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WEEKEND EATS: Make The World Your Plate From Thai Classics And French Crêpes, To Spanish Tapas And Global Dishes With A Tarlac Twist

Barcino Wine Resto Bar

276 Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue, San Juan City, (0977) 097 6784

Listen up ladies! It’s time to gather all your girlfriends and start your weekend right with a glass of sangria in your hand because Barcino just opened its newest branch at the Santolan Town Plaza! This part of town may not have a lot of options when it comes to wine hangouts, so it’s with much joy that locals and residents are welcoming this popular Spanish restaurant to their neck of the woods.


Wide selection of Spanish wine


Get enticed by a slice or a hundred slices of jamón Serrano


Known for serving authentic Spanish tapas and other dishes, Barcino is the one of the best places to dine, catch up, and drink! Treat yourself this weekend for surviving that stressful week. You know you deserve it.


Get the party started with croquetas


Spanish cheeses and cold cuts to go with your glass of wine


Paella is a must in Barcino!


Don’t know a thing or two about wine? Ask your server which style of wine goes best with your dish.


Spanish reds and whites by the glass or the bottle


What are you waiting for? Plan fast and head on over to Barcino this weekend and celebrate because it’s always wine o’clock somewhere. —Monique Suzara


It’s best to wine and dine at Barcino!


(Photos courtesy of Barcino Wine Resto Bar Facebook page)


Half Saints

G/F The Ignacia Place, 62 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue corner Mother Ignacia Avenue, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City, (0935) 933 0512, IG: @halfsaints, FB:

Looking for a new place to do your catching up sesh with friends and family? Check out this neighborhood café and bar along Sgt. Esguerra in Quezon City called Half Saints. Its contemporary interiors use repurposed materials, evoking class, art, and warmth. Crowd favorites include the 64% Dark Chocolate Tart with Himalayan pink salt, both sinful and heavenly with its melt-in-your-mouth Davao-sourced cacao; as well as the Chicharron Risotto, which uses Camiling, Tarlac’s special bagnet, and is served with salted egg cream sauce, roasted eggplant, tomatoes and cilantro salad. The Arroz con Pollo is a Puerto Rican chicken paella with coconut cream. The Gallo Pinto x RBM is Costa Rican dirty rice and beans topped with Pinoy-style braised beef, egg, bacon, and roasted bone marrow. The Chicharron Teriyaki is their Tarlac-meets-Tokyo signature starter, with an unexpected combination of bagnet, teriyaki, cream cheese, and nori. The servings are big enough to be shared. The puff pizzas go perfectly with their craft cocktails and house wines. —Rhia Grana


Half Saints features an architectural knit installation, symbolizing the founders’ passion and creative journey.


Dark Chocolate Tart


Chicharron Risotto


Arroz Con Pollo


Chicharron Teriyaki 


Gallo Pinto x RBM


Ratatouille Puff Pizza


Mango Tree

High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 621 3233

Mango Tree has been a known favorite when it comes to authentic Thai dishes. This elegant yet casual restaurant ensures that their guests gets to experience the most memorable Thai adventure, with such classics as pomelo salad or Yum Som O with fresh prawns and grated coconut; chicken, pork and beef tender satay dishes paired with rich peanut sauce; down to their hearty Pad Thai that definitely deserves a spot on their bestseller list.



The way to my heart? These deep fried shrimp cakes from @mangotreemanila ??

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Fried Shrimp Cakes served with sweet chili dipping sauce



One of my favorites from @mangotreemanila: Chicken Satay ???? #BettnaBett

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Chicken Satay


To up your Thai cravings to the maximum level, Mango Tree developed new menu offerings that sit alongside their bestsellers.


Grilled Thai Pork Skewers with cherry tomato, bell peppers, white onions, and pineapple


Marinated Prawns wrapped in pandan leaves


Sweet, sour and crispy Tom Yum Chicken Wings


Pad Thai to the next level with soft shell crab


Often a combination of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy, the dishes at Mango Tree give you an intense explosion of flavors that marry well in each bite. So swing by this weekend and get a full-bodied Thai lunch or dinner with your family. —Monique Suzara


(Photos by Monique Suzara and courtesy of Mango Tree Manila Instagram)


Crepeman Café

168 Maginhawa Street, Diliman, Quezon City, (02) 435 6191

A crêpe is a thin made pastry that’s usually served with a variety of fillings like butter, chocolate, jam, or fruits. (A savory crêpe is called a galette and traditionally has ham, cheese, mushrooms, among other fillings.) While crêpes come from France, lucky for us, there’s no need to book a flight to be able to devour this French favorite. Crepeman Café can satisfy our cravings from a savory delight or a charming dessert. Their perfectly made crepes are cooked fresh daily and get assembled right in front of you. From bacon and cheese to the classic mango and Nutella, Crepeman has definitely got you covered.

Mango Crepe


Porky’s Bacon Crepe


Aside from crepes, they also serve all-time favorite Filipino breakfast bowls like Tocino with Garlic Rice and Egg, Daing Medley, Boss Longanisa and their bestseller, Crepeman’s Tapa all day long. And if you’re tired from the usual, why not try their new Chicken Longanisa for a change.


Crepeman’s Tapa


Boss Longanisa


Why don’t you order a cup of joe or a glass of their refreshing Mylk Tea to go with your breakfast extravaganza! And did we mention that if you order two Mylk Teas, you get to have the third one for free! This promo runs until June 30. Sweet! I think it’s time to call your friends because there’s a new hangout in town! —Monique Suzara