Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Teddy's Bigger Burgers at Greenbelt Makati

I really love burgers, aside from a burger being a relatively cost effective protein source (I work out a lot you see), there is something about a package of everything you love all at once in a form that is so efficient.  There are times I eat burgers 5 times a week.

I never feel any compulsion to try the latest restaurant to open, heck, I never heard of Teddy's before last week.  My sister and mother happened to eat there after a shopping trip and were harping on me to all go there.  They really enjoyed it.  So off we went last Sunday to beat the throngs of shoppers arising to attack the malls.

As my first time I decided to order the plain burger to see what makes Teddy's tick.  I find that "everything on it" detracts from the essence, too many distractions.  I want to taste the meat and not a gazillion flavors having a wild rave party in my mouth.  I went for the medium size or 7oz burger - to my regret, its not much of a difference to go to the largest 9 oz which is really what you should be doing.  Heck if you don't eat much have one 9 oz and share it or bring the other half home.  I'm not the biggest guy so most people can easily handle the 9 oz.  The burgers are cooked upon order so expect about a ten minute wait, no lightning two minutes Ronald Mc Donald style service folks!  However, just like Mickey D, its best to get a combo, for about a hundred bucks on top of the price of your burger you get a large drink and fries.  My meal came to P445.  My mom got the low carb version which is lettuce instead of a bun - yeesh.

I have to say this, the meat is extremely tender.  Each burger is cooked medium well by default which to me is the only way to have it since it cooks the exterior and locks in the juices.  From what I understrand the meat is US Black Angus chuck with 20% fat and 80% lean meat.  You cannot go leaner than that and have a moist burger.  The bun I had an issue with though, I found it overly large, I prefer a thinner bun so it doesn't absorb all the juices and gives me the right meat to carb ratio of flavor.  I also found the bun a bit too firm.  The fries were good.

The Teddy's Burger Meal P445

I did like the burger but I wouldn't be back soon.  PhP445 for the entry level burger is a tad too pricey for me though I completely understand the economics of it.  Fresh, imported Black Angus Beef, likely flood of tears Ayala mall pricing, pricy raw ingredients and more will make you have to price your burger this way. 

But let me tell you, my mom and sister are strong fans and the fact that this place is always full says something about Filipino's loving "Hawaii's best burger".  Try it!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Bowery, Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Sandwich perfection itself
This is going to be a very short post.  Finding myself hungry and in the Fort, I trudged over to the Bowery which touts itself for its American comfort food.   Its in the Forbeswood building, where Basilio's used to be, next to Barcino's Fort.  I can eat pancakes all day and figured I would find something interesting.

The menu is varied and indeed had my pancakes, sausages and eggs but something really intrigued me, the Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  I found out only after that the Bowery Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a hit and a best seller of theirs but yesterday I almost overlooked it in favor of their burger (glad I didn't).

I love grilled cheese and I love beef short ribs so the Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich was a sure winner for me, what I wasn't prepared for was just how good it is.  So good that after one bite I declared that I was taking my family there.  Yup this sandwich was so good that I am compelled to share the experience of this newfound sandwich nirvana.

How can you lose?  You have thicker than the usual potato chips with a honey mustard sauce and my gosh the sandwich itself.  Tender beef, cheddar cheese and mozzarella, caramelized onion on sourdough bread. The serving is generous, the bread feels like and has the right amount of crispiness with zero sog, the beef is flavorful and everything just feels like a cheese taste explosion that is very addictive.

 They usually serve the sandwich using Monterey Jack but had run out and gave me the option of either Gouda or Mozzarella, fearing Gouda might be too sharp I opted for the Mozzarella and am glad I did, although now I am wondering what the original combination tastes like.  I will be back for sure, for another Grilled Cheese and to try everything else.

My suggestion though is if you are just getting drinks, opt for the cocktails instead of beer (P100).  Of course pair your alcohol with your food accordingly.  The place does get packed and I can see why.  Really great food and I am basing this on the one thing I ordered.  I came in with no expectations and came out raving.

The Bowery: Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive cor. Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Monday, July 28, 2014

Project Pie, Artisan Pizza at Makati

I mistakenly thought that Project Pie was a home grown pizza concept ala Yellow Cab.  Rather it is another American franchise that creates self proclaimed "artisan" pizza amidst all the commercial pizza (Shakey's, Pizza Hut, Dominos and recently Papa Johns").  Artisan pizza is not a new term for me, artisan is an artist and so Artisan Pizza is pizza made by an artist, though I did not see it.

