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The art of steak

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter THE JAPANESE have a habit of taking something foreign and improving upon it, resulting in a product sometimes far superior...

Ready, aim, fire: Aussie diners given water pistols to ward off...

PERTH, Australia — Annoyed at seagulls that pester its patrons, a restaurant in the Australian city of Perth has armed customers with water pistols...

Cowboy Grill —the restaurant that launched the careers of Aegis and...

THE RESTAURANT that launched the careers of the band Aegis and dancer-turned-political pundit-turned-government official Margaux “Mocha” Uson is turning 24. Cowboy Grill, with four locations...

Viacom’s SpongeBob keeps rights to Krusty Krab restaurant name

AYE, AYE, captain: the rights to The Krusty Krab, the greasy spoon featured in the popular children’s TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, belong to Viacom,...

JFC invests in Tim Ho Wan brand

HOMEGROWN food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) will be investing 45 million Singaporean dollars, or around P1.74 billion, on the buyer of Tim Ho...

Max’s to focus on franchising to fast track expansion

Max’s Group, Inc. (MGI) will be focusing on franchising its brands to fast track expansion until 2020, targeting to have a 65% to 35%...

A very different garage sale

WHEN most people move out of a house, they hold a garage sale to dispose of items they no longer need or want. But...

Shakey’s aims to expand beyond brand offerings

Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures, Inc. (SPAVI) is set to expand its product offerings, after proposing to shareholders that it be allowed to contract deals...

A taste of Philippine summer at China Blue

CELEBRITY CHEF Jereme Leung (by celebrity, we mean he was once recognized as one of the world’s best chefs by the American Academy of...

What’s for dinner? Surprise!

THE ELEMENT of surprise adds to the experience of a meal at Marriott Manila’s steakhouse, Cru with the recent introduction of a new concept...

Shakey’s earnings up by 14% on strong sales, store expansion

Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures, Inc. reported a double-digit growth in earnings last year, driven by robust sales, record store expansion and sustained margins against...

Sky-high dinner

TAKING GASTRONOMY to new heights — 50 meters high actually — is the Belgium-based company Dinner in the Sky (DITS), which has come to...

Goût de France: A feast for the senses

ENJOYING a few baguette slices, then a plate of boeuf bourguignon, followed by a plateau de fromage and crêpes suzette, accompanied with occasional sips...

Forehead glistening cuisine

THE MANY colors of Thailand are tempered in the sanitized setting of SM Mega Fashion Hall in the Roku Group’s latest offering, Nara Thai...

New flavors and food trends for 2018

By Romsanne R. Ortiguero The emergence of different food concepts every now and then as well as the Philippines’ hosting of international food events such...

Flossom Kitchen + Café: A modern twist to classic dishes

“WHEN I told my mother that I wanted to cook, she did not want me to,” said Flossom Kitchen + Café chef and owner...

Forget Italy, your next high-end truffle is coming from Greece

SO YOU’RE dining at a fancy restaurant and choose to splurge on some truffles to top off your repast. The server steps up and...

Tasting Room returns to the City of Dreams

THERE IS NO need to travel far to experience sumptuous French cuisine, not since The Tasting Room reopened at the NÜWA (formerly Crown Towers)...

Mixing things up

FUSION CUISINE can be a messy business because in trying to appease one palate, a chef runs the risk in betraying another. A new restaurant...

Pork pilgrimage

THE PIG has long been associated with the bounties of the earth: as it feeds on the gifts of the soil, ounces upon ounces...

An egg is an egg is an egg

“A ROSE is a rose is a rose” once wrote Gertrude Stein in her poem “Sacred Emily.” To that effect, after tasting what happens...

Wolfgang Steakhouse opens 2nd PHL branch

STEAK LOVERS are in for a treat as the world-famous Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener opens its second branch in the country at the...

