Tuesday, February 26, 2013

According to iPhone: Pizza Volante

I was scrolling through my Facebook account's album and I looked back at the photos that I took during our vacation in Baguio city. Today I decided to share with you of the restaurants that we have dined in during our stay there.

Pizza Volante Restaurant 
Session Rd Lungsod ng Baguio, Philippines 
+63 74 445 0777

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bon Chon opens in SM Marikina!

After paying bills at SM's customer service center, I was surprised to see a familiar looking sign just across BDO. I was thrilled to see that Bon Chon is now 10 minutes away from our house (without the traffic though).

Although this is your typical Bon Chon restaurant, small and has few chairs and tables, what I like about this branch is that the hall where you walk to your table is spacious enough that two (2) people can both walk at the same time.

What I like about this branch is that they readily have a high chair for toddlers which makes this branch a family friendly restaurant. I have been to their other branches like in Katipunan, UP Technohub, and in Promenade Greenhills, and I observed that they don't have a high chair. Please correct me if I got this  detail wrong.

There's not much to tell about Bon Chon's food as I love the way they prepare their food. From the presentation to the taste to the price, I think everything is just right. All I wish is that their delivery area widens as so it is not limited to Metro Manila/Quezon City customers only. Other than that, I still love my Bon Chon chicken wings.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Reader's Question: How do you determine ratings for each restaurant?

Image source: Google search

I have to be honest, I am not a food blogger at heart. I am a fashion and beauty blogger TURNED food and travel blogger because I would like to channel my love and passion for eating and travelling, hence the "about me" section says it all.

For the past few weeks, I have been in the roll in publishing restaurant reviews and I received a comment about a particular restaurant that I have made my review on. The comment-er basically asked how I will be able to rate high-end restaurants if I gave a high rating to a non high-end restaurant. I have my ways in doing reviews and ratings and I follow a very strategic way on how I do this.

Basically, I have four (4) categories for restaurants:

1. Fast Food - as we all know, fast food restaurant emphasizes on the speed of service. These types of restaurant do not offer full table service and their meals are usually served in disposable plates and cutlery. Examples of fast food restaurants are KFC, McDonald's, Jollibee, etc.

2. Fast Casual - just like fast food, they usually do not offer full table service but the difference is that they offer non-disposable plates and cutlery. The quality of food and prices tend to be higher than those of a conventional fast food restaurant but may be lower than casual dining. Examples are Bon Chon, Teriyaki Boy, 50s Diner, RA MEN OH, etc.

3. Casual Dining - this is the type of restaurant that serves moderately-priced food in a casual ambiance. in this category, I also add in some of the casual buffet-style dining like Dad's, Kamay Kainan, Kamayan, etc.

4. Fine Dining - this is the type wherein they offer full service with specific dedicated meal courses. The wait staff is usually highly trained and often wears more formal attire. Food portions are visually appealing and they have certain rules of dining which visitors are generally expected to follow often including a dress code. Examples are Heat (in EDSA Shangri-La Hotel), Spiral (in Sofitel Manila), Annabel's (which we do not own, by the way), etc.

I know that it may be a little confusing to some of you but the reason why I do this is that I want to be able to cover all types of restaurants and to give them the rating, that I think, they deserve and not minding whether they are a high-end restaurant or a non high-end restaurant.

I hope this helps you to determine how I do my reviews and ratings.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013



Ramen Oh, which means The King of Ramen in english, is a Japanese restaurant situated in the bustling streets of Katipunan Avenue. Only a month old, Ramen Oh is not your typical Japanese restaurant as it has a lot of things to offer.

Being someone who grew up eating Japanese cuisine, I think I am a bit of a "Japanese food expert" which made me very excited to try out the newest restaurant in Katip.

As we choose our meal in their menu, we were offered a cold iced tea and hot tea. Bottomless iced tea is only Php45.00 while the hot tea is FREE!

To start off, we had Gyoza (Php79.00) which is basically a pan-fried Japanese dumpling filled with ground pork, onion leeks, garlic, ginger, which are all mixed with sake, soy sauce, and sesame oil to marry all the flavors together.

What I particularly like about Ramen Oh's gyoza is that it is cooked just right. Unlike others, this gyoza is not too greasy which just right for my liking as an appetizer meal.

Another appetizer meal we had was the tofu steak. Priced at Php99.00, this breaded tofu with ground pork and shiitake mushroom has won my heart as soon as I have tasted it! The tofu is cooked just right, fried perfectly as so it is not too greasy, and the toppings compliments it well which makes this dish a great appetizer meal as well.

