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Dining at Black Iron Cebu

Hey, Everyone!

Hope you’re having a great week. After that last post on Gabby’s Closet Cebu, it’s time to switch it up a bit and bring you a food trip review on another newly opened restaurant here in Cebu. If you’re a fan of burgers, steaks and high quality beef and meat, then get to reading because you’re going to enjoy this one. Today, we’re going to feature Black Iron Cebu.

I was able to eat at Black Iron around sometime last week, but I heard it opened on September 2014, so this was long overdue! A couple of friends & I had been planning to have a food trip for a while now, and since my chef sister always recommends new places to try out, I thought, why not Black Iron. I was excited as my sister knows her food, and any place she recommends usually ends up being pretty good. She was not wrong on this one. On Tuesday, we set out for dinner with hungry stomachs and raring appetites.


After about an hour in traffic, we finally arrived at our destination. Black Iron is located at Ginza Compound, J. Panis Street, Old Banilad Road. If you’re coming from Ayala, when you get to the intersection, left going to IT Park Entrance, straight going to Country Mall & BTC, right to some subdivision, you take the north-east road going to Cempark. Go straight a bit, then Ginza Compound should be on the right side and you should be able to see it from there. Black Iron is right next to Patio Isabel, so hopefully you should be able to find it without much trouble.


The place is decent sized, but by no means large. It’s fully air conditioned, and they’ve got around 8-10 tables. They’ve also got some interesting design on the walls. It’s a giant green chalkboard, and you can write love messages or graffiti drawings on the wall with colored chalk. This gives it a personal feel, which is nice, although I’m not sure if it’s exactly sanitary if and when the chalk dust might rub off onto the food. Maybe just something to note if you easily get allergies or something.


I took a picture of their menu on the side. Not much variation to the menu, but there’s more than enough for you to be able to choose something. Burgers, steaks, and some side dishes and salads for the most part. I don’t think they had any dessert options though, which some could find lacking. Hopefully they’ll be able to add more options along the way. I took pictures of the dishes we ordered, so if you want to take a look at what the Monster Chops or the Cowboy Steak looks like, then continue on scrolling! As you can see, they are a bit on the pricier side, but it’s well worth it for the quality of ingredients that they use, particularly the quality of the beef.


I like how their burgers have lots of options with regards to buns, meat, condiments and side dishes. We ended up not ordering any burger, but I’ve heard that their burgers are good and the next time I come back, I’ll definitely order a burger and let you know how it tastes.


Thought this design piece on the wall was interesting. It’s a collage of gift cards from a lot of US Retail Stores like Macy’s, Sears, Nike, American Eagle, Lowe’s, Chili’s, and a whole lot more. Feels very American.


Black Iron is part of the American Beef Club, and they proudly display this plaque as a testament to that. We are proud to serve High Quality U.S. Beef. I’m not exactly sure what goes into making U.S. Beef, but damn, they have some tasty beef!


My friend wrote his name on the wall chalkboard and placed his Instagram and Twitter account! Little things while waiting for our order.



Something to note, they are still cash only for the meantime, so please keep that in mind before bringing a credit card and no cash! Boy, they are fully stocked! Heinz ketchup bottles and softdrink cans for days! Right in front of that Sto. Nino, you can see that gold plaque that reads member. That’s the American Beef Club I was talking about earlier. Their staff are very friendly.


Here’s where the action goes down! I like how they have a clear glass display that shows how they cook your burgers and steaks. It’s a nice touch for those who like to cook or are just curious in how it’s being made.


This was particularly funny. Their washroom has the insignias of Stand2P and Sit2P, which made me chuckle as it wasn’t the usual men & women indicator. I sure hope you know which is which!


There’s just something about Heinz tomato ketchup that tastes so good. While waiting for the order, one of my friends actually just placed ketchup on his plate and used a spoon to eat it directly. I don’t blame him. There’s also Tabasco, Mustard and our ever popular Knorr liquid seasoning!


Ordered their Raspberry Iced Tea  for PHP 85.00 per pitcher. It was good for 3, and I like how their glasses are in a jar. It’s also at PHP 55.00 per glass if you just want a single serving. It was pretty good, you could taste the distinct flavor of raspberry mixed with the iced tea. One pitcher serves about 6 glasses, so it’s pretty good for sharing.


