Food

My Birthday Lunch at Le Petit Soufflé

For my dad’s treat this year for my birthday, I searched on Zomato for highly recommended restaurants that I haven’t tried. I stumbled upon Le Petit Soufflé, a French-Japanese fusion restaurant, and was suitably intrigued. At first, it may seem that merging French and Japanese cuisine is a long shot, but having been to Japan, I think it actually makes sense. Japanese bread and pastries are absolutely to die for. They use the best egg, creamiest milk, and richest butter to create wonderful baked masterpieces. I could just imagine how that passion for patisserie can flawlessly be incorporated in delicate French dishes such as soufflés.

I called to reserve at their Century City Mall branch for July 8, Sunday, which was a day before my actual birthday. Unfortunately, I found out that they do not accept reservations on weekends. We decided to walk in at 11 am, figuring that we could beat the lunch crowd. Indeed, we were the first ones there, and we were able to secure one of the few long tables. The ambience was quite nice, with warm lighting, indoor plants, and comfortable seats.

Le Petit Soufflé

My family loves to eat, and while we normally eat a lot even without an occasion, birthdays are an excuse to eat even more! Haha. We ordered Furikake Pomme Frites, Kinoko Frites, Cheesu and Matcha Puffs, Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad, Classic French Onion Soup, Classic French Toast, Squid-Ink Rice, Porc Bourguignon, Foie Gras Mac and Cheese, Japanese Beef Curry Soufflé, LPS Carbonara Soufflé, Vegetarian Shoyu Soba, Hambagu with Truffled Cream and Mushroom, Kiddie Burger, Vanilla Bean Soufflé, Valrhona Guanaja Soufflé, Cream Cheese Soufflé Pancake, and Valrhona Grand Crux. Whew! I was able to taste all those dishes, and they were all delicious! They also all looked amazing. I have pictures with each dish. While other people have their pictures taken with celebrities, I have pictures with food. Haha.

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The thing about fusion cuisine is that if it’s played too safe, nothing new is created, but if it gets too adventurous, disaster abounds. Le Petit Soufflé is neither too safe nor too daring. It is fusion done right. I was really impressed by how they were able to strike the perfect balance between Japanese and French cuisine. For example, the shoyu soba, which in Japan would be served with a light water-based broth, was served with an oil-based drizzle and a variety of greens. It was a whole new dish that was flavorful, elegant, and flawlessly executed. As were all the other dishes. In particular, I found exceptional the Classic French Onion Soup, Classic French Toast, LPS Carbonara Soufflé, Hambagu with Truffled Cream and Mushroom, and Vanilla Bean Soufflé. The drink I ordered, Iced Matcha Latte with Matcha Ice Cream, was also very good.

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This was the shoyu soba. Nom nom!
Mom and baby
My blue jean baby 💙
Family at Le Petit Soufflé
Happy tummies!

THE VERDICT

Peso Damage: P800 / head (yeah yeah we ordered a lot haha)

Value for Peso: 5.0 / 5.0

Le Petit Soufflé is the first restaurant to get a perfect score from me. I just adore brunch fare, Japanese cuisine, and French cuisine, and this restaurant is a spectacular medley of all three. I have only praises for this gastronomic wonder. Eat here and be merry! Itadakimasu! Bon appetit!

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Food

Me Love Cookie Jar Milkshaaake!

I love cookies, and I love milkshakes, but seldom have I come across a cookie milkshake that’s particularly extraordinary. Most cookie milkshakes I’ve tried are run-of-the-mill oreo milkshakes. But just recently, I discovered a cookie milkshake that had me singing praises at my first sip.

The Lost Bread menu

Casey, Wolf, and I were just wandering around Megamall looking for dessert when we stumbled upon an interesting place — The Lost Bread. We ordered French Toast Cubes and were not that impressed, but I fell in love with their Cookie Jar Milkshake! It struck the perfect balance between cookies and a milkshake, with both desserts taking center stage. It was rich and creamy but not overwhelming, and the cinnamon was a stroke of genius. The cookies that adorned the mug were not the chewy kind, but their crunch complemented the smoothness of the shake quite nicely. The cookie dough that surrounded the mug was a welcome bonus for cookie lovers!

The Lost Bread menu

I got the baby size, because it was my first time to try it. Had I known it would be that awesome, I would have gone all out full size, calories be damned! Haha. I wasted no time taking a decent picture, and so all I have is this badly angled shot that is a far cry from the impressiveness of the real thing!

The Lost Bread Cookie Jar Milkshake

Of course, Wolf really liked it as well, being a cookie monster like his mom. Even Casey, who is not that into sweets, said it was good, and sipped from my shake more often than I would have liked. Haha. Next time, I’m not sharing! Coookiiiie! Milkshaaake! Om nom nom nom nom!

Cookie Monster meme

Food

Our Breakfast Date at Refinery

Now that I have a baby, one thing that I miss sorely is mobility. I used to be able to do whatever I want and go wherever I pleased. Spontaneous road trips were something that Casey and I used to do a lot as a couple, but now, I need to consider whether places are baby-friendly, and activities need to be spaced out so that Wolf doesn’t get exhausted.

