Thursday, August 1, 2019

Romantic Baboy was not so romantic

Buffet Price at Romantic Baboy
Intrigued by the popularity of Romantic Baboy (RB), one of the Samyupsal grilliing restos that sprouted Metro Manila, we finally decided to dine in there one Sunday after mass. There is one RB branch near our place at Congressional Avenue. Initially, we were supposed to order ala carte but based on the Apple's quick calculation, the cost will be cheaper with the buffet price of P499 with unlimited pork+beef, veggie and rice. We were served several types of meat - my favorite was the thick pork. We just ordered four cups of rice.

After grilling of the different types of meat and slow eating, we realized that the serving is too much for us - even without refills. Some of their meat are of good quality (similar to the high-end Korean restos we have visited) but the others have too much fat or "taba"which our family except me, avoid. So how was the experience at RB? It was not so romantic, since we need to eat all because of the "no left-over " rule. But secretly, our dogs enjoyed the pasalubong.  The experience was too fattening that after the meal, we have to complement the lunch  with hot tea at home. I still prefer the Korean restaurants like Bulgogi (at Kalayaan Ave.) and the Ye Dang (Ortigas Center). A little expensive but you go home happy and full!
My favorite - simply pork, not mariinated

Geof enjoys grilling pork and beef

Kyukyu Ramen 99 - The "Hyaku" Ramen Shop in the Philippines

Located at the 5th Level of Ayala Clover Leaf Mall
If there is a "Hyaku"  or 100 Yen shop in Japan or an P88 shop in the Philippines like Daiso and Japan Homes, there is also P99 Ramen Shop! Kyukyu Ramen 99 at Ayala Clover Leaf Mall serves Japanese ramen starting at P99.00 only. We tried the spicy ramen (P179) and the ichban ramen (P199) and we were not disappointed. The quality and quantity of noodles are very satisfactory compared to other ramen shops. Ofcourse, do not expect a thick slice of pork in the soup considering the price. Just a minor improvement, they should add a little more soup, if you noticed the photos, there is more space for the soup. The taste of the soup, anyway was OK.

Ramen at this shop is Value for Money. We will come back for more. By the way, we found Clover Leaf Mall as very attractive - not so many shoppers (ordinary days, not sure during weekends, though) and complete - the popular restos and shops (including Daiso, Japan Homes, Uniqlo) are there.
Spicy Tonkotsu (P179)

Ichiban Ramen (P199)