Restaurants to Try: Wabi-sabi Noodle House, Basix + 5 Steals and Deals

Have you tried Wabi-sabi Noodle House at the Collective? Plus a Filipino Food Festival and C2 Classic Cuisine’s <em>Araw ng Kalayaan</em> sets, and more of this week’s steals and deals.

Wabi-sabi Noodle House and Vegetarian Grocery at the Collective


Get your veggie noodle fix at Wabi-Sabi Noodle House, located inside Makati’s The Collective. ï¿½Try the Viet Pho (P95), a hearty bowl of noodles with fresh veggies, tofu, Shiitake mushrooms, mushroom stems, ï¿½and veggie cracklings.

They also serve Shoyu ramen (P95), Adobo or chay pao steamed buns (P25), and Banh Mi (P150 whole, P75 half order). Looking for healthier alternatives to your usual meat-filled menu? Check out their small grocery shelf which displays a ï¿½limited selection of vegetarian finds: mock meat, ginger beer and even sarsaparilla.

Wabi-sabi Noodle House is at The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., Brgy. San Antonio, Makati City. Tel. No. (0918) 450-1714

Filipino Food Festival at Dusit Thani Manila



Celebrate Independence Day at Dusit Thani Manila’s Philippine Food Festival dubbed "Philippine Cuisine: Looking Back...Looking Forward" from June 7 to 12 with guest chef Stephanie Zubiri taking the helm at the kitchen.

Zubiri, who missed Filipino dishes such as Bistek Filipino, when she lived in Paris during her university years and where she also trained at Le Cordon Bleu, says that Filipino food is very "down-to-earth and practical and is very hearty," as compared to other cuisines. Describing herself as "more of a cook than a chef," the menu she prepared for the food festival is her personal take on heirloom dishes, bringing fresh flavors to traditional Pinoy cooking.

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Available for both lunch and dinner, the buffet spread at Dusit Thani Manila’s Basix includes Zubiri’s recipes such as Balsamic Beef Adobo, ï¿½ slow-cooked tender and tasty beef adobo chunks in balsamic vinegar; Bicol Express Chicken, broiled thigh chicken fillet cooked with jalapeno and lemongrass, a less-spicy alternative to the Bicolandia favorite which packs in as much flavor and bite; Salmon Kinilaw, a fresh variation on the sour and spicy dish, with the salmon steeped in coconut, vinegar and calamansi.

Also available on the spread are native delicacies such as puto bumbong and bibingka, available for merienda.

There will also be a gallery display by Kultura Filipino featuring the daily live demonstration of Cigar Rolling and Embroidery. ï¿½ The Filipino Food Festival will run from June 7-12, 2010 with the same regular buffet price of P1,150net for lunch and P1,299net for dinner at Basix, Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Center, Makati City.


Italian Food Festival at the Oakroom


Wine down at the Oakroom of Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalge and pair Frescobaldi wines with complementing dishes from Oakwood Premier’s Executive chef Jerome Cartailler at "A Taste of Tuscany" Italian Food Festival from June 7 to 27.

Frescobaldi brings in wines from Tuscany, home to the Italian red grape variety, Sangiovese. Says Oakwood Premier General Manager Brian Connelly, "The brand Frescobaldi is equated with prestige-a reflection of the family’s distinct heritage, which included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts." ï¿½ Those who like their vino light and fruity can pair the wines with dishes such as Broiled Scampi, Penne Alla Vodka and Charbroiled Lamb Chops.

Oakroom is at the 6the Floor of Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila, 17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 637-7888.

Yellow Cab’s Hot Wings by the Dozen



Late night munchies, beer chow or part of your dinner plate, chicken wings are a no-brainer. Enjoy Yellow Cab’s Hot Wings, now available by the dozen at P595, served with Bleu cheese and garlic ranch dip.

Yellow Cab’s Hot Wings are packed in a carry-out box and available for dine-in, take-out or delivery.

Available at all Yellow Cab branches.

Araw ng Kalayaan treats at C2 Classic Cuisine


Feast on truly Pinoy dishes at C2 Classic Cuisine’s Araw ng Kalayaan sets from June 11-30 (sets start at P612) : Kare-Kareng Baka and Tortang Alimasag, Seared Tilapia in Coconut Emulsion and Satay Bagnet, Crispy Pata and Lumpiang Hubad, and Crispy Kare-Kare and Pinoy Rice.

All sets include two viands and are good for 3-4 people.

Available at all C2 Classic Cuisine branches, for both lunch and dinner.

Marciano’s Lunch Platters for 5 starting at P1,288



Everything tastes better when shared, and Marciano’s themed lunch platters make it all the more fun. Choose from King of the Ring set (P1,288), with Goodfellas Meatballs, Chandler Bing Seafood Pizza and Tony Soprano’s Pizza; Fight Night Set (P1,389), with Donnie Brasco Calamari, Hudson Prawns and Bendel’s Margherita Pizza; or the Title Bout Set (P1,588) with Times Square Fish and Chips, Frutti di Mare, and Bryant Park Pizza.

Marciano’s is at Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. Tel. No. 729-0467

Eat-All-You-Can U.S. Prime Roast Beef at 145 Fahrenheit


Heavy meat eaters will enjoy 145 Fahrenheit’s eat-all-you-can U.S. Prime Roast Beef for P1,399+. The buffet includes soup, salads, side dishes, deserts and countless trips to the spread for an all-you-can-eat U.S. Prime Roast Beef.

Promo is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner.

145 Fahrenheit is at Upper Ground Level Il Terrazzo, 35 Tomas Morato corner Scout Madrinan, Quezon City. Tel. No. 703-2725.


V-league Bundle at Shakey’s for P799


For its 35th birthday in the Philippines, get a large thin-crust Hawaiian Delight Pizza, four pieces Chick n’ Chips, a pitcher of Coke and a limited edition Shakey’s tote, all for P799.

Promo is until June 19 at all Shakey’s branches.

Birthday noodles at Super Bowl for only P122.50

Indulge with Super Bowl’s birthday noodles at 50% off: E-fu canton noodles with fresh shrimp, cuttlefish, quail eggs, pork asado bits, sliced pork, and mixed veggies for only P122.50.


Click here for a list of Super Bowl branches.

Kimpura’s set meals for lunch starting at P298+

When it comes to Japanese food, set meals are a reliable mainstay. Enjoy Kimpura’s lunch set meals with mixed tempura, steamed rice, miso soup, kobachi (appetizers) and a glass of iced tea and strawberry pineapple gelatin for dessert, all for P298.

Promo is available from Monday to Friday.

Kimpura Japanese Restaurant is at the 3rd Level TriNoma Mall, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City. Tel. No. 901-0813, 901-0692

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