Sunnies Café at SM Megamall

It was October last year when we first visited Sunnies Café at SM Megamall. Being first-timers here, hubby and I played it safe by ordering their recommended dishes: Spicy Garlic Butter Shrimp and Pan-seared Miso Salmon. Our son went for one of his favorite pasta dishes, the Creamy Carbonara.

Spicy Garlic Butter Shrimp, Php460

Hubby’s Spicy Garlic Butter Shrimp is fresh garlic butter-roasted shrimp with chili fingers, black bean puree, salsa and cilantro lime rice. This was delightful! I know because I had some of it. The combination of garlic, butter and chili made the shrimp even more appetizing. I didn’t try the salsa and rice, though, just the shrimp.

Pan-seared Miso Salmon, Php470

My order, the Pan-seared Miso Salmon, is miso-glazed salmon with scallion brown rice and simple salad. I particularly liked the simple salad of lettuce, tomatoes, onion and sweet corn kernels with a sweet and tangy dressing. It went well with the miso salmon and the brown rice with green onions.

Creamy Carbonara, Php260

Our son’s Creamy Carbonara is linguini with smoked bacon, sous vide egg and Grana Padano cheese. There are two technical terms here that I’m not familiar with, so I had to find out what they mean. says sous vide (pronounced sue-veed with the accent on the second syllable) is “the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath.” Grana Pradano, on the other hand, is a kind of cheese that originated from Italy made from unpasteurized cow’s milk. According to, it’s “one of the few cheeses that can possibly compete with the King of Cheeses, Parmigiano-Reggiano.”
These two foreign terminologies alone (sous vide and Grana Pradano) already piqued my interest in this pasta dish, but I dared not touch it for fear of my son’s wrath. Lol! But his thumb of approval was already enough indication that he enjoyed it.

Sunnies Café has a wide range of food choices (soup, salad, all-day brunch, main course) and drinks, both hot and cold. There’s something for each member of the family in this cafe, so it’s really worth a visit.

Sunnies Café
2/F Bridgeway corner Atrium
SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City

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Arroz Ecija in Greenhills, San Juan

It was October last year when we chanced upon Arroz Ecija in Greenhills. While our 11-year-old son liked to go somewhere else for lunch, he had no choice but to come with us because it was already late, we were quite famished already and we didn’t have the energy to walk any longer. We just wanted to eat, period!

Our uber late lunch consisted of the 72-Hour Bagnet and Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa con Alimasag. For dessert, we had Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel, Malaubeng Panaginip and Hot Homemade Ube Cookie con Queso Ice Crème.

72-Hour Bagnet (1/2 slab), Php490

This 72-Hour Bagnet was highly recommended to us by the waitstaff when we asked what food we should try at Arroz Ecija. A laminated food poster hanging on the wall of the restaurant gave us a clear idea of what to expect when you order this popular house specialty: crunchy crackling with succulent layered meat and fat that’s packed with natural pork flavor and slightly salted. Well, they kept true to their promise because that’s exactly what we got. All three of us loved it!

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa con Alimasag, Php245

Kalabasa con Alimasag was the perfect complement to the 72-Hour Bagnet. It’s squash and string beans with crab meat in coconut milk. Now I’m not really fond of squash but I ate everything from this platter with gusto. The sauce is creamy and well-seasoned, and the combined flavors of the local veggies and crab meat was pure bliss.

Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel, Php65

Soft, chewy and sweet with a hint of salty is how I would describe this slice of Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel.

Malaubeng Panaginip, Php75

Malaubeng Panaginip, nice name! This ube leche flan, according to hubby, was fine. He didn’t elaborate on his comment, though. Lol!

Hot Homemade Ube Cookie con Queso Ice Crème, Php155

This Hot Homemade Ube Cookie con Queso Ice Crème with cashew nuts is another sweet treat fancied by our young man who’s both a cookie lover and cheese lover. He enjoyed it but didn’t finish all of it. The serving was actually big because it’s meant for sharing. The solution? Hubby and I ate what’s left.

Arroz Ecija
Ground Floor
Connecticut Carpark Arcade
Greenhills Shopping Center
San Juan City

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Tempting Signature Chocolates at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Marco Polo’s signature chocolate treats will surely satisfy your sweet cravings. These scrumptious delights from the Chocolate Tinsel Town are simply irresistible!

Try Marco Polo’s Silk Road Iced Coffee. Created from overnight-infused coffee flavored with cinnamon syrup and milk, this enticing sweet treat consists of a blended iced frappuccino poured into a swirled, chocolate-glazed glass, symbolyzing the roads well-travelled of the Silk Road. Topped with marshmallow, burnt gold-peaked meringues are flambé-finished by blow torch, emanating the sun-glinting mountains along the legendary route. The infused frappuccino combined with the crunchy cinnamon s’mores brings perfection to every sip.

The hotel’s signature cake, the Chocolate Haven, is also a dessert you’ll love on the first bite! It has three textures of succulent dark chocolate flavors that melt in your mouth: Dark Chocolate Sponge, Dark Chocolate Mousse and Dark Chocolate Glaze. Enjoy a slice or whole of a special layer of crème brulee that complements the bitter taste of chocolate.

Café Pronto is located at the Ground Floor level of the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award winner Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. To know more about the hotel, visit Follow the Hotel in Facebook at or @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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