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Poptalk features 24-hour breakfast places

“Poptalk”   featured three  24-hour breakfast places  (August 27 episode)  that offer different  meals.   I was one of the reviewers together with GMA celebrity,  actor and model Carl Guevarra,   and a student of  De La Salle – Saint Benilde and food enthusiast,  Nadia Lei Macaya.   Poptalk  is  a  30- minute weekly  news magazine  program  that  features places,  restaurants, gadgets  and more,  hosted by  Tonipet  Gaba.

Our first stop was Tapsilog Centrale where reviewers savored  the original,  authentic and organic  US Angus Tapa.  We then proceeded  to  Borough,  a hole in the mall   that offers    American  breakfast.  Our  last stop was  Kanto Freestyle,   a  very accessible  restaurant that offers  not only Pinoy  meal but also   western food  with its  price lowered   to  carinderia  level.

 

Tapsilog Centrale 
11th Jamboree cor. Kamuning Rd.
Quezon City

The above photo with  the  sign, “US  Angus Beef”  is very catchy  that  would  make one to  stop  at the restaurant to satisfy craving with its  unusual  meal.   This is the first restaurant that we reviewed which is  just near  GMA..  It is  located in the busy corner of  Jamboree and  Kamuning  streets  where  motorists,  if not always,  are  lined in  traffic.

They  offer the  best seller US  Certified Angus beef,  Wagyu Beef,  Sausages, Cakes and more.

Before we ordered the food,  I already noticed the menu chart  indicating  their special marinate that  has no MSG, no food coloring, no tenderizer and no  artificial flavor.   I ordered  Wagyu Beef  which  made me  prove   its  claim.     There was a natural taste suggesting that the meat itself is authentic and  is really  tasteful  not  because of  artificial flavor enhancers.

Salmon Steak is served with seasoned mixed vegetable.   For the price of P265,  diners would enjoy   imported Norweigan Salmon, a luxury fish,  that is very affordable wherein if you order in a  five star hotel,   the  price  is expected to be way up  higher.

Aside from Angus beef and other  Tapsilog  meal,  they also offer
tempting desserts such as Frozen Mango  Brazo de Mercedez, Classic  Sansrival and
The Dome.

They also serve  regular Tapsilog,  Pares, Porksilog, Chicksilog  for a  price  between P55 to 60.


Carl Guevarra, GMA’s actor and model with host Tonipet Gaba as they savor Angus Beef from Tapsilog Centrale.

I was quite impressed with the food servings but they served
them  in  big plates that make the food looks  a  little less.   It could mean comfortable eating for us   but for others,  it could be the  other way  around.    Nevertheless, it
was awesome and the food is flavorful even without artificial flavoring.

Frozen Mango Brazo  de  Mercedez is a delight to the eyes and even more delightful when you taste it.   This is not the typical Brazo de Mercedez  because it has Frozen Mango that puts this  dessert  into a higher level.  Salivating it is!

While for  Sansrival,   I could taste crunchy  cashew  nuts.

The Dome  is  really fantastic with its creamy nutella chocolate,  covered  with dark chocolate ganache  and surrounded with chocolate chips.

 

For desserts alone,  diners would really come  back for more.    It is usual  to recommend  the best seller,  the main course and what you think is  best for your own taste bud,    but  when you  recommend  the dessert in a Tapsilog resto,   that means it is really  extremely   delicious!

Overall, the food was great. However I felt  uncomfortable with the place.   Maybe because it is   literally open where pedestrians or even bystanders  can easily  get there and go.  Security is my  concern here.   On  the other  hand,   the place is a big  pop to all motorists  who  are looking  for  some kind  of   unusual  Tapsi meal.    They can just pull over onto a side street  for  a  heavy  breakfast   anytime  of  the day.

Tapsilog Centrale  got  7/9  Pop scores from reviewers.

 

 

Borough The Podium
G/F The Podium, 12 ADB Ave 
Mandaluyong City
 (02) 570-8906

Our second stop is Borough which is located inside  the mall,  The Podium.   Borough is a hole in the mall that serves breakfast  24 hours  a day.

As soon as we entered the restaurant,  I noticed  the  nice  interior design and  the ambiance that made  me feel very comfortable and relaxed.  I love the high ceiling  opposite the mezzanine floor  and I love  the smell of the restaurant.

They serve Omelet, Steak n Eggs,  Amaretto French Toast  and other  breakfast items.

Steak n Eggs is served hot.  Meat is tender  and sunny side up is  done  nicely.   I could tell it is yummy even before eating and the food  presentation  got  me  hungry  even if we just came from full  breakfast  meal.

If you are a first timer in a restaurant with a group,. try to order a different variety of food  and taste a bit of all  the food.  Check the embed Youtube  that I provided  below.  The  video with Carl Guevara at Borough says it  all.   Bagel is such a pleasure that Carl couldn’t stop eating.  Such a great food filled with yummy goodness!

