Craving for new and must-try eats around the metro?
From soft-serve ice cream in lengua de gato cones, a cult favorite tapsilog comeback, to Greek-style deep-fried delights, here are a few delicious things worth noshing whenever you’re in the mood for good food!
Kiwami Food Hall’s Hokkaido Soft Serve: Worth Every Calorie
BGC’s Kiwami Food Hall is a new foodie destination for anyone craving Japanese: in this establishment, four major food staples from Japan are crafted to perfection: ramen, tendon, yakitori, and tonkatsu. While these savory specialties are the key highlights of the food hall, one other reason for you to dine in and repeatedly drop by Kiwami is for their Hokkaido Soft Serve Ice Cream.
Pleasantly sweet, cold, and creamy, the soft serve itself is a blissful swirl of frozen dessert which you can choose to have in a cup or a cone. It would be to your utmost pleasure to order the Hokkaido Soft Serve in Lengua de Gato Cone (P125), so you can have a bite of the Lengua de Gato cone, always fresh and made in-house. It’s an excellent pairing with the soft serve, sweet crunchy cone with the cold ice cream, that the cone in itself is an absolute treat! If you love boba, you may try the Hokkaido Soft Serve in a Cup with Kuromitsu Boba (P150) that features black honey pearls, but do trust me on the lengua de gato. Every bite makes the soft serve extra blissful!
Kiwami Japanese Food Hall is located at lower ground of C3 building in Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC.
At the Tapa Their Game: Jones All Day Brings back a Mr. Jones Favorite
Over a decade ago, Raintree Restaurants introduced a diner concept in Makati where loyal patrons swore by its Filipino breakfast offering, the Tapa & Garlic Overload. While Mr. Jones has closed its doors, its brand new sister restaurant gives it new life at their new space in Serendra, BGC.
Jones All Day is a new friendly neighborhood bistro that serves a well-rounded menu that entices diners any time of the day. Their offerings include brunch and all-day breakfast fare, a raw bar featuring succulent seafood, to freshly baked bread and pastries from their Jonesery retail store–there’s a little something for everyone whenever you’re jonesing for good grub. If you’re a fan of breakfast food, you must not miss out on their take on the Filipino tapsilog!
Chef Kalel Chan recreates a Mr. Jones favorite at Jones All Day with the Mr Jones’ Filipino Breakfast (P350). You have three choices for your protein: Mr. Jones Famous Tapa, Garlic Amadeo Longaniza, and Crispy Smoked Bangus. Old school foodies who are familiar with the tapa would definitely be thrilled for a delicious reunion with their favorite — the chef was able to find even the same plates from the former diner so you can feel all nostalgic with this dish.
The tapsilog is how I remember it exactly: thinly sliced cured beef, Japanese-style, topped with garlic chips, served with garlic rice, eggs, atchara, and a slice of orange. It’s satisfying comfort food you want to kick back with and enjoy every morsel of, served in a beautiful new space in BGC. It’s a delicious reunion for old Mr. Jones regulars, and a hearty brunch that will probably be a new favorite for the rest.
Jones All Day is now open daily from 7am to 10pm at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City. Call or text 0917 8362173.
Deep Fried Deliciousness: Akrotiri’s Greek Mini Doughnuts
When it comes to doughnuts, I often crave for simpler renditions over ultra-trendy, colorful, or over-the-top creations. A sugar-raised or honey-dipped classic deep-fried delight is something I could crave more repeatedly than a flavor of the month, and if these kinds of sweets are right up your alley, then Akrotiri’s authentic Greek doughnuts are something you definitely need to try.
These Greek-style mini doughnuts or doughnut holes are called Loukoumades (P180), the golden-brown dough balls deep-fried, then soaked in honey. It’s even more fragrant thanks to the delicious combination of powdered sugar and cinnamon. The texture is chewy and bouncy, very similar to mochi, and the sticky mix of honey and cinnamon is just the perfect glossy coating for every golden dough ball. Incredibly addicting and a perfect way to end a Greek feast!
Visit Akrotiri Real Greek Restobar at their branches in Jupiter, Makati and Commercenter Alabang. You can also order for delivery via GrabFood.
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