Monthly Archives: April 2012

Zaifu

It’s been such a long long long time since my last post.  I’ve been stumped by the amount of work that I’m doing at the moment hence the time for blogging goes very very limited.  I can’t believe that a couple of weeks have gone by without me visiting my blog and I’m truly sorry.  Anyway, I have another Asian foodscapade for you! 🙂

Zaifu has been in Powerplant Mall eversince I can remember.  It’s one of the good restaurants that you can find in the lower ground area of the mall.  It has been ages since we’ve been going to this mall and only once or twice did I try Zaifu (no reason behind it).

The interior looks just like your regular Japanese restaurants with upholstered chairs and Japanese style dining set where you can “Indian Sit” or just relax your foot underneath the table (yes, there’s legroom in there).  It was also quite comfy and relaxing.

I ordered the typical, Katsudon, because I was really craving for it at that time.

This Don Buri costs P185.00.  Pretty expensive for a regular tasting Katsudon.  I bet there are more Japanese Restaurants that serve better Katsudon.  Verdict: not bad!

We also got the Tuna Teriyaki (ala carte) and it costs P205.00.  It was kinda bland and somehow underseasoned so we didn’t like it that much.

And lastly, we couldn’t let it go without ordering Gyoza!

This costs P169.00 for 6 pieces which is also pretty expensive.  You can get quality Gyoza from Teriyaki Boy for only about P100.00++.  Their Gyoza tasted okay but it was a little over-steamed as the wrapper keeps falling apart.

I guess the best thing here is that they also have a mini grocery that sells Korean Ice Cream products (Binggrae!).

It was good that we tried it because we now know that we won’t be coming back anytime soon.  Don’t get me wrong, their food was good it’s just not budget friendly and for a person of practicality, you won’t be settling to pay so much for OK-ness, you would of course want to have a GREAT experience.  It’s what makes it all worthwhile. 🙂

You might want to try Zaifu out yourself!  Here’s a snapshot of their menu:

With the wide array of choices in their menu, they might have specialties in other areas like Ramen, Tempura, etc so it could also be a great idea to try them out.

photo credit : myfoodtrip.com

Zaifu is located at the G/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive cor. Estrella St. Makati City.  Tel.no. (02) 898-1331

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Cafe by the Ruins

Sorry for the backlog, I’ve been super busy with work lately.  Everyone’s just rushing to finish stuff before the Loooong weekend due to the Holy Week and Easter Weekend.  Anyway, I’ll be sharing the last of the Baguio foodscapade that we had last February.

That day was so tiring because we started the day too early to catch the festival’s famous street dance parade.  We skipped lunch time to take a nap and decided to go for Cafe by the Ruins in the afternoon.

Cafe by the Ruins is well known in Baguio to serve the finest local ingredients into their healthy and mostly vegetarian dishes.  Some of their dishes introduce organic products which makes this cafe perfect for health conscious foodies.  The place has a great ambiance because of their wooden decor and furniture as well as the nature-feel interior.

This here is the waiting area slash bakeshop where they sell their fresh pastries, coffee beans, as well as other organic products.

Inside, you’ll be greeted by the soft breeze and the plants that make it look relaxing.

Their tables and chairs are made up of wooden materials.

The menu showcases a small selection of pastries, vegetarian meals, salads, rice meals, desserts, and strawberry delicacies. (side comment: you’ll notice that the pages of the menu smells like pages from an old book).

What we had that afternoon was just right and not too filling.  We ordered their bestseller sandwich, the Cheeseburger and paired it with a simple Pasta Carbonara.

We sliced it in two (hating-kapatid!)

We absolutely loved this one because it’s a different approach to your favorite cheeseburger.  Instead of the normal cucumber and lettuce, they used some of the fresh herbs that are grown in Baguio, tomatoes, and their very own burger buns.  This was served with Cassava Fries (Kamoteng Kahoy) instead of the normal French Fries.  We really enjoyed this one, not bad for P120.00.

This here is their Pasta Carbonara.  This was simply cooked like any good Carbonara dish topped with bacon bits and parmesan cheese.  It had a strange garlic bread on the side that we didn’t manage to finish up because it was too heavy on the stomach already.  This too was good and it cost P220.00.

All in all we had an OK time at this cafe.  Value for money is good in our case because we ordered the cheapest ones from their menu.  This was our second time here and the first one wasn’t really all that pleasant since some of the prices are steep.  We ordered expensive food and it was not 100% worth it.  This time around it was fair enough because we enjoyed what we had.  In terms of customer service, I’d rate this poorly because most of their waiters are not that friendly and they also serve food quite slow.  I hope they work on this soon so that customers would have a good overall experience.  I won’t be really psyched to come back here the next time we’re in Baguio.

I do love the look of this cafe.  It gives you a feel-good vibe that makes you relax in some way.  Given that Baguio weather is already comfy, Cafe by the Ruins gives it a different spin.

Café by the Ruins Baguio
23 Chuntug Street, Baguio City, Philippines, 2600
(+6374) 442.4010