Choosing between the two (2) appetizers we've had, I would go for the tofu steak. But don't get me wrong, gyozas are my favorite as well.

For my ramen selection, I opted for the master's mix which consists of an egg, beef strips, green leeks, black pepper, with a base of shoyu soup. The leeks very much contradict the beef flavor as it helps marry all the flavors together. What I liked most about this ramen is that even though beef is its main ingredient, it is not too greasy. This comes in two (2) sizes, buddy (photo shown above) goes for Php99.00 while supera costs Php190.00.

For my rice meal, I chose the chicken katsudon which is basically a breaded chicken with egg, onions, pepper, and sweet soy. The pepper, I think, plays a great role in this dish, as it contradicts the sweetness that the sweet soy brings. The rice that comes with it, I believe, is japonica rice which makes this dish extra special. As the sweet soy goes down and mixes its flavor with the rice, it all goes well and delicious inside your mouth as you chew each element in this dish.

This is priced at Php145.00 only.


> I cannot stress enough how affordable their meals are! For such a delicious and hefty amount of meal, the pricing on their meals are worth it.
> Customer service is superb! The staff are very friendly, accommodating, and is always ready to provide your needs.
Ambiance is perfect may it be for the whole barkada or for the family, this restaurant lives up to the expectations of their customers in terms of the whole look/theme of their restaurant.
Location is great! Being a few steps away from the Loyola schools, namely my alma mater Miriam College and Ateneo de Manila University, it is good that this is accessible both by big and small vehicles.


> They need more signs as so their customers can easily spot their restaurant. As per the head chef, they already got a permit to post a sign in the main road of Katipunan which is good news already.
> This is not really a negative point but more of an "improvement comment". I honestly feel that this restaurant will be successful in the next coming months which means they would be needing to move to a bigger space. I can't wait until they transfer to their next location some time May 2013, which is just basically beside it (since the space beside them is bigger).


All in all, I give this restaurant a 5-star rating (under the category of fast casual)! At first, I was honestly a bit iffy thinking what their price range for food was, but seeing their menu, I was really shocked to see that their meals are very affordable! The food is great, and I cannot stress that enough in this post (which means you all NEED to try it for yourselves). Lastly, being a family person and a college student, the overall ambiance and location of this restaurant is great!

Will I come back to try out more of their food offerings? Definitely YES!


A 180degrees video covering the whole restaurant will be up in my Youtube channel soon

Minimalist and very zen-like wall decor

SEGUE: Pop Shakes will be their "sister-company" that will open some time February-March, offering milk teas and yummy dessert food! So after eating at Ramen Oh, transfer to Pop Shakes for your sweet cravings!

The very friendly ate (whom I should have asked the name of) who was assigned to serve our table. She's very friendly, even my daughter enjoyed playing a little peek-a-boo with her!

With the accommodating and bubbly Chef Sonny, their head chef!

Thank you so much for having me Jeremy, Ms. Kym, and Chef Sonny! This will definitely not be the last time that I will be eating at RA MEN OH!

DISCLAIMER: I am not, in any way, affiliated with RA MEN OH. This review were from my own words and is 100% unbiased. For questions on how I do my reviews, please refer to my PRIVACY POLICY.

2F J & R Concon Centre,
91 R. Alvero St., Loyola Heights,
Quezon City (behind Shakey's Katipunan) 
Mon - Sat: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RaMenOh
Twitter: @RA_MEN_OH

Friday, February 15, 2013

According to iPhone: Valentine's Date

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's day! As for me, I am still in food coma after munching out on lechon and other scrumptious Filipino dishes that Kamay Kainan (West Ave.) has to offer. I will do a separate restaurant review on them but for now, here's what Valentine's day was to me according to my iPhone.

For my first plate, I chose pork tonkatsu and pata tim as my starters.

The pata tim was so good I had to come back and get some more! I also took a serving spoonful of paksiw na lechon.

For my last plate, I finished it off with deep fried shimps paired with a hot bowl of papaitan.

For dessert, I actually went back twice and got the same thing. I had ginataan bilo-bilo (sticky rice balls) and ube (purple yam) bread.

April and the City is the brain child of beauty and fashion blogger, Miss April. She wanted to find an outlet where she can share her love for food and travel adventures with the family, thus, this blog was born.
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