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Slammin’ Mini Burgers + Fries + Dips

It’s been a while! Lately my family and I visited Slammin’ Mini Burgers at the Trinoma Food Choices. Slammin’s main offer are the mini burgers, which aren’t really all that small. Two of their mini Burgers add up to more than the average quarter-pound burger.

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The concept behind Slammin’ Mini Burgers is straightforward: something similar to White Castle in the famous series of movies Harold and Kumar. You might already be familiar with it actually. Slammin’ is a revamp of the old Slammer Burger, which is what was in the original stall in the Trinoma Food Choices. The new goal is to become the number one mini burger concept in Asia.

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Let’s take a look at what we had for dinner that day.

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Mom, can we eat yet?

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First off, we went straight to their premium burgers called Black Box Creations. These are limited edition mini burgers with unusual ingredients, and they’re only on the menu for six months! They cost Php185 for a double (two mini burgers) and Php265 for a triple. My husband chose the John Candy – burger topped with salted caramel, sauteed onions, melted cheddar, and bacon.

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I chose The Big Kahuna, which had pineapple chunks, sriracha mayo, teriyaki glaze, melted cheddar, and bacon. Yum!

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Here’s the full Black Box Creations menu.

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My daughter chose the Beer-Battered Fish and Chips (Php185). I tried the fish and I really like how tender and fresh it is.

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And as a kicker, we also tried the Slammin’ Wings (Php175). My husband really enjoyed this.

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All in all, we really liked the meal. I would definitely like to go back and get more of the Black Box Creations before they get taken out of the menu. Two burgers were actually pretty filling indeed, and having the wings and fries on the side really kicked the meal up a notch.

Wanna see what the rest of the offerings are? Check out the menu below.

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Slammin’ Mini Burgers + Fries + Dips is located at the following: ground floor of the new wing of Promenade Hall in Greenhills; Food Choices at the 2nd floor of Trinoma; and fifth floor of Market! Market! near the cinemas. A fourth branch is scheduled to open in Robinsons Magnolia on the fourth quarter of 2014. Follow Slammin’ at their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Disclaimer: I was provided a Php500 voucher to try any combination of the food offerings from Slammin’. All opinions are still mine.

 

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Restaurants

 

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Restaurant Review: Zark’s, Katipunan

The Man and I have been wanting to try this restaurant for some time, but we’ve always been confounded by full parking. We finally had a chance to eat here when we found ourselves in the area at around 10:30am (quite a bit before the lunch rush). Zark’s Burgers is located on the second floor of the building that also houses Flaming Wings, along Katipunan Ave.

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The restaurant (which can seat maybe 20-25 people) had a couple of groups eating when we arrived, so there were lots of seats available. The strangest thing happened: they have this weird seat-and-table arrangement that they refused to adjust when we requested that both of us be seated on the couch. It’s a bit hard to explain, so just take a look at this picture and the one above.

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In the end we just took the table at the very end when the couple who sat there finished eating. That was the only set of tables that would allow both persons to be seated on the couch. This…weird customer service set a bad tone at the start of the meal. Fortunately, the food is quite good.

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Our first order was the Philly Cheesesteak Burger from the Major League Menu, which came with fries and drink, and the drink can be upgraded to bottomless. The burger came with a generous amount of cheesesteak and caramelized onions, and was in fact swimming in cheese-gravy sauce. The whole thing costs Php180 (excluding the drink upgrade). This burger was really good, and we will definitely order this again.

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Our second order was the Deep Fried Bacon Burger, which wasn’t on their regular menu. It also came with fries and drink (which we upgraded as well). This is basically a regular 1/2 pound burger, wrapped in a generous amount of bacon. Yes, the whole burger (including the bun) was wrapped entirely in bacon. It also came with a sweet sauce which was intended to be poured over the bacon (or for the bacon to be dipped into). This costs Php240 I think. This burger was tasty, except it felt really oily as it is deep fried. Even the bun was oily. The bacon was really nice though, and the sweet dipping sauce made it really pop. The oiliness is a huge factor though (it seeped into the bun!), so we probably won’t be ordering this again.

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Summary: The food and value-for-money is excellent here, but there seem to be a huge hurdle in the form of parking. I would definitely want to try their other offerings.

Food: 9
Service: 6.5
Ambiance: 7.5

You can visit their website here.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2013 in Restaurants

 

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Restaurant Review: Buffalo Wings N’ Things, Megamall

The Man and I (actually more him) are big fan of chicken wings. We discovered this pretty awesome place in one of our rambles around one of our favorite malls, Megamall. Buffalo Wings and Things is an unassuming restaurant located in Mega A basement, near the events area. Nearby establishments are Sumo Sam, Toy Kingdom, and the north side of the food court.

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It’s a pretty small place, filled with mostly couple-tables that spill out the front of the restaurant. However! The most important feature of this restaurant is those packs of tissue for each table. For a place that will require you to eat with your fingers, this just makes sense! The counter is all the way inside, beside the kitchen.

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They have a big standee of their menu out in front of the tables. If you’re eating brunch to a late lunch/early dinner, you may also want to check out their Fan Faves, which is a selection of their best sellers at a great price.

