Re-launching and mixing all my blogs together has brought too many memories of more than 10 years. The best memories were my restaurant reviews around Ayala Triangle Gardens when I first moved to IBM nearly 8 years ago. Our office location was in Makati back then and Ayala Triangle was very convenient outlet to de-stress offering many food choices from Filipino to Western cuisines.
"The Ayala Triangle Project" I thought was completed after 2 years and put closure to it but some restaurants were closed already and I found out that four new restaurants that I've never reviewed at the time I was working in Makati City had opened. Its kinda enticing to try one of these days. Hmm.
Here's a compilation of my restaurant reviews with excerpts from the original posts while I'm trying to squeeze my time to try the new restos. I have scorecards of our experiences so just click the links and find out more stories behind. The project's criteria are; Food Quality, Ambiance, Service, and Cost/Prices, where Five (5) indicates "Exceptional Experience", Four (4) indicates a place "worth a comeback", three (3) means "a casual place to eat", two (2) means "acceptable", and one (1)) means "poor".
Address: Paseo De Roxas St Cor Makati Ave, Cor Ayala Ave, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila. Mostly, restaurants here occupy the best location in the park. From al fresco area and also inside, diners have a very good view of the lush garden; manicured green grass and towering trees. The atmosphere here is relaxed and young, with people catching up with old friends and its the Makati yuppie’s place for a casual post-work thirst-quencher.
Disclaimer: Please note that we are non-professional critiques and we are just doing this for fun. The views expressed and images used on every blog posts are all mine. Let's start with my utmost favorite, Poco Deli.
It was after my extended night shift on a Saturday morning when I came in alone because my officemates doesn't felt like having breakfast and wanted to go home instead. The approachable little store, Poco Deli who make Artisinal sausages from fresh and all-natural prime meats appealed to my taste buds to give it a try. ..and I'm glad I did! I can't contain my drooling over the bacon's fat that glisten against the light while I was taking photo snaps. And when I had my first bite, I tasted heaven... and the seventh heaven on the last, lol! Restaurant Review, Click Here.
The connotation of Japanese food, for me, was looking good but tasting bad. That was before I tried to dine-in at Omakase in Ayala Triangle Gardens last month. There was a scary moment on my way to the restaurant as I compose myself to taste raw food. Honestly, I am not a fan of raw Japanese food but they say that the better way to appreciate food is eating it raw. I admire Japanese food presentation though. I've tried to eat sushi multiple times when I was working in Hotel Fleuris in Palawan where we have a Japanese restaurant (We Be Sushi) but I really didn't like it. Maybe today it would be different. Restaurant Review, Click Here.
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf which by the way, one of the restaurants in the park that opens as early as 7 AM was our choice for quick breakfast and caffeine fix. The restaurant occupies the best location in the park. From al fresco area and also inside, diners have a very good view of the lush garden; manicured green grass and towering trees. The atmosphere here is relaxed and young, with people catching up with old friends and its the Makati yuppie’s place for a casual post-work thirst-quencher. Restaurant Review, Click Here.
Dinning in Amici is like living la dolce vita where good food has that power. Mama Mia! Amici was sooo Italian. We felt like we were on Italian holiday when me and my two good old friends, Lady and Jim, dined here. And this is as good as it gets with our beautiful desserts from the dessert and Italian gelato extension of Amici, Caramia Gelateria. Restaurant Review, Click Here.
The corps d'elite of IBM Global Process Services, "The Canadians", went to the Ayala Triangle Gardens for our traditional Saturday brunch. Highly anticipated since Wednesday last week, we agreed to review a friendly bakery cafe that serves freshly-baked pies, cheesecakes and desserts, as well as delectable food and coffee, Banapple. Restaurant Review, Click Here.
It wasn't just an ordinary comeback because it was also my birthday treat with The Canadians at the Filipino inspired restaurant - Kanin Club. Its eclectic mix of Philippine interiors are inspired by intricate wood carvings complete with translucent shell capiz windows. We gathered around a long wooden table in the corner, and get acquainted with the rough wooden seats, which thankfully are more comfortable than they look. Restaurant Review, Click Here.
Real foodies or even health conscious people think of a plate of greasy goodness twice a week. This statement isn't a fact to everyone but to me. And for me, it means a plate of Roasted Pork, Crispy Pata, or sometimes, Wee Nam Kee's steamed or roasted Hainanese Chicken served with chicken rice - cooked in chicken broth, rich with chicken flavor and glistening with chicken fat. Yes, it's a simple dish, done well, and reaches heavenly heights. Restaurant Review, Click Here.
BonChon Chicken is a contemporary Asian/Korean-American QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) cuisine that highlights the Korean–style crispy fried chicken claimed to be super crispy yet light and not greasy, with hot moist juicy meat, sauced with its classic soy garlic or spicy glazes. Restaurant Review, Click Here.
Although expensive, procuring nothing more sinister than healthy frozen yoghurt is something that I never do everyday unless there are odds to beat and inner demons to whipped. For me, froyo is one of my stress relievers. Restaurant Review, Click Here.
The ambiance was great, we dine al fresco, surrounded by the most prestigious office towers in the Philippines. Restaurant Review, Click Here.