Riker’s Island Breakfast, with baked beans mixed with bacon bits and sunny side up eggs  is a perfect cure for  hangover according to Chef Kaufman.   I think that it’s the runny yolk that makes the Riker’s Island more  appealing  with its   overloaded cheddar cheese topping.  Just perfect to start  a day!

Amaretto French Toast.    With Chef Cuit Kaufman,    Carl and  Tonipet  prepared  Amaretto French Toast.  The  bread was soaked in custard and toasted in butter with sliced banana,  topped with drooling amaretto caramel flambe.  The taste is heavenly.  Surprisingly,   Amaretto, by which I thought is a dessert,  is  listed as  main course in the chart menu.  The serving is so big  and could share for two or three depending on how big you could eat.     When I said yummy,   it’s  really  yummmmmy!   It is more of a  dessert for  me  and  is  perfect  with  hot coffee.

I will definitely  come back to try  their  cheesecakes and other sweets aside from this salivating  Amaretto French Toast.

Borough,  The Podium  price range between  P250 – 400  is  just  right  considering  that  I  could taste a bit of  New York’s  comfort food in our own  country.

Borough  is  a perfect place  for foodies who are craving for some food  even in the wee hours  of the morning  and yes.. any time of the day.  It is conveniently located inside The Podium but also  has separate  entrance  near the parking.

Borough  got  9/9,   perfect Pop score from  reviewers.


Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
San Joaquin St., Plainview

Mandaluyong City

According to Peter Juanchon,  Kanto Freestyle Marketing Manager,  the restaurant  opened two years ago  bringing in  western food  like pancake and  other  breakfast  item  but is priced lowered to carinderia level.    Since then it becomes phenomenal  that until the time of our  visit,    we could still see customers  lined  up  for their order.

We  ordered  the bestseller Pancake,   Beef  Tapa,  Champorado  and Eggs  Benedict.   We dined  in  from   7 to  8pm   and our  meals..  still..   yes..   BREAKFAST!

Kanto  Freestyle is very accessible to everyone.  The food presentation is quite impressive like you are dining at  fancy restaurant.


Tempting Pancake that even makes  me reach  the spoon in my own post!  This is just so inviting! Can you imagine this?  Meron nito sa KANTO!  Sarap talaga!


French Toast with Bacon and Eggs

For P60,  you ‘d   enjoy  Beef Tapa   while  Pancake for only  P90 which is  also  good for sharing.

If you are an  insta-addict, Kanto Freestyle is ka insta-instagram talaga  with  hashtag  from  Kuya Tonipet   #sabiksatsokolate  and if I may add  more  #babalikbalikan    #wowsakanto    which just fit  with  its hotel-like food presentation.   Definitely,   I will go back to try more of their  gourmet servings.

This is the typical carinderia style but in a higher level.  If you are planning to dine here, please check the Google map first  for your own convenience  and find the nearest  landmark so you won’t get lost.   But  if you are familiar in this area,  from San Joaquin St.,  you can just  hire a pedicab and ask the driver to bring you,   “sa Kanto lang po!”

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast got  9/9,   perfect score from Poptalk reviewers.

After I  watched and   reviewed  the video,  I told myself that I should just blog.    Honestly,  I had a lot more to say  during the review   but my mind thinks faster than my mouth could  speak , so  I   just  chose not to say more and  stopped.  Moreover, it  was my very first on cam and need a little more time to be at ease and  comfortable  for on  the spot review.

Let me end this post with a big THANKS   to  GMA News TV’s  POPTALK   for inviting me to be a guest reviewer in this particular episode.

Here’s the video that I embed from YOUTube of  Poptalk’s  24-Hour Breakfast last August 27. .

 

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Mercato Centrale Brings ‘Food Tourism’ to SM Mall of Asia this July

After  Cocina Centrale grand launch last Saturday,  here comes  Fiesta Bahia,  the latest brainchild of t he Mercato Centrale Group to open this July.

 

Did you know that one of top tourist destinations in Manila is the SM Mall of Asia (MOA)? And what’s one of the best ways to welcome foreign guests to one of Manila’s top tourist destinations? By sharing with them a variety of great-tasting dishes from different parts of the Philippines!

That’s why the Mercato Centrale group, the organizers of Metro Manila’s premier night food and lifestyle markets, is bringing a new ‘food destination’ experience to the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay with Fiesta Bahia – ‘the food tourism’ market – every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting July 12 (Friday) from 4pm to 3am.

“In an interview with Today Show food blog, Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmen predicted that Filipino will be the next big thing. Chef and culinary expert Anthony Bourdain of “No Reservations” also shared in his blog on the Travel Channel website that he enjoyed sisig and Cebu lechon during his visit to the country.” said Anton Diaz, co-founder of Mercato Centrale and the popular food and travel blogger behind www.OurAwesomePlanet.com.

“As our tourism industry continues to boom, I’m sure many foreigners, balikbayans and even locals would like to sample the richness of our Filipino cuisine. That’s what Fiesta Bahia is all about – a food market where you can enjoy popular dishes from the different regions all in one place!” Anton added. “Aside from that, they can enjoy the popular gourmet and artisanal food from our suki Mercato Centrale vendors.”

