• We wanted to try something different that night so we decided to enter the first inviting/enticing resto we saw at the Trinoma garden area. It was the Asian cuisine-themed Banana Leaf that caught our fancy, with their clean but elegant looking interiors and warm lighting.

    Our perennial dilemma when it comes to eating out is that we want to try many dishes but are constrained by our small appetites. My partner and I always find ourselves filled to the brim after having appetizers and a main dish so it's always a hit or miss for us.

    So we hoped for the best and ordered crispy spring rolls Vietnamese style (P128) as appetizer. The wrapper was crisp and light, the insides soft but the vegetable pieces firm. The sweet chili sauce was ok.

    We also shared a dish of Wok Fried Black Curry Lamb (P288). The slightly spicy black curry flavor explodes in your mouth with every bite. The dish, however, is known for being a little dry. We were also disappointed with the small slices of lamb that seemed to be buried in the seasoning. I saw other reviews where the lamb pieces were much bigger. I guess they're cost-cutting or something...

    Nevertheless, we were sated by the end of the meal. I was content sipping on my delicious Iced Milk Tea Hong Kong style (P68). My partner had a tall glass of Iced Crisanthimum Tea Shake which had that floral cologne-after taste (not as bad as you think).

    Perhaps next time we'll be able to try their bestseller dishes. :) I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

  • My very first foodie blog post mentioned tupig among the first things I think about when I hear the phrase "Pinoy delicacies."

    "The tupig which hails from Norte (Pangasinan, Cagayan region, Ilocandia) is another kakanin that eventually grew on me. It’s not as yummy as the puto bumbong but it has that peculiar authentic taste. Besides, a lot of people earn their living selling these rice cakes made from glutinous rice and grated coconut. Since I was usually assigned to go up North during the election campaign period, almost every stop from Nueva Ecija to Cagayan or Baguio will have the inescapable tupig vendor offering you a bunch of these rice cakes. The way it’s cooked – over live coals – also contribute to the distinct taste."

    It has been more than 2 years and I still favor tupig among other rice cakes peddled on the road. The nutty and coal or wood-fired flavor entices me, amid my penchant for sweet things.
  • I've always loved Trellis. That's why when they came out with a 50% off promo through a group buying site, I immediately bought a voucher.

    We arrived a little before lunch and were able to pick a quiet spot near the back, behind the pond-like area.

    Perhaps we chose the bestsellers or maybe their meals are really good, but all the dishes we ordered were delicious and blog-worthy.

    Their Pakbet (P160) was a little sweet, tasty and topped with sinful chicharon crumbs. The vegetables were perfectly cooked and seasoned. I'm not a vegetable person but this dish I could live with and eat regularly.

    The Sinigang na Baboy (P240) had that "tamang asim" factor, especially since it's made from fresh tamarind. The meat was tender.

    Surprisingly, the first one to go was their Pancit Canton (P265). I can't blame my family, it just tasted real good. The different flavors contrasted and at the same time complemented each other.

    Then there's the Fried Chicken (half serving for P255) which looked quite dry but the meat was actually quite tasty, also the chicken skin.

    Finally, there's the famous Sisig (P160). If you're going to eat at Trellis for the first time, make sure you order this one. It's not like my favorite crispy sisig variant but it's definitely delicious and flavorful. It would is also perfect for pulutan (especially since Trellis is more popular as a watering hole at night).

    Two thumbs up for Trellis.

    Location: 40 Matalino St cor Kalayaan Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
    (02) 924-1056
    * It's just at the corner of Kalayaan Avenue and along the famous Matalino St. so it's very accessible. The sign, however, is pretty subtle but it's at the corner so you can't go wrong. Try to get there early since there are only a few parking spaces and they get easily filled up.

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