Angus Baked Spaghetti

It was priced at PHP 250.00 per serving and it comes with a piece of toasted bread. Here’s how it looks before you mix everything together.


And here it is after mixing! It was pretty good, you could definitely taste the Angus beef portions. This is one of their lighter meals though, so it’s good for sharing. But I didn’t come here to eat spaghetti, I wanted a thick slab of steak and beef!


Monster Chop

It was priced at PHP 295.00 and boy was it worth it! Just take a look at how huge that portion is. It’s a lot for one person and this can definitely be shared. It comes with one rice, but I suggest ordering extra rice in advance, because you’re going to need it! It comes in a sizzling plate and has some vegetables on the side. The seasoning was just right with the correct amount of salt, and the pork was real juicy. This is one delicious dish. Highly recommended if you don’t plan on ordering steak. Well worth it for the money.


Angus Beef Burger Steak

I ordered the 1/2 lb for PHP 360.00 or you can get the 1/3 lb variant for PHP 240.00. It comes in a sizzling plate with rice and some vegetables on the side. First bite was sumptuous! The sauce of the burger steak was delicious and the beef was extremely juicy. This is that high grade US quality beef coming into play. Some mushrooms on top and some spices give it that extra tastiness. Again, highly recommend this dish. If you’re used to the usual burger steak from Orange Brutus, you’re in for a pleasant surprise here.


Cowboy Cut Steak

It’s 1 inch thick and it’s priced at PHP 1,100.00 which seems really expensive, but that’s what you pay for when you want the highest quality beef. There’s also a 1 & 1/2 inch variant that is a bit more expensive at PHP 1,350.00. It comes with a serving of french beans, mashed potatoes and grilled corn. Not in the picture is their homemade cream pepper sauce, which was pretty good too. What can I say about their steak? It was really juicy. This was cooked medium well, although I would have preferred it to be medium rare to have it be a bit more juicy. But boy, is this delicious! You get what you pay for. Your wallet might be crying, but your stomach will be thanking you afterwards. Again, the meat is real juicy and the seasoning is just right. It is grilled to perfection. Over-all it’s simple, but the dish manages to bring out the flavor of the high-quality beef.


Well there you have it! Black Iron Cebu is definitely a bit of a sleeper and is still kind of unknown to a lot of people in Cebu, but more people should try this restaurant out if they want high quality beef dishes. It’s on the pricier end for a full meal, but you get what you pay for in terms of ingredients. Save up a bit, or wait until it’s payday, and indulge! I would definitely recommend going back here to try out some of their other dishes. Be sure to bring your friends!

You can contact them and make reservations at 0933-985-6888.

They are open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 11 AM to 10 PM.

You can find their Facebook page here.

You can also follow them on Twitter & Instagram @blackironcebu


Here’s a picture of some happy faces. Smile for the camera, even if you’re actually really hungry already!

As always, if you liked this post, please feel free to comment, like, share and reblog. You can follow me on my Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts @mikes41720. If you have a question or inquiry, feel free to comment or let me know, and I’ll try to help answer. Be sure to check my blog for the next upcoming post, whether it’s another food trip, review or adventure under the stars!

Until next time,


Brunch at Yolk

Hey, Everyone!

I already wrote this post on my cellphone on the WordPress mobile app and it was already good for posting, but apparently it didn’t save and I lost the whole draft! Very unfortunate, so I’m typing this now on my desktop and hopefully it’ll still be a good read for you guys. Anyway, today is February 1, and it signals the start of the love month! And what better way to start things off than to chance upon a new restaurant find! Me and my sister just had brunch over at this newly opened restaurant called Yolk. It’s a little hidden restaurant which focuses on coffee and breakfast food, and as the name implies, most of its dishes has eggs in it. Read on to find more about this hidden gem!


Yolk is located at 80 Tres Borces Street in Mabolo. For those who aren’t familiar, if you’re coming from Ayala, and you reach the intersection  that has Leona’s and BBQ Boss, you go straight and then take the first right turn after Bread After Bread. Just go straight, and it should be on the right side. This place is a hidden little gem, away from the main roads, but it shouldn’t be too hard to spot. Only issue I foresee is that there isn’t much parking, so best of luck in finding a parking space on a busy day!


