My 2017 Hall of Craves

by - Friday, December 29, 2017

Another year is about to end. It's been one heck of a bountiful year, and to recognize the restaurants that made my belly so happy this 2017, here's my Hall of Craves. 

Hall of Craves is my version of a Top 10 list. It's a list of the dishes that I tried for the first time and instantly craved for right after I finish a plate or step out of the restaurant's doors. Most importantly, these are the dishes that I can't stop blabbering about (sorry, friends!). 

10. Crispy Duck Rice from Famry

Crispy Duck Rice P390
The crispy duck rice is a late contender to my list, but I'm happy to include it anyway. This reminding me of my go-to Filipino breakfast meal, with the added twist to the meat, really made me enjoy it.

Address: Hole in the Wall, 4/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave, Poblacion, Makati City

9. Queso Fundido from Sobremesa

Queso Fundido P320
I think this one is no surprise since I am practically addicted to cheese, and Sobremesa's Queso Fundido falls under the same roof. There's just something about their chips that just goes so well with the queso.

Address: Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

8. Shrimp Truffle Mac & Cheese from Bowery

Shrimp Truffle Mac & Cheese

Another cheesy dish to make it on the list is The Bowery's shrimp truffle mac & cheese. Its creamy cheesiness, the touch of truffle oil, and the shrimps hidden beneath the gooey cheese made me realize what comfort food really means. 

Address: Rizal Drive corner 29th St. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

7. St. Louis Hot Chocolate from St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert

St. Louis Hot Chocolate P180
A cup of luscious hot chocolate with mallows on a cold night is definitely an unforgettable time! The best part is, I can have experience it all over again with St. Louis' hot chocolate.

Address: Unit C3-104 High Street Central, 7th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

6. Sizzling Pork Sisig from Kambingan ni Apong

Sizzling Pork Sisig 
I seldom crave for sisig, but when I do, I want only the best, and Kambingan ni Apong's sisig can do the trick. This sisig tastes amazing, and I love how its meat doesn't consist solely of chopped pig's head (the meat that's rubbery and hard to chew).

Address: 7483 Bagtikan St., Brgy. San Antonio, Makati City

5. Kimchi Kansi from Bodega Kitchen and Bar

Kimchi Kansi
It might be long before this list yields another kimchi dish, but I'm glad to include the Kimchi Kansi from Bodega Kitchen still. It's my ultimate favorite.

Address: Bodega Kitchen and Bar is located at Two Central, 109 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City

4. Beef Rib Eye from Yakumi

Beef Rib Eye
Yakumi's crown jewel in my books is their beef rib eye. Even if I was getting full from all the food back when I visited their Saturday brunch buffet, I still can't get my mouth to stop gobbling up the rib eye steak. And that's why this made it on the list. 

Address: 1 Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City Tambo, Parañaque City

3. Salted Macadamia Chocolate Cookies from Tochi Desserts

Salted Macadamia Chocolate Cookies P300/5 pieces
This one is really a tasty treat. My brother was the one who brought me these cookies, and I never thought of it as something special, until I had a bite. For weeks after eating a few pieces of these bad boys I've been scouring for chocolate cookies everywhere I go. None of them met the expectations set so high by Tochi. 

Address: Ikomai x Tochi, ACI Building, H.V. Dela Costa, Makati City
Contact Number: (+63) 999-887-0297

2. Paprika Prawns from Runner's Kitchen

Paprika Prawns P410
I still remember the day I got to try the Paprika Prawns from Runner's Kitchen. I wasn't expecting anything too flavorful since this is a restaurant devoted to serving healthy food. I was surprised with how good it tasted that I wasn't able to get over it even as I walk out of the restaurant and into our car. 

Address: G/F Creekside Square, Tomas Morato Avenue, Kamuning, Quezon City

1. Salmon Sashimi with Yuzu Dressing at Nobu Restaurant

Salmon Sashimi with Yuzu Dressing
Nobu's salmon sashimi salad with Yuzu dressing gets this year's top spot with a landslide win. The slightly seared salmon finished off with the citrus taste of the dressing left me craving for at least a month!

Address: Level 1, South Tower, Nobu Hotel, City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Boulevard Corner Macapagal Avenue, Entertainment Center, Parañaque City

It's been a great year! I can't wait for what the year 2018 has to offer. Did your favorite dishes make it in my first ever Hall of Craves? If not, I am looking for some recommendations for next year's foodscapades, so why don't you guys let me know through the comments section/ email? 

Hungry for more,

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