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Xiao Nan Men, Banawe

I’ve never been in Taiwan yet, but because of Aldous Calubad, I was able to try their cuisine without leaving the country.
Xiao Nan Men, located in Z Square Mall offers Taiwanese cuisine. So if you wanna experience their food, you know now where restaurant to go.

We started our foodie adventure with Xiao Long Bao (Php199.00).

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Ja Chang Noodles (Php159.00).

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Fried Stinky Tofu (P199.00), literally stinky. The owner said that the longer they preservation, the better taste is. That is how they treated tofu in Taiwan.

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Beef with Bell Pepper (Php288.00).

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King Fish in Mango Chili Sauce (Php250.00), the fish looks angry. I liked the flavor of this dish. A bit tangy and spicy at the same time.

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Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php199.00), tasted like Chowking’s Yang Chow. It was good!

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Three Cups Chicken (Php199.00), I honestly don’t know why they called it three cups chicken; nevertheless I liked how it was cooked.

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Fried Xiao Long Bao (Php199.00), topped with black sesame seeds.

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Spicy Wanton (Php199.00).

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Deep Fried Pork Chop (Php199.00).

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Stir Fried Garlic Taiwan Sausage (Php199.00).

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Foodies behind the scene

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Xiao Nan Men’s serving is good for sharing. Foods are delicious and affordable.

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Review: Rib City, Maginhawa

Last week, Rib City in Maginhawa filled our hungry tummy with their savoury dish. Well, Rib City’s surf and turf is back! Oh, Yes! This is not a hallucination. For only Php458.00, you can enjoy their eat all you can Ribs, Tempura, Wings, Side eats and Drinks. And it is available all day, everyday.
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Aya Gonzalez, the girl in-charge of Rib City let us try their dessert. Of course, our foodie adventure is incomplete without any dessert. 😉
Queso De Bola Cheesecake (Php138.00).
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White Toblerone Cheesecake (Php148.00).
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And their yummy Brownie Ala Mode.
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Their huge serving of Not Just Nachos (Php198.00).
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Rib City in Maginhawa can accommodate 78 Pax.
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Location:
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RBCTY MAGINHAWA

Location: 63 Maginhawa St. UP Village, Quezon City

Contact number: 2380844
Mondays – Thursdays, Sundays 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Fridays – Saturdays 11:30 AM – 12:00 MN

RBCTY PIONEER
Address: Upper Ground Floor, Globe Telecom Plaza Tower 2, Pioneer cor. Madison Sts., Mandaluyong City
Contact number: 7304309
Mondays – Sundays 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Thank you for inviting, Rib City! 😊

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Review: El Chapo’s, Katipunan

El Chapo’s in The Yard is a food stall that offers Filipino Mexican dish. As per Mark (the owner), the name El Chapo’s was inspired by a Mexican drug lord. So don’t worry, it’s legal. 😉

What I enjoyed most in El Chapo’s food is their Fil-Mex Style Barbequed Street Corn (Php60.00), it is a combination of sweet and spicy flavor. Hey! Believe me, it may look like a fish because of the plating, but this is really a corn. And this one is a sweet corn!
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We also had their Cheesy Beef Salpicao Nachos (Php160.00).
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Their humongous Onion Rings (Php75.00) is good for sharing. It has parmesan and sriracha.
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If you are looking for a new flavor of tacos, El Chapo’s is here. You can try their Chicharitos Lechon Sisig (Php85.00), it has sour cream and salsa verde.
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Or you can try their best-seller Beef Salpicao Taco (Php95.00).
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Location: 83 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Contact Number: 09209831619

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Review: Shizen Ramen, Marikina City

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Situated in Marikina City, Shizen Ramen obviously offers Japanese food like ramen, gyoza and salads. Ramen lovers should visit this restaurant because of their huge serving. Yung tipong kasing laki siya ng mukha mo or mas malaki pa sa mukha mo yung serving bowl nila. Man, I’m serious, walang halong biro. And hey, it is affordable, too!
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We started our dinner with their mini version of Gyoza. For only Php80.00 you can have three pieces of it.
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For the Ramen, I had their best-seller The Beast Ramen (Php229.00), a combination of beef strips, corn, chasyu and egg. The meat was tender, the broth was flavorful, the egg was perfectly cooked, and the sweetness of corn was good. No wonder why this is their best-seller. It was full-flavored! Sulit and byahe from Quezon City to Marikina City.
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Once you try their ramen, you’ll look for it the next time the rain pours. Just like what happened two days ago, The Beast Ramen can be my comfort food for this crazy rainy weather.

