Saturday, August 30, 2014

Crisp on 28th ♥

 

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This Kimberly Ting, she is really a die-hard Erwan Heussaff fan. 

Last year we celebrated her birthday at Hatch 22 (see post here), another of Erwan's restaurants, because seeing her crush "would make her birthday."

He didn't show up and she was heartbroken. But that doesn't stop true love. 

Last Sunday, she was at it again.

 

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Sorry for the censorship. I do not want to get people in trouble. :P

 

 

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So there we were, just the four of us. Everyone else went out to play over the long weekend. 

 

 

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Erwan was again nowhere in sight. Poor Kim. Her heart was shattered.

 

 

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Aside from the regular menu, Crisp on 28th also has weekly specials.
And they serve Papa Palheta coffee from Singapore.

 

 

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There's an outdoor area that is great for December nights

 

 

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 What was left of my brother's Beef Shortrib Tapa when we got to the restaurant.
I guess it was good, or he was also heartbroken about Erwan's absence. Lol. 

 

 

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I quite enjoyed the "NYOB." It's got mushrooms, sous vide egg, very crisp and tasty bacon,
 sauteed spinach, torched citrus hollandaise on top of fresh baked english muffins.
I appreciate the generous serving of fresh salad greens.

 

 

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The Adobo Flakes made with pork belly and chicken thigh, served with salted egg salsa and 
dirty brown rice under that alluring sunny side up egg seemed like the perfect comfort food.
Except it wasn't. The meat tasted like it was marinated in overused oil. Not comforting at all.

 

 

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Kim liked the Crab Benedict. Crispy crab cake, asian slaw, honey sriracha dressing,
sous vide egg, orange chili hollandaise. I liked the spicy greens.

 

 

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The Roasted Sambal Chicken Thighs were so tasty outside, but void of flavor and still
a bit raw inside. I loved all the pretty plates, from start to finish.

 

 

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My favorite dish of the night was the Tinapa and Quinoa Salad. So light and refreshing
but also bursting with flavor. I finished the whole bowl in no time. 

 

 

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Well, except for this one lettuce stump

 

 

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Desserts are by Carmela of Casa San Luis

 

 

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I wish the Banana Squash cake was more moist, and the frosting not too saccharine 

 

 

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Tres Leches Rum Cake with Chocolate Sauce

 

 

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Hot Chocolate and Americano

 

 

Following my usual practice, I posted our group photo on instagram after we left the restaurant and parted ways.

Then I got this text from Kim.

 

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AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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And true enough he did!
I believe Kim fainted with happiness shortly after this.

 

 

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Anne Kinis and Ewan Heussaff

 

 

Crisp on 28th: G/F Alveo Corporate Center, 28th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue), Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel: +639175846883
 
 
Instagram: @crisp28ph
 
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Stockton Place, Revisited ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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Stockton Place is the perfect restaurant for me. I love the cozy size (except when I can't get
a reservation), the black and white theme, warm service, and of course, the food. 
Naturally, this is where we brought Auntie Natalie when she came to visit from Vancouver.

 

 

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I've already memorized the menu by heart and can order without looking at the cheat board.

 

 

We had all my favorites (foie gras salad, portobello tart, pork belly, and steak), plus two orders of the scallops because the Stockton Place virgins wanted to try.

 

 

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Seared scallops with lime creme fraiche, roasted peppers and caramelized tomato tart.
I think this is a most photogenic dish, but scallops really do not do much for my taste buds
(except when they come in sashimi form). The tomato tart, however, was quite enjoyable.  

 

 

The next five dishes are rated four hearts in my book.

You can click here to read my previous post. If lazy to read, JUST TRUST AND ORDER.

 

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Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

 

 

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Foie Gras Salad

 

 

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Caramelized Portobello Mushroom Tart 

 

 

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Crispy Pork Belly

 

 

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Prime Grade Ribeye

 

 

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Stockton Place makes champion steak. They get my preferred doneness perfect each time.

 

 

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Do NOT start on these crispy potatoes if you have weak self-control. 
It is impossible to stop. 

 

 

Of course, desserts! I loved the first two. 

 

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Chocolate, Peanut and Caramel Tart 
Caramel popcorn powder, and THAT HEAVENLY PEANUT FOAM!!!!!!!

 

 

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 Cheesecake
Graham crumble, glazed blueberries, lemon foam, fresh berries

 

 

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Toffee Pudding Cake
Poached apples, caramel glaze, toffee crumble

 

 

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With new friends, aunties, and a table of food. BURP!

 

Stockton Place: 227 Salcedo Street corner Gamboa, Legaspi Village, Makati
Tel:  +63917 856-1419

Stockton Place Website

Your Local ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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It is hard to find a place like this nowadays. New restaurants are all trying to be something and everything, most of them try too hard and lose themselves in the process. Some focus too much on the concept and forget about the food, some focus too much on the food and forget about service. So many horror stories.

Your Local is none of the above.

Its space is effortlessly cool.

 

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The staff is well-trained.

 

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We were 3 ladies and we ordered chili crab buns, chicken rice, lamb rendang, salmon donburi,
 ratatouille pasta, banana bread, and dark chocolate earl grey cheesecake ice cream.
Our waiter said it was too much food already and pried the menu away from me. LOL.

 

 

Most importantly, the food is good.

Not everything is equally delicious though.

The crab buns and ratatouille pasta were just okay.

 

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Chili Crab Buns - chili crab, cucumber spears, leeks, cilantro, fried mantou

 

 

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Ratatouille Pasta - shiitake mushroom, laksa leaves, basil, japanese zucchini, eggplant, tomato,
parmesan, served ali olio on fettuccine

 

 

The chicken and lamb very good.

 

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Chicken Rice - steeped chicken, ginger rice, sweet soy sauce, chili sauce 

 

 

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Lamb Rendang - lamb rendang, sous vide organic egg, sweet soy, mint, cilantro,
red raisin black rice

 

 

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I thought the pasta lacked flavor so I mixed in some lamb rendang into it. So good!
I'm a genius!!!  :D 

 

 

But this salmon dish was the greatest revelation.

 

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Torched Salmon Donburi - norwegian salmon, mentaiko, ebiko, and crisp salmon skin
 on roast corn and shiitake black rice

 

 

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OH MY SALMON AND ROE GOODNESS!!!
All the elements in this bowl came together so magnificently I wanted to jump up and down and cry!

 

 

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I was tempted to finish the bowl while these two were not looking.
This is their favorite activity while waiting for me to finish my photo shoot.

 

 

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Dark chocolate earl grey cheesecake ice cream with milk crumbs, sesame paste. 
Loved the flavors, but it was really too rich and thick for my liking. 

 

 

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Dense banana bread with gula melaka, sesame paste, coconut-calamansi ice cream. 
No kidding about the bread being dense. Make sure to eat everything together.

 

 

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Three not-so-little pigs  :@  :@  :@

 

Your Local: G/F Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati
Tel: +632 823-6206, +639176543355 

Your Local Facebook Page

Instagram: @yourlocalph

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