Katherine’s Café, Ayala Malls Vertis North

It took us three visits to Ayala Malls Vertis North before we finally succumbed to the charms of Katherine’s Cafe. This resto’s bright and lively interior is enough to make passersby give it a second look, come inside, and expect something delightful.

This is what you’ll see printed on the paper placemat of Katherine’s Café.

If these words don’t make you excited to savor this resto’s offerings, then I don’t know what will.

Nana’s Beef Tapa, Php398

Hubby had Nana’s Beef Tapa, which consists of sirloin beef tapa, egg, perfect sunny-side up egg, garlic fried rice, tomato salsa, and achara (pickled papaya). He seemed to like it as I didn’t hear him say anything negative about his food. I noticed, however, that the portion sizes of the side dishes were too small.

Roasted Lemongrass Chicken, Php298

This Roasted Lemongrass Chicken is slow-cooked roasted boneless chicken leg, served with herbed rice, sautéed vegetables, and white pepper gravy. My initial thought upon seeing my colorful plate was that one flavor might overpower another, but that didn’t happen. On the contrary, the herbed rice nicely complemented the soft and tasty chicken. I also loved the vegetable combination of cherry tomatoes, young corn and string beans!

Classic Carbonara, Php328

Carbonara is my son’s all-time favorite pasta dish. If a restaurant has this on their menu, he’d most likely prefer it over rice meals. So Classic Carbonara it was for him. This carbonara used linguini, instead of spaghetti, and has cream, bacon, parmesan, and egg yolk. I tried some of what’s left on his plate, and it was good! Creamy and delicious!

Oreos and Cream Milkshake (Php198) and Nana’s Grean Tea Lemonade (Php160)

Our tweener couldn’t say no to Oreos and Cream Milkshake. It’s a thick and creamy milkshake that’s not too sweet. He loved the taste but wished it were less thick so that he could easily sip it with a straw. On the other hand, the taste of the green tea in Nana’s Grean Tea Lemonadewas so subtle you’d actually miss it if you’re not paying attention. I still liked it, though.

Our first dining experience at Katherine’s Café was delightful. We’re definitely going back there again!

Katherine’s Café
G/F Ayala Malls Vertis North
Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City

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Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge Brings Back Aperitivo

Aperitivo returns to Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila! Once again, guests can savor a platter of premium Italian charcuterie and antipasti such as salami, prosciutto, and ham, with blue cheese, brie, and manchego cheese. Shrimp salad and salmon with sardines are added to the line-up of appetizing items together with a basket of bread and spread selections. All of these are paired with your choice of one red or white wine bottle or beer. A set for two is available at PHP 1,888, while a set for four persons is available at PHP 3,500.

Aperitivo at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge is available daily, from 5PM to 8PM. For more information about this promotion and Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, please contact (02) 720-7777 or email restaurant.mnl@marcopolohotels.com. Please log-on to www.marcopolohotels.com for more details on the Hotel’s ongoing promotions. Subscribe to updates via social media through the Hotel’s official social media accounts: facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila and @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter and Instagram.

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Livestock at Uptown Parade, BGC

Hubby has been convincing us (Justin and me) for the longest time to go to Livestock. After he visited this pork specialty restaurant with his friends and officemates a few months back, he has been raving about their Crispy Pata.

We finally found the chance to dine at Livestock last May when they had their company summer outing at Grand Hyatt Manila (Grand Hyatt), which is a few walks away from Uptown Parade. We had dinner at Livestock, Uptown Parade during our first night at Grand Hyatt.

Melt-in-your-mouth Crispy Pata, Php698

Of course, we didn’t forget to order their infamous Melt-in-your-mouth Crispy Pata. I tell you, every bite is a delight! This is how it looks like when they serve it on the table. If you’re wondering what that popsicle stick is doing in that Crispy Pata, well, it has a special purpose, and that is to show how really soft and tender this Crispy Pata is, earning it the name “Melt-in-your-mouth Crispy Pata.”

This is how this Crispy Pata looks like after it was sliced using just the popsicle stick. See that pork crackling? It’s so crispy you never want to stop munching on it. The meat is moist and flavorful, too! All three of us enjoyed this immensely!

Cumin Butter Snapper, Php560

To be honest, the Melt-in-your-mouth Crispy Pata was already more than enough for our small family of three, but we wanted to have healthy food on our table, too, to lessen the guilt of savoring a sinfully delicious dish. That’s why we ordered this Cumin Butter Snapper. This is pan-fried red snapper with cumin butter emulsion. It’s only hubby and I who ate this since Justin was already satisfied with the Crispy Pata. It was also good, but it’s the Crispy Pata that won our hearts and palates!

Don’t miss the chance to relish Livestock’s Melt-in-your-mouth Crispy Pata, too! You won’t regret it for sure!

2/F Uptown Parade
Bonifacio Global City

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