Here are the other flavors you can try:
Chasyu Ramen (Php179.00) is a combination of four pieces of Chasyu, Wakame and Spring Onions.
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Yakuza Ramen (Php199.00) is a combination of Beef Strips, Chili, Bean Sprouts, Tofu and Mushroom.
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Tokyo Ramen (Php189.00) is a combination of Fish Cake, Bamboo Shoots, Kombu and Chasyu.
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Thanks to Aldous and Shizen Ramen for inviting!
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Location: 70 Bayan-bayanan Avenue, Marikina City
Contact Number: 09778025260

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Review: Shakeaway, UP Town Center

Shie Captures was invited for another food review in UP Town.
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Shakeaway, the world’s largest and popular milkshake bar company is now here in Manila. You can choose from 180 flavors and combinations. Exciting, right?
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We had Max to start our Shakeaway adventure. It has chocolate fudge brownie, chocolate filled mint candy and whipped cream. This shake gave us cooling effect because of the mint chocolate.
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We also had Jose, a Filipino shake contains Ube, Macapuno and Pinipig on top. I’m not a fan of Ube, but this one is a must-try!
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Toasty Tim from their Winter menu is a limited edition HOT shake. Yes, this is not a mistake. Hot shake is without a doubt genius!
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For Shakeaway’s Soda shake, we tried their Sarsi flavor. For this, it reminds of A&W root beer. The yogurt gave this shake some luscious taste.
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Our Shakeaway adventure is not complete without frozen yogurt desserts. We had Izzie, it contains banana, strawberries and granola. Friend, this is 100% fat free frozen yogurt.
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Thank you for inviting SHiE Captures, Shakeaway!

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Location: Ground Floor Phase 2, UP Town Center Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

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Review: Bao On The Block

Aldous of aldousatetheworld.com invited me again for another tasting session at the Bao on the Block, Sgt. Esguerra. Bao on the Block opened last year in December (this is a late post again) and they have already captured the heart and stomach of the people who works for ABS-CBN and people who resides the area.

We started our tasting session with Beef Siomai (Php55) and Dumplings (Php65).

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We also had Bao Specials, 1 piece is for Php89 and 2 pieces is for Php159.
Bao to the King has chicken teriyaki with beansprouts.
Back to Basics has chicken with coleslaw, and picked veggies.
Bao on the Block Classic has pork, hoisin, and nuts.
Dragon Bao Z has pork, kimchi, and spring onions.
Fish Bao with You has fish, wasabi, mayo, and nori.

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If you wanna try something heavy to eat, Bao on the Block rice bowl is something you can consider. Their medium bowl is only for Php149, it has veggies and chips.
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What I enjoyed most with Bao on the Block food adventure is their Deep Fried Ice Cream Bao. It has a hot bao that made the dessert more interesting.

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They also serve some beer, you can have some local beer or try the Tsing Tao beer from China. One of the owners said that Tsing Tao is the second popular beer in China and it complements well with Baos.

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Shie Captures food review is not complete without behind the scenes or any flat lay photo.

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Location: 52 Sgt. Esguerra (in front of ABS CBN), Quezon City
For pick-ups, deliveries and inquiries, please contact 0995 783 9797

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Review: Hapag Heritage, Maginhawa

I was invited by lifestyle blogger Alyssa Tuangco to try the new dishes of Hapag Heritage. Headed by Chef Julio, the restaurant wants to continue sharing and serving their grandmother’s recipe.

We started with Kilawin na Hipon (Php260.00) for the appetizer. It was good!

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Manok ng Hapag (Php470.00) is their version of roasted chicken.

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Their Sisiron Rice (Php260.00) and Tinapa Rice (Php240.00) is well-seasoned. Jampacked with scrambled eggs, tomatoes and spring onions as you can see.

