Day off: Ooma + Dean & Deluca

Last March 30, 2018, we had a staycation at Acqua Residences. I was in a total day-off mode so I really wanted to spend the most out of it, and since I’m already in Mandaluyong and way nearer to my best friend, Pammy, we decided to meet up and have dinner (even though I am still full I still went because why not spend money ugh).

It was a holy week so the Powerplant Mall was closed and the whole Rockwell center was dimmed. But that didn’t stop us from walking around, looking for the perfect Japanese restaurant to satisfy our cravings for Japanese food.

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We went for Ooma, an authentic Japanese restaurant at 1209, 28 Plaza Dr, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila. I’ve known Ooma for a while now because it was one of the restaurants in BGC that attracted me because of their exterior design. They have unique wooden tables and chairs, outside their restaurant which looked like an outdoor bench with Japanese scrolls used as blinds or dividers. But it was always full that’s why we were not able to try it before.

But now, since it’s a holy week and most people are not in the city. When we visited, we were able to take a seat right away. But the funny thing is, after checking the menu outside and asking some things which implied that we are interested to dine there, the employee asked us, “Ma’am do you want to be seated?” Ay? How sabog can you get?

Upon entering, the scrolls hanging from the ceiling will get your attention right away because of how low it seems. The walls’ design also seems like they are unfinished but it was aesthetically pleasing. The tables and chairs were wooden, which totally complemented the Japanese vibes. There is also the second floor but we were not able to check it anymore– maybe next time?

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Buta Kakuni Katsudon 

Pammy ordered the Buta Kakuni Katsudon (Php299) which comes with a salad. Nothing much special about the Katsudon, except the fact that the egg was just rightly cooked and the meat was tender. Also, there are nori strips on top which didn’t really make any difference.

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Ebi Tempura Maki 

This. This. This. I ordered the Ebi Tempura Maki (Php 245) because I was seriously craving for Makis in the last weeks. And when I tasted this one. Boom. Fireworks. Confetti.

I knew that Ooma was really an authentic Japanese restaurant because even if you bite the half of this Maki it will still be in its perfect shape. It also has Avocado inside which complemented with the sauce, so it was really really good it was a tunnel to my heart. But the Shrimps’ heads were just awkward. I mean, imagine eating something like that on a date, and you had to spit out the head because of your personal preference that it’s kinda strange.

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Dean and Deluca Interior

After getting satisfied with our Japanese dinner, we searched for a place where we can have dessert. After going from Starbucks to Wildflour, we ended up in Dean & Deluca at Ground Floor Edades Tower, Rockwell Center, 18 Amorsolo Dr, Makati, 1209 Kalakhang Maynila. It’s famous for their cakes and their breakfast menu. I also heard about it before because my sister was also a restaurant junky.

Unfortunately, when we came, they were about to close already, the second floor can’t even be occupied anymore.

We settled on the first floor, and elegance is everywhere. The big walls and the wine counter were just so fancy. It’s really such a nice place to do paperwork because it’s too peaceful. But, there are speakers outside where you can hear music but you’ll hardly hear it if you’re inside.

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Salted Dean & Deluca Cake 

We just ordered one cake because the slice was really big, the cakes left were not that interesting anymore, and we are not that hungry for it. It’s like we just wanted to pacify our sweet tooth as well.

The cake we ordered was the Salted Dean & Deluca Cake (Php283.21) which is a moist chocolate cake with caramel bits drizzled on top. It was really mouth watering because I love moist chocolate cakes + anything caramel so this was really a good deal!


This is us in our Tita form. We’d like to also thank Dean & Deluca for giving us boiling water when we only asked for warm water. We appreciated the cleansing of the sweets.

Ooma Restaurant

1209, 28 Plaza Dr, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila.

Dean & Deluca 

Ground Floor Edades Tower, Rockwell Center, 18 Amorsolo Dr, Makati, 1209 Kalakhang Maynila

There you have it. Hope to hear your experience!


Radiate that retro diner vibes: Burgoo

It has been roughly two years since the last time I saw my best friend, Jem.  I remember when we were in high school, a lot of people say that we were such a twin. We were inseparable– and whenever we are it’s just because we fought (ugh you know high school dramas). But, when college happened, we went separate ways because she transferred school, and since then we sported a low-maintenance relationship.