It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and we got there at around 11 AM. It was kind of packed already, as there were lots of people who were having their breakfast or early lunch. The seating capacity is around 25 people, and they have around 7-8 tables. It’s a little cramped, but that’s also part of the appeal of this place since it definitely fits in the category of hole-in-the-wall restaurant.


Here is their counter and a little peek of the cooking area at the back. They’ve got around 3-4 staff members, and they were all very kind. Excellent service, as they were happy to greet us and take our photos. Food arrived after about 10 or so minutes, so it was pretty quick.

While waiting, you can enjoy the rustic decoration around the interior of the place. Off-white brick walls and wooden fixtures give it a very clean and country look, and all the decoration pieces were very interesting to look at. Lots of interesting pieces. Very Instagram worthy and everything looked like it came straight out of Pinterest. There were chalk boards, picture frames, a huge world map, lots of quotes, bottles, books and plant ornaments. Artistic and you’ll find yourself staring around the walls until your food arrives! Here are some pictures to show you what I’m talking about.





Here is my date for the start of the love month! My sister, Michelle, loves food and is a very competent chef! She also paid for this brunch, so I am very grateful for that. Ha! Love you, Manang!


They’ve got a couch and coffee table with some newspapers and magazines. I just love how the place looks and it feels very homey, exactly where you’d like to have your Sunday brunch.



They use yellow light bulbs that are encased in jars, which was very unique and added to the feel of the place.


I just found myself reading some of the quotes on the walls, and it was just very noteworthy. The overall design will have all the foodies, fashion and style bloggers, coffee and meeting yuppies flocking to this place!



I took some photos of their menu. Not very many choices, but to give benefit of the doubt, it is breakfast food. So don’t come here and expect any lunch or dinner type entrees. The names of their dishes are pretty amusing. It’s so Fluffy I could die? Two-some? Fat Boy? Some witty naming conventions for their food. They’ve got a little mix of everything, with some salads, some sandwiches, some pancakes, and lots of plated food with eggs in it! They also have lots of cold and hot beverages, mainly coffee and brewed tea, so you can have your pick with that. Prices seem reasonable, although personally it’s more on the expensive side considering this is for a breakfast meal.


You’ll be glad to know they have speedy wi-fi on hand, which is probably a must in this day and age. Those chalk boards are just a nice touch and easily customizable. Their specialty coffee, as the picture says, is sourced from Colombia, Sumatra and Ethiopia. These beans traveled a long way, so they probably must be worth the try!


Iced Mocha

A bit pricey at PHP 140.00, but it was actually pretty good! The chocolate and coffee combination was delicious, and you can tell that the coffee used was a high grade source. Very rich and slightly dark. Be sure to mix it well before you take a sip, as the coffee settles on the bottom.


All Beefed Up

Fried rice topped with a sunny side up egg, tomatoes and carrots on the side, and their homemade corned beef. It was good, but personally it looked a bit lacking, especially with the PHP 220.00 price tag on it. Still, props to Yolk for trying their own homemade corned beef, definitely gives it a unique flavor as to the regular canned corned beef.


Eggs Benny

A salad on the side with a dressing of Balsamic Vinaigrette,  two pieces of toasted sourdough bread topped with crispy bacon and two poached eggs, lathered with their calamansi-infused buttery hollandaise sauce. When you break open the poached egg, the yolk drips all over the dish and it’s a great look for the classic take on Eggs Benedict. It was pretty good and filling, and the serving was just right. Again, this might be a bit expensive at PHP 280.00, but it was pretty worth it both for presentation and taste.


You can find their Facebook page here. Their Instagram page can also be found here. Follow them on Twitter @YolkCafePH. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #YolkCafePH  and #CebuEats when you post on social media to show Yolk some love! If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to send Yolk a message on their social media accounts.


Here is a picture of me and my sister after our meal. All smiles! #TeamLingin

Overall, dining at Yolk was pretty good! Cebuanos love to find these little hidden restaurants that haven’t been discovered, and this is no exception. Definitely worth a try. The only gripe I have is that the food is a bit on the pricier side and they lack parking space, but not to take anything away from them. The place was gorgeous with its Instagram & Pinterest worthy decor and interior, the food and drinks were good for a hearty breakfast or brunch meal, and the whole experience was a great meal that is easy like Sunday Morning!

