There are actually three Japanese restaurants in Regent Place in George St, and I initially wanted to try Azuma Kushiyaki, but by the time I got there, it was closed, so my friends and I decided to try TonTon instead! TonTon sells simple Japanese donburis and ramen noodles. I ordered the Pork Curry *excuse the curry freak*, and my friends ordered the Chicken Karaage Don and TonTon Ramen (not pictured). The food was GOOD. Unexpectedly good, and at a reasonable price, although I would much prefer the katsu curry in another Japanese chain, Wagamama. The Chicken Karaage Don was crispy and generous and.. delicious. It also had the perfect amount of vegetables incorporated in the dish. I didn’t try the ramen but apparently it was nothing special.
Say hello to my new favourite coffee place in Iloilo!
This is the Coffee House Beanery, a really small coffee shop near Robinson’s. I’ve seriously never heard of this place before and as you can see from the pictures, it seems nobody goes there. I found out about this place when I was going home from Robinson’s about a month ago and went by a route I don’t usually take. Maybe people don’t know about Coffee House ‘coz it’s really hard to notice unless you’re passing right by it.
So that is the cappuccino frost. It’s basically blended cappuccino with a bit of cinnamon. At first it was very creamy and right at the end there’s a sort of bite of the coffee.
This one was delicious! It’s called berryccino frost and it’s basically strawberry and cappuccino. What I loved about this is that even though the strawberry flavour was very prominent, its sweetness was very equally balanced out by the strong coffee flavour. I don’t like how sweet other fruity coffee beverages are, so this one is like perfection for me.
We also tried out their chocolate bonbons and they were delicious! They also serve salads, sandwiches and other pastries.
So, if I were you, I’d visit Coffee House Beanery ASAP!
So for some time now my sister (the girl in blue) and I have been planning to go to Mooon Cafe, which is this new-ish Mexican-inspired restaurant in downtown Iloilo. All this time I thought that the name is Moon, like any other normal person, but it has three O’s, which I forgot to ask about.
Anyhoo, as you can see from the first picture, the interior is very festive. I couldn’t stop gushing about how colourful the place is. And I swear on my life, I didn’t even enhance that picture (nor any of the pictures in this article). Now on to the food!
So I ordered the chimichanga ’coz on the menu it was indicated that it was a best-seller and it had a chili icon, which meant that it’s spicy. After living for years in Indonesia and becoming used to spicy food, I am often disappointed with how things labelled ‘spicy’ in the Philippines often turn out to be not spicy. Such was the case with this chimichanga (I feel so misled. *tears*). Not only was it not spicy—even after I put heaps of Tabasco—, it was salty. The best thing about it was the tortilla, which isn’t really a good thing to say. Oh and the abundance of cheese.
Next, we have the burrito pescada, which my sister ordered.
Inside the tortilla is fried fish fillet, some vegetables and it’s topped with lots of cheese. It’s accompanied with tomato and pepper salsa (left) and onion, tomato and herb salsa (right). And it was really good. We highly recommend this one.
Anyways, after we ordered, we noticed that virtually every table in the restaurant had this…punch-like thing. So we asked the waitress what it was and she said that it was their best-selling sun coolers, or something like that. She said that it was basically orange and mango juice, with fruit bits. It sounds delicious and we were a little annoyed we didn’t order it lol, but we’ll definitely order it next time.
I loved basically everything about Mooon, from their food to the atmosphere, except towards the end of our meal I was disappointed by their service. I had ordered bottomless iced tea, and I had asked a waitress to refill my iced tea. After nearly 15 minutes of wondering where the hell was my refill, I saw the very same waitress outside of the cafe, going home. O_O I understand that probably her shift was over, but it was irresponsible of her not to bring me my order before she left. Or at the very least, asked someone else to do it. That pissed me off a lot.
But other than that waitress, our trip to Mooon was very satisfactory. If you’re in Iloilo and like Mexican food, visit Mooon ASAP!
My sister and I were in Kopi Roti some weeks ago, mostly because we always crave for anything Indonesian. Well, Kopi Roti is Malay lol, but Malay is as close as we can get to Indonesian here in Iloilo (as far as I know).
So this is the kopi, which is basically (and literally) coffee. According to the Kopi Roti website, their coffee beans are roasted with the traditional Hainanese style, and that they brew their coffee with sweet milk, following Singaporean tradition.
This is the kopi bun, which is their house specialty. It’s bread with coffee-flavoured crust and the filling is sweet and butter-y. It reminds me of Rotiboy (which I miss and love so much), but not as delicious. It’s still good, though.
And this is I think iced chocolate, that my sister ordered. It tasted like…iced chocolate. LOL
Izakaya Den. A restaurant which, at the first mention of its name, received a fine indicator from a curious foodie: “It sounds wonderfully homey and Japanese,” she says.
The place was disguised in a basement of a building. Led down by a flight of stairs, its discovery wouldn’t have been found if you didn’t know what to look for. In my case, I knew what I was looking for, and still thought Google Map was playing tricks on me.
I knew, as I went down the stairs, that it was going to be a good place hidden in the corner of Russell and Little Collins St. past the black drapes and you’ll step in into what feels like you’re in the central fashionable side of japan.
The restaurant was overflowing with gents and ladies in formal attires. It was Wednesday night, and while lounging to wait for a table for one, I took in the view and could already sum it up in two words: after-work hangout, indeed.