But, during the Christmas break, we decided to set up a date to catch up– which I was 80% positive wouldn’t push through the last minute, and, although we already sported that low-maintenance relationship, with my attitude of don’t-invite-twice-if-you-get-rejected-the-first-time, if it won’t push through today, there will be a gap as huge as San Andreas fault that will be apparent.

But thank God, it push through.

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I Booky-ed a table for two at Burgoo, and I know that it’s quite popular because its menu serves the similar food to Gumbo and TGIF, but maybe it was just that it was a non-peak hour that is why there were fewer people, and we get to choose our spot– which is a couch beside the big windows. Gurl, natural lighting will always be terrific!

The ambiance of the restaurant is similar to a retro diner, there were a lot of pop art memoirs on the walls + the couch seats and the simple mosaic chandelier + the counter for orders was in the middle of the restaurant which really radiated that ultimate American diner vibes. It just didn’t have the LED lights (red, blue, violet) combination to be at par with Poblacion’s Filling Station or other 90’s retro diner themed restaurants. But when you try it, you’d agree that it subtly gives out that vibe.

Also, the restaurant employees were very approachable. Storytime: I tend to get slight panic attacks whenever we order and my friends take too long to decide because I feel responsible for wasting that person’s time– especially for those who are always blank-faced whenever they’re getting our orders. However, for Burgoo the employees were very patient and they even helped us decide by suggesting some Manager’s choice dishes.


Pizza Sampler (Php 495)


Since our agenda for today was to really catch up, we decided to order a lot of food to keep us company. So, first, we ordered the Pizza Sampler (Php 495) which is a pizza for people who can’t choose what flavor to order so voila! they already made it easier by placing 4 flavors in 1 pizza!

However, I am very particular with pizza because I really love them and a good pizza for me is the one that is difficult to get because of the abundance of Mozzarella cheese and/or the flavor that it gives with all the toppings blending in my taste buds. However, for this Pizza, although it was served hot it felt like it was made last night and it was only reheated. The toppings were good, but the pizza’s dough was dry.


Seafood Jambalaya Supreme (Php 395)


Next, we ordered Seafood Jambalaya Supreme (Php 395). This one is my favorite. Aside from it is rice, it’s also Seafood Paella which I’m really in love with. Plus, there is also the chicken which could’ve been better if it wasn’t just fried like the ones we do at home.


Supreme Sampler (Php 425)

Lastly, the Supreme Sampler (Php425). This is also one of the good food that we had. I love the cheddar cheese fries and the calamari especially when it was dipped in that Tartar sauce (if I’m not mistaken).

However, the buffalo wings were just like a fried chicken covered with ketchup. I was expecting it to be more flavorful until the bones, but it wasn’t. Also for the Mozzarella sticks, it’s good in the first few bites but the cheese inside was too thick it would give you goosebumps.


Jem and me!


And here is a good picture of us taken by the restaurant employee.

Burgoo has been a reputable dining place which people had been going to for decades. I believe that a business will not be in the arena for such a long time if it didn’t work hard to be in that spot. However, for Burgoo (SM North) which the only Burgoo I’ve been to… yet, I think they focused on other things than their food. I am fully aware that their service was excellent, their employees were approachable and they were perceptive with our needs (refilling water, offering this and that, taking another photo etc), they patiently waited for us when we were deciding on which food to order, and also the place was very clean.

However, it is a restaurant. After all, it should focus on serving good quality food. In a perspective of non-chef but a home-cook, the food should be more palatable. Maybe heighten the room temperature so that the food will have a longer time before it sogs. And of course… Put more love to the art of cooking! Maybe Burgoo wasn’t just in their best shape when we visited, so I am looking forward to visiting it and giving it another try.

So there you have it! If you want to visit a subtle retro diner, go to Burgoo! You can find it at 3/F SM City North EDSA, The Block, North Ave, Sto. Cristo, Quezon City. Hope to hear your experience!