My friends all recommend Project Pie as worth trying and they all recommended having an entire pizza to myself.  Being used to the above mentioned commercial pizza fare ie Shakey's, Pizza Hut, Dominos and recently Papa Johns, I could not fathom eating a whole pizza myself, partially because I never order the personal pizza meals and when I see personal pizzas in malls they are usually buy one take one so I always eat two. 

Pizza bites
The pizzas are small, think thin crust personal pizzas for P285.  Except the cheese, that was P245.  You can either order by number or build your own which really doesn't appeal to me, building your own for me means getting a base pizza and adding extra toppings.  

This was our order by number order with descriptions copied and pasted from their site (hence the caps).

1- Classic Cheese Pizza - This was ordered by mistake, my sister wanted to build a pizza so ordered this plus extra cheese and peperroni


My verdict?  Get 2 and 5, quite tasty, especially 5.  Thin crust crunchiness which accentuates the ingredients since they are not very generous and therefore more crust would overpower them.  1 meh, the parmesan (top right) please don't, waste of money and ab breaking calories.

Project Pie Cute touches
Selfie station, very popular with children.  I didn't see any adults take a single pic.  The other interesting touch is the "quotes" section, featuring well, different food and what not quotes to help pass the brief waiting period.

The pizza at Project Pie is quite good, there is minimal oiliness, the crust is very crunchy, the ingredients are good and fresh.  Pricey if compared to the run of the mill pizza places.  Overall a great merienda place, the pizzas are light.  Oh and drinks are bottomless, a big bonus for me.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fuel Burger, Be a Burger Engineer at SM Shoemart Makati

It was a dark, rainy and windy evening when I had to rush to Shoemart Makati when I noticed something was not right.  The supermarket was now gone from the ground floor because the entire basement was remodelled.  The large food court was now gone and instead we now have a very chic' restaurant lane of, this looks very upscale and something similar to the supermarkets and their food courts I have seen in any in unique concept restaurants across the new supermarkets in a dark colored and brick motiff.  I was confused other Asian countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong but what possessed those in lofty places in the SM hierarchy to do this?  Gone was my beloved food court full of turo turo and now we have well as small lane of restaurants and none of the old food court crowd.  Thats right, no more lechon places, generic Filipino turo turo stalls and gone are the franchises like Jollibee and Chowking.  Really strange mood, I would have decided otherwise as SM Makati is the gateway to the MRT and bus stops in Makati.  

So where to eat?  Glorietta although a short, interconnected walk away has nothing but mostly franchises and the more unique concepts were beyond my budget for the day.  So I went to the new SM Makati food court to see what they had.

It is one long lane of restaurants now, restaurants that look like one offs, no more franchises or chains.  There are Korean joints, there is the Jamaican Beef Patty (only concession to the franchise gods), Chinese place and there is Fuel Burger.  A hamburger is a safe choice when you cannot decide what to eat.

The new SM food court now has a SM cashier to whom you pay for your order, I guess the former tenants must have had a lot of monkey business with reporting so SM booted them all out and instituted this system.  I saw a long line in front of Fuel Burger so I thought that it must be good, there are so many patrons.  I was mistaken, this was the queue for a block of restaurants the cashier was handling.  Nontheless......

185 Pesos gets you a double quarter pound beef patties, french fries and a drink!  Not bad as this is your typical big burger meal price which are walking distance away and exactly who Fuel Burger has to compete with.

Fuel Burger bring the Burger Barn, Burger Bar model of choosing your toppings, bread and side or basically allowing you to customize your burger but at half the price!  Though this is confusing to people including myself which I imagine leads to waiting time when you order, the chef was there and was patient enough to explain each topping.  He even allowed me to put in extra.

I had Jalapeno Cheddar cheese, mushrooms, fresh onions and green peppers with fries.  That coupled with their tomato sauce led to a very "pizza" tasting burger which can or will not float your boat.  Not bad indeed and this is the price of a basic burger at Brother's Burger which has no fries and drink.

Definitely good value and it is a lot of meat, the Fuel Burger "Jack Burger" comes out to half a pound of beef total.  Not a bad way to get your protein fix in Sm Makati.  I think I will pursue some further Burger Engineering at Fuel Burger sometime soon.


