Have an Authentic Taste of Japan at Tokyo Bubble Tea

Raise your hands if you love Japanese food and if you are looking for a Japanese restaurant in Manila! I am here to give you guys a virtual tour of this very awesome Japanese restaurant in Quezon City in the name of Tokyo Bubble Tea.

An Awesome Restaurant in Quezon City

The presence of a Japanese restaurant in Manila, whether it’s right at the corner of a street, or a kiosk serving quick Japanese bites, is very common. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to dine at their restaurant in Quezon City at Tomas Morato Branch. They have several branches around Metro Manila, too – at Katipunan Blue Ridge, SM North EDSA The Block, and SM Megamall, to name a few.

Tokyo Bubble Tea

Upon entering the place, you will be greeted by its very courteous staff and will guide you to your table. For someone who has been to Japan, I would say that the place will give you an authentic vibe of a Japanese restaurant. The restaurant plays a Japanese playlist which adds to the Japan feels, and you also have the option to dine the Japanese way, that is, sitting on the floor.

Tokyo Bubble Tea

The pink lover in me is very happy because the interior is so kawaii!

Tokyo Bubble Tea
Tokyo Bubble Tea

Tokyo Bubble Tea: The Food

So, are you excited about the food that we ordered?

Tokyo Bubble Tea

Crunchy Midori Maki

Composed of Crunchy Ebi Fry Roll Topped With Kani Crunch and Ebiko

Tokyo Bubble Tea

I must say that this is not your ordinary maki because aside from it is larger in size, the kani crunch gives a way better status to it. I love how soft the kani crunch and can be eaten together with the maki.

Japanese Caesar Salad

Tokyo Bubble Tea

The tenderness of the chicken is perfect for the rest of the ingredients of this salad. The presence of the grapes gives it a special taste, not to mention the perfectly-tasting Caesar dressing.

Bulgogi Nachos

Tokyo Bubble Tea

I cannot imagine a concept of bulgogi nachos until I was able to taste one. This is highly-recommended!

Gyutendon

Composed of oishi crispy ebi tempura and tender slices of US beef in a special sauce with rich tomato chunks served on hot stone bowl rice

Tokyo Bubble Tea

The serving of gyutendon is big and I think most of those who have tried this would agree with me that a combination of tender beef and large shrimp tempura is a great idea. The tempura was not that greasy and is crispy enough.

Teriyaki Chicken Doria

Tokyo Bubble Tea

I am a fan of teriyaki and I must say this is a unique version. How the teriyaki sauce adds flavor to the rice is just right.

Strawberry Ice Cream Frappe

Tokyo Bubble Tea

I love the color pink hence I love strawberry-flavored stuff. Or perhaps I love strawberry-flavored stuff hence I love the color pink. Whichever. The presence of black pearls makes it stand out among typical frappe drinks, if you know what I mean. 😉 The ice cream adds creaminess to this lovely drink.

Chocolate Japanese Cheese Cake

Tokyo Bubble Tea

I have tasted a lot of chocolate drinks in my life, but this one is among the best. Not too sweet, not too sugary. The cheese cake factor in the drink blends just fine.

Desserts

Tokyo Bubble Tea Tomas Morato Branch has a Honeybon Café corner where you can order cakes with a variety of flavors to choose from. Yum!

Tokyo Bubble Tea

Tokyo Bubble Tea: A Japanese Restaurant in Manila That is Worth a Try

If you want to experience a typical Japanese restaurant in Manila with your friends to just chill and perhaps to do some work (btw, in their restaurant in Quezon City at Tomas Morato branch, electric outlets are available in selected seats), then Tokyo Bubble Tea is the place for you. If you are hungry enough to eat big, Tokyo Bubble Tea menu items will guarantee you a full stomach because of its large serving. Tokyo Bubble Tea is also a place to be alone and have a ‘me time’. Kudos to the Tomas Morato team for being so kind and attentive enough to the needs of their customers. Yay!