“Our location along SM By the Bay is also a great place to bring tourists, friends and family!” shared Vanessa Ledesma, co-organizer of Fiesta Bahia. “They can take in the beauty of the Manila Bay shoreline, enjoy the weekend fireworks, and listen to live acoustic music while enjoying a great salo-salo meal.”

“We’re actively looking for food entrepreneurs who specialize in provincial cuisines from all around the Philippines.” Said Rache Diaz, co-organizer of Fiesta Bahia. “If you’ve got a great homemade dish from your hometown, we would love for you to share a taste of your own local culture with foodies from around Manila and the rest of the world!”

For interested food vendors who want to join Fiesta Bahia, please contact (+63 917) 840-1152 or (+632) 812-0102 or admin@mercatocentrale.ph. We are prioritizing vendors who specialize in regional/provincial food. The more unique, the better!

 

Mercato’s Cocina Centrale in Pampanga

The Mercato Centrale Group, organizer of the popular night food markets in Metro Manila  formally launched  Cocina Centrale  yesterday at the Marquee Park of Ayala’s Marquee Mall  in Angeles City, Pampanga.  It will  be open every Friday and Saturday starting July 5 from 4pm to 3am.

Despite the inclement weather  in some provinces of  Central Luzon including Pampanga and Manila during the opening,  food enthusiasts and  foodies in nearby provinces unite for the launch  of  night market.   I tagged along my two children who are  food lovers and they experienced too, great and unique food at the the food capital of the Philippines, Pampanga.

Ribbon cutting with  Mercato Centrale organizers and  co-founder RJ Ledesma
 Photo credit:  occasionsofJoy.com

“This is our first food market outside of  Metro Manila, and we felt the most ideal place where we could share the Mercato Centrale experience was with the foodies of Pampanga. The great tradition of cooking in this part of the country means that we have to  ‘level up’ when it comes to the quality of our gourmet and artisinal vendors, so that the food satisfies the discerning taste buds of Kapampangans,” said RJ Ledesma, co-founder of the Mercato Centrale Group.

Cocina Centrale will be a culinary showdown where an eclectic mix of food entrepreneurs from both Manila and Pampanga offer great-tasting home-cooked food and delicacies.

“For Pampaguenos, they will get to sample the popular and best-selling food vendors from the Mercato Centrale markets in Manila.  Meanwhile, Manilenos will get to try out the best dishes that Pampanga and the other Northern provinces have to offer.  And the  winner will be our waistlines!,  added Ledesma.

The success of Mercato-managed markets in Manila have proudly come from Kapampangan chefs whose dishes have been huge crowd drawers, like Chef Sau del Rosario’s Paella from Villa Cafe and Chef Claude Tayag’s Pan de Bagnet from Bale Dutung.

“We look forward to surfacing a lot of unique, innovative and great-tasting dishes from Pampagueno food entrepreneurs whom we would like to invite to eventually join our Manila-based markets. The Mercato Centrale experience here will be both uniquely Mercato and uniquely Pampanga at the same time, ” said Ledesma.

The founders were inspired by the vibrant night food markets of Asian neighbors Singapore, Thailand, Hongkong and Taiwan. They are not only destination markets but tourists attractions as well. They wanted to bring that exciting ‘street food’ vibe and culture to the Philippines, and give it a uniquely Pinoy spin.

All food vendors undergo a taste test by the Mercato Centrale Group. Vendors are chosen based on flavour, innovation and uniqueness.

“We’re proud to have helped a number of our food vendors create their own niche in the local food industry. Among those  who have emerged are Manang’s Chicken, Mochiko, Chuck’s Grubberie, Mio Gelati, Spring by Ha Yuan, Merry Moo, Inutak. Zen Taclings, Eat My Garlic Fries and a lot more,”  added Ledesma.

For those interested to become food vendors of any Mercato Centrale Group’s food markets,  please email, admin@mercatocentrale.ph or text (+63)9178401152.

 

 

See more  photos below during the grand opening of Cocina Centrale.
Get those tummies full!   Never mind few more inches to add in your waistlines!  We can work it out anyway.  🙂    Enjoy great food while  listening to live music,  bonding with family,  friends, officemates, balikbayans and tourists!

 





Yours truly with Occasions of Joy and co-founder  of  Mercato Centrale,  RJ  Ledesma

Check the following food vendors at Cocina Centrale!

CRUNCHY BELLY,  DAD’S MOM’S,  CHEAT DAY,  MAILA’s SHAWARMA,  LARIZA’S GRILLE,  KEBAB SANTOS,  WINGS / RHUM,   PABALAN DELICACIES, CARREON’S SWEETS AND PASTRIES,   NUTRIAFOODS,  MINERVA VARIETY,  NUTS N LESS,  AIZA’s SWEETS,  MR. PARKS’S BREAD,  HEAVENLY SWEETS,  EAGLE’S NEST,  FRENCH CREPES,  KOKO BURI, JIIN BAKERY,  LURING’S,
PABURRITO,  RAMBURITO, WICHES,  MOMS 101,  ORGANIC