I have an anecdote to share about the old SM Makati foodcourt.  I approached a stall that had a dummy food display as most do, a plastic assortment of meat and rice that looked far too generous to be true and so I asked "ganyan ba talaga ka dami ang serving ninyo?" to which they replied "oo".  Having called my challenge I then proceeded to order and to my surprise I was given a plate full of meat and rice that was perhaps even more generous than their model dish.  I was stuffed to high heavens.  It was this experience of my customer delight that made me seek out the food court once more.  I am disappointed by SM deciding to grow up and not be the people place it used to be.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Jozu Kin and The Glass Door Fort

 I am in total shock that I have not written about Jozu Kin in Burgos Circle at the Fort yet.  I have eaten here quite a few times and it is one of my happy places.  I highly recommend it, everything is good and priced well.  This is what I had on my last visit.
Spicy Tuna Rolls

Tuna Carpacchio

Shrimp Gyoza

Spicy Tuna Sashimi

I am so distraught I haven't written before that this post is a preview until I find all my other pictures and make a mega article.  For now please read this blog to see what I mean.

Next story

The Glass Doorhttp://www.theglassdoor.ph is a very swanky looking bar in the Fort, where the former Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino used to be.  I was walking from Jozukin to the Strip' when I saw it.  They redid the interior and exterior and have very interesting Drink all you can promo posters outside.  Men drink for PhP900 and ladies for PhP700.  I didn't take the promo, I am the type to pig out on buffets to get more than my money's worth so imagine seeing me drink like a fish at any drink all you can and there was work the next day so I opted for their cocktails.

The cocktails are well priced, 200 for an old fashioned and around 300 for the more complicated ones.  Ask them to put less sugar as the first cocktail I tried ran very sweet, they use decent bitters which should provide enough sweetness on their own.

I didn't get to try the food but you can read about an experience here.

The Glass Door is very pretty.  It seems to be relatively undiscovered and you can find the place to yourself on a weeknight making it a great place for a first date.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Myron's Place in Greenbelt 5

Amidst the strip of posh restaurants dotting the perimeter of the beautifully designed Greenbelt 5 is Myron's Place at nearly the end.  The location seems rather fitting as you can say the saved the best (arguably) for last.  You have to be purposeful if walking there, as there are many temptations in the form of other restaurants before it but I feel it is worth it as Myron's Place is one of my culinary nirvanas.  I must add the exception is if you park in the first level of Greenbelt 5's parking, one escalator up and you are right there!

Myron's Place is very pretty, well appointed with a Maitre d' in a full suit, something I found cruel in our Philippine summer, I was in a polo shirt and shorts and I was nearly at the point of discomfort as the airconditioning was losing the battle against the sun.

It was Mother's day Sunday and the family and I were in Myron's to celebrate the day with my mom.  Myron's place has a balanced menu of items ranging from an acclaimed Angus burger at P350 all the way to steaks.

My family has always had a penchant for mushroom soup, the canned kind mostly, the brand so loved and iconic that Warhol had to make pop art with it but mushroom soup has truly been taken to the next level with the Myron's place Mushroom Soup cappuccino.  Thick, flavorful and with a creamy froth, you take this rich soup in a cup.  The portion is quite generous and we ordered it split into two as I find a whole one too rich to finish alone.

The Caesar salad was too my liking, boldly flavored with strong horseraddish that almost tasted like wasabi.  It was not creamy but rather lighter on the dressing.  Only I liked it though as my family found it a bit too strong and tangy for their taste.

We ordered the "President" at P2,400 it is 500 grams or half a kilo - sounds quite impressive of US certified Angus beef ribeye served on a tilting plate.  This too is for sharing, for two if you are hungry, for four if you are not heavy eaters, for one if you need the protein to join the next Mr Philippines.  The meat is slightly charred on the outside and oh so tender on the inside and comes with four sauces - peppercorn, shiraz or red wine, mushroom and gravy that give you variety with each bite.  This is the reason we go to Myron's during those rare times we indulge in steak.

As savory as our meal was, we were too full to indulge in dessert.  I like this place, never full and never empty, a great place to treat the first special woman in your life.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I really love Tapsilog! Brasserie Girolle's Beef Tapa Post

I recently wrote about the Beef Tapa of My Little Buttercup and Whistlestop and will now speak of tapa yet again as you see when it comes to tapa there is no law of diminishing returns for me.

