Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Chrissy left a message earlier, forewarning me that she's tagged me for this Restaurant Meme, so here I am, ignoring office policies and meme-ing to my l'il heart's content:

The rules:

1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the state and country you’re in.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)

Velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)

Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Olivia (London, England)

ML (Utah, USA)

J (California, USA)

Curiosity Killer (Hong Kong, SAR)

Chrissy (Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada)

Kimmie (Metro Manila, Philippines)

2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

#1 LIYIMEN Seafood Restaurant - every Sunday, my dad takes us on a family "bonding" session over breakfast. La mama does not normally go, but us kids strive hard to wake up as early as possible on Sunday mornings to go to Banawe Street in our part of the metro, Quezon City, and stuff our faces full of dimsum, dimsum, and more dimsum. We don't normally talk ('coz, like I said, mouths are full of usually full of delicious dimsum), but we bond like crazy.

#2 Masas in Greenbelt 2 - Three words: Filipino food heaven! Plus Paul the Waiter... mmmmmm!!!!

#3 Teriyaki Boy - I know, I know.

It's a gawd-awful name, but this "fast-casual" Japanese restaurant has the best appetizer to ever hit the palate - it's a dish with long-stemmed mushrooms wrapped in lightly toasted bacon strips. Yum yum yum... And, its grilled eel on rice? Ooooohlala.

#4 Dencio's - this restaurant is synonymous to one of the Philippines' weirdest and most delicious food delicacies - sisig. I shan't explain anymore, and hope that you could just come over and enjoy Dencio's specialty yourself.

#5 Cirkulo - whenever I have this gut-wrenching urge for paella, there's only one place to be. Cirkulo on Pasay Road, Makati boasts of a fine dining atmosphere, sky-is-the-limit prices, and mouth-watering paella. 'Nuf said.

I can't resist - my apologies to the original creator of this meme, but I've got a 6th and a 7th restaurant that just cannot be missed.

#6 Alfredo's Steak House - I still remember that awesome day. It was my seventh birthday, and as per our family tradition, we went out to find the perfect spot to celebrate it in. We found ourselves on Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City (about 20 minutes away from where I live, with heavy traffic included), and Alfredo's Steak House seemed to be calling, nay, shouting, my name. I had my first taste of real honest-to-goodness saliva-producing steak. It's been my ideal restaurant ever since. You know... the "ideal" date place, the "ideal" celebrate-someone's-bday place, the "ideal" engagement place. THE IDEAL.

#7 Chocolate Kiss - my good friend from college, Shella, introduced me to this one. After a particularly grueling final exams' season, Shella said that we just HAD to go there. Located in the heart of the government-owned University of the Philippines' (UP) campus, Chocolate Kiss used to be a hush-hush secret of the creme de la creme of UP faculty members and students with money. During that first visit, I had spaghetti with meatballs, home-made iced tea, and blueberry cheesecake - the best combination to soothe a worried college student's soul. A must-try.

3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them know they’ve been tagged.

I'm tagging:

- PJ: now that you're a little further away from our dear DWH's vicinity, what restos would you recommend there, near your new workplace?

- Danny: I haven't been to Sydney in, oh, 15 years! Tell me what's new there.

- Girlie Monkey: so aside from the thrown dinner rolls in Lambert's and Latino studs, what else is good to eat in MO? :-)

- Ivan: you've been practically everywhere. Give us the four-one-one, then: what are the best places you've eaten in, so far?

- Balikbayan Box: British Columbia's a pretty idyllic spot. Any recommendations?

NOTE: Pictures were downloaded from various websites over the Internet.


Nicole Tan said...

wah very nicely who is paul the waiter??? haha if cute guy quick go grab the pic and show everyone!!! :D

thanks for doing the meme

vel said...

Great.. now I even know what is cool in Philipines.

I think Masas in Greenbelt 2 and Dencio's looks great and appetizing.

Thanks for doing the meme ya :D

Chrissy121875 said...

Thanks for doing this, Kimmie! I was going to tag Conne and PJ too, but seeing as you're all in the Philippines, I thought I'd try to get a more international selection. Plus, I was actually hoping you would tag them!! I'm interested to see where they dine!

There's a place in the Manila area where we ate, but I can't remember the name. It's a VERY expensive place and sort of snobby. LOL! It had a regal name...something like Henry II or something. Do you have any clue where I'm talking about? Maybe I'll have to e-mail my cousins and find out.

Chat soon!

Curiosity.Killer said...

Awesome awesome! I'm totally going to google Dencio on that one. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

I LOVE this meme! It's so great! thanks for playing!

kim said...

Hi Nicole: I actually a picture of Paul the Waiter already, but it's a bit, uhm, shall we say, "R-rated?" Hahaha! I'll try and get a post-able one soon, though. Thanks for dropping by!

Hi Vel! Dencio's is absolutely great. Sisig + Tabasco Sauce + San Miguel Beer. Perfect, man. Abso-bloody-lutely perfect. Thanks for dropping by, too!

Dear Chrissy: You know I can't resist memes! I did your list of 101 books, didn't I? :-) RE. that high and uppity restaurant, there's a lot of them here in Makati. Something regal, huh? Maybe Prince of Jaipur in The Fort? Had a date once there and had a blast, coz right beside it is the Embassy bar. I swear: I couldn't remember my own darned name the next day. It was one of the best nights ever!

Hey Curiosity Killer! Since you're so near the Philippines, anyway, just hop on a plane and come on over! Dencio's is worth it, I guarantee. Some friends and I are planning a Hong Kong getaway soon, and we'll definitely try out the Crystal Jade resto. Looks deliciously tempting!

vel said...

yeah... I think I will surely visit Dencio if I ever go to Dencio.

kim said...

Hi Vel! Great to hear that. Just drop me a note when you do get to the Philippines. It'll be a blast to get to see you in person.

vel said...

Sure thing :D

Let's keep in contact. I shall be glad to bring u around KL too if you drop by :)

krishnna said...

Hi there! Got to your blog by googling for ..guess what.."Alfredo's Steak." ;)

I'm definitely a self-confessed food lover and have been to a lot of adventures in search of good food.

Chocolate Kiss, it's bliss... but I know all the food they serve by heart, and just by merely reading the name makes me wanna go to someplace else. hehe

Happy food tripping!