8 Must Try Japanese Dishes at Soru Izakaya

by 11:56:00 PM
EATUP MNL INC. opened their second restaurant venture in the Philippines at Maginhawa, Quezon City through Soru Izakaya.

New Nippon Restaurant in the food capital of Quezon City, Maginhawa.

Soru Izakaya is a Japanese Restaurant that fuses the traditional and modern techniques of cooking flavorful and delectable Japanese cuisines from Salads, Sashimi, Teppanyaki, Maki, to Donburi, Ramen, Kushiyaki, and beverages.

A wide array of Japanese dishes served by Soru Izakaya.

EATUP MNL also used the same concept in providing Filipinos a traditional and modern Japanese vibe while dining at  Soru Izakaya. Manga-inspired wall dĂ©cor filled the restaurant. While metal mixed with wood pieces of furniture such as chairs and tables occupy the dining area of Soru Izakaya. Japanese characters, on the other hand, were also painted on the chairs like the ones found in traditional Japanese Restaurants.

A mixture of modern and traditional Japanese Restaurant interior of Soru Izakaya.

Manga-themed wall decor and chairs with Japanese characters made up the interior of the restaurant.



Kushiyaki Platter is composed of  2 sticks of Bacon Enoki, Asura, Ggyuchizu, Shitake Mushroom, Butabara, and Yakitori.

Kushiyaki is a Japanese staple dish that composed of grilled and skewered poultry and non-poultry products such as meat, vegetables, cheese, and seafood.  Soru Izakaya serves 13 variety of kushiyaki. They have Kosho Butagrilled skewered bell pepper stuffed with ground pork, Bonjiri, grilled skewered chicken butt, Tsukune, grilled skewered chicken balls, Saikoro Wagyu Cubes, grilled skewered wagyu cubes, Arabiki,  grilled skewered pork sausage, Shishamogrilled skewered saltwater fish, Bacon Asparagus, grilled skewered stuffed with asparagus, Bacon Enoki, grilled skewered bacon stuffed with enoki mushroom, Asuragrilled skewered bacon stuffed with hard-boiled quail egg, Gyuchizugrilled skewered sliced beef stuffed with melted cheese, Shitake Mushroomgrilled skewered shitake mushroom, Butabara, grilled skewered pork belly, Yakitorigrilled skewered chicken leg.

Kushiyaki has sweet barbecue flavor with juicy and well-seasoned meat and tender vegetables.

Kushiyaki is served with a minimum order of three (3) sticks and platter which composed of 2 sticks of Bacon Enoki, Asura, Ggyuchizu, Shitake Mushroom, Butabara, and Yakitori.

Ebi and Kani Popcorn

Ebi and Kani Popcorn in Nori batter.

Ebi and Kani Popcorn is composed of deep-fried shrimp (Ebi) and crab meat  (Kani) in nori batter, topped with shoestring potatoes and served with spicy soru sauce.

Ebi and Kani Popcorn servings.

This dish is crunchy on the outside with juicy and well-seasoned shrimp and crab meat on the inside. The nori batter gave a tinge of sweet and earthy flavor while the dip provided the spiciness to the dish.

Ebi and Kani Popcorn costs Php 280 per servings.

Shake Salmon Sashimi

Juicy and well-seasoned Salmon Sashimi.

Shake Salmon Sashimi is made of chilled Norweigan salmon. Compared with the usual salmon served in other restaurants, Soru Izakaya's Norweigan salmon provides a clean taste and texture that it's as if the meat melts in your mouth. Since the salmon that they are serving is also chilled and not frozen, the salmon's fat is still intact with the former which provides a sweeter and tastier salmon.

Shake Salmon Sashimi servings.

Shake Salmon Sashimi costs Php 420 per servings.

Hiroshima Maki

Hiroshima Maki is made of salmon, spicy Japanese mayo, topped with fried gyoza wrapper and salmon sashimi cubes marinated in spicy sauce.

Hiroshima Maki is served with a dragon made of  Japanese mayo.

People who love spicy foods will surely love Hiroshima Maki. This dish is full of texture coming from the crunchy gyoza wrapper. While the sweetness of salmon, the spicy flavor of mayo and sauce blends well.

Soru Izakaya's spicy Maki.

Eight pieces or one serving of Hiroshima Maki costs Php 290.

Paella Maki

Akai Maki or maki in red paella rice.

Soru Izakaya has two variations of Paella Maki- Akai and Kuro Paella Maki.

Akai Maki has the perfect blend of sweetness coming from the mayo, saltiness from the sausage.

Akai Paella Maki is made of sausage, red paella rice asparagus, tamago, and arabiki with teriyaki and aioli sauce.

Kuro Paella Maki or Seafood Paella Maki.