Annyeonghaseyo, chingu!: Don Day

For the past years, Korean restaurants have been booming in the Philippines. A lot of netizens across social media platforms are in constant search for affordable unlimited Korean restaurants, may it be with a buffet or just the grill. With all the affordable Korean restaurants I’ve seen, I always prefer the ones with the buffet rather than the unlimited samgyupsal only, not only because of the price difference but also because I think I’d grow a whole pig farm in my tummy if that would be the only thing I’ll eat.

Personally, I’ve only felt the Korean-restaurant-craze this 2016 since I once believed that I am not a buffet person because I am a little picky about food. That when there are a lot of choices, I tend to settle on my favorites again and again until I get full and that includes RICE so I’d get full faster so I won’t be able to stack up many plates, thus I’ll think that I am at a disadvantage.

However, with my brother’s training, I realized that I was raised to be a fighter so I can conquer… the grilling & piles of plates! My first Korean buffet restaurant experience was in Sodam, however, it’s too far from our house so I wanted to try Don Day.


It was a usual stressful weekday in school but it was a little lax since we only have a school event at 1 PM, so I pulled my Samgyup Squad for lunch, and we arrived there at around 10:30 AM.

But they are not open until 11 AM. And I didn’t know about it until then. For everyone’s information and for my future reference they are open for lunch from 11 AM to 2:30 PM, then dinner from 5 PM to 10 PM.

We waited at 7 Eleven beside it, touched the alcohol bottles and talk about the hardest liquor they drank, and I’m just there evaluating how boring my life is as I question their preference to drink bitter and weird tasting alcohol drinks. I came to a conclusion that growing up in a patriarchal society like the Philippines, the degree of bitterness of a liquor you can take is related to some form of female masculinity. (I don’t know about you but isn’t it too shallow that masculinity can simply be based on alcohol?)

Almost 10-15 minutes before 11 AM, the servers already let us in. We chose a table near the buffet table, got hyped up and after settling our things we started the food trip.


There are two sides of Don Day, it’s not that it’s different Don Days it’s just that they divided the food into two sides. This is one side of Don Day where it is mostly the dishes and the individual food.

8Here is the other side, where the Bibimbap corner is, the soups, the fruits, the side dishes, the condiments, the liquor, and other food are.

Oh my! Look at the variety of food and you can take those unlimited + Unlimited samgyupsal for only Php499, or unlimited Chadolbaegi for only Php599!


They also offer ice creams but it’s not included in the buffet.


This is how our table looks like. It might look like it’s aesthetically pleasing but don’t get fooled by Photoshop, okay!? It was really chaotic!

The restaurant is really huge, there are a lot of tables and there are a lot of people who dine there. It’s very tidy especially their restroom! And a clean restroom is always a plus point!

The servers were also attentive to the things that you need like refilling water and taking out the used plates in the table– or to help you with the grill because you don’t have the same griller and the switch’s instruction is in Korean/Japanese.


My Samgyup Squad. I appreciated it. Really. I remember threatening them that if they will back out last minute and give me lame excuses it will be the last time that I’ll invite them. (#HillaryDramasAlwaysWin) These people really have wonderful personalities and while we’re eating I didn’t know why my tummy ached so good, is it because of the food or the stories we shared? I can’t remember but it was such a good tummy ache. This will definitely not be the last one.

Don Day, may be one of the underrated Korean Restaurants in Quezon City, but for me, it’s the best Korean buffet restaurant among the 3 I’ve been to. They serve authentic food, their service is good, and the price is enough for the quality of food. Don Day is definitely my go-to Korean buffet restaurant.

So there you have it! If you want to visit a hidden gem unlimited Korean buffet restaurant, go to Don Day! You can find it at Sunshine Boulevard Plaza, Quezon Avenue Corner Scout Santiago Street, South Triangle, Quezon City. Hope to hear your experience!

Neon nights: Big Boy’s Diner

Diners have been a huge part of the American history because it was usually the place where Americans traveling long miles take their rest, socialize with other travelers, fuel their cars, and have a meal any time of the day. Diners have been a symbol of America, especially in most pop culture, and the Philippines, being one of the main bearers of American culture in Asia– diners-themed restaurants gained so much popularity and they spread out like wildfire around the Philippines.

