Last week, I accepted a challenge to dine in nine restaurants in less than four hours. What was I thinking? How could I eat in several cafes and bistros in such a limited time? Could I possibly survive that day? What would happen to my daily 1200 calorie diet? Well, all of these will be answered somewhere along today’s post. Shall I keep going?
SM Mega Food Tour V2.0 is an event at SM Megamall where nine international restaurants along SM Mega Fashion Hall were lined up for foodies to try out. Bloggers were divided into several groups and each batch had its own food tour guide. It was my first food tour and for someone who rarely eats at buffets, I was careful to eat moderately so as not to upset my stomach. Let’s see how I fared at the end of the day, okay?
1. Ippudo Philippines
Our first restaurant was Ippudo Philippines. Twice this month, my Japanese friends and I tried but failed to dine in here because 1. It was still closed, and 2. There was a private tasting event. Though I haven’t tried Ippudo when I was in Japan, my Nihon buddies vouched that this is extremely good.
Perfect place to practice your zuzutto!
Sired by the ramen king Shigemi Kawahara, Ippudo was first established in 1985 and has been a popular noodle house in Japan. With its Hakata-style tonkotsu and its rich and flavorful soup, it is no wonder it gained a reputation to Japanese people.
Shiromaru Motoaji Ramen
Aside from ramen, Ippudo also offers other side dishes to complement their ramen.
Nikumiso Tofu Salad
2. Linguini Fini
This Hongkong-based Italian restaurant is finally in the Philippines. It boasts having authentic Italian cuisine using fresh and organic ingredients coupled with its nose-to-tail philosophy.
Antipasto, the Straccetti di Manzo
Papardelle Nose-to-tail Bolo. With freshly prepared pasta and veal and oxtail ragout, definitely in tuned with its nose-to-tail philosophy
My favourite would be Linguini Fini’s Porchetta, a slow roasted pork belly with caramelized onion marmalade. It can be served either sliced or chopped and I definitely prefer the latter.
Our second Japanese restaurant in the tour, Rosanjin offers authentic and classic dining experience at affordable prices. Be sure to look up when you enter; it has Japanese umbrellas (wagasa) for ceiling décor.
Rosanjin’s Japanese set for only Php 450. Consists of tempura, grilled mackerel, a bowl of sushi, miso soup, and four side dishes. And oh, unlimited rice. This is a winner!
4. Cupcakes by Sonja
Fourth stop tempted my sweet tooth as we were assaulted with various confectionary delights.
Signature red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing
Sweet bacon and waffle milkshake
5. Tim Ho Wan
I always see a long queue whenever I pass this restaurant and I told myself that someday I will dine here. As part of the Mega Food Tour, bloggers didn’t need to line up as we tasted the Chinese restaurant’s iconic pork bun.
6. Triple O’s
Already stuffed, I continued the tour and found myself in Triple O’s by White Spot – Canada’s sauciest, juiciest, tastiest, and bestest burgers around. I have tried one of their burgers and I can say that they use premium beef patties.
Partner it with their sweet potato fries and strawberry milkshake for a perfect meal.
7. Eri Curry
I’m a sucker when it comes to Japanese curry. In fact, I can eat curry for five straight days and yes, I have done that before. Eri Curry provides Japanese-style katsu curry dishes, as well as sushi, maki, and salad.
To have the perfect Eri Curry experience, one must choose a curry plate, amount of rice, and spiciness level. Additional toppings can also be customized.
8. Kool Kids Craft Ice Cream
The Chemistry geek in me squealed when I learned that we would try liquid nitrogen ice cream for dessert. It was very exciting to see science being applied to food!
The owner, Miguel Aranaz, was hands-on as he freshly prepared our cold treats. With fresh and premium ingredients, Kool Kids was able to provide flavorful and delicious ice cream. Thumbs up!
9. Mochi Cream Café
Our last stop was Mochi Cream Café where we feasted on cute and colorful mochi and matcha desserts. It is the only one in the Philippines to have authentic flavored mochi as all premium ingredients were directly imported from Japan.
Signature mochi in various flavors. They currently have 24!
Matcha dacquiose is my favourite among them all. It is a uniquely flavoured combination of mochi, matcha, and almonds. The taste is not too sweet and I confess that I devoured three of these.
And that’s the end of the Mega Food Tour V2.0. It was an awesome experience for me and it holds a new record of the most number of restaurants I dined in a day. I didn’t get tired of going in and out of these nine restaurants as most of them are conveniently located at the newly opened SM Mega Fashion Hall. As for my stomach, it fared well – just shy of bursting at the seams. For my diet, it seems I have to detox, stat!
Have you joined in any food tour? Which among the restaurants listed above are you most interested in? Comment below and let me know your thoughts. 🙂