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(My) Places to Dine In List Part 2

Since my last list of places to dine in was such a success (I've visited 4 out of the 5 restaurants. I still don't have the chance of visiting Van Gogh is Bipolar. I will visit Maginhawa in the future, I promise!), and since October is my birth month (yey!), I've compiled a brand new list of other food joints I want to visit.

I'm very happy to have met new people that I found I had common ground with (aka FOOD) so I had new insights of where to go and what to try and I could just panic at the thought that the choices are endless and there's just so little time!

Here's the list I've compiled, the result of a week's research through the internet, of the most interesting restaurants (based on visual and palate appeal hehe) that I'd like to visit. The list, by the way, is in no particular order. Heheee.

1. Cafe 1771

photo from www.jinlovestoeat.com
Really, really, really nice interiors. Mismatched chairs, wonderful palette of colors, books, laid back ambiance, and a lot of patterns here and there. I felt drawn in. Of course, judging by the pictures, eating there looks quite pricey but that's okay for me since I've never really read any bad reviews from food bloggers.

What I'm excited to try:
Holy Cow Pizza (photo from animetric.blogspot.com)
Tomato and Cheese Fondue (photo from www.wheninmanila.com)
Cafe 1771 is located at El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center
Cafe 1771 Official Facebook Page 

2. La Creperie

Saw this resto when the boyfriend and I dined at Johnny Rockets about two weeks ago. I must be a very visual person because I was enticed (again) by the place's lovely interiors. First thing that comes to mind when you say crepe was of course, dessert. Contrary to that, crepes can either be the sweet kind (desserts) or the savory kind.

photo from www.thatgirltrixie.com
Quaint, very French, feels cozy and homey because of the yellow color. When we passed by La Creperie, I quickly made a mental note (that I had to write down later because I am forgetful) to visit this place.

What I'm excited to try:
Mango and Peach with Nutella crepe. OH. MY. LORD. (photo from faultymemories.wordpress.com)
La Creperie is located at 2nd Level, The Veranda, Robinsons Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Quezon City

3. Wingman (Read my review here!)

photo from www.manilareviews.com
I was scurrying through the internet about two weeks ago to find a new place to go with my college friend, Janina. My search using Google led me to a blog (forgot which one) that reviewed/blogged about Wingman. I currently live in Makati but lazy me never really tried of looking for restaurants there (except for Bagnet 8065). 

Okay, so the point is I'm really excited to try this:
photo from nurseziba.wordpress.com
HOLY MOTHER OF DESSERTS! The Deep Fried Snickers Bar! Yes, I've tried the fried Snickers bar in Mercato BGC (by Funnel Cakes, which will be discussed in another post) but this looks sinfully, sinfully nothing like the former.

Snickers bar coated with pancake batter, then fried then topped with whipped cream, drizzled with chocolate syrup and a scoop vanilla ice cream. Heaven!

Looking forward to be surprised by other items on their menu!

Wingman is located at Suite B, The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati
Wingman Official Facebook Page

4. Mr. Jones

photo from www.shensaddiction.com
The elusive Mr. Jones. For the longest time, we've been planning to eat here but because of work schedule, I always fail to pay a visit. And they've been in my radar far too long because they serve all-day breakfast!

What I'm excited to try:
1/2 Inch Thick Double-Smoked Bacon and Eggs (photo from everythingtatia.wordpress.com)
Maple Bacon Sundae (photo from www.spot.ph)
Mr. Jones is located at Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St., Ayala Center, Makati City

5. Brew-Kus "The Bev-Wich Shop"

This was a suggested by a friend from work after I relentlessly asked him of suggestions for new places where I could eat breakfast. He said this and Pan Pacific Hotel's breakfast buffet but since I'm not a big fan of buffets, I immediately googled for this joint. They got a very unique name, too!

photo from www.r0ckstarm0mma.com
I was not disappointed. All I read were positive reviews from food bloggers in the cyber realms! All the photos I saw just made me more ecstatic to eat here!

What I'm excited to try:
Crisp Spinach Ravioli (photo from www.r0ckstarm0mma.com)
This Baked Salmon just looks succulent. (photo from heftyfoodie.wockynest.com)
Nutella ( <3 ) and Banana French Toast (photo from heftyfoodie.wockynest.com)
Brew-Kus is located at Unit G02 139 Corporate Center Bldg139, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City

6. Torch (Read my review here!)

photo from lifeisf.blogspot.com
I'm a bit biased with restaurants that have big servings of their food. (Well, who wouldn't be, right?) I found out about Torch when I was looking for restaurants in Greenhills that we could try after an afternoon of shopping. I got the impression (after I looked at photos online) that this restaurant was the type that serves food in small portions (like those plating styles in Master Chef haha) and I got a bit hesitant. But then I saw this:

Volcano Roll - Baked scallops and melted mozarella (photo from www.jinlovestoeat.com)
Philly Cheese Steak Pizza (photo from shootfirsteatlater.com)
Nothing else in that moment mattered. Okay. I was very wrong. I'm totally trying this place out.

Torch Restaurant is located at the Home Studio Building, 63 Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan City

7. Offbeat

photo from masticatemanila.tumblr.com
No other explanation. Offbeat automatically makes it to the list because of this:

Offbeat Burger - All-beef patty with cheese, bacon, and sunny side up egg sandwiched in between Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts. (photo from happyfoodies.com)
Offbeat is located at 7274 Malugay Street Makati City, Makati

8. Grams Diner (Read my review here!)

Zena recommended this place before as she wanted to get together (I haven't seen her for so long!) with me and Cy. Another breakfast joint in my list! Yes, I truly love breakfast food. 

photo from jasetiojanco.wordpress.com
The ambiance looks nice. They serve American food and prices were reasonable according to some blogs! Perfect! They also have this doodle wall of sorts that you can write anything you like!

photo from gee-secrets.blogspot.com
What I'm excited to try:

Burstin' Breakfast - 2 strips of bacon, 2 strips of ham, 2 sausage links, 2 eggs, toast, and home fries (photo from thepickiesteater.net)
Photos were from the Grams Diner located at Crossroad, 32nd StFort Bonifacio, Taguig

9. Tokyo Cafe (Read my review here!)

I always see this restaurant in Robinsons Pioneer whenever I'm on my way to work. I thought their signage was really cute (with Tokyo related images filling my mind) and it really got me curious. I was quite surprised that I was not able to find a lot of reviews about Tokyo Cafe, which made me want to try this restaurant even more! 

Sorry, I can't find decent photos of the store showing their exterior with their signage!

What I'm excited to try:

Chicken cheese balls (photo from ourawesomeplanet.net)
I guess, I know where I'll be going next week for my birthday. :D

Tokyo Cafe is located at Robinson’s Cybergate Plaza – Ground Level EDSA corner Pioneer St., Mandaluyong
Other branches:
  • SM Mall of Asia (MOA) – Ground Flr, South Wing
  • SM The Block – 2nd Flr, SM North Edsa, Quezon City
  • The Venice Piazza – Ground Level McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

(As of writing, it's already 1:42 PM. It took me so long to finish this post -- I started yesterday afternoon -- I keep running out of words to say. Finally, this list is done! I'm gonna go ahead and grab myself some chips to celebrate! Hahaha.)