Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gilligan’s Robinsons Place Naga: Bright and Airy Marine Themed Restaurant

Giligan’s Robinsons Place Naga 
Bright and Airy Marine Themed Restaurant

The gleaming bright blue lights attracted us to dine
at Giligan’s new branch in Robinsons' Place Naga.


Located at the al fresco section of the mall,
it had an outdoor dining area,


…as well as a beautiful indoor dining hall.



We have always enjoyed dining

…which had a darker,
pub- like musty interiors,

…this one in Robinsons’ Place had a brighter
and more refreshing marine themed interiors.

Our dinner were served fast
and we were in for another
awesome culinary adventure. 


We started our dinner with a unique
tasting Sinigang na Inihaw na Baboy.


The pork was pre- grilled before being incorporated 
to the sinigang broth. The slightly burnt out flavor of
 the grilled pork  perfectly blended to the sinigang
sour broth, and created a pleasant smoky aftertaste.

The very tender Garlic Chicken tasted good.
It was a pre- fried breaded chicken bathed in
a sweetish- tangy garlic flavored sauce.

Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet was very delicious
despite this restaurant not specializing Chinese
cuisine . The fish fillet came crispy fried bathed
 in sweet and sour sauce with vinegary aftertaste
interspersed with pineapples, tomatoes and garlic.

The Sizzling Pork Sisig had he perfect blend of tangy 
and spicy, It was delightfully gooey the it sticks in your 
palate when eaten.  That’s perfectly okay as you savor
 all the bold, delicious flavors longer. This dish is to die for.

It has always been such a joy to dine in Giligan’s SM
but with their new bright and airy branch in Robinsons’,


…dining here has gone up a notch higher.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Hap Chan: Robinsons Place Naga

Hap Chan 
Robinsons Place Naga

Hap Chan is a popular Chinese restaurant
in the Philippines with two branches in Bicol.
The first one in Legazpi City in Albay and the
second at Robinsons Place Naga in CamSur.

Located at the al fresco section of the mall,

…Hap Chan is always full packed and it is
understandable as they serve some of the
most delicious Chinese dishes in the region.


We have been to this restaurant about four times
since they opened three months ago, and every
visit leaves us craving for more and their delicious
food draws us back to return again and again.

Below is the list of some of the best dishes
that we have enjoyed during  our frequent
visits tot his wonderful Chinese restaurant.

We tremendously enjoyed the Polonchay Seafood Soup.
The thick green soup made of minced Chinese spinach,
generously complemented with the morsels of seafood,
had thick consistency, but with luxuriously smooth texture.


I was expecting a pot of simmering broth on  
a portable burner in the middle of the table
like what they do in some Japanese restaurants,
but Hap Chan’s Sea Food Hot Pot was a delicious
pre- cooked version, served simmering hot in a native
pot. I believe it was more of a Cantonese hot pot
that is heavy on shrimps, oysters, squid and tofu.
This is a highly recommended dish in this restaurant.


With their wide variety of traditional dimsum,
the saucy Japanese Dimsum is a must try.
The nori- wrapped dimsum was generously
bathed with a nori- flavored sauce. The unique
fusion of a Japanese seaweed wrapper to the
Chinese dimsum created an new, exotic and out
of the ordinary, yet very delicious Oriental dish. 

Lechon Macaw is apork thigh, deep fried to 
crispy perfection. it is a less briny and a more 
refined, better version of Pinoy’s lechon kawali.


The chopped cylinders of Lumpia Shanghai,
a leaner carnivorous version of Chinese spring
roll, was gloriously crispy as if the rice wafer
wrapping was gilded with air before being fried.


Of course, no meal is complete in any
Chinese restaurant without a Chop Suey.
The veggies were not over cooked, they
were fresh, crunchy and very delicious.


The Chinese Beef Steak made of thinly sliced,
tender beef with spinach, bathed in savory
sauce and spiced with ginger. My son loves
Pinoy Bistek but this one is an awesome substitute. 


Squid Salt and Pepper is a delicious
Chinese version of the classic calamari.
Chewy by clean tasting chewy breaded
squid, it was served with a vinegar dip,
but it was so tasty you wouldn’t need one.


