This was like their Guiltless Chocolate Delight but with real sugar. As I like their Guiltless Chocolate, I also like this, just not the butter mixture in the middle. I don't know, but it just doesn't complement the cake.
Last Friday, my friend and I, after meeting at Megamall and doing a lot of clothes shopping at Forever 21 and book shopping at National Bookstore, went to Podium for dinner.
As I have read a lot of good reviews about Borough, I cajoled, rather, dragged my friend to eat there.
My friend had the Sole Amandine.
I told him to order the Fried Chicken with Pumpkin Waffles instead and then we'll split our orders, but he was too keen on the Amandine. Even after telling him that I don't plan to split orders with him if he ordered that. Which he later regretted after taking a bite of his order.
Actually, he did not stop complaining. He said that it was too oily, that I kept on reminding him that it's supposed to be oily as it is with brown butter sauce.
I often order fish with lemon butter sauce but this version of Borough with brown butter was indeed not good and was oilier than it should. Beyond anybody's limit. It was too salty too, even the beans (also too oily), and the jasmine rice were overcooked ( more like over fried)
His order was like eating oil and salt but with a P410 price tag. That after just two bites he stopped eating it. I tried to finish it for him but can't. I felt I might get sick if I did.
While I ordered the Chili's Chicken.
I didn't like the mango salsa, but like the buttery brioche bun, the tender and juicy chicken burger and the green dressing. But as with all of our orders that night, this too was tooooo oily, that you feel you might get sick after. The fries too were oily, over fried and bitter.
For dessert I had the Mom's Milk and Cookies
The cookies were made to order and with choices like ginger and cinnamon, chocolate chips and cranberry oatmeal.
They were soft, hot and oily when served on our table. I like the ginger and cinnamon which has this unusual but delicious taste, while the chocolate chips were my least favorite.
Their milk compared to the usual milk, was creamier, thicker and sweeter and had this distinct vanilla taste, like the ice cream
We didn't like our orders that much as they were too oily and salty that evening. Too bad as the owner was very friendly and even visited our table to ask if we enjoyed our orders. We were shy to tell him the truth that we just said that we did.
The interiors too were confusing with the antique mirrors on display on one wall and the barn-like bathroom door entrance and the light sconces on one side. Basically it was a mix n match of different design concepts.
There were no coordination too with the waitresses and waiters. One told us to wait at the bar for our table to be set-up only for another to give it to another customer.
I was eyeing the Chicken Salad Croissant and Green Tea in a Pot with Almond Crisp of French Baker, but then I remembered that there's a Gourmet Pao kiosk in Mall of Asia, so I decided to just have that.
I heard that they are good and healthy. So I thought that I should definitely try them.
The salesperson told me that Dancing Queen (with cheese, ham, egg and bacon) and seven Treasures (with chorizo de bilbao, pork, chicken, bacon, cheese, egg and bologna) were their bestsellers, but since I don't eat pork anymore, I just chose between the Manuquini (with chicken and egg) and Tuna Dekada (with spicy tuna, egg, capers and cheese). Then the lady told me that I should try their Pesto-Veggie. She said that it is also their bestseller. And that they only have one piece left. It was that saleable.
It made use of a whole wheat bun and filled with grilled red pepper, zucchini, eggplant, garlic, pesto sauce and cheese.
The bun was sweet and soft, but the filling, in spite of having cheese, has this taste that I didn't like.
Another one of our Sundays out. Now we were a little late for the restaurants inside the mall, and we were carrying a lot of shopping bags (more like groceries), that we were also too lazy to bring to the car, that we settled for a restaurant near the supermarket, Bacolod Chk-n-BBQ House.
They also must be good because there were a lot of diners that night, they were full to capacity.
Since there were five of us, we just ordered Set Number 5, which comes with 4 Chicken Inasal (paa or pecho), Chicken Sisig, 4 Garlic Rice, 4 Baticolon (Gizzard) or Atay (Liver) and a tower of Iced Tea or Lemonade. And added an order of Pecho Inasal (comes with atchara and garlic rice), Chopsuey, La Paz Batchoy, Puto Manapla (which were good paired with their La Paz Batchoy) and Halo-Halo for dessert.
I like that compared to Mang Inasal theirs (Bacolod Chk'n) were not oily but still were "malasa".
Their Chopsuey too were good. Same as their Halo-Halo. Which was full of sago, gulaman, beans, red monggo, langka, sweetened bananas and ice cream. I just don't like how easy the ice melted. It was very fast. Maybe even faster than the guys at Fast and the Furious.
I have always wanted to try their Fish and Chips. My sister said that it was better than their Baby Back Ribs.
That intrigued me.
So when I was shopping alone in Robinsons Place and was looking for somewhere to eat, aside from Banana Leaf (I love their Roti with Curry Sauce a lot), I went here.
I was to order Fish and Chips right off the bat, but my eyes were caught by the "with biscuits and honey" statement with their Whole Fried Chicken order. That got me confused, as I do love biscuits and honey. I pondered over it for a while, asking the waitress a lot of questions before settling for my first choice of Fish and Chips. I'll just have the Fried Chicken next time.
I was expecting something big, with the P310 price, but it was just as small as the personal size fish of Fish and Co. Fish and Co even have big fries. And it was hard to distinguish its taste with the crunch I was getting from the breading. It was so overpowering, I can't taste nor feel anymore the fish inside.
As my husband was waiting for me at Robinsons Place, he saw a standee of a newly-opened Chinese restaurant near the basement parking entrance, which said, how real Chinese food taste like. He was intrigued by the statement, that he wanted us to eat there.
We ordered some of their best sellers. The Okiam Chicken, which the waitress described as yellowish in color with sauce, but were more like small fried chicken pieces with sweet and spicy dip. The Pickled MixedNoodle with Spareribs were like Nissin Yakisoba. While the Fish Fillet with Green Pepper has a mild, almost bland taste, and the same thing goes with their Yangchou Fried Rice.
Another one of my Sunday out with the family. We were in Megamall for the KPOP Fest/Korean Convention at the Megatrade. But before going there we had lunch first.
It was a jam-packed day that afternoon. Almost all restaurants, especially the fast food ones were full. We were too hungry, as it was already 4PM, that we didn't look around the upper floors and just settled in the comfy benches of French Baker. We were also too tired and lazy to fall in line, so it was nice that French Baker was not self-service.
We were too hungry that we ordered a lot.
My brother-in-law had the Pork Chop Au Poivre (P228.00)
He liked how they styled the rice, in a pyramid kind of way, he just wanted sauce in his chops, that he kept on dipping on my mother's dish sauce.
My mother had the Grilled Chicken and Mango Salsa (P206.00)
She liked everything in her plate especially the fruit cocktail/mango salsa side dish.
My sister had the Beef Lasagna (P155.00)
Just okay according to her. Wasn't cheesy and doesn't have enough beef.
My niece had the Creamy Seafood Pasta (P207.00)
Just okay too according to her.
While I ordered the Chicken Cordon Bleu (P189.00)
This was my 2nd time to have this. Still like the mashed potato underneath and the breaded chicken which was filled with a lot of cheese that afternoon.
We didn't know that our rice orders come with soups that we ordered a lot of the soup bread bowls.
No problem with that though as my niece was too happy to eat them all. She is a certified soup person.
That weren't all. We also ordered cakes - Carrot, Chocolate Truffle and Blueberry Cheesecake. The carrot cake being the best among the three. We all liked the cream cheese topping and how it had a lot of carrot specks and nuts. And also Green Tea in a Pot, that was served with almond pastry that we also liked.