I used to go to great lengths to come up with surprises for Casey during all the special occasions. I remember that even when I was six months pregnant, I charged through a heavy downpour to buy him a gift for his birthday.

However, for his birthday this year, which was last August 26, I could no longer prepare extensively, because with Wolf, I had less time to sneak around. I had to go back to the basics, scale down, and think simple. What would Casey enjoy that would be easy to plan? The answer was glaringly obvious–breakfast! We both adore breakfast food. So I searched online for nearby restaurants that serve great breakfast fare. Thanks to the Zomato app, I stumbled upon Refinery. As soon as I saw their menu, I placed a reservation without a second thought. Bacon? Pancakes? Coffee? Check!

We went to the branch in Promenade, Greenhills. We ordered Pancakes and Bacon, Angry Pasta (sausage, bacon, mushrooms, and tomatoes), and Bacon French Toast. Yes, all dishes had bacon. Bacon is life. Haha.

The pancakes took long to come out, because they had run out of batter. The waiter said that their stocks are low because demand is not that high for pancakes. This was a red flag, but we ordered pancakes anyway because they are a favorite of the birthday boy. As predicted, the pancakes were nothing to write home about. The waiter also informed us that they had run out of portobello mushrooms for the pasta, and so we opted to add more bacon instead. And since Casey doesn’t eat mushrooms, he had no complaints. The pasta was pretty good, al dente and tasty with just the right amount of spice. It was a tad too rich, but most likely that was due to the absence of mushrooms. But the star of our brunch was the Bacon French Toast. Served as a sandwich, it was the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Highly recommended!

We also enjoyed our drinks, a cappuccino for him and a matcha latte for myself. And of course, Wolf was happy with his bacon milk!

THE VERDICT

Peso Damage: P650 / head

Value for Peso: 4.5 / 5.0

Refinery is a relaxing place with great breakfast food and good coffee. We visited at 10 am on a Saturday, and the place was half full but not noisy. A bit more affordable than Wildflour and less crowded than mainstream coffee shops, Refinery is perfect for leisurely breakfast dates. With an impressive selection of alcohol, Refinery also seems like a nice option for nights out with friends.

Food

Wolf’s Happy Half Birthday Dinner at Kettle Eastwood

When I first decided to blog after giving birth, I didn’t want to write so often about food. However, I now realize that it is inevitable that I will talk about food here, because we LOVE to eat out. As in, not a week goes by that we don’t eat out. It seems a shame if I don’t share our gastronomic adventures!

To celebrate Wolf’s sixth month last June 27, we had dinner at Kettle. Unlike some parents who choose to give their baby’s first solid meal on the exact day that they turn six months, Casey and I have decided to delay solids until Wolf displays all signs of developmental readiness. And so last June 27, he merely watched us feast in his honor. And what a sumptuous feast it was! Kettle is known for serving great comfort food. We ordered the tried and tested bestsellers and were not disappointed. Rich, bold flavors satisfied our palates, and I’m sure Wolf was also delighted with the quality of his evening milk. Haha.

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Wolf’s Half Birthday OOTD ❤️
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Here are the dishes we ordered:

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Baked Brie, P399

There’s no way I wouldn’t have enjoyed this, as brie is my favorite cheese. Sweet creamy indulgence! The greens on the side complemented the richness of the cheese.

 

  

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Caesar Salad, P289

A hefty serving good for three hungry diners. The shaved egg added a nice twist to the usual Caesar salad.

 

 

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U.S. Angus Short Ribs, P539

Tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat, although the serving was measly. They should give more to justify the price.

 

 

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken, P559

Huge juicy chicken thigh fillets fried to perfection, served with honey and gravy. Up to four people can share this wonderful medley of sweet and salty! The cornbread was unfortunately really dry though, a damper to what would have been a perfect dish!

 
Lemon Iced Tea Carafe, P179
I didn’t get to take a picture of the carafe, but it was good for three. The iced tea was too sweet and we needed to dilute it with water. Oh well, at least there was more to go around!

 

 

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Checkered Cake, P229

This was a combination of red velvet and chocolate cake. It was not too sweet, nor too rich. It’s a good cake for those who don’t want a huge sugar rush and are just looking to end the meal on a sweet note. The slice was huge and good for three.

 

 
THE VERDICT

Peso Damage: P700 / head

Value for Peso: 4.5 / 5.0

Although on the pricey side, Kettle offers comfort food that is a notch above the usual overpriced franchised diner (IHOP, I’m looking at you). The dishes are fun, innovative, and memorable. Servings are good for sharing. This is a great place for casual dining with family. We will definitely be back!

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For now, Wolf is content with just looking at the food. ☺️
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Thank you to his Lola for the yummy half birthday dinner! ❤️
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Happy Half Birthday to our happy baby! 😍