A Veneto Napoli Pizzeria Ristorante:
- Seafood Pasta Parmigiana
- New York Style Pizza
Exploring new places means eating at new restaurants. I’m no native to Makati so my friend brought EverywhereWeEat to a new pizza place for dinner last Saturday night. We tried out A Veneto located at Glorietta 3 and had our fill of Italian food.
First up was the Seafood Pasta. As you can see, it was filled with chewy, stringy mozzarella cheese. Definite major points with me. You can never go wrong with cheese! I’ll stop myself before I go into a full-blown written devotion about my love affair for cheese right about…. now. Back to the pasta. After staring at the bed of yellow goodness for a couple of seconds, I was thinking “Uh… where’s the seafood?” Usually, seafood pasta has the bits of shellfish on top of the pasta or around the plate where you can see it. A Veneto’s version had me baffled as to where my main ingredients were. But after we dug into the first serving, ahh there it was, amass all the cheese and hot marinara sauce. It was a good generous amount too. The pieces of mussel, squid, and shrimp were all bite-sized and weren’t at all overpowering in flavour. The pasta actually kept warm even though we had already forked open the cheese and marinara on top of it. Impressive.
Then we were served with our New York Style Pizza, which in the menu’s description sounded a lot like a Manager’s Choice at Shakey’s, but hey, benefit of the doubt. Glad we actually ordered it because it was far from what I was expecting it to taste like. It wasn’t greasy even with all the meat ingredients on it. And the green bell peppers (my least favourite pizza topping next to black olives) actually tasted really good. It wasn’t bitter. It was crunchy and tasted fresh. My only problem with it though was that the crust was rock-hard. But other than that, it was a good choice.
The dining experience at A Veneto good. Aside from the hearty food, their wall decorations gave the place a lot of character. There was even this huge mural of famous Hollywood male stars dressed up in different costumes sitting together like chums. You can’t help but play a good game of “Name That Actor” with your dinner mates as you await your orders.
This restaurant is a good place for both friends and family because their serving is good enough to share.
Trilogy Boutique + Canteen: (counter-clockwise)
- Chocnut Ice Cream
- Crispy Chicken + Katsu Sauce + Rice
- Orange Chicken Bowl
I’ve wanted to go to Trilogy for a long time. Yesterday, I finally had the chance to, along with a couple of buddies of mine. We decided to stop by for lunch before we started the long day ahead.
We got their rice meals
because we were hungry so we could see how it would hold up with the other dishes that we’d try next time (pasta, sandwiches, Monte Cristo that I will definitely order soon). I was surprised at how filling it was. To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting much from the food because I knew that the place was better known for the retail. Man, was I wrong. The food was good. Really good.
The chicken stayed true to it’s name and was definitely crispy. I recognized the katsu sauce immediately (haha I buy the same one from Japanese groceries). The orange chicken…. was not orange, but it was certainly flavourful. The side salads/vegetables in general that went with the respective dishes, complemented the orders nicely. And the ice cream…. oh lawd the ice cream was heavenly. It’s consistency was creamy. The Chocnut did not overpower the vanilla at all. And even though there were big chunks when you got a spoonful, the taste was still very consistent. It also took a while for it to melt (which is what I usually look for in my ice cream). I wish they sold that particular dessert in pints, because I’d definitely love to take some home, and eat it whenever I’d like haha!
Overall, Trilogy Boutique + Canteen was a sweet find for lunch. The place had a really laid-back vibe which I enjoyed. The music was great, and being surrounded with beautiful clothes and shoes made me want to stay just a little bit longer.
Órale! Taqueria Mexicana
Órale! is the newest sit-down resto to open up at the Fort Strip. It’s definitely different from other Mexican-themed eateries in the Metro. It’s a far cry from fast food joints like Taco Bell, believe me. The ingredients here are fresh and oh so flavourful. I was present during the soft-launch 2 days ago. The place was packed with walk-ins. I’m sure the hand-painted window displays and warm lights helped bring a few folks in.
The food tastes authentic. The nachos especially were delicious. It isn’t your usual run of the mill tortilla chips. The nachos Órale! serves are almost as thick as crackers. I heard that the resident chefs baked those themselves. All of their dishes pack a lot of cheese, which is always good. :)
The place itself is cozy. It’s a great place to hang out with your friends after a long day’s work over Coronas + lime. They even have a fun little glass window with hand-painted masks on it. You could tell that a lot of thought was put into making this restaurant. They really want to make the dining experience fun and interactive.
All they need now is a 3-piece Mariachi band, a couple of cactus plants, and they’re set. You can visit their FB page for more pictures.