We have tried stir fried noodle flavored with pork,
shrimp and seafood but never something with beef.
The Beef Canton came as something new to us.
It was surprisingly delicious as the  ender beef
slabs went well with the stir- fried flat noodles.


Another beef dish that we tremendously enjoyed
was the Sauteed Beef with Brocolli Flowers.
The beef was tender and bathed with rich tasty
sauce, bordered with blanched fresh broccoli.
It was a hale and healthy, yet very delicious dish.


We never fail to order the iconic sweet and sour
dish whenever we dine in any Chinese restaurant.
This time we ordered the Sweet and Sour Pork 
and this one did not disappoint. The pre- fried
breaded pork was tender and crunchy despite being
bathed from the tangy sweet and sour sauce.


The Hap Chan Crispy Fried Chicken was so good.
I believe it was cooked the Peking Duck way.
crispy skin and moist and tender in the inside.
This is one of the best fried chicken in town and
a must eat and must order to anyone dining here.


They also on of the best Yang Chow Fried Rice 
that could be a food on its own and also goes well
with any of the awesome Chinese dishes available. 


Hap Chan also offers well packed
delicious Rice Toppings to go for
those who are in a hurry and for
those wanting to eat somewhere else. 



Hap Chan is a wonderful Chinese Restaurant,


...and welcome addition
 to the city’s culinary scene.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bread Talk, SM City Naga

Bread Talk
SM City Naga

A temptingly sweetish- briny velvety bread, 

...that gloriously melts in the mouth.

Yes definitely, a bread can talk- 
and it’s saying “Eat Me”

...a universal language,

...that everyone would understand,


...just by looking at it.

That's what  Bread Talk is all about

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Chef Mama: Awesome CamNorte Specialties at Robinsons’ Place Naga, Al Fresco

Chef Mama
Awesome CamNorte Specialties  
Robinsons’ Place Naga, Al Fresco 

Chef Mama in a popular restaurant in Camarines Norte 
and we were happy when they opened a branch at the
 Robinsons Place Naga in Camarines Sur.

Located at the Al Fresco section of the mall,

Chef Mama had a contemporary homey interiors.


We started our meal with Fresh Paco Fern Salad.
A mound of young paco fern leaves was soaked in 
sweet vinegar, topped with tomato and salted egg.
It was delightfully sweetish tangy and very crunchy.
It was delicious and everybody loved it and it served
as  a perfect appetizer as it perked everyone’s appetite.


The Tinapa Roll was supposed to be an appetizer.
but it was in reality, a fried spring roll variant good 
enough for a main dish. The filling was made of 
smoked bangus or ‘tinapa’ in Bicol, salted eggs,
tomatoes and onions, rolled in thin rice wafers 
andfried to an addicting crunchy perfection .

We also ordered Chop Suey and the assorted vegetables
looked unattractive as it was floating in too much sauce 
and did not look appetizing at all. The old adage not to 
judge the book by its cover was true after all. The veggies
 were fresh and crunchy and the way it was sautéed was
 very tasty. The saucy vegetable dish went well with rice.


Crispy Pla- Pla, which was described in the menu
butterfly- cut tilapia appeared more like a puffer fish.
But no matter how it looked like, it was fried to crispy
perfection that even the head and the bones were edible.

Santol or Wild Mangosteen is a seasonal  fruit making Sinantol a rare
dish during off season.It is also known as Ginataang Santol, made 
from grated santol meat simmered in coconut milk, seasoned with 
shrimp paste and spiced withsiling labuyo. This Chef Mama version  
is addicting and a must try and must eat for anyone dining here.

Beef Caldereta is usually served in fiestas and otherspecial occasions, 
but Chef Mama makes this deliciousdish available everyday. The beef 
was simmered to a meltin the mouth tenderness, stewed with potatoes, 
tomato sauce,and spiced with peppers. Definitely the best caldereta
 in town, and it is worth visiting this restaurant just for this dish alone.


Chef Mama is a wonderful restaurant,

...and a welcome addition to Naga City's culinary scene