Kuro Paella Maki is seafood paella maki. It has squid ink paella rice and salmon marinated in special sauce, asparagus, kani, shrimp and squid with aioli sauce.

Kuro Paella Maki has sticky black paella rice with juicy shrimp and crunchy cucumber.

Akai Paella Maki per servings (eight pieces) costs Php 380 while Kuro Paella Maki costs Php 480.

Nori Tempura

Nori Tempura and its generous servings,

Soru Izakaya's tempura is made of deep-fried tiger prawn in nori batter. The nori batter gave a whole new twist with the typical tempura that is being served in other Japanese restaurants in Manila. It gave this dish a sweet and earthy flavor. The outside of the tempura is crunchy while the tiger prawn meat inside is juicy and well-seasoned.

Three (3) pieces of Nori Tempura costs Php 240, while the five (5) pieces are Php 360 and the eight (8) pieces are Php 520.

Shake Belly Aburi

Shake Belly Aburi is made of torched Norweigan salmon belly with teriyaki sauce, Japanese and truffle mayo, and ikura or salmon roe.

Flavorful and Must Try  Shake Belly Aburi.

Shake Belly Aburi emits a sweet flavor in every bite. The salmon belly is juicy and melts in your mouth while the fats of the salmon that are still intact with the former add more flavors to it.

Two pieces of  Shake Belly Aburi costs Php 220.

Matcha Cheesecake

Slice of Matcha Cheesecake.

Every slice of Soru Izakaya's Matcha Cheesecake is composed of layers of matcha and white chocolate cheesecake with buttered graham crust, topped with matcha powder and drizzled with chocolate syrup.

A slice of Matcha Cheesecake costs Php 240.

Soru Izakaya's Matcha Cheesecake is not your typical cheesecake, it tastes like ice cream cake with a tinge of earthy flavor coming from the layers of matcha in it. This cake is definitely a Must Try!

To try Soru Izakaya's Japanese Dishes  you may visit them at:

140 Maginhawa Street,
Diliman, Quezon City
Monday to Sunday 11:00 AM- 11:00 PM

Soru Izakaya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Golden Fiesta Canola Oil : Cholesterol-Reducing Cooking Oil

by 8:01:00 AM

Choose a cooking oil that is good for your heart and your family.

Over the past years, cooking oil has been given a bad reputation due to the cardiovascular health risk attributed to the former, but, did you know that not all cooking oil is harmful to our health? In fact, some cooking oil contributes good fats that are needed by our body and some oils help in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular ailment.

One of the healthiest cooking oil found in the market is Canola Oil. Nutrition experts recommend Canola Oil because it contains phytosterol, a heart-healthy nutrient that reduces cholesterol in the body up to 15 percent. To date, Canola Oil is being offered in the market through one of the leading oil brands in the Philippines, Golden Fiesta by NutriAsia.

Golden Fiesta Canola Oil has phytosterol that can help reduce cholesterol levels up to 15%.

Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is made from the seed of Canola flower. It is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 8 which is beneficial in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer when combined with proper diet and exercise. Golden Fiesta Canola Oil also serves as a rich source of phytosterol, an all-natural plant extract that can reduce cholesterol in the body. 

Scientific studies and trials proved that daily consumption of two grams of phytosterols has the potential to lessen the risk of coronary heart disease, which is known as one of the leading cause of death worldwide. This would be beneficial to Filipinos since according to the 7th  DOST-ENRI Nutrition Survey, Filipinos is vulnerable to heart disease as early as 20 years old due to unhealthy lifestyle and stressful environment.

Choose a cooking oil that has heart-healthy phytosterol, an all natural plant extract that can reduce cholesterol.

Aside from that, Golden Fiesta Canola Oil has lower levels of saturated fatty acids, unnecessary fats, uric acid, and glucosinolates compared to other vegetable oils in the market.

Reduce the risk of cholesterol and heart diseases with Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, which is rich in cholesterol-reducing phytosterol nutrients.

The claim that phytosterol-containing food may reduce the risk of heart disease, as sanctioned by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA), bolsters the benefits of consuming Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, the substantial phytosterol contents of which help ease the intestinal absorption of dietary cholesterol and facilitate the excretion of biliary cholesterol in the feces.

Daily consumption of two grams of phytosterol found in Golden Fiesta Canola Oil may potentially help in reducing the risk of heart disease, based on scientific trials and studies.

So next time you visit your favorite supermarket and grocery stores, choose a cooking oil that is best for your family’s health and good for your heart. Always choose the best,  choose NutriAsia Golden Fiesta Canola Oil! 

Gangnam Wings: Reloaded with Western and Korean Flavors

by 8:25:00 AM
Last December 2016, Riley Food Corporation President and CEO, Rinky Tuano along with Chef Jung Chungyael introduced “The Best Korean Fried Chicken” to Filipinos through Gangnam Wings.

