4/10/16

The Suite Room: Old Favorites, New Favorites

            The restaurant that charms people with its plush ambience and equally alluring food is dishing out new items that will surely give you more reasons to keep coming back. 

            The Suite Room continues to create a unique experience for you as you step into a cozy yet classy ambience that makes you forget the busyness and noise of the real world while enjoying heartwarming quality meals. I still can't forget my first dining experience in this restaurant that has left an imprint on my palate. You can read about it in the link below:


            This restaurant has become a favorite to many with their quality meals and service that satisfy one's perception of value for money. With that, I'll gladly share some of my old favorites as well as the new ones from their new additions on the menu. 

              Let's start off with the old favorites...

Skewered Shrimps in a Blanket  P158
               This is one of my favorite appetizers. Well, because I love shrimps and cajun-spiced anything. I also love how the crostini adds to the texture of this dish. And c'mon, anything wrapped with bacon is a winner. The Suite Room somehow consistently cooks their shrimps perfectly juicy and plump. 

Pan-fried Salmon in Citrus Butter Sauce with Mushroom Risotto  P378
                   If I'm not having steak, this is the best bet from my old favorites. I just love the combination of salmon and risotto. If not for the citrus butter, this would probably be one of the healthiest entrees in the menu. The Suite Room is also one of the few places you can get a dish with risotto for a very reasonable price. 

Grilled Salmon in Sweet Soy  P358
                  Okay, this is surely the healthiest entree in the menu. This just goes to show that you still have the choice to eat healthy when eating out. Make sure to have this with a side salad instead of mashed potato though. ;) 

Ribeye Steak  P600
                  Yesss. Ribeye. Always a winner. For the steaks, you can choose from a number of sauces such as Cajun Butter, Pepper Cream Sauce and Mushroom Sauce. Of course, I have mine with Cajun Butter. Oh so good! If you're craving for steak but don't really have the budget for a splurge, this is the best place to go. 


                   And now, for the new guys on the menu...

Chicken Croquettes  P188
Swedish Style Meatballs  P208
Flatbread Pizza  P208
              They've added a lot of really good new items. For appetizers, I particularly enjoyed the Swedish meatballs and Chicken Croquettes. 

              I'm not really fond of meatballs but I remember that The Suite Room had one of the meatballs that my taste buds seemed to agree with during my first visit. And I must say, they did it again with this Swedish version. 

Summer Salad  P238
Mixed greens, mango, grapes, raisins, candied nuts, diced chicken tossed in a creamy garlic-parmesan dressing
                   If you prefer lighter starters or something fresh and light to pair with your heavy entree, a salad would be perfect. The Summer Salad is a delightful addition to their menu. This salad is actually balanced enough to serve as a meal in itself. Just ask for bread on the side to complete your meal. :) 

Shrimp Spaghetti Aglio Olio  P200
Truffle Cream Pasta  P178
                I also enjoyed their pasta offerings, perfectly al dente and just the right amount of sauce. The Truffle Cream Pasta is a tasty treat!

Baby Back Ribs  P588
                  Now, here's the new big league. A different take on their sister restaurant's  (Casa Verde) flagship dish, this rack is sure to satisfy your comfort food craving. Fall-off-the-bone, tender, smoky ribs flavored with an interesting blend of spices. 

Adobo Pork Ribs  P298
              This photo doesn't give justice to this amazingly heartwarming dish. Obviously, it was one of those moments when I couldn't resist taking a bite before realizing I hadn't taken a photo yet. Oops! Piglet instincts. Hehe. This dish melts in your mouth because it's cooked low and slow for a whole day. 

                And of course, it's impossible to leave The Suite Room without having their huge ice cream cakes for dessert. My favorites are the Caramel Macchiato and Green Tea flavors. 

