Filipino Food

LET’S ALL ‘SNACK TO SAWA’ AT BARRIO FIESTA’S MERIENDA BUFFET!


Barrio Fiesta is known for its mouthwatering Filipino dishes. I have experienced dining there once, and I have to admit that their dishes are definitely extremely delicious. That is why no wonder that Barrio Fiesta is one of the most well-known and established Filipino restaurant in the country. Aside from offering delectable Filipino dishes, Barrio Fiesta is also known for its ‘Snack to Sawa’ a.k.a their Merienda Buffet, wherein they also offer famous Pinoy meriendas.

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Last Monday (March 16, 2015), I asked Admin Lavern to eat with me at Barrio Fiesta SM North EDSA. So we got to the place quite a bit late (3:00 PM). And as a consequence, some of the plates there are half empty, but lucky us it is not too late at that time that’s why the plates are still being refilled with food by the crews. We’re still able to enjoy the food at Barrio Fiesta when we dine. Haha!  I don’t want to make this story long, so without further ado, here’s our experience at Barrio Fiesta.

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Just after you step on the main door of Barrio Fiesta you’ll see the long buffet table at your left. It contains all of the food available in their merienda buffet.

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On the first part of the table there you have the different sauces (Soy Sauces, Vinegar Sauce and Sweet and Sour Sauce), Tokwa’t Baboy, Vegetable Balls, Puto, Okoy, Palabok, and Kakanin. I was able to taste all except for the Palabok because I find it unappetizing. As per the taste of those I was able to eat, it’s all good! I really liked the Tokwa’t Baboy and the Vegetable Balls the most! It’s very tasteful!

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The second part of the table contains Lugaw, Dinuguan, and Lomi (sorry for the messy presentation). Their Dinuguan was very great, so as their Lomi (which I loved the most!). I can’t believe that with only Php 150.00 we’re able to taste such delicious Filipino merienda! That’s totally worth the money!

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On the last part of the table are the desserts (except for the Ginilng na Baboy): Sandwich, Sweetened Banana Cuts, Camote Cue, Ginataang Halo-Halo, Biko, Kutsinta, and Maja Blanca. I was only able to taste the Maja Blanca, and it taste good! How I wish I was able to taste all of those food! Hmmm… maybe next time!

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So here’s our plate! It might look so few but I we really enjoyed it! Besides, we had our 2nd plate, which we’re not able to take a picture of because we’re so hungry at that time. Lol! The fodd at Barrio Fiesta really satisfied us. Actually, it even surpass our expectations because at first, we thought that the food there are just so-so given the fact that the buffet is only for Php 150.00, but then we’re wrong! Lucky us!

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To sum it up, our experienced at Barrio Fiesta was the most satisfying experienced we ever had! With only Php 150.00 you’ll be able to taste pure Filipino merienda at Barrio Fiesta! It’s totally worth your money! And I promise to come back there when I have my free time. I want to taste all of the food I wasn’t able to taste during my first visit. I would give Barrio Fiesta’s Merienda Buffet a score of 7.5/10! It is because they were able to surpass my expectations and the food was very delicious with a very affordable price of Php 150.00!


Barrio Fiesta

Branches SM City North EDSA, Ali Mall, SM Megamall, Caloocan City, Mandaluyong, Makati Ave., Marcos Highway, Malate, U.N. Ave., Fairview, South Triangle
Contact Number 02-9296474
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BarrioFiestaOfficial
Store Hours Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

 Written by Admin Xavier

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CHEAT DAY SATURDAY AT CABALEN!


Two weeks before September 11, 2013, I was thinking of a buffet restaurant where I can treat my friends for my eighteenth birthday. I ask suggestions from different people including my family, my classmates and my friends. One day, while I was strolling at the mall, I found Cabalen. I discovered that they offer full course meals composed of different Filipino dishes to choose from. I look up in the internet for feedbacks about this restaurant and found good comments about them so I decided to bring my friends there on my birthday.

Cabalen offers a wide range of Filipino-Asian dishes and is well known for their Capampangan style of cooking (Capampangan’s are famous for their sumptuous foods and delicacies because of their good taste and innate cooking talent) and an eat-all-you-can buffet for a very reasonable price. Cabalen buffet is available for only Php 298!

When we visited Cabalen Trinoma branch, we weren’t expecting that there would be a lot of people dining in there. There are group of students having a break from school, group of elder people catching up stories, families having their lunch, couples eating together, and groups of friends like us, celebrating special days.

From appetizers to desserts, every person can get to choose from over 50 dishes. Because my friends and I are certified food enthusiasts, we tried all of these dishes. We ate Tempuras for appetizers served with their sweet and spicy Tempura sauce.

For the main dish we enjoyed their famous Kare-Kare complemented by our favorite Bagoong Alamang (Fish Paste). When we talk about Filipino foods, who would forget our national food Lechon? Lechon is a well loved main dish during parties and other special occasions all over the Philippines. Their lechon is roasted with unique seasonings combined with their sweet and a bit spicy sarsa (sauce). Every chunk was juicy and yummy that it can compete with the best lechons in Cebu.

Other main dishes include sisig which we can choose from either pork or chicken. They also have Dinuguan, Adobong Kangkong, Bulalo, Pork Sinigang and a lot of native delicacies.

For the most awaited part of all, we end up this food trip trying all of their desserts. What we loved most in their dessert section is the mallows and stick-o dip in their chocolate fountain which satisfied our sweet tooth. On the other hand, it also includes healthy selection of fruits like banana, watermelon and pineapple. They also have special halo-halo where customers are the one who would choose their own toppings.

This kind of buffet is fit for people who have their own food preference, because in Cabalen they are the one who would choose their own food group as many as they can and as bizarre as they prefer.

After this experience, it is a no-wonder why Cabalen is one of the most-visited buffet restaurants in the Philippines for years. It has been a great experience for us to dine in there because it made us feel the authentic traditional home-cooked food. Cabalen is somewhere that one will surely come back to!

I guess that’s all for this week, folks! See you next Saturday (January 17, 2015) for another buffet story. Have a great day!


Cabalen

   

 

 

 

All Filipino Buffet

Branches

Adult

Kid

Harbor Point Subic

Php 298/head

All day Buffet

Php 149/head

All day Buffet

West Avenue

Robinsons Starmills

SM City Clark

Trinoma Mall

Alabang Town Center

SM City Cebu

Glorieta 2

SM City North Edsa

Php 298/head

All day Buffet

Php 166.85/head

All day Buffet

  

Filipino – Asian  Buffet

SM Mall of Asia

SM Megamall

Robinsons Place Manila

Php 350/head

All day Buffet

Php 270/head

All day Buffet

4 feet and Below


 Written by Admin Jam