My Yummy by our Table Guest, Becky Kho

By Guest on 21 May, 2007

Recently, the San Francisco-based Sunshine Girl asked me for a list of must-eats for her and her hubby, Click Mo Mukha Mo!, to try on their great Philippine homecoming. Their plan: “We’ll be visiting (and eating our way through) Manila, Cebu and Leyte…mega food trip, hehe.” So here’s the list I contributed for the Manila leg of their trip. All these fall under the category of “When I like something, I really like it and I’ll keep having it till…I don’t like it anymore”. In no particular order, here’s what I find yummy.

OMAKASE I heart the Spicy Tuna Salad, the Green Tea Soba, and the creative maki rolls.

CYMA Greek food is totally greek to me, so this was a pleasant surprise. I like the salad here (Roka Salata is arugula, Romaine, candied walnuts, sundried tomatoes, served with shaved Parmesan and Greek vinaigrette) and the pastas too. Haven’t tried their lamb, but it seems to be a hit with many diners. Plus, very reasonable prices just like Omakase.

THAI KITCHEN My latest favorite! A buffet lunch is served daily for only P199 (with a glass of iced tea thrown in) and it is one hearty spread: bagoong rice with green mango slices, spicy sardines and lots of other fish dishes, chicken pandan, and moremoremore! It’s in Robinsons Galleria.

COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF Believe it or not, a coffee joint that serves decent food. Tops for me are the Turkey Apple Salad and Roast Beef Ciabatta.

M CAFÉ JAZZ BRUNCH Haven’t officially tried it; I only had a taste here and there during our shoot for the magazine (the review’s in the June 2007 issue of YUMMY), but it’s a well designed spread (and space), just what you’d expect from a café that sits beside a museum. Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.

RAZON’S I’m not a fan of the traditional beany halo-halo; this one’s more my speed: leche flan on top, saging na saba and macapuno strips tucked in, and the finest shaved ice all around. Love their pansit luglug also! Razon’s seems to be in every mall food court, but if you want a more peaceful space to savor your halo-halo, head for their café in Greenhills. (Although now that the temperature’s soaring, there’s actually a halo-halo pandemonium every time I drop by…)

FISH & CO. I like their classic fish and chips (it doesn’t have that fried/greasy ickiness) and their fried calamari (the only calamari I’ve managed to like: very thinly sliced circles, unrubbery, and lovely with a squeeze of lemon).

QITCHEN My associate food editor’s home-based food biz. Shar Tan makes the best banana cream pie! I love her carrot cake too. The Mango Shortcake looks delish, but I haven’t tried it yet. Sharky ordered it last weekend, and is all raves. For orders, visit

RED OVEN If you like tapa, order from Red Oven by Carina Guevara. Carina always serves it when we have a shoot at her house, with garlic rice and sunny-side-up eggs. Sarap! For orders, call 434-0901 or 0920-9065650.

DOME & CHEESECAKE ETC I must mention my favorite city coffees: the Affogato in Dome and the Espresso Perfetto in Cheesecake Etc. If you happen to need a coffee break while malling…

Unfortunately, sadly, I came very very late to the Amici party. Many have loved this cafeteria-type place for years now, but my love affair with it started just recently. The Gorgonzola pizza, I’ve renamed Gorgonzolove pizza. And delightfully, the gelatos bring on that Italian feeling even if you’re a Chinese girl sitting in Makati.

Franco’s Note: Becky Kho is the Editor of Yummy Magazine




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  • MAY 24, 2007 12:58 PM

    joey said...

    Hi Becky! I'm a fan of Yummy and its fresh and hip approach to food :) I have long been waiting for a local food magazine that I felt "spoke" to keep it up coz I'm all ears! :) Great food styling too...

    I have been wanting to try M cafe's jazz brunch and I think it's about time...can't wait to see your feature in June!

    I like Dome too (it's my mom who is the big Dome fan though)...the flat white is my fave :)