I like Brasserie Girolle at the Fort as it is one of the nicest watering holes for any price and my gosh their prices are very affordable making it my most recommended place for a first date.  The dinner menu averages P400 per dish and the alcohol is simply among the best priced in such a premium location.  They have Hoegarden on tap at P275 for the huge glass, local beer is P50 and they have their cocktail and wine promotions.

I digress, I am here to talk about their Beef Tapa.  A French restaurant with Tapsilog?  Sacrebleu!!!  But if you care to gaze upon its vestige below you can see that it isn't some canteen beef tapa.  The Brasserie Girolle Beef tapa is heavily garnished, comes with your choice of rice and egg cooked how you like.  The beef is generous and it comes with tomato, carrots and what I think are spring onions.  This is beef tapa fine dining style! 

Crazy delicious

The tapa is on their lunch menu and on their pica pica menu.  I am a bit ashamed to admit this but I had this at midnight after a night of drinks.  I had one of the deepest sleep I had ever had because of my carbo crash as a result of my belly being filled to the brim with white rice right before bed.  Abs be darned, I am having this tapa again!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Whistlestop Tapa and Wings

Whistlestop is the most OG conyo I dare say early morning source of repast for those famished by a long night.  Sure there are more plebian places to get loaded with rice before sleep such as Tapa King, Good Ah, Rufus and the like but if you want something with a restaurant vs fastfood setting then Whistlestop is it.

 Heck, I love tapa so I ordered the 1977 Vintage tapa, I have to admit I was rather confused by what looks like a hamburger bun sliced in the middle and buttered.  I asked my server if I was supposed to put the tapa inside and eat it like a sandwich and he simply answered that I could.  As I could never blaspheme my beloved tapa and my beloved hamburger by creating a hybrid of them that quite simply seems senseless I ate the tapa as tapa should be, with the garlic rice.  The Whistlestop tapa is not to be taste, it is stringy the beef they chose is all wrong, there was litid or cartilage instead of thin crisp beef fat at the tips.  That said you get a lot of food as you can see above.

We also ordered the boneless Buffalo Chicken which is a winner!  For some reason the taste of margarine was strong but this was something I like!  Blue Cheese dip is optional for P50, the chicken comes with a mustard mayo dip I believe.  Each piece is well cooked and crispy, I must say they really know how to coat them and cook them.  Again, I love the rich margarine flavor with each bite.

I enjoyed this meal, there was so much chicken that I was eating it with my tapa rice.  It had been quite a while since I had eaten in Whistlestop and the tapa is not to my liking but everything else seems to be very interesting and I most definitely will find myself back here soon.  The place is always inviting and homey, full of people hanging out and relaxing.  No wonder it stands the test of time.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Enjoying the little things, My Little Buttercup in SM Sucat revisited

I wrote about My Little Buttercup a few months back and oddly enough found myself back in the still spanking new SM BF Homes yesterday.  SM BF Homes oddly enough reminds me of SM Aura, it is spacious, new and shares the more upscale SM characteristics of not force jam packing people into trudging paths through each store, rather you feel like you "wander about" SM Bf Homes and so I wandered back into My Little Buttercup.

Much has changed since my last visit, the restaurant itself looks the same but the menu had grown immensely, after all I believe I was one of the very first people here and so the menu has naturally evolved as the owners hone their craft.

 My dad and mom both ordered the Angus burger, veggies on the side with two sauces and a bucket of seasoned fries.  Both of them finished everything down to the last fry.

 My sister ordered the ribs, their best seller.  The My Little Butercup ribs com with corn and carrots and a bucket of seasoned fries too.

 The truly excellent hot chocolate with an extra large marshmallow

Cookie dough ala mode for dessert!

 My tapa

You may ask why is the tapa last?  Surely as breakfast food if a logical person was to put my pics in order it would surely come first.  The answer is because I always save the best for last.  I freaking love Filipino Beef Tapa, there is something about garlic rice, eggs and seasoned beef that excites me.  Heck I never have it for breakfast, I have it for lunch and dinner all the time.  I really only know how to order two things, hamburgers and tapa.  I can't say I can speak about flavor with authority, I just know what I like and what I don't like.

