10th Birthday Treat at Sarsa Kitchen + Bar

Our 5th grader turned 10 years old last July 7. We didn’t get to celebrate that day because he was in school. His Dad treated him instead to a post-birthday dinner at Sarsa Kitchen + Bar in SM Megamall. We’ve already been to Sarsa’s SM Mall of Asia branch last year, and we enjoyed our dining experience there. We went to a nearer branch this time to have dinner with our birthday boy.

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Tortang Talong with Sardines & Kesong Puti, Php210.00

If I’m not mistaken this Tortang Talong with Sardines & Kesong Puti used to be called Tortang Talong with Crispy Sardines & Kesong Puti. I clearly remembered this dish because it was one of our favorites during our visit to their MOA branch. Well, we still liked it. I missed the crunch of the crispy sardines, though. I also noticed that there was less kesong puti now sprinkled on top of the tortang talong, but hey, it still tasted great. It’s served with pinakurat and chili banana ketchup.

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Twice-Cooked Pork Belly, Php325.00

It was our first time to try this Twice-Cooked Pork Belly. As expected, the meat was tender. Served on the same plate alongside the meat is the ginamos gata and chili garlic sauce, so you actually have a choice to eat the pork belly on its own or have it drizzled with some sauce. I like it with the sauce.

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Tuna Sisig, Php365.00

Want a healthier sisig? Then try Sarsa’s Tuna Sisig. They used tuna chicharon here, so the sisig is chewy rather than crispy or soft. Aside from tuna chicharon, this Tuna Sisig also has lambanog onions, atsuete aioli and egg. It’s served on a sizzling plate with calamansi wedge on the side.

The birthday boy had a little of everything, but it was actually hubby and me who enjoyed our dinner more. And oh, my Buko Pandan Shake was also refreshing! I didn’t have a good picture of it, though.

Sarsa Kitchen + Bar
3rd Floor, Building A
SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City

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Ooma at SM Megamall

We’ve eaten at Ooma in SM Megamall more than two months ago, but this busy momma had her hands full these past few days. Now that my son’s exam week is over, I can finally update my blogs. Yay! Our dinner at Ooma consisted of Buta Kakuni, Chicken Teriyaki, Scallop and Tuna Aburi Maki, and Ebi Tempura.

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Buta Kakuni, Php365.00

Slow-roasted pork belly, anyone? That’s actually the main reason why hubby ordered Buta Kakuni. He simply couldn’t resist the lure of the soft, tender meat topped with radish, scallion and pickled carrots. What he didn’t notice on the menu when he ordered this, however, was the coconut sauce which he wasn’t very fond of. I tried it, too, and we shared the same opinion. The pork belly was quite delightful, but the coconut sauce made it a bit cloying.

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Chicken Teriyaki, Php295.00

Our 10-year-old son opted to have Chicken Teriyaki, which he liked very much. He enjoyed every bite of this perfectly grilled chicken thigh with teriyaki sauce. This is served with vegetable salad with Miso vinaigrette dressing. But because he isn’t fond of veggies, he gave all the salad to his momma. Lucky me!

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Scallop and Tuna Aburi Maki, Php295.00

Need a little zing in your maki? I suggest you try Ooma’s Scallop and Tuna Aburi Maki. It has torched scallop and tuna with cucumber, sesame seeds, nori crumbs, scallion, teriyaki sauce, spicy mayo and kimchi aioli.

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Ebi Tempura (7 pcs.) Php385.00

Of course, we had to order Ebi Tempura, too. It’s a crispy tempura-battered shrimp sprinkled with aonori (powdered seaweed) and served with tempura sauce, aligue mayo and avocado mousse. Not bad!

I’d give Ooma a thumbs-up for their lovely food presentation! I so love that perfect balance of colors! Everything we ordered was okay. Hubby’s wish, though, was for the Buta Kakuni to have a different sauce.

3/F Mega Fashion Hall
SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City

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Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan

We have recently discovered (through hubby’s friend and officemate) a quaint dining place at Greenhills Shopping Center that you can go to if you’re craving for Pinoy comfort food and/or Filipino dishes with a twist or even an all-day breakfast. It’s called Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino. Our early family dinner there more than a week ago consisted of Crispy Pinakbet with Crunchy Pork Belly, Chicken Inasal Sisig and Honey Fried Chicken.

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Crispy Pinakbet with Crunchy Pork Belly, Php300.00

Crispy Pinakbet with Crunchy Pork Belly, sounds interesting, right? It has all the ingredients of pinakbet (veggies, meat and sauce with shrimp paste) but prepared and served differently. All the ingredients, pork belly included, are breaded and fried to crunchy perfection with the pinakbet sauce placed separately on a small metal pot. To enjoy the crispiness of the veggies and meat, we had a bite of either the veggie or pork belly (or both) for each spoonful of steamed rice drizzled with pinakbet sauce. It was delightful at the beginning but the oil in both veggies and meat made it a little bit cloying (nakakaumay) in the end. It was an experience worth trying, though.

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Chicken Inasal Sisig, Php275.00

Can’t decide between Chicken Inasal and Sisig? Then give Casa Reyes’s Chicken Inasal Sisig a try. It’s soft and chewy, instead of crunchy. It’s also made not spicy perhaps to retain the inasal flavor of the chicken which is what’s unique about this sisig dish.

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Honey Fried Chicken, Php255.00

Our son ordered the slightly sweet Honey Fried Chicken that’s a combination of crispy (outside) and soft and juicy (inside). It’s an all-day breakfast meal served with garlic fried rice sunny-side up egg and atchara (pickled papaya). He liked it, but he wasn’t able to finish everything on his plate because he said his tummy was already full.

If you noticed, dishes at Casa Reyes are served on wooden plates lined with banana leaves, and rice is served in small metal pots. I love those details! On our next visit, we’d love to try their Buko Chopsuey, Aligue Rice and Arrozcaldo-Goto.

Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino
Ground Floor, Connecticut Carpark Arcade
Greenhills Shopping Center
Greenhills, San Juan City

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