One of the nearest diners in our area is the Big Boy’s Diner which has been very popular as a place where people do photo shoots because of the blue, violet and red neon lights that also became trendy because of the American series Riverdale. They open at around 5pm, and it’s really important that you come earlier and reserve a table because the place is small so the seats are very limited.


Upon entering you will be mesmerized with how they could convince you that you stepped into another era. The colors and style of the seats, the arrangement of the whole restaurant, the style of the menu, the design, and the uniform of the servers are all like a cutout from pictures of American diners in the 50’s.

But I think that’s all that this restaurant can offer.


We ordered Macho Nacho (Php140) which is nachos consisting cheese sauce, salsa, and few chicken bites. In the first few bites, it’s still crunchy, but as you go to the inner part the nachos are soggy and you have to shove it to your mouth very fast or else it will crumble.


We also ordered Big Boy’s Burger (Php200) which is a burger with tomato, lettuce, bacon, onion, American cheese, mushrooms, and a beef patty. There is no problem with the burger, from the buns to patty they are really cooked well. The patty was also thick enough and the lettuce was fresh.

However, the onion rings that come with it was really surprising. This is the first time I saw onion rings as thin, weak, and tasteless as this. The onion rings almost looked like pasta. I hope they would improve this, or remove it from their menu at all.


The last thing we ordered was the Waffle (Php85) which I forgot why we really ordered. But it was thick and good enough but I hope they would be more generous with the syrup because this is very thick and it doesn’t have anything in it.


For our drinks, we had Vanilla (Php140) and Unicorn Milkshakes (Php150). The Vanilla was enough to bring the boys in the yard but the Unicorn was the one that would shoo away the boys because it was so sweet and you would really get goosebumps in every sip.

At around 6pm, the lights turned on and everyone started taking photos of themselves, their friends, and the place because it suddenly turned similar to 50’s diners in America.

So of course, we will not miss this chance!


To sum it up, Big Boy’s Diner is a good restaurant, it has a good place, good price, and a good idea of the menu. However, I think they have to work on few things: First, customer service, regardless of how tired the diners are every diner is different so they shouldn’t be frowning at their diners just because the previous ones didn’t receive them well. Probably try to be more enthusiastic, recommend a food, and volunteer to take photos of them– you know try to be friendly. Second, I know the place is very popular but they shouldn’t pressure the people seated just because some people are waiting outside. It’s still a first come first served basis. Don’t come to the table and get the menu because it’s like saying “You don’t have any order? Ok, you better leave so the next one can come in and order.” Not everyone who comes to the restaurant just wants to eat, sometimes they also need to chat??? Lastly, they should improve their menu. They already have a grasp of what should be on the menu, they just have to improve the taste and the presentation.

So there you have it! If you want to visit diner with the 50’s vibes, go to Big Boy’s Diner! You can find it at 128 Sto. Domingo Avenue Corner Sta. Catalina Street, Banawe, Quezon City. Hope to hear your experience!

Almost midnight meal: Denny’s

Denny’s has been a word of mouth for being synonymous to iHop, but I’m not really a fan of pancakes so I wasn’t that interested in this restaurant. However, our “late dinner” was already close to midnight snack and there were only a few restaurants left open– and Denny’s was one of them.

So why not give it a try?

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As far as I remember it was around 10 PM when we peeked at the restaurant and one of the staffs gladly opened the door saying that they are not yet closed and they still get orders.

So, we went in and chose a corner couch seat because there was a TV near it and my brother wanted to watch the NBA game. I also liked that spot because it’s quieter and I’d get less distracted by people coming in or passing by. After we have settled, the server handed us the menu and we ordered right away. Actually, I was worried that they would say that some of the dishes are already unavailable because they ran out of ingredients. But fortunately, they are all still available!


Skillet Wrap (Php335)

One of the food that we ordered was the Skillet Wrap (Php335) it is nacho meat and pico de gallo, wrapped in a tortilla on a pepper jack cheese sauce topped with sunny side up egg. It’s one of the most delicious food I ate in my life, they place my favorites in one skillet. Plus! The egg was cooked very well. So I’m really sure that the next time I dine at Denny’s this will be my order!