Like all dishes in My Little Buttercup the tapa is made with premium ingredients.  The tapa is made just right, it comes tender and moist, unlike the burnt blackish brown bits you get from the cheaper places that you can count with one hand.  The portion is quite generous, it is bigger than it looks in my picture and comes with two scrambled eggs.  Something I almost never get right is the rice to viand ratio, I usually take a bite of meat to two spoonfulls of rice and this time I found that towards the end I had more meat than rice which is a great problem to have as there was less rice to dilute the delightful and delicate flavor of the meat, just the right amount of sourness and spice and salt.  The eggs too were excellent, just a bit wet, I used it together with the atchara to add a little bit of zest or zing! to each bite.  

I felt very heavy after.  I am not a heavy rice eater but with food like this who can help themselves?  My Little Buttercup is a place I would visit yet again.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Burgers and Brewskies at the Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City

I heard rave reviews about Burgers and Brewskies at the Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City since Christmas 2013.  Everybody seemed to like it.  I only sampled it yesterday because I am somewhat jaded at the recent proliferation of burger joints sprouting all around the Metro.  What makes this one different?  Why would it be any better?  Well, I can say it is one of the best.

A burger is a burger, quality ground meat, good cooking, seasoning, great bread and some garnishes or toppings with the usual condiments.  So how do you innovate around that?  By putting all the bells and whistles!

First of all, lets start with the pop culture names, instead of a Mexican burger with spicy tortilla chips they called it the "Hector Salamanca".  If you don't know who that is I highly recommend you watch Breaking Bad when you have the time.

Extremely sadly there were no fries of any form to be had when I went.  Quite the disappointment to have a hamburger without its best friend, french fries.  I ordered a beer and my companion ordered what was oddly a Tequila Rose like cocktail with bacon sugar around the rim called "Bacon Berry Pancakes" now see, that isn't something you see everyday.

Katipunan Pale Ale

Bacon Berry Pancakes

The Walk of Shame Burger


Cuban Missile

Hector Salamanca

Ice Tea (spiked)
I was surprised that I couldn't get a San Mig Light at Burgers and Brewskies, they had Katipunan Pale Ale - craft local beer.  The cocktails are very fancy and creative, read the descriptions, I recommend the Bacon Berry.

As for the Cuban Missile or seasoned corn on the cob (we had it shredded) well, nothing great to me, its corn with cheese, herbs and lime.  The chicken wings were ok, the thing is nothing could fix the lack of fries in this meal.  That said, the Hector Salamanca Mexican Burger was good, it is spicy and crunchy since it is topped with peppery tortilla strips.  The real star of my meal is the "Walk of Shame" I guess called that way because it has egg which is breakfast food which you eat at breakfast after people's walk of shame I guess, I wouldn't know.

The Walk of Shame alone is worth going to Burgers and Brewskies for, its that good.  It has egg, bacon, potato bits and a "lemonaise" sauce, it is now one of my new favorite burgers.

All the above cost me a little bit below P2,000 (we ordered excessively, we should have stayed at one burger and one appetizer, Walk of Shame was P340 alone) but it was a good date, casual, nice place, lots to see and talk about as the interior is interesting and well the naming of each , dish is clever.  I do see why this place gets the raves, Burgers and Brewskies deserves it.  I had a very enjoyable time with good value for money, other burger joints charge past P500 a burger now so the Walk of Shame at P340 is again great value for money.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will be back.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Nagi at the Aura

Its been awhile since my last post, life has taken an odd turn and I never really ate out.  But there was one restaurant I just had to try, Nagi at the Aura.  Nagi is a Ramen bar which from what I understand is a franchise of an international chain that is not called Nagi.

Why did I really want to eat here?  Because one of my friends does nothing but rave about it, he goes out of his way to eat in Nagi at least once a week and always orders the same thing, the Nagi "Black king" ramen or ramen with Squid ink.

SM Aura is kind of nuts and the food places are all the way on the fourth and fifth floor.  I may sound rather petty but getting there is a trip all in itself.  Escalator after escalator, it feels like you are climbing the pinnacle of a mountain to find some long lost treasure.