Tokyo Bubble Tea Contact Information

https://facebook.com/tokyobubbletea/
https://instagram.com/tokyobubbletea/

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Hang Out at Pages Cafe, Caloocan City

Caloocan City might not be one’s usual destination in Metro Manila, but let me tell you a secret: there is a newly-opened coffee shop here which can definitely make both your brains and tummies happy! Presenting: Pages and Lattes along EDSA Caloocan! 🙂

pages and lattes facade
The Facade

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This unassuming but nice place is located along EDSA in Caloocan City near Manila Central University. They offer a vast selection of food, dessert, and both caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks. Moreover, they also have books for you to borrow as well as a study area exclusively for those who want to get academic-related stuff done. Above all, whatever your purpose for dining in a cafe, this beautiful place will definitely provide it for you.

Study Area
Study Area
The Library
The Library

The interior is so bright and relaxing which is perfect for a nice and chill hangout session with your friends and family. Similarly, it gives you a library vibe and adds to your motivation and inspiration!

I seriously loved this part of the cafe where you can have your photo taken. In other words, this is another idea for a photo for your Instagram feed! 😉

The Yummy Pages and Lattes Menu

They serve a variety of yummy meals and drinks. You will have a difficulty of choosing because all of them sounds delicious! Without further ado, presenting Pages and Lattes Menu!

The Menu
The Menu

Pages and Lattes Clubhouse

Pages and Lattes Clubhouse
Clubhouse

I love how the clubhouse sandwich was divided into bite sizes! Cute! 🙂

Pages and Lattes Hungarian Sausage Rice Meal

Pages and Lattes Hungarian Sausage Rice Meal
Hungarian Sausage Rice Meal

This is one of the bestsellers and the quality of the sausage is really good.

Bacon and Egg Rice Meal

Pages and Lattes Bacon and Egg Rice Meal
Pages and Lattes Bacon and Egg Rice Meal

Who doesn’t want some bacon? The bacon is cooked just right — not too crispy nor too soft.

White Pages

Pages and Lattes White Pages Carbonara
Pages and Lattes White Pages Carbonara

The cream of this carbonara is just right and I love the quality of the pasta.

P&L Pesto

Pages and Lattes P&L Pesto
Pages and Lattes P&L Pesto

Pesto is my favorite pasta of all time. I have tasted a lot of different pesto pasta dishes in my life, and this is a unique one, especially with the presence of the meat flakes.

The Drinks

Pages and Lattes Drinks
Pages and Lattes Drinks

They also offer different types of caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks. Also, did I mention that one of their baristas is a former Starbucks Coffee Master? 🙂

Java Chip

Pages and Lattes Java Chip
Pages and Lattes Java Chip

This one is really chocolate-y and not too sugary.

Fresh Peach Tea

Pages and Lattes Fresh Peach Tea
Pages and Lattes Fresh Peach Tea

Imagine drinking it by the beach with a good book. Good life, right? This is how this drink will make you feel.

Mango Creme

Pages and Lattes Mango Creme
Pages and Lattes Mango Creme

This blended drink is so thick and creamy and the taste is legitimately mango. Specifically, it beats my favorite mango shake drink in a chain coffee shop. *wink wink* Yum!

Latte

Pages and Lattes Latte
Pages and Lattes Latte

Aside from the beautiful latte art, I really enjoyed this coffee because I can taste how purely Arabica it is and you do not need to put some sugar because the coffee itself is enough. 🙂

Why am I highly-recommending Pages & Lattes again?

With the co-owner of Pages and Lattes, Ms. Joyce
With the co-owner of Pages and Lattes, Ms. Joyce

Aside from the good food, good ambiance, and a wide selection of books, what really completed my experience is meeting one of the co-owners of the cafe, Ms. Joyce. She told me about the story of the humble beginnings of the business and how it became successful as it is now. Becaue of that, I was really inspired by her stories and she is a role model to other millennials who also want to reach for their dreams and establish their own businesses. I myself is already thinking about pursuing my dream business after meeting her (Shall I make my French Macaron business dream come true? Haha!). Surely this beautiful place will serve every customer with love and sincerity. ❤