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The classic Kare-Kare (Php530.00) is every family would go for. Perfect for plain rice.

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Beef Morcon (Php520.00) is perfect for the meat lovers out there.

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Pansit Canton (Php280.00) is a bit saucy, but still good.

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Their Binagoongang Baboy sa Gata (Php380.00) is my grand winner! The meat is tender and the sauce is so flavorful.

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Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas (Php330.00) is my 1st runner up. The sourness is really natural. Guava is a good source of Vitamin C. This dish is healthy and so yummy, I can eat this everyday. Perfect for this rainy season!

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Ginisang Hipon sa Taba ng Talangka (Php480.00) is my 2nd runner-up. This dish is delicious, but sinful. Haha. It complements well with their plain rice.

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Ripe Mango Smoothie (Php120.00) is always refreshing.

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Hapag Heritage’s adventure is not complete without any dessert. So let’s start with Pandan Macapuno Cheesecake (Php140.00) is delightfully sweet.

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Ensaymaditas with Chorizo Bits (Php70.00) and Ensaymaditas with Tinapa Flakes (Php70.00) is something you wouldn’t want to miss.

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While writing this, it reminds me of Little Manila, a Filipino food stall in Vietnam. Scrumptious dish like what Hapag Heritage is serving deserves a spotlight in the international cuisine.

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The ambiance is homey that anyone can dine and enjoy Filipino comfort foods.

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Flat lay and foodies behind the scene.

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To experience authentic Filipino dish, visit Hapag Heritage.

Location: 140 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

Telephone Number: (02) 813 9672

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Review: Gourmade and Party Toques By Chef Rob Lau

Gourmade by Chef Rob Lau proudly launches its party trays division, Party Toques: The Food Platter Expert.
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Headed by Chef Mike Toledo, Party Toques promises to give your celebrations unforgettable taste and make lasting memories with your loved ones. Party Toques food platter is perfect for all types of occasions like baptism, baby showers, birthdays, family lunch/dinner, reunions, intimate gatherings of friends, barkada get-togethers or holiday feasts.
We tried Party Toques Sushi Platter (Php850).
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Chicken Biryani (Php1240), Chef Rob Lau’s version reminds me of the Biryani I had when I was in Malaysia. I will post my Malaysia trip soon! 🙂
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Persian Beef Kebab (Php1100), my family loves the Kebab! So juicy and complements well with the yogurt garlic sauce.
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Miso Baked Salmon with Eggplant (Php1595), what I’ve noticed on  this particular dish is that it has Bonito flakes, a Japanese ingredient that will start to move when you add them to cooked foods. It can give an impression that they’re somehow alive.
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Valencia Roasted Chicken with Paella Rice (Php1100), I find this dish so sulit! The price is very reasonable because you already have rice, seafood and a whole roasted chicken. Chef Mike said that the chicken has been roasted for more than three hours. No wonder why it was so flavorful and aromatic.
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Thai Pork Glass Noodle (Php1180).
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Squid Ink Bread, the filling of the bread are eggs and shrimps. I think it would be better if they will add some cream cheese on the filling so flavor will become richer.
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Matcha Cream Chocolate Cupcake, the matcha flavor is not that strong so I liked it. However, the cupcake a bit mediocre.
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Banana and Hazelnut Cream, the sweetness of the banana comes out naturally because of the light flavor of hazelnut chocolate.
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Classic Red Velvet is run-of-the-mill.
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Serradura in Black Sesame & Mango Flavor  (Php500) for 500 grams. Also known as Sawdust Pudding with multiple layers of sweet cream, crushed cookies, nuts & fruits all rolled together in one unique mouthwatering dessert.
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Oreo and Chocnut, Oreo lovers will love this dessert. Believe me! 🙂
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Green Tea and Hojicka Tiramisu, the green tea flavor is mild for this tiramisu dessert, which is good. Too much of green tea flavor will cause a bit bitterness to any food.
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Let us end our year by eating yummy and healthy!
Party Toques by Chef Rob Lau is our perfect companion for this season.
For inquiries, please contact 0917 8719191 / 632 6162323 or email partytoques@gmail.com
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Review: Soban K-Town Grill, Eastwood