Bignay and duhat wines get the gourmet treatment

THE FRUIT trees in your backyard, or the ones lining the highways you cruise down during road trips apparently yield excellent wine. Bignay, duhat, and...

Fine dining on the high seas

SATIN NAPKINS, celadon plates, in a dining room separated by a stretch of sea, well away from everything you dislike about living on land....

A novel approach comes to restaurant pricing

LONDON — Like eating out on Mondays? You are in luck. One of London’s leading restaurants last week started pioneering a new pricing model based...

Amazon Café leaves the gas station

COFFEE and tea flavors that were previously accessible only to people on the road are now available in one of Manila’s biggest malls. In 2002,...

Finding salvation in a bowl of ramen

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter SALVATION FROM the woes of the world can be found in a bowl of noodles. Each country has its own...

Noche Buena in the city

FORGET about your diet even for a day (or two), after all, the traditional Noche Buena with our families, friends, and loved ones only...

The gift of food

WHO DOESN’T like a gift of food? Here are some places where one can score cakes, pastries, ice cream, or a holiday hamper or...

Mario’s: Not resting on its laurels

BAGUIO -- Pushing on its 50th year in business and having established itself as an institution with a captive clientele, it is easy for...

Potatoes in Paradise

POTATOES USA, the marketing organization of American potato growers, hosted the fifth “Potato Safari” from Nov. 6-9, and partnered with three restaurants in Boracay...

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: At long last, the Fifth Avenue store opens...

NEW YORK -- A half-century after Audrey Hepburn starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the landmark New York jewelry store is making the title of...

Extreme dining in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — A van spirits 10 guests to a secret location in Shanghai, where they enter a nondescript industrial building as Richard Strauss’s theme...

Michelin expands restaurant guides as part of Asian growth push

MICHELIN, facing fierce competition from lower-cost Chinese tire makers as it expands in Asia, is counting on a little luxury splash from haute cuisine...

Why foodies should flock to San Francisco

MICHELIN has delivered some good news to the Bay Area. The restaurant bible announced the places that it has awarded one, two, and three stars...

Michelin 2018: San Franscisco chefs outshine New York’s

NEW YORK — New York has been usurped as America’s premiere gastronomic destination, at least in terms of the Michelin Guide’s celebrated three-star ranking. The...

Jollibee shuts China hot pot chain

By Arra B. Francia, Reporter JOLLIBEE FOODS Corp. is closing its 12 Hotpot restaurant chain in China, as it shifts its focus on building larger...

Manila Life Café: A modern twist on Filipino flavors

AFTER A quick walk through Runway Manila – the pedestrian bridge connecting the NAIA 3 airport terminal to Resorts World Manila – one sees...

The Hello Kitty Café: Enter for the ambiance, stay for the...

MORE THAN four decades since the public first met her, Hello Kitty – the anthropomorphic Japanese bobtail cat created by Yuko Shimizu – remains...

A taste of heaven on earth

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter QUICK. What are your dinner plans for Friday the 13th? Cancel them. Remove the bad luck associated with the day...

Benjarong: New location, new dishes, for an old favorite

DUSIT THANI MANILA’s popular Thai restaurant, Benjarong, is poised to open at its new location at the ground floor of the Makati Hotel and...

This restaurant is taking insects to the next level

THAILAND’S long been known for its street carts of deep-fried, heavily salted insects, often surrounded by tourists keen to crunch on a grasshopper for...

Applying Japan’s kodawari to a European restaurant

WHILE THE Japanese have made many contributions to world cuisine, few people realize the intangible contribution of kodawari, the Japanese concept of the relentless...

An elegant Chinese dining experience

THE PHILIPPINES, by virtue of hundreds of years spent trading with China, has never lacked restaurants serving good Chinese food from different culinary regions. A...

A taste of Northern China

WHILE MORE familiar Chinese regional cuisines boast of rich seafood owing to the proximity of places like Guangdong and Shanghai to the sea, Northern...