Monday, April 4, 2022

Why We Kept Coming Back to True Home

Days after indulging our tummies with Two Seasons' famous Four Cheese Pizza and Sizzling Oyster Sisig, we decided to venture out and try something new. There were actually several restaurants on my list that we planned on checking out but some were either fully occupied each time we visit or we simply cannot find it anymore, closed perhaps? 

On our way back to Station 1 after a disappointing second attempt to dine at Maya's, we got curious with True Home's beautiful interiors and full occupancy on a late night. We took a chance to get a table and after that night, we were hooked! It was indeed love at first sight because we just kept coming back to try more of True Home's delicious offerings.

What we ordered

Mango & Banana Shake

Their mango shake is on the bland side so we always ask the server to add banana instead of sugar because our little one likes to take a sip too.

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl - Php490.00

My staple at True Home! A bowl of mixed goodness which includes spicy tuna, mango dices, edamame, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, and wakame over rice. I love the spiciness and burst of flavors and texture on every bite - I could eat this everyday if I could!

Chicken Satay - Php450.00

Delicious and authentic as it can get - my little one's first meal at True Home.

Belgian Fries

Crispy and perfectly seasoned - the best appetizer ever!

Shrimp Pad Thai - Php550.00

CS didn't like it too much as it lacks the flavor he expected. Since we found a gem in Makati offering authentic Thai dishes, we have yet to find a place to beat its taste and affordability.

Soft Taco Tuna

A yummy mix of spicy tuna, mango, tomato, spices, drizzled with special sauce and wrapped in a soft taco - another favorite of mine! This was on the limited time only menu but I am hoping to meet this again when we come back to Boracay.

Grilled Mahi-Mahi

Another limited-edition dish, the fish was fresh and had the right amount of seasoning which was perfect for my little one's and her dad's picky palate.

Brownie ala Mode

We trekked down to True Home for the nth time, hours before our flight back to Boracay and we made sure to order their brownie ala mode for dessert - chewy homemade brownie with vanilla ice cream. The perfect dessert to end an amazing vacation indeed!

True Home Hotel & Bistro
Station 1, Boracay Island
Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Tel.: (6336) 288-3784

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Sunday Treats No. 67

Sizzling Oyster Sisig - Php495.00


Barlo Resto Lounge
Two Seasons Boracay Resort
Station 1, Boracay Island
Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Tel.: (6336) 288-4384

Monday, November 29, 2021

Executive Hotel Lounge Review: Hilton Manila

Being alive is enough reason to celebrate nowadays. When CS agreed to bring our daughter out for the first time, I made sure that it will be a special one so I booked an executive room at Hilton Manila for the ultimate staycation experience - a decision I regretted the moment I realized that it is indeed a different time from what we were used to.
Ambiance and Amenities.

The hotel moved the executive lounge to the ground floor which was fine if service was at par to what a lounge should be - have at least a staff to man the counter! We went straight here after check-in for some light snacks but there was no one in sight. We, along with a couple other guests, helped ourselves with available drinks and cookies and we just went back to our room.

The actual hotel lounge was closed.
Variety and Abundance of Snack Choices.

Nuts and cookies were displayed at the counter but the afternoon snacks was set meal with no options - too bad for CS who refuses to eat beef lately. More burger sliders for me!
Unlimited alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages.

Coffee, tea, and soda were available and refillable. I am assuming the same goes for the alcohol though we did not see any guest ordered a glass during our stay there.

Operating Hours.
  • Afternoon tea - we self-served, no staff available when we went there
  • Evening cocktails - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Breakfast - served at Kusina Sea Kitchens with first & second seating to control the number of guests dining at a time

Full Breakfast Buffet.

Good selection of breakfast staples and favorites from breads, pastries, salads, egg station, charcuterie, Western and Filipino section, and with a few Chinese food as well.
It was my first buffet after 2 years and while I enjoyed the freedom of having to scoop food to my plate, it was quite alarming too see how many people have already touched the serving spoon before my turn. I'd rather dine in a fully-assisted buffet so I won't have to worry about touching anything I'm not sure if sanitized or not. Really worrying to say the least.

Other Perks & Services Offered.
None - we had to queue for more than 30 minutes for check-in. Check-out was done over the phone and I just dropped off the keycards on our way out.

Overall Service.
Skip the executive rooms. A 2-night stay at a deluxe room would be a more practical and enjoyable option for the same price that we paid for.

Hilton Manila
1 Newport Blvd., Newport City
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 7239-7788

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Sunday Treats No. 66

Fresh Noodles with Sesame Sauce - Php258.00


Hua Yuan Brasserie Chinoise
2L Hilton Manila
1 Newport Blvd., Newport City
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 7239-7788

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