Tuesday, 23 October 2012

10 Dove Street Restaurant

Most of the time, these unplanned gatherings are the one that comes off. Spontaneity is the key to this food spree. What serves as the driving force is the desire to come together, share good food and great laughs. 

A very good friend is said to be overly fond of this restaurant which happened to be located on an exclusive village in Talamban, Cebu City. She has been raving over this eating place for so long now that she has been bringing friends and families to enjoy the food. It has been awhile that she is looking for a place selling gourmet sandwiches that are authentic and will surely satisfy her craving. Suffice it to say, she found it!

10 Dove Restaurant is named after the owner's house street no. The place has a homely atmosphere despite its limited space and area. This however did not stop riveted patrons from coming over. It is best though to call them for a reservation before going there to save time and of course to ensure that you have a table to sit on once you enter their cafe.

For P200 you have the option to choose from their menus that include house specials which is divided into 3 categories of sandwiches (a choice of wheat and white bread), 2 categories of salads plus soups and cakes. The drink though is separately billed.

If you want a no-nonsense tummy-filled gourmet sandwich dining experience, head to this restaurant. Surely you will come back for more.

                                                                 Extra Ordinary Carrot
                                                                    Mango Ube Cake
                                                                    Decadence Cake
                                                                         Italian Cake
                  Fruit Medley (cake topped with chunks of kiwi fruit, strawberries, mango and cherries

                                                                  French Onion Soup
                                                                    Fresh Asparagus
                                                               Chicken and Asparagus
                                                                      Crab and Corn
                                                                          Hot Tea
         German Potato Salad (potato, onion, bacon medley, lettuce strips, cooked in light vinegar dressing)
Crab Salad Louie (lettuce, crab kani, cucumber, tomato and creamy French Dressing)
Shrimp Salad (pasta, shrimps, diced cucumber, pineapple chunks in honey mustard mayo dressing)

Awesome Burger Steak (choice of toasted wheat/white bread or rice)
 Chef's Choice (Beef Pastrami, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, sliced pickles, cheese)
Roast Beef Dylan (tender roast beef with sauteed onions and mushrooms topped with melted cheese)
 Sausage and Slaw (Hungarian sausage with coleslaw and choices of rice or bread)

How to get there:

No problem for those with own transportation because you can always ask the guard for the direction in going there. Besides, the restaurant is named after the owner’s house street no. so definitely it is not that hard to find.

If you will ride a taxi from the downtown area, approximate fare is P170 to P180. If you hail from Ayala Center Cebu, the taxi fare is P80 to P100. 

But you can also go there via jeepney, just take the jeep bound for talamban and tell the driver to drop you off at Sto. Nino Village and then ask the guards for direction. It may take a while before you reach the place but the neighboring houses will surely not bore you while walking towards the restaurant because of their beautiful designs inherent to a rich owner.

Contact Information:

10 Dove Street, Sto. Nino Village
Talamban, Cebu City 6000
Tel. No.:3460618
Mobile Nos.: 09223323793, 09167185082
Schedule: Open Daily Except Sundays 11:00am to 9:30pm

Monday, 22 October 2012

Little Saigon, Big Bangkok

Viet Thai Dining Experience at Little Saigon, Big Bangkok

I admit. I am a food addict. But with this addiction, I certainly was able to nourish the hungry state of my senses, satisfy the palate longing and fill an empty stomach on a periodic basis.

We all love to travel because we want to have a taste of the world literally by eating the food of other countries. This is the so-called food trips by embarking on a gastronomic adventure. But why travel far when you can have a taste of the world locally. Subsequently, we all have our preferences. Some are into spicy food, others into sweet and tangy. Sometimes we even consider these cuisines as our comfort food, something that makes us happy in the process.

A good friend of mine told me about this new restaurant in Andres Abellana Ext. Guadalupe, Cebu City which is called Little Saigon Big Bangkok. She told me that she and her husband went to this restaurant with an empty stomach and went home completely with a stuffed tummy.

