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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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Restaurant Review: Yabu Megamall

This article should otherwise also be titled “I can’t believe I’m writing this review.” I have long since scoffed at the raves I’ve been seeing online about Yabu. I have had experiences where the online hype was generally just that: to generate interest, but usually it doesn’t really have anything backing it. I’m glad and very surprised to say that Yabu rises up to the challenge more than adequately.

The Man and I finally found the time to try out Yabu, and we decided to see what it’s all about. First you are greeted with this nice little setup of condiments. The tall ones at the back are the salad dressings, the three small ones in front are chili powder and oil, and the big pot on the left is the teriyaki liquid. I forgot what was in the right pot.

The menu teaches you how to mix your teriyaki sauce. You are given a small bowlful of sesame seeds, which you are to crush to let out the flavor. The Man chooses to keep his seeds whole, so he can use it as furikake (sprinkles over rice).

Our individual orders came in. I got the seafood katsu set 1, which included cream dory, squid, scallop, a huge prawn tempura, and what is perhaps the hugest oyster I have seen. As with nearly all meal sets in Yabu, these come with a side of pickles, a small bowl of fruit, and unlimited rice and cabbage. I also got tartar sauce for the fish. My meal costed Php485.

Take a closer look at this oyster. This is awesome! 10/10 would go back just for this oyster. It may be a little too rich for me though, so I don’t think I would ever get the meal set that gives you four of these. That much rich seafood might give me allergies.

The Man chose a Rosu 180g set, which is a pretty big piece of pork katsu. It’s nicely fried and sectioned, and since it’s not the premium pork, it has a bit of fat. This slab of pork can probably feed two people. His meal costed Php405.

Here’s a closer look at a pork katsu slice.

On the overall, it was a great experience. The staff was very friendly, and refills of rice, cabbage, and iced tea were offered frequently. Perhaps the only drawback one might encounter are the lines. Yabu has become pretty popular, and it’s not unusual to see a wait list before you can be seated.

Summary: A very excellent meal! I am glad that the experience was able to support the online raves. We would definitely be back to try the other items on the menu. We spent about Php1100 total, as we also each got bottomless iced tea.
Food: 10
Service: 10
Ambiance: 9 (when the restaurant is full, the space for walking between the tables/aisles is very narrow)

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in reviews

 

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