I wanted to postpone blogging about this resto but thought I should get on with it and simply edit after a couple more visits. I went solo the first time and during snack time so there wasn't any opportunity to sample a reasonable selection of dishes.
The grape shake reminded me of my fav drink in Cibo. Except that the glass in which it was served was bigger unlike the tall but slim Cibo glasses. Works well for a fuller serving!
I came at an odd hour but early enough to see the lunch crowd leaving from this place. Must have a decent client base on a weekday to fill up the somewhat limited and narrow space.
The fresh lumpia was served in pairs. The egg wrapper and filling tasted homemade, just like how our moms would make them.
There are other choices but as I mentioned, they'd have to wait till the next visit. Interesting menu if you like Filipino dishes. For sure, I'd try many interesting dish creations of Justin Sarabia, the chef & owner of Rural Kitchen of Liliw.
I was out with the teens then when one of the 2 suggested we check out Barcino in Greenbelt 2. Now, you may think Barcino is a wine bar that caters to adults and this grandma has no business bringing an 18 and 15 year old to dine here. So yes, it's a wine bar. And yes, it's also a food haven.
We found a tiny table by the wine cabinet. Surely they've got a good collection of Spanish, Argentinian and Chilean wine here. The chalkboard by the wall lists many Spanish favorites like Sangria, Tinto de Verano, Sidra and my fav beer Estrella Galicia. I chose the last.
We were served Pan con Tomate on the house. This is my typical desayuno fare back in Madrid. And my teens love it. Since I was more thirsty than hungry, I ordered the Ensalada Rusa or Russian Salad many Spaniards are crazy about. It was a very generous portion. So was the Spaghetti Marinara which my 18 yr old teen ordered! Judging by how she looked when it was served, she had a problem.
Good thing my 5'10"" 15-year old was around. But even with his help, and without him ordering anything, we simply found the serving overly generous for its price.
So if you think Barcino is beyond your budget or is strictly a wine bar, you're wrong. The imported jamon y quezos are, naturally, pricey -- but remember, these items are imported from España. And they are indeed quality Spanish pica picas. Outside of these imported items, many of the dishes are very reasonably priced. So there. Go check it out!
Corner Tree Cafe is a vegetarian restaurant. Not exactly the destination of many foodies but the Christmas Season made us long for light meals as we got ready to feel "deprived" of meaty dishes.
Looks homey, don't you think? The corner vegetarian restaurant is located in Jupiter Street along the stretch between Makati Avenue and Nicanor Garcia Street. It is right under the Miladay Shop and across Aristocrat. Not hard to find. And there's ample parking too, at no charge!
The roasted chestnut soup was a good starter, though we were initially tempted to order the tomato soup. Next we tried the mushroom pasta which was ok, but not outstanding. The tofu teriyaki was --!which was served on top of brown rice. You wouldn't feel deprived with these dishes, at all.
For dessert, we just couldn't pass up the vegan non-dairy ice cream. Perhaps good enough for them vegans, but I do want my real ice cream. Well, we can't win them all.
So how do we score this? I would certainly go back to try other dishes. Besides, I do like the vibe here. It would be nice to grab a corner table even for just coffee and cookies. Quiet, good-sized, homey, healthy. Just what we needed in the midst of all the binge-ing, the traffic, the chaos.