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Until next time,


Dining at Tokyo Table

So here’s another one of my food trip adventures. Apologies, as this is another backlogged post. But it wasn’t too long ago, so it should be fine. This time, I was able to try out the dining experience over at Tokyo Table.

tokyotableDuring the holidays, we never really mind our budget and waistline, as we’re kind of on ‘holiday’ mode, where anything goes and money is not an object. Of course, we always come to regret it right around after New Year. Ha!

Some of my workmates and I had our team Christmas Party at Tokyo Table last December 15, 2014. It’s an all-you-can-eat restaurant located at the heart of City Time Square. City Time Square is a new arcade or commercial square, which is situated right next to Parkmall. It’s also right next to LIV Superclub, so for any of you party-goers out there, you’ll be able to locate the place no problem. Lots of parking space too, so no problem there.

Like the logo says, Tokyo Table is an all-you-can-eat restaurant the focuses on a mixture of yakiniku or grill (smokeless) style, sushi and a whole bevy of Asian flavors and cuisine. I was excited to try the place out, as lots of people had recommended the place. Did it live up to my expectations? Let’s find out!


The place was packed when we went there, and that was on a Monday evening dinner! So that was a good indication. It’s best for you to reserve a table in advance. They also have special private dining rooms for you to reserve in case you have a private function or small gathering or party.



The place was gorgeous! I apologize in advance for the horrible quality of the pictures since I was just using my cellphone, but the place still looks stunning nonetheless. There are Japanese paintings and characters adorned on the wall, and the fixtures are made mostly of wood. There are bamboo plants around the place, which give it a relaxing, zen garden type of vibe.


Each table has a grill where you can cook several types of meat (beef, pork, shrimp, chicken, squid, etc.) yakiniku style. The servers will just go up to your table every once in a while to place some more oil or to replace your grill entirely if there’s too much charred residue buildup. I think it’s a nice blend, where you can pick out food buffet style and still cook to your heart’s content with some other options. Mind you, there is one full table that is solely for raw meat and seafood, which you will find in the pictures below.



As of my count, there are about 25 different kinds of raw meat and seafood you can choose from. It might be a bit too much, but it’s nice to know that you’re definitely getting what you’re paying for in terms of options, as this buffet isn’t exactly affordable by any stretch of the imagination. I will comment that the meat we decided to grill was fresh, and most of it tasted good, it’s just that I would suggest that you try a bit of everything, and go back to the meats that were more to your liking. My personal favorite would be the lean strips of beef, as they cook almost instantly and taste real good! Some of the other meat options would take a really long time to cook, like chicken and pork, and it wasn’t really worth the hassle in my opinion.



Right next to the meats for the grill, we’ve got a full salad bar at your disposal! It’s not the most decked out salad bar, but they do have lots of sauces and condiments for you to make a delicious salad. It’s always a good touch when it’s on top of ice, so the ingredients stay fresh and cold. Personally, I always start a buffet out with a salad so I pace myself and ready my stomach for the heavy eating afterwards!




Right next to the salad bar is the sushi bar! I really found that boat to be a real nice decoration piece, and the chefs are just right behind the display, so if you have any requests, they are right there to cater to your sushi needs! They are constantly refilling the display, and there are lots of choices, which again, is a nice touch. I’m not really too keen with the raw tuna, I prefer the California Maki and other kinds of sushi rolls. I did try a little bit of everything and it was all fresh and good! Good to note that they have no shortage of Kikkoman soy sauce, which helped bolster the flavor, with just a tinge of Wasabi on the side.


Special mention goes out to the Ebi & Yasai Tempura! I just love Tempura and it is my favorite Japanese dish by far. I probably went and refilled my plate three to four times. The tempura was fresh, although I have to say that the flavor of it wasn’t anything special. Now, it was good, but not amazing. Still, this gets a special mention in my book, as an unlimited offering of Tempura will always get a nod of approval from me!





Now, contrary to the name of the restaurant, which is Tokyo Table, lots of the food being offered in the restaurant isn’t just specifically Japanese, but more of an Asian fusion cuisine. They switch up their menu every week or so, and there are lots of choices. As you can see from the pictures, there are lots of Filipino, Thai and Chinese dishes, so you can have your pick. There’s a special section for Chinese food, which they serve in the steamers, which is a nice touch, and the rest of the food is laid out in different plates and platters. No Lechon, mind you. There’s probably around 15-20 different dishes you can choose from the buffet, but to be honest, some were repetitive and I could only pick out a few that were actually really good. Again, the options are numerous, but not everything is tasty.