The Original Slam (Php385)

Another food that we ordered was The Original Slam (Php385) it was the traditional American breakfast with pancakes, bacon, sausage, and egg. There’s nothing much special about it, I even told my brother that he can pay me Php350 and I’ll make that for him. But I wonder how I’d make pancakes that thick and fluffy?

Let’s not forget that Denny’s was very generous with the syrup, they have a bottle for every table. I won’t be surprised if we’d get Diabetes after eating! #NoRegrets


Chicken and Pork Adobo (Php295)

We also ordered Chicken and Pork Adobo (Php295) which also has nothing much special aside from the 2 well-cooked egg there. The Adobo was in the middle of being sour and sweet, and the price for it is a little too much. But you see, the egg was there, it makes every food good. (Nope, you’re wrong, egg is not my favorite food.)


Choco Overload Peanut Butter Pancake Plate (Php395)

Then, this is my order: Choco Overload Peanut Butter Pancake Plate (Php395). If you’re going to ask me why I ordered this after saying that I’m not a fan of pancakes– well my answer is that I also don’t know. Probably I was being a glutton that time or I just made a mistake, but all I know is that the pancake was really delicious in the first few bites. The chocolate and the peanut butter really goes well with the fluffy pancake and there was even a time that I poured some syrup into it. Oh! I remember how shiver went down my spine when it touched my tongue.

But nevertheless, the bacon, sausage, and egg are magnificent, they were a huge help in pacifying the sweetness.


Strawberry Milkshake (Php205) and Salted Caramel frappe (Php95).


Just when you thought that we are already having tooth ache, we also ordered Strawberry Milkshake (Php205) and Salted Caramel frappe (Php95).

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Then they also gave us free bottles of Andy Player as a Father’s day treat– which I was subtly wishing to taste but never got the chance.


To sum it up, Denny’s was able to provide a good service, their food was above average, although I hope they’d work on a little with the prices because it’s too much for its quality.

Nevertheless, it was really enjoyable because I was with my family.

So there you have it! If you want to visit a late-night restaurant with the American cuisine vibes, go to Denny’s! You can find it on the Fourth Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City. Hope to hear your experience!

Cheesy: Kko Kko

June 2017 was my last summer vacation. God knows it was one hell of a semester and this summer vacation was the only oasis motivating me as I dragged myself to school every day, complying with every requirement after requirements.

But even though how dreadful this semester was and how much I’m looking for that “detachment from responsibilities,” I still like to make it productive. That’s why I made sure that I’m working on many things even though I’m on vacation. Lucky me, on the first 3 weeks of my summer vacation, I already got myself a thesis adviser and a thesis topic– which was revised and continuously being revised as of December 2017. Plus, I also got appointed to become an Organizing Committee President for my org’s event which was also time-consuming since it was my first time and I was just blindly balancing everything while I’m walking on a thin string of fate.

But of course, being the Leo myself, I would always love myself more than anyone or anything, so even though I have a lot of things to do, I’d still make an effort to make myself happy.

One thing that makes me happy the most: anything Korean-related. (Korean Dramas, Korean Restaurants, Korean Stationeries, Korean Facemasks, Korean Fashion, and Korea itself.)

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Kko Kko is one of the restaurants that gained a lot of attention because it is not just a typical Korean restaurant but they actually specialize in Chicken which you’ll have to dip in Cheese Fondue!

I have already read about Kko Kko through Booky and, so I’ve been planning to eat here. But I guess once you don’t plan for something, that’s when it happens more because for some unforeseen circumstances my brother just told me to try this one with him because he knows how much I love Korean-related things, and voila! This happened.

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Rabokki (Php368)

I have been craving for Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes) mixed with Ramyeon, but most of the Tteokbokki I know, usually are either overcooked (so soggy) or undercooked (so hard).  So when I came across this Rabokki (Php368) in the menu which is a Korean Ramen with Tteokbokki, Odeng (Korean fish cake), White Onions, Cabbage, and topped with Mozzarella Cheese, all simmered in a spicy soup, I knew this one will be part of our order.