The Nagi Black King

Perennial Ramen Pair dish - Gyoza
Ordering at Nagi means you get a slip of paper with customization options for your Ramen, you customize as to:
  • Oiliness
  • Type of noodle, -soft, hard, medium
  • Spice factor
  • Egg
  • Extra meat
I should have taken a picture but you get the idea of the options available to you but this is pretty much it.  As I am no Ramen afficionado I didn't burden myself with details and selected the "chef recommendation" tick box.

So!  What did I think of Ramen Nagi's Black King?  Its very good, for P410 you get a lot of ramen.  Under the advice of my friend I got one order and extra noodles to share the meal because the broth is rich enough.  The thing is, you are only allowed one extra bowl and in my opinion the meat is not enough.  If you want to share a bowl of ramen, get extra meat.  If you have heavier appetites get extra noodles.  For light eaters like myself one bowl split to two with extra meat will do.

Very good Ramen indeed, I can see why its rated at the top of the new Ramen joints.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Gaucho at Robinsons Magnolia

I have heard of "Gaucho" for some time.  Gaucho is an Argentinian restaurant located in the posh Robinson's Magnolia mall in Broadway (named after the former Magnolia ice cream factory property it sits on).  Passing outside last Monday the staff of Gaucho was keen on getting my party inside and they did so by volunteering information that is no doubt often asked of them "ma'am-sir, try Gaucho Argentinian food, para syang Spanish food".  Luckily I do have an idea that Argentinian cuisine is heavy on roasted meat so I asked to see the menu.  Gaucho looks quite upscale from the outside, from its corner and spacious location to the tables arranged in the interior's perimeter and a courtyard like area displaying meat being slow roasted - in other words, I expected it to be expensive.  Surprisingly it is relatively affordable, matter of fact the to share roasted plates with unlimited pickled vegetables and rice looked like really great value.

Tilt your head to the left, I can't see to fix this picture.  What value for the money!

Roast Lamb

US Beef Shortplate

Assorted picked vegetables

The pork being slow roasted
Gaucho is good food at a reasonable price at a great setting.  The meat is soft and tender, a tribute to the slow wood roasting.  The flavor is subtle, the meat is not drenched in the typical salty gravy but instead you enhance the flavor with the different pickles that add a tangy complexity to the meat.  Each pickle gives a different flavor.  The appetizers are good but the roasts if you get two plates are perfectly adequate for four people of typical appetites.  The restaurant is delightfully hidden and private, a great place that impresses.  I most definitely will return.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fill Me Up Buttercup! At SM BF homes

My Little Buttercup is known for their cupcakes.  I used to think cupcakes were a very simple thing, after all it was a miniature cake with frosting on top, something you can even find in supermarkets with the "twinkie" treatment of preservatives and wrapped in individual packaging with the ability to store unrefrigerated for months.  There are cupcakes in less inexpensive bakeries making it something fairly common.

But the truth is, there are cupcakes and there are CUPCAKES!  Gourmet cupcakes are in a league of their own, rich and heavy, made with skill and art using fine ingredients.  We now have bakeries dedicated to cupcakes sprouting all over the place.  

Dieters beware!  A gourmet cupcake does not scrimp on butter and what not but it really is a treat every so often and in moderation.  

As I said there are cupcakes everywhere now but the truth is cupcakes like anything else have different "grades" if you will.  Only some cupcakes can be said to be really good, the ones that make you taste the different layers of fine ingredients, those baked to perfection, those decorated into works of art.  Yes, cupcake making is now something only the best can master.

Without further adieu, my favorite cupcake store, My Little Buttercup that just opened in SM BF Homes in Sucat, Paranaque.  First present in Makati Supermarket in Alabang (funny isn't it), they now opened a cafe in the new SM Bf Homes where they serve food as well as their desserts.

The place is pretty, sunny would be the word I would use to describe it.  Pleasant colors and happy white washed furniture and even a small kids' play area make this a place for the whole family.

Chips, there was much more, we were just so hungry that I took the picture halfway through

Smoked Cheese Bacon and Spinach Dips

Barbecue Pork Ribs

Their very good burger

Cookie Dough Brownie A La Mode

I love that this is more than your typical Metro Manila cupcakery as it serves very good comfort food.  I enjoyed the hamburger and warm Cookie Dough Brownie A La mode the most.  Fill my up Buttercup is a great place for families run by a very nice family and all the recipes and ingredients of all the food is exactly as you would find served in their home.  A highly pleasant and charming experience that makes the trip to SM BF Homes worth it.