They’ve got unlimited softdrinks and different kinds of iced teas and lemonade, which is good. Also, they’ve got free-flowing coffee and their own draft beer concoction, which I personally didn’t get to try since I was so stuffed with just the food alone.



Lastly, we can’t forget about the dessert bar! When your stomach is bulging and you’re full as can be, you’ve still got to have room for dessert right? Well, Tokyo Table has that covered! They’ve got a lot of choices as well in the sweets and dessert department. Got to try a little bit of everything, and it was all really good! The only thing that was unfortunate was that some of the more delicious choices didn’t seem to get refilled like that blueberry cheesecake all by its lonesome.


Here’s a picture of me and the team, enjoying our meal! Smiling even though our bellies were bursting to the brim. Ha!


Here’s a picture of the pricing and how much you’ll expect to pay over at Tokyo Table.

Now, here’s a little thing that made me feel a bit cheated about my experience at Tokyo Table. If you were a bit observant with the pricing in the picture, it says that prices are VAT exclusive. Which we only found out about after the bill had arrived. So, expect to pay around 12% more than what is being shown. I’ve already calculated how much you’ll be expected to pay once the final bill arrives,.

Monday-Thursday lunch is PHP 550.00 per head. (around PHP 620.00 per head after VAT)

Monday-Thursday dinner is PHP 650.00 per head. (around PHP 720.00 per head after VAT)

Friday-Sunday Dinner as well as special holidays are PHP 750.00 per head. (around PHP 840.00 per head after VAT)

At least pricing is cheaper for the kids. Just make sure they’re below 4 feet. Ha!

You can check out their Facebook page here.

Reservations can be made at (032) 239-7000.

All in all, would I recommend Tokyo Table? Here is the verdict.

They’ve got a beautiful place and interior, and the food choices are numerous. It’s also an interesting concept of combining a buffet with a yakiniku grill, which makes for a totally unique dining experience. There is a full salad, dessert, and sushi bar as well as lots of plated dishes for you to choose from which are all from different Asian cuisines. Unlimited refills on drinks is also welcome. But with so many choices in the food department, only a handful are truly good and worth going back for in my opinion. In this case, it was quantity over quality. And with the price point they are charging customers, especially with it being VAT exclusive, I’d be hard pressed to recommend Tokyo Table price to value wise for your money. But not taking away all the good things from it, it has a lot going for it and it is definitely worthy of trying it once, but maybe not more beyond that.

Until next time,


Dining at Cafe Racer

My college friends and I had a sort of reunion during the December holidays. There are 7 of us in our group, all guys, and we always try to find time to meet up, even though we’ve all gone separate paths in terms of work and careers. It’s still always a hilarious time when we do gather, and it’s just like college all over again.

We tried out this relatively new place called Cafe Racer. This is another restaurant brought to us by John Pages, who has conceptualized other successful Cebu restaurants like Lantaw and Mismukuno Teppanyaki. It’s located at the North Reclamation Area. If you’re coming from SM City Cebu, it’s right after Amnezia Superclub, and if you’re coming from Mandaue, it’s after Jollibee. It has a huge gasoline station area, which used to be a Jetti Gasoline Station. It also has a huge sign that says Cafe Racer, so you can’t miss it.

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Now, I was going to post my own personal pictures, but I was just using my cellphone, so the quality was less than subpar. After I had browsed Cafe Racer’s Facebook page, I saw that they had some seriously beautiful pictures like the one above, so I decided to use some of their pictures as well. All credits go to their Facebook page.

We arrived there at around dinner time and we were pleasantly surprised at how huge the area was. There was this indoor dining area, an outdoor dining area, a fully functioning carwash and the gasoline station. I will let the pictures speak for themselves as to how gorgeous and Instagram-worthy the place was!

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This is the indoor dining area, and we’ll take a look at the interior later. But you can see the inspiration stemming from the old U.S. diners of the late 50’s, and it shows.

