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Omakase San Juan City

Located in the bustling urban area of Greenhills Shopping Center is the home of fresh, affordable Japanese cuisine – Omakase. The restaurant opens at 11:30 am, closes at 2:30 pm, and re-opens at 5:30 pm. This allows for the restaurant to re-stock the freshest of ingredients.

This month in Secrets of San Juan, we are featuring an under-rated menu item: the Sushi Boat (Php910 before taxes)




Set in a black lacquered boat, trimmed in red, the Sushi Boat is a delightful centerpiece that one would ogle and almost refuse to eat… if not for the delicious freshness of its contents. This delectable dish serves up to 5 people and features a comprehensive variety of maki and sashimi – 32 pieces in all. This is best consumed with the Peach or Orange bottomless Iced teas in the company of fellow sushi lovers 🙂


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Conrad’s Cafe


As the holidays wind down, you might want a quiet locale for a last-minute reunion with family and friends. San Juan offers the perfect venue for a relatively sequestered place that offers a quaint ambience and good food, tucked away in Pasadena street:




Conrad’s Cafe is one of those little known restaurants in the city which offers a diverse menu:







The restaurant offers cream dory fillet swathed in lemon butter sauce (above) and sweet barbecue chicken and pasta:



The casual but comfortable dining is complemented by the laid-back but cozy interiors with paintings decorating the mauve wallpaper:


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Next time you are in San Juan city and are looking for a relaxed afternoon with good food and a calm ambiance, drop by #6 Pasadena St. (corner Santolan Road).

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The Quirky Bacon for a Quirky Christmas



Curiosity has gotten the better of us when “Curiosity Got the Chef” host Sharwin Tee opened his own restaurant to the tune of his favorite ingredient.

The restaurant at 192 Wilson st. San Juan serves as the tableau for Chef Tee’s quirky recipes, largely peppered with bacon and hence the name, “The Quirky Bacon.” It opened just last month, right in time for those intimate little reunions for family and friends which help perk up the Yuletide season.

BLT salad


Guests can begin their gastronomical adventure with the BLT salad – marinated pork belly topped with cherry tomatoes and drizzled with the sweet spiciness of lechon vinaigrette.


The guava glazed chicken wings is one of those titillating fusion dishes where your basic chicken wings are given an extra special twist with Chef Sharwin’s signature glaze and sour cream.



Chef Sharwin takes on what is arguably everyone’s favorite comfort food  and comes up with a fusion dish sprinkled with social awareness: hand-cut fries served with adobo gravy and fresh white cheese from the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm.



Chef Sharwin also ushers in, not only his, but what could be the Philippine’s answer  to the cronut which has taken the world by storm this year: deep fried ensaymada dough, served with Horlicks ice cream and kesong puti from Bulacan.

A first glance at The Quirky Bacon’s menu tells you that the restaurant offers dishes that are familiar and well-loved but on closer scrutiny, one can find an enticing food trip in details and decor, in sauce and sense.



(all photos were taken from The Quirky Bacon’s Facebook page:


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Sweets for the Month of March

The month of hearts has come and gone and the month of graduations is upon us.

Why not surprise your son or daughter, brother or sister (and maybe your mom or dad for that post-graduate degree) for their academic achievements with some sweet treats from The Patisserie Caroline?

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Sweet Treats from Caroline Patisserie (San Juan)

Luscious sweets from the Patisserie Caroline!

(Calamansi Dacquoise, Yema Cake, Leche Flan Cake and Chocolate Rum)

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Brasserie Cicou (New Restaurant in San Juan)

In an article by Alicia Sy for Spot.Ph, San Juan’s latest cafe comes to life with a fabulous array of dishes that it just might be the latest hotspot for 2012!

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Calamansi Dacquoise: A Sweet Secret for Caroline’s Patisserie

Stacked between densely packed layers of cashew nuts with the calamansi filling balancing out the sweetness of the cake – this is, without a doubt, a popular sweet treat from Patisserie Caroline’s.

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