5 Places to Try This Week + 5 Steals and Deals

Have you tried Cafe 1771, Muruve by Pino, Society Lounge, the new branch of Thuk Thai and the Indian Vegetarian Festival at Spices at The Pen? Plus where to dine to get more bang for your buck.


Café 1771 at El Pueblo, Ortigas

Open since mid-March, Café 1771 is the Chateau Group's newest baby, replacing Chateau 1771's space in El Pueblo, Ortigas. With bright, airy interiors, Café 1771 is a full-service café serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dinner drinks. Café 1771 serves hearty Continental and European fare, with areas for casual business meetings, a bar and a soon-to-open wine lounge.   Make sure to save room for the items on their "whimsy menu," which include gourmet sandwiches, pizzas   such as the Holy Cow Pizza (P300) and Salbacho Pizza (P380), and pasta dishes.

Café 1771 is at El Pueblo, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 631-7340



Muruve by Pino

"Spanish-inspired Filipino," says part-owner PJ Lanot is what best describes Muruve by Pino. Chef Ed Bugia brings "Pino-style" cuisine which are perfect with wine such as Longganisa & Bagnet Paella and Red Wine Adobong Tadyang, to Muruve by Pino.

This April, you can go bottomless on Muruve's wines with Pino's dishes at the Wine Buffet until April 30. From 7 to 9 p.m., they will be serving free-flowing wines at P500 per person. For reservations, contact 706-4617.

Muruve by Pino is at Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 706-4617.


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Society Lounge at the Atrium, Makati

Chef Patrice Freuslon whips up French cuisine specialties at the newly-opened Society Lounge at the Atrium on Makati Avenue. With business lunches that change daily, standard cocktails and a wine list of selwct French bottles to choose from, the leisure venue is a new alternative for your French food cravings.


Society Lounge is at G/F Atrium Building, Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. Tel. No. 408-1852



Thuk Thai has moved to the Rockwell Business Center in Ortigas

Thuk Thai, a former Ortigas hole-in-the-wall has moved to a more posh address: the Rockwell Business Center in Ortigas. From the hidden alleys of Ortigas, the humble eatery now serves its budget-friendly Thai favorites Tom Yam, Pomelo Salad, Pandan Chicken, and Phad See Eaw at the Rockwell Business Center.

Thuk Thai is at G/F Rockwell Business Center, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City. Tel. No.   215-2524, (0917) 800-8485.





Indian Vegetarian Festival at the Manila Pen until April 25

Savor the spices of India with Indian Specialty Chef Avanish Kumar Jain as he whips ups unique vegetarian a la carte dishes at Spices, The Peninsula Manila for the Indian Vegetarian Festival.

Available for lunch and dinner from Monday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. until April 25.

Spices is at The Peninsula Manila, Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City. Tel. No. 887-2888 local 6694.


Get a drink, soup, salad or ice cream at Pepper Lunch for only P68

Add P68 to your main meal (Pepper Rice, Combos or Teriyaki Pepper meals) and get a drink plus soup, salad or ice cream at Pepper Lunch.

Available at all branches of Pepper Lunch: Alabang Town Center (556-8498), Greenbelt 5 (482-4319), Powerplant Mall (895-6185), Shangri-la Mall.




California Pizza Kitchen's new offerings: Baja Fish Tacos, Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, and BBQ Chicken with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Serving California-style cuisine, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) launches three new menu items starting April 26: Baja Fish Tacos (P295), Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza (P375) and BBQ Chicken with Applewood Smoked Bacon (P475).

The Baja Fish Tacos, a platter with two tacos with sautéed wild-caught Mahi Mahi, fresh shredded cabbage and homemade ranchito sauce, is a healthy alternative and is served with blue corn tortilla chips and tasty homemade roasted tomato salsa.

The pizza gets a tropical twist with fresh pineapple, BBQ chicken, smoked Gouda and Mozzarella cheeses, barbecue sauce, sliced red onions and cilantro topping the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken pizza. If you fancy strong sweet-savory flavors, the BBQ Chicken with Applewood Smoked Bacon is an easy pick, which is made with BBQ chicken, applewood smoked bacon, smoked Gouda and Mozzarella cheeses, barbecue sauce, sliced red onions and cilantro.

Click here for a list of California Pizza Kitchens.




Shakedown Specials at Mr. Jones this April and May

American diner, Mr. Jones, offers new menu specials until May 31, 2010. Enjoy the All-American Chargrilled Hickory BBQ Chicken Sandwich (P350+), the Super Texas Tacos (P295+) and the Jones Classic Chargrilled US Beef Burger (P320+), all appetizing picks for a summer food fest.   Or round up your friends for lazy afternoon munchies with the BBQ Nach-o-Rama (P450+) and the Spicy Buffalo Drum Pops (P395+).

The Shakedown Specials can also be savored with a selection of juices, coolest refreshers and creamiest milkshakes this side of town.

Mr. Jones is at G/L Greenbelt 5, Makati City. Tel. No. 501-3682 to 83.



New dishes at the Chocolate Kiss Café

Chocolate Kiss gives you more reasons to come back with new dishes this summer: Chicken Apple Salad (P135); Basilico, pesto and cheese toasted on baguette rounds (P78); Barbeque Sandwich with mesquite sauce on crusty home-baked baguette (P195); and Garlic Mushroom Spaghetti (P170).


Available at the UP Diliman branches (433-3782) and at the Roces, Quezon City branch (412-7876).



Value meals at Gloria Maris starting at P118

Enjoy Chinese food at affordable prices with Gloria Maris' value meals such as Braised Fish Fillet in Taosi Sauce (P118) and Breaded Porkchops (P138). Meals are served in value meal-sizes with efu noodles, dim sum, buchi, and your choice of steamed or garlic rice.

Available at the Araneta Center Cubao branch: Coliseum Circle, Araneta Coliseum Cubao, Quezon City. Tel. No. 421-7362.

Photographs from Cafe 1771, Muruve by Pino, Society Lounge, California Pizza Kitchen, Pepper Lunch, Mr. Jones and The Chocolate Kiss Cafe, Karla Vanessa Redor of foodtrippings.com (Gloria Maris dumplings).

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