Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tom Yum: Test One

Tried out this Tom Yum Set package that was just lying in the cupboard for quite some time now. It's not expired yet, Thank God! My mom also bought another brand for us during her trip to Thailand and I'm gonna try and blog about that next time. Stay tuned for Tom Yum: Test Two. But for now, onto the initial testing phase of THIS specific brand:

The Ingredients:

Fresh Shrimps and Straw Mushrooms

The Conclusion:

A bit bland. Lacked a bit of sourness. But had good heat.

Nothing a drizzle of fish sauce and a squeeze of lemon can't fix. Wish we could've found some coriander though for a more authentic Thai flavor and garnish. Couldn't find it in the grocery we went to. Too bad. Nonetheless, the Tom Yum was really ok. Better than I initially expected. I can't wait to try out the next brand of Tom Yum ingredient sets so I can do a little comparison.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Too Busy To Even Think Of A Good Title

It's been 12 days since my last post and I would like to apologize for that. It's been really hectic and busy in the office these couple of days cause we're opening up a new retail store. I've been in and out of the office looking after the construction. To add to that, internet in the office has been way too slow and it keeps on fluctuating. I hate the internet connection in our country. Definitely sub par! Ranting about it will result to nothing so I just swallow it all. I also haven't been to new restaurants worthy to blog about lately and I miss it. I miss eating. I miss blogging. I miss my readers. Don't worry though, I'll just fix my world and return back to the blogsphere I love.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Plato Platina

November 6, 2008
Blue Wave Complex
Pasay City

Didn't have any choices at the Blue Wave Complex since most of the restaurants were either fast food outlets or closed down so we decided on Plato Platina. This restaurant was probably the few left to maintain their location since the beginning of the complex itself. I've been here two times now and both were good experiences. Company I had was great and the food... quite expensive but fairly good. This time company was great but I guess the Law of Diminishing Returns must have caught up on me.

Seeing as this was an Italian restaurant, we ordered a pasta dish and a pizza to stay in theme. We decided to get the Quattro Formaggi Pizza and the Aglio Olio with Mushroom Spaghetti. The pasta dish was fairly good but the problem was there was completely nothing special about it. Even the mushrooms included were just the normal canned button mushrooms found in any grocery. I mean, I would understand a pasta dish being pricey but for the price of Php250 a plate, I would expect better mushrooms than CANNED BUTTON MUSHROOMS. The dish was completely far from anything special and one can easily create it in the confines of their own kitchen. I may not be a professional cook but even a frustrated chef like me can make a better Aglio Olio with Mushroom Spaghetti than this.

The pizza, on the other hand, was surprisingly good. The serving size was pretty big for two people. And it was very very affordable. Php 275 for a whole pizza. A little expensive than the pasta but far better in the quality of the ingredients. My only complain about it was that it was filled with mostly blue cheese. I expected FOUR different cheeses in one pizza since it was in fact named Quattro Formaggi Pizza for this reason but I only got to taste two. The blue cheese and the mozzarella were predominant all over the pizza top but the rest of the cheeses were either overpowered, low in quantity, or simply not there. Good thing blue cheese is one of my favorite cheeses else this would also be another disaster like the pasta.

As you can see with the photos that I have, the serving sizes of the dishes were quite small so we decided to add on a "protein" to our carbohydrate-filled meal. Browsing over the menu, nothing seemed to be appetizing so I just decided on the first, most Italian-sounding entrée I saw. It was Saltimbocca which was sort of like a pork roulade with some ham and basil rolled into it. It also had mozzarella cheese inside and topped with marinara sauce. Saltimbocca literally means "jumps in the mouth" but this dish, on the other hand, will never jump into my mouth again. In fact, the dish didn't do any "jumping" whatsoever. It was really nothing special. Sampling it this one time would be more than enough. The quantity of the serving was also quite small and the taste was a bit too complex for my palette. A little bit too chaotic. And for the price of Php 395, it was not quite affordable.

Reading over this blog over and over again, I can't help but ask myself why I made so many references to the prices which I don't normally do in all of my different food reviews. Price is really not that important to me in the critique of restaurants. I would gladly spend for food anytime and as long as the quality of the food and the service is good, I will NEVER complain about restaurant prices. With Plato Platina, I could not help it. The service may be good but the food, nothing extraordinary. They are the most expensive establishment in the Blue Wave Complex area and frankly, I don't know why. The food that they served us was, in my opinion, sub par. It is way off of being special. For their prices, I expected more. Good thing the iced tea was bottomless. At least there was something affordable...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Ma-Oli Ang Pasko - Season 4

It's MA-OLI ANG PASKO once again

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On top of that, I will personally donate the price value of the iPod Dock (Php 3,000) to a chosen charity of the winner. You get a free iPod Dock and the charity gets a Php 3,000 donation! It's gonna be a Merry Christmas for everyone! :)
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