My Birthday Bash at Solstice by Ilustrado

 Cucumber + Mint + Orange

I had my birthday dinner at Solstice by Ilustrado located at 8 Rockwell. Heavy rain poured down so while waiting for the other bloggers, I had Cucumber + Mint + Orange. It automatically became one of my favorite drinks of all time. Seriously, it was that good and I wish they have an unlimited option for it. The combination is something I couldn't refuse.

 Stuffed Chicken Ilustrado

Solstice by Ilustrado is a Filipino-Spanish cuisine that reinvented the menu of Ilustrado, one of the famed restaurants at popular tourist spot, Intramuros. There's a fine selection of cocktails and wines here too, making them the perfect hangout place after work. 

The Stuffed Chicken Ilustrado made me ask for the name of the chef and I found out her name is Bernice Pimentel. She appeared twice in Inquirer Lifestyle's Best Desserts book. We found out that not only is she a master of desserts but appetizers and main course dishes too. 

 Kapampangan Sisig

A Filipino restaurant isn't complete without the traditional sisig and theirs is absolutely crunchy and tasty. You wouldn't have to pour kamatis all over it to improve the taste because the taste is already top notch.

 Roast US Long Island Duck al orange

Who wouldn't want duck on his birthday? I certainly got my wish and their roast duck made this a memorable night. 

 Adobong Bagnet with Crab Fat

It's the first time I tasted Adobong Bagnet and it didn't disappoint one bit. In fact, I applaud chef Bernice for this wonderful recipe. I will certainly order this again when I come back. The meat is so tender and the sauce got me curious on its ingredients. 

 Shroom Pizza

 I heard a lot of good things about their pizza and the Shroom Pizza is something they could brag about. It had farm fresh mushrooms just the way I like it.

 Paella Ilustrado

Their specialty paella is filled with chorizo, bell peppers, eggs, green peas and shrimp. I have tasted a lot of paellas before and this one is definitely at the top of the list.

 Chorizo Pizza

The Chorizo Pizza looks and tastes like Pepperoni pizza but it is a lot better than that. I love how the cheese stands out. 

 Mango Jubilee with Sampaguita Ice Cream

 It was finally time for my favorite part in any meal, dessert. Since Chef Bernice has an outstanding background in making dessert dishes, I had high expectations and guess what? Their dessert dishes exceeded my expectations especially the Mango Jubilee.

 Matcha Cookies and Cream

I thought I've seen all the Matcha desserts there is but I guess I was wrong. Lo and behold, their matcha cookies and cream satisfied my Matcha cravings in more ways than one! For those who don't know me, I crave for Matcha everyday and I highly recommend this dish.

My birthday cake was none other than a slice of their Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake. It was actually my fourth birthday cake of the day and this one just made me have one slice after another.

Solstice by Ilustrado
G/F 8 Rockwell

Ice Cream Sandwich Galore at Phat Boys

It's great to have the concept of ice cream sandwiches present at one of the most renowned food parks in the country. The owners told us that they are a thing in the States and I am confident it won't be long before they become one here. All the flavors are da bomb!

The O. G. (P170)

The O.G. consisted of yummy chocolate chips, double chocolate chip, vanilla ice cream and chopped nuts. I loved the combination of vanilla ice cream, nuts and chocolate chips. It is a like a combination made in heaven. It's perfect for those who have the sweet tooth.

Pretty Ricky (P160)

The Pretty Ricky had snickerdoodle, double chocolate chip, strawberry ice cream and fruity pebbles. This one is an alright flavor as I am not actually a fan of strawberry ice cream and fruity pebbles but I highly recommend it to those who are.

I can't wait to try the other flavors the next time I visit Phat Boys. I can't thank enough the lovely owners who brought the ice cream sandwich concept to the Philippines.

Phat Boys
The Yard at Underground

Halal Kebab Express - A Fast Rising Star

One of the slowly rising food stalls is Halal Kabab Express. They are making their presence felt in food parks all over the metro. They first started out in the Yard Xavierville and they now have two branches in the Yard Underground and Katipunan.I guarantee it won't be long before you'd see a lot of Halal Kabab Express stalls popping up because of their good food.

Beef Kebab Kubideh

Chicken Morgh Kubideh

Their chicken and beef kebab have a lot of flavor in them. I got used to other Persian restaurants where you need sauce so the chicken and beef kebab would actually have good taste. This time, it wasn't needed. I still highly recommend you to dip the meats into their two specialty sauces though.

Breaded Chicken

I love it when a chicken dish is so crunchy and their breaded chicken is exactly that on the outside and yummy on the inside.

Chicken BBQ

When it comes to meaty dishes, this Persian cuisine has it all. The Chicken BBQ is no exception. I loved the Biryani rice that came with all the dishes too. There's nothing to hate about all of their dishes.

Chicken Biryani Special

I heard so many good things about their specialty, the chicken biryani special. When we got to try it, it didn't disappoint one bit. In fact, I'm already looking forward to having this one again.

Halal Kebab Express
The Yard Underground
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