Kimono Ken, a Review

It’s been a gruelling but rewarding week so I thought of treating myself to some of my good old favorites from Kimono Ken.

Kimono Ken is a chain of Japanese fusion restaurants that’s been around for about a decade.  It may be homegrown here in the Philippines but they certainly deliver.  (Restaurants in Little Tokyo are on another level, though.)

It’s a little heavy on the pocket, but the price is comparable to how food costs in Japan.  Taste-wise, the flavors are definitely there.  So for today’s snapshot of their offerings:

Service is efficient and the staff are cordial.  I don’t eat out as much as I used to anymore, but Kimono Ken will stay as one of my favorite go-to restaurants if I want a treat.  If you like Japanese food and haven’t gone to any of their branches, do give it a try!

Costa Coffee, a Review

Costa Coffee is a UK-based coffee chain, and just this week, they’ve opened their sixth store in the Philippines at SM North EDSA.  And when it comes to commercial coffee, I’m more of I’ll try stuff at least once so I gave Costa Coffee a shot.

The ambiance including music was cozy, and the price is comparable to Seattle’s Best or Starbucks (the cake slice cost PhP 150 or just under USD4; the 12-oz coffee at PhP 130 or around USD 3.5).  One thing that probably needs working on though is for the crew to be a little friendlier.  Not Starbucks-levels perky; maybe just a few smiles and short greetings will do.  That would make the place even more inviting. But overall, I think Costa Coffee is a good place to hang out and enjoy coffee with family, friends or your significant other.

Kumori Bakery, Part 3

And the Kumori saga continues.

So the other day, I was badly craving for turon but by the time I went to the stall, they just have three kamote cue sticks left.  No more turon. To relieve my frustration, I then headed to Kumori to try the pastries I haven’t had yet.

I bought three totally different pastries:  their signature hanjuku cheese cake (chocolate); green apple bun, and cherry brioche.  Total damage is PhP 141, or about 3 – 4 USD.  Let’s not talk about the calories and all the sugar though, ok 😉

So that’s three down, and plenty more to try and enjoy~



Mochicream Cafe, a Review

All it took was a glance, and then it hit me that it’s been a while since I had mochi.  So that’s how I ended up at Mochicream cafe.  For those who frequent SM North EDSA, it’s just along the cinemas at The Block.

There were just less than ten tables with two seats each, and a pair of comfy chairs.  Their menu consists of.. wait for it… mochi! of different flavors, some cakes and pastries, hot or cold drinks and parfait.  They have a hotdog sandwich too.

Since I was in the mood for mochi though, I settled with a piece of caramel macchiato-flavored mochi and matcha mocha.  Now, say “mochi matcha mocha” ten times real fast! Hahaha!

First up is the mochi.  The mochi layer itself is chewy and it’s filled with ice cream.  It cost me PhP 90, or just under USD 2.  I often want big portions especially for desserts but I’d say this is filling enough for me.  It’s not sweet at all.  Did I like it?  Not that bad, but I really wanted my mochi softer!

And now for my drink, Matcha Mocha.  It cost me PhP 160, just about the same price as a tall Starbucks blended drink.  My only issue with the drink is it’s not too hot, but other than that, the taste wins.


Service is fast and the crew were friendly.  Definitely worth coming back to again.  And next time, I’ll check out the parfait~

The Two SMs

Here’s SM North EDSA.  A mall of the masses, one of the biggest in Asia, a link in the most pervasive mall chain in the Philippines. A nightmare to tread during payday weekends; perfect to stroll in just short of midnight during the Christmas holidays.  Quite distinctive on the outside, but the inside is pretty much similar to the rest of the malls of its stature.  A transport hub for commuters to the north and to different parts of Metro Manila; a slow killer of small-scale, homegrown stores.


Then there’s Sierra Madre mountain range, or at least a portion of it.  Traversing throughout mainland Luzon, a shield that staves off typhoons and holds off floods; home of water basins and beautiful landscapes; a looming testament of the Philippines’ active fault lines.  This portion of the range is mystical on cool and clear mornings, and on a cloudless day, the shades of brown and blue provide relief from the stresses of technology.


Here’s the vantage point where you can see both, and so much more…. traffic jam.  And that eyesore of a billboard. But hey, I like kopiko!


Kumori Bakery, Part 2

I’ve been craving for sweets again (but then again, it’s maybe more of a habit rather than a craving! haha!) and besides, it’s that time of the year when we corporate slaves get our midyear bonus, so why not give ourselves a treat?

Mine came in two, and these cost me just a little over PhP 200 combined. Continue reading “Kumori Bakery, Part 2”