It was all in a pot, put in a stove, and placed on our table. But I must say that it’s a little annoying because I can feel the steam and the seat I’ve chosen is where the air-conditioning unit directly blows air into. So basically when the steam goes up from the pot, the air-conditioning unit blows it to my face. And that’s a dilemma.

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Chicken Cheese Fondue- Half (Php658)

A melted cheese on a bread, French Fries, Onion Rings and boneless chicken with the flavor of your choice, yes, that’s what’s included in the Chicken Cheese Fondue. I have always been aware of how good Cheese is, but when it’s used with my favorite dishes it gets way more delicious!

The chicken that we ordered was just the original, and it tasted like a soy chicken which is a very popular chicken flavor even when I tried it in a Korean restaurant “Chicken Up” in Singapore. Every time you will bite the chicken, it’s very crispy and the flavor is not just on the outside. Also, I am in love with Onions so much, and being able to eat an onion that’s as huge and thick as this, it makes me happier! For the French Fries, don’t worry it’s just the same French fries you can have anywhere. And of course, for the cheese fondue, I guarantee you that you won’t feel umay (the flavor is too rich, you don’t like to eat it anymore because you get goosebumps) since we all know that most Korean delicacies are sweet and then you would have to dip it to cheese more.

So there you have it! If you want to visit a restaurant specializing on cheese fondue with Chicken , go to Kko Kko! You can find it at The Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas, Pasig City and other branches. Hope to hear your experience!

Timeout: Puzzles (Board Game Lounge)

It is one of those weeks of the month where in we just want to spend money just to redeem our dreadful souls from the accumulated stress clogged in our veins.

It is one of those weeks where we just wanted to take a time out from the reality and c’est la vie!

LOL how I wish! Honestly, I was just having a really hard time studying at home that’s why I decided to meet up with Pammy in BGC, and do our school works together. I don’t know why, but usually, when I do my school works outside our house I always get things done faster.

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Puzzles is a restaurant that will make your ‘catching up’ time with your barkada more fun because they offer a vast collection of board games that you may unlimitedly choose from for only Php100. Plus, they are also a member of Booky Prime Restaurants that’s why they can offer up to Php500 worth of discount!


Personally, I am not fond of board games. As far as I remember Snakes & Ladders and Millionaires are the only board games I have played since I was young. But I think, if we were not busy when we ate here, we might have spent the whole day getting all giddy with all the board games, changing games after one game and learning as many board games as possible.


The Puzzles is also a two-storey building with high ceilings. But as much as I would like to talk about how the second floor looks like, when we asked if we can occupy the 2nd floor, the cashier said that they had to fill the 1st floor first before they allow its occupancy.

And also the menu written in the blackboard is not their entire menu those are just the “manager’s choice” or their “recommended” and they really have a printed menu.

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Beer-battered Chicken fingers with honey mustard dip, Baked Chicken Parmigiana, and Oreo Afraid of the Dark.

Before we started studying for our final exam in Discourse Analysis, we had late lunch first. We ordered Beer-battered Chicken fingers with honey mustard dip (Php370) which are soft chicken breast strips which are cooked tenderly you may eat it by itself or you may dip it to add more tangy taste.

We also ordered Baked Chicken Parmigiana (Php290) because I am a pasta lover and the way I rate a restaurant often depends on this. Yes, the pasta tasted well, but it has the tendency that when it gets a little more exposed to air, the pasta absorbs the oil making it stick together and become dry. But nevertheless, the flavor sat well in the pasta.

For our dessert, we had Oreo Afraid of the Dark (Php150) which is a wicked oreo (oreo inside a pancake) topped with vanilla ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. And we actually got two of this because we also answered the feedback in the Booky app, and even though it’s so sweet– of course, who says no to dessert, right?

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Pammy and I

In the Philippines, there are already a lot of restaurants that combined gaming and food. Maybe it’s their way of marketing to male clients or maybe just to put a twist, but usually when they do this it’s either their food will not taste good or the games are limited.

But for Puzzles, they were able to make sure to prioritize the food. All the dishes that we ordered really tasted really well! In fact, the prices are reasonable for their quality.

So there you have it! If you want to visit a quality restaurant with board games available, go to Puzzles! You can find it at Ground Floor, Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Hope to hear your experience!