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Prawns tossed in salted egg, strawberry tart, must-try sukiyaki–our guide to SM Aura

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SOM TAM (papaya salad) and sticky rice.

At SM Aura Premier, we checked out a few must-try dine spots for a good culinary experience.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Santi’s and the revolution in quality foreign ingredients


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When our French restaurant Au Bon Vivant opened several decades ago, many of our ingredients had to be flown in from France—the canned pate foie gras, patrel, tarragon soaked in vinegar, cornichons, among others.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Well-meaning if befuddled– but the steaks remain faultless

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COWRIE Grill interiors

Across large swathes of the Pacific, as well as China and Africa, the cowrie shell was used as a form of currency up to the mid-19th century.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Mind-blowing creations–but then this chef’s resto is called Bacchanalia


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SEASONAL root vegetables in roasted, pickled or confit form unified by a Macadamia fluid gel, a ponzu veil and banana purée. The crowning glory: puso ng saging!

I have met the chef of my dreams—a young American-educated Brazilian who has worked with the world’s best chefs: Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York, Andoni Luis Aduriz at Mugaritz in Spain and Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck in London.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

61 bowls, 26 restaurants–where to find the perfect ramen in Manila

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We’ve been swimming in ramen. Restaurants that serve the Japanese noodle soup have mushroomed everywhere. But which place is the best? Where can you find the perfect ramen in Manila?

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

A taste of Tuscany in McKinley Hill

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Trattoria Poggio Antico in McKinley Hill, Taguig City, has all the marks of an Italian restaurant. The name itself is a giveaway—it’s Italian for “restaurant on an old hill”—as are the checkered tablecloths and bottles of wine stored in wood racks on their sides. All that’s missing is an Italian chef-patron.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Not ‘kinilaw’ masters yet, but well on their way

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KINILAW de Oro

After whining last week about food at beach resorts these days not being beachy enough, my online research for where to go on Saturday night threw up an interesting possibility: a restaurant that specializes in two things that, for me, would go perfectly with sand between one’s toes and a clear, motionless blue horizon.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

2 chain restos make waves in Alabang

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Two well-known restaurants have put up branches in Alabang, much to the delight of people based south of Manila.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Self-conscious Vietnamese joint–but very good pho

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PHO Bo Vien

Last weekend I thought I would do something insanely original, and beat the crowds by going to the beach at the end of February rather than when the floodgates opened in March. I imagined a small twin-propeller aircraft with just the family on board, a deserted resort, and the splendor of vast stretches of white sand to ourselves.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Ramen invasion continues

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The most reasonably priced meal these days is the selection of Japanese noodle dishes, or ramen as they are called, as more and more restaurants offering the savory broth have sprouted all over the city. There is likely to be one such restaurant operating in any neighborhood. One of them is the new and popular noodle house in Glorietta, Makati City.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Nahm–with an Australian chef cooking Thai food–is ‘Asia’s Best Restaurant’ for 2014


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The verdict is out and newspapers worldwide have carried the headline: Nahm, a traditional Thai restaurant in Bangkok serving historical and heritage recipes, is Asia’s Best Restaurant for 2014.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

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