When we were kids, family members would take turns choosing where to eat out. Mom would start by asking dad, then herself, and then the eldest kid, down to the youngest.
If you think you’ve seen and been to every nook of upscale Bonifacio Global City (BGC), or smelled and tasted all the delightful dishes straight from the kitchens of its plethora of restaurants, think again.
Pork, breaded and fried, is a treat for both young and old. Which is perhaps why tonkatsu and katsu houses have sprouted all over the metro.
Taking inspiration from an imaginary forest clearing in some magical corner of Japan, leading designer Kenneth Cobonpue has shown again his brilliance in designing space with the opening of Akira Japanese restaurant in Makati.
From the outside, Banzai looks like an office building, spare and boxy save for a few standees announcing the specialties. Inside, however, is an open layout of live cooking stations taking up most of the middle portion.
All seats were taken in this extremely limited, one-night-only return engagement of chef Norbert Gandler at Mandarin Oriental Manila’s Tivoli restaurant, where he was executive sous chef from 1989 to 1992, and from 1995 to 2003.
On Father’s Day this year, my family asked me what kind of dinner we should have to celebrate.
Friday night and the place was packed. Actor Christopher “Boyet” de Leon was having a drink with one of the owners by the restaurant’s bar. In a separate section was love guru Baby Cruz with family. A head-turner who looked very much like Plinky Recto stretched her long legs sideways, leaning against a wall.
Gisa(sauté), kulob (cover), pakuluan (slow cook by continuous boiling) are three of the techniques of Filipino cookery said to be derived from the ancients.
What keeps people loyal to a restaurant that has been going for hundreds and hundreds of years? Consistency, one would expect. Tradition. A sense of legacy. Or sheer nostalgia. We don’t have restaurants that go back hundreds of years, because our country goes back only a few hundred years, as compared to Spain, for [...]