Backyard Manila, UP town center

I liked that the place had a backyard theme and the bucket lamps were pretty cool too. I saw how much likes and people were coming here so I wanted to check it out for myself. There’s a new kind of trend going around restaurants these days, the wood planks and curved walls. (HAHA)

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I found the bucket lamps cool.

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I was a bit bothered though by this dirty ladder and the lamps that were a bit off the theme of the “backyard”

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Menu of Backyard

I felt that the menu had no certain theme. There was an Uni Carbonara and then suddenly Papaya coconut soup and then Waffle breaded fried chicken. I would say that this place seems more like a place that will be packed with a lot of college kids or adults who want to drink once the bar is finished and they have a menu for drinks.

Their house blended iced tea. I saw the waiter put in lipton lemon bags in the cup while making the tea... Hmm.

Their house blended iced tea. I saw the waiter put in lipton lemon bags in the cup while making the tea… Hmm.

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Salted Egg Chicken Skin, Php 205 I found this a bit expensive as you can buy chicken skin for like 10Php around the streets.

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Nose to tail fettucini (all the good stuff) Php 275 pork cheek, beef brisket, ox tripe, chicken liver, tomato sauce fettucine.

I wasn’t so impressed with their food, maybe I didn’t try the right dish yet? The nose to tail pasta was good since I liked the cook of the noodles but it tasted like Menudo noodles, they should have just called it that. The Salted Egg chicken skin was really too pricey honestly for Php 205 you can buy a whole bag of chicken skins on the streets here around Manila. Then you just buy salted egg and eat them together, It’s the same thing really. Plus the salted egg was not in all the chicken skins so I felt like I got ripped off.

When I asked the waiter for what they would recommend this is what they told me to try so I was really expecting it to be the two most special dishes. Apparently not. Maybe when they finish their soft opening stage they would improve their menu? I am not so sure though it might just be another hangout place for people to drink in and eat small “pulutan” kinds of food.  As the vibe of the place is what most people would call it  “chill”.  I guess its still their soft opening so they still have a room to improve and I will just have to come back again in a few months.

Backyard Manila

UP town center, 2nd floor new building
Facebook them at: Backyard Manila

Homies Pinoy Fried Chicken, Fairview branch

Another one of my friends restaurants, who is one of the “Homies” of Homies Pinoy Fried chicken. I ended up in Fairview today to visit my friend and since we were already there I wanted to take a look at their second branch. This new branch is difficult to find maybe if you’re not familiar with Fairview. Compared to their first branch in UP Village, this branch is a lot bigger and I really loved the concept of the chalkboard design on the wall where people could write. My friend and I walked here from her dorm in FEU. From Regalado you just need to turn left to Buick st. which is right across FEU and Starbucks. Then you just go straight ahead and you’ll see it just at the corner of Chevelle   St.  Parking here is not a problem.

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Check out their menu. I love that it has a little bit of every kind of pinoy foods that we love.

#thebestchickenintown ? Chicken wow! I loved the Homies fried chicken, their specialty which is served with unlimited Rice and drinks. Fairly good prices and very student friendly. When I tried their branch in Magiting st. I was  also able to try their Lumpia which I am hooked on. I love their Lumpia.

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Homies Pinoy Fried Chicken Meal, Php 130 with a side dish and the pinoys favorite UNLI RICE! haha. This chicken was really good.

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Cheeseburger Php 200, is Hagens classic recipe. Really good! I loved the buns of the burger because they were kinda crunchy. Not burned, but crunchy.

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Longganisa burger Php 170. There is also a Tocino burger that I would love to try.

The cheeseburger was really good. I was not expecting that from just a cheeseburger. Like I’ve said in the past I really am not much of a fan of burgers but their burgers aren’t oily but it wasn’t dry. It was really juicy without any oil traces going down the sides of your mouth. Which is what I hate about burgers. What I also loved about it was that the bun of the cheeseburger was crunchy. The Longganissa burger is what I was interested to try because the last time this wasn’t on their menu yet. I probably would have tried eating it with vinegar maybe?

No questions asked, I would definitely come back here. Probably another biased comment maybe because of my friend? (HAHA) Both branches get crowded during schooldays so come here during off hours or like a bit late. Good vibes, good food and another small discovery. Thanks Hagen!

Homies Pinoy Fried Chicken

51 – C Magiting St., U.P. Village, Quezon City ( First Branch )
Buick St., cor. Chevelle St., West Fairview ( Second Branch )
Store hours: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Visti their Facebook Page: Homies Pinoy Fried Chicken