu item prices are steep but fret not as the dishes are exceptional.
    Let's rate them, shall we?
    Food: 5/5
    Ambiance: 5/5
    Service: 5/5
    Value for money: 5/5
    OVERALL: 5/5

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    Mango Tree Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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    LocationC3, Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
    Operating Hours: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Contact Number: +6326213233 / +639175349145

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    Bistro Charlemagne in Ayala Feliz - WTF Review

    Food served with love and pride? Let's go for a ride!
    Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Bistro Charlemagne. However, our opinion, decision, and review method will not change.

    After being inactive in food blogging for almost two months we are back with yet another restaurant review! We apologize for not able to bring out content but let's put that aside because this year we will make sure that we'll be more active!

    A good comeback deserves a great restaurant where the combination of passion, love for the ingredient, eye for details and pride in their work resulted in fantastic dishes.

    With their success in their Bistro Charlemagne Nuvali branch in Sta. Rosa, Laguna - Charlemagne Lim knows that the whole metro needs to try out their famous Asian-fusion dishes. He opened Bistro Charlemagne in Ayala Feliz last 2018 giving the hungry diners of the metro something different to try on.
    Romantic, upscale and regal - perfect for dates or just a dinner with your family.
    Located on the very top of Ayala Feliz - it is nicely situated in their garden area where you will get a great view of the nearby mountains in Antipolo. The restaurant looks upscale outside and extravagant inside. The color combination of wooden table and regal red chairs provided that high-end expectation the moment you step foot inside.

    Albeit the wall has zero design at all, Mr. Lim said that they are planning to put on murals or picture frames showcasing their legacy which I think is perfect for their theme.
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    I was lucky to meet Charlemagne - a ginormous, buff and tall dude that ooze sex appeal #nohomo who is very kind, approachable and full of enthusiasm when it comes to his business. I'm with my brother U2 as a guest critic and my daughter - as usual to give her unadulterated 5 y/o judgment.
    Pumpkin and Carrot Soup (PHP185)
    To be frank, we were just expecting a simple Pumpkin and Carrot Soup (PHP185) - it looks fancy with the yogurt art on top, it's piping hot and it looks okay, that's when we took our first sip. The creamy sweetness of the pumpkin neutralized the pungency of the carrot.
    Glorious soup face - activated!
    The yogurt art is not just for show, once you mix it with the soup it will just bring out a new level of flavor to it, enhancing it by ten-folds by giving it that tangy kick to it. To my surprise, my daughter who does not like pumpkin soup finishes her bowl and gave it a thumbs up, how about that! Just amazing!
    Bistro Sisig Fries (PHP295)
    As a beer chugger, I am a big fan of sisig and I was delighted when Charlemagne told us that he will let us taste their revamped Bistro Sisig Fries (PHP295). My daughter is a big time fries lover and with both of our favorites in just one plate, it is straight-up heaven-sent.
    Bistro Sisig Fries (PHP295)
    The fries are cooked perfectly to the crisp and are well seasoned, the sisig, on the other hand, is far different from the other sisig we had before as it has a perfect ratio of meat and crunchy goodness with a little fat to give it that porky flavor. Try combining the sisig and the fries for an otherworldly flavor!
    Shrimp Poppers (PHP415)
    Salad? Entree? Why not both! Their Shrimp Poppers (PHP415) is an all-star meal. It's definitely one of U2's favorite and he can't stop raving it. The salad is fresh and perfectly dressed with balsamic vinegar giving it a vibrant and tangy texture to it. The coated shrimp is just full of surprises - it may look small but it does pack a heavy punch flavor wise. Want to step up the game? Take a shrimp, wrap it with the greens and you got yourself a present.
    Beef Tenderloin Rolls with Cheese (PHP395)
    Beef Tenderloin Rolls with Cheese (PHP395) - this dish caught me off my surprise. I thought it was pretentious at first but when I took that first bite. The melted cheddar just melt around my mouth, along with their home-made teriyaki sauce infusing the tenderloin strips with savory flavor, my palate was bombarded with succulent goodness. PRO TIP: EAT IT WHILE IT'S HOT!
    Little Asia's Crispy Chicken (PHP325)
    Get ready boys as we take down one of their signature dish, Charlemagne's pièce de résistance, Little Asia's Crispy Chicken (PHP325). The owner gave us a little history lesson about this particular dish that originated from his grandfather from the 1950s, imagine that!
    Little Asia's Crispy Chicken (PHP325)
    Visually - it is gorgeous, as the skin is just shouting crispiness all over. Once in your lifetime you will encounter a fried chicken so beautiful that you will just taste the juiciness and crispiness without actually tasting it, this is "that" chicken. The gravy is made from the juices of the chicken which added more flavor to it all-in-all. The skin crackles in every pinch, while the meat is so juicy that you just can't help but eat more. A 70 years-old legacy in a plate - we are truly honored.
    Literally how my daughter looks while eating their chicken
    A wonderful comeback experience indeed - Bistro Charlemagne is now part of our favorite restaurant. The place is just oozing with personality and a big part of that came from the owner himself, Mr. Charlemagne Lim. I was enthralled on how he gave us a little bit of back story in every dish which makes the dining experience more personalized. You can just sense the passion in him which is very contagious - so contagious that it rekindled my passion to pursue my very own food business.
    • Food
      • The high-quality ingredients and the careful preparation plus the supervision provided by the owner's quality control makes excellent food.
    • Place 
      • Upscale vibe which is good for a romantic date, family dinner or friendly get-together.
      • They have their own common restroom.
      • Outside seating is well shaded and very intimate at night time.
      • The place is well air-conditioned.
    • Service 
      • The staffs are very attentive, proactive, well groomed, cheerful and courteous.
    • Price 
      • For the quality of the service and food plus the serving size? I think it's worth it.
    Let's rate them, shall we?
    Food: 5/5
    Ambiance: 5/5
    Service: 5/5
    Value for money: 5/5
    OVERALL: 5/5

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    LocationFifth Floor, Ayala Malls Feliz, Dela Paz, Pasig City, Philippines
    Operating Hours: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Contact Number: +6327299496

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