Soban K-Town Grill is a collaboration between award winning Korean restaurateur, Mr. Sung Rah of Sariwon Korean Barbecue and their Philippines franchisee, the Happy Foods Group.
Soban in Korean means small tray or table. It is inspired by K-Town in Los Angeles where Korean immigrants settled and began fusing traditional Korean ingredients and techniques with American comfort food and the Mexican street food scene, charting a bold new flavorful path for Korean cuisine.
We start our Soban restaurant review when the Owners served their Banchan. Banchan in Korean means appetizer.

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Team Aldous had Premium BBQ Combo Set (P2,120), 180 grams premium marinated beef, 180 grams pork belly (choice of any 2 flavors: original, fruity, chili bean, soy garlic, and wine doenjang), 180 grams boneless fried chicken, and 2 japchae.

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Just add P15 to upgrade to Soban’s signature kimchi fried rice.

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I almost forgot, each grill set comes with unlimited soup, rice and side dishes. Wow!

The generous Owners also served Soban’s Woo Samgyup (120 grams/P390 or 180 grams/P450), it is grilled USDA beef belly set.
Kimchi fries (P199) is good for sharing. Smothered with cheese, roasted pork bits and kimchi.

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K-Taco (1pc/P75), a soft taco made with fresh lettuce, kimchi, sour cream, cheese and your choice of K-BBQ meat (beef, chicken, pork). Soban’s K-Taco is generous in meat.

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Since we are curious what Ultimate Beef Bap (P250) looks like, the Owners also served it. This is 100 grams flavorful beef belly and mixed rice with assorted vegetables and fried egg in a sizzling stone bowl. One of the Owners said that the Beef Bap is good for solo, but I disagree. For me, their Beef Bap is good for sharing.

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Our Korean dining experience is not complete without desserts. Yay!
We had Coffee Prince (P120), homemade coffee ice cream on a bed of soft graham and Korean red beans. FYI, Coffee Prince is a popular Korean drama.

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We also had Ice Cream Trio (P135), 3 scoops of homemade ice cream in a bowl. You can choose your flavors from cookies and cream, vanilla or coffee. Soban’s homemade ice cream is milky and creamy! Ice cream lovers will love it.

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We end our Korean dinner with Soban’s cocktail and had Black Dragon Carafe and Galaxy Carafe. Each carafe is P450.

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Will I recommend Soban? 100% yes!
From do it yourself grilled set to desserts, each dish is very flavorful.

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Location: 2/F, Eastwood Mall
Contact Number: 441 8460 or 09951358453

Soban K-Town Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Review: Takami, Katipunan

Takami at The Yard, offers affordable and delectable Japanese foods. As per Lianne, Takami in Japanese means excellent. I thought they named it Takami because of the Filipino word nakakatakam (appetizing), but I’m wrong. Lesson learned: Don’t assume. Don’t assume, unless otherwise stated. #HugotIsLife 😁
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Let’s start with their signature gyozas.
Beef Bulgogi Gyoza (P115) is good, but Buffalo Chicken Gyoza (P115) is better.
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Beef Bulgogi’s sauce is so good! Sauce pa lang, ulam na. I know, it sounds familiar, right? But this is the perfect tagline for Takami’s Beef Bulgogi Gyoza e.
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They also served Cheesy Bacon Okonomiyaki (P175). This is a Japanese pizza, a healthy version of pizza because the main ingredient here is cabbage and scallion. Ladies, perfect food for your diet! Also, it has Bonito flakes, a Japanese ingredient that will start to move when you add them to cooked foods. It can give an impression that they’re somehow alive.
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Let me show you how cheesy teppanyaki is being torched.

Cheesy Beef Gyudon Teppanyaki (P150) is chewy and the sauce for this specific Teppanyaki is also good.
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And lastly, the Cheesy Chicken Teppanyaki (P150).
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Flatlay photo.
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Takami is perfect place for the people who wants to try Japanese foods without splurging too much.

Location: The Yard, 83 Xavierville Avenue, Loyala Height Quezon City
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