Pancake House (L-R):
- Spanish Omelette
- Corned Beef Omelette
- Cheese Waffle
Pancake House holds a special place in my heart. No, seriously. My dad used to take me here when I was younger (kindergarten if you want to be specific). Eating here always gives me a sense of nostalgia. Plus most of what they have is pretty much comfort food.
They’re known for breakfast meals. We ordered 2 different omelettes. The Spanish Omelette had a whole lot of veggies in it. If you fancy a healthy meal to kick start your day, then that would be a good order. I wish I could say the same for the Corned Beef Omelette though. There was hardly any filling in it. The egg wasn’t cooked very well too. Nonetheless, they made up for their waffle. It wasn’t too crispy (note: burnt) or soggy. It also held it’s consistency even after we poured an insane amount of syrup on it.
Suggestions would be to work on their presentation. Also, to give importance to every dish they have. The waffles stole the show, for sure, but that doesn’t mean that they should neglect the rest of food items on their menu.
Eating good food + writing reviews about them here. :)
ArmyNavy Burgers + Burritos (L-R):
- LiberTEA iced tea
- Breakfast Burrito (All-day)
- Classic Burger
We’ve been dying to eat here forever. No joke. We’ve heard a lot of good reviews for ArmyNavy, so we just had to try out their food for ourselves. Needless to say, they did not disappoint.
We were heading to a design talk at the Ayala Museum but we wanted to get a bite to eat first, so we looked around Makati for a good place to chow down. We were thrilled when we found an ArmyNavy outlet in the area! We skipped breakfast since the talk was after lunch. Good thing too because we were so stuffed after trying out ArmyNavy.
We of course got our helpings of burgers + burritos. Their specialties basically. We weren’t surprised when the food blew us away. The price was alright because you’ll really get your money’s worth with it. Take note, this is coming from people who skipped a full meal.
You shouldn’t only try their burgers + burritos though. THEIR ICED TEA IS AMAZING. We went back for seconds. It was THAT good. We rank up theirs with CPK + Mann Hann’s brewed iced teas. Props to their copywriter as well. They had quirky names for their menu items. LiberTEA being one of them (iced tea).
The place was just right. We can imagine it being packed at dinner time. In fact, there was a good number of people who dined with us even though it wasn’t rush hour yet. We also appreciated their decorations. They got every little detail down which really made it feel like you were in a bunker.
Try out ArmyNavy for yourselves if you think that our review is too good to be true haha! They’ve got branches at La Salle Taft, B.F. Homes, Pasig, SM City Fairview, Sky Garden, Solaris One, Tagaytay, and Glorietta 5 (where we ate).
- Chicken Scampi
- White Pizza
- Fettuccine Shrimp
- Fettuccine Shrimp (white sauce)
- Pepperoni Pizza
Whenever we go to Sicilian, we always make sure we’re a big group. The servings may look small, but man are they heavy. Pizzas and pastas are their main specialties here.
In terms of taste, it’s just okay for us. The sauce could be better (white ones have little to no taste while the red ones are too sour) and the selection of pastas themselves could be more. Most of our orders actually tasted the same. We think they’re better off with their pizzas.
The White Pizza is really good. We expected the cheese to be stringy and soft, but we realized that that wasn’t going to happen because the pizza wasn’t served as hot as we wanted it to be. Likewise goes for the Pepperoni. But still, it does its job well and fills you right up.
The service is… not so friendly. They tend to be cranky. Most of the time, they don’t even let you use the second floor of the place. Even if you’re a lot in one group, they always try to find a way to squish you all in the first floor (which is right next to the entrance = instant humidity + brightness).
Our advice is to lessen your serving size at this place. The carbs sure do pack a punch. You’ll feel drowsy after a heavy meal. And as weird as it may sound, try to go there during rush hour. A lot of customers means that they’ll have no choice but to open up the second floor.
- Pork Mandu
Whenever we go to UP, we always make sure to pass by this little Japanese-Korean restaurant called Mashita. We’ve been going there for 4 years now. I think it’s safe to say that we enjoy the food.
They offer 2 kinds of menus, Japanese and Korean cuisine. The price is fairly affordable and the serving is filling. They actually just added a bunch of new yummies to try, mostly with their sushi selection. Their bestseller though is the Kimbap (Korea’s take on the humble sushi).
The place itself feels homey in a good way. All of the eateries in the Shopping Center are small. Four years ago, when we first got there, I was surprised that they managed to get a second floor in considering the space. Whatever or however they managed to do it though, it definitely worked.
After a day of printing, thesis binding, internet-browsing, or just browsing in general in UP, stop by Mashita for a hearty good meal.