Restaurants to Try: Quantum Cafe, Nuak May Thai Cuisine + 5 Steals and Deals

Have you tried Quantum Cafe in Makati and Nuak May Thai Cuisine in Quezon City? Plus a Cajun and Creole Food Festival, and more!

Quantum Cafe in Makati

If banishing dairy, pork, beef, chicken, and fish from your daily diet proves to be more difficult than you thought, head to Quantum Cafe for fresh alternatives that are both big on taste yet kind to the environment. Though not strictly a vegetarian spot, vegan fare will take centerstage at Quantum Cafe on July 14 to 16 for a Vegan Food Festival.

"Quantum means ’infinite possibilities’ so we wanted to create and name a place that serves infinite possibilities from the menu to the entertainment," says Twinkle Feraren of Quantum Cafe.

"Our menu is constantly evolving but we always serve healthy, nutritious and delicious food using local ingredients like our best-sellers the Malunggay Pasta and the high in fiber Whole Wheat Pizza with Laing. For the Vegan Food Festival, we want to show everyone that eating vegan-style is very easy and accessible.

Sometimes people get scared just hearing the word without knowing that many dishes we already take nowadays are vegan. It’s a matter of opening up our senses to new palates, tastes and dishes."

The first day, July 14, will focus on Mediterranean food, Filipino food will be highlighted on July 15, and Continental food will be featured on July 16. Joining Quantum Cafe’s Maryjo Reyes-Feraren at the kitchen is Amaya Gonzales of The Art of Living Foundation.

The buffet costs P400 per person.

Quantum Cafe is at FERON Bldg., 9590 Bagtikan Street corner Kamagong Street, Makati City. Tel. Nos. 899-6281, 899-6278.




Nuak May Thai Cuisine in Quezon City


The usual Pad Thai (P135), Bagoong Rice (P130), and Chicken Pandan (P120 for 3 pieces) sidles up with Steamed Cream Dory with Lemon (P200) and Sisig Thai style (P130) at Nuak May Thai, which recently opened on Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City. Owned by Van Roa, the spot serves as a place where all his Thai passions meet: muay thai and tasty Thai food.

Nuak May also serves rice meals that start at P105 and a "Power Punch Budget Meal" with Nuak May chicken strips with sweet cucumber and rice at P39, for more reasobaly-priced dishes. Finish off your spicy meal with desserts like Steamed Coconut Custard (P35) and Banana in coconut soup (P25).

Nuak May Thai is at 139 Mother Ignacia Place, Mother Ignacia Avenue, South Triangle Quezon City. Tel. No. 576-0972. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., delivers to the Quezon City Area.

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Seven Corner’s Cajun and Creole Food Festival


Trade your usual buffet for platefuls of jambalaya, gumbo and porkchops with Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila’s Cajun and Creole Food Festival available until July 31 at Seven Corners.

Crowne Plaza’s Executive Chef Angelo Faoro, who attended seminars facilitated by Emeril Lagasse, a celebrity and master chef of Creole and Cajun Cuisines, says that while both cuisines are oftentimes thought to be one and the same. "Creole dishes are more upscale while Cajun dishes are more of the one-pot meal type," Chef Faoro explains. Whether you prefer the French, Italian, German, Spanish and African-inspired Creole cuisine or the spicy and heavily-seasoned Cajun dishes, take your pick from the jambalaya station and the gumbo selection: Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo, Duck and Sausage Gumbo, Oyster Gumbo, and Sea Food Gumbo.

Cajun and Creole Cuisine will be available until July 31 for only P1,200+ for lunch and P1,400+ for dinner at Seven Corners Restaurant.

Restaurant Cicou for Bastille Day



Say oui to a French meal of warm home-made Garlic Sausages, Potatoes, and Ravigote sauce, Marinated Mackerel in White Wine or Cassoulet of homemade sausage, duck and pork belly at Restaurant Cicou on July 14, Wednesday.

A special menu for dinner will be prepared in honor of France’s Bastille Day: you can enjoy two tapas with one drink for P900 or indulge in a three-course meal with a drink for P1,500.

Restaurant Cicou is at Hotel Celeste, 2 San Lorenzo Drive corner A. Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo Village, Makati.

Chateau Cuisine’s Afternoon Treats





When you’re hankering  for an afternoon snack, take in small bites at Chateau Cuisine at Greenbelt 5. The menu swings between French snacks (Raclette and Prosciutto Antipasto) and Italian picks (Lasagna Portofino and Gambasetti), which starts at P270.

The Quick bites menu is available from 3 to 5 p.m.

Chateau Cuisine is at Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. Tel. No. 729-9760.

Shop at Robinsons Supermarket and get a free Guide to Good Food book

In celebration of Nutrition Month, every P3,000 single-receipt purchase July 1-31 at Robinsons Supermarket gets you a copy of a Guide to Good Food book. Packed with recipes, cooking tips, and food choices for the busy homemaker, the book also has food safety tips, healthy how-to’s, and mouthwatering food photos.

Sebastian’s Ice Cream’s Belgian Waffles for only P170



Enjoy Belgian waffles topped with a scoop of butter pecan ice cream, dusted with powdered sugar, topped with whipped cream, and served with maple syrup, for only P170 every Sunday.

Available at Sebastian’s Ice Cream Cold Comfort branch at the 2nd Level (in front of the IMAX Theater Exit) SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

Blue Plate specials starting at P145 at Nomnomnom



From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, break out of your lunch rut by ordering the Blue Plate specials starting at P145. Choose from Spicy Squid Nori Rice Crater (P145), Chicken Pops Rice Crater (P145), Happy Hemp Pesto Pasta (P199), and Creamy Tomato Pasta (P199). All meals come with a glass of iced tea and dessert.

Nomnomnom is at Unit 2 Lower Ground Floor, GYY Building, Tomas Morato corner E. Rodriguez, Quezon City. Tel. Nos. (0917) 825-0338, 502-2919.

Sunday lunch buffet at Cafe Juanita for only P485


From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, enjoy a spread of Cafe Juanita’s well-loved dishes along with other Filipino "lutong bahay" favorites.

The Sunday brunch is available only at the Pasig branch: 27 United Street corner West Capitol Drive, Barrio Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Call 632-0357 for reservations.

Brothers Burger Black Angus Special for P265



Save enough space for the Brothers Burger Black Angus Special - with a hefty Angus Burger, potato pillows and an order of soda, all for P265. Available until July 24, at all Brothers Burger branches.



Photographs from Nuak May Thai’s Facebook account, Restaurant Cicou, Chateau Cuisine, Daniel Lampa (Cafe Juanita).

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