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Our standard order is as follows. For me, I get a Set A from the Fan Faves menu, which gives me half a pound buffalo wings of my choice of flavor. My favorite is Garlic Parmesan! This set also gives me a side of NY Dirty Rice (which I share with The Man) and a regular sized Downtown Iced Tea, which I would upgrade to a large one. This costs Php199 + Php20 for the tea upgrade.

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The Man’s order is 1 pound buffalo wings of his choice of flavor. We’ve tried different variations but I think he has settled on the Firehouse Classic as his favorite. He gets a large Downtown Iced Tea and a Bleu Cheese add on as well. His order comes up to around Php380.

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Summary: Our new favorite place to get wings! It’s where we would usually eat whenever we find ourselves at Megamall. Pretty great flavors, acceptable ambiance, excellent service, and a good supply of tissue!

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Food: 10
Service: 10
Ambiance: 7.5

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Restaurants

 

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Ten Reasons To Try Amici

One of the best places to get gelato is Amici, which is actually an Italian fare restaurant. I had the opportunity to try out their ten (yes ten!) new dishes, and I would like to share them with you.

1. Asian Chicken Salad (Php195)

amici03 amici09One of their two new salad offers is this Asian Chicken Salad. It has breaded chicken slices, oranges, carrots and lettuce with sesame dressing. What makes this interesting is the fried wonton strips that top the salad. I really like the combination of the dressing with the oranges. This is a big salad and can definitely be shared among 2-3 diners.

2. Mediterranean Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad (Php195)

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The second new salad offer is this Mediterranean Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad. As you can gather, it has crumbled blue cheese, candied walnuts, arugula, and grapes along with some lettuce. It is served with red wine vinaigrette, which is a great contrast with the candied walnuts. I enjoyed the fact that this is a completely different salad than the Asian Chicken Salad, but both are quite good in their own rights.

3. Prosciutto and Artichoke Cream Pizza Roll (Php242)

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Amici introduces a new form of pizza: the pizza roll. Both of these rolls have prosciutto (thinly sliced dry-cured ham). This first roll has artichoke cream, cream cheese, prosciutto, and arugula, with reduced balsamic vinegar. This is an interesting appetizer, and can be a whole meal in itself.

4. Prosciutto Portobello Pizza Roll (Php242)

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This second pizza roll has prosciutto, portobello mushrooms, cream cheese, and arugula served with roasted garlic dip.

5. Truffle Mushroom Pizza (Php430)

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What is Amici without pizza? Their newest flavor is this decadent Truffle Mushroom Pizza, which is a pizza with portobello, shiitake, and porcini mushrooms for toppings. It also has truffle oil, mozzarella cheese, and arugula leaves. As a mushroom lover this is quite a hit for me. The cheese is also generous. This pizza overall is really quite delicious.

6. Smoked Salmon Top-Crust Pizza (Php395)

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What is top-crust, you ask? It is a new style of pizza where the “toppings” are sandwiched between two incredibly thin pizza crusts. This dish has smoked salmon, capers, black olives, tomatoes, bechamel sauce, and mozzarella cheese, sandwiched between crispy crusts.

7. Penne Rosa and Bacon (Php252)

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An Italian restaurant will be no such thing without pasta. The first of Amici’s new pasta dishes is Penne Rosa and Bacon, which is bacon, pomodoro, and bechamel sauce sauteed with mushrooms, garlic, and onions. I really loved this dish, and is my uncontested favorite of the ten. It doesn’t hurt that there is a generous amount of bacon in this dish.

8. Garlic Chorizo Spaghetti (Php250)

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If long noodles are your thing, Amici also has a new offering that might interest you. Garlic Chorizo Spaghetti has a lot (believe me it’s really a lot!) of Spanish chorizo sauteed in garlic and olive oil. Garlic lovers will rejoice that there is a good amount of garlic in this dish.

9. Chicken Parmigiana (Php328)

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Amici is now offering rice meals. The first is this gigantic plate of Chicken Parmigiana, a big slab of breaded chicken topped with tomato meat sauce and mozzarella cheese, served with rice pilaf and some roasted vegetables. My daughter loves parmigiana, and would probably enjoy this dish a lot.

10. Pork Marsala (Php332)

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The second rice meal (and the last of the ten new dishes) is Pork Marsala. It is basically rolled pork filled with ham and cheese, button mushrooms, and cream, all reduced in marsala wine and served with rice pilaf and some roasted vegetables. I particularly enjoyed this dish even though it was one of the last I tried (I was quite full at this point!). This is quite tasty and the fillings are generous.

Have I enticed you yet? Wait, there’s more! (hee hee)

Amici is celebrating its anniversary this Saturday, July 27 2013, and is having a Buy 1 Take 1 Promo! For every pizza you order, you will get a free pizza (either Tutta Carne or Margherita)! This is available in all Amici branches and valid for all dine-in and take-out transactions. Remember, this is a one-day-only promo so don’t forget to catch it!

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Let me also share some scenes from the launch event. [Click the pictures for a bigger size.]

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Thanks to Marcie and Amici for inviting me! For more information about Amici, visit their website at www.amici.ph or interact with them on their Facebook page.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Restaurants

 

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