Restaurants to Try: Yogurt Nation, The Spud Diner + 5 Steals and Deals

Have you tried Yogurt Nation and the Lounge at the Fort, The Spud Diner at Makati and Seoul Garden Quezon City? And don’t miss out on this week’s steals and deals.

Yogurt Nation and the Lounge at the Fort


A space that combines a café with comfort food, a frozen yogurt place and an after-office lounge, Yogurt Nation and the Lounge at the Fort has it all covered. The first floor houses the self-serve yogurt place offering six flavors that include strawberry, cranberry, mango, melon, and ube apart from the original tart flavor, which you may top with their various toppings: fresh fruits, brownies, cereal and nuts. The mezzanine floor serves as the café, with comfort food favorites such as Tuna Mushroom Melt (P175), Salpicao Cream Pasta (P190) and Devilled Wings (P300). The lounge is located at the third level, where the unwinding is your only agenda. On the bar list are specialty drinks with quirky names such as Lychee Lee (P145), Green Clouds (P145) and Flaming Swishy (P145), and happy hour is stretched to 12 midnight: you only pay P300 for your fill of unlimited local beers (Mondays to Fridays, 5-8 p.m. and 9 p.m. � 12 midnight).



Yogurt Nation and the Lounge is at The Sapphire Residences, 2nd Avenue Cor. 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.


The Spud Diner


Carbo-loading takes on a whole new meaning at The Spud Diner, the first potato-concept restaurant in the city. The Spud Diner is a cozy small spot bathed in cheery colors of orange and yellow, located at the Columns in Makati City. They don’t only serve potatoes as a side dish, but made a whole menu out of potatoes: from Potato Carbonara, Shepherd’s Pie to potato-inspired desserts. From the same owners of the popular food cart, Potato Corner, the team consulted the U.S. Potato Board in whipping up the creative potato dishes. "There’s so many things you can do with potatoes," said Jose Magsaysay Jr., CEO of Cinco Corporation, the company behind Potato Corner and The Spud Diner. True enough, the soups, main dishes and desserts all have potatoes. What we liked: Baked Potato Lasagna (P90), with tasty beef and cheese in between layers of baked potato chips instead of lasagna and topped with melted cheese; and Ice Cream Temptation (P50), French fries covered in chocolate powder, served with vanilla ice cream, a dessert reminiscent of churros. They also have Baked Potatoes (starts at P50) and the well-loved flavored fries from Potato Corner.



The Spud Diner is at Tower 3 The Columns, Buendia corner Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

Seoul Garden at SM North EDSA

If you like to do your own cooking and love hotpot, hit Seoul Garden at the SM North EDSA for a dose of Korean fare. Seoul Garden has a buffet table with fresh meat cuts in different marinades and seafood choices for your hotpot meal. You may also choose your broth: spicy kimchi, chicken stock or ginseng. Their eat-all-you-can buffet is only P557.50 per person for lunch and P616.50 for dinner on weekdays and P585 for lunch and P635 for dinner on weekends. If you’d rather leave the cooking at home, their menu has Korean cuisine favorites: bibimbap and BBQ Chicken. Seoul Garden is at SM City Annex, SM North EDSA, Quezon City. Tel. No. 355-0544




"Lasang Pinoy" at Escolta at the Peninsula Manila until June 27

Feast on Pinoy favorites at Escolta at the Peninsula Manila until June 27. Available for both lunch and dinner buffet, choose from sumptuous Filipino dishes for only P1,350 lunch (Monday t0 Saturday) and P1,842 for Sunday brunch.
Escolta is at the Peninsula Manila, corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City. Tel. No. 887-2888 5. Market Café’s Mongolian Barbecue Station until June 30 marketcafe_mongolian-bbq

Until June 30, enjoy the Mongolian Barbecue Station at the Market Café of the Hyatt Hotel Manila, where you can create your own mix of fresh meats, seafood, vegetables, noodles and sauces. Buffet at the Market Café is at P1,650 for dinner and P1,490 for lunch.
Market Café is at the 3/F Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila, 1588 Pedro Gil cor. M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate, Manila. Tel.No. 245-1234





Abbondanza eat-all-you-can pizza for only P250

allyoucaneatpizza_abbondanz Load up on all the pizza you can eat at Abbondanza for only P250. Available daily from 10 a.m. � 1 p.m. and 3 � 7 p.m. until June 30, enjoy slices from the Abbondanza’s pizza selection: Four Seasons, Tutta Carne and Pizza Nobile.
Abbondanza is at the Ground Level, The Crescent Condominium, San Miguel and Amethyst Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 633-6336.



Greenwich Big Time lunch meals starting at P99

greenwich Hankering for chicken and spaghetti? Or chicken, spaghetti and pizza? Choose from Greenwich’s Big Time lunch meals: spaghetti, chicken and rice for P99; spaghetti, chicken and a slice of Hawaiian pizza for P119; Lasagna, a slice of Hawaiian pizza and pizza fries for P149; or spaghetti, a solo Hawaiian pizza, chicken and rice for P149. All meals come with a glass of softdrinks. Available at all Greenwich branches.


99-peso Burger King Breakfast Spam Shots

bk_spamshots Start your morning with Burger King’s Breakfast Spam shots meal for only P99, which comes with two Spam mini-sandwiches with egg and cheese, plus a drink. Available until 10:30 a.m. at Burger King branches.


Buy 2, take 1 on mojitos at Agave Mexican Cantina When it comes to cocktails, you think mojitos don’t get old. Get your buzz with Agave Mexican Cantina’s Buy 2, take 1 on mojitos (P175/ glass) from Sunday to Thursday. Available at the Bonifacio High Street branch of Agave Mexican Cantina. Tel. No. 403-6003.



Happy Hour at Izakaya Sake Bar


Get happy with Izakaya Sake Bar’s happy hour discounts daily: six bottles of San Mig Lite for only P250 and 30% off on Johnny Walker Black label, Absolut Vodka and Jose Cuervo tequilas. Promo is available from Mondays to Fridays from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Izakaya Sake Bar is at G/F Greenbelt 2 Ayala Center, Makati City. Tel. No. 757-4813


Photographs from Yogurt Nation, Spud Diner, Hyatt Hotel Manila, Peninsula Manila(Escolta) and Izakaya Sake Bar.

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