Pages Cafe (formerly Pages and Lattes)

83 Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue, Morning Breeze Subdivision, Caloocan City
Business Hours: Mondays to Sundays, 11AM to 1PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pagescafephilippines/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pagesandlattes/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pagesandlattes/
Contact Number: 0956 127 6031
Email Address: pagescafeph@gmail.com

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Where to Eat in Tomas Morato Area: Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery and Coffee

I am a frequent diner at Tomas Morato area and there is so much to recommend there — from Filipino restaurants, to Korean BBQ, to fine dining. However, if you want a chill Korean night with your friends while sharing some delicious food and drinks, I know such a place: Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery and Coffee.

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery and Coffee is situated along Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City and they offer a vast selection of menu items, from starters, main dishes, drinks, and desserts.

Upon entering the place, you will be pleasantly greeted by their staff. Their interior really gives you a bakery vibe with the presence of brown chairs and the brick designs on their wall. Also, the music in the restaurant are your favorite K-Pop hits and K-Drama OSTs. Very Korean! 🙂

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

What I loved about Papa Kim’s is that they offer a wide selection of drinks. If you love something caffeinated, you can choose among the coffee frappes as well as the hot and iced coffee drinks. If you love cream-based drinks, they also have them in frappes. They also offer milk teas and fruit drinks, among others.

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

Since Papa Kim’s is also a bakery, they offer a lot of fresh breads, and the bread lover in me was really, really happy!

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery and Coffee: The Food

THE BEAR BREADS

What caught my attention upon entering the restaurant is the presence of bear pillows by the counter, and I was informed that they serve cute bear breads that come in different flavors.

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

Chocolate Bear Bread

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

The chocolate bear bread is soft and the chocolate filling is not that sweet.

The Custard Bear Bread

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

The custard bear bread is one of my favorites! It is so rich in custard filling.

BULGOGI SANDWICHES

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

For the bulgogi sandwiches, you can choose among chicken and beef and you can choose if you prefer a soft bread (bioche) or a hard bread (baguette).

Beef Bulgogi

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

The beef bulgogi sandwich here in Papa Kim’s is a unique concept for me because I am used to bulgogi meals which are served with rice. I never knew bulgogi can also be yummy with some bread and potato chips!

PASTA NOODLES AND ICE CREAM

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

Papa Kim’s also serve pasta and ice cream and these are something worth-trying.

Creamy Pesto

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

I am a pesto lover and I just cannot miss trying the creamy pesto here at Papa Kim’s. I love how the creaminess of the pesto is just right and I am happy with the amount of Parmesan cheese in the pesto. I also love the garlic bread! Yum!

Smoggy Ice Cream

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

Papa Kim’s ice cream is vanila with sprinkles and is served with some iced tea. It will be given to you while smoking (because there is dry ice in the bottom of the glass), hence the term ‘smoggy’ ice cream.

DRINKS

Berry Cheesecake

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

This is highly-recommended is one of the bestsellers of Papa Kim’s.

Butterscotch

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

Another specialty of Papa Kim’s in the cream-based frappe section.

Coffee

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee
Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

I was not able to try the coffee drinks of Papa Kim’s but it is something that you should not miss. Their coffee is available in so (small), jung (medium), and dae (large).

CAKES

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

Another specialty of Papa Kim’s is their unique selection of cakes, which are available in both slices and whole.

Blueberry Cheesecake

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

I am a lover of blueberry cheesecakes and all of them tastes the same. But this one, it tastes different. A must-try indeed.

Choco Cream Cheesecake

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

I love it when the chocolate is not really that sweet, and is complemented with just the right amount of creaminess.

Fresh Fruit Cake

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee

I highly recommend this cake because it tastes so creamy and you will taste a lot of fresh fruits inside it. Yum!!

Why am I recommending Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery and Coffee again?

If you love a chill night out with your friends and/or family with some Korean music and a great selection of food (whether you want to eat heavy or just have some bread and dessert), then Papa Kim’s is the perfect place for you. The place is very accessible with public transportation and has a very comfortable interior. You can also have a wide selection of breads which you can take home. They offer 50% discount on breads from 9PM to 11PM. How cool is that?

Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery and Coffee Contact Information

264 Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Fernandez Street, Quezon City
https://facebook.com/papakimsph
https://www.instagram.com/papakimsph

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Where To Eat in Quezon City: Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant

Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant
LIMBAGA 77 CAFE RESTAURANT

There will be times that you will get used to Filipino food (since they are cooked in your house every single day) to the point that you will always long for other types of food, like Japanese, Italian, and American, among others. I have tried several Filipino restaurants and the competition lies on how they put their respective ‘twists’ to common Filipino dishes. This is where eating Filipino food outside home sounds pretty much a nice idea. My journey to finding the perfect set of Filipino dishes with a twist led me to this quaint restaurant at Tomas Morato, Quezon City: Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant.

The name Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant actually came from the restaurants address: No. 77 Scout Limbaga, Quezon City. From the outside, the restaurant looks like a typical old-style Filipino home, which makes your dining experience authentically Filipino. As mentioned, they serve Filipino dishes and most of them are for sharing — perfect for families.

Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant
LIMBAGA 77 CAFE RESTAURANT

Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant also has an al fresco area in both first and second floors, and they have private rooms for big families or for those who want to hold meetings and activities. Its spiral wooden staircase is really nice. The brick walls with plants as well as the outdoor bar adds beauty to the restaurant.

Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant
LIMBAGA 77 CAFE RESTAURANT
Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant
LIMBAGA 77 CAFE RESTAURANT
Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant
LIMBAGA 77 CAFE RESTAURANT
Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant
LIMBAGA 77 CAFE RESTAURANT
Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant
LIMBAGA 77 CAFE RESTAURANT
Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant
LIMBAGA 77 CAFE RESTAURANT
Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant
LIMBAGA 77 CAFE RESTAURANT
Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant
Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant

Some of the bestsellers of Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant include Stuffed Bulaklak ng Kalabasa, Pochero, and the Limbaga 77 Baked Lechon Paksiw. And yes, they are not your ordinary Filipino dishes because Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant loves to add some twist on every item in their menu.

So, what did we order?

Stuffed Bulaklak ng Kalabasa

limbaga 77 cafe restaurant

I am not a fan of bulaklak ng kalabasa or any vegetable I don’t usually eat, but I am surprised how this one tasted so good. The cheese lover in me was very happy with this menu item.

Bagoong Rice

limbaga 77 cafe restaurant

Bagoong rice always reminds me of Thailand. I love bagoong and how it blended with the rice tastes just fine.

Pork Sisig

limbaga 77 cafe restaurant

A typical Filipino sisig is served with egg, but by default, Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant serves it without an egg. But nothing to worry about, it can still be served with egg by request. What is special about this sisig is that it is crispier than the common sisig that’s usually served sizzling. It is easier to eat a crispy sisig, isn’t it?

Adobong Tadyang ng Baka

limbaga 77 cafe restaurant

I have tasted several adobos in my life, but this one tastes different and special. Maybe I have not tasted a beef adobo, or maybe it’s the tadyang ng baka. I dunno, but it is something you should definitely order.

Perlas ng Mangga

limbaga 77 cafe restaurant

This is like your typical mango sago dessert, but I love how the Perlas ng Mangga stands out among the others by being more creamy.

Minty Mango Watermelon

limbaga 77 cafe restaurant

I love how the mint adds to the coldness of the shake. Mango and watermelon is a good combination, too.

Lychee Grapes Shake

limbaga 77 cafe restaurant

Before trying this yummy shake, I was skeptical about the combination of lychee and grapes, but is surprisingly tasted good!