From front to back: Peach Mango Ice Cake, Double Strawberry Ice Cake, Apple Cinnamon Raisin Pie Ice Cake, Caramel Macchiato Ice Cake

             So, those were just some of the new items on The Suite Room's menu. There are more items I haven't mentioned that are sure to tickle your taste buds so why not give it a try sometime? Let me know which ones you like. :)


Mindful Eating Tips:
  • It's all about portion control. Most of the servings in The Suite Room are actually good for two. Share your calories! :)
  • Always remove visible fats to lessen unnecessary fat intake.
  • Choose dishes that are not deep-fried or smothered in butter sauce.
  • Salad is always a good idea but stay away from mayonnaise-based dressings.
  • When having juice, ask for the sugar syrup separately on the side so you can control just how sweet you want your drink.



The Suite Room 
by Casa Verde

New Wing Roofdeck
Ayala Center Cebu
Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu City 6000

Contact: (032) 266 3860


69 Lim Tian Teng St., 
Ramos, Cebu City 6000

Contact: (032) 254 0508


Facebook: The Suite Room
Instagram: @thesuiteroom 


"To know Cebu, eat Cebu!"


oink oink,

Babe for Food

2/20/16

KPub BBQ: KPop Meat-All-You-Can + GIVEAWAY!

Hello, world! I’m alive! Haha! Since I’ve been away from the blog for some time now, I want to make up for it with a GIVEAWAY for my first blog post! I’m giving away a P1,000 gift certificate for the newest and coolest Korean restaurant in town. Read on to find out what it has to offer!            

Samgyupsal is my favorite Korean food and I often have terrible cravings for this. I love grilled food and I find that Korean samgyupsal is one of the tastiest grilled dishes I’ve tasted, and its interactive D-I-Y nature makes it really fun, too. As if samgyupsal couldn’t get any cooler, KPub BBQ has just brought it to a whole new level. You can’t miss this new huge restaurant at Ayala Terraces, with its psychedelic-themed fa├žade and interior.




         It may not look like a restaurant from the outside but that’s because it’s no ordinary restaurant. This 600-square meter dining space features a main dining hall, six VIP rooms, a smoking area, an al fresco area that can seat up to 350 people, PLUS, it’s equipped with a stage and band set-up, state-of-the-art lights and sound system, and three large LED screens. That makes it a perfect venue for just about any corporate gathering and special event such as product launches, concerts, birthday parties, acquaintance parties, graduation parties, and the likes.

Kpub BBQ first opened in The Fort, Bonifacio Global City in Manila in 2013. This is the first branch outside Metro Manila, bringing in a downtown Seoul vibe with a Kpop theme. But, rest assured, you certainly don’t have to be a Kpop fan to dine here.

The restaurant offers 4 packages to choose from—Eat & Run, Eat & Run Level Up, No Limits, and To the Max—all featuring selected barbecue main dishes to be cooked on the smokeless grill top on each table, along with accompanying side dishes and special sauces.

So, how does one eat “samgyupsal?” Basically, diners get to grill their own food or have a server assist them if they do not know how to cook, and an array of side dishes and sauces are arranged on the table.

In fundamentals, it’s about the 4 main components:
  • Meat
  • Sauces
  • Side dishes/condiments
  • Lettuce

When the meat is cooked, you dip it in your choice of sauce/s and place it in a lettuce leaf along with your preferred side dishes like kimchi or dried crispy anchovies and wrap it into a sort of, pouch that you can pop into your mouth. This is really what makes it a personalized dining experience—your mix of sauces and side dishes to make your own samgyupsal wrap.

I personally like to dip my meat in the sesame oil with salt & pepper and some chili sauce, top with some crispy anchovies and some kimchi, wrap it up and pop into my mouth. Yum! Once you pop, you can’t stop!


Eat & Run—P499+


This is perfect for people who have time-limited lunch breaks. If you’re looking for a satisfying meal and can’t bother with having to choose items from a menu, this is for you. You can’t go wrong with the basics.

It includes 1 hour of unlimited servings of seven signature meat dishes:

Beef sukiyaki
Pork belly
Korean-style bacon
Marinated pork belly in sweet & spicy sauce
Marinated pork chop
Marinated chicken in sweet & spicy sauce
Marinated chicken in sweet soy sauce

It also includes a variety of appetizing side dishes:

Cabbage kimchi
Mashed Potato with Egg
Onions with chili
Cucumber kimchi
Tofu Kimchi
Anchovies

Still more, steamed egg, kimchi panjeon (Korean pancake), house salad, lettuce, soup of the day, and a choice of kimchi fried rice or steamed rice.