Gangnam Wings reloaded dishes.

Gangnam Wings is a Korean Restaurant that serves staple Korean cuisines such as fried chicken wings in sweet, spicy and soya flavor, and Yangpa bomb. Aside from this, they also have Korean dishes fused in Filipino favorite dishes and beverages such as Kimchi Fries, Japchae Noodles, and fruit-infused Soju and Bingsu.

Gangnam Wings has a cozy ambiance where each member of the family can enjoy their favorite Korean dishes while bonding. Friends and co-workers will surely enjoy the Korean atmosphere and sporty ambiance of Gangnam Wings while catching up, munching some Korean food and drinking soju, cocktail, beer and other liquor.

The sporty ambiance of Gangnam Wings.( 📸 Gangnam Wings)

Over the past months, Gangnam Wings is making waves with their one of a kind Korean Fried Chicken. To ensure the quality of each fried chicken that they serve in Gangnam Wings, Chef Jung strictly double fry each chicken and perform a unique hand-brushing technique.

One of a kind Korean Fried Chicken of Gangnam Wings.

Aside from their unique fried chicken, Gangnam Wings recently reloaded and add up Korean dishes with western flavors such as Cheese Chicken Salad, Bulgogi Burger, Beef Bulgogi and Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich, Kimchi Con Carne Fries and Buffalo Wings to name a few.

All new Korean dishes with a touch of western flavors of Gangnam Wings.

Along with the new dishes on their menu, is  “The Lord of The Wings” this title is given to a person that has the highest number of chicken wings that can be eaten in five (5) minutes. To date, the title holder is Lord Ancheta. Lord ate six chicken wings in five minutes.

Three challengers tried to beat each other to be the first  Lord of the Wings.

Lord Ancheta won the first Lord of the Wings title after eating six chicken wings in five minutes.

Gangnam Wings according to its President and CEO, Rinky Tuano, will open new branches in Mall of Asia, Iloilo, and Pampanga in the coming years.


by 6:25:00 AM
The tropical vibe of Coast Boracay.

A few weeks ago, Jaey, Ray and I went to one of the best tourist destination in the Philippines, the Island Boracay. Boracay is a small island located in the Western Visayas Region of the Philippines. The island is known for its emerald-colored shore, fine and white sand with luscious pine trees that line up along with hotels and bars near at the shoreline.

Crystal clear and emerald-colored ocean of Boracay Island.

Palm trees line up near the shoreline of Boracay.

Our team stayed at Coast Boracay for three (3) days. Coast Boracay is located on the Beach Front of Station Two (2), Boracay Island, Philippines. Coast opened their doors to their guests around April of 2016. Amidst being new in the island, Coast Boracay is TripAdvisor’s “Number 1 Resort in Boracay Island.”

Coast Boracay, "The Number 1 Resort in the Island of Boracay."


· Hassle Free Transfer

We received the warmest greetings from the crew of Coast upon arriving at the airport. They assisted us with our belongings, made us feel comfortable and ensure that our trip from the airport to the island will be worry free.

The shuttle that transfers guests from the airport to the port.

Big smiles and warm greetings from the staff of Coast Boracay.

We rode a van going to the port and from the port, we rode a speedboat. Travel time from the airport to the port is less than thirty minutes. To freshen up before arriving on the island, one of the crew handed us some wet towels and bottled water. Every member of their transfer team is approachable and accommodating.

Interior of Coast Boracay speedboat and the captain.

We received the same treatment before leaving Boracay. With Coast, everything that deals with their guest’s transfer is organized and well planned.

· Beach Front Location

As a beach enthusiast, I  love to wake up early morning to walk along the shore, wait for the sun to rise and set, and just sit and relax while watching and listening to the waves of the sea. This is the more reasons why for me staying in beach front resort is an advantage. 

Dine and relax on the beach lounges located in front of Coast Boracay.

At the same time, doing so means easy access to every attraction and happening on the island. There’s no need to ride a van or tricycles just to stroll along the shore, dine at a restaurant and go to parties at night.

Staying in a beach front resort in Boracay means easy access to the island happenings and party!

· Excellent Service

Coast Boracay is known for their excellent service and this is one of the reasons why they are on top of every resort in Boracay.

Big smiles and utmost hospitality from the staff and crew of Coast Boracay.

We were welcomed with refreshing welcome drinks, big smiles, and utmost hospitality upon arriving at Coast Boracay. They assisted and gave us a quick tour of what’s inside our respective rooms.

What I noticed upon entering my room are the two (2) personalized welcome greetings that they made. The first one is flashing on the television and the other one is inserted in the welcome amenities.

Personalized welcome amenities from Coast Boracay.

Their housekeeping team makes sure that our room is tidy. They clean twice a day and leave some snacks with a personalized message every night, which is kind a sweet.