So off I went with my cousin and a great friend who share my regard on great food and best ambiance. Once we were parked, we all notice right away a homey atmosphere especially with the wooden tables and stools setting. You are also welcomed with the smoky whiff of grilled farm produce like chicken and pork upon entering the residence-like restaurant.

As soon as we were seated, we all can’t help but notice the ridiculously large menu held by the staff. It was explain to us that they have a unique way of giving their menus because they have a different set of food choices on a daily basis.

Since it was our first time on that restaurant, I asked their specialty or the restaurant’s best seller. We were introduced to BUN CHA which is a platter of rice noodles, spring rolls, beef strips and meat balls with lettuce and 2 dip sauces. We also tried their Penang Curry which is a spicy beef viand inherent to a Malaysian dish. You can request to have this not too spicy like put in mild spice since some of their food can be overly spicy or mildly spicy depending on the request of the paying patrons. We also tried their Gai Yang, a grilled chicken dish and Seafood Rice which is flavorful (you can even eat this rice without any viand anymore). For the drink, we choose to try their herbal ice tea which is a concoction of ginger, lemon grass, lime and other herbs. A pitcher will do for 3 to 4 persons.

While eating, a staff even shared to us a little info about their Cooks; most of their cooks came from Spice Fusion.  

For desserts, we tried their delicious homemade ice cream – mango peppermint with kaffir lime ice cream. 

                                                               Ridiculously Large Menu

                                                         Seafood Rice @ P250 (mildly spicy)

                                                        Gai Yang (Grilled Chicken) @ P250

                                                                 Penang Curry @ P250

                                                                     Bun Cha @ P275

Bun Cha (a platter of rice noodle, beef strips, spring rolls, meatballs and lettuce with 2 choices of dip sauces)

                               Homemade Ice Cream (Mango Peppermint with Kaffir Lime) @ P75

How to get there:

If you are from Manila and would like to go there from the airport, you may ride a taxi and approximate fare is around P250 – P280. If within Cebu City, like the downtown area taxi fare may be around P80 –P100. If you are in Uptown area (Fuente Osmena), taxi fare is around P70-P80.

You can also go there through riding a jeepney. You just have to ride a jeepney bound for Guadalupe. Just tell the driver to drop you at the Guadalupe Brgy. Hall. The restaurant is beside a Japanese school.

For reservations and other inquiries, you may call them through (032) 4150228.

Contact Information:

Little Saigon Big Bangkok
Owner: Carmel Therese D. Almadrones
2175 Villaon Subd., Andres Abellana Ext.
Guadalupe Cebu City
Contact No.: (032) 415 0228

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Penong's BarBestCue Seafood and Grill

Food therapy is one of the best stress busters. There is something about food that soothes one angry state and helps relax the body senses. Once the stomach is full it carries to the brain the happiness in the form of nutrients.

The market is already saturated with resto bars, bbq grill houses, fastfoods and even carenderia. But despite these collective eating places, we seek the best dining experience flavored with the best menu offered, spiced up with the best staff and peppered with a reasonable price.

Alternately, the best way to enjoy the food is to share it with someone you hold dear in your heart like a cherished friend, a valued colleague, a favorite relative and the best family you will ever have.

While we were at Davao City, my Aunt and I opted to eat at Penong’s Barbecue Seafood and Grill. They claimed to have the best tasting barbecue. So off we go to try their BarBestCue, the reason that makes Penong’s a household name in Davao City.

According to their facebook account, Penong is dominating the Mindanao locality and will soon invade other parts of the country. They will soon be invading the Visayas region particularly in Cebu City along Escario St. cor. Juana Osmena Ext.

                                                         Penong's BarBestCue (Inato Meal)

                                                                          Beef Bulalo

                                                       Minojong Talong (Eggplant Mojos)

This is their very own version of mojos but unlike the mojo's they are using eggplant.


Who could go wrong with calamare dipped in a thousand island dressing? Yum yum yum...

                                                                            grilled fish

So when you are in Davao, head out to one of their branches and sample their BarBestCue in town.

Contact Information:

Penong’s Barbecue Seafood and Grill
Ilustre Branch Ilustre St., Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 221 8390
Website:  http://penongs.com.ph