Eat & Run Level Up—P699+


If you want some seafood along with your meat, I recommend you go for this package which includes everything on the Eat & Run package, still with 1 hour grilling time, plus the following seafood and meat dishes:

Garlic butter shrimp
Marinated fish fillet
Japchae
Fish tofu
Calamari
Lamb Chorizo
Pizza in 4 flavors: kimchi & cheese, tomato & cheese, bulgogi, and spicy pork

I particularly enjoy the lamb chorizo and pizza in this package.


No Limits—P899+


Now, this is where the ultimate Meat-All-You-Can experience begins, offering UNLIMITED grilling time and all of the 12 signature meat choices including premium beef selections:

KPub So Galbi (marinated beef short rib)
L-A Galbi (marinated cross-cut beef short rib)
So Bulgogi (marinated beef slice in sweet soy sauce)
Dwaeji Bulgogi (marinated pork slice in sweet soy sauce)


I definitely enjoyed the premium beef selections, so succulent after grilling and which then make such tasty lettuce wraps. Along with these meat are also the additions of dried seaweed roll with kimchi or beef bulgogi, bibimbap and the best part, DESSERT—Korean ice cream!



To the Max—P999+


If you’re the ultimate samgyupsal junkie (or you just have a really huge appetite), this package is for you. All of the above for two hours plus the ff.:

Salmon belly
Salmon steak
Fresh prawns
Crab sticks
Tempura platter (ebi, crab and vegetable)
Seafood pizza
Seafood kimbab
Seafood japchae
Fried dumplings
Assorted vegetables
Fried spring roll



But that’s not all, this place also carries the Korean chicken brand, Oppa!, introduced for the first time in the country. If you want to eat this the Korean way, you gotta have it with beer.

KPub also offers an a la carte menu of authentic Korean favorites such as bibimbap, japchae, odeng tang, and seafood pajeon, which you can enjoy with their cocktails or just as a meal if you don’t feel like taking on the samgyupsal sets.

Looking at the 4 main components of samgyupsal, it’s actually quite healthy considering the meat is grilled and as long as you stick with the lettuce instead of or after having a cup of rice with your meats. I’ll gladly talk about the basics of healthy eating in another post.

Meanwhile, I’d also like to add “Diet Tips” to every post hereon to guide you with healthy eating even when you’re eating out.


Diet tips:
  1. Eat a maximum of 1 cup of rice. Stick to lettuce afterwards. ;)
  2. Choose grilled and baked dishes instead of deep fried dishes.
  3. Kimchi is highly encouraged because it has probiotics developed in the fermentation process, which promotes good digestion.
  4. Water is always the best beverage choice.
  5. If you drink beer, just limit to 1 bottle for ladies or 2 bottles for men.

And finally, as promised, here’s a giveaway to make up for my absence. I’m giving away a P1,000 gift certificate so you can try this new restaurant at Ayala! You can use this GC to try the Eat & Run package for 2 people. This giveaway will run from February 20 - 26 only! 

All you have to do is:

  1. LIKE my facebook fan page Babe for Food
  2. LIKE the facebook page of KPub BBQ Cebu
  3. FOLLOW  me on Twitter
  4. TWEET: "I want to Meat-All-You-Can at Kpub BBQ Cebu! @babeforfood"
  5. Leave a comment on this post with the ff. details:
  • "I want to Meat-All-You-Can at Kpub BBQ Cebu!"
  • Complete Name:
  • Email:
  • Facebook profile


This app makes following the mechanics so easy. Just click on the mechanics below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will be announcing the winner on February 27 through my Facebook fan page and Twitter.  God bless! 



