5 Places to Try This Week + 5 Steals and Deals

Have you tried Masseto, Chocolate Fire, Le Petit Artisan, Mesa at SM Megamall and Ya Kun Kaya Toast? Plus: eat-all-you-can dim sum at Li Li, 30% off on drinks at Izakaya and more.



Wine and dine at Masseto, Salcedo Village's destination du jour for ladies who lunch and yuppies out for cocktails and wine on weeknights. With 300 wines to choose from and chef Tippi Tambunting's straightforward menu which includes fillet of sole, bacalao, pasta dishes and crispy duck leg with roasted potatoes, Masseto is quickly becoming a popular Salcedo Village destination.

Main courses are at P500-P2,000.

Masseto is at 114 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Tel. No. 810-3565, 338-0929.

Chocolate Fire



Pure Belgian chocolate-covered cupcakes, truffles, and chocolate confections with dried and glazed fruits, chips and fresh chillies - all these can be found at Chocolate Fire. A "chocolate deli" that carries traditional chocolates along with sandwiches, coffee and truffles, Chocolate Fire also has monthly chocolate specials to satisfy every craving of the consummate chocolate fan.

Chocolate Fire is at G/F PDCP Building Leviste Street corner Rufino Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Tel. No. (0920) 605-8692.

Le Petit Artisan


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Le Petit Artisan, an artisan bakery in Greenbelt 5, carries breads that have zero fat, no sugar and no preservatives. Choose from best-sellers like the baguette which comes in two sizes (traditional and Parisian); the fougasse (foccacia in Italian) which is filled with secret cheeses and herbs; and the variations of the country bread, each with their unique crisscross cuts on top and designs depending on the loaf's region of origin.

Le Petit Artisan is at the Ground Floor Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.


Mesa opens in SM Megamall

If you haven't tried Mesa at the Greenbelt 5, a new branch at the Atrium of SM Megamall is now open. Serving classic but updated Filipino cuisine using special sauces and novel presentation, you can also find salpicao and tenderloin ostrich on the menu.

Mesa is at the 2nd floor The Atrium, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City. Tel. No. 470-4660.

Ya Kun Kaya Toast


Enjoy kaya toast and coffee tarik (pulled coffee) at Ya Kun Kaya Toast, Singapore's famous coffee chain. Serving the traditional kaya toast, pulled coffee with soft-boiled eggs, they also have variations of the popular snack: Peanut butter toast (P115), French toast with kaya (P140), Cheese toast with kaya (P140) and Milo Toast (P140).

Ya Kun Kaya is at G/F FERN Bldg. Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 470-4285.

All-you-can eat dim sum at Li Li for P555



Enjoy authentic Cantonese dim sum freshly prepared by master chefs at Li Li for a tempting price of only P555++. Promo is available Mondays to Saturdays from 12:00 nn to 5:00 pm.

Li Li is at the 5th Level, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila, 1588 Pedro Gil cor. M.H. Del Pilar, Malate, Manila. Tel. No. 245-1234

Margarita Mondays at Baja Mexican Cantina



From 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday, drink all the margaritas you want for only P250. Pair them with Baja Mexican Cantina's taquitos, tacos and burritos.

Baja Mexican Cantina is at 3rd Floor Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. Tel. No. 756-0127.

30% off on drinks at Izakaya Sake Bar's Sunset specials


From 5:30 to 10 p.m. daily, enjoy 30 percent off selected cocktails and drinks such as sangria, vodka and tequila at Izakaya Sake Bar in Greenbelt 2. The Beer Bucket, with 6 bottles of local beer, is also at P250.

Izakaya Sake Bar is at G/F Greenbelt 2 Ayala Center, Makati City. Tel. No. 757-4813.

Pizza Hut's Buy 1 take 1 deal: 2 pizzas for P399



Order two family pan pizzas for only P399 at Pizza Hut until May 24. Choose from your Pizza Hut favorites: Hawaiian, Cheeseburger and Ham, and Bacon and Cheese.

Promo is exclusive for take-out orders.

Click here to see a list of Pizza Hut branches.

Champagne dinner at Jasmine for only P1,350


Enjoy Duval Leroy champagnes paired with a Jasmine's sumptuous Chinese menu on April 20, 6 p.m. for only P1,350 (retail value of P5,490).

Tickets may be brought at the New World Renaissance Hotel, any Wine Depot store or contact 889-4889.

Jasmine is at New World Renaissance Hotel, Ayala Center, Makati City. Tel. No. 811-6888.

Photographs from Masseto, Chocolate Fire, Le Petit Artisan, Ya Kun Kaya Toast, Baja Mexican Cantina, Izakaya Sake Bar.

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