The Playground: Cafe Noriter

Take a refreshing break from the busy roads of Taft in this small cafe located at Vito Cruz. Upon entering Cafe Noriter, your eyes will instantly be given a treat due to the quirky colors of the establishment. Cafe Noriter exemplifies a coffee shop of character and aesthetic appeal. The funky walls with easy lighting is matched with bursts of colorful decorations here and there such as the hand decorated white cups that are displayed on racks as well as hung from the ceiling.

The word ‘Noriter’ means playground in Korea which perfectly explains the playfulness of the place. The decorations give this coffee shop tons of personality and the customers even get a hand in contributing the designs.

Just like any other cafe, Cafe Noriter offers a range from blended coffee to tea, and from pastries to desserts. What makes it unique is the ambiance of the cafe which soothes you after a long stressful day.

Anything on the menu is practically good and at the same time affordable. The crew enjoyed the banana split and iced coffee.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take a public transit en route to Taft, drop by at Vito Cruz and proceed to the building of Tapa King. Noriter is at the 2nd floor of the Tapa King Building.

Binondo Escapade: Chinese New Year

Kung Hei Fat Choi to our Chinese readers and foodies! For the next feature, the crew went to Binondo. Established in 1594, the Binondo Chinatown is known as the oldest Chinatown in the world.

Binondo was created by Spanish Governor Luis Pérez Dasmariñas as a permanent settlement for Chinese immigrants, called the sangleys, who converted to Catholicism. It is located across historical Intramuros, where most of the Spanish resided.

The Spanish Dominican fathers made Binondo their parish and succeeded in converting many of the residents to Catholicism. Binondo soon became the place where Chinese immigrants converted to Catholicism, intermarried with indigenous Filipino women and had children, who became the Chinese mestizo community. 


For our Binondo food feature, we had a taste of The Original Savory Restaurant, which was established way back 1950 by the four Ting Brothers.

The four Ting brothers started a small panciteria in Quiapo. The panciteria served only the lomi at first. After the World War II, they decided to expand their menu to serve more Filipino and Chinese dishes to their loyal customers.

The Ting brothers developed a special recipe for the fried chicken and gravy that became popular not only with the Chinese community, but to the Filipino families as well. 

After 60 years, theOriginal Savory’s first branch located at the foot of Jones Bridge still continues to serve the old recipes passed on by the forefathers, maintaining the flavor that elevated its fried chicken to an emulated status.

We had the tasty Savory Chicken served with their signature gravy. The meatiness and the juiciness of the chicken keep you coming back for more, and the gravy certainly compliments its great taste.

We had chicken with the traditional Chinese fried rice, called the Yang Chow Fried Rice. It goes well with anything on the menu.

If you love Iced Tea, you better try Savory’s signature Lemon Iced Tea. It is certainly sweet and sour at the same time, giving a taste of both worlds.

The Original Savory currently has 9 branches across the Metro. You can check their Facebook page here.

The Pasta Experience: The Old Spaghetti House

A comfortable place with great food doesn’t come along easy nowadays. But if you are in search for Italian food at Metro Manila, you must drop by at The Old Spaghetti House.

Upon entering The Old Spaghetti House, one enters inside a different world. The restaurant is lit with dim lights, booths are lined along the walls, stained glass lamps hover above the tables, and antique furniture pieces are showcased all over the walls.

Living by their motto of “Treasures Waiting to be Discovered,” their menu is certainly a treasure waiting to be discovered.

Spaghetti meals are priced between P80.00 to P170.00. The Average check is P150.00 - 180.00. The cornerstone of The Old Spaghetti House philosphy is to offer outstanding value to everyone. Quality of food, service and ambiance are to be kept high at all times while maintaining moderate to inexpensive pricing.

If you’re not for pasta, The Old Spaghetti House also offer rice meals for you to enjoy.

The crew went to Noriter Manila for a lengthy food feature. Check out for the full-length feature tomorrow!

Posted by roiserrano
  January 24, 2012 at 11:14pm

Craving for pasta? We definitely have the right place for you to satisfy your cravings. Check out the full feature, soon!

Happy Chinese New Year, foodies! So this is a teaser for our Chinese New Year feature tomorrow. Watch out for the full feature, within this week!

Steak sa Taft: Rap’s Steaks and Cakes

Even if you are on a budget, you can still enjoy a tasty steak at this food joint located along Taft Ave. This place is common to most students at La Salle, CSB and St. Scholastica as Rap’s Steaks and Cakes is at the heart of Vito Cruz.

Rap Steaks and Cakes, or “Rap’s” as most customers would call it - is a student’s pig-out heaven: getting your great meaty meals with rice at very wallet-friendly prices. And that’s not the only reason why every lunchtime Rap’s is jampacked with people - the place is known for their special yellow gravy that they serve hot in jars per table

Now, when you receive your order, you must never, ever, skip on the gravy. It’s their trademark sauce, their pièce de résistance - it’s what makes Rap steaks mouthwateringly sinful. And the special hot, buttery gravy is best paired with Worcestershire sauce. Mix both sauces together and drizzle them in your meat and rice, and you’re in heaven.

Aside from steak, they also offer other variety of dishes that you can enjoy, also for a low cost.

After a heavy meal, you can always end with a sweet dessert. Their desserts ranges from the Oreo Cheesecake, Brazo de Mercedes, Chocolate Mud Cake and a whole lot more.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take a public vehicle en route to Vito Cruz and drop by in front of De La Salle University Manila and walk along Dagonoy Street.

Hungry for steak? We just have the right place for you to taste this awesome dish at this food joint along Taft. Watch out for the full feature, soon.

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A Taste of Delight: Cioccolata Cafe

Large glass windows at this newly-opened cafe let you watch the streets of Intramuros and catch how a day transpires in this historical place, while reshly-baked muffins and croissants sitting inside a small glass display quietly tempt you to stay for more than just a cup of coffee. Aside from the ordinary pastries that you can get a hold of, cold beverages and hot drinks are available for consumption, too. This is the scene inside Cioccolata, a cafe located at the ground floor of newly-opened hotel, The Bayleaf Intramuros.

A wide variety of choices are available for you to enjoy. And take note, these food delights are not really expensive at all and will surely fit your budget, especially if you want to unwind after a long stressful day at school or work.

The cold beverages they offer come with mild but bold flavors, giving you a sure treat and the enjoyment that you want. Aside from coffee, they also offer tea and caffeine-free beverages for non-coffee drinker. 

You can always compliment your drink with your choice of pastry, may it be a danish, a muffin or the famous churros. For us, a chocolate cake will definitely do the trick.

The sweetness of the cake and a slight of bitterness of the chocolate that wraps it, is definitely amazing. And you can enjoy it for less than a hundred pesos.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take a public transport en route to Manila City Hall and take a short 5-minute walk to Intramuros. The cafe is located at Muralla cor. Victoria St.

Get a taste of this newly established cafe located at historical Intramuros. Watch out for the whole food feature, soon!

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