Kpub BBQ
2nd Floor, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu

Contact: (032) 410 7590 or (032) 410 7592
Facebook: Kpub BBQ Cebu



"To know Cebu, eat Cebu!"

oink oink,

Babe for Food

11/1/15

Cebu Secret Chow: No. 9

            It’s been a long while since I’ve written about a Cebu Secret Chow, what I like to call a restaurant that is not located in a mall or better known as a “hole-in-the-wall.” Cebu Secret Chows have been the focal point of this blog but thanks to the social media boom in 2013, hole-in-the-walls don’t stay hole-in-the-walls for long. The longest a restaurant can stay under the radar is probably two months these days. Social media has pushed “location” further down the “opening-a-restaurant” checklist for restaurateurs. This might be good news for restaurants who want to get their names around the soonest possible, but I personally think this often kills the charm and essence of hole-in-the-walls.

            Most hole-in-the-walls are residential abodes converted into restaurants and it is the unpretentious home cooking and homey ambiance that captivate our hearts. These are where nostalgia is manufactured, where memories of food and experience are imprinted in our food memory bank—memories that linger and beguile us from time to time.

There’s one I’ve been eyeing on since last year when it opened, but since it was always out of the way from my usual route to and from school, it was a pretty elusive target. I consider it a hole-in-the-wall because it does not belong to or is not located within a commercial establishment. It is not your ordinary home-turned-restaurant; it transcends the norm of comfort food, serving heartfelt Spanish dishes that reflect the artistry and passion of the chef owner.


         No. 9 is named after its address, #9 E. Benedicto St. It has a modern rustic interior with hints of Spanish tones that evokes just enough mystery to spark that excitement for what’s to come as you settle down in one of the tables. Perusing through the menu, you will find that it is brief yet just enough to extinguish any confusion or further delay in making your selections.



           Callos and Lengua are some of my favorite childhood and comfort dishes, so these are a default if I find them in a Spanish restaurant. And of course, we had to have the infamous Fideo Negro, the sinister squid ink pasta that is most featured from this restaurant. And to cap off our Spanish dinner, I ordered a Sangria for my accompanying refreshment.

            It was a calm, quiet night at the resto, creating an intimate atmosphere for my date and I. At the same time, excitement was brewing in my belly, as this was a much-awaited moment – finally tasting the dishes of this mysterious restaurant.  


            I was given my Sangria (P168) to subdue my enthusiastic anticipation. But even just the sight of the sparkling crimson drink only fueled more of the excitement. The Sangria was so pleasantly refreshing that I would love to go back to No. 9 even just for the cocktails.


            The first dish that arrived was the Lengua (P300). I was fascinated to find that it was served as an appetizer – crisp petals of ox tongue bestrewn on slices of lightly toasted brioche with quenelles of mustard on the side. This was an interesting dish that opened my eyes to another form of lengua preparation that definitely veers away from the comfort zone of the all too familiar lengua estofada or lengua in mushroom gravy.


            Next came the Fideo Negro (P320), commanding a sense of authority on the table with its pitch black glory, contrasted by the bright yellow aioli that almost looked like an egg yolk in a crown of squid strips. Was I ready to dig in. The pasta slid smoothly in my mouth, still al dente, the squid ink flavor clearly distinguishable and the richness and creaminess amped up by the aioli. So good, at the end of each forkful you’d want to smile. But wait a minute, take a look at your reflection on your phone or the knife. No, you wouldn’t want to smile with your teeth now etched black by the pervasive squid ink. But then again, every table is most likely to order this dish, so you’re not the only one with a sooted smile. So I go ahead and smile forkful after forkful, delightingly giving in to the irresistible darkness. This is a brilliant way for restaurants to literally and figuratively leave a lasting impression on guests.


            Almost simultaneously, the Callos (P350) arrived. Though like a humble pauper beside the Fideo Negro, it refused to be subdued as this comfort food was executed perfectly. Melt-in-your-mouth tender and the sauce so flavorful. The nostalgia surged in mouth at the first spoonful.

            We were too full to get dessert but I was happy enough with my sangria anyway. No. 9 did not disappoint and it is easily one of my favorite restaurants in town. I would love to go back for some cocktails with friends at their garden and on another visit, try the rest of the menu.   


“To know Cebu, eat Cebu!”



No. 9
#9, E. Benedicto St., Cebu City
(032) 253 9518

Facebook: No. 9
Price range: P300-500

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