Had a great reunion Friday night with two ladies I admire – Micky Fenix and Myrna Segismundo – among others, thanks to a barbecue dinner put together by Pen’s host with the most Mariano Bicolano Garchitorena. I didn’t even know this area existed!
I was told they only open this area when the weather is cool – and it’s been wonderfully breezy and cool in the evenings lately (I wish it could be like this forever!). So Pen is opening this area for a barbecue buffet every Friday and Saturday of March from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
The buffet is complete with a starters section of hors d’oeuvres and cold salads before the main event.
After the starters, move on to the grill of prawns, lamb, scallops, etc. Actually, even without the buffet – I would love to just come here for a drink! There are not enough weekends in March for this!
PLUS look for Steffano. He’s as dreamy as the weather and the setting … I HAD to hug him!
Barbecue by the Pool
P 1,750 for adults and P 990 for children under 12.
Prices are subject to 10%service charge and prevailing government taxes
For inquiries or reservations, please call The Peninsula Manila at (63-2) 887 2888, e-mail email@example.com or visit peninsula.com.
Our church family always eats out after the 9pm mass in Magallanes on Sundays. We’re always looking for a resto that will stay open til at least midnight.
Last month, we were always at Mitsuyado for the ramens and gyoza but come 11:30, they make a last call for orders and by midnight the waitresses are just all sitting at a table, as if to tell us Hello! Tama na please uwi na kami! We also used to frequent Cafe Breton in Magallanes for the pizza (love their pizza) but they stopped serving the pizza – something to do with the exhaust affecting the neighboring restaurant – so we became resto nomads after that. 😦
Thank God for Sandy Daza (check out his tv show Foodprints HERE). He introduced me a few months ago to Moony-san on Pasay Road. Got to try this resto for the first time with food writers I look up to.
Foie Gras Goes Japanese
Was surprised at their foie gras dishes. On my first visit we tried this foie gras salad.
On my next visit, with my church family, we were happy to try this sushi that has foie gras wrapped in a rice roll!
Other sushis we loved: the Dragon roll and the torched salmon sushi.
Was also very impressed by their imported sashimi like the hamachi. You can really taste the difference, the quality. Was told by Tokyo regular Bella Yuchengco on Instagram: “(Moonysan) used to be called Seiji … after the Japanese chef who owned it. He is also the consultant at Mogu (they have more or less the same menu) and Wagyu Steak at Sunvar Plaza.” I remember Seiji to be oh-so-expensive, as told to me by some privileged friends. Thankfully, Moonysan is now far more accessible!
They also have what I call, to borrow a term from the wine industry, accessible Wagyu. It’s Wagyu beef – not a very high-brow grade – but oh-so-soft nevertheless. It’s truly value for your money!
Best of all is the attentive service. The crew is very welcoming and they won’t kick you out come midnight! We caught the Japanese manager Hiroaki “Hiro” Iwai and their Japanese chef when our church fam dined there last Sunday, making sure everything was ok.
Moonysan. Moony Japanese Cuisine. G/F Cedar Executive Bldg #1006 A. Arnaiz Ave. (Pasay Road across Raffles) For reservations call +632 478 7550 or 568 4440 Major credit cards accepted. Wheelchair accessible on the ground floor. Open daily for lunch 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m.; dinner 6:00 pm to 12mn. Walk ins welcome.