The Verdict

Whether you are dining solo or with friends and family, I highly recommend giving Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant a try. Aside from the good food, the ambiance of the restaurant is perfect for a gastronomic bonding experience. I have not tried all their bestsellers yet and I think I will bring my family to this place next time. The staff were attentive to the needs of the customers and are very professional. So if you happen to be looking for a homey place to dine in Tomas Morato, this is the place to be.

limbaga 77 cafe restaurant

LIMBAGA 77 CAFE RESTAURANT CONTACT INFORMATION

77 Sct. Limbaga St, Diliman, Quezon City
Open Everyday, 11AM-10PM
0926 715 8134
https://www.facebook.com/Limbaga77/

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Have a Formal and Fancy Night at Vitto’s Wine Bar and Restaurant

Attention, sommeliers! I think I have found the perfect place for you at the heart of Scout Area, Quezon City, and it’s Vitto’s Wine Bar and Restaurant!

I really love Scout Area in Quezon City because aside form it is my favorite jogging place, it has a lot of restaurants to choose from. Whenever I want to hang out with my friends based in Quezon City, I would never hesitate to suggest that we hang out at Tomas Morato or Scout Area. In this area, we could choose between eating in a Korean BBQ restaurant, Japanese restaurant, Filipino restaurant, or even either choose to drink either coffee, beer, or wine, depending on our mood!

long Scout Lozano Street is this very fancy place called Vitto’s Wine Bar and Restaurant. It is faced in a street where not many people pass by, which gives it a very quiet and peaceful vibe. With that, I hope Vitto’s would have advertisement signs, let’s say, along Timog Avenue or Tomas Morato Avenue.

The facade has a classy black minimalist theme, similar to some fancy restaurants you see in Europe. You will already feel the very good ambiance from the outside because of its rustic color scheme. I believe most wine restaurants have wood-ish rustic theme, but Vitto’s version is more minimalistic and therefore more claay.

VITTO'S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT
VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT: The Bar

When you enter Vitto’s, it will give you a very nice Italian vibe. You can choose to sit in couches, high chairs, and even by the bar. Upon entering, you might assume that the place is small, but there is another area behind a camouflaged-door just on the left side of this wall art. You will not see it right away because it is covered in a couch-like leather thing.

VITTO'S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT
VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT: Wall Art

They serve several kinds of wines and they actually have a lot of food in their menu. Oh, they also have Illy’s coffee products in their menu, too. To be honest I am still working on learning my wine vocabulary (because I don’t really drink! huhu), so I am trying here to focus on the food instead.

VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT MENU

So, what did we order?

Salted Egg Pasta

VITTO'S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT
VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT: Salted Egg Pasta

This might look like your ordinary white sauce pasta, but if you take the first bite, you will feel the texture of the salted egg and it just blends with the pasta sauce. Yum!

Steak Kabab

VITTO'S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT
VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT: Steak Kabab

The meat is well-cooked and I love the salsa that comes with it.

Cheese and Sausage Platter

VITTO'S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT
VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT: Cheese and Sausage Platter

I’m a cheese lover and I must say this is highly recommended! I super love all the flavors of cheese they have in this platter. The sausages were good, too!

Gallo Family Moscato

VITTO'S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT
VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT: Gallo Family Moscato

As mentioned, I do not drink white wine that much, but Moscato is a good choice if you want to just have a chill wine night. It tastes like your lemon soda but in a way higher level.

VITTO'S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT
VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT: Gallo Family Moscato
VITTO'S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT
VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT: Gallo Family Moscato

There are still a lot of items in the menu to choose from. Other bestsellers include Vitto’s Nachos which is also a must-try. It matches perfectly with every wine.

Other Important Information About Vittos

Vitto’s values customer feedback, and you can answer their customer feedback form at the paper place mats in your tables. In terms of parking, it can be difficult to park in the area (which is common among the restaurants in Scout Area/Tomas Morato) hence during peak hours, you might have to think twice before bringing your car.

VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT CONTACT INFORMATION

VITTO’S WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT
114 Scout Lozano Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City
https://facebook.com/vittoswine/
https://instagram.com/vittoswine/
vittoswine@gmail.com

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Where to Stay Near Vitto’s Wine Bar and Restaurant?

My personal favorite place to stay here in Scout Area, Quezon City is Privato Quezon City (formerly Meranti Hotel Quezon City).

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