Cajun Red Rock: Grilled Please!

I forget. I told Phil I wanted to try something different. Different is not the same as something fancy.

Anyway, I saw this joint about a week before we tried it. Usually, I hate American food because it’s deep-fried, bland and dry but Cajun is always something catchy. I suddenly miss Popeye’s Cajun fries, Cajun rice and popcorn shrimp. We ordered a sample platter  from Cajun Red Rock that had chicken, pork and beef. Well, we really didn’t know what to order so a little bit of everything is always the best. We also ordered sweet potato mojos and Cajun rice.

I was a bit disappointed with the Cajun rice because I wanted something flavorful enough by itself. Their’s was a perfect complement to the other items though. The kamote mojos was delightful. The server actually asked us if we still wanted to order it even if it is kamote. That was a little bit weird but as it turns out many people complained that it is not made of potatoes. Of course it is different, but really, I don’t understand why people think that mojos should taste like Shakey’s. The rest were lovely; perfectly cooked meat, well-varied sauces, a little bit of vegetables and a lot of new spices. we brought our leftovers home and had another go that evening. Karlos also enjoyed a portion of it so I’m very satisfied with the serving size.

Il Terrazo: Omakase

Rock, Phil and I settled for Omakase at Il Terrazzo because Rock’s grandiose plan of a buffet dinner at Paseo Uno seemed impossible with our measly funds. He did warn us that we have to go there early but we had to wait for Phil to get ready so we got there a bit late. There was a long queue of people waiting to be seated. We were 11th in line so I got to have some time salivating over photography implements at a nearby shop. I did buy a magazine! Haha.

maki with eel+cute omakase menu

We ordered two platters of sashimi, an order of sea urchin and two servings of sake. Rock was true to his word. It is definitely a fresh take on Japanese food. The generous and well varied makimonos were satisfying. It was also my first time to try sea urchin. I thought I’d hate it but I loved it! I find it a bit too rich and I think I would never be able to finish the order by myself but yes, it is something very interesting. I would recommend it if you came as a group. If it’s just the two of you, you may want to think twice whether or not you can manage to finish it without feeling too icky. Phil and I tried the sake and we discovered that it is something that we’ll never like. So rock helped himself to finishing everything after Phil and I had our respective sips.

lovely platter of maki

sea urchin+the other sushi platter

sushi platters cost Php 435 – Php675

Techno Hub: Red Kimono

We were planning to try out Kanin Club for my Dad’s birthday but the queue was so long that we had to settle for something else. Phil and I just ate at something Japanese earlier that week but it’s not like we can do anything about it. Anyway, I’m always game for Japanese treats so it’s not that bad.

Sukiyaki (175 pesos) + Tempura (315 pesos) + Ginger Garlic Steak (395 pesos)

I was never really a fan of Sukiyaki or any noodle soup for that matter. It’s just that I find it too filling. Most of the time, I stick to light soup servings so that I can enjoy delights that are richer in taste as compared to meat and vegeteables in a soup bowl. I actually order the same things from a Japanese joint mostly because I want to play it safe (tofu steak, tenderloin steak, sushi and sashimi, tempura, miso soup ). The only time I get adventurous is when I’m not paying. Or go buffet style!

Chicken Kamameshi (160 pesos)+ Spicy Eggplant in Miso Sauce (100 pesos)+Maki Platter (545 pesos)

(The platter includes Cruncy Tuna, Crunchy Ebi, Red Scorpion, Red Monster &Salmon and Cheam Cheese Maki)

It could be my mood but there’s nothing spectacular about all those that I tried except for…

Grilled Miso Chicken with Cucumber Salad Siding (210 pesos)

This dish is perfect! Karlos really is quite lucky in picking out random items from the menu. Each of us begged him for a second helping. I think the secret is in the sauce. But I don’t know, even the chicken is quite tasty. I also love how the cucumber salad made it more refreshing. I’ll be back and that time, I’ll have the whole plate to myself!

Happy Birthday Papa!