Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sarap Pinoy sa Serye

After watching over my kid who was non-stop running around at the playground and riding a pedaled race cart with my kid sitting on a sidecar for 30 minutes at the Q.C. Circle on a Sunday noon....I thought I would get a heat stroke because the weather was too hot! I definitely needed a break so we decided to have lunch at Serye because I bought a voucher there for food and drinks worth P500. Another great buy because I only paid half the price. 

The place was quite packed since it was lunchtime but they still accommodated us and even accepted my voucher even if I did not make any reservation. We stayed in a cozy corner with a TV on top but it only showed advertisements so the kids did not really pay attention to it. 

Serye was owned by the famous Reyes family who is known for their barbeque so it is a must-have to order a BBQ dish. We ordered a 3-piece chicken barbeque dish which includes java rice, atsara and peanut sauce. It was worth around P280 but it can be shared by 2 to 3 people. We just ordered additional garlic rice which is actually a plain rice topped with garlic bits.  I prefer real sinangag garlic rice where you can see the garlic mixed in the rice. I highly recommend this dish because the chicken tastes good especially with the sauce.

We also ordered Bangus Belly Sinigang for the kids and it was a little spicy but I was glad the kids were able to eat it. It was served in a hot pot with a flame under it so the soup won't get cold...bright idea! This dish has a lot of ingredients in it unlike the Sinigang sa Hipon that we ordered at Barrio Fiesta where the few shrimps were swimming in a huge bowl of soup. I prefer a small bowl but has a lot of stuff in it.
We wanted to order Crispy Pata because there is  price in the menu indicating it per gram but the waiter told us we can't order a small portion and the minimum order is worth P500. Okay! so I think they should just put a fixed price of crispy pata there rather than making the customers believe that we can order a small portion of it. So we just decided to order pork sizzling sisig. I did not eat much of it because I got the largest piece of chicken so that was even hard for me to finish. My friends told me it was good though. 
And for dessert, my friend ordered blueberry cheesecake and 3 of us plus the 2 kids shared  it. It was the perfect ending to a nice Filipino meal. Really rich, sweet and overflowing with blueberry. Love it! My friend wanted to order hot choco and coffee but they were out of it so we just had the desert with water.
Everything was good but when we got the bill! Kablam, my friend paid an additional of  around P600 so I guess that would have been the service charge and tax. My advice for those using a voucher, never exceed the amount indicated in your voucher so as not to be charged additional. 
Here is the Serye Menu for those who might be interested in eating there. 

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Alfredo's Steak House Does Not Sizzle Anymore

It was a rainy day...I barely spent 15 minutes at home after a long day at work...with a bad headache...I felt like I just wanted to sleep...but family is more important to me...so we went to Alfredo's Steak House in Tomas Morato to meet-up with my sister and her family because it was her birthday. I was glad it was just near our place and traffic was not that bad for a Friday night. The last time I was at Alfredo's Steak House was when I was still small...maybe more than 20 years ago...oops! now I gave out a clue on my age. As far as I can remember, Alfredo's steaks are really delicious, tasty and satisfyin. But that was years ago so it is like remembering how Duncan Hines Chocolate Chip Cookies taste like...Yummy! this was my favorite cookie when I was in grade school...I can still remember the softness and chewiness...Do they still sell this?
I was excited to see if the Alfredo's I knew before was still the same. The place looked the same with the Western-style theme. There are huge carriage wheels on the ceiling...pardon for the bad pictures...
My kid sat on a high chair...he barely fit in it because he was tall but he managed to sit comfortably...
We waited for about 30 mins to an hour for our order...so my kid got impatient and asked me to take him to the restroom. Having a comfortable and well-equipped restroom is essential for running a high-end restaurant so I expected a lot from it. 

There's a hand-drier (the little girl removed the plug after she used it...glad she did not get grounded), bidet, toilet paper and hand soap. I suggest that they use a liquid soap so it won't be messy. It grosses me out using a hand soap used by a stranger. I also hope they have a lower sink for kids because my kid had a hard time washing his hands.


Dinner finally arrived! I did not hear the steak sizzle and see any smoke coming from the hot plate when they served it. My sister asked the waiter to change the plate because her food was cold...maybe it was left at the serving area for a long time and they totally forgot to give it. The other steak they served was piping hot so her hubby was satisfied with that.
We also ordered grilled blue marlin, fish and chips, BBQ shrimp on horseback (dunno why they called it horseback) and steak/chicken meal. My mom told me that her blue marlin was cold and my shrimp was also cold but I still ate it because I was hungry.



The shrimp was reasonably priced. It is worth P350 and consists of 2 sticks of shrimp kebab with side salad and rice. The others I think are quite expensive and to eat them cold is a huge turn off. I don't think I would eat there again unless it is for free of course.
Check out Alfredo's Steak House Menu (warning: not advisable for the low budget diners...like me..hehehe)


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