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Here it is at night. The bright LED’s again just scream U.S. diners of the late 50’s. The gasoline station is also prepped outside, and helps to promote the already gorgeous ambience of the indoor area. An interesting thing to note, those red gasoline tanks are actually functioning! But they don’t spew out gas. Rather, they serve the restaurant’s draft beer. How awesome is that! It’s a real nice added touch.


The carwash is fully functioning as well, and so if you want to bring your car or motorcycle and have it cleaned while you dine, it is certainly an option. Again, just the little things that take the experience up a notch.



If dining outdoors is more of your thing, you can certainly do so. They have lots of tables and chairs prepped outside. They use the front end of an old Volkswagen beetle to grill their BBQ and meats. How awesome is that? Again, that’s just another added touch that fits in theme with what they’re trying to achieve.


They’ve got some interesting tables in the outdoor area, using the front hood of old BMW’s! We haven’t even stepped inside, and I’m already amazed with how interesting this place is.

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They use an old Volkswagen as sort of their counter, which is super rad! All of the tables and chairs are really innovative, and these chairs in the picture above are made out of old oil drums. Really, the novelty is everywhere in this place.

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There is ample seating inside Cafe Racer, with about 10-12 sets of tables and chairs. Peep the awesome motorcycle just chilling on the side. Everywhere you look, there is an Instagram worthy picture waiting to be taken.

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The design cues really hit a home run here. They made tables out of old license plates, and the oil drums are modified and turned into couches. They even have a workstation of sorts as another design piece, with all sorts of tools and equipment. Bravo. You’d really feel like a mechanic or a car or motorcycle enthusiast in this place.

Since you’ve seen all the eye candy from the pictures, you can tell that this place has a very nice concept and even better design execution. Lots of new restaurants that open need to have that substance or niche that separates them from other restaurants, and I believe Cafe Racer has found its bearings. But enough of the design and look of the place, let’s take a look at their food!

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They’ve got a lot of variety with their food, as indicated by the menu above. Lots of sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, pastas, entrees and grilled food. There are lots of hot and cold drinks as well, with an assortment of coffee, softdrinks, juices and alcoholic beverages. They also have some desserts for you to try out. I was able to take pictures of some of the food we ordered.




Double Patty Burger Steak


BBQ & Chorizo


Bacon Bomb


Philly Cheese Steak


Fried Chicken


Chops with BBQ Sauce



Overall, the food was good, but not spectacular in my opinion. The Sisig, Fried Chicken, Chops with BBQ Sauce, Pork BBQ, Chorizo, Bacon Bomb and Philly Cheese Steak were good. My friend said the Double Patty Burger Steak was kind of dry and tasteless, so I’d go against ordering that particular dish. Maybe I was just so impressed with the interior and theme of the place, the actual food was a bit of a letdown. But again, I’m not saying that it’s bad, it was actually pretty okay, it’s just that I had my expectations up.

But for what you’re paying for, prices are fair. The serving was pretty generous on some of the dishes like the fried chicken and the chops. Each of us paid about PHP 250.00-300.00 for one entree each and some shared food like the fried chicken and sisig. We didn’t end up having any drinks inside as we had some beers outside afterwards. Didn’t try the dessert as well, but some of them looked pretty good and worth a try.


Unfortunately, we weren’t able to try their draft beer. But they do have a fine selection of some local and imported beers. I got myself a beer called Beck’s Beer. It was pretty good, with a slightly sweet and wheaty aftertaste. Here’s a picture of me and my barkada having ice cold beer after dinner and playing some cards. Does it get any better than this?

Would I recommend that you check out Cafe Racer? Definitely! It’s one of the newer restaurants to open with one of the best executed design themes that I’ve ever been to. If you’re a fan of cars, motorcycles, racing, old school U.S. inspirations, or just want a new restaurant to chill and check out, this place will pique your interest for sure. I’m pretty sure most people have never heard of this place yet, as it is a bit out of the way, but really, it’s worthy of a visit or two! The place is amazing, the food is decent, the prices are fair. Include it in your list for your next food trip!

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For inquiries and questions, you can check out their Facebook page here. You can also contact them at (032) 511-7798.

I believe they are open for lunch and dinner on most days. Catch you on the next post.

Until next time,


Fat Cow Burgers & Malts

Hey, everyone!

It is now officially the year 2015. 2014 was definitely a crazy year, and it went by so fast. One of the things I regret was ignoring this blog and leaving it to die on the sidewalk.

