Zubuchon Makati

This episode of No Reservations put Zubuchon on the map not just in Cebu, but in the entire Philippines as Anthony Bourdain dubbed it “The Best Pig Ever”. Cebu is home to the best lechon (roasted pig) in the Philippines. And competition is tough. I’m just happy that Zubuchon finally put up a branch in my second home, right in Makati. That meant a couple of things:

  1. Cebu lechon is just around the corner – I don’t need to fly to Cebu to eat it!
  2. My friends and office mates can no longer pressure me into buying lechon for them, since they can now get it themselves!
  3. This could be the start of more Cebu food coming into Manila

I paid Zubuchon Makati a visit one rainy Sunday evening and it was exactly how I expected it to be. Perfect! Skin is salty and crispy, the meat – juicy and seasoned beautifully.

Look at this piece of heaven

There are some Cebuano goodies for sale too!

There are a lot of other choices on the menu, and these are all the same as the ones they offer in Cebu. I’m so happy I finally have a place to go to when I get homesick. I heard there’s a branch of Tatang’s Lechon also somewhere in Makati – I have yet to try that one out.

So happy this pig flew all the way!

For those of you who want to give one of Cebu’s best lechon a try – head on to Zubuchon Makati at 135 Talisay Street (in between Yakal and Malugay) in Makati. They’re open from 11AM to 10PM – there’s a lot of space but they do get full on peak hours. You may call them at 0956-477-1999 for reservations. There is parking so don’t worry about bringing a car!

The Other Boracay / The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast

I have been to Boracay several times, and it’s always been the White Beach area from Station 2 to Station 1. This time, I ended up on the other side of Boracay because I was looking for a cheap place to stay in for a night. 

And I think I just found a treasure.

Bulabog Beach

In the other side of Boracay lies a beach that’s a lot quieter, more relaxed, and is a different picture from its more famous counterpart. I stayed at The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast, which was equally charming. 

The Lazy Dog

All I needed was a bed for a night while waiting for my friends to arrive the next day. Their dorm bed costs only 575 pesos (all-in) for one night including breakfast. Considering how lovely the place is, it’s totally worth it. You could literally just chill and be lazy in there. 

Cozy enough

Look how peaceful this place is!

I loved the open restaurant

Enjoying my happy hour in peace.


Since this place is on the other side of Boracay, you have to take a tricycle if you want to go to White Beach…or walk the mile if you don’t mind the heat. This area of Boracay reminds me of Vietnam’s small alleys – there’s a lot of hip places popping up in the area such as coffee shops, bars, and more unique hostels. I would have loved to stay longer, with friends this time! I’ll definitely come back and stay here again.

Lazy Dog: Free petting, I don’t bite!

Have you ever been to Boracay? If you haven’t you should! It’s not perfect but it’s one of the best places to escape to! And happy hour is a must!

Get drunk at Crying Tiger for Crying Out Loud

It’s my first day of following the daily themes I’ve set for myself.  So, even if I’m quite drunk and that it’s quite late (it’s already Saturday early morning, to be exact), I am forcing myself to write this post so that I don’t feel like such a loser on my first day.

Crying Tiger. It’s a hit or miss. But I really, really, love their Thai omelet. It reminds me of my mom’s scrambled eggs (yes, she doesn’t really mix it up the way scrambled eggs are supposed to be). They’re extra salty, but they never fail to remind me of home.

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My favorite food on the menu.

And then beer. 55 pesos (a little over a dollar US) for a bottle of Red Horse is not expensive, considering the “prime” Poblacion location.

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Cheers!

Crying Tiger prides itself as the “Southeast Asian” place to be in Poblacion, Makati.  They serve Thai, Malaysian, maybe some Indonesian, and other cuisines from the region. The ambiance stays true to its character – come on, look at this.

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Tiger, are you crying? 🙁 Why?

The restroom too, I’m glad I have wide angle lens on my phone to be able to take this photo.

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Inception moment

I hated this sign on the CR though – I thought it was a little bit too “trying hard”. My drunk self tried to remove the sign and throw it in the trash – but alas, this  thing was stuck on the wall like it was clinging for its life.

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Kill the WiFi for all I care.

My brother and I ended up finishing 3 bottles of beer each (because he has work the next day).  I take this place for granted because it’s right in our “hood”, but some people actually go out of their way to visit and try this place out! The place is usually packed in the evenings. If you happen to find yourself in Poblacion, Makati – I recommend giving this place a try! I can’t say you won’t regret it, but hey, at least you tried!

Come on Fridays and eat/drink your heart out at Crying Tiger! 🙂

Al Fresco Japanese at Yumi

I’m not really trying to be a food blogger, but whenever I do find restaurants that I think are worth my money, I would probably write about them here so that at least my friends (and you followers) will get to try it.

Today, I had late lunch with my brother at Century City Mall. For those of you who are familiar, there aren’t really any “cheap” restaurants here. However, we found one that has a good deal on Mondays.

50% off on ALL Ramen only on MONDAYS!

Their ramen is at around 350 pesos, so with this deal, you can technically get it for 175, as long as there’s two of you (I had my brother with me). Come at the right time and you can also enjoy their happy hour – almost 50% off on cocktails, and 120 for 2 on local beers!

It’s already summer in the Philippines, so despite the heat, we felt like we would enjoy eating al fresco this time. There weren’t that many people in the afternoon (we were there at around 4:30 PM), so the vibe was relaxing, as if we were on the beach.

Look at this spread!

We ordered buy one-take one of the Buta Miso Ramen, which was comparable with other ramen in the 300-price range. Serving was generous, and for the taste, I’d probably give it a 7 out of a 10 (because I hate shiitake mushroom and I could smell it). Since I got it at 50% off (175 pesos) – this was truly worth it! Note that you can only order the same flavor for the buy one-take one promo.

Buta Miso Ramen

We also ordered a Smoked Salmon Roll, which was packed with umami once you bite into it. It was a little bit spicy, but it doesn’t burn your tongue or anything, just enough to give it a kick! These are nicely placed in a spoon each, which is convenient, but I felt was a bit over the top. Since this restaurant could fall under the “fancy” category, they had to do something extra. My memory is so bad, but this was at around 280-290.

Smoked Salmon Roll

I don’t know if it pairs well, but my brother ordered two glasses of sangria – and at 85 pesos each, that’s a steal right there. Fits the vibe of al fresco dining perfectly, too!

Sangria!

In case you are curious, here’s the rest of their cocktails for happy hour – from 2 to 8pm! Looks like someone will be frequenting this place soon.

Now, why al fresco? Because, for me (and mostly for my brother), the vibe is important. You can compare it to fashion over comfort – the experience of dining is not just in the food, but also in the ambiance – the way the hot air from the fan blows in your face at 4 in the afternoon, seeing the sun slowly set upon the metro – these things you don’t really pay for, but you take into consideration when looking for a good dining experience!

If words are not enough to convince you that dining inside is boring – well, just look at this view.

Al fresco area at the roof top

Skyline outside (I had to filter it because it was a bit gloomy today)

You had to walk to the ledge to see the skyline though, but that’s easier to do when you’re eating outside! A caveat – since al fresco dining is becoming an equivalent of “smoking area”, consider the possibility that there might be smokers in the other table that can ruin your experience. We were the only guests at this hour so that was not a problem.

So there you go! If you’re really skimping out, you can just skip the sangria and the salmon roll, and just have ramen for 175 pesos, excluding 10% service charge. That’s worth it! Visit Yumi at the top floor of Century City Mall, right across Hole in the Wall! Maybe I’ll see you there during happy hour!

Yumi – Ramen, Sushi, Teppan