The Peninsula’s Poolside Barbecue and Buffet

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!

The Peninsula BarbecueI 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.

IMG_7915The buffet is complete with a starters section of hors d’oeuvres and cold salads before the main event.

IMG_7908The Peninsula Manila Barbecue by the PoolAfter the starters, move on to the grill of prawns, lamb, scallops, etc.  The Peninsula Manila Barbecue by the PoolActually, 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 or visit

Moonysan on Pasay Road: Awesome and Accessible Japanese Food

Wagyu beef. Moonysan. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.
Magallanes Church Family at Moonysan.
Magallanes 9 pm mass church family 🙂 Missing Fr. Benny Tuazon, my mom Baby Salcedo and Anton & Susan de Asis.

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. 😦

Sandy Daza

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.

With Moonysan (standing) and (left) Micky Fenix, Maricris Encarnacion and Nina Daza Puyat + (right) Mary Ann Quioc (aka Claude Tayag's Darleng), Sandy Daza and Claude Tayag
With Moonysan (standing) and (left) Micky Fenix, Maricris Encarnacion and Nina Daza Puyat + (right) Mary Ann Quioc (aka Claude Tayag’s Darleng), Sandy Daza and Claude Tayag

Foie Gras Goes Japanese

Was surprised at their foie gras dishes. On my first visit we tried this foie gras salad.

Foie gras salad. Moonysan. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.On my next visit, with my church family, we were happy to try this sushi that has foie gras wrapped in a rice roll!

moonysan 6Other sushis we loved: the Dragon roll and the torched salmon sushi.

Moonysan. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for December 2014.
Torched salmon sushi (bottom).

Imported Ingredients

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!

Moonysan. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for
Moonysan Hamachi. P595.

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!

Wagyu beef at Moonysan. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for
Affordable Wagyu! Wagyu Saikoro Steak P720.

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.

IMG_6991.JPGOishi! 🙂


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.