Sometimes, that writer’s block, also known as plain laziness, just kicked in and it hit real bad. I had tons of stuff I wanted to share throughout the year like new food places, new gadget and sneaker pick-ups, as well as other adventures and random experiences, but I just never found the time to sit down and actually get to it. But I’m back!

Now that it’s 2015, I think it’s time for a change. Now, I’m not going to promise that I’m going to be super active and blog everyday, but I’m going to try my best to get back into it, slowly but surely. If there’s anything interesting worth blogging, I’ll definitely share it with you guys. Also maybe throw in a few throwback posts from 2014.

Now, it was Christmas Day, and me and my parents just went out and visited some of their closest friends, dropping some gifts and greetings. We also went around the nearby mall, and almost decided to go home, then I heard of this new burger place in Banilad Town Center. It was called Fat Cow Burgers & Malts, and it really intrigued me, so I told them that we go check it out.


It’s an outdoor area underneath the stairs, right on the ground floor, where the Burrito Bar used to be. It’s on the left side of BTC, and is nearby Rustan’s Supermarket & Yellow Cab. You can’t miss it. It’s a quaint little area, but the place is really nice, and they’ve got around 7-8 tables, as well as the counter top where you can also choose to have your grub.


You pay in advance, and you pick up your order from the table, or they can serve it to you. The owner of Fat Cow also owns the Mexican restaurant right beside it, which is Pueblo Mexicano. So if you wish to eat with the luxury of air conditioning, you can have your food served at Pueblo Mexicano, you just have to pay a bit of extra. I was with my parents, so we availed their senior citizen discount. 32% off the bill is no joke! Major savings right there! Kidding aside, it was just nice that there was that little incentive as we get older.



Here is their menu. Of course, Fat Cow Burger & Malts servers burgers, as well as drinks and desserts. If you’re looking for sandwiches and salads, you will be severely disappointed. Their menu has a lot of choices in terms of ingredients to go with your burger. Lots of variety for sure. If you like cheese, or a double patty, or pineapple, or chili, or some other condiment add-ons, it’s all there. They also pair their burgers with the best sidekick there is, french fries. It also comes in different flavors. Also, with each burger you order, you can choose to make it a combo meal by adding PHP 100.00. They also have a Burger of the Month, which you can check out. They are priced well for what it’s worth.

They’ve got some softdrinks, some beers and some iced tea and lemonade options. We didn’t order any dessert, but I might try their milkshake and ice cream cookie sandwich next time.

They grill all their burgers and it is 100% premium beef! You have the option of going with white bread or going healthy with the wheat bread. Personally, if I wanted to eat healthy, I wouldn’t have gone to this place, but it’s nice that there is a bit of an option, all in all. It arrives hot and toasty after about 10 minutes or so.






We ordered the Pineapple Teriyaki Burger and the Holy Cow! U.S. Angus Burger. As you can expect, the Pineapple Teriyaki Burger had a slab of pineapple and that generous Teriyaki sauce. It was a bit too sweet for my liking, and although I really like pineapples, I don’t really like it with my burgers. The Holy Cow! U.S. Angus Burger however, was delicious! Grilled just right, and served hot, each bite was a delectable slab of beef, mixed with tomato, lettuce, mustard and ketchup, and it was heavenly! Tasted real good. A good old fashioned grilled burger. Nothing like the fastfood burgers, which taste too processed for my liking. This really hit home!

The fries are stored in these tin cans, which remind me of the containers you use to make Leche Flan. It was really good too! Traditional in taste, cut in bigger cut pieces than your regular McDonald’s fries, and just a hint of salt. Delicious to pair with your burger and coke!


All in all, that satisfied smile from me and my parents says it all. Selfie game on point! Fat Cow Burger & Malts has a tried and tested formula that works. 100% Premium beef that is grilled to perfection, with quality condiments and ingredients, and really good french fries as a fitting companion. It is competitively priced relative to the other burger places like Burger Joint & Flame It, as you can enjoy a full meal for under PHP 300.00. This gets my stamp of approval!

If you get a chance and stop by BTC, definitely get a burger from Fat Cow, it’s well worth it!

Contact them at (032) 511-4028 and give your taste buds a treat.

Until next time! I’ll catch you on the next blog post.


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