Sweet nothings from the staff and crew of Coast Boracay.

Their staff is always ready to help and assist the needs of their guests with big smiles on their face and I haven’t seen any negative reaction or gesture from them.

Staff and crew of Coast Boracay are always ready to assist and help their guests in every way they can.

Most of all, I also love how their staff interacts with their guests, they always make sure to connect and give the best Boracay vacation experience to every person who stayed in their resort.

· Comfortable and Spacious Room

One thing that Coast Boracay is proud of is their luxurious rooms. Coast Boracay has 71 rooms divided into 5 types -Deluxe, Premier, One Bed Deluxe, Loft and rooms located at Blue Marina Boracay.

During our vacation, I had a chance to stay at one of the premier rooms of the resort. The room that I stayed is located on the ground floor of the resort facing the pool side.

Sitting area of the premier room.

The first thing that I notice is the tropical vibe of the room. The room has white washed walls with earth tone colors and minimalistic interior design. The room is spacious, neatly arranged and vibrant.

The tropical and minimalist vibe of the Premier Room.

A king size bed is placed in the middle of the room. The bed has five-star bedding that is being used by known hotels and resorts in the world. It is very comfortable and honestly leaving it is hard to do!

Luxurious and comfortable king-sized bed of Coast Boracay.

The bathroom area is also spacious and has a minimalist design. It has white washed walls with shelves made of wood and earth-tone-colored accessories. Toiletries are neatly placed near the sink and shower area.

Toilet area of the Premier Room.

Toiletries that you can use while staying at the resort.

Bathroom of Coast Boracay Premier Room.

The room is fully air conditioned with Flat-screen Smart TV, telephone, minibar, work desk, sitting area, closet and security box.

Working desk and other amenities at the resort.

· Amenities

Coast Boracay has two (2) swimming pools inside the resort. The first one is located near the cafe and the other is near the resort rooms.

Pool near the Cha Cha's Beach Cafe.

Guests who want to relax, read books and sip some cocktails while catching up with family and friends usually stay in the pool lounges near the cafe. While those who play with their kids usually swim and have fun in the pool near their rooms.

Pool near the resort rooms.

Aside from the pool area, the resort also has a fitness area where guests can do their daily exercise and a massage room where they can have a soothing massage after a day full of activities on the island.

Massage Room.

Mini Gym.

Coast Boracay can also cater events in their function rooms.

One of the function rooms of Coast Boracay.

For souvenirs and pasalubong or Filipinos tradition of bringing gifts from the destination that they visit to the people back home, guests can drop by The General Store.

Locally made items at The General Store.

The General Store sells products made by Filipinos. These products came from different parts of the Philippines and showcase the rich culture, artistry, and heritage of the country.

· Delectable Dishes at Cha Cha’s Beach CafĂ©

Coast Boracay cradles Cha Cha's Beach Cafe. Like Coast,  Cha Cha's Beach Cafe is one of the best CafĂ© in the island of Boracay.

Delectable dishes at Cha Cha's Beach Cafe

Cha Cha’s Beach CafĂ© may still be young but is now well known for providing its guests a sumptuous dining experience that includes warm greetings from the breakfast buffet to a la carte lunch and dinner. They also have sunset sessions where they showcase their cocktail and beer collection, plus they serve all day meryenda and unique desserts!

Asian dishes that can be savored at Cha Cha's Beach Cafe.

Cha Cha's offer different dishes that can satisfy anyone’s palate from the different sides of the world. Dishes on their menu are meticulously chosen to provide their guests the best cuisine that compliments the tropical vibe in Boracay.

Staying in Boracay is not complete without savoring the seafood dishes of Cha Cha's Beach Cafe.

My personal favorite in Cha Cha's Beach Cafe is Ube Champorado, Kansi or Ilonggo's version Bulalo and Sinigang in one dish, Poke Bowl, Halo-Halo Crumble and their mouthwatering cakes and pastries.

· Netflix

I am an avid fan of Netflix, who wouldn't right? Netflix can be accessed through Coast Boracay's Smart TV 24 hours a day.

Netflix is available 24/7 at Coast Boracay.

This means continuous movie and series marathon whenever you're not in the mood to go out of your room and just want to relax in your comfy bed.

· Animal-Friendly

Coast Boracay is an animal-friendly resort. You can bring your beloved pets in the island and conveniently stay with you in the resort.

Coast Boracay indeed gave us a comfortable, relaxing and stress-free vacation with their superb service and utmost hospitality. The location of the resort is also ideal. We can easily stroll along the shoreline every morning and watch the sunrise and sunset in the outdoor beach beds located in front of the resort. Food at Cha Cha's Beach Cafe is exquisite! Each dish that was served to us is flavorful and mouthwatering. Staying in this resort while in Boracay is highly recommendable!

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