By Camille Bacsa
Dining out is both a luxury and a chore. With all the tantalizing options out there vying for your attention left and right, how do you choose what to eat and make sure that you stay within a reasonable budget? You can go for friends’ recommendations or you can also consult an authority in food.
Zomato, one of the country’s leading restaurant booking and food ordering app and site, has recently launched their food promotions arm through Zomato Gold. Their partner restaurants are offering a very enticing buy one take one promo dubbed as 1+1 food and 2+2 drinks, so you always get double the food for what you pay for as a member. The only catch is that you can claim once at each partner restaurant per day.
Easily sign up for one of three membership options: the Starter Pack at PHP300 allowing you to claim 3 times; the Medium Pack at PHP700 for 10 claims; and the best suited for true-blooded foodies -– the Unlimited Pack good for as many claims as you want in a year at PHP1500.
In case you’re wondering if the hype is worthwhile, check out our weekly plan (that you can totally copy, we don’t mind!) to maximize our Zomato Gold membership below:
The extra traffic on Mondays shouldn’t keep you from eating a proper lunch in between meetings. Sushi is fast, easy and delicious, especially when it is Sushi Ninja’s Spicy Tuna Salad, Okinawa Toshi, or Leon’s Sushi Burger. If you’re in the mood for fast, comforting fried chicken with a Korean twist, head over to Kko Kko for their famous Chicken Cheese Fondue, or take out one of their satisfyingly portioned Dosiraks, which is basically a Korean lunchbox with yummy options of Galbi Jim (beef stew), Dakdori Tang (spicy chicken stew), Daeji Bulgogi (pan fried spicy pork), Beef Bulgogi (pan fried beef), or Samgyupsal BBQ (barbecued pork belly). With such tempting options, you’ll be sure to find time to eat lunch!
Sushi Ninja: Westgate Center, Alabang
Kko Kko Branches: Sapphire Bloc, Pasig | Paseo Center, Makati | Market! Market!, Taguig | Home, Kapitolyo, Pasig City | UP Town Center, Quezon City | Fairview Terraces, Quezon City | Festival Mall, Alabang | SM Clark, Pampanga
The Fat Seed Café + Roastery
Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen
Groggy Tuesdays require a good sip of man’s favorite potion: coffee. Grab some multinational comfort food like Four Cheese Grilled Cheese dipped in tomato soup with a side of coffee cubes drenched in milk and sugar (for a reverse coffee drinking experience!) and your senses will be waking up in no time at The Fat Seed Café + Roastery! Otherwise, you can also go for a hot cup of pretty and hearty latte with cheesy and flavorful pastas at Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen.
The Fat Seed Café + Roastery: UP Town Center, Quezon City
Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen Branches: Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig | Greenbelt 3, Makati | NAIA International Airport Terminal 3, Pasay
Tamarind: Taste of Thai
Some days you can be very proud of yourself for craving veggies. On such days, give Thai a try and have a filing bowl of Somtam Gaiyang (Grilled Chicken and Papaya Salad) from Tamarind: Taste of Thai, or one of Noor’s famous Fatush Salads with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes in a tangy dressing perfect with a glass of white wine.
Tamarind: Taste of Thai: SM Aura Premier, BGC Taguig
Noor: Burgos Circle, BGC Taguig
CDP Global Table
When elevating a fan favorite, there is no perfect formula but there is the requisite upgraded plating, intensified flavors, and otherworldly sauces. Your Local does a wonderful take on Singaporean Chicken Rice that patrons queue up for. Since it’s also almost the end of the week, why not celebrate with CDP Global Table’s multicultural palate offerings like the umami rich Wagyu Shirataki Sukiyaki in Bone Broth or a cheese and cold cuts platter?
Your Local: VA Rufino St., Makati
CDP Global Table: Powerplant Mall, Makati
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
You survived the week and it’s time to kick off the weekend with good friends and a cold glass of beer and cocktails! Enjoy the Irish Pub feels, like in the movies, at McLaren’s Pub with sinfully good dishes-to-share like the Jack Daniel’s Chicken Kebab, Garlic Parmesan Wings, and Maple Bacon Chicken Poppers. For a fancier night out to wine and whine about your week, try out Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge’s posh Smoked Duck Breast with Foie Gras and Umeboshi Duck Jus on sliced apples and Seafood Ceviche with Batuan Ponzu.
McLaren’s Pub: Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge: Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Little Owl Café
Blue Rocket Café + Kitchen
Indulge in guiltlessly hitting snooze and getting dressed in non-office clothes for the first time this week as you head for brunch and gorge on some tender fried chicken thighs sandwiched in between soft cheesy waffles. Also known as one of Little Owl Café’s masterpieces, this dish also comes with a side of crispy skinny fries and a just-right spicy Sriracha coleslaw. You can also opt to rise and shine with a healthy plate of Norwegian Salmon with Mango Teriyaki Sauce from Blue Rocket Café + Kitchen.
Little Owl Café: Broadway Ave, New Manila, Quezon City
Blue Rocket Café + Kitchen: Scout Reyes cor Scout Lozano, Quezon City
Premier The Samgyupsal
Family bonding is best when everyone’s present and ready to get crackin’. Enjoy a flavorful platter of Salted Egg Crabs, Spicy Jumbo Prawns, and Lapu-Lapu in Spicy Black Bean Sauce at GoGo Kitchen, or opt to share a hotpot or grill and challenge your siblings to who can eat the most of Premier the Samgyupsal’s Waeji Galbi, Moksal, Buddaejiggae, and Woosamgyup!
GoGo Kitchen: Seascape Village, Pasay
Premier the Samgyupsal: Mabini St, Manila | Xavierville Ave cor. Katipunan Ave, Quezon City | Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa | Banawe St. Quezon City | Alabang Zapote Rd, Las Pinas