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